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Does your gender effect your competitive potential? [closed]

Question Background Another question got me thinking about gender within the martial arts. I do Judo, and seeing as that's a grappling art, it's a particularly interesting/relevant topic. I have ...
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6answers
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Finding out why people leave?

We do get the usual leaving patterns: after a few sessions, after six month, after a few years, and after getting shodan. While we, as instructors, can guess why this is happening, I am looking for ...
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19answers
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Non-sexist equivalent of “Man up” within the dojo

The common interpretation of the phrase according to the New York Times and urban dictionary and dictionary.com is about living up to a stereotypical image of masculinity. There are other meanings ...
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5answers
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Is chi kung just deep breathing?

Chi kung is supposed to be at the core of our style, but we don't cover it very much in class, for various genuine reasons. From what I gather, it is largely just controlled, deep breathing, from the ...
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2answers
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Swallowing hurts after BJJ neck restraint [closed]

Swallowing hurts (like when I have a bad cold) since someone did a neck restraint to me during BJJ sparring 8 days ago. As the symptom is still there I'm wondering if I don't have something ...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

I currently work (part-time) as an instructor with a karate dojo. I have been with them in one way or another for over five years (including taking classes). Recently, a highly decorated instructor ...
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3answers
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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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5answers
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Fighters checking newer fighters?

I've been going to a new gym for a few months. One of the instructors doesn't like me and keeps calling me out during class for random things like using "big" words. In light sparing today, apparently ...
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2answers
109 views

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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2answers
138 views

How to fight and control equipped motorcycle driver [closed]

Unfortunately, in some situations motorcycle drivers that are equipped with helmets, boots and suits attack. Is there a way to fight back and control them with inability to attack their face, legs and ...
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2answers
87 views

Fitness in martial arts

I'm in my 40s now. And a bit overweight. And with arthritis here and there. I trained in karate and then kung fu years ago. Then recently, about 18 months ago, returned to martial arts after years ...
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2answers
78 views

Balance in martial arts stance [duplicate]

In boxing, mma, mauy Thai or any other martial art, when you're in your stance, does balance depend on equal weight distribution or what?
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Why can't you rip your arm out of a BJJ arm lock?

So I've been watching a bit of BJJ lately and I've seen many techniques. Is it possible to actually rip or pull your arm out of an arm bar if someone's doing it to you. I mean, I've never seen it ...
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3answers
333 views

Is it expected that all training stances/positions will have direct fighting applications?

Is it generally expected in martial arts systems that all training stances/positions (horse stances, front stances, drop stances, etc.) will have direct fighting applications? Questions such as Is ...
2
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1answer
79 views

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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5answers
909 views

How to escape from a sankyo grip?

As can be seen here in this video, it seems impossible to escape from the sankyo grip. Is there a way to escape from it (including self defense options)?
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197 views

Close street fight vs far distance

IS there any criteria to decide whether to fight your rival from distance (by using kicks for instance) or to close distance and to fight back with short punches for instance? Does it relate to ...
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0answers
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Vertical fist vs horizontal fist straight punch [duplicate]

What are the advantages vs disadvantages for vertical vs horizontal fists during a straight punch? It seems to me that when punching my bad at head height with multiple fast horizontal punches I ...
3
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1answer
98 views

Should I follow the class or instructor's breathing rate during Tai Chi breathing exercises?

I'm new to this forum, and new to Tai chi (and martial arts in general). I started last week and have had 2 classes so far, having my third one today. I would like some advice on how to breathe ...
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1answer
79 views

Is iaido a martial art by itself? Or is it just a complement to kendo?

Question w/background: Hi, I'm interested in practicing Iaido, mostly because of the mental aspect of it. After some research, I got to the conclusion that iaido can be considered as meditation in ...
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1answer
101 views

Street fights that ends on ground is BJJ is the ultimate solution? [closed]

Is BJJ is the ultimate fight method/ technique on the ground for street fight or is it most a sport technique? Is there any evidence for the benefits of BJJ on ground in street fights? Are there any ...
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5answers
390 views

Is the following position realistic in any fight?

Here is a position that I found in some places: Is this a realistic start position in a fight? Can he use the back hand in this position fast? Isn't it better to position the back hand near the ...
2
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2answers
86 views

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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4answers
176 views

Shotokan Karate front stance - weight is over the front knee? Or centre?

I had previously been taught by my sensei that in front stance the weight is over the knee in front stance. This is to allow for quickly kicking mae geri (since there is no shifting of weight forward ...
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3answers
176 views

Is Taking Away A Belt Appropriate Discipline?

Is it ever appropriate for an instructor to take away a student's belt as discipline? Two 12 year old students were outside the class engaged in horseplay. One had been told previously that if the ...
2
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2answers
180 views

Taekwondo tornado kick defense

Is there a way to escape or defend yourself from a tornado kick? I've heard there are some very fast kicks that you can hardly defend against. What should someone would do if the rival has already ...
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1answer
141 views

Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu - Multiple attacker methodology

I heard that Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu is unique in its methods for dealing with attackers to either side while still facing forward. Is this true and where can I find the appropriate specific ...
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2answers
70 views

Effectiveness of Shorinji Kempo and acupuncture pressure point attacks

Please refer to the following YouTube video. Do these techniques work well when defending in a street fight or in pressure point/acupunture attacks? How can someone learn what is the way to attack ...
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0answers
62 views

How to escape from a rear wrist lock & twist lock

Please refer to minute 2:50 of this YouTube video Following my other question How to release yourself from back arm lock control? Is there a way to escape from rear wrist lock & twist lock? A ...
2
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1answer
64 views

Hangetsu dachi, Seisan dachi, goat-clamping stance - the same?

My background is primarily Shotokan karate so I am familiar with Hangetsu-dachi. I then saw that Seisan-dachi is very similar if not the same. Today I have been watching a program about Wing Chun. ...
2
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4answers
132 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
62 views

Iwama ryu bokutō

Iwama ryu uses a differently shaped (from the classical shape) bokutō to practice. Why does it have the shape it has and why is it the preferred shape for Iwama ryu? Here are some images:
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2answers
112 views

What happens to a person being choked?

Let us assume a very common choking technique (for example hadaka jime) performed on an average adult. If I understand correctly what I could gather from other questions, the main mechanism involved ...
2
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3answers
270 views

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 ...
3
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5answers
155 views

How to cope with rival that carries stone or folding chair (Klappstuhl) or chair

If your rival carries that equipment, if you go back or withdrawal he might throw it on you. If you getting closer, he might break it over your head. What is the best solution offered for such a ...
2
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5answers
214 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 ...
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3answers
123 views

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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2answers
156 views

Fall Differences between Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo

I just started learning Jujitsu (Japanese not Brazilian) and the techniques for falling are different than judo and more similar to Aikido. When i learned to do a front or side fall thru my previous ...
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1answer
82 views

Weight distribution and balance in boxing

When you box must your weight be evenly distributed across your boxing stance to have balance or how does it work?
2
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7answers
229 views

Act first as fast as you can and surprise in real fight

I heard that winning a real life street fight depends on your action in the first seconds. If you have to fight for longer time the probability of winning decrease dramatically. Is it true. How can ...
0
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6answers
143 views

What are the best techniques to fight with a heavier and stronger rival

Many martial arts as well as practical methods such as Krav Maga claims to have the answer for difference in weight and size. However, even in competitions the experts have to be in the same weight. I ...
3
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2answers
75 views

Balance in boxing when slipping

The other day I just learnt how to slip in boxing and my coach told me to transfer your weight to the leg towards which you slip. Now by doing this it makes me wonder if you're actually balanced ...
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1answer
87 views

To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

This is basically a question about how to encourage randori (free play) versus shiai (competition) during throwing practice. Randori is supposed to be friendly; the objective is further development of ...
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1answer
61 views

How is karate different to boxing or other martial arts technique wise [closed]

I used to do karate and have recently started boxing. Now obviously the techniques all look very different and the stances etc. However I wonder if karate punches may have more power to them or stuff ...
1
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1answer
90 views

Boxing Micro Rings

I have seen a few micro rings posted around mainly one by trojanfit. http://www.trojanfit.co.uk/trojanfit-micro-boxing-ring-1362-p.asp I think the idea is to train in an area where you aren't able ...
5
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2answers
121 views

Exercises to prepare for “long airtime” kicks

I'm trying to figure the 540 round kick as a personal challenge approaching my taekwondo black stripe exam. I've been practicing for a while so I got a good grip over standard kicks, my flexibility ...
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2answers
90 views

Is kickboxing dangerous even if hits to the head aren't allowed?

I am doing kickboxing and am wondering if there's any risk of brain damage even if head hits aren't allowed. Thanks.
2
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1answer
85 views

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 ...
2
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3answers
151 views

Resources explaining the differences between martial arts / combat styles for artistic purposes?

I'm wanting to get some good, broad resources to study up on, for my comic art / graphic novel purposes. Also, for my homebrew table RPG. I'm looking for something that shows me something like, "X ...
7
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2answers
157 views

Luta Livre vs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

How different is Luta Livre from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Does it have the same submissions as BJJ? Are the rules in competitive tournaments also the same as BJJ?

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