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Exercises to improve balance when kicking

When performing kicks, I quite often lose my balance, which results in me being positioned in a stance where I'm more exposed to attacks. This is normally due to me trying to raise my leg for the ...
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Applying WTF Tae-Kwon-Do to self-defense

I've been training in a WTF Tae-Kwon-do school for some years now. We are very "olympics-oriented". Which means lots of very quick "light" kicks, very weak head defense (If you've ever watched TKD ...
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Impact of arching the back when kicking

When chambering and releasing kicking, I have the habit of arching my back. I feel like this is a bad habit, but I don't have much information to back it up. I was wondering what were the impacts ...
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What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?

My kids currently train under UKTF, which follows ITF guidelines and techniques. Will this cause problems if they move to a WTF trainer? They aren't quite at black belt yet, so I'm hoping that if they ...
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What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?

Similar to other practices--strength training, physical therapy, running, et cetera--we can evaluate the effectiveness of tai chi for improving fitness, mobility, strength, and other health markers. ...
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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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Kendo techniques

I've seen quite a bit of Kendo now and I always wonder why they do anticipating attacks. I mean they start their sword off in a position where they must draw back, but how is this good? As the open ...
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Value of private lessons for beginners (submission wrestling)

I am new to wrestling, and I am considering getting into submission wrestling. The question I have is, how valuable are private lessons versus regular classes as a beginner? Can I, assuming a good ...
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Stretching for kicks [duplicate]

I'm 42 years old and have never been very flexible. I do Tae Kwon do and need to improve my kicks. Any good leg/hip stretches? I've been working hard on it for last year but not much improvement. ...
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Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?

My kids have been doing Tae Kwon Do for 2 years and just wondering if there was a better system for them for now. I feel they will become black belts within a year but not have mastered everything due ...
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Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?

In Kalari Payattu there is something called choondu marmam, which is used to attack the opponent with spiritual power. Is it real?
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The 180 degree leg split

I started taking kung fu lessons from my shifu around 2 months back. However, I have yet to achieve a full 180 degree leg split. When I attempt this, my inner thighs and outer hips hurt a lot. I am ...
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What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?

So what are the main, real life purposes of aikido that work? Anything specific? Short range? Long range? blocking? striking? etc? What are the most likely times one would probably use it?
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What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?

I am looking to practice a form of martial arts which will be good for reducing back pain abd work stress while improving general body fitness. Which would be best to start with?
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What should I be looking for in my first, trial class? [For Chinese arts specifically]

I know there are a lot of questions about this posted, and I've read through four of them here. I understand that more important than any style is that the instructor is "good." I don't have a ...
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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 ...
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What are the purposes of martial arts forms?

A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements ...
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman

I'm looking for self-defense martial arts that will be effective for me. I've taken a few classes and they seemed geared more towards the average man. Opinions please? And I'm also over 40, but still ...
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Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick

This may be getting into technical minutia, but it's something that's been bugging me since I first came across it. I've seen multiple different views (as one might expect) for the position of the ...
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Video evidence of Aikido applied against a resisting non-aikidoka?

Can anyone produce video evidence of Aikido being used effectively against a resisting opponent who is not an Aikidoka? Qualifications: Must display classical Aikido technique (Kote Gaeshi, Ikkyo, ...
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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

I've recently run across several conversations where someone goes to great lengths to clarify that a certain style is not a martial art. Mitro's answer to this question on Krav Maga for example: Is ...
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How did Jose Aldo lose so fast?

I know nothing about martial arts and I'm not sure this is the right board, but I recently read about the Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo fight which lasted only 13 seconds. How did Jose Aldo lose so ...
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Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons

I just had first lesson in Aikido with Jo and was surprised to see that some of the staffs were octagonal and some were round. Can someone explain what is the difference and if there are any ...
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How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?

When doing certain exercises, I get the feeling that they would cause stress on the joints after doing them for years and years (such as elbow joints in the instance of wing chun chain punches). ...
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Seeing improvements when training alone?

I've been actively practising Tae-Kwon-Do for some years, but I had to stop recently for several reasons. I'd like to try and maintain my skills, so I keep on training at home from time to time. I'm ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

As a part of my training in TKD, I learned how to do some wrist locks for basic self-defense applications. These are quite similar to some techniques from Aikido. However, in practice (during sparring ...
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Cardio/ Jujitsu excercise without using legs

I have hurt my right foot,(painful to walk on) but I don't want to put on weight/ lose any cardio fitness/ lose my Jujitsu skills while I am resting up. So what would the best exercises/ routines I ...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

First of all, no disrespect to anyone. I am not trying to get into a discussion of which art is better/faster/more effective/etc... I get that the quality of the fighter is more important than the ...
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How to deal with a substantially shorter opponent?

This question is specifically in the context of boxing. I am 45 y.o., ~197cm (6'5") tall with 2m (78") reach weighing in at ~98kg (215 lbs). I've been training ~ 3 years but have little sparring ...
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How to recover from (or defend against) pressure point strikes?

I have been studying pressure point striking lately, and in particular those that immobilize limbs, such as striking the femoral nerve. I feel it important to understand how to defend against such ...
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Why Do Pressure Points Work Differently Against Different People?

In Hapkido we do a great deal of training with various pressure point techniques. These include pinches that hit a nerve (e.g., on the inside of the leg or on the outside of the elbow) or strikes that ...
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How to learn these movements?

I just watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kjFrcoGC6w and I really want to learn how to do that. What's the name of these stuff? I'm 26 years old, is it possible to learn this? How ...
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What are the origins of “tricking”?

My wife recently introduced me to the practice of "tricking" (essentially, a form of martial arts demo that focuses on jumps and acrobatic maneuvers - in some ways, the martial arts version of ...
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Which martial art is most closely related to parkour?

I've seen videos of extreme martial artists who can do some very amazing aerial stunts from a running, standing, sitting, kneeling, or even laying down position. I have also seen parkour videos of ...
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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

If in judo we execute a pin that different from a "standard" Osaekomi-waza, but still pins the opponent on their back or puts enough pressure for them to tap out, does it still fully count for ippon? ...
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Is hitting hard objects really effective in making bones harder?

In several martial arts, there seems to be methods to consolidate for example fists and kicks by hitting them on hard objects. I am an amateur martial arts fan and wonder if these are real. Does ...
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Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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“World Master” Title in Korean TKD

Is it traditional in Korean Tae Kwon Do 8th Dan to be given the title of 'World' Master if the person is established in Aust and NZ?
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Does anyone else experience slow motion when fighting?

I was wondering if anyone else out there feels that time slows down when they step into the fight? Punches and kicks feel slow, especially from the opponents side.Hits feel like pushes more than ...
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What is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi/no-gi controversy?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions have multiple events for gender, weight class, and gi (cotton uniform)/no-gi. These events are similar to different stroke events at a swim meet. You can choose to ...
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Would it be possible to mimic the knockout punch that Rex Layne received in 1951?

In 1951, Rocky Marciano's knockout punch sheared off four of Rex Layne's upper, front teeth at the gumline and sent his mouthpiece bouncing with teeth included out of the ring. [1] The ...
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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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Is weight training useful in martial arts?

This may sound like a bit of a daft question, but I have heard and read different sides. On the one side, people say weight training will increase your strength and power and therefore will be ...
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Why are traditional karate gis white?

I was reading about some of the history of Karate recently, and this question came to me. I can understand, in modern times, different coloured gis with sport martial arts, but can anyone tell me, or ...
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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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Punishment in the Martial arts

I have recently started instructing an older age group than the previous one: the class is composed of more advanced students of age 8-13. Over the past few weeks I've noticed that when the students ...
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Is there value in using weighted clothing in martial arts training?

Is there any research/evidence that would indicate that training (drills, katas, etc rather than sparring) for martial arts more broadly (striking arts like TKD, Karate and Muay Thai more ...
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Training on hard ground

I practiced muay thai for a year and my teacher made it clear we would train all along bare feet on the hard ground. Of course I had feet injuries after repeatedly kicking the mitts. At first, I ...
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What's the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly?

I tend to suffer a number of these in training. Various people have various ideas on ways to quickly stop the bleed. Is there a well researched way to quickly stop a nose bleed?
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Improving my back stance

I am currently training for my Black Belt in a shotokan like style of Karate and I have been told many times by my teacher that I need to improve my back stance Kōkutsu-dachi as my bum sticks out and ...

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