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Wing chun doesn't have to be bad for this school to be bad for you. It sounds like you're not comfortable there. I think you should stop training with these people.


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Figuring out if he either wants to be there or is forced to go by his parents is important. If the latter, then there is not much you can do about it. He might get better if he has something that engages him but that can be hard to gauge if he is not mature enough to tell you about it. You can still try though. As a side note, as Mark suggested in a ...


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Do you have a bad Wing Chun teacher? I don't know, as it really does not sound at all like Wing Chun. Going back to its roots, Wing Chun is actually named for one of the early female practitioners of the art. It emphasizes techniques where the user flows around the enemy, as it is expected that the WC user would lose when facing an opponent head-on (...


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Karate and Tae Kwon Do have a lot of overlap. So many of the techniques will be very similar. However, the slight differences cause more issues as you get to a higher level. The best way to improve at something is usually to practice that thing. For kicking start low and make sure you are getting the technique right (it is more important that you generate ...


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You shouldn't need to train in a different art to improve your flexibility. A fellow black-belt in TKD improved her kicking through regular stretching; she had a routine that she completed (possibly still completes!) several times a week. I'm afraid I don't know what her routine was, so I can't describe it for you; equally, the stretches that worked for her ...


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Dying your hair reflects upon you and your personality, not the art. It allows you to better express yourself, but it doesn't change who you are. Any approval or disapproval you get as a result is coming from a personal level. The only thing any instructor should be concerned about is whether the dye is likely to leach onto equipment or other classmate's ...


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Fair disclosure, I do not currently practice Shotokan, but I do practice Tae Kwon Do which has a front stance and requires 180 degree turns. There may be technical differences that I am unaware of. Drawing Into Center Typically, when executing a 180 turn there will be a drawing in to center to recover balance. This drawing in will compensate for any ...


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Kyokushin is a descendant of Shotokan, however there are significant differences in the forms. Still it is more similar to Shotokan than is Goju Ryu. According to this wikipedia article, Goju Ryu also had some influence on Kyokushin. FYI, Kyokushin is known for hard-sparring and emphasis on physical toughness. This may color your decision to join or not. ...


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As a beginner, I would say you should definitely be wearing gloves and more importantly the person you're sparring against should be wearing some form of protective gear, particularly at least a gum shield. If you've never done any sparring before and you're a white belt, it shouldn't be expected that you would know how to control a technique. It is also ...


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I had similar thoughts. The issue is complicated. The best stretches are not what we would normally do on the dojo floor. They might work fine if you started as a toddler, and did them daily for the rest of your life, but they seem less effective as an adult. So, find a partner, and do "active stretching". There are loads of videos on the web for this ...


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Boxing movements, stances, and techniques will overlap with your karate movements, stances, and techniques. Depending on how well you have ingrained those already, you may interfere with them or learn new ways to look at them. If boxing technique interferes with your karate technique, it wouldn't be the worst thing. Boxing has proven itself and has an ...


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Boxing technique is vastly different from karate... it will indeed engender habits that compromise the karate technique. For example, in karate you don't tilt the torso left and right, or tuck the chin in behind a raised shoulder. I'd suggest instead finding some more physical karate training. Hitting a large shield (e.g. random googled image) is ...


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In Isshin-ryu's Sanchin, the right foot is first to step out, but my understanding is that this kata varies from style to style. Obviously the best way to learn the technicalities of Sanchin(or any other kata) is from a qualified instructor. Sanchin was originally a chinese form, but was adopted very early by Okinawan karate schools. Okinawan styles that ...


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Most kids, unless they are really unaware, have at least some idea that they have issues. A lot of them already feel like failures because of it. Coming down hard on him (not saying that your are or will) is probably the last thing he needs. A few things I think would be worth trying: As soon as he arrives, give him a task to do (put up a piece of ...


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Others have said it, I'll agree. Never work with a teacher who makes you uncomfortable. Always work with a teacher who is serving your needs, advancing your study and developing you in ways you both agree are good.


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On Diet... If you suspect you're not getting enough calories or the right kinds of calories, you can alter your diet and play with it until you find something that works. Simple carbohydrates digest and absorb into your body very quickly. They can give you a quick but temporary boost in your energy levels. The problem is that simple carbs can leave you out ...


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I think the best thing to do is to ask your Master/Senior Instructor. This kind of thing can vary widely from school to school, but in most modern styles there is nothing disrespectful about having funky hair.


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It's so weird to hear you say these things. Wing chun is a SOFT art and is not about brute strength or force. Believe it or not, it was actually created by a woman and was meant as a way for softness to overcome hardness. What you are experiencing is the exact opposite of what the art is about! I studied kempo for 12 years and definitely have been there ...


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I studied shotokan for 10 years, I got my 1st Dan under Sensei Enoeda. So defo not under a 'mcdojo' And yes, there is a lot of stuff 'hidden' in kata (pressure points, locks Etc.). It doesn't really matter though, as you don't directly train in grappling in karate, a beginner in judo will easily take apart a 1st Dan under judo rules. Saying that, there are ...


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As has been said, both methods are useful with the proper precautions. I often spar without any sort of pads(although I ALWAYS wear a cup+mouthguard) when fighting low belt levels. I have found that the speed involved at that stage is so slow that I can be gentle and still allow them to get in some strikes. When it comes to more advanced sparring, I never ...


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I think the key question here is "What are you comfortable with?" If you are not comfortable with sparring without protective gear then you should not do it, regardless of what is common in your dojo. If you want more detail, then I think the next question is what kind of sparring you are talking about. When I was a kid, I practiced Tae Kwon Do and we ...


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Quick Summary as this post is long: It is easier to keep focus when learning something if you aren't just trying to repeat it, but fully conceptualizing the mechanics, reasoning, and technique of a thing. Having the student realize the benefit of improved understanding and the downside of lack was also a huge help in getting past attention issues as it ...


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I have a son in Karate who has a mild case of ADHD, so I can empathize with your situation. In general, I find that he responds well to personal, positive feedback. A gentle reminder when he starts making faces in the mirrors works out well. And, positive feedback when he does something correct will also help build a good rapport. I also recommend talking ...


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The stance typically referred to as "goat-clamping stance" in Wing Chun is Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma, typically translated as "two character abduction horse stance". The "two character" refers to its resemblence to the character for two in Chinese. "Abduction" refers to the drawing in of the knees which apocryphally is similar to clamping a goat between your ...


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It is inaccurate to say that all Okinawan karate has high stances. There is a difference in the way that Tekki Shodan and Naihanchi are executed, however. One uses what I would call kiba dachi and the other uses the higher naihahchi dachi, what my style would call soto hachi monji dachi. The difference in stances is a stylistic choice, the bunkai is ...


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but it is actually a grappling martial art This is not the case at all. Karate was always a complete martial art. Most martial arts began this way, the modern striking/grappling dichotomy is a false one related to sporting rule sets. i.e. It makes use of all techniques, striking, grappling and everything else that works, including methods that would be ...


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I don't want to ask a silly question like "What is the authoritative bunkai" -- if there were such a thing, we'd all know it, I'm sure I disagree that it's a silly question. It is exactly the question which should be asked about the contents of all kata and forms. Certainly when forms were created, there would have been a single correct interpretation ...


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Well, yes, there are... And that's part of the problem... The Japan Karate Association have a number of (authoritative) publications in various formats; books, CDs, DVDs etc. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_24?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=japan+karate+association However... Much of what is taught as the meaning of kata in the ...


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Fundamentally, no it won't. A punch is a delivery of kinetic force; a resistance band will simply help you burn more calories and maybe increase your muscle tone a little. Using a resistance band will tend to work your hand grip, forearms, triceps and anterior deltoid muscles. Punching with weights will do the same however it will also indirectly stress ...


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Please consider checking your stance structure and posture by working from the center out and down to your feet. Kokutsu is hard because you need ankle flex and tons of leg strength. Make sure your tanden is sucked up and forward slightly. Use your stomach muscles to pull your butt under you. Keep it there for all stances. I always have a slight flex or ...



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