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From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

When punching or throwing a strike in Muay Thai, I have heard that the punch should not be 'telegraphed'; meaning that the opponent should not be able to understand what you are going to do. When ...
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BJJ- Gym training that is beneficial (specific to BJJ)?

Just got my first stripe on my white belt today! I am looking to supplement my bjj training with weights approx 2x a week. I am already quite experienced in the gym as I have weight trained ...
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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

I'm looking for a reliable book, website or document that I can use for reference to study each technique specification, and memorize each compulsory Wushu form defined by IWUF. For Changquan and/or ...
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What does a free fighting teacher teach

... since any technique is free to be used ? Logically each teacher could teach any martial art he wants ! but there couldn't be a federation, instructors and diplomas this way. There are very few ...
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Origins of Shorinji Kempo

My question relates to the origins of Shorinji Kempo and its related arts. I'd like to gain a better understanding of where it came from. Part A: What styles did Doshin So train in while in China? ...
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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? ...
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What benefits (if any) are there when listening to music while practicing? And does it depend on the style?

Listening to music while practicing is something I see many martial artists do; especially those in boxing and MMA; I have seen it less in wrestling and judo. Is this because of the stereotypic groups ...
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Which martial art would minimize hand injury?

I have been thinking about learning some martial arts for self defense. I'm a thin guy, which worries me a little bit whenever I'm alone late in the night - I'm an easy target. I understand that ...
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The (hidden?) meaning of “Karate is life”

Sensei Morio Higaonna and Sensei Gichin Funakoshi said in somewhat terse terms "Karate is my life" or, Karate is a way of life. What did they mean by this? Did they mean it in a Zen of ...
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What do I need to watch out for when dealing with shorter opponents?

I'm in Japan teaching English (as part of the JET Programme) at a middle school, and I joined their Judo club. At 183+ cm (6 ft+ - I actually have to be careful of some doorways) and ~76 kg (~167 ...
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Building shoulder flexibility for Queda de Quatro

I enjoy doing capoeira, but one of the escape movements is giving me a lot of trouble. In the Queda de Quatro, where one leans backwards into a crab walk position to avoid a blow, I can't seem to do ...
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What are the different ways of controlling the feet during a jab punch in boxing?

For the jab I see on videos and from others a few different techniques for the jab punch (leading arm facing the opponent). There is one style which lifts slightly the forward foot while the arm ...
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Thrusting Targets in the Leg

In George Silver's Paradoxes of Defense he makes the following comment: And again, the thrust being made through the hand, arm, or leg, or in many places of the body and face, are not deadly, ...
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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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How can I avoid hip injury while practicing Tae Kwon Do?

I did Tae Kwan Do for many years, but I took a hiatus for a couple of years and now that I've started up again, I find myself ending nearly every class with a minor strain in my right hip. I started ...
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Proper form for tae kwon do spinning side kicks

I have just reached green-yellow belt in tae kwon do, and my instructors say that I need to work on my spinning side kicks. Unfortunately I have trouble getting the form right, so I usually end up ...
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When did fake pro wrestling become so popular in the US?

Except for Mexico and Japan there are not many nations where professional (fake) wrestling is so successful. Where did this come from? Why did it become so popular? Here in Europe we don't have ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Does training in gi help to prepare for a no gi competition?

On the internet I read a lot of stories that encourage to prepare for a no gi contest by training with the gi/kimono. Isn't it a little bit of nonsense, because during no gi grip (holding the pants or ...
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Etymology and meaning of ukemi

I believe that ukemi can be translated as receiving body (受け身). It is what uke (受け, whoever receives the technique) does when nage (投げ thrower) or tori (取り, grabber) applies a technique. Am I correct ...
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How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)

Background: Age 34, I'm a 6ft 2 inch, 95kg mesomorph and have been at 3rd kyu for about a year now. For the most part, I am an ambidextrous player, with little preference as to which side I attack ...
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Who was the first female judoka?

Who were the first female judo players? When did they train? Keiko Fukuda was promoted to fifth degree in 1953
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In fencing, what is a point of fact?

Given the Shin A Lam controversy, I decided to look up the rules for the appeals process. The technical rules I found on the British Fencing website indicate that a point of fact can not be appealed. ...
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What is the most effective way to stabilize a WaveMaster 2XL?

Obviously, the WaveMaster series of standing bags from Century will never be as stable as a ceiling mounted heavy bag with a floor anchor. However, for many home gyms, the WaveMaster 2XL is a ...
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What technique should I use for hand wrappings?

There are so many techniques to be found on the internet. At the Uni (where I train kickboxing), they just refer to the internet. I keep on winding up with crappy hand wrappings. The one that stays ...
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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 ...
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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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What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?

The answers to the question What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically? mostly address the superstitious, popular notion of qi you might find in a Tarantino movie. But the word ...
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Falling leaf ukemi

What is the Japanese terminology for a falling leaf break fall? For those who do not know what it looks like. From standing, you would train it by putting both hands on the floor, kicking your legs ...
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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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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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What is the best bo staff for an 8-year-old for competitions?

What would be the best bo staff for an 8-year-old child to use in competitions. The bamboo toothpick is much too heavy for him. Would anyone recommend the fiberglass bo staff?
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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 ...
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Chinese Dadao info?

I am very interested in the Chinese Dadao and how they were used in combat. Is there any good resources out there on the use of and training with the Dadao specifically? I've seen a lot on the use ...
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Is it okay to use a pulley to stretch?

I'm a 58 yo male, 4th Dan taekwondo, training for about 17 years, flexibility not the best, but for the last 18 months, I've been really putting in the training, weights, core work, stretching etc, I ...
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Footwork in JKD for advancing elbow strikes

Im planning to execute the following trapping range drill : The goal of the drill is to place on an retreating opponent continous pressure by applying elbow strikes, locking him into a clinch and ...
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What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience?

My son started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5. Assuming he continues this, what belt should he receive once he is in the adult class? According to the belt chart, it would be blue or ...
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Should I speed up my breathing or slow down my tai chi?

I'm trying to learn tai chi by watching videos. (Sorry, I know it's probably not the best way!) I'm a slow breather (about 6 breaths per minute), and the tai chi exercises I'm trying to learn say to ...
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With modern mouthguards, would it be possible to mimic the knockout punch that Rex Layne received in 1951?

In 1951, Rocky Marciano's knockout punch sheared off four of Rex Layne's upper, front teeth at the gumline and sent his mouthpiece bouncing with teeth included out of the ring. [1] The ...
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Apache Knife Fighting System

Is this system really an original system thought by Native Ametrican Indians from generation to generation or it's just a system artificially developed by Robert Redfeather ...
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Videos and/or explicit instruction on hand wrapping for boxing

Either my instructors explain the hand wrapping too quickly or I'm just too dense to understand the explanations, but I'm still (after a month!) having a hard time wrapping my hands/wrists. I feel ...
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Is 16 too late of an age to start hapkido or judo?

I'm 15 and would like to start martial arts when I turn 16. I want a year to get myself in to really good shape before I start. One more question, what were you guys like when you started and what ...
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What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?

I'm a software engineer basically but have been practicing taekwondo since 2-3 months. I just wanted to know what it takes to get a black belt?
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Yang tai chi breathing (when to inhale/exhale)

I'm doing a Tai Chi class and am pretty much a novice at it, so I also youtube'd around and read a lot. I'm now confused about breathing. My class teacher (old guy, but aren't they all?) says for the ...
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How to avoid recoiling when someone pushes you?

What parts of the body should be trained? How to be ready for a hard push?
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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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Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?

When I spar, I see/notice/become aware of the kick slightly after the foot has left the floor on a path towards my shin or my thigh. According to what I know (which is may be limited, so please ...
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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 ...

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