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A form is a sequence of movements traditionally used in the practice and performance of a martial art.

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How to create a Bunkai of Karate?

I am good with Kata, but still I am not able to figure out in particular situation. How I use any particular move from Kata like Juji-Uke or Sukui-Uke, etc.. Are there any basic principles to apply ...
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Why do we teach unrealistic bunkai?

When we teach basic bunkai we often show impractical techniques and unrealistic situations for example blocking a mae geri by turning into the kick and using gedan barai. This is obviously not ...
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Why kata competitors wear red and blue belts?

These two colors are also used in Taekwondo Olympic sparring, where the two opponents use red and blue colored protective gear. In the case of Taekwondo, the choice of colors is the same used in the ...
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Taegeuk Il Jang does not naturally end on the place you started

When performing a poomsae, you should finish on the same spot where you started. Poomsaes are designed to be symmetric, and this should happen naturally if all the steps are done correctly and with ...
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Taekwondo technique similar to “Kamehameha”?

I was told that one of the Dan-level Kukkiwon poomsaes include a movement similar to the Kamehameha we see in the Dragonball cartoons. Is this true? If so, what would be the application for this ...
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Taekwondo's front kick problem

My problem is that: My thigh lifts up high when I am nearly executing the kick but as I execute my kick, my thigh stays about my waist. What was that cause from? Also I can do middle split and side ...
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What is the purpose of slow movements in poomsae / kata / taolu for?

I'm curious what you are taught about martial application for slow movements? Is there a general concept that a slow movement has a particular meaning? Or does it really depend on the specific ...
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Why is it easier to punch with palm facing out then down [duplicate]

I recently joined a Muay Thai gym and am doing hundreds of punches. I had one martial arts teacher who taught us to make fists with our palms perpendicular to the earth (thumbs on top) like they do ...
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ITF patterns- symbolism

Is there a significance in ITF-style patterns, to which foot moves first or the direction in which it moves? Most of the patterns begin by moving to the left at the start. Thank-you!
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Why do the 2020 Summer Olympics have Kata but not Poomsae?

According to Wikipedia, the 2020 Summer Olympics will feature karate, and it will include Kata. However, tae kwon do has been an Olympic sport since the 1980s and it obviously does not include Poomse, ...
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Purpose of the supported palm block in the Taegeuk Chill Jang

The Taegeuk Chill jang move #7 is a supported palm block: the left hand fist faced down, supporting the elbow of the right arm performing a palm block. From an applied poomsae point of view, what is ...
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Explanation of the goshin-ho kata…

The goshin-ho is a set of 50 self defence techniques that are part of the curriculum for 四段 (4th dan), 五段 (5th dan), and 六段 (6th dan). The start can be seen here and the middle here… I am looking for ...
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what is the best martial arts to study if you have ptsd [closed]

What is the best martial art to study if you have PTSD? I suffer from freezing. Im not sure if that narrows it down. But based on how many martial art disciplines you studied do you recommend any ...
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How to avoid being encircled by a body triangle?

The following sequence shows a fighter crossing his legs around the waist of his opponent. What could be some possible ways to avoid this situation? Once caught in it, how does one get out? To make ...
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Why was the Original Koryo form replaced?

Most people know of Koryo, the first Black Belt form in Kukkiwon/WTF Taekwondo. However, few people today know that there once was a different version of Koryo practiced before by the KTA. This ...
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How much time is required for heel stretch?

I am not an athlete but I play football. Approximately how many days will it require to learn a heel stretch? I want to be able to raise my leg up to head level so that the sole of my foot is facing ...
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What is this stance shifting maneuver from Chun Kuk Do (maybe Tang Soo Do)?

In the 1990s, I attended Virgil Davis Karate Studio in Flatwoods, KY. There was a form that one of the upper-belt students (I don't think he was a black belt yet at the time) did which had a section ...
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Is there any textual description available for the Cordao de Ouro Miudinho Sequences?

In response to my question, How can I improve my Capoeira low game other than "just doing it"?, the suggestion was made to try the Miudinho sequences as used by the Cordao de Ouro group. I'...
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Name and meaning of stance where you stand with fists on hips?

After the first Kiai in Heian Sandan (source): Bring left foot to the right, pivot left 180 degrees on the right foot, informal-attention stance (slowly), bring fists to hips, elbows to the ...
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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

In some forms of Karate, sparring with a partner is done just once in three months. The rest of the time is spent in strength exercises, katas, flexibility exercises and ab crunches. I've noticed this ...
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Practicing a form with closed eyes

I have been training in Chen style Tai chi for more than 2 years, and I can say I can perform the first routine, Yi lu, without thinking of the form (which movement comes next and so on). So my Sifu ...
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How long should the Tai Chi basic 24 form take?

I have started the study of Tai Chi and have really enjoyed it so far. I believe that it has enhanced my overall and previous martial arts experience because it requires me to slow down and breathe. (...
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What is the best type of diet for serious competition training? [closed]

I am looking at competing seriously in kata. I been training for over 10 years but its not gotten as serious as training for a goal to compete for England. I am finding it hard to maintain my energy, ...
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Need help with sanchin kata

I'm confused as to how this kata is to be preformed. I understand it is a slow and muscle building kata, paired with the hard breathing. Which foot slides into sanchin dachi first? I was confused ...
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What is the name of this Taekwondo black belt bo form?

I asked at the school and no one knows the name. We call it the Advanced Bo Form. This form was brought over from the previous school before our current Grand Master took over. Only a hand full of us ...
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What drill or form can I practice with a push broom while sweeping the sidewalk?

I just spent about 45 minutes sweeping up accumulated leaves and debris from the sidewalks and gutters around my house. This gives me plenty of time to think, and so I often wonder: Is there a martial ...
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How does the Karate Styles Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū compare to each other?

I am specifically asking this in the sense of how Katas are executed. I heard somewhere that Shotokan is more stiff, and strong, but I'm not really sure. I'd also like to know if there are completely ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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How to train for improved balance?

My senseis have told me that I lack balance while demonstrating kicking techniques and Katas. I'm looking for advice on how to train to improve my balance, for example are there any good drills I can ...
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Utility of pre planned moves [duplicate]

Most martial arts seem to have staged pre defined series of moves as part of their practice routines. Karate with its Katas, Taekwondo with the Poomsaes etc. When push comes to shove and the fight ...
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Karate - Hangetsu (Seisan) - can one damage one's muscles through slow movements?

I was practicing Hangestu this morning with a lot of focus and tension. Throughout the final move I kept the tension, with my muscles working against each other, and felt a definite pain within my ...
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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

I'm looking for a reliable book, website or document that I can use for reference to study each technique specification, and memorize each compulsory Wushu form defined by IWUF. For Changquan and/or ...
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a relaxed and calm feeling after an intense practice?

okay so here how it goes: I did some punching and kicking practice. after that I took a shower and after that I suddenly felt a little different I was very clam and relaxed full of awareness. I felt ...
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What are Kung Fu's Tao Lu and Chang quan?

I'm new to Wushu, and I've read some stuff on the web about it, but I still don't understand a lot of things, for example: Is Tao lu the name of the northern Kung Fu style? Or is it a general name ...
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Diagram of Tensho kata?

I'd like to locate a diagram or other documentation of the Tensho kata. There are some videos available (many of which are very helpful) but I'd like to obtain a printed description of the form if ...
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What is the “sine wave” substyle of ITF taekwondo and how did it originate?

Many ITF-based taekwondo practitioners come to notice a difference between different ITF-based organizations with some groups teaching a direct, forceful style and others teaching a more timed, ...
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Where can I find Seido Resources?

I am an advanced blue belt in the Seido Karate system, it has been very difficult to find any resource pertaining to katas, and kumite I would love to have video or written instructions for these ...
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Can I start martial arts after a minor disc herniation?

I used to practice karate earlier. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with minor disc herniation at L4 and L5. I haven't undergone any surgery and pretty much cured just by physiotherapy and can do all my ...
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The terms “form” and “sequence” in Martial arts

Is there a difference between the two terms form and sequence in martial arts?
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“Spinning Block” Pattern Origination

In my group as a way to practice improving flow we do the following series in every class: Come into a neutral, relaxed stance) facing north (chosen for sake of ease of directions in this list). ...
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What is the application for tai chi's single whip?

What the bleep is going on in tai chi's single whip posture? It seems to be emblematic of tai chi, being a pose frequently struck by practitioners in the presence of cameras. The actual sequence is ...
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Origin of the “pinyon” in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?

When I was young, I took a few years of Shaolin-Kempo-Karate at a couple Villari's dojos. As part of our training, we had the expected set of katas that we were required to learn. However, there was ...
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What are the primary differences between poomsae and hyungs?

At my Taekwondo school, we practice the traditional hyungs as created by General Choi. After reviewing several materials for WTF practitioners and reading books on the history of Taekwondo, I'm left ...
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Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?

A lot of non-sport-related martial arts, in my experience, seem to limit ground technique to getting back to the feet in an effective and quick manner. While I don't disagree that being on your feet ...
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Are there alternate versions of the ITF Taekwondo pattern Yulgok?

In ITF Taekwondo, movements 15, 16, 18, and 19 of Yulgok are hooking blocks, as far as I know. Recently, however, I've been practicing Taekwondo with people who learned in different dojos, and a ...
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Tanto Forms Reference

A long time ago I used to study fighting with a tanto, derived loosely from aikijujutsu. Recently I have found myself glancing through a lot of forms practice and analyzing the movements, and was ...
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What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?

When I was studying my underbelt katas I could always refer to Master Jhoon Rhee's books covering the kata. Those books are no substitute for learning how to perform the kata with my sensei, but ...
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Bokken and Jo Kata book

When I did Aikido, several years ago, my teacher knew a lot of bokken and jo katas and other three or four combinations moves (small kata) for bokken and jo that I don't know how to call. The number ...
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Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?

I'd like to learn more about the various applications and interpretations of Karate katas. Is there a written source I can use?
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What are the purposes of martial arts forms?

A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements ...