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As mentioned in this and other answers to that question one of the biggest things you can do to help your knees are progressively more difficult bodyweight squat variations or barbell/dumbbell squats (preferably with help of a trainer). These have a direct impact on the muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the knee, and done correctly they are ...


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[NB: It is entirely likely that you will have no idea what I'm talking about here. Unless you have training in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu, this will all be foreign to you, and this is purposely so. This is based on content from my own training manual, and is meant to aid students in their continued study of taijutsu and is not for everyone.] From the ...


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There are a few things you might try. I will mention up front that this is from a Hapkido perspective, and if you have a variation of the stance that isn't quite the same this won't perfectly fit. The wushu horse stances I've seen are similar to ours, except that you tend to go much deeper than we usually emphasize. Let's look at the basic elements of a ...


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Depending on your chosen style, going for a 90 degrees angle right from the start may not be the proper position for the horse stance. In shorinji-ryu karatedo, for instance, we usually go for about 45 degrees with the knees about shoulder width. Although we eventually end up going lower as a training exercise to build leg strength, we don't advocate doing ...


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Not to sound terribly flippant or dismissive, but the best way to build up to doing a stance is to do the stance. When we perform a specific activity, we engage the muscles necessary for that activity. If you want, for instance, to effectively chop wood, then you should chop wood. This also serves the secondary purpose of building up your neural pathways to ...


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Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Of course you are, within the normal parameters. You will only use what you need with the amount of force required in order to defuse and escape from a situation. The amount of force that is considered "legal" will differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on current law and precedent case ...


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In my experience they are both a reverse punch, or gyaku zuki, which is done on the same side as the rearward leg and is one of the most basic foundation techniques taught in traditional karate styles. You should practice it stepping forwards and backwards, you never know when you are going to need it. In terms of co-ordination it is certainly harder to ...


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Postures encode a lot more than the obvious. Sometimes you'll find yourself in the middle of sparring, and you flow through a posture you've trained before. "Oh! I just did X! I didn't know I can use it like that!" Striking and blocking are the most obvious application. The next layer beneath that relates to what you can do when you grab or use joint locks. ...


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In Shaolin Kung Fu, that is actually a combination of a few different moves. Forms will typically encode movements in combinations like this, for multiple reasons. One, it makes it easier to remember large amounts of moves, as forms were typically used to preserve techniques where handwritten manuals weren't sufficient. Also, when fighting in real life, you ...


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This is an interesting question and I'd like to hear other's views on this. I once read an article about diabetic foot ulcers. The articles explained that some diabetic lose sensation of pain from their feet. Your feet will automatically adjust weight distribution based on biofeedback. This happens subconsciously. However, since some diabetics don't feel ...


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I have a knee injury that I take care of by an excersize recomended by my orthopedic surgen. It's basically knee bend while hovering and moving your other leg around your body in different positions. Here you can see an instructional video of how to do it. The exercise will strengthen the muscles around the knee and the ankle and I've found that it helps me ...


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I'm taking just this piece as the real question: In martial practice, how can the ankles be used to maximize benefit? Flexible ankles can significantly lower your stance (just bending them) in a much more natural way than trying to flex just your knees. To lower my stance I prefer to just focus on flexing my ankles and forget about the knees. When ...


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To add to one of the answers, blocks in two different directions, such as the mountain block in Taegeuk pal-jang, make sense in the case of defending against multiple attackers. If there are multiple threats, then you have reason to defend yourself in different directions. You'll also see some weapon forms taking a similar stance to create a longer block ...


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In agreement with @stslavik, doing the stance and using the stances during your training will be the most beneficial to your ankle/calf/knee/quads/hips/lower back strength. Pay careful attention to remaining in the stance during the technique, and when moving through the kata. Take care to keep your feet correctly aligned (according to the style of your ...


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If you are in a stance and your knee hurts (glancing pain), then most likely your weight is too far forward. If you put more weight in your heel, you'll find that your quads get to work much more. When your knees begins to hurt that way, ease up from the stance. Eventually the knees will get stronger and the type of 'pain' you get will change. Now - it is ...


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Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or grave suspicion. You should never give this any concern in a real-life situation. You neutralize the attacker, and no more. If there are multiple attackers, you should be excessive on the first so that he will not return to the fight, but never do excessive harm to the ...


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How the heck can you walk in a ready stance down the street without the whole freaken place going 'ooooh, aaahhh'. I was trained in hand-to-hand combat by the IDF, not by a school or embassy, so my perspective may be different than that commonly taught. But I do use the same approach on my home street as I do in Jenin. There are two types of people who ...


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In German laws there is a term which could be translated as 'self-defense-excess'. The classical example is shooting children from your cherry tree in order to prevent them from stealing the cherries. That is forbidden in general (easy to understand). In the special case that your excess happens out of asthenic affects (i. e. due to fear or terror), that ...


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Having seen your question in context, I can understand why you've asked it and I believe you're being a thorough practitioner by posing it. If I may (...well, I'm going to anyway :D ), Have you given thought to how you distribute your weight across your feet while you're standing relaxed? Also, how would the same question be answered were you sprinting... ...


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First of all, Here (Youtube)'s some related eye/mind candy from the show Fight Science. Now I will ask you some other questions instead. Why are you in stance X? What do you want to be able to do from there? Anything you need to do will require energy transfers: from you to the ground, from the opponent to you (and maybe to the ground). Weight distribution ...


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Jack Slack has an interesting post on the use of the straight rear which I think is relevant to this question. There's a clear advantage to using the reverse punch while stepping forward if you want to clinch, so in absolute terms, no, you wouldn't want to only step backwards, as clinching is sometimes a very good goal (especially if your opponent is a ...


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Answering from a taekwondo perspective (I suspect from your question you're more interested in karate): The reverse punch is less commonly performed while stepping forward during forms - forward- and double-punches are much more common. You do encounter the reverse punch while stepping backwards, but it's not until more advanced forms where you use a single ...


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This is quite an interesting concept, and underlies why it can be advantageous to cross-train in more than one martial art. There are many variations and emphases between arts, and even within the same art across schools. Cross training can force you to rethink things you've already learned, and perhaps come up with a blend where each influence only makes ...


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In Korean, I would call that santul makki or mountain block. It appears two times in Taeguk Pal Jang. It is followed (in that poomse) by a crossing shoulder grab (using the lower blocking arm) and a killing uppercut (using the raised blocking arm). In terms of it's meaning, I would interpret as "protecting your head from an attack on your left as you move ...


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What are the ankles good for? This is a rather odd question so I will give a rather odd answer. One of the uses I have found for the feet/ankles is disarming techniques while lying on the ground. We practice this some (very little really) in FMA. Specifically, some stick disarms that are used while standing are also available while one is prone ...



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