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Defense through obstruction rather than evasion

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Is it true that 'A strike is a block is a lock is a throw'?

I often hear this idiom from karate YouTube channels. A strike is a block is a lock is a throw In my experience the movements for blocks, throws, strikes and joint locks are completely different (...
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Can the low kick check be used against low front or side kick?

So let's say that somebody aimed a low side kick or low front kick at your leg. Not all low kicks are roundhouse kicks, right? So can the regular low kick shin-lift block be used against low side ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

If you were fighting someone bigger than you in a street fight (and a possibly trained thug), would it be dangerous to block it if the attacker is also stronger than you? Should you dodge instead? In ...
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Speed after blocking heavier opponent

Boxing training situation: opponent is about 20kg (44 pounds) heavier opponent is faster and has longer arms, and has much more experience sparring is "real", with full power Problem: I ...
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Is the move in movies where the main either block another person’s punches by countering / blocking with their own arms or legs a real thing?

I’ve seen Kung fu (and other) fighting movies and one move that seems to be a staple is countering a punch by either slamming their forearm, hand, or shin area into the attacking opponent’s arm and ...
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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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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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Blocking straight punches with "The Wall"?

Years ago, I was looking for blocks to work into to shadow boxing (yeah, I know that you need a real attacker, but I don't seriously train). One that I came across was The Wall. It seems to me that ...
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Shotokan morote uke: Use hammer fist surface of supporting hand?

Many years ago, at a university club, an instructor said that some standards group studying the mechanics of shotokan were recommending a change in the augmented block (morote-uke). Instead of ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

I hear some self defense experts claim that blocks you see in many martial arts, such as Karate or Taekwondo, are unrealistic and should not be used. The main justification given is that no ...
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

I keep seeing quotes from boxing trainers that mention "six ways to keep a left jab from landing". There are six ways to keep a left jab from landing. Six ways. For a left jab to land over and ...
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Check my form - 8 point block [closed]

I'm a new Karateka, practicing Chinese Goju Ryu and I'm working on my 8 point blocking system. I'm hoping that someone can give me an opinion of my form. (Constructive answers and comments only ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

I am coming from a Muay Thai style and trying out MMA. When sparring in Muay Thai I would frequently hold my glove to my face and successfully block punches. When doing this in MMA, most punches were ...
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Taekwondo Block Bunkai Vs. Shotokan Block Bunkai

Main Question: Is there a difference between Shotokan Bunkai for blocks and Taekwondo "Bunkai" for blocks? Sub Question A: Does the wrapping motion of Taekwondo Blocks interfere with the Bunkai? Sub ...
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Arm Toughening Without Losing Sensitivity

There are arm-toughening drills in many martial arts. Usually, this consists of banging various parts of your arm against a partner's arm or a tree or other immovable object. I've been concerned ...
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