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Reducing brain damage in sparring

I love sparring but really worried about CTE from repeated head strikes and been thinking a lot about how to reduce risk. I am trying to just lightly tag partners with head strikes. This is working ...
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Can a woman kill a man with her legs? [on hold]

I woundering if a woman can squeeze a man to death by put her legs around his body and squeeze to death. I watched a James bond movie there a beautiful girl squeezed a man death by squeezing her ...
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Improving kick strength and precision

I'm a woman in its late 20s and I practice TKD WTF. However despite that I can kick to the head, my kicks do not have strength in them and I hit with my toes instead of my instep. How can I improve ...
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Is there a martial art that has Tekken 2's Lee's “back flip kick”?

Is there a martial art that has Tekken 2's Lee's "back flip kick"?
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Why do Sambo fighters practice BJJ as well?

From what I see some Sambo fighters practice BJJ too, Khabib Nurmagomedov for example. Why would they do that?
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1answer
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I'm overweight and rather young, and I want to lose a bit. What should I do?

It took me nearly four years to get a black belt in Taekwondo but it ultimately still felt like I'd achieved nothing. Yeah, I can fight against people my age, but I still felt a little overwhelmed by ...
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Difference between wrestling and grappling

Many times, when my sensei teaches me a technique, he takes reference from either wrestling or grappling. I always thought the two are different terms for the same art until the master told me that it'...
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Third Party Defence from Knife

In the following video, we see several techniques for disarming a knife-wielding assailant. Are the techniques effective and realistic? Are there other techniques? Is there a way to get close to ...
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I am 41 yrs old with no martial arts training suffering with osteoarthritis of the knees. Which martial art is best suited for me? [closed]

As the title mentions. I want to learn serious self defense skills while taking into consideration my arthritic knees. Any suggestions would be appreciated. TY
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Why am I overwhelmed by negative energy after training?

I have been going to weekly (group) lessons of Tai Chi (Chen style) for 3 months; in the last month or so, I have found I get an overwhelming wave of negative energy, starting about 5 minutes after ...
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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

I figured a very effective workout for punching muscles is elevated pushups which strengthens chest and arms. Elevated pushups don't require any equipment. I'm looking for a similar workout ...
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2answers
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Study on Songahm TKD sparring matches - Wide count ranges?

I regularly scan through google scholar for papers and training studies related to TKD, and I came across this study on physiological responses and other correlations in STF (Songahm TKD Federation, ...
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1answer
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Surface of chest protector is coming off

I have an old chest protector from years ago that the surface is peeling off. It's in good physical shape just the surface is beading off. Is there a way to resurface them, or should I just buy a new ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

I have been training on and off in various martial arts since I was a teenager; now I'm nearing 50 and my body is certainly not what it used to be. I trained for over 10 years in tae kwon do and I'...
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2answers
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How do I avoid getting a cauliflower ear while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I've been practicing BJJ for quite some time now. Recently, in sparring sessions, I think I've hurt one of my ears. It pains a lot and now that ear has turned red. I've read in many sites that ...
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1answer
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Best way to control a gun holder from his back [closed]

An assailant with a gun is threatening someone from a distance. You are behind the assailant. What is the best way to control and disarm him so that he won't harm you and his intended target? I would ...
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3answers
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Keep old rank or start afresh?

Many years ago, around 15 or a little bit more, I practised karate. I was a child and reached 9th kyu. Now I want to come back to the karate. Should I start from 9th kyu or I should start from the ...
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4answers
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How to benefit from sparring that is a very poor match for my training?

I've been studying Shaolin Kempo for a while now. In the dojo, we train a wide variety of hand-based strikes: various punches, shuto strikes (aka "karate chops"), hammer fist, tiger claw, grabs, palm ...
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3answers
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Scientific evidence that punches to the head is harmful in boxing? (Even with protective gear)

Does anyone know if there's any scientific evidence of this? I couldn't find any, but found lots of claims. I wanted to know specifically if protective gear (gloves and headgear) was enough to not get ...
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5answers
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Is being angry a prerequisite for sparring?

My sensei says while sparring you should express your inner tiger. My understanding is that I should be savage and angry. But I don't like being angry! Is it possible to be good at sparring without ...
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2answers
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Doing martial arts on LSD

I hear people on LSD can see movements in slower frame rates. Looks like very helpful in martial arts! Do you suggest doing martial arts on LSD? Any experience?
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Why grip with only three fingers?

I have heard a number of judoka promote gripping with only the lower three fingers (pinky, ring, middle) as opposed to all five. I've sometimes heard this referred to as the 'Japanese grip'. Is there ...
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What were Bruce Lee diet plans and training schedule?

I have heard a lot about Bruce Lee and how he put nutrition and protein intake in his diet plan, but there are too many unreliable sources that pretend to be truthful. I want to know how he managed ...
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“Lighter” but effective martial art

I'm recovering from a very tenacious back injury and the martial arts I usually do (mma and bjj) hurt too much. I've had this injury for 2 years and whenever I think I'm healed enough to restart ...
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5answers
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Is there such a thing as a toxic sensei? How to deal with one like that?

TL;DR: I think I'm viciously / discreetly getting bullied at judo by my sensei and higher ranked (sensei is Japanese so I'm pretty shocked about it). Also, I was hit, he discreetly asked other ...
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kumitachi, hasso-no-kamae, and hand positions

I was under the impression that in hasso-no-kamae, the sword should be forward of the face, facing the right shoulder. I cannot remember who taught me this. However, Sakai-sensei has his sword ...
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Which style to cross train with Southern Mantis Kung Fu?

I have been training Southern Mantis Kung Fu for around 20 years. I started Hsing I Quan about 8 years ago. I was thinking of adding some throwing game, grappling etc but didn't want to go to BJJ. ...
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Karate Tonfa Kata

I have trained in Judo and Karate for a lot of years. I have studied kata bunkai for a long time. I'm now moving into Karate weapons training and would like to start with Tonfa. I don't have time in ...
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Does a person with a rugged look and bold voice not fail in a fight? [closed]

Does a person with a rugged look and bold voice not fail in a fight?
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Modern day Muay Thai useful for self defence

Today’s Muay Thai focuses mainly on training for ring fights so is seen rather as a sport than a form of self defence. Ancient Muay Thai however, such as Muay boran focused mainly on self defence ...
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How to do a good yoko geri (side kick)

I'm really struggling to perform a yoko geri. My hips and flexibility simply don't allow my legs to kick sideways. Any tips to improve my position and flexibility ?
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Where to get lightweight belts for bjj competitions from?

Is there any company that specialized on this? My main belt is rather heavy, would be great to get a lighter one to wear during competitions, so that I'll have to cut a little less weight :D Any ...
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How accurate is the Pencak Silat in The Raid: Redemption?

The Gareth Evans-directed movie The Raid, alternatively titled The Raid: Redemption in the US, is about a young Indonesian cop who fights his way out of a criminal complex, relying strongly on his ...
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How do I close the distance with taller opponents during sparring in karate?

I've recently taken up goju-ryu karate. In sparring, I'm often matched up with someone significantly taller than myself (by a foot or more), and find that I have trouble finding openings due to their ...
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My knee keeps buckling when I am in horse stance or preparing for kicks [closed]

I am 17 and I do Karate. My knee keeps buckling whenever I am in horse stance, or doing a front thrust kick. It is almost like it's going backwards. My instructors ask us to go as low and wide as we ...
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Problem with kicks and legs

Hello martial artists from all around the world! I am training in Kickboxing. I have a problem with my front leg and my kicks, for which I would like to get your help. Two months ago or so, my coach ...
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Closest discipline to “just beating each other”?

Mandatory disclaimer: I know, and respect, that martial arts are not about just stepping into a fight but there's a lot more to it. On the other hand, I'm a complete zero on the topic, so asking here ...
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What is meant by “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.”

I don't have Bruce Lee's book, so maybe I just need more context about what he meant. But as both a student and instructor, I'm bemused by the possibilities from this oft-quoted saying. What does it ...
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How to Deal with Talkative Training Partner

What is a good way to stop people from talking to me & correcting little flaws in my technique when I'm trying to concentrate on fixing larger flaws in my technique? I know that some gyms don't ...
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Looking for a story source--Helio Gracie being offered a Kodokan Belt and refusing?

I remember reading somewhere that, way down the line, the Kodokan offered Helio Gracie a high dan ranking, and to absorb what had become BJJ back into the world of Judo. Helio refused, presumably ...
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To all MMA practitioners :“ jab ”

do we need to step with the lead leg while throwing a jab to add some power? I personally step with both feet for the sake of a strong base, also not to be vulnerable for an inside leg sweep to the ...
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Should a boxing beginner always keep his/her hands up high?

I am new to boxing and my instructor tells me to keep my hands high near my cheekbones at all times, but I've noticed that many boxers keep them lower. Is this just something that all newbies must do?
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What self defense would everyone recommend to a fighter forced to fight with two broken fist?

I know a self-defense fighter who broke both fists fighting. What self-defense techniques would everyone recommend to a fighter forced to fight with two broken fists?
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How to reduce damage/protect the chest

Recently I started fighting with a group of people every weekend, it's been a few months. I learned a lot and my pain tolerance and flexibility but more importantly speed increased immensely. But ...
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Tai Chi reference for beginner studying Chen style

I have just started learning Tai Chi as my first martial art. I’m following group lessons so the instructor cannot always follow everyone’s doing. Could you please suggest a good book for a beginner ...
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Dementia Pugilistica and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: How to know when to call it quits?

Really... how do you know when to call it quits? How to recognize in someone else that they should see a doctor and consider the rest of their life before something bad happens? Is there a set ...
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Huge bruises on shin from heavy bag leg kicks?

So I've been trying to strengthen my tibia by round house kicking heavy bags really hard without shin guards, but I've always been getting huge bruises on both of my legs. I think something is wrong ...
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Is there any maximum time for staying in a belt in BJJ?

Last week, I started to go to a new BJJ academy after a while without any training. When we started rolling, I asked to the guy that was rolling against me for how much time he was training. Since he ...
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Looking at martial arts [duplicate]

I have been researching several martial arts facilities in my area. I am looking for something that will help me in real life situations, become more disciplined mentally and psychologically, get into ...
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How to counter a powerful Left Roundhouse Kick from a Southpaw in MT?

This is an extremely educational, humbling and interesting MT fight/technique breakdown video. It shows the ferocity of Samkor Kiatmontep's Left Roundhouse Kick from the southpaw stance against ...

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