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Does size matter?

I practice Karate but as a 5'2" adult male I'm beginning to wonder if I'm wasting my time with martial arts. Years and years ago I did well in tournaments when I was fighting kids my own sort of size ...
5
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7answers
3k views

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 ...
5
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2answers
140 views

Gloves for longsword sparring

In my club, most of the people use Red Dragon gloves for sparring with steel longsword. According to the company's own description, these gloves are not designed for that purpose, even though it looks ...
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2answers
126 views

What is the 'best' way to train / practice back flips?

What is the best way to train / practice back flips? I want to learn how to do a back flip or a front flip but I don't want to do it on grass or something like that. the reason behind it is to learn ...
0
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1answer
71 views

Effectiveness of Throws on the Ground and Standing Up (Judo, BJJ etc) [closed]

Next year it's going to be a little more throwing-oriented year in my club (although we're still going to mix ground fighting and stand up fighting, submissions etc). My question is: how practical ...
8
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8answers
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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 ...
4
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1answer
103 views

What Resources Are There For Knife And Sword Rights Activism In The USA?

I currently reside in Texas, which rather surprisingly has some of the most restrictive knife/sword laws in the United States. While the state government is all about making sure you can walk your dog ...
4
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5answers
332 views

Is there a modern technology for constructing a katana?

I was watching Samurai Swordmaking, which was uploaded in 2013, where an old man forges a sword by hand using fire and hammer. Has anybody seen a modern technology for making a sword that is as ...
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2answers
102 views

Wing Chun sash color rankings in order

Hello all I am a red sash in Wing Chun and my Sifu is a red sash. What is the order that the sash system goes in? I am really confused.
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4answers
198 views

creativity and strength of a strike

I have a problem with training (Muay thai , Filipino and wing chun) in that I am a perfectionist. I focus on details of technique like my stance, my body shift, if if I put my body weight on the ...
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5answers
2k views

Pivoting for a kick

While in training, it is advised to pivot on your foot when going in for a kick (such as a side or round-house kick), so that your foot is facing as much in the opposite direction as possible. The ...
4
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5answers
230 views

Defence in martial arts in general

Not saying I can always block every punch or kick that's thrown against me in sparring but why is it that you sometimes cannot block, parry or dodge an attack? Is it because I haven't trained the ...
8
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5answers
253 views

Should I speed up my breathing or slow down my tai chi?

I'm trying to learn tai chi by watching videos. (Sorry, I know it's probably not the best way!) I'm a slow breather (about 6 breaths per minute), and the tai chi exercises I'm trying to learn say to ...
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2answers
37 views

Leg side raises with lordosis [closed]

i put my back out years ago and have abit of lordosis. One problem i have with my legs is a severe lack of mobility when lifting my legs to the side. It's like a combination of a lack of strength and/...
8
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4answers
236 views

Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

I'd like to become proficient with the basic TKD kicks (front, side, round, hook, spinning back) and I'm looking for a routine/workout that I can perform throughout the week by myself to ensure that I ...
3
votes
3answers
113 views

What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

I keep seeing quotes from boxing trainers that mention "six ways to keep a left jab from landing". There are six ways to keep a left jab from landing. Six ways. For a left jab to land over and ...
7
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9answers
6k views

Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

My work schedule lately has required me to spend a lot more time working out on my own, so I've found myself working with a heavy bag at a nearby rec center. I keep running into a problem where I ...
3
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2answers
145 views

How to fit a gumshield it some teeth are missing

I have just brought a gumshield for boxing. I have four front teeth missing. Do I fit the gumshield with false teeth in or out to take the shape correctly?
4
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2answers
2k views

What Kung Fu styles originated from Southern Shaolin?

I'm researching lineages of various Kung Fu styles, can anyone provide an authoritative list of primarily Southern-influenced styles? So far I only know that Hung Gar (Hung Kuen) and Choi Li Fut are ...
4
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10answers
2k views

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 ...
3
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2answers
64 views

“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 ...
1
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1answer
81 views

Release from back choking rope

If you refer to the following situation shown in video at 19:30. What are the recommended ways to release of back rope choke?
3
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1answer
127 views

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 ...
7
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5answers
829 views

What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience?

My son started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5. Assuming he continues this, what belt should he receive once he is in the adult class? According to the belt chart, it would be blue or ...
5
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3answers
191 views

How necessary is youth and flexibility in Jiu Jitsu? As compared to Boxing?

Apologies if this has been asked before. I certainly looked and didn't see it discussed. I have a little experience with boxing and kickboxing (< 1 yr) and did ok in those sports. I have a ...
2
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5answers
927 views

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.
5
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3answers
148 views

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 ...
2
votes
5answers
251 views

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 ...
6
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3answers
295 views

how to survive not doing hardcore Judo after losing your ACL forever

I am 37, 1.80m, >85 kg. I used to train Judo twice or three times a week at competition level (although I was not participating in contests, I was training hard with those who did). About two years ...
5
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5answers
3k views

Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?

What I mean is that is it more dangerous than other contact sports that aren't martial arts? Such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, etc... And if yes, why?
9
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6answers
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How bad is kickboxing for your brain?

I'm not asking for medical advice, I'm just asking this out of sheer curiosity: To me it seems that kickboxing is the best kind of workout I could get, nothing else gets me in shape quite as quickly ...
0
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2answers
105 views

Unable to continue fighting but the fight is over?

In the first Julio César Chávez vs. Meldrick Taylor fight, Taylor was winning pretty conclusively. Then, with 17 seconds left in the fight, he was knocked down (video). He got up in time, but with 3 ...
3
votes
1answer
224 views

How many takedown techniques exist in Judo

I would like know if some one know how many takedowns exist in Judo ? I know a few years ago, the International Olympic Committee changed the rules for some takedowns. If I'm right, now is not more ...
8
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5answers
2k views

Solo martial art learning

I would really like to practice a martial art. However, because of financial problems, where I live (far from anywhere big), and work commitments, I cannot afford the time and expense of going to a ...
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votes
3answers
103 views

Sports and martial arts [closed]

I'm writing this out of a sense of frustration so it's going to be more emotive than it needs to be. I've been practicing martial arts (WTF Taekwondo) for a few years now and I've felt that the "...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

Is this normal for a two section staff?

My Kung-Fu specialty is the two section staff (Dai so ji). I noticed rececently that the three rings connecting the sections has some sort of grime (Not rust) and seems looser. Is this a problem? If ...
4
votes
1answer
185 views

Why don't male professional boxers wear shirts?

Olympic boxers usually wear a tank top, but pro boxers never wear shirts in the ring - why?
6
votes
5answers
170 views

Wing Chun for practical, close in defense

I was introduced briefly to Wing Chun from my Jujutsu Sensei some years ago. He felt it was very effective for situations where you were in close and had to deal with strikes. He gave an example of ...
0
votes
1answer
112 views

Self development and training [duplicate]

I have been studying for 5 years but mostly practice by myself. I occasional go to my local school for sparing but practice primarily by myself. What ways can I learn new taolus and training exercises ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?

I understand why boxers clinch (although it's the main reason I get bored watching most heavyweight fights), but I just learned that it is technically illegal. However, I've literally never seen a ...
9
votes
8answers
518 views

What are the classical/canonical books for Aikido (all styles)

What are the classical/canonical books written about Aikido? I am interested in all styles (aikikai, iwama, yoshinkan, shodokan, whatever) training "manuals" as well as more philosophical work. I ...
10
votes
4answers
507 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
100 views

How widespread is oomoto-kyo within the Aikido community?

Morihei Ueshiba was a ardent oomoto-kyo follower. Rumours of him bullying his students to check out the religion abound. Ueshiba claimed that oomoto-kyo was inextricably linked to him developing ...
8
votes
9answers
581 views

What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

For some time, I've trained Modern Arnis (an Escrima Variant) and enjoyed this greatly, especially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I'm ...
7
votes
1answer
105 views

Is the Brendan Ingle style of boxing really healthier in the long run?

I read something interesting about Brendan Ingle's fighters: Dancing turned into fighting and pretty soon Ingle, a free spirit, a maverick, the great improviser, was combining the two to concoct a ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

Why do ninjas stop with their follow through when attacking

Say, for example, a ninjutsu artist swings a sword. Why does that ninja stop swinging halfway through the follow through? Watch this short video to see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Henka training - how to progress

I have been self teaching myself to do Ninjutsu for a few weeks, and I have gotten stuck on the art of Henka (also know as Kihon Happo). For me, it is very vague. I know to do Henka training, you ...
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votes
7answers
356 views

What to do if 2 guys, each one a gun, assault you?

This weekend near my area a guy was assaulted by 2 guys with each one a gun in the hand. No one was hurt cuz they were just after the money. It makes me struggling a little bit. What would you do in ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

How do I choose a suitable martial art for me? [duplicate]

I would like /love to learn martial artsHow do I choose a suitable martial art for my self?
3
votes
3answers
125 views

How to address this issue with my sifu

I have 7 years practising Wing chun, it took me 5 years to get an "intermediate" rank ( officially we don't have ranks at all just people who have more experience/skill than us), when we train ...

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