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4answers
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Why all the wrist grabs?

I was reading this one: Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai and there is all the usual stuff I've seen in quite a few styles over the years about: "The drill sequence begins opponent ...
2
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3answers
200 views

Systema: “Beyond the physical” force generation

I'm receiving the impression that Systema (or maybe just certain branches of it?) has some type of force generation by means of internal energy rather than muscles. However, while information on this ...
4
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5answers
158 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 ...
8
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1answer
521 views

Judo - Why does the ref sometimes pause the match when it goes to the ground?

In watching some Olympic Judo matches I am confused as the why the ref sometimes stops the match when it goes to the ground, sends judoka back to their sides and then restarts the match. If someone ...
2
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5answers
108 views

Training to avoid freezing up in self-defense [duplicate]

My question: how can I prepare myself to avoid the "deer-in-the-headlights" phenomenon if I am ever attacked in real life? The background: I took a self-defense seminar today at my dojang and ...
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5answers
132 views

What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife? [closed]

There are certain regulations on carrying a knife in some regions. I wonder what are effective alternatives that can be used in knife's stead, and that can be considered cold weapons.
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1answer
81 views

What's the difference between Krav Maga and Urban Krav Maga?

What focus and what kind of techniques are different?
6
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3answers
163 views

Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

I am practicing Japanese Jujitsu, I am currently purple white stripe belt. Physically I am about 75kgs, and about 5ft 7-8. My problem is when I hip throw (Ogoshi) my regular uke, probably a few kgs ...
4
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2answers
112 views

Baratoplata vs Kimura

What's the main difference between Baratoplata and Kimura lock? Or is Baratoplata another variation of Kimura? Do they affect to the same area of the arm?
0
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3answers
87 views

What is the minumum training time to remain proficient?

I've trained in MMA for one and a half years and half a year in Krav Maga. I find that I don't have enough energy to train, because of work and school. My goal is not to lose reflexes and my current ...
0
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3answers
134 views

Drills for improving front kicks

I am aiming for national level skill. I want to be able to use my front kicks more fluently and naturally. Are there any good drills for that?
2
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2answers
124 views

Practicing a form with closed eyes

I have been training in Chen style Tai chi for more than 2 years, and I can say I can perform the first routine, Yi lu, without thinking of the form (which movement comes next and so on). So my Sifu ...
11
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3answers
3k views

Benefits of women only sessions

Some club do women only training sessions for either beginners or open to all levels. Generally those are taught by a senior female instructor. Personally, I dislike the idea. I find it much more ...
8
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8answers
751 views

Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Many martial arts spend time in practicing high kicks, for instance to the face. Is there a situation in a street fight where high kicks would be the best choice? Why not prefer low kicks? With low ...
2
votes
3answers
120 views

Is it common and expected that shifus give theory classes about stuff like TCM, meridians and joints?

I have practiced taiji for some time. I also practiced shaolin styles for some time. However, when practicing stuff like sparring I feel I could do it better if I understood stuff like traditional ...
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1answer
65 views

What is the difference between a Teacher & an Instructor? [closed]

Although I could answer this question according to my class; In general terms with all forms of martial arts how can we define the difference between them ? ****What else i would like to hear**** ...
0
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1answer
105 views

Do any martial arts have mixed gender competitions?

Do any martial arts have competitions where men fight women?
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4answers
162 views

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 ...
7
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6answers
3k views

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 ...
10
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18answers
8k views

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 ...
3
votes
5answers
128 views

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 ...
0
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2answers
111 views

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 "...
7
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
189 views

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 ...
3
votes
5answers
268 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
121 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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votes
2answers
142 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 ...
0
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2answers
90 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 ...
0
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2answers
84 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?
1
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3answers
245 views

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 done,...
6
votes
3answers
343 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
votes
1answer
95 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 ...
3
votes
5answers
922 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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votes
4answers
204 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 ...
0
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0answers
38 views

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
votes
1answer
100 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 ...
3
votes
1answer
93 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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votes
1answer
112 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 ...
6
votes
5answers
393 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
votes
2answers
107 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 ...
1
vote
4answers
217 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 ...
4
votes
3answers
185 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
votes
2answers
209 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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votes
1answer
154 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 ...
0
votes
2answers
86 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
68 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
votes
1answer
71 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
votes
4answers
144 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
votes
1answer
65 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:
3
votes
2answers
137 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 ...

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