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Leg conditioning advice

I've just gotten back into karate about a month ago after a long long break, and I'm finding it hard to cope with kicks to the legs (with or without pads), especially the quads. Being a cyclist I have ...
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Underwater Rear Naked Choke

I play waterpolo and while it is not often that I am blatantly choked out it has happened enough that I was wondering if you guys had any ideas for escaping a rear naked choke while underwater. The ...
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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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Judo gis for lanky players?

Lately a lot of BJJ Gi manufacturers have been making gis that are fitted for lanky players, but of those that make slim cut BJJ gis, their Judo gis are still just the standard cut (even Fushida now, ...
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What is the proper technique for holding a Century-style body shield for use in Taekwondo?

My family just won a Century body shield as part of a raffle to help raise money for our school's booster club. We don't often use a body shield in class (in fact, I only recall having used it in one ...
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Why Do Pressure Points Work Differently Against Different People?

In hapkido we do a great deal of training with various pressure point techniques. These include pinches that hit a nerve (e.g., on the inside of the leg or on the outside of the elbow) or strikes that ...
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The use and historical authenticity of a 9 hook broadsword

I've recently bought a 9 hook broadsword from an online martial arts store. I bought it mainly for decoration, but as an ex kung fu practioner and a general sword enthusiast I want to know how it is ...
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Learning breathing while meditating

Recenlty I had sit down with my sensei and he was explaining to me how to meditate in seiza. The only thing I'm unclear on is how should I compress the air into my center while breading in. He said ...
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

For what I've been found, this two arts have some similarities, but I can't fully understand it, this is pretty much the definition of each. Iaido: The art of sword drawing. All katas begin and end ...
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What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?

I know Escrima generally has minimal emphasis on forms, but that there are nevertheless some patterns associated with certain Escrima variants. Many more popular/formalized martial arts have books ...
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What is a good mat system for home MMA training?

I practice in WCMA and BJJ, which means I can spend a fair amount of time on the ground working on flows, take downs, clinches, locks, etc. I've been looking around for a decent mat system that I can ...
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Légion étrangère close combat system

What is the system of close combat taught in the Légion étrangère? How did it evolve during the history of the Légion?
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Hung Gar institutions

Hung Gar (洪家) has its roots in China. It has spread to many countries, but the curriculum varies from school to school, and the connection to China is of varying quality. In mainland China the style ...
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What is a “heavy jab”?

I do MMA, and my gym has a Muay Thai class taught on the other side of the mats which I was considering joining also. The other day I was observing it and the instructor was teaching the students ...
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Translation for “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”

I am looking for the original Japanese phrase for the above quote by Ueshiba Morihei 植芝 盛平, and haven't been able to find it. It is in his book "The Art of Peace", but I haven't got a Japanese ...
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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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Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?

I tried looking for grappling mats online and they are really pricey, ranging from ~150 to $600 or more. Or for puzzle mats, each square is about $35 and the two sites I went to (one was fighters ...
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What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?

A video of a road rage fight shows two people, Mendez and Ramirez, who were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The man who was beaten in the video was Jerry Patterson. In a ...
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Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?

I'm into Ninjutsu. We have just started some boxing + kicking: Gloves, mouth guards. I'm speaking "friendly" here - this is in-house sparring, not MMA competition. So, the instructor has recommended ...
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What exactly is Kalaripayattu?

I have heard a lot about ancient Indian martial arts called Kalaripayattu. Does anyone have info on this? How does it compare to kung fu?
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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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How to train for improved balance?

My senseis have told me that I lack balance while demonstrating kicking techniques and Katas. I'm looking for advice on how to train to improve my balance, for example are there any good drills I can ...
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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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Understanding the nature of a high ranking judoka?

This is sort of a theoretical question that isn't as superficial as it will initially sound-- Take any one of the three living 10th dan judoka, the youngest of whom is 86. I would imagine that the ...
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Which martial art is most closely related to parkour?

I've seen videos of extreme martial artists who can do some very amazing aerial stunts from a running, standing, sitting, kneeling, or even laying down position. I have also seen parkour videos of ...
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What is Fa-jin?

Fa-jin, according to the Wikipedia article, means "to discharge power explosively". If there is only one way to do this, what is it? If there is more than one way, what are the two or three main ways ...
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What are the differences between iaido and kendo?

I don't understand the differences between Iaido and Kendo. If I compare any other Japanese martial art, like Karatedo and Judo, the differences are obvious. Why are there two different Japanese ...
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I have very little toe flexibility - are there other front kicks I can use?

I have very limited mobility in my toe joints, to the extent that I can't pull my toes back the way you need to to perform a front kick, so currently the only forward kicks I know I can manage are axe ...
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Teaching ukemi to children

Ukemi (break falling) is a vital skill when doing Aikido. Soon, my club is starting a children class (anyone between 8 to 17) and as instructors, we must teach the children how to break fall. Ideally, ...
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How effective are foul techniques as a side control escape?

How effective are techniques such as biting, eye pokes, groin grabs et cetera as escapes from side control or other hold-downs? This would be in comparison to other escape methods like bridging, ...
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Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)

I have put 40+ hours into aikido practice. It it is becoming very obvious that training in class is not sufficient. I need to stretch more and work on cardio to improve my physic. What I'm having ...
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Are championships against Aikido philosophy?

While I was in Brazil, I heard that there is no such thing and it's against the Aikido principles, but I don't remember more than that. In the UK, I heard about some guys that do it. Is there really ...
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Is aikido a good addition to Karate? Or shoud I go for jiu-jitsu? [closed]

First a little background here, I've done Karate for 7 years and quit some years back because of reasons I won't discuss here. In either case I have all this experience build up and recently met ...
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How to get fit (again) for Judo

So, I've started doing Judo again after 8 years abstinence (I'm 28 now) and I really suck fitness wise and technical wise. Unfortunatly we only have training once a week which is probably not enough ...
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Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?

A lot of non-sport-related martial arts, in my experience, seem to limit ground technique to getting back to the feet in an effective and quick manner. While I don't disagree that being on your feet ...
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What are the common techniques to close the gap in jeet kune do?

I just started a jeet kune do classes a month ago, during the sparring parts I find it very hard to close the gap against people who have been doing this for much longer but I cannot understand (yet) ...
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How much can I improve my punching precision? How?

I'm not yet strong enough in the legs to talk about precision, so I'll stick to punches. Firstly, what is the upper limit of precise punches, how precise can I get them to be? Within millimeters of ...
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Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?

What I mean is that is it more dangerous than other contact sports that aren't martial arts? Such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, etc... And if yes, why?
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Origin of the “pinyon” in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?

When I was young, I took a few years of Shaolin-Kempo-Karate at a couple Villari's dojos. As part of our training, we had the expected set of katas that we were required to learn. However, there was ...
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To punch with keys or without?

I know that some people while walking through the dark streets are holding house keys in their fist. It is meant to incerase damage inflicted on hypothetical agressor face. Something like improvised ...
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Why are traditional karate gi's white?

I was reading about some of the history of Karate recently, and this question came to me. I can understand, in modern times, different coloured gis with sport martial arts, but can anyone tell me, or ...
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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, eepecially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I ...
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Is learning different forms of martial arts dependent on the size and weight of a person?

I just joined a karate school. Their style is 'Isshinryu'. While using Google I found this. This is the excerpt from the article: Recognize your physical limitations. If you are older or not very ...
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What are some options for escaping full mount in BJJ?

I know the two most fundamental escapes: the "buck and roll" (upa) to and the shrimping knee-push guard recovery (in which you buck onto your side, push down on knee to get half guard, and work from ...
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Dropping weight before a MMA fight

In wrestling, we would drop a kg of water weight the night before and call it good. In MMA it is typical to drop between 4-6kg in the months before a fight. One issue I have is that I put on muscle ...
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Endurance vs. Technique in Boxing

I recently got in a debate with a friend; both of us do boxing, although he's been doing it for longer apparently. He seems to think endurance is far more important than technique, whereas I argue ...
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Learning not to turn your back on ground?

As a judoka, I've the bad habit of turning my back when ever I get in trouble in groundwork. In competition judo, you only get points for throwing your opponent, and landing stomach down doesn't ...
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Do Any Eastern Arts Use a Shield?

Are there any Eastern arts that utilize a shield with a sword or a spear?
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Correct usage of the title “Master”?

Is it proper to refer to anyone who teaches classes at your school as Master, or is that title generally reserved just for the person who is the head of the dojo? FWIW, to give it a little more ...
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Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers: 17th century French Rapier

In "Les Trois Mousquetaires", we have a lot of sword fights. We have a dozen different people who are described as really good sword fighters. What sword schools were active during the 17th century ...

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