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How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?

When I throw a punch, sometimes my wrist doesn't stay straight and I run the risk of spraining it. What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my wrists so that my wrist isn't going to bend when I ...
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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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Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?

In our dojo (Kung Fu) we kneel and bow. Where did this tradition come from?
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Avoiding “Belt Factories”

A number of posts here mention, "Belt Factories." I am becoming a bit suspicious of the place my daughter is at. There are a lot of wonderful things about it, but they really do seem to advance kids ...
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how to overcome “freeze”?

I have a grading coming up soon and one section of the test involves a series of wrist releases. Uke is supposed to grab me by the wrists several times and I need to display that I know and can ...
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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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What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?

Nearly all martial arts have some form of supplemental strength and conditioning exercises. Karate has hojo undo, boxing has road work, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has ginastica natural. These can be more ...
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What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?

About a year ago I suffered a major knee injury and while I have been cleared to return to the dojo and train, I still have some weakness in the knee. What are some good exercises to strengthen the ...
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Are there musical instruments which, when practiced, noticeably increase martial arts skills and performance?

Martial arts movies suggest that some musical instruments (drums, for example) are particularly well suited and matched with martial arts practice. Is there any truth to this claim? Which instruments ...
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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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Tanto Forms Reference

A long time ago I used to study fighting with a tanto, derived loosely from aikijujutsu. Recently I have found myself glancing through a lot of forms practice and analyzing the movements, and was ...
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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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Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?

Among runners there are a fair number of studies out there right now that static stretching before exercising, at least if you aren't doing it now, doesn't reduce your risk of injury and in other ...
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What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?

There is vertical fist punch in Hapkido as well as some Chinese martial arts and in older styles of boxing, but I see it a lot less in modern fighting and sparring. What are the advantages and ...
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How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?

I teach Aikido at a local community college. Roughly half of the kids are there just to fulfill a P.E. requirement. These students can be frustrating because they aren't really interested in martials ...
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Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?

My Aikido teacher advised us (I'm in a beginners group) not to study Aikido movies on youtube, at least not until we get our black belts. He said that's because there are different Aikido styles and ...
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How to best maintain mount position

The title pretty much sums it up, I often have trouble maintaining mount, so much so, that i rarely even bother going to the position because i get reversed so quickly. This makes me miss out on ...
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Balancing control and intensity in sparring

At my taekwondo school, we have several levels of sparring - non-, light-, medium-, and full-contact. We do, however, have one over-riding rule: no matter the level of contact, we always endeavour to ...
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What exercises can I do to strengthen my knees for seated techniques?

In Aikido it is known that repeated suwariwaza techniques (seated techniques) are very hard on your knees. Most of the older masters have knee issues where they struggle to transition from seated to ...
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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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How can one practice spear-hand strikes, while still knowing you got the technique right?

One of the techniques in many martial arts is a spear hand strikes, where you make your hand rigid and thrust into the opponent. There are a couple of different variations, e.g., in hapkido we have a ...
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How to improve speed and footwork?

I always receive some very bad sidekicks when I try to go offensively while in kickboxing. Mainly because I try to make a jab with my right hand but the kick comes too fast (or I'm too slow) I have ...
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Morning exercise routine for student of Aikido

What would constitute good routine after you get up in the morning to make your body more acclimated for hard lessons later in the day? I'm talking not just about muscle exercises, but stretching and ...
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Terminology: List of all boxing and muay thai technique terms with example photos

I'm looking to put together a list of all the technique terms for: boxing, muay thai. Such as the names for all the different punches, kicks, knees, elbow punches, etc... Anyone know if there is a ...
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Is it possible to become expert in different martial arts

If i start my career with one martial art and become mature in that, will that particular martial art become my expertise and will other martial arts always be secondary like a native language and ...
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Conflict escalation management resources

I am looking for guidelines or sources of information regarding behavior patterns that prevent the escalation of conflict. It would be nice also to see some differentiation and analysis of conflict ...
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What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?

In the context of tai chi push hands, what are the most commonly effective techniques? (Push hands in competition and in class both count.) For analogy, in judo, it is well known and documented that ...
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What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?

I have recently begun practicing escrima, and I find it difficult to simultaneously wield two sticks while keeping co-ordination and rhythm. Are there some drills I could do on my own to improve my ...
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Down a hand, looking for new martial art

A little over a month and a half ago I fractured a bone (Fifth metacarpal, AKA behind the pinky knuckle) in my right hand- an apparently fairly common injury known as a boxer's fracture. (Note: The ...
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What exercises help to develop frontal leg speed?

For many people, the front leg kick is a very effective "stopping" move when faced with a charging opponent. The faster (and more accurately) a defender can deploy this kick, the better the ...
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Leg conditioning advice

I've just gotten back into karate about a month ago after a long long break, and I'm finding it hard to cope with kicks to the legs (with or without pads), especially the quads. Being a cyclist I have ...
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Was the Southern Shaolin Temple real and if so which location is valid?

We may never know the definitive answer to this one, but was hoping someone could shed some light in terms of educated opinions and/or factual evidence that points in a certain direction. Here's ...
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Advancement Speed in Taekwondo

I've been studying Taekwondo for about two months, and I took the first test that my school offered after I joined (two weeks ago), and received my yellow-stripe. It looks like the school holds tests ...
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What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?

What is "Qi power"? Has it been scientifically investigated? How can we achieve this?
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What can one do to avoid entering a grappling situation?

Let's work with the following assumptions: I have good awareness of the area I have good mobility: the floor is not slippery, and my shoes work, and I have room to move I need to avoid grappling in ...
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Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?

Power is defined exactly like in the wiki article, and the units are also as in the wiki article: The dimension of power is energy divided by time. Breathing is largely composed, as far as my ...
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How should one physically prepare for BJJ?

Often I'm out of training because of a lack of schools around where I'm living. But when I can, I train Brazilian jiujitsu. During those times of no combat sports training, what kind of strength, ...
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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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“Aikido is first and foremost BUDO”

The above sentence has been attributed to O'Sensei and I'd like to use it as a motto for my dojo's website. Problem: I can't find a reliable source about when/where he said this. Or a proper Japanese ...
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What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?

I find even with things like Napisan etc my Gi ends up with stains around the neck and Sleeves. Are there any ways to keep it pure white?
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What can i practice to remove tension from my movements

I'm a Wing Chun student and my Sihing regularly tells me that i shouldn't be so tensed in all my movements. A lot of techniques in WC required smooth arm and leg movements to react to our opponents ...
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How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
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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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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

In Aikido (and Judo, Jujitsu, etc...) we do a lot of break falling or ukemi. It is one of the first thing to is taught to beginners. It is the first thing that they are graded on and one of the ...
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Is it better to start out with a light weapon?

I am thinking of starting practicing HEMA (historical European martial arts), and so I am about to buy a sword to practice with. After looking around a bit I've become curious about how heavy a weapon ...
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Endurance problems while practicing martial art

I have been attending krav-maga lessons (twice a week) for two years and always had low endurance. After every lesson I feel exhausted a little more. My stamina improved since I started but I still ...
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Judo mats: any certification? what characteristics should one look for?

Is there any official certification system for Judo mats? What specific characteristics should one be looking for in a Judo mat? Remember the primary purpose of the Judo mat is injury prevention. ...
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How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?

I saw a very well executed spinning reverse kick in this video of the Athens Olympics. I can do a reverse kick and a jumping turning kick. How can move on to acquire the necessary skills to perform ...
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Martial art for a complete newbie - can i learn on my own?

I am just aware of the term martial arts and kung-fu perhaps from watching a lot of movies but i am unaware of how can i learn any of these in actuality.I want to learn some martial arts. Well ...
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What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?

I recently saw a Seven Star Praying Mantis school perform in public for a cultural festival, and one of their characteristics is the seven-star stance. The stance entails one of practictioner's leg ...

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