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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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5answers
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How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
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3answers
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How should a BJJ practitioner run?

I asked a BJJ coach about running. He told me that running a long distance with the same pace affects the muscles negatively. It makes you react slower during a BJJ fight. Is this true? If yes, how ...
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8answers
659 views

Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

In Aikido (and Judo, Jujitsu, etc...) we do a lot of break falling or ukemi. It is one of the first thing to is taught to beginners. It is the first thing that they are graded on and one of the ...
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7answers
298 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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6answers
425 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
448 views

Endurance problems while practicing martial art

I have been attending krav-maga lessons (twice a week) for two years and always had low endurance. After every lesson I feel exhausted a little more. My stamina improved since I started but I still ...
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Judo mats: any certification? what characteristics should one look for?

Is there any official certification system for Judo mats? What specific characteristics should one be looking for in a Judo mat? Remember the primary purpose of the Judo mat is injury prevention. ...
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Rule 1: Cardio. What exercises are worth doing to increase cardiovascular fitness?

So, I am looking to increase my general cardiovascular fitness to fit better into the martial art training I do -- Aikido but that should only matter a little. The main question is What exercises ...
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How to return to Tae Kwon Do?

Some time ago I regularly took part in Tae Kwon Do, but that was ~4 years ago and I'm out of shape. What should I do to prepare to return to the martial art, and should I start from the beginning ...
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2answers
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How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?

I saw a very well executed spinning reverse kick in this video of the Athens Olympics. I can do a reverse kick and a jumping turning kick. How can move on to acquire the necessary skills to perform ...
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4answers
199 views

Training Footwork for people with knee issues

I've frequently seen that the difference between exacerbating and at least not-further-harming knees can come down to proper stances and footwork. For example, I emphasize not pushing the knee past ...
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2answers
867 views

Martial art for a complete newbie - can i learn on my own?

I am just aware of the term martial arts and kung-fu perhaps from watching a lot of movies but i am unaware of how can i learn any of these in actuality.I want to learn some martial arts. Well ...
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5answers
543 views

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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2answers
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Should I learn karate if I had a slip disc problem in past?

I am 20 years old. I had a disc herniation two years ago, before that it was more than 1.5 years. I have been feeling good for the past six months. I do regular exercises and gymming, swimming, little ...
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3answers
160 views

How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
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7answers
2k views

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
332 views

When was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed?

Assuming it did indeed exist, when was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed? Personally, I've heard that it was possibly destroyed multiple times with the years (AD) 1646, 1647, 1674, 1732, 1901, ...
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4answers
726 views

Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi

Over the last 20 years or so I have been trying to incorporate several styles into one that is suited for my needs. My stance is now pretty much a Karate’s one, but my kicks have elements of Karate, ...
4
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2answers
200 views

How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?

The Japanese use the concept of Shu, ha, ri to indicate progress in development/growth. Straight from its WikiPedia page, Aikido shihan Endou Seishirou said: It is known that, when we learn or ...
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10answers
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Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?

I tried looking for grappling mats online and they are really pricey, ranging from ~150 to $600 or more. Or for puzzle mats, each square is about $35 and the two sites I went to (one was fighters ...
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3answers
300 views

Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped?

I left my Jo (white oak, 1 inch diameter, 51.5 inch length) leaning in the corner for two years. Now I'm using it again and it is noticably bowed and deformed. While it is straight "enough" to be ...
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5answers
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Dropping weight before a MMA fight

In wrestling, we would drop a kg of water weight the night before and call it good. In MMA it is typical to drop between 4-6kg in the months before a fight. One issue I have is that I put on muscle ...
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1answer
299 views

Which will results in more brain damage, being a heavy weight or lightweight boxer? Thought question

I have a thought provoking question (I think!) that I'll pose. I'm not sure if there is a definitive answer. As you know, boxers can suffer long term brain injury from repeated concussions. Is ...
3
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1answer
151 views

Is it okay to use a pulley to stretch?

I'm a 58 yo male, 4th Dan taekwondo, training for about 17 years, flexibility not the best, but for the last 18 months, I've been really putting in the training, weights, core work, stretching etc, I ...
3
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9answers
3k views

Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

I did a season of folk wrestling in high school. This was about 5-6 years ago. I'm trying to diet and exercise properly to reach my low body fat goal. Also, I want to learn some basic self defense. ...
3
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6answers
1k 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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5answers
514 views

What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?

Let us examine this one section of only a few seconds of a video of Okamoto-sensei, a Daito-Ryu practitioner, demonstrating a way to free oneself from an opponent grabbing both your wrists when both ...
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4answers
453 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 ...
2
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5answers
6k views

What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?

I'm a software engineer basically but have been practicing taekwondo since 2-3 months. I just wanted to know what it takes to get a black belt?
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1answer
298 views

Explaining how to breathe deeply

One of the things we emphasize heavily in my Hapkido group is breathing. It tends to flow with your motion and be very deep in nature. We also have deep breathing exercises along these lines ...
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Combat drill with multiple oponents

During my career (i've trained at a couple of places) I've participated in several drills where a group of people surrounded a single guy and at a call of a number would attack the guy in the middle ...
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3answers
262 views

what is the real history and purpose of silat in a fight?

I'm sure you've all heard of Silat, an Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian sort of martial art. I hear it is very effective, almost like krav maga. It's supposed to be intense and when I look ...
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1answer
203 views

What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?

I was thinking about joining a judo club near my house, but I was wondering what kind of injuries I have to expect by practicing this martial art ( I'm especially worried about my nose, my nasal ...
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1answer
379 views

Strength training for a mixed martial arts beginner

I am starting MMA. Which excersises would be best to get my physical strength up to the levels of people doing MMA for years or experienced in MMA?
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What is the best point-scoring technique? [closed]

What is the best technique or strategy for wining a point scoring fight.

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