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Gloves for longsword sparring

In my club, most of the people use Red Dragon gloves for sparring with steel longsword. According to the company's own description, these gloves are not designed for that purpose, even though it looks ...
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Is weight training useful in martial arts?

This may sound like a bit of a daft question, but I have heard and read different sides. On the one side, people say weight training will increase your strength and power and therefore will be ...
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Why are traditional karate gis 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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What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons? [closed]

I always wonder which martial art is the most effective in a 1-vs-1 street fight without weapons. After doing some research I came up with 3 types of positions (maybe there are more) someone can hold ...
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Punishment in the Martial arts

I have recently started instructing an older age group than the previous one: the class is composed of more advanced students of age 8-13. Over the past few weeks I've noticed that when the students ...
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6answers
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Is there value in using weighted clothing in martial arts training?

Is there any research/evidence that would indicate that training (drills, katas, etc rather than sparring) for martial arts more broadly (striking arts like TKD, Karate and Muay Thai more ...
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6answers
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Training on hard ground

I practiced muay thai for a year and my teacher made it clear we would train all along bare feet on the hard ground. Of course I had feet injuries after repeatedly kicking the mitts. At first, 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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Improving my back stance

I am currently training for my Black Belt in a shotokan like style of Karate and I have been told many times by my teacher that I need to improve my back stance Kōkutsu-dachi as my bum sticks out and ...
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“Modern” Boxing Gloves & Punching Technique

In what ways has the evolution of the "modern" boxing glove (shape, size, weight, etc.) changed the way "the boxer" punches? (Considering the invention of Jack Broughton's boxing gloves as the ...
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Is Krav Maga a hybrid martial art?

I red that Krav Maga is a mixture of other martial arts. If so which are the Martial Art forms that were combined to form Krav Maga?
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Gum Shield for someone with false teeth

Can anyone tell me if there is a gum shield for someone who has false teeth? I used to do quite a lot of boxing when I was younger, but now I have false teeth and I want to get back in shape again. ...
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Is there a reason that the red part of the belt is on the left side?

I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a while. The red tip of the belt is worn on the left side; the only explanation for this is because it is the same side as the heart. This doesn't sound ...
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2answers
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Vegetarian diet for a combat sport athlete?

I'd like to save some money by removing meat and dairy from my diet. I am planning to give a go a diet where I am consuming mostly fruits and beans. My only concern is how it will impact my energy ...
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Problem with more senior club member

I sometimes have to lead classes in my club. Most of the members will do what I say but there are one or two members more senior than me who will almost always go off on a tangent and not listen to me ...
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Child with attention difficulties in my karate class

I have been going to karate for many years and have had a bit of experience teaching our students, mostly in a 1-on-1 setting (I'm not the teacher, I just help out here and there when required). ...
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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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1answer
105 views

MMA/UFC statistical analysis

Based on comments on this question, I am wondering if there is any meaningful statistical analysis of kicking/punching vs grappling in MMA? Hopefully said analysis will detail which arts are used in ...
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Is aikido a good addition to Karate? Or shoud I go for jiu-jitsu? [closed]

First a little background here, I've done Karate for 7 years and quit some years back because of reasons I won't discuss here. In either case I have all this experience build up and recently met ...
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2answers
418 views

Aikido yonkyo grip

I'm having a bit of trouble trying to find the pressure point on the forearm with which to do yonkyo. Does anyone have any tips on how to find the right spot? I understand yonkyo doesn't necessarily ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I know, that's weird. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had this problem. When I do my arm bar and I'm not wearing a jockstrap, I tend to crush my groin... You'll understand that in such a ...
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Learning Kung Fu - Resources [closed]

First of all, I know it's best to find a school, but it's impossible to find a traditional kung fu school where I live. (There are a several Wing Chun schools, but I'm not interested in Wing Chun). ...
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508 views

Some crazy kick identification

So, I stumbled on this gif and I have a few questions... What martial art is this? Is this allowed in competitions? What is this kick called? What is this sorcery? ^_~
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Tips to kick in the thigh without being blocked by the knee

We see it a lot in MMA, and probably in Muay Thai too (never trained in that). Fighters kick the inner or outer thigh; from what I've seen, they usually kick quite low on the thigh, just a little ...
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how to survive not doing hardcore Judo after losing your ACL forever

I am 37, 1.80m, >85 kg. I used to train Judo twice or three times a week at competition level (although I was not participating in contests, I was training hard with those who did). About two years ...
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What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?

This motion shows up in some styles of Karate (opening movement of several Shotokan kata - Bassai Dai, Jiin, Jion, Jitte) and some Kung-Fu styles. What does it represent?
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5answers
243 views

Is there modern technology for constructing a katana?

I was watching Samurai Swordmaking, which was uploaded in 2013, where an old man forges a sword by hand using fire and hammer. Has anybody seen modern technology for making a sword that produces a ...
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1answer
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Wing chun - practising

I love martial arts, mostly wing chun. While practicing I personally don't find any partner to drill the moves. If we practice individually, what forms can we practice more ? so that we may equally ...
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1answer
270 views

What does it mean to “chamber a kick”?

I've read that tons of time on forums and heard it in many videos. The explanations always seem kind of vague and to this day I can't explain what it is to "chamber a kick". I know it's very ...
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3answers
334 views

Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Recently I joined to a Muay Thai Gym, and it is very good. Previously, I did Tae Kwan Do for 2 years. In my Muay Thai Gym, the master is teaching me to kick using the shin. I feel really afraid to ...
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2answers
212 views

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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1answer
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kicked in the sternum - tips on healing, time frame? any lingering danger?

I recently (a week ago) got side-kicked with a heel in my sternum pretty hard, enough that it knocked me down (I weigh 215 lbs). Needless to say it was very painful and a week later it still kills if ...
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5answers
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what is the proper way to punch in krav maga? what are the benefits of punching without wrist rotation?

I've been attending a few Krav Maga classes at a MMA gym. Recently, I was told (by another student) that the proper way to punch would be with the thumb knuckle facing up for the the three basic ...
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Is it possible to learn Martial Arts (Kung Fu in my case) effectively without sparring?

I want to enroll in a martial arts school in my neighbourhood. The lessons are given by a shaolin monk and the few lessons I followed were really intense and interesting. When I asked if we were going ...
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2answers
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WTF Sport Taekwondo - Beating front-leg fighters

I've just recently begun training again for sport taekwondo - specifically sparring. I've always had a more traditional training, but these days the front-leg heavy style is what's in vogue and I have ...
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2answers
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What is the best type of diet for serious competition training? [closed]

I am looking at competing seriously in kata. I been training for over 10 years but its not gotten as serious as training for a goal to compete for England. I am finding it hard to maintain my energy, ...
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1answer
72 views

HEMA Wrestling Guide

I've been learning Italian Longsword, a style of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts) for several months now, heavily using The Swordsman's Companion as a teacher and guide. It has been superb ...
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3answers
103 views

Soft/Energy drinks effects for tae kwon do players

My tae kwon do instructor always tells his students to avoid soft/energy drinks (like Pepsi, Coke or Red bull etc.) Do these kind of drinks harm your flexibility and stamina? What do experts say about ...
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4answers
119 views

Dobok absorbs sweat

This might not be a technical martial arts question, but it is somehow related to Taekwon-do, so please bear with me. I am a bulky person, and I sweat a lot. Especially when in training, I sweat so ...
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3answers
106 views

Starting my own HEMA club, any advice?

I was looking into practising HEMA(Historical European Martial Arts) for many years, but when I had the money, I didn't have the time or vice versa. Now I have finally found (let's hope) a stable job ...
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6answers
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order? Also could you add the degrees, I have had a hard time finding a reliable site?
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Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?

I have just discovered there is an Aikido dojo in our neighborhood. They do Iaido, but that’s listed under the weapons training. It says on the web site: “After training at XXX dojo for a minimum of ...
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7answers
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Do I have a bad Wing Chun teacher and is Wing Chun worth it?

I am a new student and only female in my Wing Chun class. The teacher who is well over six foot something, strong as an ox and has a black belt in karate, uses full force when showing me techniques. ...
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2answers
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Aikido kotegaeshi

In order to apply kotegaeshi in the right way, do you have to hold uke's wrist? Or do you have to hold uke's hand, placing your thumb on the back of his hand? I have seen it performed in these two ...
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7answers
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What's the most effective way to discipline students (particularly juniors)?

When teaching martial arts, particularly to juniors we sometimes run into problems with discipline. Most people assume that you can hand out physical exercise as a good disincentive to poor ...
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2answers
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Is this character using Aikido?

On the television show The Walking Dead, a character named Morgan has become something of a "ninja" in the words of the fans. He uses a staff as his weapon, and espouses a philosophy that all life is ...
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3answers
128 views

What is this name of this kind of joint lock

can someone tell me the name of this joint lock? It seems to be an Aikido technique (is it?) Thanks Edit Here is a gif of performing it:
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2answers
241 views

Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Most of us are familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo fights with two katana, one in each hand. In every other movie I have ever seen in which katana appear, they are treated as a ...
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3answers
178 views

What kind of stretching should I do before starting my boxing practice?

I started boxing few days ago. I watched a lot of tutorials on youtube. I learned the technique for jab, straight punch, hook, uppercut. I practice solo (no teacher) on a heavy bag. I want to know ...
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3answers
1k views

Solo martial art learning

I would really like to practice a martial art. However, because of financial problems, where I live (far from anywhere big), and work commitments, I cannot afford the time and expense of going to a ...

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