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What should I be looking for in my first, trial class? [For Chinese arts specifically]

I know there are a lot of questions about this posted, and I've read through four of them here. I understand that more important than any style is that the instructor is "good." I don't have a ...
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Is there a reason that the red part of the belt is on the left side?

I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a while. The red tip of the belt is worn on the left side; the only explanation for this is because it is the same side as the heart. This doesn't sound ...
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4answers
833 views

How do Boxers and other Martial Arts practitioners deal with pain?

As I understand it Boxers/Martial Arts practitioners can never become immune to pain. Instead they learn to deal with pain better than the regular Joes. So what do they do to deal with pain?
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182 views

Karate Kata for those recently given birth

I have a friend who last month gave birth, and is keen to do some gentle exercise to begin getting fitness back. She has been thinking about some of the karate kata she used to do, but obviously much ...
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3answers
184 views

Does playing judo increase the likelyhood of one getting brain injuries?

I see many people accidentally fall down and land head first in this world. They end up in the hospital with permanent brain injury, while those luckier go directly to the graveyard. Judo is a sport ...
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1answer
172 views

Allow child to progress up the belts?

I have a 7 year old who does WTF taekwondo. He's been doing it for over a year now and he has a green tag belt. His club holds gradings every 6 months. He's very good at the work he does in class, ...
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87 views

would this combo of MAs be well rounded or no? [closed]

What arts are the best complements to KM? Also, how do other combat systems like Systema complement Krav compared to most normal MAs?
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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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1answer
53 views

Flat footed resistencia

I've always been taught that when doing resistencia you should stay flat footed, but with passa a frente to go onto the balls of your feet and to have your knees closer together. Is there any ...
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2answers
236 views

Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick

We've been working on spinning back kicks quite a bit lately and noticed some discrepancy in how these are executed. Some are spinning to face backwards and kicking with toes pointed down, hips ...
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599 views

Eye protection Muay Thai

I train in Muay Thai for six months now including sparing. I have myopia (-5 / -4.75) and I will get a femto LASIK surgery soon. My doctor told me that I could resume sparring after 6 weeks as long ...
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3answers
178 views

What kind of stretching should I do before starting my boxing practice?

I started boxing few days ago. I watched a lot of tutorials on youtube. I learned the technique for jab, straight punch, hook, uppercut. I practice solo (no teacher) on a heavy bag. I want to know ...
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2answers
127 views

What is Qi Energy? [duplicate]

Ive seen television programmes and videos of buddhist shaolin monks who perfom incredible techniques such as breaking iron bars with their heads, impaling themselves with spears, throwing needles ...
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1answer
206 views

What is the best way to avoid armlocks?

I have been doing grappling (Sambo/BJJ) and striking sports (Thai boxing, kick boxing and Savate) for 3 years. I am not good at attacking and defending against armlocks when standing. How can I ...
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3answers
162 views

Should I speed up my breathing or slow down my tai chi?

I'm trying to learn tai chi by watching videos. (Sorry, I know it's probably not the best way!) I'm a slow breather (about 6 breaths per minute), and the tai chi exercises I'm trying to learn say to ...
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4answers
807 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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3answers
220 views

How to “man up” to begin a martial art?

I am planning to begin to taekwondo but I have seen this video. Yes, being the person that stands in the video is great but I guess that one cannot be that person without first being the guy that ...
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2answers
173 views

Is it possible to learn martial arts only by myself? [duplicate]

I have great interest in martial arts, especially in judo technique. I really want to learn it but there is no such training institute . Is it possible to learn it from book and video lectures or some ...
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0answers
72 views

Should I start going to tournaments? [closed]

I am an advanced high purple belt and I was told by my sensei that I should start going to tournaments to improve my experience. I have never been to nor seen a tournament, but I do not know if I ...
2
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2answers
601 views

Using a punching bag without stand

I don't have place to hanging a punching bag, so I would like to know if it's good to place a punching bag leaning on the wall and punch it?
3
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2answers
151 views

How to avoid calf pain with heel stomp

This is actually relating to stage combat, but I suspect that traditional martial arts hold an answer to the problem. During a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, I need to fake stomping someone's ...
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3answers
86 views

What sort of questions drive karate forward? [closed]

I've seen all sorts of stuff on the more philosophical side of karate, such as: 1) karate is not about aggression it is about self defense 2) there's no such thing as a first strike in karate 3) ...
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3answers
197 views

Tips for alleviating soreness?

I know this has been asked before by the suggested Q&A after I typed in the question, but this is a bit different in that after kickboxing/Muay Thai/boxing/sparring I'm very rarely if ever sore ...
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2answers
119 views

Preventing jammed toes when throwing push kick

When I spar, I often jam my toes from throwing push-kicks (teeps). This kick is no problem for me in training, but I think the jamming happens when my partner parries or otherwise blocks my teep, and ...
4
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1answer
449 views

Is it possible to learn kick boxing without punching bag?

I'm currently going to a gym where one trainer knows kick boxing. I told him that i want to learn. He told me that he will teach me without punching bag and that he also learned without them. That ...
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1answer
114 views

Why is this samurai able to chop pellet gun bullets

In this episode of Discovery Channel, Isao Machii, Modern-Day Samurai, Cuts a speeding Pellet in half. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzhs1Z8Rwnk Now they are in awe, and a professor admits his speed ...
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1answer
72 views

Looking for Yoshinkan Aikido Dojos in Osaka [closed]

I am living in Osaka right now and am interested in learning Yoshinkan Aikido. I could not find a dojo so I need your help.
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4answers
355 views

How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?

I've been taking up Tae Kwon Do for three years, but stopped since it didn't feel right for me. So I've taken up Arnis or Eskrima instead. Been doing so for three years too. And then I realized that ...
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4answers
175 views

Should I join the dojo?

I am considering joining a certain dojo but have some doubts. I practised before shito-ryu for a year, and I am starting again. I am about to join a dojo, and the following are the pros and cons: ...
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2answers
199 views

Mouthguard for sparring with extra special gag reflex

I've just started sparring in muay thai, and yesterday nearly had a lower tooth make a break for it (yay for permanent retainers!). I have a boil-and-bite mouth guard, but I also have the world's most ...
4
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4answers
293 views

As a beginner, how many classe(s) a week to take?

First a bit of background: I am a runner and I do a fair amount of weight training, I am thus in good shape but very stiff.My aim is to reach a basic level. I am a serious and methodical practitioner ...
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7answers
953 views

Can anyone ever fight as people do in movies?

Regardless of the martial art, we always see people in the movies using super bad ass moves and beating multiple opponents often with one hit for each guy...is that even possible? If yes, is a black ...
4
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5answers
268 views

Mouthguards and judo

To all the judokas reading this, I was wondering how common are dental traumas in non competitive judo. How many dental injuries have you seen in your practice? Do you use mouthguards or know someone ...
4
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4answers
490 views

Is Wing Chun or krav maga suitable for a sailing lifestyle

I am working in the merchant navy. I'll be working (sailing) for 6 months and then have 3 months of leave. I can train for this 3 months and practice myself when I am sailing using books and videos. ...
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3answers
402 views

Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?

I have just discovered there is an Aikido dojo in our neighborhood. They do Iaido, but that’s listed under the weapons training. It says on the web site: “After training at XXX dojo for a minimum of ...
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8answers
349 views

To retract or not to retract when doing kicks?

In Karate, when we performed a kick, we were always stressed the important of retracting after performing the kick (also in punches). So pulling back after executing kick/punch was important. But ...
2
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2answers
662 views

Judo or BJJ gi? And, which size?

Thanks for reading my question. I've just started to take a Brazilian Jiu_Jiutsu (BJJ) course. I'm 5'5"/165 cm and weigh 67-68.5 kilograms=148-152 pounds in general, and muscularly built because of ...
4
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6answers
1k views

The 180 degree leg split

I started taking kung fu lessons from my shifu around 2 months back. However, I have yet to achieve a full 180 degree leg split. When I attempt this, my inner thighs and outer hips hurt a lot. I am ...
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1answer
74 views

Recovery/healing from a strained thumb from a bad wrist hold

I do theatre work as a hobby. During a recent rehearsal, I was supposed to be dragging a character across the stage. Of course, one is not trying to hurt the other person, so I maintained a relatively ...
3
votes
5answers
142 views

Is there any special term for eskrima sticks?

Is there any special name for eskrima sticks? Like in aikido there is bokken, jo, tanto, is there some original name for the sticks other than just "sticks"? I only know the term sinawali, but this ...
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2answers
228 views

Chi as a weapon? [duplicate]

For martial artists that focus on chi manipulation, how do you use chi as a weapon? Do you inject your chi to disrupt the opponent's chi flow, do you make it blast to increase the power of your blows? ...
4
votes
6answers
1k views

How to avoid knee injury?

I'm 16 and I've been doing Tae Kwon Do for about a month and I've just received my yellow belt. Recently I've been having some pain in my knees after practise. I do all the stretching but it's not ...
8
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4answers
543 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 ...
4
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3answers
264 views

Electric Chair Submission

Is 'Electric Chair' submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu some kind of a knee bar or does it affect to any other area of the leg?
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29 views

I would like to start ju jitsu [duplicate]

I wanted to know if someone aged 15-16 is good to start. I want to know what you guys think of ju jitsu. Did any of you start at 15, how are you like now.
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5answers
1k views

Best martial art for a big guy? [closed]

I received unconventional, unprofessional training in self defense from a friend who was once an Army Ranger, so I am proud to be able to answer at least simple questions about martial arts. But I was ...
7
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8answers
3k views

Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

My work schedule lately has required me to spend a lot more time working out on my own, so I've found myself working with a heavy bag at a nearby rec center. I keep running into a problem where I ...
1
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1answer
147 views

What to do in full guard when you are able to grab your opponents knee as he stands up?

When you are in full guard, the person on top tries to get up and puts one knee out. You grab the knee, which lets you control his positioning. Where do you go from there?
7
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2answers
56 views

Bottom leg Volta Por Cima

In Capoeira I have always been taught that when coming out of Volta Por Cima to lead with the bottom leg. Are there any practical reasons why the bottom leg is supposed to come around first (instead ...
3
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2answers
338 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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