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Which martial art uses “knee on neck” to subdue an opponent?

What martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent, and where would you find a training partner to let you practice such a deadly move?
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Boxing: how to effectively fix too wide stance?

Short problem descriprion: sometimes while boxing, after some part of round passes, I find myself into a wide stance - with legs wider than shoulders. Of course, it gives some advantages, but I ...
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What are the major differences between a mentor and a cornerman, and why would one be preferable to the other?

Mentor vs Cornerman: What are the major differences between these roles? For example: Trust level Confidence in advice given Formal vs informal relationship Things you talk about And is your ...
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How can you safely practice strikes aimed towards the neck with a partner

For most strikes, it's easy to practice safely with a partner. Usually your training partner would just wear padding and a safety helmet. But with strikes to the neck, it's a little different. For ...
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What style should I study to learn to fight with a katana?

I have always like to use kunai and katana, but now I finally want to learn how to use the katana properly. Are there any that would be able to pair it with hand and feet fighting as well?
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Pehlwani manuals / technique descriptions?

Are there any manuals or similar resources describing Pehlwani techniques (preferably in English or Hindi)?
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Are “stage combat” swords fine for HEMA training/bouting?

I've trained HEMA for a while (mostly Lichtenauer, some Fiore) and am comfortable with synthetic and steel feders. I'm looking to buy my own steel (blunted of course) and I've found that sites like ...
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Why do some students wear headbands during practice?

I saw that at some schools of some martial arts many of the students wear headbands. They seem to only be in certain martial arts (like Karate), and I would almost never see it in others (like BJJ or ...
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Submissions in Pehlwani?

According to Wikipedia, in (some rulesets of) the Indian grappling sport Pehlwani, one can win with locks and submissions. However, English language resources on the techniques of Pehlwani are very ...
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Meditative yet effective martial art

During the quarantine I have started doing some Tai Chi before going to bed. It really helps as a form of meditation and I love that it has a fighting aspect to it as I am fascinated by the parallels ...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation?

I found this video where a black belt shows you how to safely fall on concrete and why you should practice ukemi this way. The main reason that people learn ukemi is to be able to take a fall in real ...
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Are there any positions where you can finish multiple submissions at once?

Most people that have been practicing BJJ or most other grappling arts for a while know that it can be hard to maintain position while finishing a submission. This is why BJJ often has "backup" ...
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Help me make a choice: Wing Chun or Bujinkan Ninjutsu

This September I will be going away to university and currently, I am dealing with a dilemma of signing up for either a Wing Chun or Bujinkan ninjutsu club, along with my MMA training. Now, I have ...
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Should I rotate the standing foot to throw a roundhouse kick?

I stand southpaw, with my less flexible right foot in front. To throw a roundhouse kick, my Kyokushin training makes it feel natural for me to plant my left foot solid on the ground to kick with the ...
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Is it okay to get a custom belt if you're not a black belt?

In BJJ and other martial arts, I've seen people with black belts that have been customized, like having words written on them, etc. I was wondering if it is okay for someone who has a color belt to ...
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How can you keep “three feet on the ground” and still perform an effective kick?

During a brief interaction with a former Shoalin Kung Fu instructor, he told me some concepts about kicking in general that could help me improve them. He said that many Chinese martial arts teach you ...
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How does gripping with the thumb spoil foot movements?

This quotation is from Dynamic Judo Throwing Techniques by Kazuzo Kudo (9th dan), p. 27 Seizing your opponent's practice suit—whatever part of his suit you grab, remember to do so using your ...
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Are EVA foam mats good for training?

I am in the process of building some kind of martial arts room in my basement. I also want to practice on the ground (and practice some falls) and might do some fitness inside the room too. Also, I ...
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What is the name of this throw that starts from a failed guillotine?

In this video, a bully throws a punch at a student. They go out of frame for a second, and when they come back the bully has wrapped an arm around the student's head as if he were going for a ...
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Is there a way to tell which BJJ techniques should be used for self defense?

I've heard a lot of people say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become more sport-focused over the years and less about self defense. I understand where that's coming from, because there are so many moves ...
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With more and more people learning martial arts, will they eventually lose their effectiveness for self defense?

I am trying to keep this question as on-topic as possible, so please comment anything that you think would improve it. The number of people learning martial arts around the world is growing. Not at ...
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How to correctly apply a calf slicer

I have been messing around a bit with the Eddie Bravo twister "banana split" and calf slicer, and the majority of the time I attempt the calf slicer, I come across the same problem . I have everything ...
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Judo vs bjj confusion

I am starting to get interested in martial arts. BJJ is by far the most popular in my area, but I looked into judo, and it seems to me that judo is the more complete martial art than bjj. Am I ...
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Origin of the triangle choke?

The triangle choke as used in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has its origins in early 20th century Judo: この技法は大正十一年の高専柔道大会で六高柔道部生徒達によって初めて繰り出され、それ以降... この技は岡山六高の柔道教師であった故金光弥一兵衛九段(起倒流)...
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In which conditions can a foreigner be a Shaolin monk?

In which conditions can a foreigner reach the title Shaolin monk? Should they go to an institute, being in homeland and training at age 4-5? Is this title reserved for a dedicated group of people?
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What kind of moves can you expect a “streetfighter” to use?

I, like many people, want to be as prepared as possible for the possibility of getting attacked. Assuming that most people do NOT know how to fight, what kind of strikes and blocks could I expect a ...
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Is the 'sticker' a kosoto-gake, or de-ashi-barai?

There is a foot-sweep technique in Judo known as "the sticker", 1 2 3 4 5 though it is variously described as a variant of kosoto-gari / gake, and de-ashi-barai. How does the Kodokan classify this ...
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To what extent can (and should) throws be used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Since BJJ primarily works on pins, escapes, takedowns, and submissions, and not much on throws, I thought that I could start learning throws to make my knowledge a little more "complete". Although I ...
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Recommendations for quiet punching/kickboxing bags

DISCLAIMER: I realize that this question is similar to Punch bags in a rental apartment However, this does NOT answer my question. While both ask about punching bags in an apartment, that question ...
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Why do Wrestling and BJJ exist when Sambo and catch-wrestling are more complete arts?

Wrestling is about pinning the body of your opponent into an inferior position where they are left immobile. BJJ is about surviving positions, setting up other positions, with the final goal of ...
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What martial art uses vambrace/bracelet or forearms for a fighting technique?

I remember there's an Asian martial arts technique (especially China, and I believe India also has it but I don't know which tag to use for that) that solely uses their forearms for strikes and blocks ...
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Does BJJ adequately train defence against “ground and pound” situations?

I am nervous that my BJJ training is negatively affecting my MMA skills (which is what my priority is). Many of the positions we are drilling in my BJJ class would be a bad idea in an MMA fight, ...
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Wrist lock counter attacks that won't injure my opponent

I do BJJ, NOT Hapkido or other martial arts that teach wrist locks. Sometimes when I am rolling, my opponent will grab a single wrist lock, not because they are trying to submit me or anything, but ...
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Is it ok to sew the sides of my Judo gi?

My new gi trousers have sides with splits to allow the person to get in and out easily. I am too thin for this gi but I have to use it as I am very tall. is it ok to sew these sides up so that my gi ...
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The name of a throw where the tori starts from a headlock

I saw this throw demonstrated earlier today in a children's judo class. The tori starts in a headlock (or perhaps puts their own head into one), pushes their inside arm through to grab at the back of ...
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Why is BJJ sold as a “self-defense” art when it does not allow slams?

BJJ is a great martial arts for MMA, but unlike other arts, BJJ often sells itself as being particularly focused on "self-defense". If that is the case, why does the art not allow slams? I know ...
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Is the “Gerbi choke” legal using your opponent's jacket?

After its use to success by Yarden Gerbi in 2014, the IJF clarified that the "Gerbi choke" (suso-jime1) is illegal in judo: Shime-waza - forbidden Shime-waza is not allowed with either your own ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

I don't know if people that practice other martial arts have this problem, but I know people that practice BJJ have this problem a lot. I guess it is because of all the friction, but no one can seem ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

There is a lot of mixed feeling online whether ninjutsu would work well in a street fight or a self-defence scenario. Ninjutsu is a very unconventional form of martial arts; it's ancient and outdated ...
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Is there such thing as a BJJ McDojo?

For those of you who don't know, a McDojo is a dojo or gym that operates more like an assembly line and only exists for the purpose of "fast-food belts". If you want more information about McDojos, ...
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Why aren't there more BJJ black belts?

A practitioner of any martial art that has a black belt deserves great respect. However, I see all these dojos and gyms of non-BJJ martial arts, and they have multiple instructors. These instructors ...
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Should I give up my back on purpose so that I can do this throw?

I'm pretty sure the name of this throw is called Ippon Seoi Nage. It looks like this: I would say that it is fairly simple and it was one of the first ones I learned. It happens when someone takes ...
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Do spinning kicks present a risk of getting your back taken?

Seeing that I am a newbie when it comes to kicks, and I have a BJJ mindset, this question should be relatively easy to answer. I see people doing these spinning roundhouse kicks, and me, thinking ...
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Why isn't striking part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

A few days ago I got to my gym early, so I decided to look around a bit. There are many pictures of famous BJJ practitioners quotes from them that are framed and hanging on the wall. I usually never ...
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Is there any practical use for high kicks (e.g. Jodan Mawashi Geri)?

After a good warm-up, I can perform a high mawashi geri pretty easily. Without a warm-up, however, I can barely lift my leg higher than belt level. In a real-life situation, you won't have any time to ...
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How to deal with a rolling partner who doesn't try

I realize that this is similar to other questions, but this isn't the same. This new guy just joined my gym, and was already a purple belt when he joined. Since I always try to roll with everyone at ...
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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Throws seem mysterious to me. Just the idea of being able to move your body in such a way that you are able to physically pick someone up without your hands and land them on their back seems like a "...
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What is the difference between choking somebody to death and choking them to unconsciousness (technique-wise)?

Is it solely a matter of duration or not? Why is a pillow deadlier than a simple MMA choke (BJJ, whatever)? How does it work?
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Advice on finding Sambo seminars? [closed]

I like Sambo but unfortunately in my location I haven't found any available classes. Can someone advise an (affordable) seminar (week or week-end long) for all levels that is run somewhere in ...
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How are chokes/strangles classified in Judo?

The Kodokan has numerous materials detailing the canonical versions of their shime-waza along with several variations. However, there are a large number of competition chokes (and novel chokes ...

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