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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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How to deal with pressure in a grading

So I have just done my purple belt grading in JJJ, the current syllabus it went mostly fine - but hard, a lot of throws and randori etc, then we moved to back catalogue This is where things start to ...
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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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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 him-/...
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How much risk is there to have a nose broken when sparring in muay thai?

I practice sparring in Muay Thai and occasionally I get a strong punch to the nose. It has never bled but for some reason it hurts for days. I am worried about an even stronger punch breaking my nose....
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Which arts use the Naginata?

I have been interested in the Naginata. Which arts train with it? I have seen the term Naginatajutsu, is this a practiced art on its own or simply a part of another art?
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What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?

I am a beginner with Tai Chi QiGong. There are 20 Movements of forms. I have been taking classes for a little over 3 months and I have only learned 13 of them. For the past 3 classes there have only ...
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Practicing boxing using rope or sheet hanging from the ceiling

I saw some practitioners who hang ropes (in different sizes) or sheets from the ceiling down and work with them as if they were boxing bags. Are there any benefits of using ropes or sheets instead of ...
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

I want to become a well-rounded martial artist. I used to train Muay Thai when I was a kid. But 3 years ago I quit and focused on BJJ & grappling. I would really love to combine BJJ with Muay ...
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Judo or BJJ gi? And, which size?

Thanks for reading my question. I've just started to take a Brazilian Jiu_Jiutsu (BJJ) course. I'm 5'5"/165 cm and weigh 67-68.5 kilograms=148-152 pounds in general, and muscularly built because of ...
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What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible? [closed]

What should I look for in a school or training program that would indicate that I will develop self-defense skills very quickly? Does my body weight or height or any other physical characteristic ...
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How to train out of dojo during summer?

Dojos are no longer available in summer. Can I stay 2 months without training? Should I organize training on the beach with my team even if sand is not as convenient as a mat? Indeed, sand is harder ...
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How long should the Tai Chi basic 24 form take?

I have started the study of Tai Chi and have really enjoyed it so far. I believe that it has enhanced my overall and previous martial arts experience because it requires me to slow down and breathe. (...
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Stacking mats so they slide less

We train in a large gym hall and do not have enough mats to cover the whole floor. Even if we did, there are too many dangers (radiators, bars, etc...) around the edge. So, we train in the centre ...
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What are the advantages to adding a jump to a kick?

...even theoretically? I've taken ITF TKD for years, and we do a few, but the only situation I can think of where it might be of some use is a jump spin side kick, which will let you do that kick at ...
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Identification of a kick sounding like “Sashay”(?) used in “Savah”(?)

Can someone please refer me to a place where I can find out more on this particular kick. I do not know how to spell it. In the movie "Bruce Lee's real training film, rare footage with his own ...
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What is the liability issuewith personal defense classes? [closed]

My personal defense teacher said that there were a total of three other personal defense classes for different types of people. Yet each person is only allowed to take ONE?! He said this means we won'...
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Getting my (do)gi white again

I have read this M.A. question: What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi? My gi is at least two years old (probably a lot older). It is an Adidas J800 (do)gi. It is 30% polyester (800 g/m² ...
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“Spinning Block” Pattern Origination

In my group as a way to practice improving flow we do the following series in every class: Come into a neutral, relaxed stance) facing north (chosen for sake of ease of directions in this list). ...
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221 views

How and when martial art was originated, who originated it? [closed]

I have read of Bodhhidhharma's story, who taught Shaolin monks martial arts. I've read of Tai Chi to be the first martial art and root of all other. I've also read of Okinawa island where Japanese ...
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Are there alternate versions of the ITF Taekwondo pattern Yulgok?

In ITF Taekwondo, movements 15, 16, 18, and 19 of Yulgok are hooking blocks, as far as I know. Recently, however, I've been practicing Taekwondo with people who learned in different dojos, and a ...
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Being too passive when grappling

I've been doing catch wrestling for a year now and I've seen good improvement in my technique, but I find that I'm too passive when I roll and need to attack more. When I roll, I'm usually trying to ...
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Using a punching bag without stand

I don't have place to hanging a punching bag, so I would like to know if it's good to place a punching bag leaning on the wall and punch it?
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290 views

Is Spin Hook Kick A Defensive or Offensive Kick?

I am trying to implement spin hook kick in my sparring to improve my kicking variety and the chance of kicking my opponent's head. But I don't quite know when to use it. Sometimes I use it to kick ...
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276 views

How to build a Gi checker?

A Gi checker is an object used for check that the Gi meet IBJJF kimono requirement. How to do your own Gi checker?
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Are Peyton Quinn's books appropriate for a 19 year old or are they beyond my level?

I know I'm a beginner at martial arts. I heard someone say on another site that they wished that they had heard of Peyton Quinn when they were 20. I think his books sound very sophisticated. Would ...
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123 views

Is there a US-based organization supporting Iaijutsu?

I've trained with a bokken for many years, mostly though instruction by students in various arts and David Lowry's text. I'm at a point in my life where I would like to formalize my knowledge and ...
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kicked in the sternum - tips on healing, time frame? any lingering danger?

I recently (a week ago) got side-kicked with a heel in my sternum pretty hard, enough that it knocked me down (I weigh 215 lbs). Needless to say it was very painful and a week later it still kills if ...
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Helmet for knife fighting sparring

Our club needs to pick a helmet for knife-fighting sparrings which would satisfy several conditions: protect face and eyes from accidental stab (it's forbidden by rules to stab head or throat) be '...
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Maximizing Liver Shot Damage

I know why the liver shot is so devastating, but I was wondering how to maximize the damage. Specifically, what kind of size and shape are best for the strike? Large and flat, narrow and rounded, a ...
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How to release yourself from back arm lock control?

Suppose someone catches your hand from behind, locks your arm and controls you. (As can be seen in second 11 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvm_vhe24hY). Is there a way to release from this ...
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Can jiu jitsu wear down your teeth?

I usually only wear a mouth piece when I'm sparring Muay Thai. Today while I was rolling BJJ (in the gi), I at one point felt like I had a few pieces of very very thin sand between my teeth for a few ...
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Tips for alleviating soreness?

I know this has been asked before by the suggested Q&A after I typed in the question, but this is a bit different in that after kickboxing/Muay Thai/boxing/sparring I'm very rarely if ever sore ...
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99 views

Surefire tactical flashlight effective on sunglasses?

I hear those super bright flashlights can blind the assailant for a few seconds, but how effective is such a flashlight if the assailant were wearing sunglasses?
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365 views

Please tell me the correct way to sit seiza

Is Seiza sitting cross-legged or is it sitting above your bent upper and lower legs which aren't crossed?
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What are the starting points for learning Tae Kwon Do?

I would like to get my kids started on the basics of Tae Kwon Do. 20+ years ago I was a blue belt with a stripe or two in a private dojo in California. I remember the punches, the blocks, the stances ...
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451 views

Half guard Bottom/top tips?

I am constantly getting stuck in the guard half: on bottom- I cannot sweep/always get passed. on top- cannot escape the persons half guard to progress and pass. Any tips/tutorials would be great in ...
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153 views

Stahara word usage

In the 1920 text, Secrets of Jujitsu by Captain Allan Smith (the pdf is readily available by googling), Smith refers to the abdominal region as the "Stahara". I've done some Japanese arts before, but ...
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908 views

Can I be bulky and fast at the same time?

Is it true that bulky people can't be fast like Bruce Lee or flexible like "Superfoot" Wallace or tall like the great Khalil? I want to be big, fast, and able to fight all at the same time.
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538 views

Strength training for a mixed martial arts beginner

I am starting MMA. Which excersises would be best to get my physical strength up to the levels of people doing MMA for years or experienced in MMA?
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Explaining how to breathe deeply

One of the things we emphasize heavily in my Hapkido group is breathing. It tends to flow with your motion and be very deep in nature. We also have deep breathing exercises along these lines (...
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Low kick and block with shank-bone

I can't find relevant info about this matter. The thing is, I found this picture to get more detailed info about anatomy of the bone it self at the shank part of the lag and found this: I) Is this ...
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Starting off in HEMA without joining a club

I'm looking to learn longsword and sword and buckler, but unfortunately there are no clubs near me. My partner trained sabre when he was younger, but recalls none of the details, so at best I have a ...
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Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

I am a member of a gym for 7 months and do strength based exercises 5-6 days a week (in the evening) along with 10-15 minutes of cardio. I have decided to join a mixed martial art facility near my ...
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How to avoid injuries in spinal ligaments?

I'm a natural flexible person. I can't do a full split, or fit inside a small box but I kinda can lick my elbow and stood up and then put my hands on the floor with my legs extended. But in the past ...

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