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Questions tagged [karate]

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

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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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More back problem questions [closed]

I am 75 and just passed a few weeks ago the second dan shotokan exam, with I admit a bit of leeway for my age. I have several back issues, stenosi, herniated disks pain and some numbness of my legs. ...
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My knee keeps buckling I am in horse stance or preparing for kicks

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 wrestling is considered as a game in olympics where as karate and kung fu are just martial arts?

Wrestling is one of the self defence martial arts and also a game where audiences sit and watch them. Even karate is same , but why karate is not considered as a game and only in martial arts .?
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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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Martial art suitable for people at later age (35+) with family and a business to run. [duplicate]

I am interested in starting martial-arts both for fitness reasons, but also for the learning experience and focus required. My concern is that at my age (35+), and a heavy daily program (family, ...
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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
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Can Karate Stand a Chance Against Aikido [closed]

I'm not an expert in martial arts but I always wanted to know if a offensive-based martial art, like Karate and Taekwondo, is capable of lasting or even defeating a fighter that uses Aikido. I've ...
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What are the origins of the Isshin ryu's vertical fist with thumb on top?

I was taught in my jujitsu school to make a fist with the thumb on top which I discovered through some internet digging is the way Isshin ryu practitioners make a fist. I have yet to find anyone else ...
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Negative effect of splits [closed]

Hello everyone I hope you will answer my question. And this is it Can one become sterile from doing splits for a long period of time?
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Trouble keeping heel down during katas

During kata I have a real issue maintaining my stance, this is predominately caused by me bringing my rear heel up off the floor when striking. The two katas I have learnt, so far, are taikyoku and ...
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What's this footwork technique called?

In movie "Never Back Down: No Surrender (2016)", Michael Jai White is seen practising a footwork technique shown below. Is there any such technique in Karate? If so, what is it?
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Is it appropriate to display the dojo kun at home?

The dojo kun is a set of 5 principles that should be followed in the dojo. The dojo kun states the basic philosophy of karate, according to Funakoshi. Some schools choose to recite the principles at ...
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Solar Plexus: how to reinforce it?

As the title suggests, I keep getting hit in the solar plexus and as soon as I get hit, I lose wind and this disarms me completely. I do Kyokushin Karate and they taught us how to "hara" (remove all ...
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Starting two or more different martial arts at the same time

Is it simply like learning two different languages at the same time? If so will it be easier to differentiate if the two styles are very different? For example, Kyokushin Karate and Judo.
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Are there any differences between karategi, judogi, and aikidogi?

I hope my question is not out of topic here. I want to buy aikidogi from online shop but not sure whether judogi and karategi can also be used. Question Are there any differences between karategi, ...
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Martial arts to intimidate school bullies

I need to intimidate them because I am at my tipping point now. I can no longer stand their bullying day in and day out. Which martial art is the best to learn to intimidate the school bullies?
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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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How did the modernization of Karate weaken its self-defense applications?

I have been doing Karate for 3 years and during that time I have researched the history of Karate. My research indicates that during the propagation of Karate to Japan and the rest of the world, some ...
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Hip problems and roundhouse kick?

I am a brown belt in Higashi karate and I'm being put up for my black belt grading this year. However, one of the things my coach keeps mentioning to me is my poor roundhouse kick. I have always had ...
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Advice on wearable technology during MMA class to alert me of critical phone calls (on-call 24/7)

I'm a caregiver. My phone is linked to my FIL's life alert system, but having a phone in my pocket during class is not working at all. I would like to know if anyone else has a product they use or ...
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Karate and Judo?

My original question was about whether Kyokushin Karate and Freestyle Wrestling go well together as cross training. Now that I have some further insight from a very helpful user, my question is ...