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A collection of empty-handed martial arts originating in Okinawa, Japan.

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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

This is about sparring. There are a few guys in my gym (Muay Thai/Kick Boxing) who have Taekwondo/Karate backgrounds. They have a Bruce-Lee-type stance. Their front hand is low and legs are wide apart....
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Whats the difference between hayashi-ha with traditional shito-ryu style?

What's the difference between Haiashi-Ha Shito-Ryu and traditional Shito-Ryu? What does Hayashi-Ha have that Shito-Ryu don't have? And what does Shito-Ryu have that Hayashi-Ha does not?
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Final punches in Shotokan's Jion kata: Straight punch or hammer fist?

The final two punches in Jion are described as straight punches out to the side. With very little exception, however, videos show people doing a cross between a straight punch and a hammer. Some ...
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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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Why is it permitted to kick (but not punch) someone in the face in Kyokushin tournaments? [duplicate]

It doesn't make sense to me. What do you think?
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Karate - Does being tall make you slow in Kata?

My children are learning Karate right now and they are much smaller than other children their age. I was thinking maybe they can do some kind of exercise that would help them grow taller. However we ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

Some eastern martial arts (such as karate, taekwondo) prohibit straight boxing-style strikes/punches to the head in their sports rules: A punch that makes strong contact with the opponent's hogu ...
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Reasons for a Karate Kata disqualification?

In the world of Karate competitions, what are some technical rules that can disqualify a kata? For example, if the stance is too deep and Zenkutsu dachi has its front knee, well before the toe, will ...
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Would a Pankration Fighter be allowed in UFC?

Would a Pankration fighter be allowed in the UFC? If so, how would he be able to fend off other foes who use Karate, Muay Thai and Krav maga?
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Are there moves that would never be taught or talked about in an MMA gym?

because they're just too dangerous to the public or for public consumption? I assume they'd be slight modifications of the more dangerous moves that would be the ones actually taught.
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Will three months of Muai Thai help?

In three months I'll be going abroad for master studies. I have left my job in order to prepare somewhat for the course in the three months before I leave. This gives me time for some extra activities ...
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Which pressure points are easy reachable for attack?

What I do know about pressure points are some points of body where vital attack could break the nerve system and make human less conscious about surrounding. but most of them are very behind of ...
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Kiai, the Hara and Dantian (etymology and philosophy)

I'm trying to figure out what, precisely, Kiai means. I've done some reading, and am aware that the Kiai is supposed to come from the Hara, or Dantian - the stomach area. Literally Kiai, means 'join ...
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Age and Restrictions, Learning Karate

I have been a fan of martial arts since I was a kid. I begged my father when I was a teen to register me into a martial art school, like Aikido, but he never actually did it. I was frustrated, and ...
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Keep old rank or start afresh?

Many years ago, around 15 or a little bit more, I practised karate. I was a child and reached 9th kyu. Now I want to come back to the karate. Should I start from 9th kyu or I should start from the ...
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Karate Tonfa Kata

I have trained in Judo and Karate for a lot of years. I have studied kata bunkai for a long time. I'm now moving into Karate weapons training and would like to start with Tonfa. I don't have time in ...
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How to do a good yoko geri (side kick)

I'm really struggling to perform a yoko geri. My hips and flexibility simply don't allow my legs to kick sideways. Any tips to improve my position and flexibility ?
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How do I close the distance with taller opponents during sparring in karate?

I've recently taken up goju-ryu karate. In sparring, I'm often matched up with someone significantly taller than myself (by a foot or more), and find that I have trouble finding openings due to their ...
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My knee keeps buckling when I am in horse stance or preparing for kicks [closed]

I am 17 and I do Karate. My knee keeps buckling whenever I am in horse stance, or doing a front thrust kick. It is almost like it's going backwards. My instructors ask us to go as low and wide as we ...
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Why is wrestling considered an Olympic sport whereas karate and kung fu are just considered martial arts?

Wrestling is a self defence martial art and also an (Olympic) game which audiences sit and watch. Other martial arts like karate are the same - with a martial/self-defence and sport component, so why ...
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Kyokushin Sparring Gear

I am looking for some shin guards and gloves for full contact (Kyokushin) sparring. Is there anything I should be looking for / avoid when buying these pieces of equipment?
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Why don't we wear shoes in karate?

Presumably people in Okinawa didn't walk around barefoot. If the original purpose of karate is self-defense, wouldn't it make more sense to train in similar clothing to what you'd be wearing if you ...
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Is it possible to start Taekwondo or Karate at 15 [duplicate]

Is it possible to start Kungfu, Taekwondo or Karate at the age of 15? I am asking because I don't practice any sport.
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Philosphy and history of Okinawan Karate

I've recently started stufdying Goju Ryu. I have some training and a black belt in a few other styles. One of the things that I miss with some masters here is their lack of historical and ...
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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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How does BJJ differ from classic jujutsu? [duplicate]

I'm interested in studying grappling, locks, throws. Basically using my size (6'4", 280 lbs, no fat) to my advantage. I already hold a 3rd dan black belt in Goju karate, but karate in general does not ...
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Why do round kicks use the ball of the foot?

In traditional karate (not kumite competition) performing mawashi-geri (roundhouse kick) such that one strikes the target with the ball of the foot is preferred over striking with the top of the foot ...
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Why do people wear frayed black belts? [closed]

There seems to be a pride in using a beaten up belt. Isn't a belt cheap, shouldn't a MA practitioner be in clean and well maintained attire ?
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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 don't karateka practice ground-fighting and takedown defense?

Why don't karateka train in any kind of ground fighting or takedown defense? Karate contains takedowns, throws, leg sweeps etc. yet I've never seen anyone teach sprawling in karate and getting up from ...
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Why doesn't karate use hook punches like boxing does?

Why don't karateka use hook punches in kihon or kumite? The basic technique exists (kagi zuki) and can be found in several kata eg: heian godan and the tekki kata but it is always performed as a kind ...
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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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Why is an Ippon rarely awarded when attacking fallen opponents?

Somewhat recently I was at a somewhat major (national-level, so the referees were competent) karate tournament which used the standard WKF rules when it comes to scoring. While watching others fight, ...
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Rice filled bag or mung bean filled bag which one is effective for training?

I have rice filled conditioning bag is it good for improve knuckles ? Or do I need make new one with mung beans ?
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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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Styles of Karate

I have a black belt in WTF Taekwondo and some training in Kalaripayattu. However, the first martial art I was exposed to was Shotokan Karate. I reached the yellow belt and then had to discontinue for ...
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What causes stiff body while kicking? (Lack of flexibility or balance)

I have been doing roundhouse kicks for some time on my own. But recently my sensei told me that my body was getting stiff during this. I think my flexibility is ok. But its not perfect yet. However ...
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Pain when performing mae geri and mawashi geri

I've recently started karate again after a ~5 year haitus, and I am getting pains everywhere, which was expected. These are ok, but there are two that I find concerning. Pain in back of knee when ...
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Does cycling improve stamina or any other physical characteristics?

Background info: I've been practicing shotokan karate for 9 years now and loved exercising in general. Due to various reasons, I moved to a different region and started japanese jiu jitsu 5 months ...
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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 kyokushin Karateka did not prefere soft style technique?

I did have been read article on Wikipedia that in Kyokushin karate they do not use throwing or gripping or any kind of locking technique to practice or to use. which kind of philosophy is stays behind ...
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How to condition knuckles?

I punch rock and wood slowly everyday; is it good for conditioning knuckles? What do you recommend for conditioning knuckles? I am doing knuckle push ups on concrete, too.
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Why does WKF not allow Mae geri (Front Snap Kick) and Yoko geri (Side Kick)?

I am a Shotokan Karate practitioner and I have good control over my kick. However, even with that I am not doing well under WKF sparring because these two kicks are disallowed. I find them very ...
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What is the name of the postition with the leg retracted (in japanese)?

Recently my karate teacher told us to find out the name of the position (or it might have been the act of retracting your leg after a kick - I can't remember) when you retract your leg after a kick. ...
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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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Considering domestic violence, what does Tae Kwon Do teach its practitioners in order for them to protect their loved ones? [closed]

I recently read a comment where the author said he did Tae Kwon Do for self defence and to protect his loved ones. How does Tae Kwon Do, do this? The World Health Organization estimates a third of ...
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Adapting from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
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Are mouth guard the same for all sports?

Can mouth guard for boxing be used for karate, basket balls, etc? Are they are the same?
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Why are gedanbarai, gyakuzuki and uraken so significant in basic

Trying to learn all about karate to help my son