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comment How to get a punch through opponents guard?
Don't punch through the guard. Make the guard not be there, then punch. If you both have a guard up and neither can get through it then you don't have a fight.
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comment Is this normal for a two section staff?
Do you have one or two photos of the problem?
Apr
29
comment If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?
I guess it also depends on the intent of the clinch - fighters can just get bound up, but some fighters use it cynically to kill a fight. Determining that intent can be tough in some cases and borderline calls can easily lead to spectator dissatisfaction. Also top level boxing is very focused on making money - you'll have a problem attracting certain "stars" for your promotion if you start to penalize them too heavily for cynical clinching.
Apr
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answered What should I do if I'm fencing stick-on-stick and we get stuck?
Apr
14
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
"Self defense" doesn't have a particular style, it is an accumulation of techniques and strategies from whatever arts you choose. We teach a whole bunch of different self defense techniques, but we advise not to go for the groin kick because of its low rate of success and victims will tend to focus on it therefore getting into more trouble. A (downward) punch to the groin actually has a better chance of success than a kick due to it being unexpected, and also due to it actually hitting (and stretching) nerve clusters rather than hitting the scrotal area.
Apr
13
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
You have a well considered answer but I would agree with @Zen_Hydra. When teaching self defense we specifically encourage students to not focus on the groin kick because it is a surprisingly hard target to hit. Or to turn that around, it is very easy to get it wrong and mishit or straight out miss the target. It is a very easy target for males to protect and they do it instinctively. You get a better return on investment if you concentrate on other targets.
Apr
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Apr
12
revised Should I go to boxing practice while still sore? Is it normal soreness?
minor edit in title
Apr
11
comment Boxing Micro Rings
Hi @Clementino, welcome to the site. Please note that this is a Q&A site, not a general discussion. Please post actual answers and refrain from leaving opinion and/or general chit-chat on each question you read. Make sure you take the tour and understand it before answering. Thanks!
Apr
10
answered Training to avoid freezing up in self-defense
Apr
9
comment What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife?
There's a good illustration of my point above: in this country nunchaku and shuriken are not forbidden, I can walk down the road openly carrying them. But I have a good reason or purpose - a gang member or youth won't get away with the same behavior.
Apr
9
comment What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife?
This is a tough question because it depends upon wording of laws - many don't explicitly prohibit knives or bladed weapons, but they do prohibit offensive weapons. For example a kubotan can be considered offensive, depending on your intention and the situation and the mood of the law enforcement officer.
Apr
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Apr
6
comment What is the minumum training time to remain proficient?
The time required to "remain proficient" is heavily dependent on your rank and knowledge - a white belt will have to spend far less time remaining proficient than a black belt.
Apr
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reviewed Approve Preventing and/or healing sore wrists and elbows in boxing
Apr
5
reviewed Approve Aikido forward roll with backpack
Mar
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comment Maximizing Liver Shot Damage
@Sard asking about a specific technique and the optimal ways to deliver it are one of the primary purposes of the site - many techniques can kill if used improperly. Bill: thanks for the edit, it better defines exactly what you're asking.
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open Starting off in HEMA without joining a club