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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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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**** ...
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7answers
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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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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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4answers
159 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 ...
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1answer
99 views

Do any martial arts have mixed gender competitions?

Do any martial arts have competitions where men fight women?
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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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2answers
99 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 ...
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4answers
726 views

Are roundhouse kicks prevalent in traditional kung fu systems?

While I was practicing drills tonight, it occurred to me that I have not seen roundhouse kicks in any form we do. All the forms I have seen in our system thus far, whether beginner forms or the more ...
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21answers
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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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4answers
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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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
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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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7answers
381 views

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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8answers
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Value in Practicing Spinning Kicks

In hapkido we have a large number of kicking techniques, ranging from sweeps and kicks from the ground up to and including spinning kicks, skip kicks, jump techniques, etc. My question here is in ...
11
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7answers
567 views

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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3answers
225 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 ...
5
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4answers
749 views

Taekwondo training to help Karate-do kicks

I have been training Karate-do for few years and I have realized that my kicks are not as good as they should be, even more, I can't give a proper high kick. I was thinking about training some ...
5
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1answer
109 views

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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5answers
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Arm Toughening Without Losing Sensitivity

There are arm-toughening drills in many martial arts. Usually, this consists of banging various parts of your arm against a partner's arm or a tree or other immovable object. I've been concerned ...
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10answers
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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

I've recently run across several conversations where someone goes to great lengths to clarify that a certain style is not a martial art. Mitro's answer to this question on Krav Maga for example: Is ...
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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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6answers
713 views

Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits?

Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits? After years of practicing and sparring, my wife and I noticed that my posture when walking has changed drastically in a bad way. I constantly slouch when ...
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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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5answers
214 views

Does Krav Maga or any Martial Arts helps preparing to get stabbed?

You sure learn how to defend againt knife attacks, but how does it even feel to get stabbed? Would an average human stay under shock? Or Would you still keep fighting and defending after you get ...
7
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5answers
497 views

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
460 views

What's this posture called, and does it signify something

In Tai-Chi, if I remember correctly, many stances and movements signify something , such as "push opponent away", "block a kick" etc. At least that's whatone of my trainers claimed. In one of the ...
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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 ...
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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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7answers
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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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3answers
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How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)

Background: Age 34, I'm a 6ft 2 inch, 95kg mesomorph and have been at 3rd kyu for about a year now. For the most part, I am an ambidextrous player, with little preference as to which side I attack ...
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7answers
370 views

traumatic experiences causing martial arts skittishness

I am kind of new to martial arts, and have only been involved for about a year. One time when my teacher was away from class for personal reasons, a boxing ranked student of his allowed me (an 18 year ...
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25answers
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What are the purposes of martial arts forms?

A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements ...
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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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2answers
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Arch support and martial arts shoes

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet that makes repeated jumping or low-stance work quite painful. Some instructors are not fond of students wearing shoes (even if designed for martial arts use) ...
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3answers
280 views

Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?

I'm not sure that the terms I'm using are standard, or that I'm explaining them well. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me try to explain my terms, explain my assumption and then ask a question. ...
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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 ...
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3answers
1k views

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 ...
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 ...
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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12answers
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Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, competing, or breaking blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What names does this "shouting" have ...
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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 ...
6
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5answers
226 views

How to properly initiate or use karate( any style that uses the beginning blocks since they're actually grappling techniques)grappling techniques

Not a lot of people know the truth about karate but it is actually a grappling martial art. If you study the beginning blocks you will realise this and you can see it on karate by jessies website. ...
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2answers
65 views

Two-Handed Basket-Hilted Sword Usage?

Is there a method of sword fighting where one uses two handed techniques with a basket-hilted sword? I've heard that this happened, just not where, when, and what the technique was called.
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8answers
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How much can I improve my punching precision? How?

I'm not yet strong enough in the legs to talk about precision, so I'll stick to punches. Firstly, what is the upper limit of precise punches, how precise can I get them to be? Within millimeters of ...
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 ...
9
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7answers
547 views

What to do with a grabbed leg?

Well. I have seen some Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Kung Fu fights on YouTube. I noticed that kicks are much more dangerous to the one applying the kick than I thought. Many times kicking fighters hit ...
6
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5answers
1k views

how to perform a reverse punch?

Where I used to train, I was taught a reverse punch was performed with the opposite fist to the forward leg, while stepping forwards. So, for example, if I stepped forwards into a left hand front ...
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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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