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Is Taking Away A Belt Appropriate Discipline?

Is it ever appropriate for an instructor to take away a student's belt as discipline? Two 12 year old students were outside the class engaged in horseplay. One had been told previously that if the ...
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3answers
290 views

What are the advantages to adding a jump to a kick?

...even theoretically? I've taken ITF TKD for years, and we do a few, but the only situation I can think of where it might be of some use is a jump spin side kick, which will let you do that kick at ...
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7answers
3k views

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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3answers
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Drills for training agility - cross art

I'm trying to shake up both my training and my teaching a bit, as I think I've gotten a bit "stale" in both. I want to incorporate various drills and exercises to work on agility, foot work and ...
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11answers
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Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?

One common urban legend that tends to be passed around from time to time is something along the lines of the following: Black belts are considered lethal weapons by the law! Which might also be ...
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2answers
94 views

Effectiveness of Shorinji Kempo and acupuncture pressure point attacks

Please refer to the following YouTube video. Do these techniques work well when defending in a street fight or in pressure point/acupunture attacks? How can someone learn what is the way to attack ...
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24answers
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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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0answers
72 views

How to escape from a rear wrist lock & twist lock

Please refer to minute 2:50 of this YouTube video Following my other question How to release yourself from back arm lock control? Is there a way to escape from rear wrist lock & twist lock? A ...
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15answers
3k views

How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?

How do you prepare for a real stress situation, in which you are forced to defend yourself or others? I'm not talking about avoiding conflict; assume that you have already tried all that is possible ...
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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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12answers
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Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent

What options do you have against a bigger opponent charging like a lineman? (not just punching or kicking, but using his body-weight to overthrow you).
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1answer
72 views

Hangetsu dachi, Seisan dachi, goat-clamping stance - the same?

My background is primarily Shotokan karate so I am familiar with Hangetsu-dachi. I then saw that Seisan-dachi is very similar if not the same. Today I have been watching a program about Wing Chun. ...
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7answers
2k views

Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?

I have often heard that yes it does, and no it does not. The fact is that densho (transmission scrolls) do exist detailing the skills used in war and defense, including hand to hand combat. Does this ...
2
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7answers
235 views

Act first as fast as you can and surprise in real fight

I heard that winning a real life street fight depends on your action in the first seconds. If you have to fight for longer time the probability of winning decrease dramatically. Is it true. How can ...
3
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2answers
163 views

What happens to a person being choked?

Let us assume a very common choking technique (for example hadaka jime) performed on an average adult. If I understand correctly what I could gather from other questions, the main mechanism involved ...
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10answers
31k views

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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13answers
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What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?

This motion shows up in some styles of Karate (opening movement of several Shotokan kata - Bassai Dai, Jiin, Jion, Jitte) and some Kung-Fu styles. What does it represent?
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2answers
181 views

Fall Differences between Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo

I just started learning Jujitsu (Japanese not Brazilian) and the techniques for falling are different than judo and more similar to Aikido. When i learned to do a front or side fall thru my previous ...
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3answers
169 views

How to release yourself from back arm lock control?

Suppose someone catches your hand from behind, locks your arm and controls you. (As can be seen in second 11 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvm_vhe24hY). Is there a way to release from this ...
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1answer
104 views

Weight distribution and balance in boxing

When you box must your weight be evenly distributed across your boxing stance to have balance or how does it work?
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1answer
74 views

How do I make my ginga flow better?

As noted in one of my earlier questions, I'm trying to get back into Capoeira. I'm trying to practice for 20 minutes or so each day, just going through the movements on my own in an empty room (the ...
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12answers
105k views

How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?

A little background: I was practicing with my instructor one morning. It was just him and me and we were doing free training of submission grappling. At one point I managed to get him in a choke ...
6
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2answers
182 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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3answers
5k views

How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?

I saw a very well executed spinning reverse kick in this video of the Athens Olympics. I can do a reverse kick and a jumping turning kick. How can move on to acquire the necessary skills to perform ...
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9answers
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Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?

In Kalari Payattu there is something called choondu marmam, which is used to attack the opponent with spiritual power. Is it real?
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2answers
80 views

Balance in boxing when slipping

The other day I just learnt how to slip in boxing and my coach told me to transfer your weight to the leg towards which you slip. Now by doing this it makes me wonder if you're actually balanced ...
2
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1answer
95 views

To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

This is basically a question about how to encourage randori (free play) versus shiai (competition) during throwing practice. Randori is supposed to be friendly; the objective is further development of ...
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4answers
224 views

Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?

My kids have been doing Tae Kwon Do for 2 years and just wondering if there was a better system for them for now. I feel they will become black belts within a year but not have mastered everything due ...
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0answers
217 views

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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8answers
5k views

Wearing a fitness tracker during a martial arts session

I have always wondered how to measure the calories expended during a training session (I practice Aikido, but this is a general question regardless of art or style) and I have found little advice on ...
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1answer
70 views

How is karate different to boxing or other martial arts technique wise [closed]

I used to do karate and have recently started boxing. Now obviously the techniques all look very different and the stances etc. However I wonder if karate punches may have more power to them or stuff ...
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9answers
13k views

Is it good to practise punching a wall? No place for punching bag

I don't have a place for a punching bag in my home. I wrap my hand in a cloth or a bandage and practice my kick boxing punches on the wall, along with knuckle push ups. My master told it isn't good ...
8
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1answer
224 views

Tanto Forms Reference

A long time ago I used to study fighting with a tanto, derived loosely from aikijujutsu. Recently I have found myself glancing through a lot of forms practice and analyzing the movements, and was ...
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7answers
1k views

Is there a sport aspect to Krav Maga?

I'm familiar with the basics of Krav Maga (history, philosophy and approach), but not a practitioner. There's a lot to like in this martial art from my perspective, but I generally don't see any ...
4
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6answers
363 views

Does weight and muscle power really impact punch power and kick?

My weight is 63kgs and height is 5'7" (170 cm). I practice wing chun at home (I rarely have an opponent to practice against). Sometimes, I feel my punching power could be better. To increase my punch ...
8
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2answers
188 views

Luta Livre vs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

How different is Luta Livre from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Does it have the same submissions as BJJ? Are the rules in competitive tournaments also the same as BJJ?
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7answers
7k views

Advancement Speed in Taekwondo

I've been studying Taekwondo for about two months, and I took the first test that my school offered after I joined (two weeks ago), and received my yellow-stripe. It looks like the school holds tests ...
3
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1answer
375 views

Source for Bruce Lee “Adapt What Is Useful” Quote

I'm giving an academic presentation and I'd like to incorporate some concepts from JKD. I've always liked “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” and it ...
0
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2answers
105 views

Is kickboxing dangerous even if hits to the head aren't allowed?

I am doing kickboxing and am wondering if there's any risk of brain damage even if head hits aren't allowed. Thanks.
2
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1answer
90 views

Identification of a kick sounding like “Sashay”(?) used in “Savah”(?)

Can someone please refer me to a place where I can find out more on this particular kick. I do not know how to spell it. In the movie "Bruce Lee's real training film, rare footage with his own ...
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7answers
5k views

How useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?

There is no substitute for a live training partner, but sometimes a training partner just isn't available and drilling is an important part of training for groundwork grappling. For those times I don'...
4
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1answer
87 views

Okinawan karate (or other style?) more suited for Karate-ka with injuries?

My background is Shotokan karate, with lower stances and nowadays more stylised than traditional karate (forgive my over-generalisation). I have recently been looking at other styles of karate, and ...
3
votes
1answer
177 views

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 ...
3
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0answers
36 views

How do I make my ginga more stable?

As noted in one of my earlier questions, I'm trying to get back into Capoeira. I'm trying to practice for 20 minutes or so each day, just going through the movements on my own in an empty room (the ...
5
votes
4answers
5k views

Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?

I have seen a large portion (but not all) of Muay Thai athletes wrapping their ankles. What are the benefits of doing so? Is it for reducing damage incurred from kicking the opponent or preventing ...
4
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9answers
2k views

What techniques exist for blocking knees in a clinch?

During the clinch or just prior to the clinch the opponent very often throws knees to the torso area. I am not considering whether the opponent has managed to pull the head down for knees to head. ...
8
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
115 views

Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

I am a member of a gym for 7 months and do strength based exercises 5-6 days a week (in the evening) along with 10-15 minutes of cardio. I have decided to join a mixed martial art facility near my ...
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3answers
212 views

How effective is Tai Chi as a martial art in street fights? [closed]

Is Tai Chi a martial art that can be applied in a street fight or against an experienced fighter?
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0answers
24 views

Self training (don't have time nor money) [duplicate]

Is there any martial art that has all the katas and moves recorded? I prefer strike arts. PD: I have trained for a while in different martial arts so I have a little experience.

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