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From the standpoint of "is it a martial art" I think the answer is most definitively "yes." Many of the techniques it practices are very fitting in with other contemporary "martial arts." It teaches hand-to-hand combat and techniques such as dive rolls and breakfalls, among other things, that are commonly found in other martial arts. I can't really think ...


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Most people acknowledge that, given that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is derived from Maeda's teachings in Kodokan Judo (then known as Kodokan Jiu-Jitsu in the appropriate romanization of the time), it is recognized as a derivative of Judo, but they have each long-since taken very different paths. Jujutsu (the modernly accepted romanization of 柔術) is a broad term ...


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I am afraid you are looking for a unicorn and you do not even know what a unicorn is. There's a world of difference between giving your daughter enough training to "survive" a date and her surviving walking back to base after crossing Mogadishu. No Nonsense Self-Defense is a good place to start looking at these issues but is by no mean exhaustive. As for ...


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Videos don't teach technique Learning from videos is just not an effective way of learning technique. It can work, but it's wildly inefficient and can produce bad habits. One of the primary reasons to avoid video-based learning is that without an excellent feedback system (e.g. great training partners at home, or near-daily practice where you test the ...


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I've studied iaido for five years, and practiced a variety of styles under one teacher (that's how much my words are worth). In general, parries, blocks and deflections are done with the side or the back of the sword. It provides a very convenient yin/yang balance to the movements, where you can draw from your opponent's strike and smoothly deflect it, then ...


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Is Systema a modern version of Pankration? Interesting, but no. Pankration is a modern martial art recreation of an ancient combat sport introduced in the Greek Olympics in 648 BC which combined grappling and striking. Systema (by which I'm going to make an assumption that you're referring to Systema Ryabko [Система Рябко], as taught by Vladimir ...


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Just because a karate style may include weapon katas does not mean that the name "karate" is invalidated. You can think of Kobudo as an extension, or sister art(s) to Karate. Okinawan weapon arts are supposed to have been based on farming tools that the practitioners would have had readily available. Additionally, as has been noted elsewhere, Kara in the ...


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For some reference, Ive been training in a ninjutsu school for a couple years now. From what I have gathered is that the ninjutsu aspect of the art is more of a state of mind rather than specific martial schools. The ninjutsu aspect focus's on getting out of line of sight and distracting the opponent. In fact the only unique ninjutsu kata i have found ...


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The main difference between WTF and ITF is WTF is South Korean and ITF is North Korean. The forms are different, kicks are the same. Attitude in ITF may be geared more towards self-defense and WTF is certainly geared more towards sport sparring in most dojos. ITF Wiki WTF Wiki Actually to better answer your actual concern, would it be difficult for ...


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If we assume, as others have described, that arts such as Kyudo, Kendo, Kickboxing, Kumdo, Escrima, etc. are martial arts, then we need to give a broad definition to the term. Martial Arts could, therefore, be described as: A codified system for the development of skills of or derived from the arts of war. In this way, we include under the banner 1.) ...


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I've found videos very helpful when I already knew a particular technique (or especially a form), and very unhelpful when I did not. On those occasions when I became stuck and couldn't remember the next move in a form, it was great to see a video of someone practicing the form in the exact manner I was taught. I have a video set from one of my sifu's ...


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IMO observing techniques, even if from other styles, is more helpful than harmful. Of course you should be able to find techniques from whatever style you practice, assuming a reasonably well-known style. "Should" you practice another style's techniques before "mastering" your own? That's a separate issue, and it depends entirely upon your goals. Would I ...


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YouTube may be a valuable tool in learning how to do something (much like this site), but that will vary depending on the student and the teacher. I don't know much about the variance of aikido styles, but I know that there are hundreds of different kung fu styles. While some fundamental movements may be similar or the same, there are lots of different ...


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No Pankration is an ancient form of fighting in competition. Participants wrestled, hit each other as hard as they could, choked each other, broke each others' fingers and other bones, and generally put a beating to each other in a manner similar to modern no-holds-barred matches. (Note the subtle difference between NHB and MMA--it's the difference between ...


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(Disclaimer, I train in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu) Nin "JUTSU". The answer is in the name. Wikipedia Update Dr Kacem Zoughari discussing ninjutsu as an martial art. Is there a unique [set of martial arts] for the ninja? Not in my experience. The basic weapon work (bokken, bo, tanto) is very similar to other "traditional" Japanese martial arts, and so is ...


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While the answer can have all kinds of nuances, I suggest Krav Maga (full disclosure I practice it). My gf is 110lbs wet wearing boots, and takes Krav. She had no background in martial arts, and no real natural skill for it, but after training in KM for some time, she now has the confidence, knowledge, and skillset to adequately protect herself in many ...


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The other answers here are great, but I have a couple more tips to add: Find a well-rounded school. A lot of arts are "do one thing, really, really well" types of schools. (If you know anything about MMA history, you'll know how well that mindset has gone over throughout the years.) Doing one thing really well is great, but street fight situations are ...


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Find a school that fulfills the following requirements: spars at least a little hard your wife and daughter enjoy training at is near you Then be supportive--not hectoring, not demanding--with their training. All else is gravy. The goal here is to give them experience with either wrestling or hitting and being hit, if they want that. It's nice that ...


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Japanese martial arts traditionally do not block. The theory is Evade and Strike. An easy way to consider this is to look at the footwork. In Aikido, your hanmi is not a strong stance to block, but it's a great stance for moving and evading. With this mindset, I have trouble believing that there is a proper "Block". I can't think of any time I've been ...


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I'm a beginner at Aikido as well. Personally I find looking at lots of videos and reading lots of books very enjoyable, and pretty helpful, particularly when it comes to remembering the Japanese names for attacks, techniques, etc. (for our 5th kyu we have to do 9 arts from 2 attacks omote and ura, so that's 36 combinations to nail down). From reading ...


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Northern styles have more legwork, acrobatics, and jumping moves. Contrastly, Southern Chinese kung fu systems focus more on short moves and stable stances. Actually, that describes the differences between the unarmed techniques, to an extent the weapons forms are the other way around. The way I heard it (at least 20 years ago, and I have forgotten the ...


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I'm not a boxer, I have almost zero boxing experience, but I've seen several valid approaches to footwork during the jab. The two I've been shown most commonly are a Jack Dempsey-style jab with a heavy forward step and a jab with no step, pivoting the front foot on the ball of the foot. I can't speak to the jabs you've seen or the examples you describe, but ...


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Will this cause problems if they move to a WTF trainer? They aren't quite at black belt yet, so I'm hoping that if they do transfer it won't be too much of a problem. Answering the other half of the problem: what problems will the kids face? Techniques problems: no. There are differences in technique and forms. If the kids are nearly at Cho Dan, ...


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I would think it can definitely be considered an art because it evolves over time, and students who become teachers will favor certain techniques and skills, and will assimilate techniques and skills from other arts. It also is not a closed system bound by unbreakable rules - IOW if you come up with a new technique or skill that works then you can ...


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I've never heard of a good instructor (of any subject) recommending students not learn something. There's nothing wrong with watching youtube videos to get different technique ideas. Unless you engage in serious 'offline' training, though, you're not actually 'learning' them. Just learning that they exist. I just dont see what the issue is - if you show ...


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You're looking for something that isn't there. At most there is amateur and professional boxing with slightly different focuses, but boxing is made up of the four types of fighting you have dismissed as "tendencies during a fight". The tactics of a Swarmer, Out-boxer and Counter-puncher are so different that they may be called different styles, but they're ...


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My kids currently train under UKTF, which follows ITF guidelines and techniques. Will this cause problems if they move to a WTF trainer? They aren't quite at black belt yet, so I'm hoping that if they do transfer it won't be too much of a problem. It depends on your kids, really. It will take them time to get familiar with the WTF style of Taekwon-do. I ...


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In Boxing... Western Boxing the "popper" way to stand for a jab is as follows Jab hand being the forehand or the side closest to your opponent. Generally this is your weak side. If you are right handed then the power hand being your right hand is in the back with your left out front. keep your hands up in a defensive/protective fashion IE keep your hands ...


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I think there is definitely more depth to the differences between ITF and WTF than the country of origin (which in this case is actually both South Korea although ITF is known as North Korean because of General Choi Hong Hi's exile from South Korea). It really depends on what type of martial ART you are truly looking to learn. I would definitely say that ...


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According to Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do, the jab—which he called "The Leading Straight Punch" should be delivered with the fist but not generated from it adding other parts of the body. All subsequent quotes are from the book the Tools —> Striking section The Stance When you are standing right foot forward, your right punch and right leg become ...



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