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How do I determine which kind of martial art will suit me best? Unless you are willing to relocate to be nearer to the right teacher teaching the right martial art for you, you must look at schools which are within an hour or so commute from where you live/work. Because otherwise, you will not make it to the training session(s). All the martial arts ...


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I think rather than going into it with all these ideas about what you want to get out of it, just go and try some martial arts. Try multiple before you choose one, most allow a week or two of free training. I'll re-emphasize that, try multiple before choosing one. I suggest trying ( if available ) kicky punchy ones, karate, tkd, kickboxing a grapply ...


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I was going to enter this as a comment, but I think it will be too long for that. First, the other answers as a collective are all excellent, and taken as a unit could almost be a FAQ on how to select a school/art. However, the one statement that you put in your question that concerns me is: I want to get in shape but need external "guilt factors" to ...


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I've studied Yang style Tai Chi for two years. There are some very simple applications for Single Whip: In the images above, the guy is facing forwards, imagine if the attacker was coming from behind. You start in Wu Chi and when they try to punch the back of your head, you step backwards into single whip, using the whip hand to very subtly deflect the ...


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If anyone was to ask me that question without supplying any context, my answer would be: What do you expect to get out of it? To answer that, you need to consider things like: do you want to train long term, or are you looking for quick results? do you want to learn skills that will see you through lots of different scenarios, or do you just ...


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I'm going to be repetitive, because some things are worth repeating. @Sardathrion pointed you at two answers to prior questions that you'll cheat yourself if you don't go back and read. I might also recommend Eric Raymond's shopping series (even if you don't share Eric's politics or limitations, the series is a good one; he talks about how to evaluate a ...


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Learn to love Grappling. You want to get in shape. You think you have low motivation, but once you start to love grappling you'll want to pick up a better diet and life regime because you know that's going to help you grapple better. Once you start to love grappling, you'll want to get into a better shape, and you'll have people who can help you, and you'll ...


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First, recognize that this is a large question and quite possibly a bad fit for SE. I think it is quite possible to write a book to answer that question. Different arts may treat kata differently. The best I can do is offer some examples. Within Tomiki Aikido, the owaza jupon (big ten) kata was designed to teach students to adapt/blend to a moving ...


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Lots of good answers! I'm only adding a bit of context to some of them. Teaching Most of history, people are illiterate. You don't have a lot of options to transmit information. A form is a simple thing you can memorize and keep practicing and pass down and keep the basic movements even if you're just a farmer. Some styles would teach short 2-3 ...


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The Kyokushin-kan Australia website has this diagram of Tensho:


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By reading the The Encyclopedia of Taekwon-do written by General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Taekwon-do, one would find out that the sine-wave is a main characteristic of Taekwon-do and is part of the "Theory of power" that characterizes the style. The sine-wave emphasizes relaxation on the upward motion and the contraction and explosion on the ...


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Kata on the Ground When I taught karate, I used to do my various Isshinryu forms and try to find applications on the ground. I looked for sweeps in Chinto, arm-drags in Seisan, ground-and-pound in Seiunchin. This takes a lot of time: you need to train variations of the kata on your back, on top of the opponent, sitting, and so on. There's a lot of mental ...


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In general the forms in all martial arts are a way of practicing some basic movements specific to a certain level of skill(belt degree). One generally starts of with the most simple movements and then moves on to more complex sequences which become more and more challenging. All martial arts forms are used to perfect technique, timing, speed, breath, ...


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If Hangetsu is really similar to the Seisan I know, it is indeed a kata traditionally performed with a lot of tension. Most of the tension should be in your core however, as if you were preparing to get punched and wanted to reduce the damage. While your arms should be tensed, they shouldn't be as tense as your abdominal muscles. One of the goal of seisan is ...


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My wife got pretty far into contemporary wushu. She had good teachers, but one book she frequently turned to was Fundamentals of High Performance Wushu: Taolu Jumps and Spins by Raymond Wu. You can find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-High-Performance-Wushu-Taolu/dp/1430318201 It goes over a lot of the jumping and spinning techniques. The ...


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I'm going to offer a second answer because last night my girlfriend made another point that is very relevant to your question. Pick a school filled with welcoming people who you can imagine hanging out with. I train at three different schools. At my primary school, we wind up going out for lunch most days after class, and we get together for dinner once ...


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Taolu means "form" or "routine" in Mandarin in the same way that kata means "form" or "routine" in Japanese. Chang Quan means "long fist". Originally, this was probably a distinct style, but came to mean a general category of Northern Chinese martial arts that includes styles like Cha Quan, Mizong Quan, and Shaolin Quan. In general, you can tell that a ...


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After having done a little research on Tensho, I'm fairly certain that anything printed will not be useful without a massive amount of knowledge. To that end, I'd rather point you towards Higaonna-sensei's performance of Tensho. In addition, this video about a two-person drill on Tensho is rather informative as far as what kind of energy/direction you are ...


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To accurately answer the question, "What is the purpose of martial art forms;?" you have to answer first, ...what is the purpose of martial arts? Since karate is the most popular martial art on a worldwide basis, I'll use karate and karate kata (forms) as the subject. Karate develops the human potential on three dimensions, body, mind & spirit. The ...



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