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Competitions form a social glue that pulls many people into martial arts - either as contenders or people who watch the competitions and find out about the martial art that way; for that reason they're pretty popular. They also force you to be honest about some of your ability and conditioning. You know how some of your techniques work against a live, ...


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This is a genuine concern. Many martial arts struggle with this as soon as competitions are introduced. I would like to examine first first: why are competitions useful? You have a non-compliant opponent; they will actively defend themselves and resist your attempts at aggressing or defending. Competitions provide a controlled environment, so that ...


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Flexibility. It is not required, I don't think it is ever required in any martial art (except maybe ones that actually involve it, like say capoeira and some kicking based martial arts) It is just good for you, without flexibility you end up having lots of vulnerabilities other martial artists may not have (for example you are more vulnerable to choking ...



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