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In my experience as a male trainer and trainee the key for a hard, educational or maybe painful training is trust between all parts of the training group. Female fighters have told me that they were beaten up in training after they told their opponent to slow down. Afterwards they felt violently abused. So in such a case the trainer has the responsibility ...


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There are many valid reasons (fitness, self defence, enhance self worth, socialise, whatever...) why one goes to train but politics is not one of them. So, just smile and walk away. Avoid conversations dealing with it. If asked, say you do not care. If that means leaving the dojo/style, do so. It is just not worth your time. Whether you are "rank and file" ...


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Accidents happen. However, when you have an accident with people you are not really trying to hurt - you make extra effort to make sure the accident doesn't happen again - otherwise it is not an accident. If someone's ego at losing in sparring causes them to attempt to really injure someone, that is not a safe person to work with. Consider what you are ...


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Hi have a trained a couple of ladies over the years and here is my take on it. For starters, there is a difference between training hard and just getting beat up. While I believe that is very important that you treat a women the same way you treat a man it is also important to not discourage a women from training. First - As a women you should be aware ...


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The answer depends on what you prioritize in this situation. Hold tight, continue training as normal As you've noted, suggestions and positivity aren't helping. You've mentioned it is unpleasant to train there - which tells me it's not just rough times when it involves the head teacher - there's problems in the local group's experience as well. ...


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Talk to your instructor. Your instructor should pair you up with another woman with similar build/height, but if the situation does not permit such arrangement then your male partner should know better than to go full force on you. It might be good practice but if you don't learn anything and only getting injured, it is not going to do any good to you. ...


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To echo more of what everyone else is saying: there is a fine line between abusive behaviour and hard training. My reading of your question is that your sparing partners have crossed it. Did they do that knowingly or by mistake I cannot tell. Some schools do go for a harder than rocks attitude that if you do not bleed, you are not training hard enough. Are ...


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Quite frankly, it sounds like you're in an abusive training environment. The language you're using is uncomfortably similar to what I might hear from someone being beaten up by their spouse, the "they only hurt me badly when I'm doing things wrong" and making excuses for their behavior. It is possible that you're in a situation where you're literally out of ...


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If you talk about politics between the Taekwon-do (some spell it Taekwondo) fratenity, you will have no end. I hope it's not that bad with Karate. I'm going to open this question to all. How do you deal with club politics? I'm tempted to leave but it's a shame as I've spent a lot of time training. The key to it is to ignore it. Continue your training. ...


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I've had pretty good experience when training swordplay, wearing moderately heavy (~14kg) chainmail. Although I mainly practice Chinese martial arts, a friend of mine, who also practices HEMA suggested wearing chainmail while practicing and sparring. Chainmail is pretty flexible, so it does not restrict movement in any significant manner (at least not when ...


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First of all. Although this question already has many answers basically re-iterating the same, please let me repeat that there is a fine line between training hard in martial arts and abusive behavior, and at least on the surface of it, it seems like what you are enduring tends towards the latter. However, there is always (at least) two sides to any story. ...


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Your classmates should not be deliberately hurting you during a class. There is a place for hard training, so you know what it feels like, but it should only ever happen once the proper technique has been learned. The behaviours you describe (leg sweeping, joint locks, etc.) strongly suggest that the men you are training with do not understand how to help ...


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I have used multiple different types of trackers to track my Krav Maga workouts. I am 45 and weigh 235 lbs. I have used a fitbit surge, Mio Alpha 2 (HR monitor), Polar with chest strap and a garmin with chest strap. I have found depending on intensity I burn between 300 calories (low intensity - avg HR 100) to as much as 1,000 calories during a 60 minute ...


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Needle Through Brick is a documentary about traditional and modern martial arts in Malaysia. It is about the difficulties the aging generation of kung fu masters has in passing skills to the next generation in the modern, globalized world. The Needle Through Brick trailer is available on YouTube. I think you will find the concerns present in the film about ...


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The quality of the student is dependent on the individual rather than the place they studied at. A practitioner of martial arts can be just as mentally focused and have the same physical ability as well as the same quality instruction whether they train in Japan, Korea, or Indiana. Now what I will say is that in some styles a student is encouraged to train ...



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