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Stop planning your eventual wall of black belts and go get a blue belt in BJJ or a brown belt in judo or join a SAMBO school or join a wrestling club. Worry about integrating your grappling into your striking after you have some grappling skill. Try a class at each of the grappling schools in your area, pick the one with the highest quality teachers and ...


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Edited for the differences portion of the question: For the most part, TKD is TKD is TKD. A front kick in WTF looks like a front kick in ITF looks like a front kick in ATA, etc. Differences in execution are relatively minor, even if you go from TKD to a Karate flavor, the techniques are pretty much the same. The differences between TKD and Karate are the ...


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Before discussing what type of breathing generates power, you have to discuss how the body generates power. And even more importantly, how martial artists apply the principles of power. Martial arts is less interested in the physics definition of power--mainly because it is of little practical use. Typically, a martial artist is interested in the force ...


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Calluses (skin growth) After many years of hand conditioning (punching makiwara and doing knuckle press ups) karateka can develop calluses on their dominant knuckles, such as these from Dan Djurdjevic's essay on conditioning: Another example of callused knuckles from the Big Stick Combat Blog: Cortical remodelling (bone adaptation) Wolff's law states ...


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The fist, like the rest of your body, adapts to the demands under which it's placed. The difference in the valley between the knuckles of the fore- and middle-fingers is likely not due to a remodeling of the bone structure of those joints, but rather is likely a change in the development of the muscles of the hand under demands of the grip, causing those two ...


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Tae Kwon Do itself is actually a very recent development as well. Call it Korean Karate and you're not being inaccurate, just some Koreans/TKD exponents will lose their shit if you say it in front of them. If you're looking for the actually traditional art, it's Taekkyon, which as of 2011 was on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List. South ...


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Depending on the surfaces your striking and with what protection your using, i.e. gloves or wraps, you can to modify your knuckles. In practice called Bone Remodeling, placing stress on your bones over long periods of time you can develop micro 'stress' fractures that get filled in with calcium, this modifies the bone itself and might be noticeable where the ...


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I had a friend who was a large, strong man who radically reshaped his hand over several years of punching wooden dummies without wraps, displacing the first two knuckles back to an unpleasant and less-functional position. More seriously, training a lot of punching without wraps can ruin your technique. If you start tightening the fist too much in ...


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If you want to start with a mixture of striking and grappling you should go to an MMA school where this is likely to happen but your grappling will develop slower than by joining a grappling school. On the other hand you could join: BJJ, Sambo, Wrestling or Judo depending on what you're more interested in ground work or throws. After gaining some skill you ...


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Greco-Roman wrestling is always a good option that isn't mentioned nearly enough. I mention it because there's bound to be a club close to you, no matter where you are in the world.


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I think it is always dubious to claim that any particular martial art has a unique technique, because no matter which technique you look at, chances are you will find something very similar in another art. However, I would say it is true that through the popularity of Olympic style sparring, many innovations and specialisations have occurred over the years. ...


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In short term the pain tolerance will increase and the ability to hit harder will also increase but In long term expect problems with your hands, shakes, floating pices of cartride in your knuckles etc. . Hands are not meant to be used as hammers, intelligent beings use hammers instead.



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