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Most of the techniques in aikido are based on creating an opening for you to manipulate/control your opponent through the use of leverage and/or pain. In order to do that you are going to have to get within arms reach of your opponent or literally toe to toe in some cases :). Aikido really shines when you can create that opening and use one of techniques ...


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For modern street self defense, traditional arts are not a particularly efficient way too learn to protect yourself. Aikido is fun though, elegant art and complements iaido nicely, my local school was full of egos especially When they found out i had a karate black belt, so i left before i got a chance to get advanced. i never got the chance to train ...


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I trained in KFM (Andy Norman's Defense Lab - DNA) for nearly a year and found it to be half Hollywood fluff and half useful defense training. The good is that the technique is designed for close quarter combat and multiple opponents. Perhaps it was just me, or the location where I trained, but I found the training style quite chaotic. When I trained in ...


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Go see a sports trainer or physical therapist who can do a good analysis of what's going on with your knees. This doesn't have to involve X-rays or anything, a session of checking range of motion, strength testing various muscles, etc. should give them a good idea of what's going on, and what exercises will help. There could be a whole lot of DIFFERENT ...


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Another thing you can do if you have a small mouth is to go the children/teen area of a large box sporting good store. They will have quite a few different sized mouthguards in various configurations for different aged athletes. As a personal recommendation, I really like the Shock Doctor brand mouthguards. They do have one model available in both youth and ...


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Assuming that you cannot train yourself out of the Ridiculous Gag Reflex [patent pending]1, you could get a dentist to make your a custom made mouth guard. It might well be expensive but probably cheaper than having your teeth replaced. You may as well consider using sparing helmets as they might help. 1. I have no idea how you would even go about doing ...



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