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Footwork is not just about moving in the right directions, it's also about getting there quickly and being in balance as you do it. Footwork will be no good to you if you are a lumbering elephant with no balance or dexterity. A couple of ways to get lighter on your feet are: skipping. While used extensively in boxing for fitness, it also teaches you to ...


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The 'parry' Bruce Lee does is a pak sao (slapping hand). He incorporated this movement into his JKD and it's originated from Wing Chung. It's not so much a real parry but rather a controlling move towards the opponents elbow. Bruce lee's execution of this technique is very hard. It's normally combined with a simultaneous strike. Of course the real ...


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This is a tricky one to answer without knowing more about your specific situation. If I have misconstrued your question then please add more detail so others don't also get the same impression. Are you a willing participant, or an unwilling one? If you are unwilling, to what degree? Is it just a casual nuisance (someone comes home from training and wants ...


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I like the other answers here. Let me just add my take on this subject. I hope I don't offend anyone here. Talking about a style's weaknesses is often a hot button subject. Wing Chun was developed with a particular purpose in mind. And that was to train someone as quickly as possible to be able to fight people who were trained in traditional kung-fu arts ...


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I can give a Hapkido perspective on this, since at least at my dojang we are taught that you keep your fists closed until you reach 1 dan, at which point you can open them (and do so more and more as you go up from there). We relax it a bit for blocks (we don't teach hard blocks until 9th kup), but not for attacks. There are two major reasons we give for ...


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I'd say that doesn't sound like a footwork issue, but rather like a problem of timing and distance. If you jab and your opponent has time to counter with a side kick then you are to far away. Try to work out your exact range for the different types of techniques (using a heavy bag or any other target, or just a wall if you don't have equipment. Don't ...


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The advice I'd give to an eight year old for preventing a Gracie-family-style kosotogake-makikomi would be limited. Dominate the clinch. Get double underhooks, and prevent the opponent from getting double underhooks. Keep your hips away from their hips, and your legs away from their legs, once any clinch is established. This opens you up for other ...


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I'm not sure how much you need to analyze this one. Avoiding scary dogs would be a good start. Dogs attack in a straight line, and they use their teeth (and size/bulk). Other than striking or grabbing the dog's sensitive areas (nose, eyes, throat), you have little option but to bludgeon it with whatever technique you can safely deliver. Of course this is ...


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If someone is more willing to fight than you, more athletic than you, and better than fighting than you, you usually lose. Try not to be in that situation.


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Time it better through endless repetitions. Be lighter on your feet. Also, you could instead step in and deliver a straight right to the face. I prefer that to checking. Train it more. You're aware of it now, you'll improve now.


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A long sharp knife is best. Also steel-toed boots for kicking out their teeth. Don't bother trying to run away because dogs are faster. They also rarely respond to simple pain. As someone else said, it's a good idea to wrap an item of clothing around your non-dominant hand to act as a sort of "shield". Stab the eyes and then cut the throat. Kick the teeth ...


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An open hand requires less tension, which means faster movements. Once you have acquired the awareness/control over your hand, and your fingers aren't all over the place, it is to your benefit to modulate the tension and change your hand's position. I know that when I spar, with closed hands, I feel like I have much fewer options available, and I feel like ...


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If your opponent throws a knee while not in clinch a good way to stop it is to extend your arm (jab) to their chest. If you lean slightly into it your arm should reach longer than their knee. You may as well hit the chin instead of the chest. If you are locked in the clinch you can try to throw your opponent off balance as soon as they lift their leg to ...


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For an 8 year old kid, keeping the distance is probably the best option. like robin and dave have mentioned. If they are looking to be a little more adventurous. o uchi gara, and uchi mata are both viable counters to a bjj style ko soto gaki/gari. http://judoinfo.com/new/techniques/throwing-techniques/95-traditional-40-throws-gokyo-no-waza o uchi ...


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Based on the information provided, it sounds like you might benefit from placing more weight on the back leg. When I practice blocking with my lead leg, I find that it works much quicker if the weight distribution is more towards the back leg. It's hard to say without actually watching what you're doing, but it might be helpful to also bend the back leg ...


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Orthodox wing chun focuses on "trapping" range, between striking range and the clinch. Within many schools' live training (sparring) there is often virtually no throwing, no shots, very little clinch work or kicking, and punching or other hand strikes are often only trained once contact has been made, leaving long-range boxing untrained. The style has ...


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Face the dog and stand your ground. The worst thing you can do is to run. The exception is if the dog is far away and you can get somewhere a close a door before he can reach you. Speak or yell at the dog in an authoritative tone. It is usually effective to pick up a stone to throw. Dogs instinctively understand the gesture and when they see you bend over, ...


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"Advocating getting injured" is NOT crazy; sometimes you must take a smaller injury in order to prevent a larger one. This is a fundamental of martial arts. It's better to lose an eye than your life. Unfortunately, the advice to get bitten and then to step on the dog's paw is idiotic and childish. Apparently Specnaz training against guard dogs involved ...


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Based on my training, open handed blocks are acceptable and even encouraged, but these may be different then what you are thinking of. We use an open hand to push the blow aside by striking the side of the incoming fist, the wrist, or the forearm. This is certainly something which requires having built up a sense of timing, but it can be quite effective. The ...


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The inside leg trip is a more reliable takedown than the outside leg trip, but it's not popular in BJJ because the inside leg trip puts you in their guard, while the outside one at least gives you half mount. The inside leg trip is a natural counter to the outside leg trip, and in practice the inside leg trip tends to win (I'm not entirely sure if this is ...


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I am not overly familiar with the rules, but I found the elbow to be very effective against knees. The elbow should make impact with the muscle of the upper leg, as connecting with the knee will be too dangerous for the defender. Elbows are also great for "discouraging" kicks to the ribs and it has the added benefit of keeping your hands in a position to ...


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First, you need to keep your own posture strong. Then you need to force them to stand up straight, usually by placing your own forearm across their face. They can't throw knees if they are standing up straight. Second, you can force an arm between theirs, and then use it to lever yourself out of the clinch. Or you can stand them up straight, grab the side ...


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From the clinch: Close the distance: keep your posture and get your hips close to their hips so there is no way for them to generate the power to throw a knee. Be wary of trips or takedowns, or do them yourself. Trip them to the opposite side: when they do a knee, especially one from the side, rotate them rotating them in the direction of their standing ...


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I'm not sure how "in Muay Thai" fits in; what differentiates a Muay Thai response from any other? Whether or not it's advisable to move in to the kick depends on many factors; obviously if you're not where the kick was targeted, the impact will be reduced, because physics. Legs can be grabbed for sweeps, but capturing a leg that's at head height isn't ...


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he avoids opponents' blows by a combination of moving out of the way and lightly smacking their limb away with his hand While the previous answers are totally correct in their statements about movie technique vs. real life, this observation actually strikes to the core of your understanding about the role of "blocks" in martial arts. I'm going to ...


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As with any historical study, the individual elements need to be contextualised. At its core, MA was essentially either defending or aquiring assets. The way to do so was with weapons rather than empty-handed. Parry study in MA likely have come from its weapon equivalent; Aikido being one of such arts. So I think pretty much every MA that has its concepts ...


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This technique is one part parries and one part fight-scene choreography. Parries are a basic element of boxing, many styles of karate, wing chun, and most striking arts in general. Bruce Lee studied each of these (wing chun most of all in his early career, and boxing close behind it as he explored other arts) and a given instance of Bruce Lee smacking away ...


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First off if you are attacked by a pack of dogs/wolves make sure you are up a strong tree and stay there and call for help. No martial art can help you against being attacked by packs of wild animals. Unfortunately in real life creatures/people do not each attack in turn so it is not like in movies where you can first fight one then the other opponent. So ...


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I am now studying TKD after many years of sparring open handed whilst learning Kung Fu. Tonight my sparring partner took exception to this non TKD technique. I obliged him with closed fist inner and outer blocks. I did not have the same level of control and of course this means striking bone against bone, rather than palm against bone. The consequence is ...


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There are four distances at which we fight: Long range. You'll need to perform a jumping attack to close the distance. punching range. I'll lump kicking in here for simplicity. close quarters. This is where Wing Chun is very effective. grappling. Basically anything that is NOT close quarters fighting would be logically effective, but I wouldn't face a ...



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