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What is a grandmaster?

In your own school, you have a Sifu (師傅 or 師父) or sensei (先生), which is frequently translated as master or teacher. In the same way you have a grandfather, who is the father of your father, you have a ...
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7answers
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Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?

I like full contact hard body sparring. I'm not much of a fan of a lot of katas, since I've been through enough of that in TKD. However, I wouldn't mind some kata. I'm also not a fan of karate joint ...
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4answers
284 views

What techniques would be effective in Zero Gravity? [closed]

a friend of mine named his BJJ club "Zero Gravity". It got me thinking, what would be effective techniques if you actually were in zero gravity? To me, things like striking and kicking don't seem ...
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9answers
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How do I improve my attack speed?

This question is a little different than a previous question on speed and footwork. Recently my sensei critiqued my sparring, saying my block and counter techniques are pretty strong, but I'm lacking ...
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6answers
196 views

Style vs instructor

There's a saying here that goes like this: never pick a school for the style, but for the instructor. I've been doing taekwondo for 4 years. My instructor, was awesome. He won a statewide sparring ...
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1answer
130 views

What martial arts resources discuss biomechanics of maximizing efficient force generation?

I am studying how stability affects the ability to perform movements. A physician friend of mine has noticed that certain critical kinetic chains (i.e. muscles that work together to perform movement) ...
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5answers
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Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?

I've just purchased a staff made of white waxwood. I need a way to make it stand out from other staves made of white pine. The easy answer is of course to use a marker and put my initials on it, but I ...
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2answers
115 views

Age of martial arts [closed]

Which of the martial arts is the oldest? And which is the youngest? And which is the most average age? If you invented another martial art, how would you get it appraised, approved, accepted and ...
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8answers
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Is 16 too late of an age to start hapkido or judo?

I'm 15 and would like to start martial arts when I turn 16. I want a year to get myself in to really good shape before I start. One more question, what were you guys like when you started and what ...
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1answer
116 views

Martial Arts wannabe accosting and threating neighbor who simply complains over parking issue [closed]

I have a neighbor who proclaims and is reputed to be a martial arts practitioner. This individual has a habit of parking his commercial truck so that it protrudes into my driveway. Being fed up over ...
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5answers
6k views

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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4answers
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How should a novice train if unable to join a dojo yet?

I have wanted to start learning a type of martial art for a long time, but my lifestyle didn't help (I have lived in 5 countries in the last 10 years, changed location at least once in each of those ...
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0answers
69 views

How do I train the basics of martial conditioning and strength? [duplicate]

I'm lacking a sparring partner, and there are no dojos where I live. I have no access to anyone with particular martial arts knowledge locally, and my equipment comes down to the floor, a bar, and a ...
3
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2answers
333 views

How to fix velcro wrist strap on boxing gloves?

I have a pair of Muay kickboxing gloves and after about 1 year of using them, the velcro wrap doesn't hold anymore. The only solution is can think of is tying them up with sports tape, but I sometimes ...
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1answer
196 views

Is the way US military academies teach boxing atypical with respect to concussions?

The New York Times published a story about concussions from boxing at US military academies, where apparently boxing is a required course for all male students. For more than a century, boxing ...
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15answers
3k views

Self-defense against chainsaw attack

Is there any "style" or self-defence that teaches techniques against chainsaw attack. E.g. if somebody attacks you like this video I don't now how to defend myself. Either I could run away or attack ...
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23answers
20k views

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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3answers
305 views

How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?

As a layman in martial arts, I've been curious about this question: In a real life situation, is it easy/difficult/impossible for a seasoned professional fighting expert (in whatever discipline of ...
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1answer
135 views

How did jiujitsu spread to Britain?

'Suffrajitsu': How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts talks about jiujitsu being used by suffragettes in pre-WWI Britain. How did the martial art spread from Japan to Britain?
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10answers
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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 tense in all my movements. A lot of techniques in WC require smooth arm and leg movements to react to our opponent's ...
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4answers
796 views

To what extent does height give an advantage in any type of fight?

Last month Sylvester Stallone posted this picture in Twitter with the caption: Just in case you forgot how tall Ivan Drago is. The man was a walking eclipse. So I was thinking to what extent does ...
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6answers
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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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5answers
1k views

What is Fa-jin?

Fa-jin, according to the Wikipedia article, means "to discharge power explosively". If there is only one way to do this, what is it? If there is more than one way, what are the two or three main ways ...
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2answers
139 views

Any ITF Taekwon-Do Sine wave studies?

In the Taekwon-Do Theory of Power, it is explained that the sine wave motion is used to add body weight to the movement, and then generates more power. However, is there any evidence, viewed from ...
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8answers
731 views

Yang tai chi breathing (when to inhale/exhale)

I'm doing a Tai Chi class and am pretty much a novice at it, so I also youtube'd around and read a lot. I'm now confused about breathing. My class teacher (old guy, but aren't they all?) says for the ...
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5answers
2k views

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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2answers
281 views

Avoiding big toe skin split

While sparring and moving around on the mat a lot, halfway through the training the skin under my big toes starts splitting. At the end of the training the split can get pretty big (~1cm) which makes ...
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5answers
275 views

Lower center of gravity an advantage?

All things being equal if two traditional jiu-jitsu — or other grappling discipline — combatants with similar skills, were involved in a fight, one shorter than the other, would the shorter combatant ...
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2answers
2k views

What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean and which to get?

I have a practical question for once. I was thinking of taking up Jiu-Jitsu and my local gym offers the Gi in colors white, blue, and black. The white is about $100, the blue $115, and the black ...
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3answers
3k views

Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?

Often when doing in knife fighting sparring, people tend to ignore that they've got cut. I've seen shock knives on the net, and they seem kind of interesting as they at least give feedback that ...
3
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1answer
103 views

When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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4answers
236 views

What do I need to watch out for when dealing with shorter opponents?

I'm in Japan teaching English (as part of the JET Programme) at a middle school, and I joined their Judo club. At 183+ cm (6 ft+ - I actually have to be careful of some doorways) and ~76 kg (~167 ...
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5answers
242 views

What forms of martial arts are recommended for existing injuries?

If one has existing injuries to areas of the body that may be deemed to be critical for martial arts such as knees and the back, is there a particular form of martial art that will be well suited. ...
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14answers
7k views

What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?

I'm looking for exercises to help maintain a grip on an opponent's gi while pulling them around. There are two elements to this: strength and endurance. Meaning, I want my grip to be hard to break but ...
0
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1answer
143 views

Is it better for wrestlers to train against other wrestlers, or against jiu jitsu players? [closed]

First how common is it for Wrestlers to train with opponents that are using Jiu jitsu? When it comes to improving wrestling skills, is it better for a Wrestler to train against another Wrestler or a ...
5
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7answers
813 views

Is it okay to spar without gloves?

I've been practicing Shotokan Karate for about 6 months. Yesterday during practice my sensei had us practice free sparing with no protective gear, not even gloves, and I got punched in the mouth and ...
4
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1answer
102 views

Wrestling strategies

I have long heard that judo and wrestling, both freestyle and greco-roman, are some of the martial arts that requires most strategy. That lead me to try to learn wrestling (also the fact that although ...
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6answers
2k views

What is the application for tai chi's single whip?

What the bleep is going on in tai chi's single whip posture? It seems to be emblematic of tai chi, being a pose frequently struck by practitioners in the presence of cameras. The actual sequence ...
3
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1answer
70 views

How to fit a gumshield it some teeth are missing

I have just brought a gumshield for boxing. I have four front teeth missing. Do I fit the gumshield with false teeth in or out to take the shape correctly?
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4answers
262 views

Is There Any Martial Art Where They Use Legs For Grappling?

Don't push me off, if I asked a very dumb or plainly stupid question. All I know about martial arts can be written on a matchbox. I was just wondering if there is any martial art (grappling) form ...
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6answers
5k views

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 ...
7
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12answers
913 views

How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

My question is an extend to the question, How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation? The thing is, fighting is not a thing to be taken lightly, even in a perilous situation. ...
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8answers
3k 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 ...
7
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7answers
3k views

What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Souther Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
10
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2answers
4k views

Junior BJJ belts transformation when one becomes adult

Junior BJJ belts are different from adult ones, I wonder how they will be transformed when junior becomes adult So let's say I'm 15 and have Orange belt, when I will be 17 should I start from White ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Injured my wrist in Krav Maga 8 months ago and now it hurts again [closed]

I started Krav Maga lessons last January (2015). In my 4th or 5th session, I injured my wrist. I didn't feel it immediately, but after some hours it started hurting. I went to the doctor; they took ...
2
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1answer
128 views

Check my form - 8 point block [closed]

I'm a new Karateka, practicing Chinese Goju Ryu and I'm working on my 8 point blocking system. I'm hoping that someone can give me an opinion of my form. (Constructive answers and comments only ...
4
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2answers
350 views

Is there a reason why wing chun is uncommon in MMA

Is there a reason why Wing Chun is uncommon in MMA? An expert in Wing Chun might do really well as opponents would have a hard time finding training partners (like Lyoto Machida and Karate). perhaps ...
5
votes
8answers
3k views

Straight punch to the head and knockout

When performing a straight punch (left or right) to the head, what is the best target for maximise the chance of knockout ?
4
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10answers
2k views

How to avoid recoiling when someone pushes you?

What parts of the body should be trained? How to be ready for a hard push?

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