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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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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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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
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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
93 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
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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
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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 ...
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2answers
177 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
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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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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
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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 ...
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1answer
90 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
221 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
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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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8answers
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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
68 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
12k 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 ...
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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 ...
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6answers
340 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 ...
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2answers
170 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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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
349 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 ...
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2answers
96 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.
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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'...
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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
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1answer
163 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
35 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
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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 ...
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9answers
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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. ...
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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
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1answer
104 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
178 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
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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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2answers
89 views

What disciplines/grades to list for social network martial arts site? [closed]

We just launched social network site for martial artists and their fans. Its ready to go but I'm not posting in here link to it as I'm worried it might be against stackExchange rules. Anyway, as we ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
153 views

Norwegian/Germanic martial arts forms

I've always heard of Chinese/Asian-based martial arts but never about Norwegian/Germanic martial arts. Does this kind of martial arts exist and if so, what are its defining features? Thanks!
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7answers
2k views

Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?

Among runners there are a fair number of studies out there right now that static stretching before exercising, at least if you aren't doing it now, doesn't reduce your risk of injury and in other ...
9
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5answers
18k views

Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?

In my opinion, Kung Fu fighters seem to be stuck into their own environment/technique. I say this because I've never seen any Kung Fu guys fighting (for real/professionally) in a fight with MMA rules. ...
3
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3answers
119 views

how to use o2 mask to training martial arts

Recently I have seen the number of people using O2 masks for training increase a lot. Many of than just use the mask and do the same traditional training as before. I don't believe this is the way to ...
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10answers
4k views

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 ...
2
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3answers
2k views

How many people know BJJ and/or MMA in America?

I was reading an articles on kids doing mma in america and it stated an estimated 3 million kids participate in mma in America. I also notice how many American guys study and know bjj and to a lesser ...
4
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3answers
159 views

Can I learn martial arts at a Shaolin temple by helping out at the temple?

I have not learnt any martial arts. However, I believe if I were to attain a state of inner discipline and peace I need to learn the arts. Unfortunately, I work in India and my earnings do not allow ...
9
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2answers
270 views

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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2answers
137 views

Mouth guards for boxing with braces

I have fixed on braces and need a mouthguard for sparring. Now I've found mouthguards for braces however most of them are only for my upper teeth, do I'm not sure whether I need a double mouthguard or ...
3
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3answers
1k views

Can I start martial arts after a minor disc herniation?

I used to practice karate earlier. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with minor disc herniation at L4 and L5. I haven't undergone any surgery and pretty much cured just by physiotherapy and can do all my ...
9
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13answers
6k views

What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?

What is "Qi power"? Has it been scientifically investigated? How can we achieve this?
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5answers
830 views

Does judo work against someone not wearing a judogi?

How would you evaluate a usefulness of judo on the street where the opponent is missing the judogi or any other kind of the outfit which could play that role. Basically I mean that t-shirt would be ...
5
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2answers
699 views

What are the primary differences between poomsae and hyungs?

At my Taekwondo school, we practice the traditional hyungs as created by General Choi. After reviewing several materials for WTF practitioners and reading books on the history of Taekwondo, I'm left ...

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