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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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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 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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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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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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What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?

I am a 4th Degree in American Karate. The dojo I have recently become a part of has a number of Black Belt candidates, and I will be serving on the panel. I don't have much experience attending black ...
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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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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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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

My question is an extend to the question, How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation? The thing is, fighting is not a thing to be taken lightly, even in a perilous situation. ...
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To retract or not to retract when doing kicks?

In Karate, when we performed a kick, we were always stressed the important of retracting after performing the kick (also in punches). So pulling back after executing kick/punch was important. But ...
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Am I Being Used By My Dojo?

I have trained in my martial art for 6 years, followed by training to be an instructor for 4 years, and now finally am being allowed to substitute classes for other instructors. For each class we ...
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Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker

What can we do against a harasser who comes at a distance of two inches of you with a clearly menacing attitude. What strike could be applied at the distance of two inches standing face to face (I ...
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How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?

I have no martial arts training. When I am facing someone who is 1 inch taller and 50 pounds heaver than me and has been doing martial arts for over 12 years how should I react. I cannot run away ...
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Is it possible to become expert in different martial arts

If i start my career with one martial art and become mature in that, will that particular martial art become my expertise and will other martial arts always be secondary like a native language and ...
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Sliding the Feet in Contact With the Ground

Some techniques in hapkido are practiced with a foot sliding along the ground or remaining in contact with the ground. For example, in a sequence we call a stepping pattern, it isn't uncommon to step ...
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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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Finding out why people leave?

We do get the usual leaving patterns: after a few sessions, after six month, after a few years, and after getting shodan. While we, as instructors, can guess why this is happening, I am looking for ...
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Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?

A few years ago I practiced Muay Thai at a gym. I was there on and off for about 2.5 years. Due to a move and busy schedule *cough*lack of motivation*cough* I haven't practiced in about 2 years. ...
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What's this posture called, and does it signify something

In Tai-Chi, if I remember correctly, many stances and movements signify something , such as "push opponent away", "block a kick" etc. At least that's whatone of my trainers claimed. In one of the ...
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What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience?

My son started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5. Assuming he continues this, what belt should he receive once he is in the adult class? According to the belt chart, it would be blue or ...
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Conflict escalation management resources

I am looking for guidelines or sources of information regarding behavior patterns that prevent the escalation of conflict. It would be nice also to see some differentiation and analysis of conflict ...
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Should I join the dojo?

I am considering joining a certain dojo but have some doubts. I practised before shito-ryu for a year, and I am starting again. I am about to join a dojo, and the following are the pros and cons: ...
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

My work schedule lately has required me to spend a lot more time working out on my own, so I've found myself working with a heavy bag at a nearby rec center. I keep running into a problem where I ...
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Preventing and/or healing sore wrists and elbows in boxing

I'm very much enjoying my boxing lessons and have been going for about 1 month, 2-3 times a week. Recently though, I took about a week off, as I found my wrists and elbows very sore. My wrists were (...
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What are the techniques a white belt should master to become a blue belt in BJJ?

What are the techniques that a white belt should master to become a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? What are the differences between a white belt and a blue belt BJJ practitioner?
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How should I expect my fist to change over time from punching?

My knuckles were at one point fairly pointy, with deep valleys between them. I noticed after a while that the first two knuckles (where I generally strike with) have flattened out slightly. I can even ...
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What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?

I have no domestics skills, and I'm very poor at sewing! A number of badges I've attempted to sew on to my Gi have come off when grappling. Is there a good way to sew badges on so to minimize the ...
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traumatic experiences causing martial arts skittishness

I am kind of new to martial arts, and have only been involved for about a year. One time when my teacher was away from class for personal reasons, a boxing ranked student of his allowed me (an 18 year ...
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Overcoming fear/anxiousness and dealing with pain

I've been practicing Wing Chun (Wang Kiu lineage) for over a year now. Now problem that I find myself running into is my ingrained reactions to incoming kicks or hits. I find that I am afraid of pain ...
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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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Why do teachers skip belts?

I currently work (part-time) as an instructor with a karate dojo. I have been with them in one way or another for over five years (including taking classes). Recently, a highly decorated instructor ...
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Does anyone else experience slow motion when fighting?

I was wondering if anyone else out there feels that time slows down when they step into the fight? Punches and kicks feel slow, especially from the opponents side.Hits feel like pushes more than hits....
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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

If in judo we execute a pin that different from a "standard" Osaekomi-waza, but still pins the opponent on their back or puts enough pressure for them to tap out, does it still fully count for ippon? ...
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Punishment in the Martial arts

I have recently started instructing an older age group than the previous one: the class is composed of more advanced students of age 8-13. Over the past few weeks I've noticed that when the students ...
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Are roundhouse kicks prevalent in traditional kung fu systems?

While I was practicing drills tonight, it occurred to me that I have not seen roundhouse kicks in any form we do. All the forms I have seen in our system thus far, whether beginner forms or the more ...
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Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai

As of 1989, there were 336 Branches of Isshin-ryu Karate (a style only named as of January 15, 1956). Given this fragmentation, I have chosen a fairly recognized figure in the Isshinryu world, the ...
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Will training in boxing affect my karate skills?

Alright, so to start, I'm not highly knowledgeable in martial arts and fighting styles... I practice shotokan karate, and I am at 5th kyu. Not sure how much that detail will matter, but I will put ...
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Aikido - working with difficult uke

I'm a short guy been doing aikikai aikido for a few years now and still have a few problems when practicing on bigger folk. For example, when practicing sankyo from a shomenuchi attack, there's a ...
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Aikido yonkyo grip

I'm having a bit of trouble trying to find the pressure point on the forearm with which to do yonkyo. Does anyone have any tips on how to find the right spot? I understand yonkyo doesn't necessarily ...
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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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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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Does it help to use shorter breaks during training than during competition?

I know a boxing trainer who insists that, when training for a fight with one-minute breaks between rounds, it will give you an edge conditionally over your opponent to use only 30-second breaks during ...
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How to get to closed guard when your opponent is in the combat base position?

A little background on the situation: You can be in either sitting / butterfly or on your back in open guard Opponent is on one knee, other one up DLR, 1 Leg X-guard, full x-guard, hooking sweeps ...
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Filipino martial arts question and teacher respect

Is learning one style of filipino martial arts such as modern arnis presas method with one teacher who you started training with first and also taking other styles such as Kali and Balintawok at ...
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Who were the first female aikidoka?

When did the first women start training in Aikido? Who were they and where did they train? Who was the first female aikidoka to achieve teaching rank?
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What is the “sine wave” substyle of ITF taekwondo and how did it originate?

Many ITF-based taekwondo practitioners come to notice a difference between different ITF-based organizations with some groups teaching a direct, forceful style and others teaching a more timed, ...
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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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How does the BJJ graduation system work?

There is so much variation between gyms, I am wondering how the official BJJ graduation works?
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Are handwrappings used only together with boxing gloves?

I need some expert´s support for doing a piece of fiction. I am working on a scene between two fighters, fighting each other about a matter of honour. They are both trained in mixed martial arts and ...
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Can a Judo athlete compete in more than one weight class in the Olympics?

I am specifically speaking about the London 2012 games. I am not asking if any athletes are doing this, just whether it is technically permitted. Wikipedia says nothing, but this was allowed in ...

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