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Training while exhausted

In martial art circles, we often hear that training while exhausted (or tiered) will improve your technique. The one I heard was that it will force one to stop all extraneous movement and do the ...
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What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu?

What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu? I have met others who have studied this style from time to time over the years at various seminars and workshops. All seemed very skillful. This is ...
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1answer
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What can I do to stretch my legs out further? [duplicate]

I have been practicing shedokan for last two years. But unfortunately I stated my training at an age of 21 years (Now I'm 23). Consequences I am facing of starting this much late is that my legs do ...
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2answers
177 views

How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?

To provide some background: I have been attending training sessions for Muay Thai Fundamentals (Beginners) sporadically for the past 5-10 weeks now. Whilst there has been some observable improvements ...
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5answers
180 views

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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11answers
472 views

What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?

I basically always cut my hair right at the moment when they start getting into my eyes when training. Now I want to try and grow my hair to a half long - long hairstyle. There are some solutions I ...
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Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction

When going into a longsword bind, or getting hit as part of a Kata, I tend to flinch visibly and shut my eyes. What are some exercises I can do, solo or with a partner, to help me keep my eyes open?
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How do I keep a safe distance from potential threats without escalating the situation?

How do I maintain martial awareness of a person's movement and intent when that person is very physically close (conversation distance, or passing on the street) to me? The situation could be a guy ...
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3answers
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How can you get a snappy and efficient vertical elbow strike?

I have been shown elbow strikes in my last class, one of the strikes was an elbow strike to the enemy's chin where you just move your elbow upwards. The hand goes around the ear and you should be ...
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465 views

Why are traditional karate gi's 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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How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?

Two weeks ago I participated in a seminar at my dojo where a so-called Kubotan or self-defense stick was introduced. I had never heard of that thing before. In two sessions, we got some background ...
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4answers
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Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?

I like full contact hard body sparring. I'm not much of a fan of a lot of katas, since I've been through enough of that in TKD. However, I wouldn't mind some kata. I'm also not a fan of karate joint ...
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Defence against Wing Chun

What is the most effective defence against a Wing Chun practitioner? I know Wing Chun features punching quite heavily and has a very efficient defence itself but I am interested to know how to ...
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Why is osoto guruma named osoto guruma?

Osoto gari translates to "large outer reap". That makes perfect sense as it is a large reap on the outer leg. Osoto guruma translates to "large outer wheel" and the "wheel" part eludes me. What ...
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3answers
187 views

Learning not to turn your back on ground?

As a judoka, I've the bad habit of turning my back when ever I get in trouble in groundwork. In competition judo, you only get points for throwing your opponent, and landing stomach down doesn't ...
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a relaxed and calm feeling after an intense practice?

okay so here how it goes: I did some punching and kicking practice. after that I took a shower and after that I suddenly felt a little different I was very clam and relaxed full of awareness. I felt ...
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Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?

One common urban legend that tends to be passed around from time to time is something along the lines of the following: Black belts are considered lethal weapons by the law! Which might also be ...
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8answers
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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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4answers
116 views

What drills are good to escape/break Spider Guard?

Mostly when I get stuck into the Spider Guard - me in standing position. Actions: I grab the legs; Move my creases of elbows/biceps inward; I take a step back [along with step 1 and 2]; Move his ...
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7answers
520 views

What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?

I'm 28, in below-average shape, and thinking about taking up the study of a martial art for a handful of reasons: I want to get in shape but need external "guilt factors" to motivate me not to skip ...
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5answers
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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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4answers
81 views

Training Footwork for people with knee issues

I've frequently seen that the difference between exacerbating and at least not-further-harming knees can come down to proper stances and footwork. For example, I emphasize not pushing the knee past ...
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13answers
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How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?

How do you prepare for a real stress situation, in which you are forced to defend yourself or others? I'm not talking about avoiding conflict; assume that you have already tried all that is possible ...
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5answers
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Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?

I know the proper way to put on your gi is to put the left side over the right side, but why is this? Where did this custom come from? I think it applies to all martial arts (at least I know it does ...
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3answers
129 views

Should I start competition or wait for green belt

I am an orange belt. I've been training BJJ for 7 months, and was wondering if I should start to compete or wait until I get my green belt? I've gone to four tournaments to watch and I would like to ...
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5answers
135 views

Rising Block or High Block stylistic question

My Tang Soo Do instructor has us execute high blocks by continuing the forearm motion at the elbow past the ending position that I believe is traditionally accepted. We end the block with the arm ...
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7answers
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Proper way to take care of boxing gloves and wrist wraps after use?

After heavy usage, boxing gloves and wrist wraps can get build up mildew and other nasties. What should I do the keep my gloves and wraps in good shape?
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7answers
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How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?

In the process of doing a round kick, or roundhouse kick, you need to turn your kicking leg over, to be perpendicular with your body. When I do this I loose significant height on my kick and can ...
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4answers
146 views

Can you be immune to chokeholds?

This guy in a video seemed to be unaffected by his partner's chokehold. Is it possible to be immune to chokeholds?
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6answers
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Lowering heart rate at will

I train archery as part of my martial arts training. What is the best way to lower or control heart rate before taking shot? Assuming I have been doing activity that raised it. I know just waiting for ...
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3answers
121 views

What is the most efficient way for a beginner to improve his posture?

I only started Jeet Kune Do about two months ago. Everytime I am coming to the class, I find that my posture is still not correct even for the simplest strikes such as a straight lead. Is there ...
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3answers
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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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232 views

Have any Kung Fu styles established a formal connection to the Shaolin Temple?

I often see martial arts schools claiming to be "Shaolin" in some way or another. As far as I know, though, that claim doesn't necessarily mean they are connected to the temple. Where can I find a ...
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2answers
187 views

When was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed?

Assuming it did indeed exist, when was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed? Personally, I've heard that it was possibly destroyed multiple times with the years (AD) 1646, 1647, 1674, 1732, 1901, ...
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2answers
557 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 ...
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1answer
80 views

What are Kung Fu's Tao Lu and Chang quan?

I'm new to Wushu, and I've read some stuff on the web about it, but I still don't understand a lot of things, for example: Is Tao lu the name of the northern Kung Fu style? Or is it a general name ...
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1answer
73 views

Why do we train martial arts? [closed]

I've been doing some serious thinking on WHY i am doing martial arts. Can't get it out of my mind and that's all i've been thinking about. This all happened after a trip to Japan and Australia with ...
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4answers
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Could applying an anaconda choke to a turtled opponent be mistaken for a neck crank in gi BJJ?

I am worried about getting disqualified for applying an anaconda choke to an opponent in the turtle position (on all fours). I know this choke is allowed in no-gi, but will referees think I'm doing a ...
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4answers
214 views

Continuously exhaling while attacking or blocking

I had conversation with one of the advanced students in our dojo and he strongly suggested when I'm blocking (being uke) I should take one deep breath before I attack the nage and as soon as I have ...
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4answers
126 views

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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5answers
222 views

How can I quickly regain focus during class?

Occasionally I will get (inwardly) frustrated during class, usually when I cannot seem to make heads or tails of an advanced technique. After class I'll work with a senior student to practice the ...
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8answers
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How can I improve my teaching of ukemi or break falling?

How can I improve teaching forward and flip (kote gaeshi and sumi otoshi for those that know what it looks like) breakfalls? I have been teaching those for a while and students do pick them up and ...
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5answers
383 views

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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4answers
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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 ...
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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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4answers
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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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1answer
25 views

Why is osoto guruma in dai gokyo?

My understanding is that nage-waza is grouped by factors such as difficulty of break-falling and throwing difficulty. Is there a reason osoto guruma is in dai gokyo while osoto gari is in dai ikkyo?
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522 views

Weapons in taekwondo?

I have trained weapons in a couple martial arts and I think that weapons should be a part of traditional taekwondo curriculum. For a particular school of taekwondo, they would not teach weapons as ...
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6answers
187 views

When is a good time to throw a body punch in Muay Thai?

In Muay Thai sparring, most of the times when I go to throw a body punch it is because I see the defences of the head being too tight for a throw towards the head. The result of those attempts is ...
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7answers
450 views

What's the physics behind checking kicks?

What's the reasoning behind checking kicks? Is it true that it's supposed to hurt the kicker when his kicks are checked? The third law of motion dictates that both the kicker and the checker should ...

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