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Ip Man Wing Chun book didn't cover deep breathing

It seems the Ip Man syllabus removed deep breathing for Siu Lim Tao part 1. Anyone has idea why the part is removed? (Google Books link) From this blog entry: This video shows the Ving Tsun (wing ...
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Reverse grip swords

Are there sword forms that hold the sword in reverse grip or is it just hollywood/anime garbage
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Is it normal to use vertical or horizontal simple cuts with wudang swords in fights?

I want to learn how to fight with the straight Chinese sword ( I am not speaking about the art that can be created with that sword with combination of movements, but I am speaking about fights that ...
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Why are Hand wraps not made from wicking, dri fit material?

Equipment question: Why are most boxing/muay thai hand wraps 100% cotton? They take so long to dry and remove sweat. Why aren't they made using wicking, dri-fit fabric as you seen now in gym shirts?
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Gi considerations for rank tests?

My daughter will soon test again for her brown belt in taekwondo. On her first attempt months ago, she did not pass but they provided a "report card" of sorts. One of the notes written was ...
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Should I do both BJJ & Taek-won-do weekly? [duplicate]

I’ve been practicing BJJ for a few months now. Does anyone have any expertise with what’s best for gaining skill if both martial arts were to be combined weekly? Q: Should I continue my BJJ and bring ...
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Average height of competitors for each weight category in Judo?

It can be difficult to gauge whether you are in the 'right' weight category, i.e. whether you should stay around the same weight, try and lose some fat to drop a weight category, or try and gain some ...
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Which Muscles are Flexed in a Punch?

In boxing, I learned to relax your muscles, Learning to keep muscles loose, helps with speed and quickness. At the very end, clench and tense your fist before moment of impact. When you tense/clench ...
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Why do so many Japanese Martial Arts have a (different) technique called tsubame gaeshi?

Japanese sword forms, Judo and Shorinji Kempo all have a technique called Tsubame Gaeshi (which roughly translates to swallow counter). Why is the phrase Tsubame Gaeshi considered sufficiently ...
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How long should a judo belt be?

How long should a judo belt be? Taekwondo and Karate belts for example are often quite long, with both ends dangling below the skirt of the gi, but judo belts are often worn a lot shorter. Is there a ...
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How dangerous can an untrained knife assailant be?

I used to think that an untrained person couldn't do much with a knife against someone who's stronger than him, but recently I heard about the case which Jodi Arias stabbed Travis Alexander 29 times ...
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Is it safe to teach kids submissions / locks?

Have been teaching hybrid martial arts with a self defence focus for quite a few years. My kids syllabus is different to my teens & adults in that I don't teach the juniors locks or submissions ...
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What is the Apollo Choke?

Following this video, I would like to know what is the Apollo Choke? When is it recommended to use this choke? Are there any detailed instructions how to do it? Why is it called the Apollo Choke?
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Is targeting the biceps an effective method of incapacitating the arm?

In the document US Army FM 21-150 Hand to Hand Combat the biceps are listed as vital targets, used mainly to disarm an armed opponent. The problem is, striking the biceps (e.g.with a knife hand / ...
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Why is it called Truck Attack?

Why is this attack called Truck Attack/Position in BJJ?
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Definitions of judo kaeshi-waza

Many judo kaeshi-waza are not fundamentally different from other techniques, except that they are used as a counter to a specific attack by uke (e.g. tsubame-gaeshi is a de-ashi-barai used to counter ...
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Judo throws which are defined as combinations of techniques?

Many judo techniques are defined as counters to attacks by uke (kaeshi-waza). However osoto-makikomi is the only one I'm aware of that is described as a combination or sequence of techniques (renzoku-...
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How often is the Balestra and Quartata Used in Olympic or other fencing tournaments

In this video The Balestra and Quartata two moderately advance pieces of fencing footwork are shown. Are these still relevant in the Olympics and other Fencing tournaments or are they the remains of ...
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Targeting arteries / tendons in knife fights?

Is it practical to target arteries or tendons in a knife fight? For instance the brachial artery, the carotid artery and the femoral artery are all listed as targets in the MCMAP Manual (MCRP 3-02B). ...
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Questions on momentum generation

There are a few components of momentum generation in strikes that I find difficult to understand, and it is hard to find out via trial and error since I do not have a sparring partner or a heavy bag. ...
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Strength standards for elite Judo

How strong does one generally have to be to compete at elite level at judo?
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Why is a single leg with your head outside the opponent's body prohibited (at white belt) in BJJ?

In the IBJJF rules, performing a single leg while placing your head outside the opponent's body (as opposed to across their abdomen) is prohibited for juniors and adult white belt: Single leg ...
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Self defense with pepper spray

Is there a specialised training for self defense with pepper spray? Obviously, some techniques can be copied from self defense with a gun, but did someone actually worked it out?
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Muay Thai Kick Block: Feet Toes Up or Down

What is the proper good bad comparison for Muay Thai Leg block? There are two camps of thought in Thailand, feet toes up and toes down. I believe feet toes up - make its more resilient to leg blocks,...
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Is Ghost Kick applicable in street fight and how can we defend and anticipate it

Following this video of Ghost Kick. Is there a way to defend and anticipate this kick? Is it applicable to real street fight? Is it the same as close range roundhouse, Brazilian kick and kick from the ...
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Karate Side Kick in Muay Thai

What are the consequences if I did this jumping side kick in Muay thai? Would it work, or would a professional Muay Thai opponent do a big counter from that? See this link from Jeff Chan channel. ...
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What Style Teaches you to Break Bones/Joints?

I currently practice Wushu and Sanda, and have been for 4 years now. I'm looking to learn more about joint locks and how to break an opponents bones. I know that sounds violent, but in my area there ...
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What is the difference between Uchi-Mata and Hane-Goshi?

Classical uchi-mata involves reaping uke's back leg up and twisting them over their grounded off-balanced leg. However a common competition variant involves loading uke on tori's waist and reaping ...
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Does Left Cross Punch exist for Orthodox stance fighters?

Being an orthodox stance fighter, there is a "right cross" that counteracts an opponent left jab. Does a "left cross" also exist for orthodox fighters? It would seem to counteract ...
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Does saying "ooh-wee" in Muay Thai Sparring make mouth susceptible to damage?

Why do people say "ooh-wee," "oh-way", or "ay" when sparring in Muay Thai? I know what it means, however it keeps the mouth slightly open, and should be Closed for single ...
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Effectiveness of fast and continuous attack?

Let's say, if I am mostly untrained (with strength below-average) and I have a hypothetical strategy involving delivering fast and continuous attacks to the vital (weak) points of the body (not 100% ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse kick, what angle to bring out knee and leg

When doing a roundhouse kick, is there a rule for what angle the knee should come out at ? My coach says to bring the knee over at straight vertical angle 0 deg, and rotate the leg over while you ...
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How to move when your opponent is circling around you?

As I have participated in martial arts for a while, I have observed that a big part of any match is moving around your opponent, finding the best angle to attack. In addition, my personal experience ...
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How to Fit in Training Scheduele

So I have recently taken up BJJ. I have only taken a couple of classes but would love to go almost every day. The only problem is that my current gyms class schedule doesn't fit in with my work and ...
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Why are boxing gloves so much wider than an average hand?

TL;DR: why are boxing gloves so wide? I've searched for this but can only find texts about glove weight and padding, but not about width. Karate, ITF Taekwondo and MMA training gloves have more or ...
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Can Kung fu fighters fight with weapons in international tournaments?

In Kung fu fighting sometimes fighters use lethal weapons. Sometimes two fighters fight and sometimes a group of fighters fight. Can Kung fu fighters fight with weapons in international tournaments?
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Non-kodokan throws in the BJA syllabus?

The BJA syllabus lists a number of non-kodokan names for throws. Some of them are clearly names for common competition variants,1 but some I have never heard of e.g. ashi-dori, which looks to me like ...
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Ways to incapacitate an opponent with little force?

Is there a way, for people who have comparatively little strength to incapacitate an opponent efficiently through striking certain pressure points in combat? Stuff like eye gouges, palm strikes to the ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse Kick: Using Kick Shields vs Thai Pads, different technique?

It feels like doing Muay Thai roundhouse kicks on Kickshields and Heavy Bags is different than doing on Muay Thai Pads. Kickshields and Heavy Bags are vertical perpendicular against the body. Muay ...
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Fighting stance in Boxing and MMA, requires hunch and curved back position [duplicate]

This might be a slightly odd question. Does boxing, Muay thai, and MMA build bad posture eventually? I noticed after long periods of time, training 2 hours a day, 4-5 times a week, the back is not ...
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Street Fight Stance, which ways to rotate hands and fingers

In a street fight without gloves, which way should the hands be turned? Fingers pointing towards you or fingers pointing outwards? I just noticed if the fingers point inwards, they can jab/poke eye ...
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Muay Thai shin conditioning stick name

What is the proper name of the shin conditioning sticks used in Muay Thai? I am trying to find a stick for this very purpose to harden the legs. I searched for "shin condition stick" on ...
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What usually happens when sambo fighters fight each other?

What we see with MMA wrestlers of similar ability, vis-a-vis the UFC, is that their wrestling tends to cancel-out each other out. This was the default behavior seen in: Covington vs Usman (1 & 2) ...
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Why is the pistol grip banned?

What is the main reason that using of the pistol grip in judo is forbidden? The restriction of the movement or other one?
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Muay Thai Evolution since the 1980s

Has there been any evolution in Muay Thai technique and style from the 1980s, 90s to present day? In basketball in the 90s, for example, they had strong centers, with half court games. Now it is more ...
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What BJJ techniques are practical in real street fight

Are there any Brazilian-jiu-jitsu (BJJ) techniques that can be used in real life street fights? Is there any source that lists them all?
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How to train beginners to do basic self defense in a matter of days?

Is there a way that complete beginners (varies in strength and agility) can learn to defend themselves against common attacks / abductions in a few days, given that they do not have access to ...
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Muay Thai Only Kick Sparring combinations [closed]

We are doing solely kick sparring in our Muay Thai Class. I know basic combinations with Punches and Kicks. Jab1-Cross2-LeftHook3-Right Roundhouse Cross2-Hook3-Cross2-Left Roundhouse However in ...
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Can the long guard block any type of punch?

So I heard that you can block punches with the long guard (especially overhands), so does that mean that you can block any type of punch with the long guard?
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Slipping into a target in Boxing vs Real Life Defense

For Boxing and Muay Thai, Slipping requires an athlete to go shoulder to knee, or move forward diagonal left, or forward-diagonal right. In real-life defense situations, is this a good strategy? ...
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