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What are the most effective exercises (hojo undō or otherwise) for martial arts?

A while back, my Aikido teacher adviced me to do do-in / tao yin exercises to improve my flexibility because a particular muscle in my leg is relatively short and sometimes hinders me while ...
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2answers
221 views

Where can I find Seido Resources?

I am an advanced blue belt in the Seido Karate system, it has been very difficult to find any resource pertaining to katas, and kumite I would love to have video or written instructions for these ...
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11answers
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What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?

There is vertical fist punch in Hapkido as well as some Chinese martial arts and in older styles of boxing, but I see it a lot less in modern fighting and sparring. What are the advantages and ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I treat my leg after a painful thigh kick? [closed]

I was sparring and received a pretty hard thigh kick. I have been in a tremendous amount of pain since it happened three days ago. I usually bruise easily but there isn't an bruising yet. The pain ...
5
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1answer
162 views

Learning breathing while meditating

Recenlty I had sit down with my sensei and he was explaining to me how to meditate in seiza. The only thing I'm unclear on is how should I compress the air into my center while breading in. He said ...
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1answer
124 views

Injury during training session, after 2 months still feel the pain [closed]

2 months ago I went to Muay Thai training session. I forgot my bandages and went on training. After the session I felt a little bit of pain in my wrist. The next day I had BJJ training. Everything ...
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3answers
366 views

How do I choose a boxing glove?

Boxing gloves that in 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, 16oz or 18oz. Is this sizing related to the hand size or to the amount of protection that it's offer? For use in sparring. Is it better to have the ...
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2answers
310 views

“Aikido is first and foremost BUDO”

The above sentence has been attributed to O'Sensei and I'd like to use it as a motto for my dojo's website. Problem: I can't find a reliable source about when/where he said this. Or a proper Japanese ...
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5answers
815 views

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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2answers
926 views

Can I start martial arts after a minor disc herniation?

I used to practice karate earlier. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with minor disc herniation at L4 and L5. I haven't undergone any surgery and pretty much cured just by physiotherapy and can do all my ...
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5answers
651 views

How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
6
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2answers
302 views

Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe

My left leg is 3/4" shorter than my right leg. I have trained in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and earned my first Dan. However barefoot training is becoming a real problem. Martial arts shoes all seem to ...
4
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1answer
87 views

What universal structures or recommendations are in place for TKD advancement for children?

My daughter is six, knows her orange belt form so well the other kids (even the high oranges) often watch and follow her during form practice and has the three tips usually required to take the belt ...
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3answers
2k views

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) ...
2
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4answers
260 views

What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?

I am a beginner with Tai Chi QiGong. There are 20 Movements of forms. I have been taking classes for a little over 3 months and I have only learned 13 of them. For the past 3 classes there have only ...
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7answers
3k views

Advancement Speed in Taekwondo

I've been studying Taekwondo for about two months, and I took the first test that my school offered after I joined (two weeks ago), and received my yellow-stripe. It looks like the school holds tests ...
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3answers
1k views

Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?

There are a number of Martial Arts-related documentaries and reality TV shows (Human Weapon, Fight Quest, Fight Science, Kill Arman, Deadliest Warrior...) from the last few years, but I have my doubts ...
8
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5answers
286 views

How can I quickly regain focus during class?

Occasionally I will get (inwardly) frustrated during class, usually when I cannot seem to make heads or tails of an advanced technique. After class I'll work with a senior student to practice the ...
2
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2answers
72 views

Conditioning after sick leave

What type of conditioning should I perform after being out sick for 2 weeks? I'm taking a Muay Thai test in one week and going back to classes for Jeet Kun Do and Wing Chun in a few days. I usually ...
3
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4answers
760 views

What is “seven star”?

This question asks about a seven star mantis stance. In the Chen Man Ching Tai Chi form I practice we incorporate a move known as "step up to seven stars". Clearly there is some concept referenced ...
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0answers
190 views

Background about Butthan Martial art

I'd like to know about the background of Butthan martial arts. What is the focus of this art, and what are the strength and weakness of it?
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4answers
456 views

Endurance problems while practicing martial art

I have been attending krav-maga lessons (twice a week) for two years and always had low endurance. After every lesson I feel exhausted a little more. My stamina improved since I started but I still ...
5
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2answers
302 views

What are the differences between gel and foam gear?

What is the advantage and drawback of gear with gel inside? Is it better than foam gear or is it commercial? Specifically is gel good for gloves, shin guards, body armor, or headgear?
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2answers
81 views

The terms “form” and “sequence” in Martial arts

Is there a difference between the two terms form and sequence in martial arts?
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0answers
200 views

Good music themes for Tai-chi [closed]

I'm searching for a good collection of music themes for Tai-chi. Any suggestion? Note: As I'm not expert in music, probably I cannot explain this, but I would prefer something not blaring (once I ...
2
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2answers
112 views

“Spinning Block” Pattern Origination

In my group as a way to practice improving flow we do the following series in every class: Come into a neutral, relaxed stance) facing north (chosen for sake of ease of directions in this list). ...
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2answers
124 views

How do I find out what are the laws on edged weapons in my country?

I live in Bulgaria and would like to know my rights and restrictions on carrying pens, knifes, axes. Ideally, I want to print the concerning law and carry it with me. I have heard that there is no ...
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4answers
2k views

Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?

What I mean is that is it more dangerous than other contact sports that aren't martial arts? Such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, etc... And if yes, why?
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4answers
434 views

Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?

Whats the difference between Ju-jutsu and Jiu-jitsu? In Sweden we only have Ju jutsu and i have notice that in USA thay have both Ju jutsu and Jiu-jitsu and it looks like the same thing.
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4answers
156 views

Transitioning between similar arts

When moving from rapier to Hapkido, there was a lot that transferred and very little that interfered. Range, positioning, and most of the footwork transferred along with the mental aspects, and the ...
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4answers
698 views

What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?

What are things to look for in a school to indicate that one should absolutely NOT study there? You know, things like having the name Cobra Kai or making you do donut runs because you're the new ...
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1answer
557 views

How to repair a mat with a hole in it?

So, there was an incident and now one of the mats has a hole in it. The hole is about 1 x 0.5 cm wide. What is the best way to repair it so it is still safe to train on said mat? The mat is a ...
5
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1answer
152 views

Safely Training Axe Kick Throws

We have a technique in hapkido that flows as follows (using the hard-grab variation for simplicity, there are variations): Opponent grabs left hand with their right. Defender pulls arm out to the ...
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2answers
107 views

Livehand Locks for Training Purposes

One set of techniques that my dojang doesn't practice much with, but that I have seen in several other Hapkido sources (mostly "lightning patch" groups), are live hand variations on locks. ...
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5answers
559 views

What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?

I recently saw a Seven Star Praying Mantis school perform in public for a cultural festival, and one of their characteristics is the seven-star stance. The stance entails one of practictioner's leg ...
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4answers
1k views

For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?

I recently moved, and I found there are two classes within walking distance of my home. One is tai chi and the other is tae kwon do. I am in my thirties, have led a sedentary lifestyle so far. I'd ...
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6answers
342 views

how to overcome “freeze”?

I have a grading coming up soon and one section of the test involves a series of wrist releases. Uke is supposed to grab me by the wrists several times and I need to display that I know and can ...
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4answers
1k views

Aikido Forward Roll

How to do safely a Aikido front roll from standing position and from jumping ? What are the key point to be careful for avoid injury like shoulder dislocation ? What are other injury that can happen ...
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2answers
148 views

Drills for teaching range analysis

One of the things that I spent a lot of time in rapier drilling on were range drills. The essence of a rapier range drill is that there are three fundamental ranges that you frequently find yourself ...
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5answers
811 views

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 ...
6
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1answer
385 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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4answers
621 views

How do I improve my jumping technique for jumping maneuvers?

Many martial arts (taekwondo and karate being the most obvious examples) incorporate powerful jumping maneuvers as part of the standard set of techniques practiced within the art. Many of these ...
6
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2answers
398 views

Aikido ikkyo variations

I had few inital classes where we have been training ikkyo. And I'm already getting pretty overwhelmed with the variations. I know that ikkyo is usually followed by the attack name, and than it is ...
8
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2answers
305 views

How do i fix my Berimbau?

I have a berimbau verga that has cracked from the center while stringing it. Need a few tips how should i go about it; can I glue it up and thread it around the berimbau verga, would there be ...
4
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2answers
163 views

Ten Chin or Tein Chien or something else?

Ten chin or Ttein Chien I'm not sure of transliterated spelling, is the footwork where one foot replaces another/one moves back and the opposite forward, It should one of the four fundamental primary ...
9
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4answers
234 views

Avoiding breath lockups

I am beginner at aikido and when I train, for some reason I tend to hold my breath when I should be exhaling. Mostly during falls and techniques where I'm nage. Is there a way to get rid of this bad ...
4
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1answer
167 views

Force with a spear

When working with a rapier you use a very light touch, not just for safety reasons within the rules, but because that is entirely sufficient to kill someone and if you go any harder you are likely to ...
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22answers
13k views

What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

I'm not getting younger, and my weight will always be at least 200lbs. The martial art I'm studying is not kind to my joints. A particular problem is the flying kicks, one of which is featured in my ...
6
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2answers
180 views

Where can I find display cases for Chinese Martial Arts weapons?

A colleague of mine will inherit her grandfather's collection of Chinese Martial Arts weapons including a number of swords. They would like to display these weapons, since they have both sentimental ...
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0answers
205 views

Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose? [closed]

I would like to choose a martial art for self-defense. I learned Karate when I was in middle school, but I don't think I'm good at punching or striking with power. I think I have great body ...

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