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How can I quickly regain focus during class?

Occasionally I will get (inwardly) frustrated during class, usually when I cannot seem to make heads or tails of an advanced technique. After class I'll work with a senior student to practice the ...
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8answers
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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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What is the best way to improve your skills in BJJ (gi and no-gi) and become a black belt in short period?

There are many fighters like BJ PENN and Demian Maia that got their BJJ black belt in short period. Many say BJ Penn received it after 3 years of training - on Wikipedia they mention Demian Maia got ...
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How much risk is there to have a nose broken when sparring in muay thai?

I practice sparring in Muay Thai and occasionally I get a strong punch to the nose. It has never bled but for some reason it hurts for days. I am worried about an even stronger punch breaking my ...
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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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Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?

When I spar, I see/notice/become aware of the kick slightly after the foot has left the floor on a path towards my shin or my thigh. According to what I know (which is may be limited, so please ...
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Why is osoto guruma in dai gokyo?

My understanding is that nage-waza is grouped by factors such as difficulty of break-falling and throwing difficulty. Is there a reason osoto guruma is in dai gokyo while osoto gari is in dai ikkyo?
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Weapons in taekwondo?

I have trained weapons in a couple martial arts and I think that weapons should be a part of traditional taekwondo curriculum. For a particular school of taekwondo, they would not teach weapons as ...
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When is a good time to throw a body punch in Muay Thai?

In Muay Thai sparring, most of the times when I go to throw a body punch it is because I see the defences of the head being too tight for a throw towards the head. The result of those attempts is ...
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469 views

What's the physics behind checking kicks?

What's the reasoning behind checking kicks? Is it true that it's supposed to hurt the kicker when his kicks are checked? The third law of motion dictates that both the kicker and the checker should ...
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How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?

What and how big negative consequences might martial arts lead to? I was very interested in martial arts when I was younger, and I am still interested. However, I have chosen not to train any martial ...
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Backspinning Heel Kick, Hapkido Origins

A lot of techniques in Hapkido have clear derivations from other arts. A lot of our kicks come from either TKD or from a parent art of TKD, while a lot of the hand-techniques seem to be derived from ...
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hip flexor stretch and popping sound

I used to practice Taekwondo before, my hips would pop when I externally rotate my hips after sitting for long and I assumed it was normal. No pain or snapping, just a pop like you might hear when ...
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12answers
501 views

Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent

What options do you have against a bigger opponent charging like a lineman? (not just punching or kicking, but using his body-weight to overthrow you).
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4answers
611 views

What is a good training scheme for kendo?

I want to pick up my kendo but I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape. Does anyone know a good training scheme to get into shape and be ready by September (5 - 6 months)?
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6answers
191 views

Is it better to start out with a light weapon?

I am thinking of starting practicing HEMA (historical European martial arts), and so I am about to buy a sword to practice with. After looking around a bit I've become curious about how heavy a weapon ...
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3answers
571 views

Diagram of Tensho kata?

I'd like to locate a diagram or other documentation of the Tensho kata. There are some videos available (many of which are very helpful) but I'd like to obtain a printed description of the form if ...
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8answers
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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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1answer
138 views

Does anyone know a good source of information about Sambo on the web?

I've seen some videos of Sambo, but I've never seen real practice. I've practiced some Aikido and BJJ. Looks like Sambo has some ground elements that might be similar to Jiu-Jitsu and some standing ...
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2answers
119 views

Video of a person doing Qigong where somehow many others cannot lift him easily?

I remember that a few years ago, I watched a YouTube video about Qigong. In that video, there is a man who cannot be lifted easily by other people when he does not use Qigong force, but when he does ...
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What are the techniques a white belt should master to become a blue belt in BJJ?

What are the techniques that a white belt should master to become a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? What are the differences between a white belt and a blue belt BJJ practitioner?
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5answers
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Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use

In a previous question I asked whether it is better to start out with a light weapon, and then move on to a heavier one. I got the answer that yes, it's better to start with a lighter one and ...
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3answers
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Drills for training agility - cross art

I'm trying to shake up both my training and my teaching a bit, as I think I've gotten a bit "stale" in both. I want to incorporate various drills and exercises to work on agility, foot work and ...
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4answers
323 views

Is stretching with a partner beneficial, dangerous, or both?

One thing I've seen practiced before are stretches involving a partner, particularly for the legs. I've seen mixed reviews of this practice in a variety of different locations, and wondered if someone ...
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6answers
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Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?

Among runners there are a fair number of studies out there right now that static stretching before exercising, at least if you aren't doing it now, doesn't reduce your risk of injury and in other ...
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6answers
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What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?

Similar to other practices--strength training, physical therapy, running, et cetera--we can evaluate the effectiveness of tai chi for improving fitness, mobility, strength, and other health markers. ...
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2answers
380 views

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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10answers
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How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?

I train in non-grappling arts. I have a reasonable amount of experience with this. However, I'm not sure how I would deal with an untrained opponent coming to grapple with me -- or someone whose ...
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7answers
460 views

What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?

About a year ago I suffered a major knee injury and while I have been cleared to return to the dojo and train, I still have some weakness in the knee. What are some good exercises to strengthen the ...
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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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4answers
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What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?

I have recently begun practicing escrima, and I find it difficult to simultaneously wield two sticks while keeping co-ordination and rhythm. Are there some drills I could do on my own to improve my ...
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7answers
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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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13answers
717 views

When should I run away?

What are the criteria I need to evaluate in order to conclude that I should run away? Sometimes the right answer is to walk away, sometimes it is to give them your wallet... When is it time to leg ...
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5answers
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How bad is kickboxing for your brain?

I'm not asking for medical advice, I'm just asking this out of sheer curiosity: To me it seems that kickboxing is the best kind of workout I could get, nothing else gets me in shape quite as quickly ...
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8answers
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What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?

Finding the right teacher is important. While personal achievement has it merits just because someone is good at something doesn't make them good at teaching that same thing. Are there core ...
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Which martial arts focus on self defense?

I'm trying to make sure I ask this question in a manner that doesn't make it subjective or argumentative. While all martial arts have merit, I believe those merits lie in various areas. Which ...
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3answers
200 views

Can there be too much training?

My oldest son (19) teaches and trains BJJ 6 days a week. He teaches and takes morning, afternoon and evening classes, plus trains MMA, does fitness training and is currently learning some boxing. My ...
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10answers
387 views

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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6answers
869 views

Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?

I have heard this sentiment a handful of times before, and most recently when I was reading "The truth about Violence" by Sam Harris. The gist is that real world violent attacks happen with ...
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3answers
255 views

Tips for faster regeneration after training

Sometimes after a hard Thai Boxing class for example containing long heavy-bag sessions or sparring (usually something consisting of intervals with explosive motions) I still feel tired or exhausted ...
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5answers
221 views

Can I be bulky and fast at the same time?

Is it true that bulky people can't be fast like Bruce Lee or flexible like "Superfoot" Wallace or tall like the great Khalil? I want to be big, fast, and able to fight all at the same time.
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5answers
236 views

How to learn Muy Thai or to fight really well by myself?

How to learn Muy Thai or to fight really well by myself? Somewhere online like YouTube preferably? so i can be good fighter
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2answers
107 views

How should I look for an “open” tournament near me?

I would like to enter an open martial arts, MMA, or taekwondo tournament in my area. Any information on the whereabouts of such a location would be greatly appreciated.
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3answers
370 views

Is there a sport aspect to Krav Maga?

I'm familiar with the basics of Krav Maga (history, philosophy and approach), but not a practitioner. There's a lot to like in this martial art from my perspective, but I generally don't see any ...
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6answers
246 views

Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?

A few years ago I practiced Muay Thai at a gym. I was there on and off for about 2.5 years. Due to a move and busy schedule *cough*lack of motivation*cough* I haven't practiced in about 2 years. ...
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4answers
129 views

Good excercises to reduce the amount of pain in your palm/fingers when hitting with open palm?

For someone untrained, if you hit a human body with open palm (think slapping or spanking type hit), the hitter usually discovers that it hurts the surface of his palm and bottoms of fingers ...
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2answers
117 views

Utsuri goshi vs ushiro goshi usage

They're both similar in execution and used as counters against hip techniques. Are there any reasons to prefer using one instead of the other in various situations?
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7answers
553 views

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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3answers
253 views

Taekwondo and muscle imbalance

I'm 25 YO female and I am struggling with injuries and poor posture due to muscle imbalance - relatively weaker posterior chain. I used to train in Taekwondo many years back, then got sedentary and ...
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17answers
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What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

I'm not getting younger, and my weight will always be at least 200lbs. The martial art I'm studying is not kind to my joints. A particular problem is the flying kicks, one of which is featured in my ...

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