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1answer
154 views

What are the functional differences between the five main T'ai Chi styles?

As someone who is looking to start practicing T'ai Chi for health and meditative benefits rather than any deeper philosophical reasons, I find quickly that there are 5 'main' styles listed, which each ...
10
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1answer
489 views

Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

Note that this question is a mirror of this one on skeptics.se. Due to the lack of answers, I thought here might be a good place to seek more. Feel free to answer in either. There is a fairly wide ...
2
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1answer
446 views

How popular are the different styles of Aikido?

I've been reading about the different styles of Aikido on wikipedia and I was wondering how popular each style is? I know that in my country the vast majority of schools teach Aikikai style (I ...
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23answers
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What are the purposes of martial arts forms?

A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements ...
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3answers
435 views

What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?

In the context of tai chi push hands, what are the most commonly effective techniques? (Push hands in competition and in class both count.) For analogy, in judo, it is well known and documented that ...
6
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1answer
634 views

How do electronic sensing socks / chest protection sensors work in sport competition?

I recently read about Sockgate and was curious how the vests/socks that taekwondo sport competitors work. I understand that there are purely electronic systems and pressure based ones. I assume that ...
5
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1answer
654 views

BJJ: Best guard/strategy for stocky guys?

I am 5 foot 10 and 190lbs. I am roughly 17% bf and consider myself quite strong. However my problem is that I am pretty short legs which makes closed guard quite difficult for myself to maintain. ...
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2answers
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How do boxers survive punches to the head?

Boxers can deliver punches with force ranging from 450 pounds to more than 1000 pounds. On a majority of occasions, these punches are delivered to the head. How do boxers train their heads so that ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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1answer
316 views

Maintaining Guard- Breaking Posture and switching from closed to butterly/open guard effectively?

I am wondering what are the main techniques/principles to use in order to keep someone from passing your guard. I.e. How to effectively control posture in closed guard to allow sweeps and subs? But ...
3
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1answer
167 views

Etymology and meaning of ukemi

I believe that ukemi can be translated as receiving body (受け身). It is what uke (受け, whoever receives the technique) does when nage (投げ thrower) or tori (取り, grabber) applies a technique. Am I correct ...
3
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1answer
108 views

From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

When punching or throwing a strike in Muay Thai, I have heard that the punch should not be 'telegraphed'; meaning that the opponent should not be able to understand what you are going to do. When ...
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2answers
492 views

Which book to start learning Jeet Kune Do

I have both of the following books and I want to know which one is better to start with. I am absolutely beginner and unfortunately there is no class for Jeet Kune Do in my area. Tao of Jeet Kune Do ...
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1answer
230 views

How does the Karate Styles Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū compare to each other?

I am specifically asking this in the sense of how Katas are executed. I heard somewhere that Shotokan is more stiff, and strong, but I'm not really sure. I'd also like to know if there are ...
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2answers
548 views

Difference between Judo, Karate and Martial Arts? [closed]

What is the difference between Judo, karate and martial arts? Is there any age limit to learn judo or martial arts?
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4answers
954 views

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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3answers
2k views

Fighting styles that use a katana from the beginning

What are the fighting styles which employ the katana from the beginning of training?
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3answers
161 views

Combat drill with multiple oponents

During my career (i've trained at a couple of places) I've participated in several drills where a group of people surrounded a single guy and at a call of a number would attack the guy in the middle ...
5
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6answers
649 views

Doing Miller's One-Step Drills

In Rory Miller's book Drills he talks about various "one-step" drills where you each get one movement at a time with a partner. This move can be either an attack or a defense, done slowly, and they ...
4
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2answers
152 views

What value is there in using a 'bag glove' during pad work in Muay Thai training?

I see some guys in the gym bring two pairs of gloves to training. If there is a session on the pads, they wear bag gloves which are thin and light. During sparring sessions they switch to wearing a ...
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3answers
245 views

Reality Based Self Defense Scenarios

Looking for something to spice up my training/fuel creativity. I need a resource with various reality based self defense scenarios. I'm willing to buy a DVD or two, even attend a seminar, but not ...
5
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4answers
4k views

Bokken and Jo Kata book

When I did Aikido, several years ago, my teacher knew a lot of bokken and jo katas and other three or four combinations moves (small kata) for bokken and jo that I don't know how to call. The number ...
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4answers
206 views

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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5answers
468 views

Are women not suitable for tricking?

I practise Taekwondo and am amazed by all those flying kicks and flips and everything. But when I was on YouTube watching tricking videos, I saw only a small proportion of women. Is it because less ...
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4answers
776 views

Can Karate/Hand Chops be lethal?

I always see on movies people using Hand Chops. I know that this can be lethal to the neck, but does it serve any other purposes?
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2answers
679 views

Was the Southern Shaolin Temple real and if so which location is valid?

We may never know the definitive answer to this one, but was hoping someone could shed some light in terms of educated opinions and/or factual evidence that points in a certain direction. Here's ...
3
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1answer
123 views

If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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1answer
99 views

Is measuring tape an effective weapon? [closed]

You can have a really long whip/sword that can dynamically change sizes. Would this be effective? I'll give a scenario as an example. You're walking down a street, and a mad man comes running at you ...
2
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2answers
806 views

BJJ: HOW to use technique over strength when rolling?

I always hear people say "Use technique not strength". I understand this principle and want to use it, but don't know how it works against someone who is going 100%? I.e how can u just focus on ...
4
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5answers
313 views

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 ...
1
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1answer
118 views

Are Peyton Quinn's books appropriate for a 19 year old or are they beyond my level?

I know I'm a beginner at martial arts. I heard someone say on another site that they wished that they had heard of Peyton Quinn when they were 20. I think his books sound very sophisticated. Would ...
6
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2answers
315 views

Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe

My left leg is 3/4" shorter than my right leg. I have trained in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and earned my first Dan. However barefoot training is becoming a real problem. Martial arts shoes all seem to ...
2
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6answers
811 views

Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?

When I spar, I see/notice/become aware of the kick slightly after the foot has left the floor on a path towards my shin or my thigh. According to what I know (which is may be limited, so please ...
4
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3answers
223 views

How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
6
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8answers
731 views

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 ...
3
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3answers
182 views

What does a free fighting teacher teach

... since any technique is free to be used ? Logically each teacher could teach any martial art he wants ! but there couldn't be a federation, instructors and diplomas this way. There are very few ...
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6answers
1k views

Bad boxing club or wrong idea of the sport?

I have done a boxing-for-starters class in a nearby club and after that joined the club for the regular training. As I really enjoyed the sport and got into sparring the fun faded because my sparring ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Which techniques are available in Muay Thai for blocking/avoiding a high roundhouse kick to the head?

In Muay Thai, when an opponent delivers a roundhouse kick to your head, what options are available as a defense or counter measure? I have seen blocking it with the arm on the side of the head in the ...
5
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2answers
721 views

How harmful are kicks to the private parts in krav maga?

I did KM for a year. Kicks to the crotch are certainly normal here. I never had any problems, because those guys were careful even if everybody had a jock strap on. Now I moved to another place and ...
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7answers
693 views

What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?

I'm in below-average shape and thinking about taking up the study of a martial art for a handful of reasons: I want to get in shape but need external "guilt factors" to motivate me not to skip ...
4
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3answers
129 views

Good sources on using sticks for grappling/locks?

Most of my training has been for blade work, and now I'm working with sticks with a friend to get some of the differences down. The basic stuff (more force, direct strikes, any point can become a ...
3
votes
1answer
136 views

Does training in gi help to prepare for a no gi competition?

On the internet I read a lot of stories that encourage to prepare for a no gi contest by training with the gi/kimono. Isn't it a little bit of nonsense, because during no gi grip (holding the pants or ...
7
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2answers
562 views

How do I increase shin strength?

I just recently started kickboxing/Muay Thai and my round to the bag causes a great deal of pain after a while. (20-30 kicks) I know you build up strength in your shins overtime, and most people ...
4
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1answer
69 views

In Muay Thai during clinching, can you hold an opponents glove to your chest by pressing on it?

During sparring in Muay Thai, as two people go in for the clinch and are throwing knees etc., and one opponent tries to regulate the distance by keeping a glove on the other's chest; is it allowed in ...
2
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1answer
116 views

Is there a US-based organization supporting Iaijutsu?

I've trained with a bokken for many years, mostly though instruction by students in various arts and David Lowry's text. I'm at a point in my life where I would like to formalize my knowledge and ...
1
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3answers
262 views

What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?

What are the ankles good for? What is their most efficient use? I posited, somewhere else, that they are good to absorb the energy generated from moving out of a stance. In martial practice, how can ...
3
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4answers
346 views

Utility of pre planned moves [duplicate]

Most martial arts seem to have staged pre defined series of moves as part of their practice routines. Karate with its Katas, Taekwondo with the Poomsaes etc. When push comes to shove and the fight ...
4
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4answers
1k views

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 ...
3
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4answers
206 views

What is the most efficient way for a beginner to improve his posture?

I only started Jeet Kune Do about two months ago. Everytime I am coming to the class, I find that my posture is still not correct even for the simplest strikes such as a straight lead. Is there ...
1
vote
2answers
113 views

How useful is it to have regular Thai massages parallel to Muay Thai training and is yoga a substitute?

Over the past few weeks I have had a pain in a muscle region to the right of my left shoulder blade. It had been building up gradually till in practice I could hardly throw a punch. My trainer ...

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