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How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?

How do you prepare for a real stress situation, in which you are forced to defend yourself or others? I'm not talking about avoiding conflict; assume that you have already tried all that is possible ...
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12answers
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How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?

A little background: I was practicing with my instructor one morning. It was just him and me and we were doing free training of submission grappling. At one point I managed to get him in a choke ...
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18answers
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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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19answers
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Which martial arts focus on self defense?

I'm trying to make sure I ask this question in a manner that doesn't make it subjective or argumentative. While all martial arts have merit, I believe those merits lie in various areas. Which ...
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Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?

Is there any evidence to suggest that practising techniques on the left and right side of the body produces more adept martial artists? By "adept", I mean the learned ability to proficiently and ...
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11answers
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Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?

One common urban legend that tends to be passed around from time to time is something along the lines of the following: Black belts are considered lethal weapons by the law! Which might also be ...
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7answers
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Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?

I have often heard people make the claim that most of the time, two people who are fighting each other will naturally clinch and wrestle, and then shortly fall over. That is to say that there is a ...
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25answers
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What are the purposes of martial arts forms?

A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements ...
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12answers
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Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, competing, or breaking blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What names does this "shouting" have ...
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Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction

When going into a longsword bind, or getting hit as part of a Kata, I tend to flinch visibly and shut my eyes. What are some exercises I can do, solo or with a partner, to help me keep my eyes open?
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13answers
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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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6answers
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What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?

What are some examples of clear ways to describe martial techniques in writing? I often take notes during and after classes, and occasionally find that I haven't described a particular technique ...
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24answers
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What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

I'm not getting younger, and my weight will always be at least 200lbs. The martial art I'm studying is not kind to my joints. A particular problem is the flying kicks, one of which is featured in my ...
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15answers
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Self-defense against chainsaw attack

Is there any "style" or self-defence that teaches techniques against chainsaw attack. E.g. if somebody attacks you like this video I don't now how to defend myself. Either I could run away or attack ...
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13answers
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What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?

This motion shows up in some styles of Karate (opening movement of several Shotokan kata - Bassai Dai, Jiin, Jion, Jitte) and some Kung-Fu styles. What does it represent?
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How do I practice judo throws on my own without a partner?

How do you practice your judo throws at home or any time that you're by yourself? The leg movement is easy to do as long as you have the space, but proper arm movement and strength is hard to ...
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5answers
547 views

How can I respectful​ly raise concerns about class difficulty level/teac​hing style at my club?

I practice Taekwondo regularly with the club at my university. There are three main instructors, one 3rd dan and two 1st dan (my belt level). The club has a lot of black belts of varying degrees who ...
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8answers
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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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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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21answers
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Is it possible to learn Martial Arts (Kung Fu in my case) effectively without sparring?

I want to enroll in a martial arts school in my neighbourhood. The lessons are given by a shaolin monk and the few lessons I followed were really intense and interesting. When I asked if we were going ...
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7answers
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What's the most effective way to discipline students (particularly juniors)?

When teaching martial arts, particularly to juniors we sometimes run into problems with discipline. Most people assume that you can hand out physical exercise as a good disincentive to poor ...
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9answers
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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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7answers
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Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?

Systems of martial arts utilize of variety of weapons that include polearms, blades, and blunt objects among others. While Systema and some branches of ninpo budo taijutsu include firearms as part of ...
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Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?

I have often heard that yes it does, and no it does not. The fact is that densho (transmission scrolls) do exist detailing the skills used in war and defense, including hand to hand combat. Does this ...
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14answers
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What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?

What is the difference between External martial arts and Internal martial arts?
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7answers
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How can I become a good training partner

So after an enforced retirement from football (the Australian kind) due to being knocked unconscious in two consecutive games I demanded my parents let me take up martial arts instead. Several ...
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7answers
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Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?

Among runners there are a fair number of studies out there right now that static stretching before exercising, at least if you aren't doing it now, doesn't reduce your risk of injury and in other ...
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4answers
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To what extent do (should) judo and BJJ overlap?

Now, I'm fairly well acquainted with the history, concepts, goals, and methodology of judo and BJJ, on paper I mean. I realize that BJJ evolved from judo, and that both involve takedowns/throws and ...
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9answers
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Is it good to practise punching a wall? No place for punching bag

I don't have a place for a punching bag in my home. I wrap my hand in a cloth or a bandage and practice my kick boxing punches on the wall, along with knuckle push ups. My master told it isn't good ...
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11answers
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What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?

There is vertical fist punch in Hapkido as well as some Chinese martial arts and in older styles of boxing, but I see it a lot less in modern fighting and sparring. What are the advantages and ...
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7answers
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How can one practice well alone?

I started learning a martial art about 5 years ago, and I did it for 2 years. I very liked it, however I had to stop. I didn't want to lose what I've already learned, so I kept practicing. Alone. ...
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7answers
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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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3answers
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Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...
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13answers
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When should I run away?

What are the criteria I need to evaluate in order to conclude that I should run away? Sometimes the right answer is to walk away, sometimes it is to give them your wallet... When is it time to leg ...
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6answers
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Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?

I've recently starting light sparring (Muay Thai and Boxing) and use one of those single boil+bite style gum shields. How often should I need to re-mould it as it seems to have lost it's fit after ...
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3answers
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Have any Kung Fu styles established a formal connection to the Shaolin Temple?

I often see martial arts schools claiming to be "Shaolin" in some way or another. As far as I know, though, that claim doesn't necessarily mean they are connected to the temple. Where can I find a ...
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2answers
471 views

How can one maintain or rekindle discipline and passion in martial arts?

As I understand you have to have passion for path you choose when learning martial art. And it is life long process. BUT I have met people who's passion dwindled and they no longer had heart in ...
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7answers
851 views

What is a good age to introduce children to a martial art?

I have seen different recommendations for different styles as to what age to introduce a martial art to a child, sometimes as young as 4 years old. Factors such as attention span and interest of the ...
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4answers
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What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?

What are things to look for in a school to indicate that one should absolutely NOT study there? You know, things like having the name Cobra Kai or making you do donut runs because you're the new ...
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7answers
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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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14answers
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What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?

I'm looking for exercises to help maintain a grip on an opponent's gi while pulling them around. There are two elements to this: strength and endurance. Meaning, I want my grip to be hard to break but ...
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8answers
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Exercises to improve balance when kicking

When performing kicks, I quite often lose my balance, which results in me being positioned in a stance where I'm more exposed to attacks. This is normally due to me trying to raise my leg for the ...
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8answers
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What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?

Finding the right teacher is important. While personal achievement has it merits just because someone is good at something doesn't make them good at teaching that same thing. Are there core ...
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6answers
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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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Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?

Often when doing in knife fighting sparring, people tend to ignore that they've got cut. I've seen shock knives on the net, and they seem kind of interesting as they at least give feedback that ...
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9answers
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How do I improve my attack speed?

This question is a little different than a previous question on speed and footwork. Recently my sensei critiqued my sparring, saying my block and counter techniques are pretty strong, but I'm lacking ...
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1answer
378 views

Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?

In North America, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice and instruction is quite different from what is found in schools of Jiu-Jitsu that describe themselves as Japanese. Are the two martial arts still ...
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2answers
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What kind of damage can your hand get from holding the barrel of a fired gun when disarming it?

I have a background mostly in Krav Maga and ICS (Israeli Combat System), and one of the techniques taught for disarming a gun, involves grabbing the barrel of the gun and pushing it to the side before ...
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4answers
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

I have moved cities and have found a new Muay Thai gym. The training in this gym is very different. When they train they use thai pads less often and do drills. When doing the drills they hit quite ...
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What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?

Many martial arts schools have outreach programs either open to the public or at local colleges, high schools, or youth programs that are of a limited duration (one day or a handful of sessions) and ...

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