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Judo mats: any certification? what characteristics should one look for?

Is there any official certification system for Judo mats? What specific characteristics should one be looking for in a Judo mat? Remember the primary purpose of the Judo mat is injury prevention. ...
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2answers
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Avoiding big toe skin split

While sparring and moving around on the mat a lot, halfway through the training the skin under my big toes starts splitting. At the end of the training the split can get pretty big (~1cm) which makes ...
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5answers
388 views

Lower center of gravity an advantage?

All things being equal if two traditional jiu-jitsu — or other grappling discipline — combatants with similar skills, were involved in a fight, one shorter than the other, would the shorter combatant ...
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2answers
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean and which to get?

I have a practical question for once. I was thinking of taking up Jiu-Jitsu and my local gym offers the Gi in colors white, blue, and black. The white is about $100, the blue $115, and the black $...
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Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?

Often when doing in knife fighting sparring, people tend to ignore that they've got cut. I've seen shock knives on the net, and they seem kind of interesting as they at least give feedback that you'...
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1answer
142 views

When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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4answers
246 views

What do I need to watch out for when dealing with shorter opponents?

I'm in Japan teaching English (as part of the JET Programme) at a middle school, and I joined their Judo club. At 183+ cm (6 ft+ - I actually have to be careful of some doorways) and ~76 kg (~167 lbs)...
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5answers
258 views

What forms of martial arts are recommended for existing injuries?

If one has existing injuries to areas of the body that may be deemed to be critical for martial arts such as knees and the back, is there a particular form of martial art that will be well suited. ...
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What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?

I'm looking for exercises to help maintain a grip on an opponent's gi while pulling them around. There are two elements to this: strength and endurance. Meaning, I want my grip to be hard to break but ...
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1answer
149 views

Is it better for wrestlers to train against other wrestlers, or against jiu jitsu players? [closed]

First how common is it for Wrestlers to train with opponents that are using Jiu jitsu? When it comes to improving wrestling skills, is it better for a Wrestler to train against another Wrestler or a ...
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7answers
874 views

Is it okay to spar without gloves?

I've been practicing Shotokan Karate for about 6 months. Yesterday during practice my sensei had us practice free sparing with no protective gear, not even gloves, and I got punched in the mouth and ...
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6answers
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What is the application for tai chi's single whip?

What the bleep is going on in tai chi's single whip posture? It seems to be emblematic of tai chi, being a pose frequently struck by practitioners in the presence of cameras. The actual sequence ...
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4answers
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Is There Any Martial Art Where They Use Legs For Grappling?

Don't push me off, if I asked a very dumb or plainly stupid question. All I know about martial arts can be written on a matchbox. I was just wondering if there is any martial art (grappling) form ...
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12answers
992 views

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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7answers
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What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Souther Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
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2answers
5k views

Junior BJJ belts transformation when one becomes adult

Junior BJJ belts are different from adult ones, I wonder how they will be transformed when junior becomes adult So let's say I'm 15 and have Orange belt, when I will be 17 should I start from White ...
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1answer
88 views

Injured my wrist in Krav Maga 8 months ago and now it hurts again [closed]

I started Krav Maga lessons last January (2015). In my 4th or 5th session, I injured my wrist. I didn't feel it immediately, but after some hours it started hurting. I went to the doctor; they took x-...
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1answer
134 views

Check my form - 8 point block [closed]

I'm a new Karateka, practicing Chinese Goju Ryu and I'm working on my 8 point blocking system. I'm hoping that someone can give me an opinion of my form. (Constructive answers and comments only ...
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2answers
413 views

Is there a reason why wing chun is uncommon in MMA

Is there a reason why Wing Chun is uncommon in MMA? An expert in Wing Chun might do really well as opponents would have a hard time finding training partners (like Lyoto Machida and Karate). perhaps ...
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8answers
4k views

Straight punch to the head and knockout

When performing a straight punch (left or right) to the head, what is the best target for maximise the chance of knockout ?
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10answers
3k views

How to avoid recoiling when someone pushes you?

What parts of the body should be trained? How to be ready for a hard push?
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3answers
872 views

Martial arts club politics

I've been training for a few years in karate and enjoyed it so far. Unfortunately, club politics has crept in and it's now become pretty unpleasant to train there. Relations with our head sensei - ...
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1answer
87 views

What is the optimum interval duration for interval training?

Not sure if this belongs here or on the Physical Fitness stack. When on heavy bags training for western-style boxing we will do interval drills, so 10 seconds of easy boxing followed by 10 seconds ...
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1answer
85 views

In terms of MMA, what is a back kick?

In orthodox stance, I pivot my rear foot and hips to my right, so my back is (almost) facing the target, then fire my front leg with the heel side (mostly) up. Another variation is stepping your lead ...
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2answers
100 views

Extra training to avoid new injuries

I cracked the fourth toe a year ago and now every other training in judo or bjj it hurts (even though I am taping it together and avoiding foot sweeps). The doctor says there is nothing you can do to ...
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2answers
1k views

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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3answers
312 views

Electric Chair Submission

Is 'Electric Chair' submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu some kind of a knee bar or does it affect to any other area of the leg?
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1answer
101 views

Kick to the jaw injury rehabilitation [closed]

Recently I got a really hard and clean round house kick on my jaw. Almost KOed me entirely. The jaw-ear junction immediately swell and had my internal ear also aching. What I did was taking 2 pills ...
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3answers
196 views

Martial Arts Technique Against Knife Attack [closed]

Are there any specific Martial Arts technique (taekwondo, kung fu , judo etc) that an individual can use to save himself from knife attack, especially if there are 2-3 individuals armed with a knife.
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10answers
766 views

Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

I am the only woman cross training between three different schools filled with ten or so men in each. In many of my classes, if I do not fully understand a technique, they will hit me with more and ...
7
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1answer
140 views

Moving from Karate Style

I have been practicing Karate-do Shotokan for 2 years now and I am moving to a town where there is no Shotokan Dojo. I want to keep training Karate-do but there are only Gojo-ryu and Kyokushinkai ...
4
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6answers
242 views

Not being able to spar correctly

I have never done much sparring, I joined a new class where there is a lot of sparring in every session. My problem is that I keep hitting one time or two and then pause. When sparring with people ...
5
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3answers
250 views

Training two martial arts at the same time, on the same days of the week?

I would like to ask some opinions on the following matter: I've been training Kung Fu (Eagle Claw, Lau Fat Mang lineage) for a year or so. Classes last from 90 to 120 minutes each, three times a week....
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2answers
196 views

What martial arts are similar to Systema?

I have been practicing Systema for about a year and unfortunately the school that I was attending closed down. There are no other Systema school anywhere within 100 miles of me. I am in love with this ...
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2answers
109 views

East/South Asian student vs Western student quality & commitment [closed]

If you’ve studied martial arts in east or south Asia, is the long-term and in-class “commitment” of the average student significantly, or somewhat, higher than in the “West”? Also, does the average ...
6
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3answers
309 views

Aikido - overcoming tension

I've been training in Aikikai Aikido for a few years but still have problems tensing up when trying to throw - especially training with someone larger. I've been training for a few years and know the ...
9
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6answers
368 views

How to deal with an excessively aggressive student that is turning people off sparring classes?

Okay before I get into the main question, I'll just outline the sparring structure we employ at the school where I teach. Beginner level students do not spar at all to give them a chance to build up ...
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4answers
308 views

What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts

The conditioning for Martial arts is a mix of strength, resistance and speed. I'm not looking for a miracle. I really like to train. I just don't want to training unnecessary things. For example I ...
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4answers
129 views

Question about wide swinging punches

In various (usually Kung Fu) movies & clips on YouTube, you see lots of wide swinging punches to the head. It seems to me that it could theoretically work, but that if you’re a little bit off or ...
10
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5answers
1k views

How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
5
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2answers
233 views

Left handed Japanese sword techniques

As far as I am aware, there are no left handed sword techniques in Japanese sword arts. At least, I am not aware of there being such. If it is true, does anyone have a good explanation as to why? If ...
5
votes
2answers
138 views

Is it okay to dye hair?

Is it okay to dye your hair while in martial arts? I want to dip dye it a different color. I'm pretty high up and a few of the younger students see me as a role-model, and I don't want to dissapoint ...
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8answers
12k views

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 ...
7
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3answers
264 views

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 ...
6
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1answer
276 views

Do Martial artists live longer

I am not sure if there is any evidence/ studies done out there, but do martial artists live longer than your average Joe?. I do get that the fitness involved in Martial arts will help, however the ...
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3answers
365 views

Value in Breaking Boards?

For a long time we would include board breaks as part of our belt tests as a demonstration, but in recent years have been moving increasingly away from doing them. While it can make for an impressive ...
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5answers
4k views

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 ...
7
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7answers
545 views

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 ...
5
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4answers
2k views

For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?

I recently moved, and I found there are two classes within walking distance of my home. One is tai chi and the other is tae kwon do. I am in my thirties, have led a sedentary lifestyle so far. I'd ...
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0answers
45 views

tae-kwon-do and shito ryo karate practice together [duplicate]

I am a student of standard 12 and my age is 17. I have been practising shito ryo karate for 6 months; I am very much interested in taekwondo. May I practice both taekwondo and the shito ryo karate ...

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