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How can grappling martial arts work in a street fight?

Many people claim that grappling martial arts like judo and jiu jitsu are very useful in a street fight but I don't think this is true for the following two reasons. First, in a street fight you want ...
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“Watch the shoulder”?

This is a basic piece of advice I was given early on, especially regarding boxers, who are particularly dangerous because they attack the brain and can end it in one, combination or blow. Essentially:...
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How to intuit an expected imminent move or strategy prior to an attack?

One of the benefits of experience, and even age, is familiarity with the types of attacks, the real world situations in which they arise, and how to forestall, defend, and counter. What information ...
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I need a good martial art I can learn (non spiritual)

I would like to learn a martial art that can help me learn to defend myself against singular and potentially multiple opponents. I was going for Krav Magar but I realized that I was taking it too far. ...
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Why does every boxing coach recommend this stance that nobody actually uses?

Every boxing coach in the existence of time says the same thing: TUCK YOUR ELBOWS IN. When they demonstrate it, they put their elbows close in to their body, touching their ribs, and their arms almost ...
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Meaning of the Chinese Sifu? (Shifu)

I ask because it is commonly regarded as having the exact sense of Sensei, of Master, or Teacher, but these don't convey the full meaning. Sensei, for instance, shares the same characters as the ...
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Skills required for each belt?

I'm not interested in the pointing system or competition and what not. But I want to know what skills are required for each rank? (approximately) I know that there are a couple of techniques in judo. ...
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“Warrior Gaze”? Where to look when training and fighting?

I was taught to practice what was termed the "warrior gaze" by a martial uncle. This is described as how to look when in hand to hand combat. Essentially, I was advised not to focus on any ...
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How to escape from a rear headlock while held at gunpoint?

Let's say I came across this kind of situation. What do I do?
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Founder of a martial arts system passed away. How can current Black Belts move up in the system?

I and a few other Black Belts are the last generation of a martial arts system. The founder was a Grandmaster who created his system that took roughly 40 plus years to create. However, he passed away ...
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Do pistol disarming techniques work?

A few weeks ago I watched a YouTube video about disarming someone holding a pistol and decided to give the technique a try with my sparring partner. The technique was the most common we see in movies, ...
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Choosing a martial art

I know my question is pretty common but I'd like to choose the best martial art for me. I'm a 20 yo guy, not too fit or flexible (I'm working on it tho). I prefer strike-based styles over grappling ...
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Why numerous martial artists break their legs while throwing roundhouse kicks to opponent's legs?

I have seen many incidents in MMA and similar martial arts where a fighter who throws a roundhouse kick, usually towards the opponent's legs, breaks his leg. That makes me wonder if this kick directed ...
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Starting position in Shotokan's Tekki Shodan

According to this video, Tekki Shodan starts from a guard position pronounced "kamai". I'm not sure what the actual spelling is, but a google search shows that "kamae" means ...
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What does “create a frame” mean?

I've seen "create a frame" on many martial arts websites, but what does this signify? The Tripod Position: A Tool to Help Any Athlete Move Better | Breaking Muscle The working concept is ...
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How do you turn a knife attack back onto the attacker?

Is there a technical term for this counter-attack, where the defender uses the attacker's own knife against the attacker? How exactly do you subvert the attacker who's obviously applying force ...
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How can you escape a man strangling your neck from behind, on the floor?

How could've the naïve deputy in No Country For Old Men (a 2007 film) escaped or saved himself? Apprise me if you know of any source, but this attack appears realistic and must've been tried in real ...
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Can you make a home dojo with tatami by yourself?

I've been preparing for the summer, I plan to do Karate at home, and I have been wondering if I can cross-train Judo afterwards. Since there's a global pandemic going around, I don't necessarily want ...
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How should I modify my self-defense strategy if I know I am impaired?

Recently, after having had a drink at a restaurant, and realizing that I was feeling a bit woozy from it, I found myself pondering what exactly would be the best approach if I did get someone picking ...
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Statistical Knowledge (not opinion based ) on how Bruce Lee compared to current MMA fighters? [closed]

There have been a lot of skeptics around this, but I am not asking for opinions, but strictly facts. With Bruce Lee's small frame but speed, he has received a lot of praise from renown fighters like ...
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What are the most suitable methods for a medical practitioner to use to restrain someone who needs to be treated/sedated?

Consider the situation where a psychiatric nurse or perhaps a paramedic needs to assist in sedating someone. Generally they have several staff restrain the patient pretty much one on each limb. I ...
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Is a sprawl or knee generally more effective against takedowns?

Coming from a more traditional/striking focused background, I always struggle with the advice of not staying so upright in order to be better positioned to defend takedowns (single or double leg). I ...
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How to deal with a judgmental instructor

Instructor behavior observed: Comparing students with each other Blaming students Insulting students Impulsive decisions Lack of discipline in teaching martial arts Going mostly spontaneous and with ...
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Punching bag training kicks/punches [closed]

Since sport club are closed, I would like to get some suggestion for training on my punching bag. I would like something that trains the whole body since I was practicing Muay Thaï and Taekwondo, but ...
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Sun Tzu as applied to martial arts?

Sun Tzu is famous for his strategy manual The Art of War. In modern times this manual has been applied to domains such as business, but has it been applied to martial arts? Can Art of War be applied ...
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Should striking martial arts be banned? [closed]

Striking martial arts are very popular these days, boxing and mma tend to attract a lot of attention by martial arts enthusiasts but should they really be praised like that? Striking martial arts have ...
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Why is the bob and weave not used much in MMA & Muay Thai or outside of boxing in general?

I have found a few examples detailing that bobbing and weaving is not as (if at all) effective outside of boxing, in scenarios where especially knees, kicks and elbows are involved. I understand ...
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Thigh kicks vs calf kicks, which are more dangerous?

Out of these two techniques which will do generally more damage to an opponent? My understanding is that since the nerves are more exposed in the calf it takes fewer calf kicks to cripple the leg, but ...
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Multi-opponent martial arts systems and strategies?

We often think about self defense in terms of a single opponent, but, as anyone who has ever been "jumped" knows, real world situations can easily include multiple opponents. Are there ...
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In Wushu competitions, why is taolu (forms) technique so different to sanda (combat) technique?

I have been watching quite a bit of footage of the 15th World Wushu Championships and I was quite surprised with how much there appeared to be a difference between the techniques demonstrated in taolu ...
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How is Tai Chi different as a martial art in terms of self defense/combat?

I am doing a lot of research on Tai Chi as a martial art and specifically trying to find out more about its application in a self defense/combat context (whether sparring or street). Watching ...
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Why is exhalation so strongly associated with striking in martial arts?

Is exhalation strongly associated with striking, or is this just a perception? If it is the default for striking, what physiological principles make it optimal during strikes? If this is a general ...
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Punching bag or cramped space [duplicate]

I'm stuck in my small apartment these days (Covid + there's a lot of snow outside), and I'd like to find a way to set up a punching bag, but I don't have much space and the ceiling doesn't have any ...
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How to fight an opponent who's always guarding his face in mma?

Suppose my opponent is constantly guarding his face during an mma fight and let's say that it is easy for him to block mid body punches and can easily evade low kicks. What options do I have to land a ...
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What fighting style is this particular cartoon character utilizing in the television show, “The Boondocks”?

Watching the TV show, The Boondocks, I came across this character by the name of Bushido Brown. Doing a little research on him they state that he is based upon the deceased movie actor and martial ...
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What are generally non-lethal stab areas on the body?

I am working on a piece of fiction with a knife fight and I would like the action to slowly escalate rather than the first stab ending everything, even though that is most likely in real life. ...
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How important is an empty stomach?

It’s well known that having a full stomach, or worse being bloated, can impact coordination, balance, posture, response times, etc... in a wide range of activities. So I’m curious as to how the ...
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If yelling is so good, why MMA fighters don't yell often

In our class, the benefits of yelling/shouting, i.e. Kihap, in sparring are sometimes pointed out. If yelling is so beneficial, why MMA fighters don't yell often? Or do they?
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What style of kung fu forms begin with legs straight, a fist in a fully extended sidepunch, and the other hand in an open palm by the shoulder?

I recall learning a bit of kung fu as a kid, and each of the forms starting with an introductory motion with at least one hand making a circle and the body ending up at something like this: This is ...
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Could Non Newtonian fluids make better judo mats?

I just had a weird thought... We now have a kind of technology that cushions impacts called non Newtonian fluids. Is there a reason we are not yet making judo mats using these materials? They have ...
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How to identify density

I have ordered 200 kg density judo mats with standard specification of 2X1meterX50MM. But I am confused if the material is ideal, and I am confused whether density depends upon weight? Or does it ...
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Punching bag (or alternative) for cramped space [duplicate]

I'm stuck in my small apartment these days (Covid + there's a lot of snow outside), and I'd like to find a way to set up a punching bag, but I don't have much space and the ceiling doesn't have any ...
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Can flat feet hinder my performance in martial arts?

I have a mild case of flat feet (like, I reckon, 1 on the picture below). I'm also often kind of awkward in my movements when performing high kicks and occasionally have balance issues (I don't fall ...
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HEMA Pells and Self-Training

Since the start of the pandemic, I have had a lack of people to fight. In any case, those that do want to fight don't want to come within 6 feet of me. :D (Additionally, pole-arms are not as studied ...
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Is there an effective way to defend from a nunchaku?

If someone attacks you with nunchaku, what is the best way to defend yourself?
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Identify Mystery WTF TKD Kick

A few years ago my kung fu school developed a relationship with a local and well-regarded WTF Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do school and we initiated a technique-exchange of sorts. A technique we learned ...
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Better foot technique with daily stretching

How effective is it to do daily stretching for the legs in order to get a better foot technique for kicking, like in Karate or Taekwondo. Let's say, I am stretching my legs three times a day for about ...
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Can a fighter with a healing fracture or dislocation get medically cleared to fight?

I understand there are professional fights in which one of the fighters may suffer an injury but they continue to fight on and may even win the fight in the end. However at the same time, there is ...
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When a fighter becomes unconscious in competition, what usually happens to them before they are medically clear to train and fight again?

I am trying to better understand what usually happens from a medical stand point when a fighter (MMA, boxer or otherwise) is rendered unconscious during a bout. Although unrealistic, to simplify ...
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Is there a risk of brain trauma in light sparring Muay Thai?

I'm really interested in training Muay Thai, but I really want to avoid any brain trauma. If I spar only lightly (to the head) once a week, will I be able to train for years while staying healthy as I ...

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