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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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Drills for training agility - cross art

I'm trying to shake up both my training and my teaching a bit, as I think I've gotten a bit "stale" in both. I want to incorporate various drills and exercises to work on agility, foot work and ...
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Is stretching with a partner beneficial, dangerous, or both?

One thing I've seen practiced before are stretches involving a partner, particularly for the legs. I've seen mixed reviews of this practice in a variety of different locations, and wondered if someone ...
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Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?

Among runners there are a fair number of studies out there right now that static stretching before exercising, at least if you aren't doing it now, doesn't reduce your risk of injury and in other ...
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Arch support and martial arts shoes

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet that makes repeated jumping or low-stance work quite painful. Some instructors are not fond of students wearing shoes (even if designed for martial arts use) ...
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What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?

About a year ago I suffered a major knee injury and while I have been cleared to return to the dojo and train, I still have some weakness in the knee. What are some good exercises to strengthen the ...
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Best weight lifting exercise to develop a Wing Chun chain punch

What would be some good exercises to develop more power in a Wing Chun chain punch? Is it as simple as working on my triceps?
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What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?

I have recently begun practicing escrima, and I find it difficult to simultaneously wield two sticks while keeping co-ordination and rhythm. Are there some drills I could do on my own to improve my ...
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How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?

When doing certain exercises, I get the feeling that they would cause stress on the joints after doing them for years and years (such as elbow joints in the instance of wing chun chain punches). ...
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13answers
911 views

When should I run away?

What are the criteria I need to evaluate in order to conclude that I should run away? Sometimes the right answer is to walk away, sometimes it is to give them your wallet... When is it time to leg ...
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8answers
992 views

What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?

Finding the right teacher is important. While personal achievement has it merits just because someone is good at something doesn't make them good at teaching that same thing. Are there core ...
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Which martial arts focus on self defense?

I'm trying to make sure I ask this question in a manner that doesn't make it subjective or argumentative. While all martial arts have merit, I believe those merits lie in various areas. Which ...
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Can there be too much training?

My oldest son (19) teaches and trains BJJ 6 days a week. He teaches and takes morning, afternoon and evening classes, plus trains MMA, does fitness training and is currently learning some boxing. My ...
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10answers
527 views

Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers

I would like to know which (if any at all) contemporary system base their tactics in deciding who to attack first in order to create a escaping route. Scenario: Cornered in a place where 4 ...
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6answers
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Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?

I have heard this sentiment a handful of times before, and most recently when I was reading "The truth about Violence" by Sam Harris. The gist is that real world violent attacks happen with ...
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5answers
490 views

Can I be bulky and fast at the same time?

Is it true that bulky people can't be fast like Bruce Lee or flexible like "Superfoot" Wallace or tall like the great Khalil? I want to be big, fast, and able to fight all at the same time.
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264 views

How to learn Muy Thai or to fight really well by myself?

How to learn Muy Thai or to fight really well by myself? Somewhere online like YouTube preferably? so i can be good fighter
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2answers
253 views

How should I look for an “open” tournament near me?

I would like to enter an open martial arts, MMA, or taekwondo tournament in my area. Any information on the whereabouts of such a location would be greatly appreciated.
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6answers
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Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?

A few years ago I practiced Muay Thai at a gym. I was there on and off for about 2.5 years. Due to a move and busy schedule *cough*lack of motivation*cough* I haven't practiced in about 2 years. ...
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4answers
269 views

Good excercises to reduce the amount of pain in your palm/fingers when hitting with open palm?

For someone untrained, if you hit a human body with open palm (think slapping or spanking type hit), the hitter usually discovers that it hurts the surface of his palm and bottoms of fingers ...
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2answers
156 views

Utsuri goshi vs ushiro goshi usage

They're both similar in execution and used as counters against hip techniques. Are there any reasons to prefer using one instead of the other in various situations?
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7answers
771 views

How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?

I was doing some surfing today and noticed a few mentions of lineage when considering a given school/dojo. The people asking about lineage of a given school seemed to feel that if the instructor(s) ...
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3answers
554 views

Taekwondo and muscle imbalance

I'm 25 YO female and I am struggling with injuries and poor posture due to muscle imbalance - relatively weaker posterior chain. I used to train in Taekwondo many years back, then got sedentary and ...
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4answers
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Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?

Does anyone know of a good supplier of white dogi for either aikido or judo that are tailored to women? If not, does anyone know of home made modifications that can be made to a "male" dogi to make ...
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1answer
173 views

The use and historical authenticity of a 9 hook broadsword

I've recently bought a 9 hook broadsword from an online martial arts store. I bought it mainly for decoration, but as an ex kung fu practioner and a general sword enthusiast I want to know how it is ...
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3answers
267 views

How can I improve my technique in Judo?

When I'm in randori, the technique that I mostly do that works nicely is Harai Goshi, but I'm starting to get countered since I do it often. When I try to do something like Seoi Nage, I can never seem ...
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1answer
136 views

I Ching and Taekwondo forms

I have read that the black belt Taekwondo forms are each associated with an I Ching trigram. Are these correspondences emphasized in any dojangs? What can I take away from these associations? The ...
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3answers
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Cutting weight fast

I'm dropping a lot of weight for wrestling this year and I don't know if I can stay that light all the time. Is there any way to drop weight just for the weigh-ins (which are on the day of the match) ...
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1answer
390 views

What are the origins of “tricking”?

My wife recently introduced me to the practice of "tricking" (essentially, a form of martial arts demo that focuses on jumps and acrobatic maneuvers - in some ways, the martial arts version of ...
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371 views

What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible? [closed]

What should I look for in a school or training program that would indicate that I will develop self-defense skills very quickly? Does my body weight or height or any other physical characteristic ...
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6answers
702 views

Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?

I've been studying taekwondo for about 15 years, and I've always been taught to keep my fists closed tightly in sparring to reduce the chance of finger injury. Splayed fingers seems to be a common ...
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2answers
656 views

Understanding the nature of a high ranking judoka?

This is sort of a theoretical question that isn't as superficial as it will initially sound-- Take any one of the three living 10th dan judoka, the youngest of whom is 86. I would imagine that the ...
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2answers
175 views

Teaching wrestling to a Judoka

I am coaching a youth wrestling club, and one of the wrestlers has a three year background in Judo. What are the most importance points for a judoka transitioning to (folkstyle) wrestling? I know ...
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3answers
506 views

Are roundhouse kicks prevalent in traditional kung fu systems?

While I was practicing drills tonight, it occurred to me that I have not seen roundhouse kicks in any form we do. All the forms I have seen in our system thus far, whether beginner forms or the more ...
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What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Souther Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
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5answers
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What are some options for escaping full mount in BJJ?

I know the two most fundamental escapes: the "buck and roll" (upa) to and the shrimping knee-push guard recovery (in which you buck onto your side, push down on knee to get half guard, and work from ...
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1answer
108 views

How to avoid Capoeira PCL strain

I'm quite fit and no stranger to sports, cardio or weight training but I'm not the most flexible. So I gave capoeira a little try, just the basics. Ginga and some basic Esquiva. The thing is I ...
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8answers
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What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?

Within the context of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and its rules: Assuming you are on the ground and someone has your back and hooks in, is there a defense to a rear naked choke? Or is the only defense to ...
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4answers
521 views

What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?

A few years ago, my Taekwondo organization (ITF-based if that makes a difference for purposes of this question) made the shift from point-break sparring (sparring stops after one side scores, resets ...
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1answer
239 views
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7answers
239 views

How many (and what) things have I failed to do if I get into a fight?

Basically every answer I've ever read that involves a "real-world" situation begins with "If you got into a fight, your training already failed you". I know - I gave a couple of those answers. So, ...
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10answers
744 views

Controlling my emotions during sparring

I'm currently a yellow belt but I'm sparring with brown, red and black belts. Of course I'm not as good as they are so during sparring I get emotional and frustrated very quickly... I know it's silly ...
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6answers
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Why do taekwondoists bounce so much? (And how do we help them stop?)

At training last night (Japanese JiuJitsu), we had two people with TKD backgrounds training with us. I couldn't help noticing how bouncy they both were. They both came from different TKD school, yet ...
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1answer
84 views

Could Bushi Ban martial arts prepare me for the Olympics?

I am a novice in bushi ban style. I need to know can i participate in olympics after completing my study? or olympics allows only few styles (like tae-kwon-do)?
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4answers
406 views

What are the possible signs some has lost consciousness when being choked?

I thought this would be obvious, someone would just pass out and go floppy. However last week during rolling I got someone in a sleeve / Ezekiel choke while in my guard and he didn't tap out. He ...
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2answers
215 views

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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5answers
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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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6answers
576 views

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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2answers
162 views

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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7answers
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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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