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When moving to a new city, what considerations need to be taken into account finding a new teacher?

I took Shidokan for several years, and was very happy with my dojo and my sensei. I recently had to move for work, and I know from experience that these are two of the most important parts of your ...
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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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6answers
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What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?

I am kind of a total beginner. I did some Tae Kwon Do when I was little, but I don't take that much into account, considering everything; I always liked Martial Arts and everything that revolves ...
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What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?

I am 6 foot 2 inches and weigh about 90Kg - I find it very difficult during randori to get a full turn in for (for example) O Goshi. My instructors are always telling me that I need to get lower and ...
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Training Body Reading Without Sparring

When I did rapier, with some emphasis on sparring as well as structured drills, one of the things you got very good at was reading the other person's tells. Some of which were things that could be ...
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How can one practice well alone?

I started learning a martial art about 5 years ago, and I did it for 2 years. I very liked it, however I had to stop. I didn't want to lose what I've already learned, so I kept practicing. Alone. ...
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What are the possible signs some has lost consciousness when being choked?

I thought this would be obvious, someone would just pass out and go floppy. However last week during rolling I got someone in a sleeve / Ezekiel choke while in my guard and he didn't tap out. He ...
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How to overcome fear to jump?

I practice Taekwondo. My biggest hurdle at the moment is that I am afraid of falling down. For example, when I do a scissor kick, I was told to level my torso to kick higher. But I am afraid that I ...
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Are students with disabilities tested differently?

I don't use testing when I teach; I observe and promote when students are ready (hopefully avoiding various observer effects). That said, I judge individuals based on their individual capabilities and ...
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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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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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How do I improve my attack speed?

This question is a little different than a previous question on speed and footwork. Recently my sensei critiqued my sparring, saying my block and counter techniques are pretty strong, but I'm lacking ...
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Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?

In North America, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice and instruction is quite different from what is found in schools of Jiu-Jitsu that describe themselves as Japanese. Are the two martial arts still ...
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How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?

I am 21 years of age. I have been learning taekwondo for a year. However, I am still unable to achieve a complete split. What are exercises that I can do to increase my flexibility to reach a complete ...
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2answers
795 views

Can someone learn Krav Maga moves without exacerbating injuries?

Would like to learn Krav Maga but have injuries that mean I would only be able to learn it in a limited fashion. I would want to learn it for self defense purposes after being accosted by a male in ...
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Self-defense against chainsaw attack

Is there any "style" or self-defence that teaches techniques against chainsaw attack. E.g. if somebody attacks you like this video I don't now how to defend myself. Either I could run away or attack ...
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

I have moved cities and have found a new Muay Thai gym. The training in this gym is very different. When they train they use thai pads less often and do drills. When doing the drills they hit quite ...
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How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?

I was doing some surfing today and noticed a few mentions of lineage when considering a given school/dojo. The people asking about lineage of a given school seemed to feel that if the instructor(s) ...
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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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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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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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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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How does Bartitsu's “foot hook with a cane” technique work?

Bartitsu is the British Gentleman's MMA. And one of the self-defense sequences, pictured underneath, involves hooking the opponent's foot with your cane and pulling his legs apart. I've found one ...
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What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?

Within the context of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and its rules: Assuming you are on the ground and someone has your back and hooks in, is there a defense to a rear naked choke? Or is the only defense to ...
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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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What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?

A few years ago, my Taekwondo organization (ITF-based if that makes a difference for purposes of this question) made the shift from point-break sparring (sparring stops after one side scores, resets ...
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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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Best weight lifting exercise to develop a Wing Chun chain punch

What would be some good exercises to develop more power in a Wing Chun chain punch? Is it as simple as working on my triceps?
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489 views

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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How should a novice train if unable to join a dojo yet?

I have wanted to start learning a type of martial art for a long time, but my lifestyle didn't help (I have lived in 5 countries in the last 10 years, changed location at least once in each of those ...
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Is there any documentation of newaza in Fusen-Ryu?

Renzo Gracie's book Mastering Jujitsu makes the interesting and not otherwise repeated claim that BJJ is descended directly from Fusen-Ryu rather than Judo. Allegedly, while Judo was cleaning up at ...
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Should I train differently to spar guys who are bigger than me?

I am a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have a few tournaments coming up and I am training in my sparring techniques. I am 12 years old with 2 national sparring championships (and on the ...
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Do all schools of BJJ come from the same root?

Do all schools of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) come from the same original source? Or did some come down different path ways and hop on to the BJJ marketing wagon?
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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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What are the functional differences between the five main T'ai Chi styles?

As someone who is looking to start practicing T'ai Chi for health and meditative benefits rather than any deeper philosophical reasons, I find quickly that there are 5 'main' styles listed, which each ...
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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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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

Note that this question is a mirror of this one on skeptics.se. Due to the lack of answers, I thought here might be a good place to seek more. Feel free to answer in either. There is a fairly wide ...
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Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?

I'd like to learn more about the various applications and interpretations of Karate katas. Is there a written source I can use?
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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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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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7answers
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What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?

I'm 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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9answers
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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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Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?

My sword teachers raise the sword to above the head, just short of horizontal before beginning a cut. I've noticed that other instructors (e.g. Breeland Sensei, at approx: 1:31, and I will try to ...
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Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers

I would like to know which (if any at all) contemporary system base their tactics in deciding who to attack first in order to create a escaping route. Scenario: Cornered in a place where 4 ...
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9answers
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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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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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Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo

What are the benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within the cadre of a western (aka based in the UK) Aikido dojo? I am interested in personal experience (not opinions) as to whether ...
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What is the application for tai chi's single whip?

What the bleep is going on in tai chi's single whip posture? It seems to be emblematic of tai chi, being a pose frequently struck by practitioners in the presence of cameras. The actual sequence ...
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Is it good to practise punching a wall? No place for punching bag

I don't have a place for a punching bag in my home. I wrap up a cloth or a bandage on my hand and i practice my kick boxing punches on the wall along with knuckle push ups. My master told its not good ...

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