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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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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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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 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 to overcome “freeze”?

I have a grading coming up soon and one section of the test involves a series of wrist releases. Uke is supposed to grab me by the wrists several times and I need to display that I know and can ...
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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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Why is Krav Maga expensive?

I've trained in several martial arts over the years. During that time, I've paid less ($60/mo) or more ($150/mo) depending on the area, skill level of the teachers, etc. However, I'm noticing an odd ...
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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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Frequency of Martial Arts lessons

I'm 20 years old, and currently working as an IT professional (meaning I am busy). I want to learn either Muay Thai or BJJ. How many times a week is ideal for me to fully learn? Is 2 times a week ...
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How to improve speed and footwork?

I always receive some very bad sidekicks when I try to go offensively while in kickboxing. Mainly because I try to make a jab with my right hand but the kick comes too fast (or I'm too slow) I have ...
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Should I wear bandages?

I haven't practiced (Wing-Tsun) for a long time, but now I have a chance. In my new dorm gym, there's a huge boxing bag (~2 meters tall, ~0.5 meter wide) and it is pretty hard/tough/firm (I don't ...
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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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Exercises to help “getting lower” when performing Jiu-Jitsu throws

I am relatively tall - when practicing many Jiu-Jitsu throws I am frequently given the advice to "bend my knees more" or to "get lower". When I really focus I find this is very effective ...
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What's the real difference between Ikkyo omote and Nikkyo omote?

In some variations, such as kata tori and gyaku hamni katatedori, ikkyo and nikkyo techniques are very similary, pretty much equal, but for the ending pin. What is then, the real difference between, ...
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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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Weapons in taekwondo?

I have trained weapons in a couple martial arts and I think that weapons should be a part of traditional taekwondo curriculum. For a particular school of taekwondo, they would not teach weapons as ...
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Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?

I recently started MMA and have been learning wrestling, jiu jitsu, boxing, and some Muay Thai. Very beginner. In every Bruce Lee fight I've ever seen, he avoids opponents' blows by a combination of ...
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What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?

What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi? What do tai chi practitioners mean when they use this word? I can tell there's a specific meaning to this jargon, but can't identify it. I see the ...
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What are the classical/canonical books for Aikido (all styles)

What are the classical/canonical books written about Aikido? I am interested in all styles (aikikai, iwama, yoshinkan, shodokan, whatever) training "manuals" as well as more philosophical work. I ...
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Morning exercise routine for student of Aikido

What would constitute good routine after you get up in the morning to make your body more acclimated for hard lessons later in the day? I'm talking not just about muscle exercises, but stretching and ...
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What are the key differences between kendo and kenjutsu?

I was wondering what are the key differences between kenjutsu and kendo? I know that kendo is considered as an art of fighting where as the kenjutsu is the art of killing, or am I wrong here?
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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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How to maintain closed guard with short legs?

I find it quite tricky to maintain a closed guard as I shortish legs, I find that its not that hard for someone to break it open. Is there any good advice on how to keep a good closed guard if you ...
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How do I increase shin strength?

I just recently started kickboxing/Muay Thai and my round to the bag causes a great deal of pain after a while. (20-30 kicks) I know you build up strength in your shins overtime, and most people ...
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How can I improve my “bananeira” (hand-stand / walk head-down)?

This is a very common capoeira movement and I've seen similar things in some kung-fu styles. I can do it for a couple of seconds (or 2,3 steps) for about two years now, but never managed to go past ...
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What are ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?

What are the most effective ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?
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Criteria for a Martial Art to be considered as an olympic sport?

The title pretty much explains it. What criteria have to be met for a martial art to be considered for inclusion in the Olympics. I understand that there has to be some semblance of international ...
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What Level Of Expertise Did Theodore Roosevelt Have In Judo?

During his tenure as president, Theodore Roosevelt held a third-degree brown belt in Judo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt I know that in standard ranking systems, a third-degree ...
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Demonstrations of Minimum Force

Frequently with newer students when we begin teaching them locks, we encounter the phenomena that when they don't get the lock to go on they will try to apply more force to make it work. This can be ...
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Drills for teaching range analysis

One of the things that I spent a lot of time in rapier drilling on were range drills. The essence of a rapier range drill is that there are three fundamental ranges that you frequently find yourself ...
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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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Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?

Does anyone know of a good supplier of white dogi for either aikido or judo that are tailored to women? If not, does anyone know of home made modifications that can be made to a "male" dogi to make ...
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Shoulder Tension

Whenever I go into a fighting stance or do techniques I have a tendency to carry a lot of excess tension in my shoulders. Even when I consciously relax my shoulders, it'll be noted that I am "too ...
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Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?

I'm not sure that the terms I'm using are standard, or that I'm explaining them well. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me try to explain my terms, explain my assumption and then ask a question. ...
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How to adapt kote hineri against a larger opponent?

Couple of weeks ago we were working on Kote Hineri; I am at least a foot taller than my daughter. My hands are correspondingly larger; I haven't measured, but my palm is probably an inch wider than ...
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Purpose of exchange block in toigye form

What is the function of exchange block, taught in Toigye form in taekwon do? Also called outward backfist strike.
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Shoulder brace for Judo?

I've got a combination of neck and shoulder injuries on my left side. Neck from being spiked, shoulder from an americana and a west point ride suplex. I've definitely got weakness in my rotator cuff. ...
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The “secret” back escape of Keenan Cornelius

Keenan Cornelius is particularly confident in one back escape he has learnt. You can watch him perform it both in Gi (different angle) and in No Gi tournaments at the highest level. How does this ...
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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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Korean Equivalent of Shu-Ha-Ri?

One of the things that gets talked about a lot in martial arts (and software methodologies, for that matter) is that of Shu-Ha-Ri. We seem to follow a similar pattern in my hapkido class, but I have ...
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Holding Thai pads safely

I'm a beginner to Muay Thai who was previously doing boxing (no kicks). I love it except one thing. I am having a terrible time learning to hold Thai pads. I get a sharp jarring pain in my wrists with ...
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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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What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?

About a year ago I suffered a major knee injury and while I have been cleared to return to the dojo and train, I still have some weakness in the knee. What are some good exercises to strengthen the ...
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Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?

Looking at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjmBPFPTq-g it seems that Krav Maga has a lot in common with Aikido, suprisingly! A lot of techniques seem to be Aikido techniques, and also, ...
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How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?

There are those who say you have to cool and those who say you have to warm your leg, there are those who say you should rest and those who say you should keep using it as you would normally. It makes ...
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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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Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?

Whats the difference between Ju-jutsu and Jiu-jitsu? In Sweden we only have Ju jutsu and i have notice that in USA thay have both Ju jutsu and Jiu-jitsu and it looks like the same thing.
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What's the physics behind checking kicks?

What's the reasoning behind checking kicks? Is it true that it's supposed to hurt the kicker when his kicks are checked? The third law of motion dictates that both the kicker and the checker should ...
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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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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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