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Top new questions this week:

What is your advice on iron hand training? To what extent should anyone do it?

I've read a lot about iron hand training on the internet, and there is heavily conflicting advice. I want to try to clear that up here, as I started iron hand training 3 weeks ago and I'm not sure if ...

striking conditioning  
user avatar asked by SNN Score of 1
user avatar answered by Philip Klöcking Score of 2

Mushin (無心 "no mind") is a truth?

Mushin on Wikipedia: Mushin in Japanese and Wuxin in Chinese (無心 "no mind") is a mental state. Zen and Daoist meditators attempt to reach this state, as well as artists and trained martial ...

kung-fu mentality  
user avatar asked by Banana Tech Score of 1
user avatar answered by PipperChip Score of 4

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?

I've recently starting light sparring (Muay Thai and Boxing) and use one of those single boil+bite style gum shields. How often should I need to re-mould it as it seems to have lost it's fit after ...

boxing sparring  
user avatar asked by GymBoxer Score of 17
user avatar answered by stslavik Score of 11

Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

I did a season of folk wrestling in high school. This was about 5-6 years ago. I'm trying to diet and exercise properly to reach my low body fat goal. Also, I want to learn some basic self defense. ...

brazilian-jiu-jitsu self-defense boxing wrestling  
user avatar asked by But I'm Not A Wrapper Class Score of 7
user avatar answered by Sardathrion - against SE abuse Score of 15

Exercises to improve balance when kicking

When performing kicks, I quite often lose my balance, which results in me being positioned in a stance where I'm more exposed to attacks. This is normally due to me trying to raise my leg for the kick,...

exercise kicking strength stretching balance  
user avatar asked by Samuel Slade Score of 18
user avatar answered by Sean Patrick Floyd Score of 14

What are the purposes of martial arts forms?

A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements ...

forms  
user avatar asked by Anon Score of 36
user avatar answered by slugster Score of 40

How many people practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu globally?

I would like to know how many people practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu around the world.

brazilian-jiu-jitsu  
user avatar asked by Ayokunle Score of 5
user avatar answered by brazofuerte Score of 3

Drills for reducing your natural "flinch" reaction

When going into a longsword bind, or getting hit as part of a Kata, I tend to flinch visibly and shut my eyes. What are some exercises I can do, solo or with a partner, to help me keep my eyes open?

exercise training self-training  
user avatar asked by Chris Score of 31
user avatar answered by stslavik Score of 37

Why do martial artists "shout" in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, competing, or breaking blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What names does this "shouting" have ...

technique breathing kiai  
user avatar asked by Matt Chan Score of 41
user avatar answered by stslavik Score of 37
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