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Oh, MMA... grappling is the last place you want to be. Grappling is commitment to a singular engagement. In other words, grappling is a commitment to a singular opponent, when in real life, there will likely, or at least possibly, be multiple opponents. 'Mobility is effective','Commitment is failure'. Cadence is the method that will stop a grappler. They ...


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Context and understanding If you're working from an art that dates back to melee weaponry, then what that weapon training does for you is open up context to a lot of the movements you've been doing empty handed. Things like footwork, angles, range, the way in which you generate force, often were built entirely around a few primary weapons, the environment ...


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I feel a bit like a liability to the guy who keeps getting stuck with me for drilling. Don't worry about it. Training with smaller partners is a necessary skill. He can work on his fluid C-game instead of his smashy A-game. How should I go about getting moved around to some other partners for drilling? Don't worry about it. Your instructor will ...


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It seems a number of females share your problems. I read a number of female BJJ bloggers, and they have expressed similar feelings. My suggestion is to read what they have to say and maybe reach out to them: A tiny, shy woman who is mad keen on jiujitsu and gives a brutally honest account of her journey. A post a little while ago where she talks about ...


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My experience here is from the other side. I am still a white belt, but I started about a year ago as an adult man. The first time I was paired up with a woman, it was slightly strange. Also, the first time I was paired up with a kid, it was slightly strange. But the opposite perspective may be very helpful in overcoming the situation. How to get moved ...


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I agree with very much of what Sadathrion writes in his answer, so I'd just like to add to it ... and, uh, it didn't fit in the comment box. Mind, that I am from a standup art and don't know a whole lot about grappling, but the same principles should apply. Take it up with your instructor Suggest you change partners from time to time. In our school, we ...


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I was the only 12 year old in a judo club full of brown/black belt adults, so I can identify with your experience on some levels! That said, as the beginner and the youth in this situation, the only things you can do are this: 1) Ask questions, ask for help, ask for advice. "Given my size, can you show me how I could make that technique work?" "Can you ...


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Do you have a friend and/or sibling (gender is utterly irrelevant here) that you can bring to the class to train with? Probably they would be of a similar age and thus might be of a similar size. This would be your best option to be honest. Question 1: Some people might be uncomfortable training with a young girl for whatever reasons. So, don't force them ...


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Sounds like you have lots of wants and wishes. But the best thing is to simplify, don't try and do everything, sounds to me you want to focus on :- striking, clinching, takedowns, ground fight (no gi, with strikes). So if you lay this out to all the people with different skills, you can all contribute how you want to do each part, look at what each ...


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You can learn some things alone. But there's a lot of caveats worth noting. Self defense is risk reduction Martial arts can give you some tools, but it's worth noting that the best safety is avoiding danger where you can. So - the best training you can do alone right now is finding away to get yourself up on some short distance sprint training. ...


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Can I learn martial arts by own? Yes you can - but all you will have is an academic knowledge of the art, you won't be able to rely on it to defend yourself. To be honest you will probably hurt yourself more than your opponent if you relied upon it without some expert instruction. You can read all the books and watch all the youtube clips you want, but ...


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Application of force. A weapon is a force multiplier. It lets you do more damage to your opponent, with less effort and exertion, in a shorter period of time, while exposing you to less danger of damage yourself. Having trained with weapons can help you in a self defense situation. This is particularly true if you have trained in weapons that can be ...


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Reasons to Study Weapons I - improved coordination Training with weapons improves your coordination in ways that only controlling something that you don't have nerve endings in can. II - weapons of opportunity It's not just a stick. It's also, potentially, a sword, or a baseball bat, or a lead pipe. By training with a stick, you're also training with ...


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What do you want out of your training? Should it part of a martial arts curriculum is almost impossible to answer, especially without knowing what exactly you want out of your training. As Marc MacYoung explains, there are 5 broad categories you can break out the goals of martial arts into. Self-defense is one of them, but as he also explains martial ...


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MCMAP is a good martial arts program and the online resources (the guide book which can be download from the US military site is really quite good with really detailed body movements). I would suggest to start practicing the core curriculum for each belt level the double prescribed amount of hours. As above I would suggest free sparring with rules and ...


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I've given an anwser to a similar question detailing the structure of my solo training routine. http://martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/4288/3064 To answer your question if solo training is useful in my opinion, and I think this question is one of those that generates a lot of opinions and point of views which may all be different but none the less valid up ...


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Lose weight and pack on fast twitch muscles in your feet, calves and thighs. An area of muscles that are overlooked often when thinking of jumping is the hamstrings. Your hamstrings pull your knees back like a spring, straightening your leg and launching you into the air. Uphill sprints are great for this. But don't forget about actually practicing the ...



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