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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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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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When doing a hip throw, is there a such thing as too low?

Hip techniques are performed by lowering your center of gravity below your opponent's. Throws require less effort the lower you are; is there a point where it'd take more effort if you went lower?
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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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Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use

In a previous question I asked whether it is better to start out with a light weapon, and then move on to a heavier one. I got the answer that yes, it's better to start with a lighter one and ...
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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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Why does Seido Karate only teach weapons training at black belt level?

I am a student of the Seido karate fighting style, I would like to know why weapons training starts only at the black belt level?
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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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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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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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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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Extra training to avoid new injuries

I cracked the fourth toe a year ago and now every other training in judo or bjj it hurts (even though I am taping it together and avoiding foot sweeps). The doctor says there is nothing you can do to ...
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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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BJJ Instructor and Fighter Ranks

I remember reading a long while ago (when BJJ was first hitting popularity) about how they had different colour tips (or sheaths as they seem to be known) for their black belts (white and red from ...
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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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Wrestling strategies

I have long heard that judo and wrestling, both freestyle and greco-roman, are some of the martial arts that requires most strategy. That lead me to try to learn wrestling (also the fact that although ...
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What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?

As discussed in What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?, when no one can really agree on what qi is, the construction of a scientific experiment to verify it is rather ...
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Is there a reason for the red part of the belt are in the left side

I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for while. The only explanation for the red tip of the belt to be on left side it is because the same side of the heart. It looks like it's not reasonable ...
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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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Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)

It seems slashing is much more powerful than thrusting, and thus, much more useful. Is there any technique to enhance power of a thrusting attack to the level of a powerful blow? If not, what is the ...
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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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