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Why is it so essential to do a full leg split to learn martial art?

I cannot do any split.Why is it so essential to make a full leg split to learn martial arts? Will I be able to learn martial art without doing it? Please help me.
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Wing Chun for practical, close in defense

I was introduced briefly to Wing Chun from my Jujutsu Sensei some years ago. He felt it was very effective for situations where you were in close and had to deal with strikes. He gave an example of ...
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90 views

Self development and training

I have been studying for 5 years but mostly practice by myself. I occasional go to my local school for sparing but practice primarily by myself. What ways can I learn new taolus and training exercises ...
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0answers
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Is this normal for a two section staff?

My Kung-Fu specialty is the two section staff (Dai so ji). I noticed rececenter that the three rings connecting the sections has some sort of grime (Not rust) and seems looser. Is this a problem? If ...
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Forms and Training [duplicate]

I have been having a hard time finding new forms for me to learn and practice for white crane kung fu. Where can i find more taolous for my style.
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0answers
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How necessary is youth and flexibility in Jiu Jitsu? As compared to Boxing?

Apologies if this has been asked before. I certainly looked and didn't see it discussed. I have a little experience with boxing and kickboxing (< 1 yr) and did ok in those sports. I have a ...
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2answers
113 views

Is there a statistical correlation between deaths in the ring and having one's father in the corner as one's trainer?

In the commentary on the tragic 2005 Leavander Johnson/Jesus Chavez fight, which claimed the life of Leavander Johnson, commentator Jim Lampley said that there are two things that seem to be ...
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1answer
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If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?

I understand why boxers clinch (although it's the main reason I get bored watching most heavyweight fights), but I just learned that it is technically illegal. However, I've literally never seen a ...
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483 views

What are the classical/canonical books for Aikido (all styles)

What are the classical/canonical books written about Aikido? I am interested in all styles (aikikai, iwama, yoshinkan, shodokan, whatever) training "manuals" as well as more philosophical work. I ...
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Aikido jo-staff origins

Within some Aikido circles, I have heard it be said that the jo-staff was representing a spear thus should be treated as if it had a blade at one end. This help explains uke's reactions to some of ...
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How widespread is oomoto-kyo within the Aikido community?

Morihei Ueshiba was a ardent oomoto-kyo follower. Rumours of him bullying his students to check out the religion abound. Ueshiba claimed that oomoto-kyo was inextricably linked to him developing ...
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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, especially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I'm ...
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Is the Brendan Ingle style of boxing really healthier in the long run?

I read something interesting about Brendan Ingle's fighters: Dancing turned into fighting and pretty soon Ingle, a free spirit, a maverick, the great improviser, was combining the two to concoct a ...
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creativity and strength of a strike

I have a problem with training (Muay thai , Filipino and wing chun) in that I am a perfectionist. I focus on details of technique like my stance, my body shift, if if I put my body weight on the ...
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Why do ninjas stop with their follow through when attacking

Say, for example, a ninjutsu artist swings a sword. Why does that ninja stop swinging halfway through the follow through? Watch this short video to see what I mean: ...
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1answer
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Henka training - how to progress

I have been self teaching myself to do Ninjutsu for a few weeks, and I have gotten stuck on the art of Henka (also know as Kihon Happo). For me, it is very vague. I know to do Henka training, you ...
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What to do if 2 guys, each one a gun, assault you?

This weekend near my area a guy was assaulted by 2 guys with each one a gun in the hand. No one was hurt cuz they were just after the money. It makes me struggling a little bit. What would you do in ...
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1answer
39 views

How do I choose a suitable martial art for me? [duplicate]

I would like /love to learn martial artsHow do I choose a suitable martial art for my self?
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How to avoid knee injury?

I'm 16 and I've been doing Tae Kwon Do for about a month and I've just received my yellow belt. Recently I've been having some pain in my knees after practise. I do all the stretching but it's not ...
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3answers
87 views

How to address this issue with my sifu

I have 7 years practising Wing chun, it took me 5 years to get an "intermediate" rank ( officially we don't have ranks at all just people who have more experience/skill than us), when we train ...
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What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?

For a bouncer, who is already larger, fitter and stronger than average, which martial arts training would you recommend? Which skills training, or other properties of the martial art, dojo and ...
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4answers
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Should I speed up my breathing or slow down my tai chi?

I'm trying to learn tai chi by watching videos. (Sorry, I know it's probably not the best way!) I'm a slow breather (about 6 breaths per minute), and the tai chi exercises I'm trying to learn say to ...
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5answers
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Why do boxers huff each time they throw a punch?

As we can see in this video, many boxers join each punch with a sharp exhalation, making a sharp hissing sound. It seems to be more common among heavyweights than it is among smaller fighters. Why ...
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1answer
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Has there ever been a boxer who fought like Prince Naseem Hamed?

Anyone who paid attention to boxing in the 90's knows the name "Prince" Naseem Hamed. Love him or loathe him, everyone had an opinion. He was undoubtedly a brilliant showman, and many people - ...
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3answers
111 views

Drills for improving front kicks

I am aiming for national level skill. I want to be able to use my front kicks more fluently and naturally. Are there any good drills for that?
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6answers
992 views

Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai

As of 1989, there were 336 Branches of Isshin-ryu Karate (a style only named as of January 15, 1956). Given this fragmentation, I have chosen a fairly recognized figure in the Isshinryu world, the ...
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2answers
87 views

What is exactly a cross face position in BJJ?

I'm training BJJ but my native language is not english. I tried translation but it didn't work as well. So I'm wondering: what is a cross face? I see people mentioning this cross face position, when ...
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1answer
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Wing Chun sash color rankings in order

Hello all I am a red sash in Wing Chun and my Sifu is a red sash. What is the order that the sash system goes in? I am really confused.
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7answers
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What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order?

What are the belt colors of Tae Kwon Do in order? Also could you add the degrees, I have had a hard time finding a reliable site?
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6answers
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What should I do if I'm fencing stick-on-stick and we get stuck?

Somebody attacked my with a bat-like wooden stick. Fortunately, I have a wooden stick as well. He makes a lunge, but I parry it. We get stuck just like in all movies: What should I do next?
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8answers
635 views

Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Many martial arts spend time in practicing high kicks, for instance to the face. Is there a situation in a street fight where high kicks would be the best choice? Why not prefer low kicks? With low ...
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7answers
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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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1answer
39 views

What does it mean to be rooted, and how is being rooted different from being balanced?

Being balanced means that your center of mass is supported by your body's structure. How is being rooted different from being balanced?
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3answers
174 views

Systema: “Beyond the physical” force generation

I'm receiving the impression that Systema (or maybe just certain branches of it?) has some type of force generation by means of internal energy rather than muscles. However, while information on this ...
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4answers
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Should I go to boxing practice while still sore? Is it normal soreness?

I just started boxing. I've been 3 times so far. Great workout! The last time I went was Monday and there is a practice today (Wednesday). So 2 days. I find today that I'm sore. Specifically ...
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Why all the wrist grabs?

I was reading this one: Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai and there is all the usual stuff I've seen in quite a few styles over the years about: "The drill sequence begins opponent ...
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1answer
60 views

Iwama ryu bokutō

Iwama ryu uses a differently shaped (from the classical shape) bokutō to practice. Why does it have the shape it has and why is it the preferred shape for Iwama ryu? Here are some images:
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4answers
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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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5answers
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How to cope with rival that carries stone or folding chair (Klappstuhl) or chair

If your rival carries that equipment, if you go back or withdrawal he might throw it on you. If you getting closer, he might break it over your head. What is the best solution offered for such a ...
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1answer
501 views

Judo - Why does the ref sometimes pause the match when it goes to the ground?

In watching some Olympic Judo matches I am confused as the why the ref sometimes stops the match when it goes to the ground, sends judoka back to their sides and then restarts the match. If someone ...
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5answers
92 views

Training to avoid freezing up in self-defense [duplicate]

My question: how can I prepare myself to avoid the "deer-in-the-headlights" phenomenon if I am ever attacked in real life? The background: I took a self-defense seminar today at my dojang and ...
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1answer
299 views

Is bowing a universal sign of respect across all martial arts?

When are students or instructors expected to bow and to whom? For spectators, family, friends or anyone else not participating, is anything expected of them as signs of respect?
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7answers
3k views

5-year old struggles with his new Tae Kwon Do classes

I have a 5-year-old son. He started Tae Kwon Do lessons one and a half months ago. At first he was reluctant and cried in the first class, but after a few weeks, he was very happy with himself. His ...
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18answers
20k views

Is weight training useful in martial arts?

This may sound like a bit of a daft question, but I have heard and read different sides. On the one side, people say weight training will increase your strength and power and therefore will be ...
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5answers
177 views

Aikido and Bulking Up?

How can one bulk up with lean muscle and do Aikido? Aikido is a martial art in which while being relaxed (read: compliant) joints are stretched, twisted or hyperextended, so joint and ligament ...
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1answer
90 views

Boxing Micro Rings

I have seen a few micro rings posted around mainly one by trojanfit. http://www.trojanfit.co.uk/trojanfit-micro-boxing-ring-1362-p.asp I think the idea is to train in an area where you aren't able ...
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5answers
84 views

What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife? [closed]

There are certain regulations on carrying a knife in some regions. I wonder what are effective alternatives that can be used in knife's stead, and that can be considered cold weapons.
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4answers
128 views

Stacking mats so they slide less

We train in a large gym hall and do not have enough mats to cover the whole floor. Even if we did, there are too many dangers (radiators, bars, etc...) around the edge. So, we train in the centre ...
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5answers
257 views

Fighters checking newer fighters?

I've been going to a new gym for a few months. One of the instructors doesn't like me and keeps calling me out during class for random things like using "big" words. In light sparing today, apparently ...
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2answers
114 views

Practicing a form with closed eyes

I have been training in Chen style Tai chi for more than 2 years, and I can say I can perform the first routine, Yi lu, without thinking of the form (which movement comes next and so on). So my Sifu ...

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