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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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Muay Thai or Krav Maga?

I have always wanted to learn Kali, but I never had any schools in my area teaching any martial arts. Now that I have moved (I'm mostly staying for 2 years before moving again), I found a school near ...
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What exercises can I do to strengthen my knees for seated techniques?

In Aikido it is known that repeated suwariwaza techniques (seated techniques) are very hard on your knees. Most of the older masters have knee issues where they struggle to transition from seated to ...
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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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Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?

Is Systema a modern version of Pankration? The ancient style is very loose in the rules. Except that for Systema, there are weapons included, it is also quite loose in restrictions and practical for ...
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How many days per week shoud I train BJJ?

I recently started training BJJ and was wondering if training monday through friday with the weekend off is overkill? I've been feeling sore after every class and in the morning I feel like someone ...
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405 views

Underwater Rear Naked Choke

I play waterpolo and while it is not often that I am blatantly choked out it has happened enough that I was wondering if you guys had any ideas for escaping a rear naked choke while underwater. The ...
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190 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 ...
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How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?

I am 21 years of age. I have been learning taekwondo for a year. However, I am still unable to achieve a complete split. What are exercises that I can do to increase my flexibility to reach a complete ...
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111 views

Is it good or bad to compete in a higher weight class?

Is it good for my learning process to compete in higher weight class? My weight is 63 In many BJJ events you have -64, -70, -76, ... Normally I should compete in -64 but I prefer competing in -70. ...
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649 views

How to avoid gassing out during a BJJ or Grappling tournament?

How does someone prepare for a BJJ tournament, especially when the person is gassing out after the first minute of the first fight? What could be the reason of gassing out? Is the overtraining ...
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323 views

Which is the best way for learning Wing Chun?

Can somebody tell me some hints in learning Wing Chun? Some tutorials,Youtube channels,etc. Thanks!
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258 views

could someone name some weird looking martial arts [closed]

I know of an Indian martial art that is all kicking and another called Kalaripayyatu, or something like that (not perfectly spelled.) I also know of copeira, although I've never studied any of these. ...
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Oshitaoshi ukemi name

I am looking for the Japanese (or western) name of the breakfall uke does to escape from oshitaoshi. Basically, this is a half cart wheel that uke does when tori applies oshitaoshi. In the drawing ...
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89 views

Is there some experts based resources on self defense techniques? [closed]

would you suggest some good expert based youtube channel or websites focused on basic self defense techniques?
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486 views

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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How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?

I saw a very well executed spinning reverse kick in this video of the Athens Olympics. I can do a reverse kick and a jumping turning kick. How can move on to acquire the necessary skills to perform ...
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3answers
150 views

How to prepare your mind before practicing martial arts

I believe you have to focus your mind before starting to train. I Would like to know how teachers help their students gain and retain their discipline for the duration of the class. I am interested ...
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2answers
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What is the name of this bo?

I was at a seminar this weekend and saw a bit of Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu. The teacher used a special type of bo that I had not seen before and am having trouble finding information about. It had 9 metal ...
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1answer
196 views

Karate - Hangetsu (Seisan) - can one damage one's muscles through slow movements?

I was practicing Hangestu this morning with a lot of focus and tension. Throughout the final move I kept the tension, with my muscles working against each other, and felt a definite pain within my ...
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1answer
299 views

What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?

I was thinking about joining a judo club near my house, but I was wondering what kind of injuries I have to expect by practicing this martial art ( I'm especially worried about my nose, my nasal ...
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Why did Kano focus on grappling?

It seems like Kano could've easily gone a different direction and focused on striking, weapons, or even a general sport. Why did he have such a keen focus on grappling in particular?
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Who is a person, Martial Art, who broke his hand when he tried to break the Tiles?

I once heard a story about a Martial Art person who has broken his hand after breaking the Tiles. The aim of story given below shows a Mind Power of Human Being. Actually I did't remember the exact ...
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1answer
94 views

Why is seoi-nage a hand technique?

What makes seoi-nage a hand technique instead of a hip technique? Is there something fundamentally different about it that separates it from hip techniques like o-goshi and koshi guruma?
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1answer
549 views

Risk of using headlocks in a real-life situation [closed]

I wonder whether we should always avoid using a headlock (even if we have a chance to use) in a real attack. The hands of the 'headlocked' person would be free to pull a knife, or any other weapon.
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9answers
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How to build up endurance when rolling?

I started taking BJJ last month and I gas really quick, especially when we roll at the end of the session. I can roll with two guys, but then I feel really out of breath, and my muscles feel extremely ...
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3answers
420 views

Aikido jo-staff origins

Within some Aikido circles, I have heard it be said that the jo-staff was representing a spear thus should be treated as if it had a blade at one end. This help explains uke's reactions to some of ...
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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
346 views

How should one physically prepare for BJJ?

Often I'm out of training because of a lack of schools around where I'm living. But when I can, I train Brazilian jiujitsu. During those times of no combat sports training, what kind of strength, ...
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4answers
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What's the real difference between Ikkyo omote and Nikkyo omote?

In some variations, such as kata tori and gyaku hamni katatedori, ikkyo and nikkyo techniques are very similary, pretty much equal, but for the ending pin. What is then, the real difference between, ...
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1answer
564 views

How does one effectively use focus mitts in training?

I know that there are many trainers who use focus mitts as a method for developing cardio, but many of the coaches/trainers who I respect seem to reject this notion and feel that the purpose of focus ...
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8answers
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Can I start training in tae kwon do at age 16?

I'm planning to start Taekwondo classes in a month but I just wanted to know if I have any chance being good at it to compete. Or am I a lost cause because I am 16 and people who go to national ...
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5answers
1k views

Self defense with one hand tied behind back?

I'm completely new to martial arts. I would like to know if there are techniques that can be used in self-defense if you had one hand tied behind your back or in the case you lose your hand?
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2answers
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Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?

I'm not sure that the terms I'm using are standard, or that I'm explaining them well. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me try to explain my terms, explain my assumption and then ask a question. ...
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1answer
413 views

Western Boxing Styles and their Features

What are some major (widespread) styles of western boxing and what are the features of these styles? I am not talking about styles in the sense of "in-fighter", "out-fighter", "brawler", etc... ...
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4answers
467 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 ...
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8answers
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Sparring against Offensive Fighters

I'm pretty decent at sparring, but I consistently struggle against power offensive fighters. Specifically, I mean people who don't respect my punch, have natural powerful punches, and throw a barrage ...
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5answers
327 views

Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?

I have the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in one of my elbows. My other arm is fine and everything else is fine. What martial arts could I practise without excessive strain on the elbows? EDIT: The ...
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5answers
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Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai

As of 1989, there were 336 Branches of Isshin-ryu Karate (a style only named as of January 15, 1956). Given this fragmentation, I have chosen a fairly recognized figure in the Isshinryu world, the ...
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606 views

Training while exhausted

In martial art circles, we often hear that training while exhausted (or tiered) will improve your technique. The one I heard was that it will force one to stop all extraneous movement and do the ...
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0answers
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What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu?

What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu? I have met others who have studied this style from time to time over the years at various seminars and workshops. All seemed very skillful. This is ...
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1answer
382 views

What can I do to stretch my legs out further? [duplicate]

I have been practicing shedokan for last two years. But unfortunately I stated my training at an age of 21 years (Now I'm 23). Consequences I am facing of starting this much late is that my legs do ...
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2answers
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How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?

To provide some background: I have been attending training sessions for Muay Thai Fundamentals (Beginners) sporadically for the past 5-10 weeks now. Whilst there has been some observable improvements ...
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11answers
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Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction

When going into a longsword bind, or getting hit as part of a Kata, I tend to flinch visibly and shut my eyes. What are some exercises I can do, solo or with a partner, to help me keep my eyes open?
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593 views

How do I keep a safe distance from potential threats without escalating the situation?

How do I maintain martial awareness of a person's movement and intent when that person is very physically close (conversation distance, or passing on the street) to me? The situation could be a guy ...
3
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3answers
237 views

How can you get a snappy and efficient vertical elbow strike?

I have been shown elbow strikes in my last class, one of the strikes was an elbow strike to the enemy's chin where you just move your elbow upwards. The hand goes around the ear and you should be ...
8
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4answers
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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 ...
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3answers
592 views

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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412 views

Learning not to turn your back on ground?

As a judoka, I've the bad habit of turning my back when ever I get in trouble in groundwork. In competition judo, you only get points for throwing your opponent, and landing stomach down doesn't ...
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101 views

a relaxed and calm feeling after an intense practice?

okay so here how it goes: I did some punching and kicking practice. after that I took a shower and after that I suddenly felt a little different I was very clam and relaxed full of awareness. I felt ...

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