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Why is O guruma classified as an Ashi Waza

According to wikipedia O guruma is classified as a foot throwing technique. However my understanding was that the arms do the main work of breaking the balance and the leg acts as a block/pivot. Is my ...
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Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)

I have put 40+ hours into aikido practice. It it is becoming very obvious that training in class is not sufficient. I need to stretch more and work on cardio to improve my physic. What I'm having ...
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How effective are foul techniques as a side control escape?

How effective are techniques such as biting, eye pokes, groin grabs et cetera as escapes from side control or other hold-downs? This would be in comparison to other escape methods like bridging, ...
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I'm totally new to Tai Chi How to learn it and where to learn it?

I recently came to know about Tai chi and I'm interested in learning it. Unfortunately, there are no Tai chi classes around. Can I learn it through internet or any other medium? If so please guide me. ...
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How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?

I hear it commonly said that internal arts such as tai chi require a significant amount of time to become proficient. If undertaking the study of tai chi, without necessarily having prior experience ...
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Training Body Reading Without Sparring

When I did rapier, with some emphasis on sparring as well as structured drills, one of the things you got very good at was reading the other person's tells. Some of which were things that could be ...
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How can I practice shooting for a combat situation?

I realize that it's impossible to simulate a combat situation. But I think that shooting at target practice is wildly different from shooting under duress when lives are on the line. How can someone ...
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How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?

The problem I have is that I have class once a week, and the class is small. Striking techniques, and overall one-step sparring techniques I can practice at home and in the air. Grappling, ...
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How to train to avoid target fixation?

One problem I've seen in myself and others at various stages of training is a tendency to become fixated on a particular target or technique when fighting. The tendency to focus on only a handful of ...
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Grappling training for a striker

I've trained in Chun Kuk Do for years (still pursuing my black belt) and I want to cross train with grappling as to be balanced for real-world combat. My current goal is to get my black belt in this ...
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Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?

I have seen a large portion (but not all) of Muay Thai athletes wrapping their ankles. What are the benefits of doing so? Is it for reducing damage incurred from kicking the opponent or preventing ...
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Getting my (do)gi white again

I have read this M.A. question: What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi? My gi is at least two years old (probably a lot older). It is an Adidas J800 (do)gi. It is 30% polyester (800 g/m² ...
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How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?

In tai chi circles outside of China, push hands competitions are noticeably more restrictive in their rules and format: Many competitions use "fixed-step" rules (for example, this British event and ...
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Stretches for kicking?

I started Muay Thai today, and when doing a basic kick (a straight teep) above my waist level, I felt strong resistance/mild pain where my leg connects to my hip, right at the top of the leg, by the ...
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Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?

As a follow up to my question on the state of my neglected jo: Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped? I've been thinking I don't like my wooden 'Jo's very much. I've broken a couple and ...
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Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?

Several Karate instructors I've spoken to indicate that Karate originated in the Okinawa region of Japan. However, when visiting the region and speaking to some of the local Karate students, they ...
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When training for more than 90 minutes is it advisable to take a break to recuperate?

I feel like when the training sessions are longer than 90 minutes, and when there is no recuperation/pause/break period, I feel drained after practice and technique and skill diminish. Is this a good ...
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Supplementary Asian arts for Modern Medieval Armored Combat

I am curious what Asain arts would have techniques that would be useful in Armored Combat League. Armored combat league is a combat sport done in armor promo vid with explanation: ...
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Why don't some gyms focus on take downs?

I have noticed some gyms don't focus on take downs, unless they have a special comp training class. The kids classes always start on their knees. I trust that different gyms have different training ...
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How many people in america know bjj and/or mma in america?

I was reading an articles on kids doing mma in america and it stated an estimated 3 million kids participate in mma in America. I also notice how many American guys study and know bjj and to a lesser ...
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Breakfalls in competition

I've done judo on and off for a number of years and haven't really competed. Now that I've started back I'd like to (once I feel I'm good enough) start entering more events. Due to years of club ...
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How to safely harden the inner thigh

I recently started kick-boxing training and last time there was an exercise in which we had to deliver low round kicks to the partner's outer and inner thigh. The kicks were half power and I did not ...
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Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons

I just had first lesson in Aikido with Jo and was surprised to see that some of the staffs were octagonal and some were round. Can someone explain what is the difference and if there are any ...
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How did the belt system color develop? [duplicate]

I was told that a student of martial arts started with a white belt and used the same belt throughout their training and that they never washed the belt so over time it became darker and eventually ...
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What martial art should I start with?

Young male, not looking for anything specific, but I am a huge fan of MMA in general. (not just the UFC/SF) What would be a good beginner martial art for both fitness and relevancy to watching ...
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Training multiple arts at the same time.

Is it possible to effectively train in two (or perhaps even more) martial arts/combat sports at the same time? What are ways to minimize concerns like technique and muscle memory confusion? Does it ...
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Training front kick

What is the best way to train my front kick. By this i mean raising the leg and thrusting forward. I have problems getting the right height and also i'm not stretching my leg fully. There is always a ...
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Switching to non dominant side stance

I am practicing SCA swordfighting and have started to try to train to fight with the sword in my non dominant hand. So far I find retrain my entire body mechanics. What is the best way to develop ...
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What is the name of the figure using flags performed by Adam in Mythbusters episode 209? [closed]

Early on in the Mythbusters episode 209 (Car Chase Chaos/Animal Antics) Adam uses both arms to spin two flags in a nice figure. I'd like to know if that figure has a name, and if so, to learn more ...
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What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons? [closed]

I always wonder which martial art is the most effective in a 1-vs-1 street fight without weapons. After doing some research I came up with 3 types of positions (maybe there are more) someone can hold ...
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How did the colour belt ranking system originate?

Many martial arts (karate, judo, jiujutsu, taekwondo, kung-fu, etc.) use some form of coloured belts to denote rank and level. How did this come about? Did the concept have common origin or did ...
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How should my 8-year-old defend against a leg trip (kosotogake) in BJJ?

My 8 year old son has been doing BJJ for a couple of months now. He keeps getting taking down by this simple maneuver: opponent's leg behind your leg trip. Are the options just to sprawl out on time ...
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677 views

Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?

Wing chun seems to be very effective style. But why they are using so much punches (like chain punch)? Punching can lead to serious injuries and is not as effective as palm strikes. Look at this ...
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Translation for “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”

I am looking for the original Japanese phrase for the above quote by Ueshiba Morihei 植芝 盛平, and haven't been able to find it. It is in his book "The Art of Peace", but I haven't got a Japanese ...
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What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?

Probably the oldest overall is something like wrestling, but of the eastern arts, what would be the oldest that people still practice?
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How does the BJJ graduation system work?

There is so much variation between gyms, I am wondering how the official BJJ graduation works?
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Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict

At a very fundamental level, Martial Arts teach the mitigation of conflict. Whether we're teaching the student to remain calm in an escalating environment, or we're teaching them to defend themselves ...
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Start attacking instead of blocking while sparring

I have been practicing kung fu for the past one and a half years. I can do head level basic kicks like roundhouse, side and front kicks but when I spar I don't feel like attacking the opponent. I seem ...
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What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?

I am a 4th Degree in American Karate. The dojo I have recently become a part of has a number of Black Belt candidates, and I will be serving on the panel. I don't have much experience attending black ...
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Judo za-rei difference between man and woman

I have read this page about reishiki and I have a question about the za-rei. kneeling bow at the beginning or end of the class. There is also a description on this dutch website. ...
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What submissions are not allowed in competitive Judo?

After watching a number of matches during the Olympics it seemed like a lot of opportunities for submissions weren't even pursued. In the matches I observed I only saw two legitimate submission ...
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What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?

I've been told that I don't have much power behind my punches and that push-ups are a good way to improve this. Is there a good push-up route that could be done at the beginning or the end of the day ...
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1answer
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Training supplement to Muay Thai

I recently joined Muay Thai classes and am thoroughly loving it, but the class is held only thrice a week. After going through this post I realized that I going to class thrice a week is the minimum ...
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What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?

I am 6 foot 2 inches and weigh about 90Kg - I find it very difficult during randori to get a full turn in for (for example) O Goshi. My instructors are always telling me that I need to get lower and ...
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266 views

Elements of a good reverse punch

One of the challenges I've been running into lately is proper chaining around a reverse punch, especially with my off hand. I continue to practice, but there are some fundamental difficulties with ...
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An Ontology of Combat

I've been looking for a semantic ontology defining the structure and varieties of attacks and defenses. Initially I'm looking for a very simple tree, something like: Attack-> Punch-> Jab ...
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If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?

I am 16 years old, and I am interested in martial arts. The most popular schools in India teach Tae Kwon Do and Karate. I wish to avoid something that may cause severe brain damage or concussion. I ...
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How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?

When I'm doing a riding horse stance, I am trying to go for a low stance where my thighs are approaching a 90-degree angle with my lower legs. However, in doing so I begin to lose balance and tip my ...
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How does one better execute kick then punch combos when the legs are significantly longer than the arms?

I'm one of those tall, lanky people whose legs are much longer than their arms. While this is often advantageous in Taekwondo, our style attempts to integrate punches and kicks. While leading with a ...
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How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?

There are those who say you have to cool and those who say you have to warm your leg, there are those who say you should rest and those who say you should keep using it as you would normally. It makes ...

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