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What is the technical name for this movement performed by Master Wong in Birth of the Dragon?

I recently watched Birth of the Dragon on Netflix, and absolutely loved it. However, one particular movement caught my eye above all others, simply for the overwhelming appearance that something ...
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Punching Jab at short distance

How does one accommodate for a short jab when the opponent suddenly comes in. In the picture, the Punch is at an angle and not extended. Opponent comes in during the middle of a jab. What is the best ...
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Is it possible for your arm to break when blocking punches?

Let's say you are in a hypothetical situation like this: you are facing a stronger opponent throwing a hook punch at you, and the only way to counter it is to block the punch (no protective gear ...
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Why is a single armlock common in depictions of pankration but not in modern MMA?

The sport pankration in the ancient Greek Olympics is similar to today's mixed martial arts in that it restricted only a few particularly damaging attacks so that competitors will use a mix of stand-...
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Is it possible to get out of a reverse figure four head scissor done by a stereotypical nerd if he intends to kill you? [duplicate]

In 2014 in astoria four 17 year olds went to a fast food place, the victim was last seen with three nerdy looking guys (glasses, khakis, button up shirts, etc..) then he was later found strangled to ...
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How to "unify" all martial arts?

If you look at a lot of martial arts they teach many, many different things. How do I create an approach that uses all disciplines? For example, if I were to combine Aikido with MMA with Krav Maga (...
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Lifting elbows when rotation fists for jab/cross

I've been renewing my attempts at getting good fist rotation in shadow boxing. The common wisdom is that fist remain vertical until near full extension, at which point it rotates. Often, it rotates ...
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What is Darson's Seat Belt

A seat belt is a famous and well-known back choke in BJJ. Recently, I heard that there is an additional version for this choke known as Darson's Seat Belt (most probably called by Darson Hemmings). I ...
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Has There Been Sufficient Emphasis on Strategy During Your Martial Arts Training?

It's a beautiful thing to watch an athlete, outmatched on paper, employ strategy to overcome the favourite. Effective strategy can enable competitors and participants to overcome otherwise apparently ...
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Is it important to train with poorly weighted swords?

Over the years, I've had many swords I've trained on, light and heavy, good quality and poor, well balanced and poorly balanced, steel of different tempers, and wood. I never felt a decently weighted ...
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Is there a function of mythology, history, and oral history in martial arts?

Jian is my focus, and I get criticized for passing on “single drop of red”. This is because most people’s awareness of the concept comes though late 20th century wuxia, is a fantastical genre from its ...
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Defense against sticks?

Are there possible strategies of defense against an opponent with a moderately light stick in a real life scenario (e.g. baseball bat)? What are the odds of winning the fight? And (just an interesting ...
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Is Kung fu useful for self defense?

I am not an expert in Kung fu, but having seen some tutorials it seems to me that it's useless in a street fight because of the following two reasons. First of all the stances are ridiculous, for ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

This question admittedly contains a generalisation. There may well be traditional martial arts (especially particular schools/branches) that do seek to evolve and improve. However, it seems fair to ...
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Optimal stance for self defense / street fights?

What is the optimal fighting stance when confronted by an opponent(s) in real life? Currently I'm not quite sure what stance I should use, but I felt like the Wing-Chun stances are safer guards ...
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Isn't it recommended to use heavier gloves for bag work?

I was looking at a pair advertised as "bag gloves" and then I realized that they are only offered in 8oz and 10oz weights. Isn't it typically recommended that bag gloves be heavier? ...
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How to take a beating from a bully?

I was wondering how to take a beating from someone who trains in MMA and Wrestling. There is this guy at my job who regularly follows me home and beats me. I need to know how to take this punishment ...
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Dambe: the practice of chained wrapped leg

In the Wikipedia article on the african martial art Dambe, it said that "often the lead leg is wrapped in a chain", making this brutal martial art even more brutal. Looking at Google Images, ...
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How to beat a vastly superior opponent?

I do martial arts at a gym, and there is this one guy named Dave who weighs 100 pounds more than me, has been training 7 years more than me, and who is a fast as a snake (even faster than me). I want ...
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What is the value in preserving traditional martial arts in the mixed martial arts era?

This question does not express an opinion. The author has reached some conclusions of his own, but feels it is a useful question for both those who remain dedicated to traditional arts and those who ...
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Replacing the uppercut with palm strike?

Note: The word "uppercut" below refers to an uppercut to the chin. In the context of self defense (that is to say, no gloves), would it be safer to replace an uppercut with an upward palm ...
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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu

This is an old Chinese idiom, but it seems to have a special importance in Chinese martial arts, where it might be said to be a central maxim. Essentially, some form of: "To get good gongfu, ...
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With whom do judo beginners train?

I'm thinking about starting judo. I'm 16 almost 17 years old and don't know much about martial arts. I would like to know if I start to practice judo how will the training be? I know that at the ...
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Is a Japanese Katana traditionally used differently from a European Longsword?

A Katana is a single bladed two handed curved sword originating from Japan. A Longsword or Bastard Sword is a double bladed two handed straight sword originating from various European countries. Many ...
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When Executing Head Strikes, Does the Increased Range of a Closed Fist Outweigh the Greater Risk of Knuckle/Hand Fractures (Compared to Open Palm?)

With the possible exception of Tameshiwari (breaking) devotees, most people using closed fists during a fight run significant risk of hand/knuckle damage. Even when striking the body, it is very ...
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Drag back foot forward during a cross

Over the decades, I cobbled together a repertoire of drills from various classes in karate, kickboxing, and a bit of boxing (very little). I cycle through them, but sometimes I come across something ...
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What European longsword schools use blades sharpened the entire length?

I've been noticing a lot of interest in ricasso work. This makes sense when facing polearms, where you need more leverage — there's even a theory in Asian sword that the two handed sword techniques ...
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How to defend against linear elbow strike in taiji push hands?

In push hands, in certain schools, it is not uncommon for a player to collapse their arm into a folded position, such that the elbow extends forward for a strike. (This is typically not a finishing ...
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Is there any practical purpose of kata?

I expected Japanese karatekas to kick everybody's asses at the Olympics and rake in all the medals. But in reality, the Japanese excelled at kata but pretty much sucked at kumite (only one bronze). ...
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Is it possible to improve without sparring?

I have been practicing martial arts for quite some time (a tiny bit of TKD, and other stuff from the US army documents), and I currently have no opportunity to spar (actually I almost never did) but I ...
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Author of Kata Diagrams

Does anyone know who has made these diagrams? I reckon that it was a published in German, so the author is probably from Germany.
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Is speed ball really effective?

I've seen enough videos about it and even more marketplaces selling them. But is it really that good? Can't it bring some wrong reflexes/etc? Don't want to hit anybody, but men wearing it usually look ...
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regional Ju-Jutsu / Ju Jitsu / Jiu-Jiutsu organised Styles

Living in Germany, we have here a German Ju-Jutsu. It was developed from masters of karate, judo etc. for police, justice staff etc. as a new martial art. Since then several new material had been ...
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Is there any way of getting out of a reverse figure 4 headscissor when the other person has the intent on killing you with it?

In my hometown, a young man was killed this way after his friends lured him out to dinner. On the way back, the killer and the kid were in the backseat. The killer ended up getting the kid into a ...
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What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ?

What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ? In this chat a person writing what to me looks like a very confusing thing they are saying, said: Actually, Judo did branch ...
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Room 13 (SPECIFIC SENARIO) - How to face multiple attackers simultaneously

Note: This question is based on a very specific senario, therefore not a duplicate of any questions currently on site. Some brief background: Over a decade ago there were an illegal organization using ...
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Head roll evades strike pre-emptively or after seeing it?

I did some kickboxing drills in college club. We did slips, but I'm trying to incorporate head rolls from YouTube into my home regimen. To me, it seems that one has to be superhumanly fast to see a ...
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Recommended grip for a small knife vs a standard knife

I have been studying a few movie scenes with kali style knife fighting, where the combatants appear to use a forward grip when wanting to get more range and a reverse grip for power. I am curious if ...
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what are the advantages of having strong gluteus muscles in martial arts?

Does strong gluteus muscle strength give the pro athletes an edge out there? Maybe I can rearrange my training schedule for the next karate competition.And I had an injury before and had to work my ...
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Kick with front leg vs. back leg

Is it more beneficial to kick with the front leg or the back leg while on a normal fighting stance (e.g. boxing, taekwondo, etc.)? I have practiced tkd for some time and I decided to quit practicing ...
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UFC fight rounds/distance

I have seen that some fights are marked as "3 Rnd + OT (5-5-5-5)". Does someone know what does it mean? It occurs only in some fights of the "The Ultimate Fighter" show e.g. in ...
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How to shut down bullies? (Teenagers)

Many boys grow up wrestling and fighting—brothers are notorious for this—although it is not gender exclusive. As one gets older, what was a safe activity becomes increasingly perilous for a number of ...
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What is the difference between a sword and a knife? Which are machetes?

I've gotten interested in the metallurgy of blades, and been watching a lot of early Forged in Fire. It's interesting to see basic applications with different blades by people who handle a lot of ...
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Sword vs. Mace in armored mounted combat

Interested mainly in medieval era heavy armored combat, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two classes of weapon, both on horseback and on foot. Valid topics include application, quality/...
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Why would anyone want to use a shuffle backwards step instead of a pendulum step?

In most martial arts there are two types of steps as far as I know, the first is the shuffle step when a fighter moves his rear leg back first and then the lead leg follows and there is the pendulum ...
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How can you withstand a female college student forcefully biting into your arm for 6 seconds?

Please watch https://youtu.be/ylB5EXnT3SA?t=174. This is from the TV series The Americans, Season 6 Episode 5. Paige starts biting — forcefully, it appears — into her dad's arm at 2:55 until 3.01. In ...
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What would be a good training regiment/exercises for BJJ beginner?

Peace, Love, and Divine Blessings to all. I'm 6'0Ft, 150 lbs, not very flexible, and have not worked out consistently in a long period of time but always desired to learn self-defense. My goal is ...
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How is the "direct connection from fist to floor" refered to in "Karate Science" achieved?

The book Karate Science includes the statement that: One of the main goals of karate is to have the body postured in such a way as to allow a direct connection from the floor to the striking limb at ...
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Is the "Peruvian Necktie" legal in Judo?

"Peruvian Necktie" refers to an arm triangle choke from the sprawl position, with one leg over uke's head and the other over their back:1 The IJF rules ban arm-triangles which "block ...
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Is it common for your fingers to hurt when practicing hand knife?

I am practicing hand knife strikes (e.g. Brachial stun, strike to pectoral muscle, etc.) on a body opponent bag and the bones of my fingers hurt after practice. Should I just keep on doing this (as ...

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