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Martial arts origins, lineage, intermingling, influences, and cultural contexts.

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Is “Jogo do Pau” the only historic European martial art kept alive until today?

Recently I was at a "Jogo do Pau" demonstration, and during the introduction it was said to be the only historic European martial art that kept being practiced until the present day. It was at risk ...
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Is modern martial arts effectiveness intentionally reduced?

Reading the "Taekwondo Grappling Techniques" book (Dr. Tony Kemerly and Steve Snyder, Tuttle Publishing, 2009), the first chapter provides an interesting overview of Taekwondo history, and the ...
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ITF Taekwondo Patterns Information- Yul Gok & Toi Gye

I study ITF Taekwondo, and our patterns are named for significant people, places, groups, or events in Korean history. I was trying to learn more about the Neo-Confucian beliefs of Yi-Hwang ( Toi Gye)...
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Did Ueshiba successfully explain his aikido knowledge to his students?

Original Question This is an excerpt of an interview with Takako Kunigoshi, a direct student of Ueshiba, in THelper's answer to Who were the first female aikidoka?. Editor: During Ueshiba Sensei’s ...
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Martial Arts and Yoga - Do they share a common source? [duplicate]

I am looking for information on the common history of yoga and Indian martial arts such as the kalaripayttu. Has martial art evolved from yoga? Did they grow in parallel? Is there a documented history ...
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Accuracy and historical veracity of goshi-no-kata knife attack: Yakuza link?

In the Shodokan Aikido goshin-no-kata, there is a technique (the 24th one) where uke's steps with the tanto in both hands and draws it. Tori grabs uke's left hand and executes a tenkai-kote-hineri. ...
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Who said there are 3 paths of judo and where can I find the quote

Someone has said there are 3 paths (or types of practitioner) of judo. It goes something like this, but I might remember the details a bit wrong: One is a competitor, advances quickly in rank, but ...
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What's the name of this sweep and where did it originate?

I tried to look online, but I couldn't find anything like this (Google doesn't exactly like long descriptive explanations). Here's the deal. Attacker is in a sitting position, holding the opponent ...
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Why was `Rumble in the Jungle` held in Zaire?

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974wikipedia Kinshasa is in Africa, which is far away from USA. It was ...
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Historical esgrimas de navaja technical manuals

The Navaja is a Spanish knife, which started as a tool (like most knives) and ended up being used for fighting. During Napoleonic times, it was banned by the French, to quote wikipedia: The navaja ...
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Glima and Greco-Roman wrestling cross pollination

Glima is a wresting Scandinavian martial art dating back to Vikings times. Greco-Roman wrestling should be well known. Vikings were know to associate with the Roman Empire -- see the Vangarians. 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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Origins of the ura-waza

The ura-waza (as shown in this video) is a set of ten counters to the basic seventeen techniques of Shodokan Aikido. Those are shown in the first part of the video. While I know the technical details ...
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Does Kung-Fu come from Kalaripayattu?

I read some online texts that say Kung-Fu is originated from Kalaripayattu. Is there any truth to this claim? The Shaolin temple itself was founded by an Indian Dhyana master Buddhabhadra. On one ...
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Historical “speed” archery

There are a lot of speed archery videos, for example this one. Most of them appear to be modern people working out how it could have been done. Is there any historical archery manual or/and specific ...
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What are the physical requirements for Sumo wrestlers? No exposing six-packs?

Having seen many pictures of Sumo wrestlers on the web, I have not found ones who expose their six-packs or ones who have appearance as follows. Most of them look like the following. Questions ...
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Did martial arts really originate from India and is it based on yoga?

A person from Ukraine told me today that one of the reasons he practices martial arts, and also studies (and practices) religion by residing in religious places in India, is because he believes India ...
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How do General Choi and his peers consider mental illness

I am a seasoned instructor of taekwon-do, and love working with all the kids; oftentimes I talk about the important things in life with them: How to handle life and all the odd balls it'll throw at ...
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First fictional film to show Aikido

I was wondering what was the first fictional film to show more than one Aikido technique1. I am assuming that the 1988 Above The Law might be it but it there might be something else. 1 Let's assume ...
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Origin of this Zen koan-like story

We all heard that story, in one form or another: Student: Master, how long does it take to be a black belt. Master: Four years. Student: What if trained twice as hard? Master: Eight ...
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Why did Ueshiba name his art Aikido (合気道)?

Morihei Ueshiba training in Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu under Takeda Sōkaku, and after engaging with the Ōmoto-kyō religion, changed his teaching of Daitō-ryū to encompass more of his religion ideology. He ...
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Resources explaining the differences between martial arts / combat styles for artistic purposes?

I'm wanting to get some good, broad resources to study up on, for my comic art / graphic novel purposes. Also, for my homebrew table RPG. I'm looking for something that shows me something like, "X ...
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Two-Handed Basket-Hilted Sword Usage?

Is there a method of sword fighting where one uses two handed techniques with a basket-hilted sword? I've heard that this happened, just not where, when, and what the technique was called.
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Norwegian/Germanic martial arts forms

I've always heard of Chinese/Asian-based martial arts but never about Norwegian/Germanic martial arts. Does this kind of martial arts exist and if so, what are its defining features? Thanks!
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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

I've recently run across several conversations where someone goes to great lengths to clarify that a certain style is not a martial art. Mitro's answer to this question on Krav Maga for example: Is ...
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Age of martial arts [closed]

Which of the martial arts is the oldest? And which is the youngest? And which is the most average age? If you invented another martial art, how would you get it appraised, approved, accepted and ...
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How did jiujitsu spread to Britain?

'Suffrajitsu': How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts talks about jiujitsu being used by suffragettes in pre-WWI Britain. How did the martial art spread from Japan to Britain?
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What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?

The answers to the question What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically? mostly address the superstitious, popular notion of qi you might find in a Tarantino movie. But the word ...
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What is the oldest martial art?

What I mean by the "oldest martial art" is an organized martial art or lineage of martial arts that we have history about from a reliable source including its origins and date that it was designed. I'...
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what is the real history and purpose of silat in a fight?

I'm sure you've all heard of Silat, an Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian sort of martial art. I hear it is very effective, almost like krav maga. It's supposed to be intense and when I look ...
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History of Shotokan's Influence on Taekwondo

I have heard two things about Taekwondo from different sources: A) The founder of TKD (Choi Hong Hi) trained in Shotokan Karate and TKD is based on Shotokan. B) Taekwondo is based on pre-existing ...
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Who is a person, Martial Art, who broke his hand when he tried to break the Tiles?

I once heard a story about a Martial Art person who has broken his hand after breaking the Tiles. The aim of story given below shows a Mind Power of Human Being. Actually I did't remember the exact ...
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Aikido jo-staff origins

Within some Aikido circles, I have heard it be said that the jo-staff was representing a spear thus should be treated as if it had a blade at one end. This help explains uke's reactions to some of ...
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When did fake pro wrestling become so popular in the US?

Except for Mexico and Japan there are not many nations where professional (fake) wrestling is so successful. Where did this come from? Why did it become so popular? Here in Europe we don't have ...
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When was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed?

Assuming it did indeed exist, when was the Southern Shaolin Temple destroyed? Personally, I've heard that it was possibly destroyed multiple times with the years (AD) 1646, 1647, 1674, 1732, 1901, ...
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Was the Southern Shaolin Temple real and if so which location is valid?

We may never know the definitive answer to this one, but was hoping someone could shed some light in terms of educated opinions and/or factual evidence that points in a certain direction. Here's ...
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Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?

In Kalari Payattu there is something called choondu marmam, which is used to attack the opponent with spiritual power. Is it real?
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Who were the first female aikidoka?

When did the first women start training in Aikido? Who were they and where did they train? Who was the first female aikidoka to achieve teaching rank?
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Who was the first female judoka?

Who were the first female judo players? When did they train? Keiko Fukuda was promoted to fifth degree in 1953
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Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?

I know the proper way to put on your gi is to put the left side over the right side, but why is this? Where did this custom come from? I think it applies to all martial arts (at least I know it does ...
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Légion étrangère close combat system

What is the system of close combat taught in the Légion étrangère? How did it evolve during the history of the Légion?
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“Aikido is first and foremost BUDO”

The above sentence has been attributed to O'Sensei and I'd like to use it as a motto for my dojo's website. Problem: I can't find a reliable source about when/where he said this. Or a proper Japanese ...
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Background about Butthan Martial art

I'd like to know about the background of Butthan martial arts. What is the focus of this art, and what are the strength and weakness of it?
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What are the origins of “tricking”?

My wife recently introduced me to the practice of "tricking" (essentially, a form of martial arts demo that focuses on jumps and acrobatic maneuvers - in some ways, the martial arts version of parkour)...
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What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Southern Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
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Is there any documentation of newaza in Fusen-Ryu?

Renzo Gracie's book Mastering Jujitsu makes the interesting and not otherwise repeated claim that BJJ is descended directly from Fusen-Ryu rather than Judo. Allegedly, while Judo was cleaning up at ...
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China leader's bodyguards: From bagua to baji?

I have heard that in China, the emperor's bodyguards used to be Baguazhang practitioners. I do not have source to back this up, but Wikipedia at least hints at it: Because of his work as a servant ...
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How and when martial art was originated, who originated it? [closed]

I have read of Bodhhidhharma's story, who taught Shaolin monks martial arts. I've read of Tai Chi to be the first martial art and root of all other. I've also read of Okinawa island where Japanese ...
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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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history of Jujitsu?

Does anyone know of any good references covering the history of Jujitsu? I've been studying Judo, Jujitsu (Japanese), and BJJ, and everyone I ask has a different version of the history of these arts....