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How to deal with an excessively aggressive student that is turning people off sparring classes?

Okay before I get into the main question, I'll just outline the sparring structure we employ at the school where I teach. Beginner level students do not spar at all to give them a chance to build up ...
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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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What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?

In the good old days I used to train karate. I would like to come back to martial arts (not necessarily karate) to work on my agility and endurance. There are two catches: Now I have a myopia + ...
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Do ninja follow the bushido?

Until recently I have been told that ninja do not abide to a moral code (in particular, the samurai bushido), and that the definition of a ninja is "a warrior without honor". Is this true? A ninja is ...
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Proper way to take care of boxing gloves and wrist wraps after use?

After heavy usage, boxing gloves and wrist wraps can get build up mildew and other nasties. What should I do the keep my gloves and wraps in good shape?
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Why all the wrist grabs?

I was reading this one: Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai and there is all the usual stuff I've seen in quite a few styles over the years about: "The drill sequence begins opponent ...
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What to do with a grabbed leg?

Well. I have seen some Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Kung Fu fights on YouTube. I noticed that kicks are much more dangerous to the one applying the kick than I thought. Many times kicking fighters hit ...
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Breakfalls in competition

I've done judo on and off for a number of years and haven't really competed. Now that I've started back I'd like to (once I feel I'm good enough) start entering more events. Due to years of club ...
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Is there value in using weighted clothing in martial arts training?

Is there any research/evidence that would indicate that training (drills, katas, etc rather than sparring) for martial arts more broadly (striking arts like TKD, Karate and Muay Thai more specifically)...
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Training while exhausted

In martial art circles, we often hear that training while exhausted (or tiered) will improve your technique. The one I heard was that it will force one to stop all extraneous movement and do the ...
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Avoiding breath lockups

I am beginner at aikido and when I train, for some reason I tend to hold my breath when I should be exhaling. Mostly during falls and techniques where I'm nage. Is there a way to get rid of this bad ...
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China leader's bodyguards: From bagua to baji?

I have heard that in China, the emperor's bodyguards used to be Baguazhang practitioners. I do not have source to back this up, but Wikipedia at least hints at it: Because of his work as a servant ...
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How do you ease someone over 40 back into training after many years absence?

I am nearly 50 and have been training more-or-less continuously for most of my adult life. I am careful to baby myself after injury, particularly joint injury, because I'm painfully aware how much ...
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Martial arts club politics

I've been training for a few years in karate and enjoyed it so far. Unfortunately, club politics has crept in and it's now become pretty unpleasant to train there. Relations with our head sensei - ...
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How can I practice shooting for a combat situation?

I realize that it's impossible to simulate a combat situation. But I think that shooting at target practice is wildly different from shooting under duress when lives are on the line. How can someone ...
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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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Bokken and Jo restoration

I have an old jo and bokken that are quiet damaged after repeating hitting other fast flying pieces of wood. Is there a way to bring those back to life from an aesthetic point of view as they are ...
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How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?

In many martial arts such as Boxing, Karate, Judo, BJJ, TKD etc., there is a strict rule-set of "safe" techniques [yes, often a fine line] and their practice/development is well defined. There is ...
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Aikido kotegaeshi

In order to apply kotegaeshi in the right way, do you have to hold uke's wrist? Or do you have to hold uke's hand, placing your thumb on the back of his hand? I have seen it performed in these two ...
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Avoiding “Belt Factories”

A number of posts here mention, "Belt Factories." I am becoming a bit suspicious of the place my daughter is at. There are a lot of wonderful things about it, but they really do seem to advance kids ...
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What differentiates the major styles of Tai Chi?

When people speak of Tai Chi, usually they speak of it as a single style, even (in my experience) among those who are knowledgeable about martial arts. At first look, they do look very similar in that ...
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Harnessing emotion during sparring

I find that sometimes when I'm sparring, particularly if I'm sparring someone around my own level of ability, I can get quite riled up - particularly if I take a heavy hit. This gives me a serious ...
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Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?

There are a number of Martial Arts-related documentaries and reality TV shows (Human Weapon, Fight Quest, Fight Science, Kill Arman, Deadliest Warrior...) from the last few years, but I have my doubts ...
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If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?

I understand why boxers clinch (although it's the main reason I get bored watching most heavyweight fights), but I just learned that it is technically illegal. However, I've literally never seen a ...
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How do blood chokes actually work?

This is prompted by this answer and the description of blood chokes included. It states that Cerebral blood flow (CBF) chokes involve restricting the flow of blood to the brain, thereby denying ...
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How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?

In tai chi circles outside of China, push hands competitions are noticeably more restrictive in their rules and format: Many competitions use "fixed-step" rules (for example, this British event and ...
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Balancing control and intensity in sparring

At my taekwondo school, we have several levels of sparring - non-, light-, medium-, and full-contact. We do, however, have one over-riding rule: no matter the level of contact, we always endeavour to ...
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Western Boxing Styles and their Features

What are some major (widespread) styles of western boxing and what are the features of these styles? I am not talking about styles in the sense of "in-fighter", "out-fighter", "brawler", etc... ...
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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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What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?

I basically always cut my hair right at the moment when they start getting into my eyes when training. Now I want to try and grow my hair to a half long - long hairstyle. There are some solutions I ...
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Sparring against Offensive Fighters

I'm pretty decent at sparring, but I consistently struggle against power offensive fighters. Specifically, I mean people who don't respect my punch, have natural powerful punches, and throw a barrage ...
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How to select the right Aikido dojo

What should I be aware of if I would like to start training Aikido? I used to train as teenager in small dojo. I picked up few tricks but I never got the essence of Aikido. Is there something you ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

This is kinda a tangent of my benefits of training to fight multiple attackers question. Although I have some opinions of my own, my experience with weapons training is currently very limited, so I ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Many martial arts spend time in practicing high kicks, for instance to the face. Is there a situation in a street fight where high kicks would be the best choice? Why not prefer low kicks? With low ...
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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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What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners

I am a Marine myself and between extensive combat experience, close quarter, and hand to hand, I am well versed in a variety of disciplines. For me this comes naturally. Now that being said, I am ...
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Why do taekwondoists bounce so much? (And how do we help them stop?)

At training last night (Japanese JiuJitsu), we had two people with TKD backgrounds training with us. I couldn't help noticing how bouncy they both were. They both came from different TKD school, yet ...
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What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

For some time, I've trained Modern Arnis (an Escrima Variant) and enjoyed this greatly, especially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I'm ...
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What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?

How can one find out if a Martial Art school is legit/registered? I took a style back in the 90's called Chung Moo Quan. The school eventually closed because of some investigations into it being a ...
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How effective is practicing a martial art strictly outside of a dojo for beginners?

My girlfriend has expressed interest in learning one of the martial arts I practice with me, but when she has come to a class she has been very self-concious about being new and inexperienced (I've ...
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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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Martial arts for building self confidence

I am a heavy built 180 pound 6 feet 2 inches guy. The problem however is that I have very little self confidence in my own health and strength. I catch colds easily, and can't eat all types of foods, ...
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What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?

Nearly all martial arts have some form of supplemental strength and conditioning exercises. Karate has hojo undo, boxing has road work, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has ginastica natural. These can be more ...
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How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?

I hear it commonly said that internal arts such as tai chi require a significant amount of time to become proficient. If undertaking the study of tai chi, without necessarily having prior experience ...
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Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers

This question stemmed from a conversation I had the other day, and I thought I'd pose it on stack exchange to see what others thought. Nowadays, in most competition formats, if not all, the fight is ...
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History of Shotokan's Influence on Taekwondo

I have heard two things about Taekwondo from different sources: A) The founder of TKD (Choi Hong Hi) trained in Shotokan Karate and TKD is based on Shotokan. B) Taekwondo is based on pre-existing ...
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5-year old struggles with his new Tae Kwon Do classes

I have a 5-year-old son. He started Tae Kwon Do lessons one and a half months ago. At first he was reluctant and cried in the first class, but after a few weeks, he was very happy with himself. His ...
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what is the proper way to punch in krav maga? what are the benefits of punching without wrist rotation?

I've been attending a few Krav Maga classes at a MMA gym. Recently, I was told (by another student) that the proper way to punch would be with the thumb knuckle facing up for the the three basic ...
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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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Solo martial art learning

I would really like to practice a martial art. However, because of financial problems, where I live (far from anywhere big), and work commitments, I cannot afford the time and expense of going to a ...

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