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How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?

As a layman in martial arts, I've been curious about this question: In a real life situation, is it easy/difficult/impossible for a seasoned professional fighting expert (in whatever discipline of ...
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How to meditate after an adrenaline rush or exertion?

I always find it difficult to concentrate and empty my mind when I have just had argument with someone or have done very tough physical training. What are good pre-meditation techniques to find the ...
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In which situations in Muay Thai is the 'super man' punch used and why is it more effective than the normal 'cross punch'?

The superman punch seems to be a powerful technique in Muay Thai. I have had it used on me many times by a guy who likes it. It breaks through my guard frequently from the sheer force and momentum ...
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Arch support and martial arts shoes

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet that makes repeated jumping or low-stance work quite painful. Some instructors are not fond of students wearing shoes (even if designed for martial arts use) ...
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When was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed?

Assuming it did indeed exist, when was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed? Personally, I've heard that it was possibly destroyed multiple times with the years (AD) 1646, 1647, 1674, 1732, 1901, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I fix a broken berimbau?

I have a berimbau verga that has cracked at the top. I've tried to glue or tape it it back together but the wood keeps cracking apart where the leather is nailed in. Does anyone have any suggestions ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Does anyone know a good source of information about Sambo on the web?

I've seen some videos of Sambo, but I've never seen real practice. I've practiced some Aikido and BJJ. Looks like Sambo has some ground elements that might be similar to Jiu-Jitsu and some standing ...
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What are the primary differences between poomsae and hyungs?

At my Taekwondo school, we practice the traditional hyungs as created by General Choi. After reviewing several materials for WTF practitioners and reading books on the history of Taekwondo, I'm left ...
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What drill or form can I practice with a push broom while sweeping the sidewalk?

I just spent about 45 minutes sweeping up accumulated leaves and debris from the sidewalks and gutters around my house. This gives me plenty of time to think, and so I often wonder: Is there a martial ...
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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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What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?

When I was studying my underbelt katas I could always refer to Master Jhoon Rhee's books covering the kata. Those books are no substitute for learning how to perform the kata with my sensei, but ...
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How to avoid toe injury?

This question is more focused on kickboxing since it is the discipline I practice. But it would be of course handy to know for martial arts in general. I have been training for a bit more than a year ...
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Reducing Soreness?

I have been doing martial arts (kickboxing/BJJ) for 3 months now. In that time frame, I have worked up my body from going from 2 days to 3 days a week. I want to work up to 4/5 days a week, with a ...
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Oshitaoshi ukemi name

I am looking for the Japanese (or western) name of the breakfall uke does to escape from oshitaoshi. Basically, this is a half cart wheel that uke does when tori applies oshitaoshi. In the drawing ...
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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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How to restore my bogu equipment

I would like to know what steps I have to follow to restore my Kendo equipment. I already bought a second-hand armor but after all classes I checked my "DO" and with the shinae it keeps some kind of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?

I'm a software engineer basically but have been practicing taekwondo since 2-3 months. I just wanted to know what it takes to get a black belt?
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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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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 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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A straight Punch on the nose can knock a person unconscious.How do fighters (MMA, Boxers etc) survive such repeated direct blows to their nose?

I often witness fighters in UFC survive direct blows to their nose. Punches with such extreme force can knock a person unconscious. Even soccer players are knocked unconscious if the Ball hits them ...
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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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Effectiveness of low kick to inner thigh of opponent's leading leg in mauy thai boxing?

In muay thai boxing there is the low kick to the inner thigh of the opponent's leading leg as shown in : link to video I have practised this in training and seen people with bruises from those kicks. ...
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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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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 ...

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