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How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?

The Japanese use the concept of Shu, ha, ri to indicate progress in development/growth. Straight from its WikiPedia page, Aikido shihan Endou Seishirou said: It is known that, when we learn or ...
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Looking for cheap cutting material for tameshigiri practice

I am looking for an online store (preferably) or a store with a physical location in northern New Jersey (if possible, otherwise central works too) that sells either tatami or beach mats (they can be ...
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Backspinning Heel Kick, Hapkido Origins

A lot of techniques in Hapkido have clear derivations from other arts. A lot of our kicks come from either TKD or from a parent art of TKD, while a lot of the hand-techniques seem to be derived from ...
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Is Tomari-Te a valid type of Okinawan (Ryukyu) Kempo?

George Dillman claims to teach Ryukyu (Okinawan) Kempo Tomari-te. The theory here is that there were three villages teaching Kempo: Naha, Shuri, and Tomari. I have heard that Tomari really did not ...
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How does one effectively use focus mitts in training?

I know that there are many trainers who use focus mitts as a method for developing cardio, but many of the coaches/trainers who I respect seem to reject this notion and feel that the purpose of focus ...
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Utsuri goshi vs ushiro goshi usage

They're both similar in execution and used as counters against hip techniques. Are there any reasons to prefer using one instead of the other in various situations?
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Elements of a good reverse punch

One of the challenges I've been running into lately is proper chaining around a reverse punch, especially with my off hand. I continue to practice, but there are some fundamental difficulties with ...
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How do I improve my jumping technique for jumping maneuvers?

Many martial arts (taekwondo and karate being the most obvious examples) incorporate powerful jumping maneuvers as part of the standard set of techniques practiced within the art. Many of these ...
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Force with a spear

When working with a rapier you use a very light touch, not just for safety reasons within the rules, but because that is entirely sufficient to kill someone and if you go any harder you are likely to ...
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How is the scoring determined in Judo for the Olympics?

I've been watching the Olympic Judo matches and I'm confused. I know that ippon is an instant win. And 2 waza-ari are the equivlent of an ippon. But then there is another number associated with the ...
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Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped?

I left my Jo (white oak, 1 inch diameter, 51.5 inch length) leaning in the corner for two years. Now I'm using it again and it is noticably bowed and deformed. While it is straight "enough" to be ...
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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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Diagram of Tensho kata?

I'd like to locate a diagram or other documentation of the Tensho kata. There are some videos available (many of which are very helpful) but I'd like to obtain a printed description of the form if ...
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What universal structures or recommendations are in place for TKD advancement for children?

My daughter is six, knows her orange belt form so well the other kids (even the high oranges) often watch and follow her during form practice and has the three tips usually required to take the belt ...
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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 ...
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Was Goju-ryu developed specifically for use by the Japanese navy?

I need to know the real and original history of goju-ryu karate. In other words, I need to find why this style of karate was introduced. I am a goju player, this is what I know: Goju is specially ...
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How does one better execute kick then punch combos when the legs are significantly longer than the arms?

I'm one of those tall, lanky people whose legs are much longer than their arms. While this is often advantageous in Taekwondo, our style attempts to integrate punches and kicks. While leading with a ...
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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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Safely Training Axe Kick Throws

We have a technique in hapkido that flows as follows (using the hard-grab variation for simplicity, there are variations): Opponent grabs left hand with their right. Defender pulls arm out to the ...
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What is Grandmaster Park Bok Nam's Bagua lineage?

We know that Master Park studied Tang Soo Do when he was younger, and then transferred to Bagua, and only studied Bagua under one teacher, Lu Shui Tian. Blue Dragon Kung Fu's website explains the ...
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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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Stretches for kicking?

I started Muay Thai today, and when doing a basic kick (a straight teep) above my waist level, I felt strong resistance/mild pain where my leg connects to my hip, right at the top of the leg, by the ...
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Measuring the foot when buying Tabi (and giving the size using the japanese convention)

I train in one of the martial arts where Tabi is often used. I am about to order a pair of leather Tabi and have a question regarding measurement. The International Shoe Size Conversion Charts Table ...
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Wide shoes for martial arts

I have flat, wide feet, and tae kwon do classes are starting to hurt. I'm thinking to try wearing shoes with my running orthotics. Are there specialty martial arts or wrestling shoes that are wide and ...
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What are the philosophical differences between the TKD Kwan?

My understanding is that after the unification of the various kwan under the Kukkiwon the basic library of techniques that each school employed became relatively uniform. I've seen firsthand, ...
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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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How many (and what) things have I failed to do if I get into a fight?

Basically every answer I've ever read that involves a "real-world" situation begins with "If you got into a fight, your training already failed you". I know - I gave a couple of those answers. So, ...
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Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?

I have heard this sentiment a handful of times before, and most recently when I was reading "The truth about Violence" by Sam Harris. The gist is that real world violent attacks happen with ...
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If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?

I am 16 years old, and I am interested in martial arts. The most popular schools in India teach Tae Kwon Do and Karate. I wish to avoid something that may cause severe brain damage or concussion. I ...
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What martial arts cultural remedies are there to avoid and relieve soreness?

Are there any secrets that come from the hidden, secret, traditional world of martial arts (you may smile), that could be taken or applied before or after extensive sessions to prevent, lessen or ...
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What can one do to avoid entering a grappling situation?

Let's work with the following assumptions: I have good awareness of the area I have good mobility: the floor is not slippery, and my shoes work, and I have room to move I need to avoid grappling in ...
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What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?

I am looking to practice a form of martial arts which will be good for reducing back pain abd work stress while improving general body fitness. Which would be best to start with?
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“Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?

I train in Taekwon-do (1st Dan Instructor) and ninjutsu (Beginner) and I had an interesting insight/question arise from my ninjutsu Instructor (which is why I picked up the second art): In ninjutsu's ...
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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 the long term consequences of practicing judo?

I'm starting to think getting smashed into the ground on a regular basis might not be too good for the body.
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Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?

I have the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in one of my elbows. My other arm is fine and everything else is fine. What martial arts could I practise without excessive strain on the elbows? EDIT: The ...
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How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?

When I'm doing a riding horse stance, I am trying to go for a low stance where my thighs are approaching a 90-degree angle with my lower legs. However, in doing so I begin to lose balance and tip my ...
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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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AiKiDo - is there a good translation for all the terms?

I find it extremely difficult to memorise all terms - there is no connection to me with them. Is there a good german or english translation for all terms used in AiKiDo?
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What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?

Let us examine this one section of only a few seconds of a video of Okamoto-sensei, a Daito-Ryu practitioner, demonstrating a way to free oneself from an opponent grabbing both your wrists when both ...
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What is a good training scheme for kendo?

I want to pick up my kendo but I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape. Does anyone know a good training scheme to get into shape and be ready by September (5 - 6 months)?
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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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What are the differences in a knockout from the liver versus the head?

What is the difference in the physiological mechanics for a knockout caused by an impact to the head and a knockout caused by an impact to the liver?
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Defence against Wing Chun

What is the most effective defence against a Wing Chun practitioner? I know Wing Chun features punching quite heavily and has a very efficient defence itself but I am interested to know how to ...
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Why is O guruma classified as an Ashi Waza

According to wikipedia O guruma is classified as a foot throwing technique. However my understanding was that the arms do the main work of breaking the balance and the leg acts as a block/pivot. Is my ...
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Why don't some gyms focus on take downs?

I have noticed some gyms don't focus on take downs, unless they have a special comp training class. The kids classes always start on their knees. I trust that different gyms have different training ...
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Grappling training for a striker

I've trained in Chun Kuk Do for years (still pursuing my black belt) and I want to cross train with grappling as to be balanced for real-world combat. My current goal is to get my black belt in this ...
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how to perform a reverse punch?

Where I used to train, I was taught a reverse punch was performed with the opposite fist to the forward leg, while stepping forwards. So, for example, if I stepped forwards into a left hand front ...
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Adapting karate to stage combat

When doing stage combat, safety is a large part of it. All strikes do not hit or are exaggerated, and many of the more intense moves are controlled by the victim. What would be a good approach to ...
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How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?

My fiancé is practicing Karate in the style of Kanzen Ruy. She has a very good technique and strength, and was seen early as a promising practitioner. I have Kyokushin experience and support her in ...

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