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Why do boxers huff each time they throw a punch?

As we can see in this video, many boxers join each punch with a sharp exhalation, making a sharp hissing sound. It seems to be more common among heavyweights than it is among smaller fighters. Why ...
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Has there ever been a boxer who fought like Prince Naseem Hamed?

Anyone who paid attention to boxing in the 90's knows the name "Prince" Naseem Hamed. Love him or loathe him, everyone had an opinion. He was undoubtedly a brilliant showman, and many people - ...
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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?
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Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai

As of 1989, there were 336 Branches of Isshin-ryu Karate (a style only named as of January 15, 1956). Given this fragmentation, I have chosen a fairly recognized figure in the Isshinryu world, the ...
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2answers
257 views

What is exactly a cross face position in BJJ?

I'm training BJJ but my native language is not english. I tried translation but it didn't work as well. So I'm wondering: what is a cross face? I see people mentioning this cross face position, when ...
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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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What should I do if I'm fencing stick-on-stick and we get stuck?

Somebody attacked my with a bat-like wooden stick. Fortunately, I have a wooden stick as well. He makes a lunge, but I parry it. We get stuck just like in all movies: What should I do next?
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814 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 ...
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What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?

What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi? What do tai chi practitioners mean when they use this word? I can tell there's a specific meaning to this jargon, but can't identify it. I see the ...
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What does it mean to be rooted, and how is being rooted different from being balanced?

Being balanced means that your center of mass is supported by your body's structure. How is being rooted different from being balanced?
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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 ...
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Should I go to boxing practice while still sore? Is it normal soreness?

I just started boxing. I've been 3 times so far. Great workout! The last time I went was Monday and there is a practice today (Wednesday). So 2 days. I find today that I'm sore. Specifically ...
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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 ...
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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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How did the colour belt ranking system originate?

Many martial arts (karate, judo, jiujutsu, taekwondo, kung-fu, etc.) use some form of coloured belts to denote rank and level. How did this come about? Did the concept have common origin or did ...
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5answers
163 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 ...
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530 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 ...
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5answers
111 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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1answer
309 views

Is bowing a universal sign of respect across all martial arts?

When are students or instructors expected to bow and to whom? For spectators, family, friends or anyone else not participating, is anything expected of them as signs of respect?
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7answers
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5-year old struggles with his new Tae Kwon Do classes

I have a 5-year-old son. He started Tae Kwon Do lessons one and a half months ago. At first he was reluctant and cried in the first class, but after a few weeks, he was very happy with himself. His ...
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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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203 views

Aikido and Bulking Up?

How can one bulk up with lean muscle and do Aikido? Aikido is a martial art in which while being relaxed (read: compliant) joints are stretched, twisted or hyperextended, so joint and ligament ...
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93 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 ...
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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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4answers
148 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 ...
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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
128 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 ...
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5answers
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How do I practice judo throws on my own without a partner?

How do you practice your judo throws at home or any time that you're by yourself? The leg movement is easy to do as long as you have the space, but proper arm movement and strength is hard to ...
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7answers
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Self defense with one hand tied behind back?

I'm completely new to martial arts. I would like to know if there are techniques that can be used in self-defense if you had one hand tied behind your back or in the case you lose your hand?
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90 views

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

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

Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?

A lot of non-sport-related martial arts, in my experience, seem to limit ground technique to getting back to the feet in an effective and quick manner. While I don't disagree that being on your feet ...
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3answers
179 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 ...
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3answers
317 views

Need help with sanchin kata

I'm confused as to how this kata is to be preformed. I understand it is a slow and muscle building kata, paired with the hard breathing. Which foot slides into sanchin dachi first? I was confused ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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7answers
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Preventing and/or healing sore wrists and elbows in boxing

I'm very much enjoying my boxing lessons and have been going for about 1 month, 2-3 times a week. Recently though, I took about a week off, as I found my wrists and elbows very sore. My wrists were (...
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4answers
431 views

Aikido forward roll with backpack

Is it dangerous to perform a forward roll when you have something on your back, assuming that one performs it correctly? For example, if you have a backpack with various hard things, like books or ...
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8answers
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Defence against Wing Chun

What is the most effective defence against a Wing Chun practitioner? I know Wing Chun features punching quite heavily and has a very efficient defence itself but I am interested to know how to ...
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2answers
129 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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5answers
928 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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396 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 ...
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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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3answers
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How does the Karate Styles Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū compare to each other?

I am specifically asking this in the sense of how Katas are executed. I heard somewhere that Shotokan is more stiff, and strong, but I'm not really sure. I'd also like to know if there are ...
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How can one practice spear-hand strikes, while still knowing you got the technique right?

One technique in many martial arts is a spear-hand strike, where you make your hand rigid and thrust into the opponent. There are a couple of different variations: in hapkido, we have a flat-hand ...
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3answers
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Does anyone else experience slow motion when fighting?

I was wondering if anyone else out there feels that time slows down when they step into the fight? Punches and kicks feel slow, especially from the opponents side.Hits feel like pushes more than hits....
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5answers
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How to improve speed, strength and condition for Kyokushin karate?

I'm practicing Kyokushin karate, however I want to develop some muscle (weight training), speed and conditioning (punching tree, training shins too). And then there are the katas, very important. ...
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18answers
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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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6answers
414 views

How a woman can teach martial art for men?

It's an honest question. I'm a black belt woman and I have only women in my class. I'd love to understand what happens with them or why men feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking martial arts ...
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3answers
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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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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 ...
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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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