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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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Proper diet for preparing for a tournament

I'm currently getting ready for a TKD tournament in September (ITF-based, sport/light contact sparring and forms). As part of the training, I'm trying to ensure that I'm keeping a diet that maintains ...
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How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?

I am 21 years of age. I have been learning taekwondo for a year. However, I am still unable to achieve a complete split. What are exercises that I can do to increase my flexibility to reach a complete ...
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Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?

I am a 22-year-old IT professional with 5 days work a week (8 hours daily). My office being far from my place I remain out for nearly 12 hours. I get stressed sometimes because of this schedule, and ...
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Quickly learning the full essentials of Krav Maga

I'm at a training center right now where group classes are taught. Essentially there are six belts and getting to just the first 'belt' requires roughly six weeks of training. Also, I generally feel ...
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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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Can a Judo athlete compete in more than one weight class in the Olympics?

I am specifically speaking about the London 2012 games. I am not asking if any athletes are doing this, just whether it is technically permitted. Wikipedia says nothing, but this was allowed in ...
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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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How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?

I train in non-grappling arts. I have a reasonable amount of experience with this. However, I'm not sure how I would deal with an untrained opponent coming to grapple with me -- or someone whose ...
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How to get fit (again) for Judo

So, I've started doing Judo again after 8 years abstinence (I'm 28 now) and I really suck fitness wise and technical wise. Unfortunatly we only have training once a week which is probably not enough ...
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Is there any documentation of newaza in Fusen-Ryu?

Renzo Gracie's book Mastering Jujitsu makes the interesting and not otherwise repeated claim that BJJ is descended directly from Fusen-Ryu rather than Judo. Allegedly, while Judo was cleaning up at ...
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Shoulder brace for Judo?

I've got a combination of neck and shoulder injuries on my left side. Neck from being spiked, shoulder from an americana and a west point ride suplex. I've definitely got weakness in my rotator cuff. ...
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Why do taekwondoists bounce so much? (And how do we help them stop?)

At training last night (Japanese JiuJitsu), we had two people with TKD backgrounds training with us. I couldn't help noticing how bouncy they both were. They both came from different TKD school, yet ...
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Blocking with a katana blade

Are there any school/style of Japanese swordsmanship that teach blocking (a parry or deflect is fine as long as there is contact between them) incoming attacks with the sharp edge of the blade of a ...
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Ways for restraining an “automatic aggression response”

I have little hope for an answer, but would like to hear your ideas: Yesterday evening I went visiting my dear old ma. She lives at one of very best neighborhood of Tel-Aviv - Very quiet, very ...
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Proper Toe Position for Boots with a Front Kick

In Hapkido we have a variety of striking positions for the foot using a front-kick-like motion. What we use for a front kick is to point the ball of the foot, curling back the toes, and using the ...
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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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What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?

A video of a road rage fight shows two people, Mendez and Ramirez, who were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The man who was beaten in the video was Jerry Patterson. In a ...
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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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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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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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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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How to train to avoid target fixation?

One problem I've seen in myself and others at various stages of training is a tendency to become fixated on a particular target or technique when fighting. The tendency to focus on only a handful of ...
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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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China leader's bodyguards: From bagua to baji?

I have heard that in China, the emperor's bodyguards used to be Baguazhang practitioners. I do not have source to back this up, but Wikipedia at least hints at it: Because of his work as a servant ...
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What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?

In the good old days I used to train karate. I would like to come back to martial arts (not necessarily karate) to work on my agility and endurance. There are two catches: Now I have a myopia + ...
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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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Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?

As a follow up to my question on the state of my neglected jo: Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped? I've been thinking I don't like my wooden 'Jo's very much. I've broken a couple and ...
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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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Judo mats: any certification? what characteristics should one look for?

Is there any official certification system for Judo mats? What specific characteristics should one be looking for in a Judo mat? Remember the primary purpose of the Judo mat is injury prevention. ...
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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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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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Do martial arts instructors also seek fitness instruction certifications?

I suffered a heart attack right after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training last year, and as a result I have been paying much more attention to my health. I've trained in martial arts on and off for years, ...
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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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Conflict escalation management resources

I am looking for guidelines or sources of information regarding behavior patterns that prevent the escalation of conflict. It would be nice also to see some differentiation and analysis of conflict ...
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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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Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?

My Aikido teacher advised us (I'm in a beginners group) not to study Aikido movies on youtube, at least not until we get our black belts. He said that's because there are different Aikido styles and ...
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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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What are the differences in a knockout from the liver versus the head?

What is the difference in the physiological mechanics for a knockout caused by an impact to the head and a knockout caused by an impact to the liver?
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What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?

How does one become a Krav Maga instructor in the United States? More precisely: Is there a federal authority who fix the necessary requirement for teach as instructor? If there is one, what is ...
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Straight punch to the head and knockout

When performing a straigh punch (left or right) to the head what is the better target for maximise the chance of knockout ?
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What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?

What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi? What do tai chi practitioners mean when they use this word? I can tell there's a specific meaning to this jargon, but can't identify it. I see the ...
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Explaining how to breathe deeply

One of the things we emphasize heavily in my Hapkido group is breathing. It tends to flow with your motion and be very deep in nature. We also have deep breathing exercises along these lines ...
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How bad is kickboxing for your brain?

I'm not asking for medical advice, I'm just asking this out of sheer curiosity: To me it seems that kickboxing is the best kind of workout I could get, nothing else gets me in shape quite as quickly ...
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What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?

Similar to other practices--strength training, physical therapy, running, et cetera--we can evaluate the effectiveness of tai chi for improving fitness, mobility, strength, and other health markers. ...
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How and when martial art was originated, who originated it? [closed]

I have read of Bodhhidhharma's story, who taught Shaolin monks martial arts. I've read of Tai Chi to be the first martial art and root of all other. I've also read of Okinawa island where Japanese ...
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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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How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?

In tai chi circles outside of China, push hands competitions are noticeably more restrictive in their rules and format: Many competitions use "fixed-step" rules (for example, this British event and ...
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What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?

Nearly all martial arts have some form of supplemental strength and conditioning exercises. Karate has hojo undo, boxing has road work, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has ginastica natural. These can be more ...
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What is the application for tai chi's single whip?

What the bleep is going on in tai chi's single whip posture? It seems to be emblematic of tai chi, being a pose frequently struck by practitioners in the presence of cameras. The actual sequence ...

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