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How to select the right Aikido dojo

What should I be aware of if I would like to start training Aikido? I used to train as teenager in small dojo. I picked up few tricks but I never got the essence of Aikido. Is there something you ...
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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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How should a novice train if unable to join a dojo yet?

I have wanted to start learning a type of martial art for a long time, but my lifestyle didn't help (I have lived in 5 countries in the last 10 years, changed location at least once in each of those ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Which muscles do I use to stand? [closed]

Standing naturally is REALLY HARD. Farmers spend their days bent to the earth, techno-people spend their days sitting at a desk, etc. The body adapts, and deforms, and loses its natural efficiency. ...
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Harnessing emotion during sparring

I find that sometimes when I'm sparring, particularly if I'm sparring someone around my own level of ability, I can get quite riled up - particularly if I take a heavy hit. This gives me a serious ...
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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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How to meditate after an adrenaline rush or exertion?

I always find it difficult to concentrate and empty my mind when I have just had argument with someone or have done very tough physical training. What are good pre-meditation techniques to find the ...
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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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Solo martial art learning

I would really like to practice a martial art. However, because of financial problems, where I live (far from anywhere big), and work commitments, I cannot afford the time and expense of going to a ...
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Can I practice any of the martial arts after a hernia surgery?

I am diagnosed with Inguinal Hernia. I'm 21 years old, so the doctor said he cannot predict whether it's going to be a 'mesh' or a 'sewn-up' repair. I am very interested in martial arts - especially ...
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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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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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Lowering heart rate at will

I train archery as part of my martial arts training. What is the best way to lower or control heart rate before taking shot? Assuming I have been doing activity that raised it. I know just waiting for ...
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How does one mentally push past pain in training?

Big part of my training is maintaining control of your body even though I feel physical pain. There are usually two situations, in physical pain while still having energy to fight, and in physical ...
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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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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 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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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 useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?

There is no substitute for a live training partner, but sometimes a training partner just isn't available and drilling is an important part of training for groundwork grappling. For those times I ...
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What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?

I am kind of a total beginner. I did some Tae Kwon Do when I was little, but I don't take that much into account, considering everything; I always liked Martial Arts and everything that revolves ...
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What are ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?

What are the most effective ways to increase flexibility for karate kicks?
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2answers
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What are the key differences between kendo and kenjutsu?

I was wondering what are the key differences between kenjutsu and kendo? I know that kendo is considered as an art of fighting where as the kenjutsu is the art of killing, or am I wrong here?
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How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?

I was doing some surfing today and noticed a few mentions of lineage when considering a given school/dojo. The people asking about lineage of a given school seemed to feel that if the instructor(s) ...
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Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers

I would like to know which (if any at all) contemporary system base their tactics in deciding who to attack first in order to create a escaping route. Scenario: Cornered in a place where 4 ...
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Training while exhausted

In martial art circles, we often hear that training while exhausted (or tiered) will improve your technique. The one I heard was that it will force one to stop all extraneous movement and do the ...
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What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?

How can one find out if a Martial Art school is legit/registered? I took a style back in the 90's called Chung Moo Quan. The school eventually closed because of some investigations into it being a ...
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When moving to a new city, what considerations need to be taken into account finding a new teacher?

I took Shidokan for several years, and was very happy with my dojo and my sensei. I recently had to move for work, and I know from experience that these are two of the most important parts of your ...
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What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?

I am a beginner with Tai Chi QiGong. There are 20 Movements of forms. I have been taking classes for a little over 3 months and I have only learned 13 of them. For the past 3 classes there have only ...
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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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Training Body Reading Without Sparring

When I did rapier, with some emphasis on sparring as well as structured drills, one of the things you got very good at was reading the other person's tells. Some of which were things that could be ...
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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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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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737 views

Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo

What are the benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within the cadre of a western (aka based in the UK) Aikido dojo? I am interested in personal experience (not opinions) as to whether ...
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3answers
437 views

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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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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5answers
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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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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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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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7answers
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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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Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics

In my school we teach, at around the 5th kup level, a series of "advanced basics" that involve taking the seven sets and doing them in a push-pull motion while moving. An example might be doing a ...
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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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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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