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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

This question admittedly contains a generalisation. There may well be traditional martial arts (especially particular schools/branches) that do seek to evolve and improve. However, it seems fair to ...
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When Executing Head Strikes, Does the Increased Range of a Closed Fist Outweigh the Greater Risk of Knuckle/Hand Fractures (Compared to Open Palm?)

With the possible exception of Tameshiwari (breaking) devotees, most people using closed fists during a fight run significant risk of hand/knuckle damage. Even when striking the body, it is very ...
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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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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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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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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

Distinctions are important in any field, and modern martial arts have a variety of functions, including exercise, meditation, learning discipline and physical and mental toughness, sport, performing ...
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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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After receiving the mortal thrust, a swordsman deliberately impales himself on hostile blade, to return a blow (historical duels, small sword)

Was it often in the historical dueling with rapiers and small swords, that after receiving the fatal thrust, the mortally wounded swordsman would step further and deliberately impale himself deeper on ...
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

I am looking at joining the military in a few month and am somewhat overwhelmed by how many different martial arts gyms there are in my area. I am wondering which martial art would be able to best ...
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How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?

As a layman in martial arts, I've been curious about this question: In a real life situation, is it easy/difficult/impossible for a seasoned professional fighting expert (in whatever discipline of ...