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Defense prevents attacks from being effective. Examples are evasion, blocking, redirection, and counterattacking.

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Defence against Wing Chun

What is the most effective defence against a Wing Chun practitioner? I know Wing Chun features punching quite heavily and has a very efficient defence itself but I am interested to know how to ...
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Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?

I recently started MMA and have been learning wrestling, jiu jitsu, boxing, and some Muay Thai. Very beginner. In every Bruce Lee fight I've ever seen, he avoids opponents' blows by a combination of ...
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How to improve speed and footwork?

I always receive some very bad sidekicks when I try to go offensively while in kickboxing. Mainly because I try to make a jab with my right hand but the kick comes too fast (or I'm too slow) I have ...
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Why do people use the horse stance? Won't it expose you to groin shots?

If you are doing the horse stance, doesn't it just expose you to groin kicks? Also, if you want to block the groin kick, you could lift your knee and block it but the horse stance makes it slower as ...
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How to defend against dog attacks?

I was wondering what would be the best way to protect yourself against a dog attack. I am interested to know what unarmed options there are on the following scenarios: Against a single rabid dog. ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

Not saying I can always block every punch or kick that's thrown against me in sparring but why is it that you sometimes cannot block, parry or dodge an attack? Is it because I haven't trained the ...
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How to recover from (or defend against) pressure point strikes?

I have been studying pressure point striking lately, and in particular those that immobilize limbs, such as striking the femoral nerve. I feel it important to understand how to defend against such ...
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How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?

I have no martial arts training. When I am facing someone who is 1 inch taller and 50 pounds heaver than me and has been doing martial arts for over 12 years how should I react. I cannot run away ...
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Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?

I've been studying taekwondo for about 15 years, and I've always been taught to keep my fists closed tightly in sparring to reduce the chance of finger injury. Splayed fingers seems to be a common ...
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What is an optimal way to evade a punch?

I want to know what is the best way to evade a punch in MMA: dodging, parrying, blocking or stepping back (so that you are out of reach)? Specifically I am looking for a way to evade a punch such that ...
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How should my 8-year-old defend against a leg trip (kosotogake) in BJJ?

My 8 year old son has been doing BJJ for a couple of months now. He keeps getting taking down by this simple maneuver: opponent's leg behind your leg trip. Are the options just to sprawl out on time ...
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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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Can you be immune to chokeholds?

This guy in a video seemed to be unaffected by his partner's chokehold. Is it possible to be immune to chokeholds?
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Defend with leg and knee

While sparring, sometimes I unintentionally use my legs and knees to defend against opponent's kicks. I know it is wrong. I'm just curious why there is no leg defense in Teakwondo?
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Defending legs with a sword

When defending your legs while using a two-handed sword (longsword, zweihander, etc), what are the advantages and disadvantages between blocking low vs voiding your legs and counter-attacking? (...
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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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What is the best way to avoid armlocks?

I have been doing grappling (Sambo/BJJ) and striking sports (Thai boxing, kick boxing and Savate) for 3 years. I am not good at attacking and defending against armlocks when standing. How can I ...
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Resisting choke holds using throat tendons?

When I was a kid in my early teens, my parents got me to take up Judo. I remember little of it, but I do remember quite successfully resisting choke-hold attempts by tensing the neck down and the ...
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Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?

When I spar, I see/notice/become aware of the kick slightly after the foot has left the floor on a path towards my shin or my thigh. According to what I know (which is may be limited, so please ...
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How can I improve my defense speed?

I have been a Shito Ryu karate student for seven years now. I would like to know if there is a way to make my defences faster than they are now.
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What techniques exist for blocking knees in a clinch?

During the clinch or just prior to the clinch the opponent very often throws knees to the torso area. I am not considering whether the opponent has managed to pull the head down for knees to head. ...
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Head roll evades strike pre-emptively or after seeing it?

I did some kickboxing drills in college club. We did slips, but I'm trying to incorporate head rolls from YouTube into my home regimen. To me, it seems that one has to be superhumanly fast to see a ...
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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 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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"plucking" as defense for a choke from behind

Plucking as a defense against chokes is basically that you use your arms/hands to pull the attackers hands off your throat a small amount and pin them to your body - getting enough room to breathe ...
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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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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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Defending non-telegraphed strikes

Is there a way to practice yourself for defending non-telegraphed punches or kicks? Protecting yourself from non-telegraphed strikes is difficult because there is less time to see and react. However, ...
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Which techniques are available in Muay Thai for blocking/avoiding a high roundhouse kick to the head?

In Muay Thai, when an opponent delivers a roundhouse kick to your head, what options are available as a defense or counter measure? I have seen blocking it with the arm on the side of the head in the ...
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What is the liability issuewith personal defense classes? [closed]

My personal defense teacher said that there were a total of three other personal defense classes for different types of people. Yet each person is only allowed to take ONE?! He said this means we won'...
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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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Defense against sticks?

Are there possible strategies of defense against an opponent with a moderately light stick in a real life scenario (e.g. baseball bat)? What are the odds of winning the fight? And (just an interesting ...
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Recommended grip for a small knife vs a standard knife

I have been studying a few movie scenes with kali style knife fighting, where the combatants appear to use a forward grip when wanting to get more range and a reverse grip for power. I am curious if ...
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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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It makes sense to develop explosive forward movement? [closed]

I was wondering if an explosive forward movement can help in self defense to counter-attack an opponent, or to simply get to him before he surprises you with a weapon, or before he can even use the ...
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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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Sometimes while fighting, people stand still and let their enemy attack. Why?

I watched action movies, Bruce Lee's movies, Steven Seagal's movies and realize that while fighting, they (or their enemy) just stop punching and stand and sustain the other's attack. Why is that?
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