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Arm Toughening Without Losing Sensitivity

There are arm-toughening drills in many martial arts. Usually, this consists of banging various parts of your arm against a partner's arm or a tree or other immovable object. I've been concerned ...
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Why is osoto guruma named osoto guruma?

Osoto gari translates to "large outer reap". That makes perfect sense as it is a large reap on the outer leg. Osoto guruma translates to "large outer wheel" and the "wheel" part eludes me. What ...
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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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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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What is the most efficient way for a beginner to improve his posture?

I only started Jeet Kune Do about two months ago. Everytime I am coming to the class, I find that my posture is still not correct even for the simplest strikes such as a straight lead. Is there ...
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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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What is Jason Bourne's fighting style called

What fighting style does the character 'Jason Bourne' played by Matt Damon in the 'Bourne Series' use?
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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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how to perform a reverse punch?

Where I used to train, I was taught a reverse punch was performed with the opposite fist to the forward leg, while stepping forwards. So, for example, if I stepped forwards into a left hand front ...
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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 ...
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How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?

I'm practicing Yuan-style Tai-Chi, and I'm having difficulty keeping the bo staff from moving off centre as I twirl it - I consistently find my hold slightly to one end or another after a series of ...
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What should I be looking for in my first, trial class? [For Chinese arts specifically]

I know there are a lot of questions about this posted, and I've read through four of them here. I understand that more important than any style is that the instructor is "good." I don't have a ...
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Is a Master always required to learn kung fu?

I am a beginner to kung fu. However, I am an academic student as well. Apart from the economic reasons in training under a master, I also am not able to find time to go to a far off place to train ...
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Are punches that impact an eye dangerous? (Muay Thai)

During sparring in Muay Thai, I occasionally receive hook-punches (even straight punches) where the corner/edge of the glove makes solid contact with an eye of mine. I can feel that my eye is sore for ...
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What's the difference between gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiujitsu?

What's the difference between gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiujitsu?
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How should a college club train for MMA?

I'm planning on starting an marital arts club at my college as a student group. My main idea is that myself and others who are trained in different martial arts disciplines (striking, grappling, ...
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What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?

Suppose you have a room full of people. You have access to all their biometrics: the mass of their arms, their body, and so on. You can also make them punch in open air and measure their punching ...
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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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Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?

I've just purchased a staff made of white waxwood. I need a way to make it stand out from other staves made of white pine. The easy answer is of course to use a marker and put my initials on it, but I ...
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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?
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How to avoid knee injury?

I'm 16 and I've been doing Tae Kwon Do for about a month and I've just received my yellow belt. Recently I've been having some pain in my knees after practise. I do all the stretching but it's not ...
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Boxing - how to make a blunt “charging” of a heavier opponent, unaffordable for him?

Title is self-explanatory: what would be the best tactic to effectively punish an otherwise notably inferior opponent with, say 20% more strength and volume, who tries to make his way into close-range ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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How fit should I become to pursue boxing?

I have been interested in joining a boxing gym for quite some time now. I have narrowed it down to a few gyms, and before I go choose which gym I would like to join I would first like to increase my ...
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Should I start competition or wait for green belt

I am an orange belt. I've been training BJJ for 7 months, and was wondering if I should start to compete or wait until I get my green belt? I've gone to four tournaments to watch and I would like to ...
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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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Does Morote Chudan and Awase Tsuki refer to the same thing?

I hear instructors using awase tsuki or morote chudan in reference to a simultaneous strike to the stomach and face. I want to know if both phrases refer to the same strike pattern and if not which ...
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Do martial arts instructors also seek fitness instruction certifications?

I suffered a heart attack right after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training last year, and as a result I have been paying much more attention to my health. I've trained in martial arts on and off for years, ...
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What do instructors look for before allowing students to compete in judo?

Entrance into judo competition as a new judoka is contingent on the go-ahead of a recognized judo instructor. What criteria would an experienced judoka instructor use to make that determination? I ...
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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 ...
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Electric Chair Submission

Is 'Electric Chair' submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu some kind of a knee bar or does it affect to any other area of the leg?
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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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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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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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What is the best way to avoid armlocks?

I have been doing grappling (Sambo/BJJ) and striking sports (Thai boxing, kick boxing and Savate) for 3 years. I am not good at attacking and defending against armlocks when standing. How can I ...
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Is Wing Chun or krav maga suitable for a sailing lifestyle

I am working in the merchant navy. I'll be working (sailing) for 6 months and then have 3 months of leave. I can train for this 3 months and practice myself when I am sailing using books and videos. ...
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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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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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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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