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Is there a martial art where exams can be taken at will?

It's standard in most arts that access to rank/belt exams is restricted in some way. In many cases, there are minimum waiting periods between exams, and in some dojos, an exam can only be attempted ...
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How to protect (or pad up) injured side? [on hold]

I got a soft tissue injury in my left ribs at a fight two months ago, I gave it some time to heal and I did sparring again when I stopped feeling pain but a few days ago I was clinching without any ...
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What Etiquette Should be Followed When Sparring at Another School?

In addition to sparring with practitioners of my own school/style, I’d like to spar with practitioners of different styles, as I feel this would benefit my fighting ability in the long run. How ...
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What is the true meaning of the philosophy “never open up the eyes of the blind”? [closed]

Before a street fight began the opponent was talking to group about how he was going fight his opponent, & his opponent was listening to his talk. And some old Asian American guy walks over and ...
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How can just one punch subdue an opponent with a machete?

The screenshot beneath hails from a brief fight from the 2007 film Shake Hands with the Devil. As you can see, Maj Brent Beardsley (portrayed by James Gallanders who uploaded this video) is about to ...
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How many pounds of pressure is needed in a punch to knock opponent unconscious? [closed]

From what i heard in a rumor, a person was teaching fighters that "it only takes 5 pounds of pressure to knock an opponent unconscious". Is this teaching correct? If not, what is the correct pounds of ...
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How will full contact fighting against ocean waves harden all forms of combat training? [closed]

I understand how conditioning our fists and shins against wood, concrete, and wood harden our martial art training for higher impact and force in our punches and kicks, but how will water, especially ...
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Cheng Man-Ch'ing advises that breath should be: Fine, Long, Calm, and Slow. What does this mean?

In Master Cheng's New Method of Taichi Ch'uan Self-Cultivation Master Cheng states: "The four secret words for proper breathing are: fine, long, calm, and slow." Please help to correct my ...
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Does BJJ have a standardised syllabus?

Judo has a standardised syllabus of techniques maintained and occasionally revised by the Kodokan, divided into throwing and grappling (pins, joint-locks, strangles) techniques. Most national ...
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Why was blue chosen to distinguish competitors' judo-gis?

In the 90's the IJF introduced a requirement for one competitor to wear a blue gi, and the other a traditional white gi, in order to better distinguish them during high level competitions.1 Was there ...
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What is the difference between kosoto-gari and kosoto-gake?

Kosoto-gari and kosoto-gake are superficially similar techniques. I have seen many high level judoka call what I would have called -gari -gake and vice versa - what distinguishes these techniques?
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Etymology of tomoe-nage?

Tomoe-nage is often translated as "stomach throw" or "circle throw", but these are not direct translations. What does tomoe mean, and why is the throw called this?
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Stretching advices for kicking

I'm rather flexible, but still cannot do the splits. I'm trying to do a static stretching about three times a week, and about 30-60 minutes every time. But I noticed, that when I'm trying to stretch ...
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Resting leg muscles in cold water and temperature

I have watched some Taekwondo practitioners resting their legs inside ice cold water for a specific amount of time: Also, I noticed Cryotherapy devices being used: What is the effect of low ...
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How to make knuckles bigger like Bruce Lee's knuckles?

In this picture: Bruce Lee's knuckles are very big. How to make big knuckles? Which exercises do I need to do and how many times to achieve this? Note: knuckles push-ups doesn't help to make ...
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How do martial artists make stronger fingers via hot sand?

I have seen films in which a martial artist thrusts his fingers into hot sand. What is the name of this exercise and what are its benefits?
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What does “smash” mean in BJJ?

What does the term "smash" mean in a BJJ context? Examples: I had to get beaten up by better guys to get good and the current whitebelts deserve to get smashed too. The upper belts I rolled ...
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What is the etiquette for practicing with more experienced partners in BJJ?

I practice and instruct judo, where my advice to beginners is to seek the most experienced and skilled practice partners available. My experience is the normal beginner tendency is to train with ...
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De-ashi-harai or De-ashi-barai?

I have seen 出足払 ("advancing foot sweep") written two ways by the Kodokan, with the 払 part transcribed as 'harai' (は)1 2 or 'barai' (ば).3 4 How is the name of this technique pronounced in Japanese? ...
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How are armlocks categorised in Judo?

I had always thought that the distinction between ude-garami and ude-hishigi-...-gatame was that the former attacked the elbow/shoulder joints by hyper-abducting the elbow/hyper-rotating the shoulder (...
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Counter kick defence

As can be seen in the video, the girl used armbar for counter the kick defense. I would like to ask if there is a tutorial of how to do it? Are there any other ways to counter the leg catch defense?
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Reasons for a Karate Kata disqualification?

In the world of Karate competitions, what are some technical rules that can disqualify a kata? For example, if the stance is too deep and Zenkutsu dachi has its front knee, well before the toe, will ...
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Are there any Judo techniques which are illegal in BJJ?

Judo and BJJ both stem from early 20th century judo, but over time have focused on different aspects of the martial art - broadly tachi-waza and ne-waza respectively. Additionally, they are mostly ...
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What is the name of the maker of this bokken?

I'd like to know the name of the maker of this bokken, which I purchased in France some years ago: To make it easier to read the characters, I have traced them (correctly this time):
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Would a Pankration Fighter be allowed in UFC?

Would a Pankration fighter be allowed in the UFC? If so, how would he be able to fend off other foes who use Karate, Muay Thai and Krav maga?
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What Does it take to Compete at Competition Level in Wushu?

I am new to martial arts. I started taking Wushu about a month ago. My long term goal is to compete in the U.S. Open World Martial Arts Wushu competition. Is it possible for me to get to that level in ...
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Why do some nunchakus have one or two rings?

I want to buy a nunchaku. I saw some of them had one or two rings on the cord. Why purpose does it server? Examples:
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Cardio work for Muay Thai fighters

I started training at Muay Thai 2 years ago and got into my first fight only to run out of breath in the second round. I started stepping out of the office during lunch time for a jog every 2 days ...
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Belt too long, tie with two knots?

I use the classic one knot belt tie, but the tied belt is quite long (almost touches the knees), and I’m wondering if I could use two knots. I tried doing it, but the result was too “bulky” and I ...
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Taekwondo belts and their rankings [duplicate]

What are the rankings of the 6 taekwondo belts and how long does it take to get those belts?
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What kind of glove is being shown in the following pictures, and why is it nearly always a knife user who wear this style of gloves?

I've been searching for information for the past five years on what kind of gloves that the close combat assassin is wearing in the following pics from the digitalized novel Phantom of Inferno. I've ...
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How does weapons training transfer to empty hand?

So I just started studying Wushu (more specifically I think it's Bagua). The teacher seems very qualified and I really like her, she is from China originally, a 6th degree black belt and has studied ...
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Sparring against two opponents test

For later Kups, one of the belt test items is sparring against two opponents at the same time. What is being tested with this, and what would be a proper tactic to pass it?
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What is the difference between judo and wrestling?

Wrestling involves pinning, choking, and making someone fall to the ground. The same features are involved in judo. What is the difference between judo and wrestling?
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Collection of O.Ratti Aikido illustrations?

Does anyone where there is a collection of Oscar Ratti's Aikido drawings? Most notably those in "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere". I find them piecemeal all over the internet for pretty much any kind ...
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Is there a canonical resource for the classification of Judo mat techniques?

For throws, I use Toshiro Daigo's book Kodokan Judo Throwing Techniques published by Kodanasha International, Tokyo 2005. It specifically addresses some of the arcane points of Kodokan classification ...
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Is there a way to reliably attack only a bent elbow joint with ude garami (Kimura, Americana)?

Joint locks in judo must nominally be on the elbow joint only. Ude garami, translated as the entangled arm lock and with variants are known as the Kimura or Americana in BJJ, often affects the ...
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Are there moves that would never be taught or talked about in an MMA gym?

because they're just too dangerous to the public or for public consumption? I assume they'd be slight modifications of the more dangerous moves that would be the ones actually taught.
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How can you take steps to decrease risk of brain damage during Thai sparring?

For example I'd much rather take a kick to the leg than to the head, or even to the body. Is there a way I can incorporate this into my style to minimize risk of damaging head shots?
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Will three months of Muai Thai help?

In three months I'll be going abroad for master studies. I have left my job in order to prepare somewhat for the course in the three months before I leave. This gives me time for some extra activities ...
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How is it helpful during training, to hold ones breath after intense warm-up?

In Kalaripayattu, students begin their warm-up routine by running for some time. While they are still panting for breath, they are then asked to stand in line and hold their breath for 10 seconds. ...
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How do you interact with treatment providers who are unfamiliar with martial arts following an injury?

Related: Is there a mathematical model of how much force is applied to joints during various tae kwon do activities? I recently got a fairly serious knee injury (fully torn ACL which will require ...
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Is there a martial art that emphasizes small unit tactics?

I recall reading many years ago about an attempt to organize a martial art where, for example, a team of (say) five members would fight a similar team, with all members participating in the battle at ...
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Why do MMA fighters seem to duck down before they throw a right hand?

Is this a standard technique to avoid being hit in the head (from a counter punch) or am I seeing things? If they duck, why can't the other fighter anticipate their move and kick or aim punch at a ...
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Is there any sparring that doesn't involve punches to the head?

Kicks and body kicks would be OK, but I am not OK with taking punches to the head. Is this unavoidable in all arts?
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Is there an actual standards document for poomsae?

There are numerous seminars, YouTube videos, books, etc. breaking down the "correct" way to perform different tae kwon do poomsae in great detail. I've been curious as to where all this material ...
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Right handed southpaw

I primarily fight in the southpaw stance. I fight like a southpaw, throwing the left cross, and lead with my right. Here is where it gets weird: I’m right handed. I fight like a natural southpaw, but ...
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Which pressure points are easy reachable for attack?

What I do know about pressure points are some points of body where vital attack could break the nerve system and make human less conscious about surrounding. but most of them are very behind of ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Currently, I am working on understanding the rhythm of movement of opponents so I can counter it efficiently. Could learning dancing help me to understand the rhythm of an opponent? Are there any ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I am a 43 years old software developer in vaguely reasonable shape (can do 20-ish pushups, can run 5km in 30min and not grossly overweight). My long term fitness goal is to be able to say in a job ...

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