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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 ...
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Dirty martial art

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 its almost anything goes, my teacher is teaching us the proper ...
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3answers
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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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4answers
229 views

Does judo work against someone not wearing a judogi?

How would you evaluate a usefulness of judo on the street where the opponent is missing the judogi or any other kind of the outfit which could play that role. Basically I mean that t-shirt would be ...
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7answers
765 views

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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3answers
316 views

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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2answers
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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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1answer
43 views

How many takedown techniques exist in Judo

I would like know if some one know how many takedowns exist in Judo ? I know a few years ago, the International Olympic Committee changed the rules for some takedowns. If I'm right, now is not more ...
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4answers
987 views

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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3answers
119 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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13answers
4k views

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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1answer
64 views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
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Left handed Japanese sword techniques

As far as I am aware, there are no left handed sword techniques in Japanese sword arts. At least, I am not aware of there being such. If it is true, does anyone have a good explanation as to why? If ...
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7answers
236 views

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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2answers
51 views

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 ...
8
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1answer
99 views

Aikido kotegaeshi

In order to apply kotegaeshi in the right way, do you have to hold uke's wrist? Or do you have to hold uke's hand, placing your thumb on the back of his hand? I have seen it performed in these two ...
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5answers
689 views

Wearing a fitness tracker during a martial arts session

I have always wondered how to measure the calories expenditure from a training session (I practice Aikido, but this is a general question regardless of art or style) and I have found little advice on ...
5
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4answers
209 views

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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3answers
473 views

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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3answers
361 views

What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience?

My son started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 5. Assuming he continues this, what belt should he receive once he is in the adult class? According to the belt chart, it would be blue or ...
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4answers
100 views

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 ...
5
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3answers
97 views

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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2answers
102 views

What should I be looking for in my first, trial class? [For Chinese arts specifically]

I know there are a lot of questions about this posted, and I've read through four of them here. I understand that more important than any style is that the instructor is "good." I don't have a ...
4
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3answers
648 views

How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)

Background: Age 34, I'm a 6ft 2 inch, 95kg mesomorph and have been at 3rd kyu for about a year now. For the most part, I am an ambidextrous player, with little preference as to which side I attack ...
14
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7answers
26k views

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 ...
6
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8answers
785 views

Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

My work schedule lately has required me to spend a lot more time working out on my own, so I've found myself working with a heavy bag at a nearby rec center. I keep running into a problem where I ...
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11answers
14k 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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0answers
56 views

What's this weird feeling before entering a potential encounter [streets or not]?

There are times that you are about to encounter a fight, whether it's in the streets or not. To elaborate, I would like to cite a few examples: Scenario 1: You're looking for a parking space for ...
3
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1answer
102 views

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 ...
3
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0answers
40 views

Is there a reason for the red part of the belt are in the left side

I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for while. The only explanation for the red tip of the belt to be on left side it is because the same side of the heart. It looks like it's not reasonable ...
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7answers
4k views

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 ...
2
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6answers
520 views

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 ...
9
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7answers
2k views

How can one practice spear-hand strikes, while still knowing you got the technique right?

One of the techniques in many martial arts is a spear hand strikes, where you make your hand rigid and thrust into the opponent. There are a couple of different variations, e.g., in hapkido we have a ...
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0answers
70 views

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?
5
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1answer
80 views

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 ...
13
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6answers
20k views

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 ...
4
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9answers
304 views

How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

My question is an extend to the question, How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation? The thing is, fighting is not a thing to be taken lightly, even in a perilous situation. ...
5
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1answer
104 views

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, ...
8
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4answers
445 views

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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15answers
2k views

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 ...
5
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2answers
82 views

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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12answers
6k views

Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, participate in competitions, or break blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What names do this ...
5
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1answer
31 views

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 ...
5
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6answers
614 views

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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6answers
2k views

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?
2
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6answers
240 views

The 180 degree leg split

I started taking kung fu lessons from my shifu around 2 months back. However, I have yet to achieve a full 180 degree leg split. When I attempt this, my inner thighs and outer hips hurt a lot. I am ...
5
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3answers
81 views

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. ...
2
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2answers
57 views

What kind of stretching should I do before starting my boxing practice?

I started boxing few days ago. I watched a lot of tutorials on youtube. I learned the technique for jab, straight punch, hook, uppercut. I practice solo (no teacher) on a heavy bag. I want to know ...
3
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4answers
195 views

To what extent does height give an advantage in any type of fight?

Last month Sylvester Stallone posted this picture in Twitter with the caption: Just in case you forgot how tall Ivan Drago is. The man was a walking eclipse. So I was thinking to what extent does ...

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