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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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8answers
368 views

To retract or not to retract when doing kicks?

In Karate, when we performed a kick, we were always stressed the important of retracting after performing the kick (also in punches). So pulling back after executing kick/punch was important. But ...
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7answers
637 views

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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2answers
209 views

How to avoid calf pain with heel stomp

This is actually relating to stage combat, but I suspect that traditional martial arts hold an answer to the problem. During a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, I need to fake stomping someone's ...
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3answers
261 views

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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195 views

Is it possible to learn martial arts only by myself? [duplicate]

I have great interest in martial arts, especially in judo technique. I really want to learn it but there is no such training institute . Is it possible to learn it from book and video lectures or some ...
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5answers
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Effectiveness of low kick to inner thigh of opponent's leading leg in mauy thai boxing?

In muay thai boxing there is the low kick to the inner thigh of the opponent's leading leg as shown in : link to video I have practised this in training and seen people with bruises from those kicks. ...
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0answers
72 views

Should I start going to tournaments? [closed]

I am an advanced high purple belt and I was told by my sensei that I should start going to tournaments to improve my experience. I have never been to nor seen a tournament, but I do not know if I ...
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2answers
994 views

Using a punching bag without stand

I don't have place to hanging a punching bag, so I would like to know if it's good to place a punching bag leaning on the wall and punch it?
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4answers
402 views

How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?

I've been taking up Tae Kwon Do for three years, but stopped since it didn't feel right for me. So I've taken up Arnis or Eskrima instead. Been doing so for three years too. And then I realized that ...
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3answers
87 views

What sort of questions drive karate forward? [closed]

I've seen all sorts of stuff on the more philosophical side of karate, such as: 1) karate is not about aggression it is about self defense 2) there's no such thing as a first strike in karate 3) ...
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Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?

I am a 61 year old black belt and have been in and out of the martial arts. I have searched many styles looking for a style geared to Karate for people like me. Over the years I became disgusted with ...
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308 views

Which ITF Taekwon-do organisation has most members

According to Wikipedia, there are currently 3 ITF Taekwon-do organisations: ITF - President Chang Ung ITF - President Pablo Trajtenberg ITF - President Choi Jung Hwa Does anyone know how many ...
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1answer
874 views

Is it possible to learn kick boxing without punching bag?

I'm currently going to a gym where one trainer knows kick boxing. I told him that i want to learn. He told me that he will teach me without punching bag and that he also learned without them. That ...
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2answers
144 views

Preventing jammed toes when throwing push kick

When I spar, I often jam my toes from throwing push-kicks (teeps). This kick is no problem for me in training, but I think the jamming happens when my partner parries or otherwise blocks my teep, and ...
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3answers
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What is the strategic difference between Krav Maga and Systema?

What are the general tactics of Krav Maga as opposed to Systema? For instance, the tactics of Silat are to hurt the other person so badly they can't hurt back. Another example would be that the ...
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1answer
125 views

Why is this samurai able to chop pellet gun bullets

In this episode of Discovery Channel, Isao Machii, Modern-Day Samurai, Cuts a speeding Pellet in half. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzhs1Z8Rwnk Now they are in awe, and a professor admits his speed ...
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1answer
92 views

Looking for Yoshinkan Aikido Dojos in Osaka [closed]

I am living in Osaka right now and am interested in learning Yoshinkan Aikido. I could not find a dojo so I need your help.
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2answers
168 views

How fit should I become to pursue boxing?

I have been interested in joining a boxing gym for quite some time now. I have narrowed it down to a few gyms, and before I go choose which gym I would like to join I would first like to increase my ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body? [closed]

What is the biggest force (Newtons) ever recorded for an impact from the human body from a reliable source? Is there an upper limit to the power of any human impact whether it'd be a kick, punch, ...
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1answer
467 views

Should I sign up for my school if I notice inexperience black belts?

In my dojo for karate I can seperate the black belts in to two individual groups. One group knows what they're doing, and one other group doesn't. I was able to tell this from various occasions. One ...
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2answers
177 views

I want to learn bo jutsu, there is no bo jutsu dojo within 300KM where I can get in

That's the thing, I was wondering if reading a book from Masaaki Hatsumi called Stick Fighting: Techniques of Self-Defense could help me learn at least the basics and perfect that knowledge as far as ...
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5answers
320 views

Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?

I'm just wondering weather it would be appropriate for me to date one of the coloured belts at my dojo. I don't instruct her personally, and I know her outside the club through school. I would like to ...
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5answers
396 views

How do I make sure students refer to me by my title during class

At the last grading, I was promoted, and given the title Dai Sempai by the Shihan. He told all of us who had been promoted to make sure all of the students refered to each other using the correct ...
7
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1answer
435 views

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 ...
6
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3answers
682 views

Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Karate at same time

This question is about asking views on mentioned objective i.e Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Kyokushin Karate at same time, hence no research is done prior to asking this question. I wish to pursue Tae ...
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5answers
5k views

A straight Punch on the nose can knock a person unconscious.How do fighters (MMA, Boxers etc) survive such repeated direct blows to their nose?

I often witness fighters in UFC survive direct blows to their nose. Punches with such extreme force can knock a person unconscious. Even soccer players are knocked unconscious if the Ball hits them ...
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4answers
206 views

Should I join the dojo?

I am considering joining a certain dojo but have some doubts. I practised before shito-ryu for a year, and I am starting again. I am about to join a dojo, and the following are the pros and cons: ...
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2answers
686 views

Can my body learn to split at 25?

The title pretty much says it all. I am a little flexible like, I can get to touch my knees with my head. When I was young, I could try side (right splits) but never comfortably. Now I won't even dare ...
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4answers
396 views

As a beginner, how many classe(s) a week to take?

First a bit of background: I am a runner and I do a fair amount of weight training, I am thus in good shape but very stiff.My aim is to reach a basic level. I am a serious and methodical practitioner ...
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2answers
268 views

Mouthguard for sparring with extra special gag reflex

I've just started sparring in muay thai, and yesterday nearly had a lower tooth make a break for it (yay for permanent retainers!). I have a boil-and-bite mouth guard, but I also have the world's most ...
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3answers
512 views

What is the most effective method for the roundhouse kick?

In martial arts there are different ways to execute the roundhouse kick. Some kicks are felt like a whip and some are like a huge blow. For example, in karate a roundhouse kick uses the ball of the ...
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1answer
121 views

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 ...
4
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4answers
685 views

Is Wing Chun or krav maga suitable for a sailing lifestyle

I am working in the merchant navy. I'll be working (sailing) for 6 months and then have 3 months of leave. I can train for this 3 months and practice myself when I am sailing using books and videos. ...
7
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1answer
2k views

Terminology: List of all boxing and muay thai technique terms with example photos

I'm looking to put together a list of all the technique terms for: boxing, muay thai. Such as the names for all the different punches, kicks, knees, elbow punches, etc... Anyone know if there is a ...
6
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4answers
189 views

Self-defense with hemiphlegia

I'm searching for a combat-technique that can be executed with only one arm and only one quick leg. Since I've become hemiphlegic two things changed: everything I knew about or/and had the skills ...
2
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2answers
869 views

Judo or BJJ gi? And, which size?

Thanks for reading my question. I've just started to take a Brazilian Jiu_Jiutsu (BJJ) course. I'm 5'5"/165 cm and weigh 67-68.5 kilograms=148-152 pounds in general, and muscularly built because of ...
2
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6answers
1k views

Krav Maga, is it 100% legal for defense?

I am 15 and I am currently being trained in Krav Maga, one on one with a partner. I have a very practical question: Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or ...
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3answers
712 views

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 ...
3
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5answers
169 views

Is there any special term for eskrima sticks?

Is there any special name for eskrima sticks? Like in aikido there is bokken, jo, tanto, is there some original name for the sticks other than just "sticks"? I only know the term sinawali, but this ...
8
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3answers
1k views

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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1answer
87 views

Recovery/healing from a strained thumb from a bad wrist hold

I do theatre work as a hobby. During a recent rehearsal, I was supposed to be dragging a character across the stage. Of course, one is not trying to hurt the other person, so I maintained a relatively ...
1
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3answers
200 views

Good shoulder roll from a dive

I am having trouble exercising a good roll when I am doing it from a dive. I tend to roll towards my spine more than from shoulder to hip. It just seems impossible to roll more sideways wile diving ...
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2answers
350 views

Chi as a weapon? [duplicate]

For martial artists that focus on chi manipulation, how do you use chi as a weapon? Do you inject your chi to disrupt the opponent's chi flow, do you make it blast to increase the power of your blows? ...
14
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7answers
872 views

What is a good age to introduce children to a martial art?

I have seen different recommendations for different styles as to what age to introduce a martial art to a child, sometimes as young as 4 years old. Factors such as attention span and interest of the ...
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5answers
3k views

Best martial art for a big guy? [closed]

I received unconventional, unprofessional training in self defense from a friend who was once an Army Ranger, so I am proud to be able to answer at least simple questions about martial arts. But I was ...
7
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2answers
63 views

Bottom leg Volta Por Cima

In Capoeira I have always been taught that when coming out of Volta Por Cima to lead with the bottom leg. Are there any practical reasons why the bottom leg is supposed to come around first (instead ...
1
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0answers
29 views

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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1answer
183 views

What to do in full guard when you are able to grab your opponents knee as he stands up?

When you are in full guard, the person on top tries to get up and puts one knee out. You grab the knee, which lets you control his positioning. Where do you go from there?
5
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3answers
238 views

Pain and if it can be eased in a fight

I've been boxing for a while now and been very comfortable 2 years in all. I only have one issue: whenever I get hit and it hurts I keep on thinking about the pain and end up not wanting to throw as ...

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