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What martial art should I start with?

Young male, not looking for anything specific, but I am a huge fan of MMA in general. (not just the UFC/SF) What would be a good beginner martial art for both fitness and relevancy to watching ...
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Training multiple arts at the same time.

Is it possible to effectively train in two (or perhaps even more) martial arts/combat sports at the same time? What are ways to minimize concerns like technique and muscle memory confusion? Does it ...
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Training front kick

What is the best way to train my front kick. By this i mean raising the leg and thrusting forward. I have problems getting the right height and also i'm not stretching my leg fully. There is always a ...
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Switching to non dominant side stance

I am practicing SCA swordfighting and have started to try to train to fight with the sword in my non dominant hand. So far I find retrain my entire body mechanics. What is the best way to develop ...
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What is the name of the figure using flags performed by Adam in Mythbusters episode 209? [closed]

Early on in the Mythbusters episode 209 (Car Chase Chaos/Animal Antics) Adam uses both arms to spin two flags in a nice figure. I'd like to know if that figure has a name, and if so, to learn more ...
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What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons? [closed]

I always wonder which martial art is the most effective in a 1-vs-1 street fight without weapons. After doing some research I came up with 3 types of positions (maybe there are more) someone can hold ...
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How did the colour belt ranking system originate?

Many martial arts (karate, judo, jiujutsu, taekwondo, kung-fu, etc.) use some form of coloured belts to denote rank and level. How did this come about? Did the concept have common origin or did ...
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How should my 8-year-old defend against a leg trip (kosotogake) in BJJ?

My 8 year old son has been doing BJJ for a couple of months now. He keeps getting taking down by this simple maneuver: opponent's leg behind your leg trip. Are the options just to sprawl out on time ...
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Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?

Wing chun seems to be very effective style. But why they are using so much punches (like chain punch)? Punching can lead to serious injuries and is not as effective as palm strikes. Look at this ...
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Translation for “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”

I am looking for the original Japanese phrase for the above quote by Ueshiba Morihei 植芝 盛平, and haven't been able to find it. It is in his book "The Art of Peace", but I haven't got a Japanese ...
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What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?

Probably the oldest overall is something like wrestling, but of the eastern arts, what would be the oldest that people still practice?
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How does the BJJ graduation system work?

There is so much variation between gyms, I am wondering how the official BJJ graduation works?
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Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict

At a very fundamental level, Martial Arts teach the mitigation of conflict. Whether we're teaching the student to remain calm in an escalating environment, or we're teaching them to defend themselves ...
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Krav Maga, is it 100% legal for defense?

I am 15 and I am currently being trained in Krav Maga, one on one with a partner. I have a very practical question: Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or ...
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Start attacking instead of blocking while sparring

I have been practicing kung fu for the past one and a half years. I can do head level basic kicks like roundhouse, side and front kicks but when I spar I don't feel like attacking the opponent. I seem ...
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What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?

I am a 4th Degree in American Karate. The dojo I have recently become a part of has a number of Black Belt candidates, and I will be serving on the panel. I don't have much experience attending black ...
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Judo za-rei difference between man and woman

I have read this page about reishiki and I have a question about the za-rei. kneeling bow at the beginning or end of the class. There is also a description on this dutch website. ...
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What submissions are not allowed in competitive Judo?

After watching a number of matches during the Olympics it seemed like a lot of opportunities for submissions weren't even pursued. In the matches I observed I only saw two legitimate submission ...
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What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?

I've been told that I don't have much power behind my punches and that push-ups are a good way to improve this. Is there a good push-up route that could be done at the beginning or the end of the day ...
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1answer
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Training supplement to Muay Thai

I recently joined Muay Thai classes and am thoroughly loving it, but the class is held only thrice a week. After going through this post I realized that I going to class thrice a week is the minimum ...
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What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?

I am 6 foot 2 inches and weigh about 90Kg - I find it very difficult during randori to get a full turn in for (for example) O Goshi. My instructors are always telling me that I need to get lower and ...
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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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An Ontology of Combat

I've been looking for a semantic ontology defining the structure and varieties of attacks and defenses. Initially I'm looking for a very simple tree, something like: Attack-> Punch-> Jab ...
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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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How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?

When I'm doing a riding horse stance, I am trying to go for a low stance where my thighs are approaching a 90-degree angle with my lower legs. However, in doing so I begin to lose balance and tip my ...
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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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How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?

There are those who say you have to cool and those who say you have to warm your leg, there are those who say you should rest and those who say you should keep using it as you would normally. It makes ...
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5answers
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What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?

I recently saw a Seven Star Praying Mantis school perform in public for a cultural festival, and one of their characteristics is the seven-star stance. The stance entails one of practictioner's leg ...
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How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?

I teach Aikido at a local community college. Roughly half of the kids are there just to fulfill a P.E. requirement. These students can be frustrating because they aren't really interested in martials ...
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Where can I find display cases for Chinese Martial Arts weapons?

A colleague of mine will inherit her grandfather's collection of Chinese Martial Arts weapons including a number of swords. They would like to display these weapons, since they have both sentimental ...
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2answers
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What is Jason Bourne's fighting style called

What fighting style does the character 'Jason Bourne' played by Matt Damon in the 'Bourne Series' use?
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Which arts use the Naginata?

I have been interested in the Naginata. Which arts train with it? I have seen the term Naginatajutsu, is this a practiced art on its own or simply a part of another art?
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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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What Level Of Expertise Did Theodore Roosevelt Have In Judo?

During his tenure as president, Theodore Roosevelt held a third-degree brown belt in Judo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt I know that in standard ranking systems, a third-degree ...
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What are the different ways of controlling the feet during a jab punch in boxing?

For the jab I see on videos and from others a few different techniques for the jab punch (leading arm facing the opponent). There is one style which lifts slightly the forward foot while the arm ...
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Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?

I tried looking for grappling mats online and they are really pricey, ranging from ~150 to $600 or more. Or for puzzle mats, each square is about $35 and the two sites I went to (one was fighters ...
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Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?

Looking at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjmBPFPTq-g it seems that Krav Maga has a lot in common with Aikido, suprisingly! A lot of techniques seem to be Aikido techniques, and also, ...
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1answer
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Counting Calories when Training for TKD Tournament

I'm training for a TKD tournament. My Master is a very big proponent of counting calories, but I don't want to eat too little when I'm training intensely for the rest of the year. I obviously don't ...
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What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

For some time, I've trained Modern Arnis (an Escrima Variant) and enjoyed this greatly, eepecially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I ...
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In kempo karate, what's the order of the forms and combination you learn?

In kempo karate, what's the order of the forms you learn ? (up to brown or black belt) So far I know it's 1 Pinyon, 2 Pinyon, 1 Kata, Crane, 2 Kata, 3 Pinyon, 3 Kata Also how about combinations? ...
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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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What exercises help with explosive hip rotation

For a lot of techniques, such as punches, kicks or even blocks in Karate or other arts you need to use your hip to generate force. I have come to realise, that I cannot generate enough power with my ...
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Is there any information on pre-19th century Irish weapons-based martial arts?

Several Irish weapons-based martial arts were recently brought to my attention (through the writings of John Hurley): Scianóireacht - knife arts Tuadóireacht - various forms of axe-fighting ...
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3answers
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How to deliver more power to my turning kick?

I find that I am able to cause a punching bag to swing much higher with my front kick than my turning kick. This could be due to me being able to transfer more of my body weight to a front kick. ...
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1answer
489 views

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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1answer
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Suggestions after breaking ankle

I am a black belt in Tang Soo Do. I broke my ankle, snapped it clean off. Now I have a metal plate in there, and it's extremely sensitive to touch. I can no longer properly form a side kick with that ...
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Wrist strength for sticks

One of the things I've noticed is that short sticks are brutal on my wrists after I've been practicing for a prolonged period, but I don't tend to notice how brutal they have been until the next day ...
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6answers
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How much can I improve my punching precision? How?

I'm not yet strong enough in the legs to talk about precision, so I'll stick to punches. Firstly, what is the upper limit of precise punches, how precise can I get them to be? Within millimeters of ...
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2answers
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What choke holds or submissions are safe enough for a beginner to practice?

I have been doing MMA for about 7 weeks and have generally only been using a rear naked choke for a submission and a triangle leg lock. What are other easy to do submissions that are effective and ...
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Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?

What I mean is that is it more dangerous than other contact sports that aren't martial arts? Such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, etc... And if yes, why?

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