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Origins of Shorinji Kempo

My question relates to the origins of Shorinji Kempo and its related arts. I'd like to gain a better understanding of where it came from. Part A: What styles did Doshin So train in while in China? ...
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How to improve my skills when I'm highest ranked

Recently I moved to a new city. I have been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for more than 14 years. In my old academy, I used to have partners of all ranks and sizes; this is very important in BJJ. ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

I've just begin training in Judo but I strength train independently. After gym workouts, I drink a protein drink to help with recovery and muscle growth. Does anyone else take protein or any other ...
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How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?

For those of you who takes notes or keep a MA diary. What kinds of things do you write down? Do you try and document each technique into a "database" of technique notes? or do you document each ...
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What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?

As discussed in What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?, when no one can really agree on what qi is, the construction of a scientific experiment to verify it is rather ...
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What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners

I am a Marine myself and between extensive combat experience, close quarter, and hand to hand, I am well versed in a variety of disciplines. For me this comes naturally. Now that being said, I am ...
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Should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?

I am considering beginning to learn a martial art - so I am starting the research to determine which one fits me and my goals. Overall, should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?...
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Weapons in taekwondo?

I have trained weapons in a couple martial arts and I think that weapons should be a part of traditional taekwondo curriculum. For a particular school of taekwondo, they would not teach weapons as ...
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Will training in boxing affect my karate skills?

Alright, so to start, I'm not highly knowledgeable in martial arts and fighting styles... I practice shotokan karate, and I am at 5th kyu. Not sure how much that detail will matter, but I will put ...
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Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers

This question stemmed from a conversation I had the other day, and I thought I'd pose it on stack exchange to see what others thought. Nowadays, in most competition formats, if not all, the fight is ...
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How painful is it for professional fighters to get hit

I watch combat sports that involve striking and the vast majority of the time they get hit they don't show any sign that it hurts. What kind of pain are they feeling? I would think that considering ...
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Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

I did a season of folk wrestling in high school. This was about 5-6 years ago. I'm trying to diet and exercise properly to reach my low body fat goal. Also, I want to learn some basic self defense. ...
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Until one has mastered a martial art, is one actually more vulnerable to attack than before training began?

I don't know where I heard this, and I can rephrase the question to make it more clear: Before a person begins practicing a martial skill, he or she has an instinctual reflex for defense, regardless ...
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1answer
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

I want to become a well-rounded martial artist. I used to train Muay Thai when I was a kid. But 3 years ago I quit and focused on BJJ & grappling. I would really love to combine BJJ with Muay ...
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3answers
279 views

More dirty tricks in Ju Jitsu compared to other martial arts?

When I was a kid, I did Karate and it was all about stance, punching, kicking, katas, etc. Now I have started ju jitsu, and it seems it's like almost anything goes. My teacher is teaching us the ...
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Is the highest judo belt really red?

I found a graphic detailing belt colours according to ranks. In there, the last two judo ranks are red and white for 6-8th dan ranks and full red belts for 9 and 10th dan. Is the highest judo belt ...
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Mouthguards and judo

To all the judokas reading this, I was wondering how common are dental traumas in non competitive judo. How many dental injuries have you seen in your practice? Do you use mouthguards or know someone ...
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Can jiu jitsu wear down your teeth?

I usually only wear a mouth piece when I'm sparring Muay Thai. Today while I was rolling BJJ (in the gi), I at one point felt like I had a few pieces of very very thin sand between my teeth for a few ...
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Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?

I'm into Ninjutsu. We have just started some boxing + kicking: Gloves, mouth guards. I'm speaking "friendly" here - this is in-house sparring, not MMA competition. So, the instructor has recommended ...
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6answers
419 views

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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JKD spin kick vs. Taekwondo spin kick

In Bruce Lee's Fighting Method I read that spin kick in JKD is hit directly to the opponent. However, I noticed a Taekwondo friend hitting his kick in a cyclic manner. Which one are most effective and ...
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What kind of punching bag should I get?

So I work ridiculous hours that prevent me from going regularly to take martial arts lessons. That said, I've always been very interested in them, and when I was younger I did take some Judo lessons. ...
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341 views

Breakfalls in competition

I've done judo on and off for a number of years and haven't really competed. Now that I've started back I'd like to (once I feel I'm good enough) start entering more events. Due to years of club ...
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3answers
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is Jun Chong TKD a legitimate TKD dojo for self defense?

I wanted to sign up for TKD, and I really like Jun Chong TKD. However, I heard by some that TKD isn't a realistic means of self defense because a lot of the places teaching are "mcdojos." I've heard ...
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Are McDojo fees worth it for a good school/instructor?

I checked out two Wing Chun places near where I live. Both are good, with good lineages. I like both instructors. One style seems more natural to me, the other is super-traditional. Let's call the ...
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3answers
301 views

Tips for alleviating soreness?

I know this has been asked before by the suggested Q&A after I typed in the question, but this is a bit different in that after kickboxing/Muay Thai/boxing/sparring I'm very rarely if ever sore ...
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Does playing judo increase the likelyhood of one getting brain injuries?

I see many people accidentally fall down and land head first in this world. They end up in the hospital with permanent brain injury, while those luckier go directly to the graveyard. Judo is a sport ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

Is there any martial arts, where one can learn and evolve without proving herself/himself on various exams? Also, it would be nice, if you could learn all the techniques. What I mean, is that ...
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Why a Samurai always wore katana on the left side?

A Katana must be used with both hands. But why that must be on the left side? I read in the Samurai schools they don't care much about the student are left hand or right hand. Based in the ...
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How do Boxers and other Martial Arts practitioners deal with pain?

As I understand it Boxers/Martial Arts practitioners can never become immune to pain. Instead they learn to deal with pain better than the regular Joes. So what do they do to deal with pain?
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Eye protection Muay Thai

I train in Muay Thai for six months now including sparing. I have myopia (-5 / -4.75) and I will get a femto LASIK surgery soon. My doctor told me that I could resume sparring after 6 weeks as long ...
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what kind of gym work out is necessary for a Tae kwon do learner? [closed]

I take Tae Kwon Do 2 days a week and I also jog in the morning. I need a gym work out plan for the rest of the week. I need it to supplement body fitness and do specific strength supportive ...
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How do you prevent/mitigate finger injuries in judo/bjj?

As I am no longer a young man, I frequently find that my finger joints are swollen for a few days after judo practice. This is more a chronic overuse issue that has developed over years than an acute ...
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How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?

In the process of doing a round kick, or roundhouse kick, you need to turn your kicking leg over, to be perpendicular with your body. When I do this I loose significant height on my kick and can ...
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1answer
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BJJ Instructor and Fighter Ranks

I remember reading a long while ago (when BJJ was first hitting popularity) about how they had different colour tips (or sheaths as they seem to be known) for their black belts (white and red from ...
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What is the difference between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

Where I am (Southern California), I see many gyms list Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the same line as if they are closely related or the same thing. I even had one guy I called at a gym say, "they're ...
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Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)

It seems slashing is much more powerful than thrusting, and thus, much more useful. Is there any technique to enhance power of a thrusting attack to the level of a powerful blow? If not, what is the ...
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would this combo of MAs be well rounded or no? [closed]

What arts are the best complements to KM? Also, how do other combat systems like Systema complement Krav compared to most normal MAs?
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1answer
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Karate Kata for those recently given birth

I have a friend who last month gave birth, and is keen to do some gentle exercise to begin getting fitness back. She has been thinking about some of the karate kata she used to do, but obviously much ...
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1answer
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Allow child to progress up the belts?

I have a 7 year old who does WTF taekwondo. He's been doing it for over a year now and he has a green tag belt. His club holds gradings every 6 months. He's very good at the work he does in class, ...
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Do Any Eastern Arts Use a Shield?

Are there any Eastern arts that utilize a shield with a sword or a spear?
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2answers
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Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick

We've been working on spinning back kicks quite a bit lately and noticed some discrepancy in how these are executed. Some are spinning to face backwards and kicking with toes pointed down, hips ...
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1answer
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Flat footed resistencia

I've always been taught that when doing resistencia you should stay flat footed, but with passa a frente to go onto the balls of your feet and to have your knees closer together. Is there any ...
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What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?

Let us examine this one section (9:35-9:38) 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 ...
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What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?

I find even with things like Napisan etc my Gi ends up with stains around the neck and Sleeves. Are there any ways to keep it pure white?
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3answers
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Replace Broken Kwan Dao Handle?

So I broke the handle of the Kwan Dao in our studio and I'm feeling a little guilty about it and I'd like to replace it. It's basically this guy here. http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Claw-Long-Weapon-...
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2answers
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What is Qi Energy? [duplicate]

Ive seen television programmes and videos of buddhist shaolin monks who perfom incredible techniques such as breaking iron bars with their heads, impaling themselves with spears, throwing needles ...
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Preferring BJJ concepts over Technique?

Kit Dale wrote an article about BJJ concepts. He states that he prefers to learn general principles/concepts over specific techniques: Instead of cluttering up the hard drive of your ‘jiu-jitsu ...
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Martial art for a complete newbie - can i learn on my own?

I am just aware of the term martial arts and kung-fu perhaps from watching a lot of movies but i am unaware of how can i learn any of these in actuality.I want to learn some martial arts. Well kung-...
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1answer
258 views

What is the best way to avoid armlocks?

I have been doing grappling (Sambo/BJJ) and striking sports (Thai boxing, kick boxing and Savate) for 3 years. I am not good at attacking and defending against armlocks when standing. How can I ...

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