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I don't have medical studies, but I can at least point you in the right direction of what to look up, based on kinesiology and adult biology. Tendon Plasticity "Tendon Plasticity" (Viscoelastic tissue) - Tendons work somewhat like rubber bands - they have some stretch to them, but if you over-stretch them, just like a rubber band, it ends up loose and ...


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The FBI compiles some data but not as fine-grained as you want. Beyond that I think you're SOL other than looking at guesses. My favorite such nonscientific approach is the "HAPV" (Habitual Acts of Physical Violence) idea formulated by Patrick McCarthy. He seems to describe things accurately in my judgment. That is to say, he alleges that the most common ...


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'Free Fighting' is an old term meaning MMA basically. Before the UFC had come to dominate all that was mixed martial arts, people called it by all kinds of names. Shootfighting, Mixfighting, Free fighting, etc. I would expect MMA techniques, and other self-defense techniques. e.g. you will likely (hopefully) get a mixture of boxing, wrestling, submissions ...


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At my gym, we have multiple specialist take coaches in specific areas that they excel at such as striking, kicking, wrestling , ground submission and etc etc. We usually focus on specific each day. We have 2 scheduled free fights, one halfway through the training and one at the end. During this, our free fight couch will usually be an experience / veteran ...


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As far as I can tell, there is no generally accepted definition of what "free fighting" means. It's definitely not a style in and of itself. In some cases, the "free" in "free fighting" can refer to the part of the fight where you and your opponent are free to move around each other and are not holding onto one another at all. So you're free. That would ...


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Your first teacher is correct. You should NEVER LOCK your joints or hyperextend anything as over time, you will start to have joint problems and eventual arthritis. In Gung-fu, the warning against hyperextention is particularly warned against because we learn, in various styles and in general fighting, to block and grapple strikes, pull to push the person ...


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Hyperextension of the elbow? I would be more concerned about a kick on your head or knee, or maybe an elbow. Muay Thai is a sport with certain risks and dangers. Some instructors teach with a bent arm, some with a straight. Don't worry so much. Learn what the new one is teaching you or move on. Most instructors do not want to see you do your own thing so ...


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Non-toxicity No one thinks of this, until they've been burned by it. A lot of people come to martial arts out of an emotional insecurity - fear, the need to feel control in something. You'd think once they become adept in their art, they'd get over it, but a lot of instructors will simply inflict those same old problems onto their students. I've seen ...



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