The practice of martial arts. How, what, where, when, why.

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How useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?

There is no substitute for a live training partner, but sometimes a training partner just isn't available and drilling is an important part of training for groundwork grappling. For those times I ...
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Wearing a fitness tracker during a martial arts session

I have always wondered how to measure the calories expended during a training session (I practice Aikido, but this is a general question regardless of art or style) and I have found little advice on ...
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how to use o2 mask to training martial arts

Recently I have seen the number of people using O2 masks for training increase a lot. Many of than just use the mask and do the same traditional training as before. I don't believe this is the way to ...
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How a woman can teach martial art for men?

It's an honest question. I'm a black belt woman and I have only women in my class. I'd love to understand what happens with them or why men feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking martial arts ...
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I have full dentures top and bottom… should I fit my mouthguard to my dentures or directly to my gums?

I'm not sure what to do in this situation, but i definitely don't want my dentures to break!
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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

I'll have my first (real) Muay Thai fight soon and I was wondering about Mike Tyson's famous quote: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Actually, I find this quote very ...
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Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?

I'm a 14 year old girl that has her second poom in WTF tae kwon do and has been doing competitive sparring class for 2 years. Originally I joined because I wanted to try and make nationals, but though ...
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Value of private lessons for beginners (submission wrestling)

I am new to wrestling, and I am considering getting into submission wrestling. The question I have is, how valuable are private lessons versus regular classes as a beginner? Can I, assuming a good ...
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Stretching for kicks [duplicate]

I'm 42 years old and have never been very flexible. I do Tae Kwon do and need to improve my kicks. Any good leg/hip stretches? I've been working hard on it for last year but not much improvement. ...
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Seeing improvements when training alone?

I've been actively practising Tae-Kwon-Do for some years, but I had to stop recently for several reasons. I'd like to try and maintain my skills, so I keep on training at home from time to time. I'm ...
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Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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Is there value in using weighted clothing in martial arts training?

Is there any research/evidence that would indicate that training (drills, katas, etc rather than sparring) for martial arts more broadly (striking arts like TKD, Karate and Muay Thai more ...
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Is Krav Maga a hybrid martial art?

I red that Krav Maga is a mixture of other martial arts. If so which are the Martial Art forms that were combined to form Krav Maga?
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Problem with more senior club member

I sometimes have to lead classes in my club. Most of the members will do what I say but there are one or two members more senior than me who will almost always go off on a tangent and not listen to me ...
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What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?

I basically always cut my hair right at the moment when they start getting into my eyes when training. Now I want to try and grow my hair to a half long - long hairstyle. There are some solutions I ...
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Dobok absorbs sweat

This might not be a technical martial arts question, but it is somehow related to Taekwon-do, so please bear with me. I am a bulky person, and I sweat a lot. Especially when in training, I sweat so ...
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Do I have a bad Wing Chun teacher and is Wing Chun worth it?

I am a new student and only female in my Wing Chun class. The teacher who is well over six foot something, strong as an ox and has a black belt in karate, uses full force when showing me techniques. ...
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How do I train the basics of martial conditioning and strength? [duplicate]

I'm lacking a sparring partner, and there are no dojos where I live. I have no access to anyone with particular martial arts knowledge locally, and my equipment comes down to the floor, a bar, and a ...
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Is the way US military academies teach boxing atypical with respect to concussions?

The New York Times published a story about concussions from boxing at US military academies, where apparently boxing is a required course for all male students. For more than a century, boxing ...
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How can one practice well alone?

I started learning a martial art about 5 years ago, and I did it for 2 years. I very liked it, however I had to stop. I didn't want to lose what I've already learned, so I kept practicing. Alone. ...
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When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use

In a previous question I asked whether it is better to start out with a light weapon, and then move on to a heavier one. I got the answer that yes, it's better to start with a lighter one and ...
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Martial arts club politics

I've been training for a few years in karate and enjoyed it so far. Unfortunately, club politics has crept in and it's now become pretty unpleasant to train there. Relations with our head sensei - ...
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

I am the only woman cross training between three different schools filled with ten or so men in each. In many of my classes, if I do not fully understand a technique, they will hit me with more and ...
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East/South Asian student vs Western student quality & commitment [closed]

If you’ve studied martial arts in east or south Asia, is the long-term and in-class “commitment” of the average student significantly, or somewhat, higher than in the “West”? Also, does the average ...
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What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts

The conditioning for Martial arts is a mix of strength, resistance and speed. I'm not looking for a miracle. I really like to train. I just don't want to training unnecessary things. For example I ...
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How to return to Tae Kwon Do?

Some time ago I regularly took part in Tae Kwon Do, but that was ~4 years ago and I'm out of shape. What should I do to prepare to return to the martial art, and should I start from the beginning ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

I've just begin training in Judo but I strength train independently. After gym workouts, I drink a protein drink to help with recovery and muscle growth. Does anyone else take protein or any other ...
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How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?

For those of you who takes notes or keep a MA diary. What kinds of things do you write down? Do you try and document each technique into a "database" of technique notes? or do you document each ...
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What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners

I am a Marine myself and between extensive combat experience, close quarter, and hand to hand, I am well versed in a variety of disciplines. For me this comes naturally. Now that being said, I am ...
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Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers

This question stemmed from a conversation I had the other day, and I thought I'd pose it on stack exchange to see what others thought. Nowadays, in most competition formats, if not all, the fight is ...
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Until one has mastered a martial art, is one actually more vulnerable to attack than before training began?

I don't know where I heard this, and I can rephrase the question to make it more clear: Before a person begins practicing a martial skill, he or she has an instinctual reflex for defense, regardless ...
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

I want to become a well-rounded martial artist. I used to train Muay Thai when I was a kid. But 3 years ago I quit and focused on BJJ & grappling. I would really love to combine BJJ with Muay ...
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What kind of punching bag should I get?

So I work ridiculous hours that prevent me from going regularly to take martial arts lessons. That said, I've always been very interested in them, and when I was younger I did take some Judo lessons. ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

Is there any martial arts, where one can learn and evolve without proving herself/himself on various exams? Also, it would be nice, if you could learn all the techniques. What I mean, is that ...
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

I have moved cities and have found a new Muay Thai gym. The training in this gym is very different. When they train they use thai pads less often and do drills. When doing the drills they hit quite ...
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How can I become a good training partner

So after an enforced retirement from football (the Australian kind) due to being knocked unconscious in two consecutive games I demanded my parents let me take up martial arts instead. Several ...
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How to “man up” to begin a martial art?

I am planning to begin to taekwondo but I have seen this video. Yes, being the person that stands in the video is great but I guess that one cannot be that person without first being the guy that ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

This is kinda a tangent of my benefits of training to fight multiple attackers question. Although I have some opinions of my own, my experience with weapons training is currently very limited, so I ...
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Aikido - working with difficult uke

I'm a short guy been doing aikikai aikido for a few years now and still have a few problems when practicing on bigger folk. For example, when practicing sankyo from a shomenuchi attack, there's a ...
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It makes sense to develop explosive forward movement? [closed]

I was wondering if an explosive forward movement can help in self defense to counter-attack an opponent, or to simply get to him before he surprises you with a weapon, or before he can even use the ...
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How effective is practicing a martial art strictly outside of a dojo for beginners?

My girlfriend has expressed interest in learning one of the martial arts I practice with me, but when she has come to a class she has been very self-concious about being new and inexperienced (I've ...
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How should a BJJ practitioner run?

I asked a BJJ coach about running. He told me that running a long distance with the same pace affects the muscles negatively. It makes you react slower during a BJJ fight. Is this true? If yes, how ...
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How to improve speed, strength and condition for Kyokushin karate?

I'm practicing Kyokushin karate, however I want to develop some muscle (weight training), speed and conditioning (punching tree, training shins too). And then there are the katas, very important. ...
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I would like to start ju jitsu [duplicate]

I wanted to know if someone aged 15-16 is good to start. I want to know what you guys think of ju jitsu. Did any of you start at 15, how are you like now.
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How to avoid injuries in spinal ligaments?

I'm a natural flexible person. I can't do a full split, or fit inside a small box but I kinda can lick my elbow and stood up and then put my hands on the floor with my legs extended. But in the past ...
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What is the liability issuewith personal defense classes? [closed]

My personal defense teacher said that there were a total of three other personal defense classes for different types of people. Yet each person is only allowed to take ONE?! He said this means we ...
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What style to do? [closed]

I am between 15 and 16 years of age, currently training in Shūkōkai karate, and am close to achieving my 1st Dan black belt. I was debating whether to try another style alongside my current training. ...
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Martial arts with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?

Recently I was told by my doctor that I have a fully torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and I've been told to stay away from karate (specifically Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do Renshinkan) for the time ...
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Martial arts for building self confidence

I am a heavy built 180 pound 6 feet 2 inches guy. The problem however is that I have very little self confidence in my own health and strength. I catch colds easily, and can't eat all types of foods, ...