6
votes
6answers
547 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 ...
11
votes
7answers
3k views

How do I improve my attack speed?

This question is a little different than a previous question on speed and footwork. Recently my sensei critiqued my sparring, saying my block and counter techniques are pretty strong, but I'm lacking ...
6
votes
6answers
3k views

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, ...
6
votes
4answers
348 views

How can I improve my “bananeira” (hand-stand / walk head-down)?

This is a very common capoeira movement and I've seen similar things in some kung-fu styles. I can do it for a couple of seconds (or 2,3 steps) for about two years now, but never managed to go past ...
4
votes
1answer
171 views

Does anyone know a good source of information about Sambo on the web?

I've seen some videos of Sambo, but I've never seen real practice. I've practiced some Aikido and BJJ. Looks like Sambo has some ground elements that might be similar to Jiu-Jitsu and some standing ...
4
votes
3answers
229 views

Are championships against Aikido philosophy?

While I was in Brazil, I heard that there is no such thing and it's against the Aikido principles, but I don't remember more than that. In the UK, I heard about some guys that do it. Is there really ...
3
votes
5answers
2k views

“Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?

I train in Taekwon-do (1st Dan Instructor) and ninjutsu (Beginner) and I had an interesting insight/question arise from my ninjutsu Instructor (which is why I picked up the second art): In ninjutsu's ...
3
votes
5answers
197 views

How do I improve landing on my center line after a back kick?

Yes, I have read the other kick balance thread but I've tried the wall side kick, repeating slowly many many times, and the other drills but my balance issues don't arrive until I'm recovering from a ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Why do different shapes of bokken exist?

Bokken are supposed to mimic/represent a katana for training purpose. There are suburi bokken which are heavier than normal to train muscles and develop power. But why are there different shapes of ...
4
votes
2answers
446 views

Is Tomari-Te a valid type of Okinawan (Ryukyu) Kempo?

George Dillman claims to teach Ryukyu (Okinawan) Kempo Tomari-te. The theory here is that there were three villages teaching Kempo: Naha, Shuri, and Tomari. I have heard that Tomari really did not ...
3
votes
4answers
366 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
859 views

Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?

Power is defined exactly like in the wiki article, and the units are also as in the wiki article: The dimension of power is energy divided by time. Breathing is largely composed, as far as my ...
1
vote
1answer
590 views

kicked in the sternum - tips on healing, time frame? any lingering danger?

I recently (a week ago) got side kicked with a heal in my Sternum pretty hard, it knocked me down (I weigh 215 lbs). Needless to say it was very painful and a week later it still kills if I try and ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
499 views

Are there any Wing Chun Kungfu training dummy designs that are fit for use in a condo?

I'm looking to practice some with a training dummy at home. I live in a condo (apartment building), and am concerned with: being able to mount it properly noise absorption - minimal noise production ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Can I practice any of the martial arts after a hernia surgery?

I am diagnosed with Inguinal Hernia. I'm 21 years old, so the doctor said he cannot predict whether it's going to be a 'mesh' or a 'sewn-up' repair. I am very interested in martial arts - especially ...
10
votes
7answers
619 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) ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?

I came across this youtube video. Being a beginner in Aikido I was wondering, is this the traditional way of tying your belt? Are there other ways to do it? Does it matter how you tie it?
5
votes
1answer
329 views

What is the proper technique for holding a Century-style body shield for use in Taekwondo?

My family just won a Century body shield as part of a raffle to help raise money for our school's booster club. We don't often use a body shield in class (in fact, I only recall having used it in one ...
3
votes
1answer
162 views

How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?

For my next grading, I'm planning to demonstrate a split-kick break, similar to the kick shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox46E-GNVQ8&feature=related (In case the video becomes ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

What are ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?

What are the most effective ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the differences between iaido and kendo?

I don't understand the differences between Iaido and Kendo. If I compare any other Japanese martial art, like Karatedo and Judo, the differences are obvious. Why are there two different Japanese ...
7
votes
3answers
190 views

Demonstrations of Minimum Force

Frequently with newer students when we begin teaching them locks, we encounter the phenomena that when they don't get the lock to go on they will try to apply more force to make it work. This can be ...
6
votes
4answers
9k views

How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?

Two weeks ago I participated in a seminar at my dojo where a so-called Kubotan or self-defense stick was introduced. I had never heard of that thing before. In two sessions, we got some background ...
5
votes
5answers
592 views

What exercises help to develop frontal leg speed?

For many people, the front leg kick is a very effective "stopping" move when faced with a charging opponent. The faster (and more accurately) a defender can deploy this kick, the better the ...
9
votes
6answers
203 views

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 ...
5
votes
10answers
567 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 ...
4
votes
1answer
237 views

What are the primary differences between poomsae and hyungs?

At my Taekwondo school, we practice the traditional hyungs as created by General Choi. After reviewing several materials for WTF practitioners and reading books on the history of Taekwondo, I'm left ...
2
votes
3answers
200 views

What's the recommended way to deal with an injured hamstring while still practicing?

Periodically, we all experience a hamstring issue, such as a pulled, ripped or torn hamstring. In relation to my current issue (a pulled hamstring in the left leg), I would like to continue practicing ...
4
votes
4answers
206 views

Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?

A lot of non-sport-related martial arts, in my experience, seem to limit ground technique to getting back to the feet in an effective and quick manner. While I don't disagree that being on your feet ...
3
votes
4answers
735 views

What is a good training scheme for kendo?

I want to pick up my kendo but I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape. Does anyone know a good training scheme to get into shape and be ready by September (5 - 6 months)?
5
votes
1answer
336 views

What is Fudo Myo-o (concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin)?

stslavik in an answer related to Kenjutsu mentions the concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin as part of Fudo Myo-o. While I am somewhat familiar with all three, I am seeking a more in depth ...
7
votes
2answers
614 views

What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?

How can one find out if a Martial Art school is legit/registered? I took a style back in the 90's called Chung Moo Quan. The school eventually closed because of some investigations into it being a ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

What are the key differences between kendo and kenjutsu?

I was wondering what are the key differences between kenjutsu and kendo? I know that kendo is considered as an art of fighting where as the kenjutsu is the art of killing, or am I wrong here?
3
votes
3answers
208 views

AiKiDo - is there a good translation for all the terms?

I find it extremely difficult to memorise all terms - there is no connection to me with them. Is there a good german or english translation for all terms used in AiKiDo?
11
votes
6answers
791 views

Bad boxing club or wrong idea of the sport?

I have done a boxing-for-starters class in a nearby club and after that joined the club for the regular training. As I really enjoyed the sport and got into sparring the fun faded because my sparring ...
3
votes
1answer
307 views

Preventing jammed toe during judo randori

I have been practicing judo for about 6 months and I've found that I frequently manage to "jam" the big toe on my right foot during randori. Are there strengthening exercises that I can do for my big ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Why is Krav Maga expensive?

I've trained in several martial arts over the years. During that time, I've paid less ($60/mo) or more ($150/mo) depending on the area, skill level of the teachers, etc. However, I'm noticing an odd ...
4
votes
8answers
2k views

Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?

I'm into Ninjutsu. We have just started some boxing + kicking: Gloves, mouth guards. I'm speaking "friendly" here - this is in-house sparring, not MMA competition. So, the instructor has recommended ...
12
votes
6answers
905 views

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 ...
12
votes
13answers
786 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 ...
2
votes
3answers
214 views

How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?

Since I was young, martial arts have triggered my interest, and lately I attended some "try one for free" lessons in various gyms in my town. I come from a competitive level in a totally different ...
5
votes
1answer
350 views

What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?

I know Escrima generally has minimal emphasis on forms, but that there are nevertheless some patterns associated with certain Escrima variants. Many more popular/formalized martial arts have books ...
11
votes
3answers
322 views

When doing Aikido practice why should the attacker adapt to the defender?

I'm an Aikido beginner and haven't had many classes yet, so I hope this is not a stupid question. My teacher recently said that when we practice with someone then the attacker should adapt to the ...
3
votes
6answers
1k views

What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?

I am looking to practice a form of martial arts which will be good for reducing back pain abd work stress while improving general body fitness. Which would be best to start with?
4
votes
1answer
216 views

What are the philosophical differences between the TKD Kwan?

My understanding is that after the unification of the various kwan under the Kukkiwon the basic library of techniques that each school employed became relatively uniform. I've seen firsthand, ...
3
votes
1answer
508 views

How effective are different pricing structures for martial arts studios?

There are several ways for students to pay for martial arts lessons... per month, per lesson, and contracts. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these for both the student and school? ...
9
votes
6answers
1k views

Why Do Pressure Points Work Differently Against Different People?

In hapkido we do a great deal of training with various pressure point techniques. These include pinches that hit a nerve (e.g., on the inside of the leg or on the outside of the elbow) or strikes that ...
2
votes
2answers
274 views

Are there alternate versions of the ITF Taekwondo pattern Yulgok?

In ITF Taekwondo, movements 15, 16, 18, and 19 of Yulgok are hooking blocks, as far as I know. Recently, however, I've been practicing Taekwondo with people who learned in different dojos, and a ...
6
votes
3answers
94 views

Does it help to use shorter breaks during training than during competition?

I know a boxing trainer who insists that, when training for a fight with one-minute breaks between rounds, it will give you an edge conditionally over your opponent to use only 30-second breaks during ...

15 30 50 per page