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Training supplement to Muay Thai

I recently joined Muay Thai classes and am thoroughly loving it, but the class is held only thrice a week. After going through this post I realized that I going to class thrice a week is the minimum ...
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Counting Calories when Training for TKD Tournament

I'm training for a TKD tournament. My Master is a very big proponent of counting calories, but I don't want to eat too little when I'm training intensely for the rest of the year. I obviously don't ...
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Suggestions after breaking ankle

I am a black belt in Tang Soo Do. I broke my ankle, snapped it clean off. Now I have a metal plate in there, and it's extremely sensitive to touch. I can no longer properly form a side kick with that ...
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Can I start martial arts after a minor disc herniation?

I used to practice karate earlier. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with minor disc herniation at L4 and L5. I haven't undergone any surgery and pretty much cured just by physiotherapy and can do all my ...
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“plucking” as defense for a choke from behind

Plucking as a defense against chokes is basically that you use your arms/hands to pull the attackers hands off your throat a small amount and pin them to your body - getting enough room to breathe ...
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Martial art with lots of high kicks

When I was a kid (6 years old) I trained for a year in tae kwon do. I liked it but my parents didn't want me to continue doing violent sport. At 21, I want to practice martial arts again. I loved tae ...
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Balance in boxing when slipping

The other day I just learnt how to slip in boxing and my coach told me to transfer your weight to the leg towards which you slip. Now by doing this it makes me wonder if you're actually balanced ...
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Two-Handed Basket-Hilted Sword Usage?

Is there a method of sword fighting where one uses two handed techniques with a basket-hilted sword? I've heard that this happened, just not where, when, and what the technique was called.
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MMA/UFC statistical analysis

Based on comments on this question, I am wondering if there is any meaningful statistical analysis of kicking/punching vs grappling in MMA? Hopefully said analysis will detail which arts are used in ...
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Buying My First Metal Sword (HEMA)

I am a HEMA practitioner (hema-ist?), who has been training with a plastic hand-and-a-half sword from Cold Steel. While it appears to be the correct weight and roughly the correct size of an actual ...
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HEMA Wrestling Guide

I've been learning Italian Longsword, a style of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts) for several months now, heavily using The Swordsman's Companion as a teacher and guide. It has been superb ...
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Good excercises to reduce the amount of pain in your palm/fingers when hitting with open palm?

For someone untrained, if you hit a human body with open palm (think slapping or spanking type hit), the hitter usually discovers that it hurts the surface of his palm and bottoms of fingers ...
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Judo za-rei difference between man and woman

I have read this page about reishiki and I have a question about the za-rei. kneeling bow at the beginning or end of the class. There is also a description on this dutch website. http://home.pi.be/~...
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Proper diet for preparing for a tournament

I'm currently getting ready for a TKD tournament in September (ITF-based, sport/light contact sparring and forms). As part of the training, I'm trying to ensure that I'm keeping a diet that maintains ...
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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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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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How to fix velcro wrist strap on boxing gloves?

I have a pair of Muay kickboxing gloves and after about 1 year of using them, the velcro wrap doesn't hold anymore. The only solution is can think of is tying them up with sports tape, but I sometimes ...
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What choke holds or submissions are safe enough for a beginner to practice?

I have been doing MMA for about 7 weeks and have generally only been using a rear naked choke for a submission and a triangle leg lock. What are other easy to do submissions that are effective and ...
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Conditioning after sick leave

What type of conditioning should I perform after being out sick for 2 weeks? I'm taking a Muay Thai test in one week and going back to classes for Jeet Kun Do and Wing Chun in a few days. I usually ...
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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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Should I arch my back in a butterfly kick?

I don't have a problem with the takeoff and landing of my butterfly kick, but various people have suggested different way to perform the kick. Usually when I do the kick, I launch my lower body ...
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Established “curriculum” for MMA?

I'm basically asking for an established MMA "curriculum". By that, I mean a way of training students for mixed martial arts that has been applied successfully by a significant number of schools. The ...
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How do I make my ginga more stable?

As noted in one of my earlier questions, I'm trying to get back into Capoeira. I'm trying to practice for 20 minutes or so each day, just going through the movements on my own in an empty room (the ...
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How did the belt system color develop? [duplicate]

I was told that a student of martial arts started with a white belt and used the same belt throughout their training and that they never washed the belt so over time it became darker and eventually ...
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How is kiwase Uke done?

I would like to know how kiwase uke is done in Seido Karate? I know its a type of block but I would like preferably a video example.
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Krav Maga, is it 100% legal for defense?

I am 15 and I am currently being trained in Krav Maga, one on one with a partner. I have a very practical question: Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or ...
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Does Krav Maga or any Martial Arts helps preparing to get stabbed?

You sure learn how to defend againt knife attacks, but how does it even feel to get stabbed? Would an average human stay under shock? Or Would you still keep fighting and defending after you get ...
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What is this name of this kind of joint lock

can someone tell me the name of this joint lock? It seems to be an Aikido technique (is it?) Thanks Edit Here is a gif of performing it:
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How do you escape from a front head lock?

A real experience: Well about a year ago I got in fight with a bullying thug in street, and we tackled each other. He was way bigger than I am, though we pushed each other locked-arm swinging around ...
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Taekwondo tornado kick defense

Is there a way to escape or defend yourself from a tornado kick? I've heard there are some very fast kicks that you can hardly defend against. What should someone would do if the rival has already ...
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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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Why is it so essential to do a full leg split to learn martial art?

I cannot do any split.Why is it so essential to make a full leg split to learn martial arts? Will I be able to learn martial art without doing it? Please help me.
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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 ...
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How to “man up” to begin a martial art?

I am planning to begin to taekwondo but I have seen this video. Yes, being the person that stands in the video is great but I guess that one cannot be that person without first being the guy that ...
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Systema: “Beyond the physical” force generation

I'm receiving the impression that Systema (or maybe just certain branches of it?) has some type of force generation by means of internal energy rather than muscles. However, while information on this ...
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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

I'll have my first (real) Muay Thai fight soon and I was wondering about Mike Tyson's famous quote: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Actually, I find this quote very ...
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What is the best way to improve your skills in BJJ (gi and no-gi) and become a black belt in short period?

There are many fighters like BJ PENN and Demian Maia that got their BJJ black belt in short period. Many say BJ Penn received it after 3 years of training - on Wikipedia they mention Demian Maia got ...
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Act first as fast as you can and surprise in real fight

I heard that winning a real life street fight depends on your action in the first seconds. If you have to fight for longer time the probability of winning decrease dramatically. Is it true. How can ...
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Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?

I just took up boxing and I find that my arms are weak compared to my legs. I run a lot. A coach suggested shadow boxing with weights instead of weight lifting. We do in fact use dumbbells (2.5 ...
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what is the real history and purpose of silat in a fight?

I'm sure you've all heard of Silat, an Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian sort of martial art. I hear it is very effective, almost like krav maga. It's supposed to be intense and when I look ...
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Will Power Training affect your grappling skills?

Will Power Training affect your grapple skills if you combine it with BJJ or another grapple art? Many say it's better to focus on BJJ, instead of combining it with Power Training. They say you will ...
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What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons? [closed]

I always wonder which martial art is the most effective in a 1-vs-1 street fight without weapons. After doing some research I came up with 3 types of positions (maybe there are more) someone can hold ...
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Quickly learning the full essentials of Krav Maga

I'm at a training center right now where group classes are taught. Essentially there are six belts and getting to just the first 'belt' requires roughly six weeks of training. Also, I generally feel ...
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Practicing a form with closed eyes

I have been training in Chen style Tai chi for more than 2 years, and I can say I can perform the first routine, Yi lu, without thinking of the form (which movement comes next and so on). So my Sifu ...
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Combat drill with multiple oponents

During my career (i've trained at a couple of places) I've participated in several drills where a group of people surrounded a single guy and at a call of a number would attack the guy in the middle ...
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Cutting weight fast

I'm dropping a lot of weight for wrestling this year and I don't know if I can stay that light all the time. Is there any way to drop weight just for the weigh-ins (which are on the day of the match) ...
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The terms “form” and “sequence” in Martial arts

Is there a difference between the two terms form and sequence in martial arts?
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Is it common and expected that shifus give theory classes about stuff like TCM, meridians and joints?

I have practiced taiji for some time. I also practiced shaolin styles for some time. However, when practicing stuff like sparring I feel I could do it better if I understood stuff like traditional ...
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Where to focus to develop a better sense of balance?

When practicing an Aikido technique, where should tori focus his attention to get a better sense for his own balance as well as uke's movements? A common advice seems to be that tori should focus on ...
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Can Karate/Hand Chops be lethal?

I always see on movies people using Hand Chops. I know that this can be lethal to the neck, but does it serve any other purposes?

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