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Defense through obstruction rather than evasion

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...