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Sparring is not required to be good at Martial Arts, but it can be useful. Sparring offers the ability to see patterns in someone's movement, their punches, and their kicks. Doing that you can see how different people move in different ways. With that you can understand how the human body works and know what someone might do right after that hook kick. It is ...


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I'm a trained MMA fighter that has focused in Muay Thai and Boxing and let me tell you while the inside leg kick doesn't look like much it certainly adds up and hurts like hell after a while. The purpose of them is to take away your opponent's base and while they may still be able to stand on that leg it certainly affects their power significantly. Also, as ...


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You may find a grappling art such as Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or wrestling easier to get into the mind set for. Once your more used to the "game" of sparing transferring this to striking is simpler. With grappling the transition from drilling a technique with a partner (especially positional type moves) to using it against them is smoother. Your training ...


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I don't have a direct answer for you, but I'd like to address your statement that "In a real fight I think I can go full on." Please note that this is not what usually happens. In an emergency situation, people generally revert to whatever they've practiced most, and if they've been practicing holding back, it doesn't bode well for outcomes. It's like ...


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The short answer, is you will learn a martial art, but will be unable to fight effectively. This is based on personal experience and backed up by a few authors. This is based on the fact I learned more from boxing and judo (both full contact arts that focused on getting in front of another person) in a few months than I did from 10 years of Karate (and that ...


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Steve Weingard gave an excellent answer, but I would like to highlight something that Steve also pointed out, but what might have been lost in the longer answer — it is all in your head. Any martial art worth it's ropes must at some point introduce sparring or sparring like activities. If you are serious about practicing these arts, it is inevitably ...


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I don't have any gear recommendations, but FWIW suggest: spending more time setting up the opponent before kicking ensuring you're far enough from the opponent to lift the shin towards horizontal - clear of elbows - before extending your foot at the opponent leading the extension with the heal, with the ball of the foot pulled back towards you (and the ...


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Honestly, when you get injured it is usually an oversight of timing and practice. I do not have any gear that I would recommend, but I would rather state this instead. Take the time to to land the kick. This just means slow down what you can with your mind and envision the kick before actually committing to it. If you do not see it land it very likely will ...


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What you're describing is a sensitivity to your own violent thoughts and actions. You feel bad even thinking about inflicting pain on a training partner, even if it's just a "tap" which you know causes no real pain. Just the thought of hitting someone over and over again causes you to feel bad. And so after 3 years of being in a style that practices that ...


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When you said ''Shaolin Monk'' I knew the answer you really need to hear. RUN, do not walk, away from that school. It's as if you said you wanted to go into business with a convicted embezzler... it might work out.


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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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