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KUNG FU, MMA, and UFC Roy Nelson, a top tier UFC fighter, commented on his kung fu background: The Lohan school of Shaolin, I actually got started in my Sifu’s garage. I think I was 15 1/2, 16. Kung-fu is the root for I would say 95% of all martial arts. I practice it every day. (With Sticky Hands) basically you’re just working with their body ...


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Well the short answer is: Why not try it for a month and see whether or not it's something you're capable of doing? Because you won't know until you try. One of the main concerns of practicing more than one style at a time is that you might confuse them, and it will annoy your teachers as well as perhaps slowing your progress. This is a bigger concern for ...


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Catching a kick is a common technique in Muay Thai and a major part of san da/san shou (Chinese kickboxing). In Muay Thai, I've seen lots of kicking out or sweeping the other leg. This clip teaches one method, and the video ends with clips of competition applications against opponents doing their best to stay standing. Other techniques I've seen in that art ...


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There are all kinds of places on the body where fighters can get hit (the nose, the jaw, the solar plexus, the thigh, the liver, the kidneys, etc.), and each one of those triggers not just pain but subconscious, automatic physical reactions and altered psychological states. The pain is really the least of anyone's problems in this situation. It's the other ...


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There's no one "technique" here, there's a lot of techniques and principles and all of them are absolutely dependent on the situation and specific. Run Being outnumbered, and against knives, escape is the best option. If you cannot leave the vicinity, the next best option is to get something between you and your attackers - preferably walls and a locked ...


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I just want to point out that a lot of martial arts demonstrations like these are actually illusions. Bricks used for breaking are often chemically treated and baked longer to become more brittle. They look like ordinary bricks, but they're far easier to break. At some demonstrations I've seen, I laughed because I saw bricks actually crumble into pieces just ...


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In general terms these are the ways I've dealt with different kinds of pain: Soreness: Warm Baths Massaging the sore area Stretching gently after an easy warmup After small injuries from punches or sprains Apply cold (in form of an ice pack) the day of injury, subsequent days apply warm (you can use a zip-lock bag with warm wather inside, covered by a ...


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Because you have asked specifically about Chinese martial arts and have mentioned wushu, I think it's important to understand how what you want matches up to what is offered in the modern landscape of Chinese martial arts in the US. I would first distinguish between two categories: modern wushu and traditional martial arts. The two questions I would use to ...


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You've got a pretty big list of goals there, and you can probably find a teacher or school that will hit 60% of them. Getting them all at once might be tough. That said, NYC has a pretty large martial arts community, so once you get into a decent school, you might find other schools or teachers who better fit your needs. Your Knee Your knee, actually ...


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FWIW, after struggling similarly (and being given many different stretches and training methods to "fix" it) I had an MRI done and found out that my hips are formed in such a way that it is essentially impossible for me to kick above the mid-section from the side. No amount of training could ever overcome this. The only way to fix it would be to have my hip ...


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It is common for Shifus to have knowledge of TCM theory. It is also common for them to explain TCM theory to students. However, it is equally common for Shifus to withhold such information. Such information may be deemed the province of closed-door disciples, not for disclosing to normal students. For better or worse, CMA has a tradition that most ...


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Yes. Dozens. Probably hundreds. Tomiki Aikido regularly practices defense against knife attack; students are required to defend against knife attack at every test. Students are also required to defend against multiple attackers at every test. There are several kata that focus on defense against knife (Koryu dai san no kata in particular includes at ...


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I've studied chow gar for about 1 1/2 years now, and I can't think of any such methods. Southern mantis, like Wing Chun, is based on centre line theory. The only advice I can offer for facing multiple opponents is to keep a triangular formation and not to let one get beside you or behind you. Kicking to the side or rear can be effective, but using your ...


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While occasionally it's very easy to determine what's going on where you have some very characteristic body shapes: e.g. http://spiritdragoninstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Horse-stance.jpg Fireman's carry throw. http://www.isport.com/images/guide/12838011152010052525.jpg Where the positioning is less characteristic, it's usually very difficult ...


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How you respond will depend on what kind of fight you are in. Kick opponent in groin. This is obviously not something you do to friendly sparring partners. Kick opponent in supporting leg knee. This may cause serious damage to the joint, so it is also not something you should do to friendly sparring partners. Sweep supporting leg. Assuming your partner ...


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You get used to it after a while. That's all there is to it. If you get hit enough times, you stop being afraid of it. The fear of getting hit is much worse than getting hit itself. Also, when the adrenalin is flowing you don't really feel pain. I finished (and won) a fight with a broken collarbone which I thought was just a slight sprain. It hurt like a ...


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Joints This one is easy. Yes, your martial arts instruction should cover joints extensively. This includes things like the use of joints, the training of joints, striking with joints, striking at joints, the protection of joints, and health maintenance of joints. But this is not something I would call theory; there is very little abstraction when talking ...


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According to this Livestrong article, it starts with pressure against sandbags: The head is hardened over time through static contact with other objects. Areas of focus on are the forehead, the top of the head and the back of the head. The student begins by leaning the head either perpendicularly or vertically onto sandbags for several months, two times ...


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There are three major ways in which martial artists learn to deal with pain. Toughing through it This is one of the more commonly cited methods. Basically, by being hurt repeatedly, you start to condition your body to continue on beyond the pain. You hurt, but swelling and stiffness is reduced and toy set aside the psychological reactions. Meditative ...


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Beware overtraining. In my university years I trained multiple classes per day, nearly every day per week. In retrospect, it was not smart, too much wear and tear on my joints. If I had cut back a bit then, maybe I wouldn't have been quite as good at the time, but I certainly would be twice as good as I currently am now (in my late 40's). Think of your ...


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Taiji (Tai Chi) can be very effective for fighting. Historically speaking, taiji masters like Yang Luchan were among the most skilled fighters in China. In his time, taiji was known for fighting, and not for health benefits. However, it is necessary to understand how taiji has changed in the years since this time. In the 20th century, China experienced a ...


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It depends on which form of kung-fu you're talking about. There are many, and each have their own set of skills they attempt to teach. If it's an internal form of kung-fu like Taiji, Hsing-I, or Bagua, no you can't do it without an instructor (yes, you can imitate the motions, but internal martial arts are about what you're doing that we can't see, so it's ...


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Sweeps, throws, and unbalancings. All of them need to happen fairly quickly after capture, of course; giving the kicker an opportunity to reset themselves on their remaining leg makes it a lot harder. The most common issue I see is that people just don't know what to do in a timely fashion. It's odd, because even just rushing the kicker's center of mass is ...


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Seven Star Stance OP commented that he was mainly concerned with the foot position of the movement. This is "Seven Star Stance", one of the primary stances of Northern Mantis generally, although it may bear different names outside of the Seven Star Mantis style. I tried to find better pictures, honestly. This one does not show a proper Seven Star ...


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No, you can learn the form... But not the applications... In martial arts one of the aspects for complete understanding of art is put in practice what you learned... Is like you try learn to swim without jump to water.


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There can be a few reasons for this: It could be coated in fake chrome or even genuinely chrome plated. If the original metal looked very shiny and reflective, then that's probably what it was. In this case, if you scrape the outer material off, you'll be left with the base metal or primer paint coat. It's not rust, just kind of black or grey. It can turn ...


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I read all of the answers posted and they all are informative. If you would permit me, I would just like to contribute an answer based on my own life's experience. I learned martial arts without sparring really, because I had an injured hip (permanently, bone crumbling after 1968 motorcycle accident). I listened to my teacher, a blackbelt in kyokushin ...


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This position (approximately) occurs in the first form ("discipline form") of the Shaolin Qi Shi (seven animals) style of Kung Fu that I am learning. In this form, the hands are held in eagle claw rather than closed (the position is therefore known as "low eagle"), and the upper hand is closer to the face, but it is otherwise the same. The position occurs ...


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Since you are interested in ninjutsu, you can learn techniques from Bujinkan which culminates 9 schools of martial arts (including 3 schools that teach ninjustsu). While it is important to guide your training through classes, the grand master and other practitioners have released many instructional videos for purchase and many free online videos. Along ...


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I can't tell you whether it's a good idea or not, but I can tell you that I do almost exactly what you're suggesting three days a week when my schedule allows it - 90 minutes of kung fu followed immediately by 60 minutes of kickboxing. I absolutely love it, because while training kung fu has been great for leg strength, flexibility, and other aspects of ...



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