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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

I've recently run across several conversations where someone goes to great lengths to clarify that a certain style is not a martial art. Mitro's answer to this question on Krav Maga for example: Is ...
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1answer
51 views

Cardio/ Jujitsu excercise without using legs

I have hurt my right foot,(painful to walk on) but I don't want to put on weight/ lose any cardio fitness/ lose my Jujitsu skills while I am resting up. So what would the best exercises/ routines I ...
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4answers
718 views

How to recover from (or defend against) pressure point strikes?

I have been studying pressure point striking lately, and in particular those that immobilize limbs, such as striking the femoral nerve. I feel it important to understand how to defend against such ...
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3answers
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How to deal with a substantially shorter opponent?

This question is specifically in the context of boxing. I am 45 y.o., ~197cm (6'5") tall with 2m (78") reach weighing in at ~98kg (215 lbs). I've been training ~ 3 years but have little sparring ...
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109 views

“World Master” Title in Korean TKD

Is it traditional in Korean Tae Kwon Do 8th Dan to be given the title of 'World' Master if the person is established in Aust and NZ?
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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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Gloves for longsword sparring

In my club, most of the people use Red Dragon gloves for sparring with steel longsword. According to the company's own description, these gloves are not designed for that purpose, even though it looks ...
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3answers
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Improving my back stance

I am currently training for my Black Belt in a shotokan like style of Karate and I have been told many times by my teacher that I need to improve my back stance Kōkutsu-dachi as my bum sticks out and ...
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2answers
196 views

Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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8answers
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman

I'm looking for self-defense martial arts that will be effective for me. I've taken a few classes and they seemed geared more towards the average man. Opinions please? And I'm also over 40, but still ...
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MMA/UFC statistical analysis

Based on comments on this question, I am wondering if there is any meaningful statistical analysis of kicking/punching vs grappling in MMA? Hopefully said analysis will detail which arts are used in ...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

First of all, no disrespect to anyone. I am not trying to get into a discussion of which art is better/faster/more effective/etc... I get that the quality of the fighter is more important than the ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

As a part of my training in TKD, I learned how to do some wrist locks for basic self-defense applications. These are quite similar to some techniques from Aikido. However, in practice (during sparring ...
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4answers
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Is hitting hard objects really effective in making bones harder?

In several martial arts, there seems to be methods to consolidate for example fists and kicks by hitting them on hard objects. I am an amateur martial arts fan and wonder if these are real. Does ...
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2answers
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Gum Shield for someone with false teeth

Can anyone tell me if there is a gum shield for someone who has false teeth? I used to do quite a lot of boxing when I was younger, but now I have false teeth and I want to get back in shape again. I'...
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2answers
537 views

Some crazy kick identification

So, I stumbled on this gif and I have a few questions... What martial art is this? Is this allowed in competitions? What is this kick called? What is this sorcery? ^_~
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1answer
144 views

Learning Kung Fu - Resources [closed]

First of all, I know it's best to find a school, but it's impossible to find a traditional kung fu school where I live. (There are a several Wing Chun schools, but I'm not interested in Wing Chun). ...
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3answers
281 views

how to survive not doing hardcore Judo after losing your ACL forever

I am 37, 1.80m, >85 kg. I used to train Judo twice or three times a week at competition level (although I was not participating in contests, I was training hard with those who did). About two years ...
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6answers
991 views

Problem with more senior club member

I sometimes have to lead classes in my club. Most of the members will do what I say but there are one or two members more senior than me who will almost always go off on a tangent and not listen to me ...
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3answers
134 views

Tips to kick in the thigh without being blocked by the knee

We see it a lot in MMA, and probably in Muay Thai too (never trained in that). Fighters kick the inner or outer thigh; from what I've seen, they usually kick quite low on the thigh, just a little ...
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1answer
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What does it mean to “chamber a kick”?

I've read that tons of time on forums and heard it in many videos. The explanations always seem kind of vague and to this day I can't explain what it is to "chamber a kick". I know it's very ...
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2answers
711 views

Applying WTF Tae-Kwon-Do to self-defense

I've been training in a WTF Tae-Kwon-do school for some years now. We are very "olympics-oriented". Which means lots of very quick "light" kicks, very weak head defense (If you've ever watched TKD ...
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3answers
483 views

Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Recently I joined to a Muay Thai Gym, and it is very good. Previously, I did Tae Kwan Do for 2 years. In my Muay Thai Gym, the master is teaching me to kick using the shin. I feel really afraid to ...
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3answers
194 views

Seeing improvements when training alone?

I've been actively practising Tae-Kwon-Do for some years, but I had to stop recently for several reasons. I'd like to try and maintain my skills, so I keep on training at home from time to time. I'm ...
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3answers
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I know, that's weird. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had this problem. When I do my arm bar and I'm not wearing a jockstrap, I tend to crush my groin... You'll understand that in such a ...
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1answer
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Buying My First Metal Sword (HEMA)

I am a HEMA practitioner (hema-ist?), who has been training with a plastic hand-and-a-half sword from Cold Steel. While it appears to be the correct weight and roughly the correct size of an actual ...
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2answers
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What is the best type of diet for serious competition training? [closed]

I am looking at competing seriously in kata. I been training for over 10 years but its not gotten as serious as training for a goal to compete for England. I am finding it hard to maintain my energy, ...
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3answers
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Soft/Energy drinks effects for tae kwon do players

My tae kwon do instructor always tells his students to avoid soft/energy drinks (like Pepsi, Coke or Red bull etc.) Do these kind of drinks harm your flexibility and stamina? What do experts say about ...
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4answers
168 views

Dobok absorbs sweat

This might not be a technical martial arts question, but it is somehow related to Taekwon-do, so please bear with me. I am a bulky person, and I sweat a lot. Especially when in training, I sweat so ...
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3answers
298 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
87 views

HEMA Wrestling Guide

I've been learning Italian Longsword, a style of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts) for several months now, heavily using The Swordsman's Companion as a teacher and guide. It has been superb ...
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6answers
390 views

Training on hard ground

I practiced muay thai for a year and my teacher made it clear we would train all along bare feet on the hard ground. Of course I had feet injuries after repeatedly kicking the mitts. At first, I ...
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7answers
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Child with attention difficulties in my karate class

I have been going to karate for many years and have had a bit of experience teaching our students, mostly in a 1-on-1 setting (I'm not the teacher, I just help out here and there when required). ...
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3answers
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What is this name of this kind of joint lock

can someone tell me the name of this joint lock? It seems to be an Aikido technique (is it?) Thanks Edit Here is a gif of performing it:
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2answers
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Is this character using Aikido?

On the television show The Walking Dead, a character named Morgan has become something of a "ninja" in the words of the fans. He uses a staff as his weapon, and espouses a philosophy that all life is ...
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3answers
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Starting my own HEMA club, any advice?

I was looking into practising HEMA(Historical European Martial Arts) for many years, but when I had the money, I didn't have the time or vice versa. Now I have finally found (let's hope) a stable job ...
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2answers
186 views

What is the most effective way to teach Jiu Jitsu

Some martial arts are composed for thousands of movements. I know two ways to teach Jiu Jitsu. Others possibly exist. Each class teaches few movements (5-7 movements). This way the student learn/see ...
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2answers
240 views

WTF Sport Taekwondo - Beating front-leg fighters

I've just recently begun training again for sport taekwondo - specifically sparring. I've always had a more traditional training, but these days the front-leg heavy style is what's in vogue and I have ...
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5answers
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Is there a modern technology for constructing a katana?

I was watching Samurai Swordmaking, which was uploaded in 2013, where an old man forges a sword by hand using fire and hammer. Has anybody seen a modern technology for making a sword that is as ...
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1answer
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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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463 views

Is Krav Maga a hybrid martial art?

I red that Krav Maga is a mixture of other martial arts. If so which are the Martial Art forms that were combined to form Krav Maga?
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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 ...
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7answers
534 views

Best Martial Arts For Home Training

I live in the countryside and must train alone. What is the best martial art for me to practice? I can devote 1 hour of training everyday. I can make a basic training gym (the one you see in old ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
139 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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...
5
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1answer
264 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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1answer
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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 ...
5
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7answers
876 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 ...

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