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Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?

Is Systema a modern version of Pankration? The ancient style is very loose in the rules. Except that for Systema, there are weapons included, it is also quite loose in restrictions and practical for ...
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How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?

I'm practicing Yuan-style Tai-Chi, and I'm having difficulty keeping the bo staff from moving off centre as I twirl it - I consistently find my hold slightly to one end or another after a series of ...
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Benefits of an X-Stop in Tae Kwon Do?

Whilst I've never practised an X-stop, I was wondering what the benefits of it are? The move consists of a jump, punctuated by the back foot being placed a head of the front foot, and behind it, ...
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Why did Kano focus on grappling?

It seems like Kano could've easily gone a different direction and focused on striking, weapons, or even a general sport. Why did he have such a keen focus on grappling in particular?
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Why is osoto guruma named osoto guruma?

Osoto gari translates to "large outer reap". That makes perfect sense as it is a large reap on the outer leg. Osoto guruma translates to "large outer wheel" and the "wheel" part eludes me. What ...
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What's the difference between gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiujitsu?

What's the difference between gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiujitsu?
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Martial arts with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?

Recently I was told by my doctor that I have a fully torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and I've been told to stay away from karate (specifically Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do Renshinkan) for the time ...
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What are the most effective exercises (hojo undō or otherwise) for martial arts?

A while back, my Aikido teacher adviced me to do do-in / tao yin exercises to improve my flexibility because a particular muscle in my leg is relatively short and sometimes hinders me while ...
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Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?

I've just purchased a staff made of white waxwood. I need a way to make it stand out from other staves made of white pine. The easy answer is of course to use a marker and put my initials on it, but I ...
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Should I start competition or wait for green belt

I am an orange belt. I've been training BJJ for 7 months, and was wondering if I should start to compete or wait until I get my green belt? I've gone to four tournaments to watch and I would like to ...
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How can I improve my technique in Judo?

When I'm in randori, the technique that I mostly do that works nicely is Harai Goshi, but I'm starting to get countered since I do it often. When I try to do something like Seoi Nage, I can never seem ...
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What are the common techniques to close the gap in jeet kune do?

I just started a jeet kune do classes a month ago, during the sparring parts I find it very hard to close the gap against people who have been doing this for much longer but I cannot understand (yet) ...
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What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?

Suppose you have a room full of people. You have access to all their biometrics: the mass of their arms, their body, and so on. You can also make them punch in open air and measure their punching ...
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Getting Punches in stomach as practice in kick boxing

My training in kick boxing includes getting many punches on stomach. I kind of enjoy this painful training. Apart from my master everyone told its not good for stomach. Is it going to harm some ...
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Does Morote Chudan and Awase Tsuki refer to the same thing?

I hear instructors using awase tsuki or morote chudan in reference to a simultaneous strike to the stomach and face. I want to know if both phrases refer to the same strike pattern and if not which ...
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What do instructors look for before allowing students to compete in judo?

Entrance into judo competition as a new judoka is contingent on the go-ahead of a recognized judo instructor. What criteria would an experienced judoka instructor use to make that determination? I ...
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How do I improve landing on my center line after a back kick?

Yes, I have read the other kick balance thread but I've tried the wall side kick, repeating slowly many many times, and the other drills but my balance issues don't arrive until I'm recovering from a ...
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Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?

I came across this youtube video. Being a beginner in Aikido I was wondering, is this the traditional way of tying your belt? Are there other ways to do it? Does it matter how you tie it?
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How effective are different pricing structures for martial arts studios?

There are several ways for students to pay for martial arts lessons... per month, per lesson, and contracts. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these for both the student and school? ...
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Value in Practicing Spinning Kicks

In hapkido we have a large number of kicking techniques, ranging from sweeps and kicks from the ground up to and including spinning kicks, skip kicks, jump techniques, etc. My question here is in ...
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What benefits (if any) are there when listening to music while practicing? And does it depend on the style?

Listening to music while practicing is something I see many martial artists do; especially those in boxing and MMA; I have seen it less in wrestling and judo. Is this because of the stereotypic groups ...
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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 ...
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Thrusting Targets in the Leg

In George Silver's Paradoxes of Defense he makes the following comment: And again, the thrust being made through the hand, arm, or leg, or in many places of the body and face, are not deadly, ...
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How do I choose a boxing glove?

Boxing gloves that in 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, 16oz or 18oz. Is this sizing related to the hand size or to the amount of protection that it's offer? For use in sparring. Is it better to have the ...
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Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?

Power is defined exactly like in the wiki article, and the units are also as in the wiki article: The dimension of power is energy divided by time. Breathing is largely composed, as far as my ...
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How can I use mindfulness to regain focus during Muay Thai?

Focus concerns during Muay Thai drills I'm quite fixated on the cognitive level of martial arts and as I'm doing beginner Muay Thai at present - I'll narrow the scope only to mindfulness practice on ...
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When did fake pro wrestling become so popular in the US?

Except for Mexico and Japan there are not many nations where professional (fake) wrestling is so successful. Where did this come from? Why did it become so popular? Here in Europe we don't have ...
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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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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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Is stretching with a partner beneficial, dangerous, or both?

One thing I've seen practiced before are stretches involving a partner, particularly for the legs. I've seen mixed reviews of this practice in a variety of different locations, and wondered if someone ...
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Preventing jammed toe during judo randori

I have been practicing judo for about 6 months and I've found that I frequently manage to "jam" the big toe on my right foot during randori. Are there strengthening exercises that I can do for my big ...
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What is misogi?

I have heard the word Misogi (禊) during Aikido, and read it on books. Says that aikido is one thing, but also that misogi is the "extra training" in order to make aikido really works in a real ...
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Building shoulder flexibility for Queda de Quatro

I enjoy doing capoeira, but one of the escape movements is giving me a lot of trouble. In the Queda de Quatro, where one leans backwards into a crab walk position to avoid a blow, I can't seem to do ...
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How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)

Background: Age 34, I'm a 6ft 2 inch, 95kg mesomorph and have been at 3rd kyu for about a year now. For the most part, I am an ambidextrous player, with little preference as to which side I attack ...
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Who was the first female judoka?

Who were the first female judo players? When did they train? Keiko Fukuda was promoted to fifth degree in 1953
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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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In fencing, what is a point of fact?

Given the Shin A Lam controversy, I decided to look up the rules for the appeals process. The technical rules I found on the British Fencing website indicate that a point of fact can not be appealed. ...
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What is the most effective way to stabilize a WaveMaster 2XL?

Obviously, the WaveMaster series of standing bags from Century will never be as stable as a ceiling mounted heavy bag with a floor anchor. However, for many home gyms, the WaveMaster 2XL is a ...
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What technique should I use for hand wrappings?

There are so many techniques to be found on the internet. At the Uni (where I train kickboxing), they just refer to the internet. I keep on winding up with crappy hand wrappings. The one that stays ...
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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 ...
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How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?

For my next grading, I'm planning to demonstrate a split-kick break, similar to the kick shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox46E-GNVQ8&feature=related (In case the video becomes ...
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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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Falling leaf ukemi

What is the Japanese terminology for a falling leaf break fall? For those who do not know what it looks like. From standing, you would train it by putting both hands on the floor, kicking your legs ...
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I Ching and Taekwondo forms

I have read that the black belt Taekwondo forms are each associated with an I Ching trigram. Are these correspondences emphasized in any dojangs? What can I take away from these associations? The ...
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How to safely harden the inner thigh

I recently started kick-boxing training and last time there was an exercise in which we had to deliver low round kicks to the partner's outer and inner thigh. The kicks were half power and I did not ...
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Can there be too much training?

My oldest son (19) teaches and trains BJJ 6 days a week. He teaches and takes morning, afternoon and evening classes, plus trains MMA, does fitness training and is currently learning some boxing. My ...
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What is the best bo staff for an 8-year-old for competitions?

What would be the best bo staff for an 8-year-old child to use in competitions. The bamboo toothpick is much too heavy for him. Would anyone recommend the fiberglass bo staff?
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How to repair a mat with a hole in it?

So, there was an incident and now one of the mats has a hole in it. The hole is about 1 x 0.5 cm wide. What is the best way to repair it so it is still safe to train on said mat? The mat is 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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Has anyone had/recovered from achilles rupture?

I was in sparring class doing a basic drill (switch stance into a rear leg front kick) and blew out my right Achilles with a complete rupture. I had surgery to repair it about 4 weeks ago. I am ...

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