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

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As an instructor, how to deal with complaining parents?

I've been teaching karate for about 10 years now, and business has been going well. All of my advanced classes have 40-50+ kids on the mat, and I normally run the class myself. The problem I run into ...
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Is South Korean tae kwon do based on Japanese karate? And then what about Chinese kung fu? Is kung fu based on either karate or tae kwon do?

According to Wikipedia, Japanese karate was first practiced in 1936: Funakoshi had trained in two of the popular branches of Okinawan karate of the time, Shorin-ryū and Shōrei-ryū. In Japan he was ...
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Why some people think that martial arts are useless?

I have a gym instructor that was in karate and half year in boxing. He sparred in boxing against someone who weighs less and shorter than him and that guy was 7 years in boxing and even so my ...
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What is the weight of dipped-foam TKD/Karate sparring gloves? (see photo)

I often see TKD and Karate folks sparring with these types of open-palm glove, made of some sort of plastic-dipped foam that seems common for those styles' equipment. How much do they weigh? (I ...
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How do I keep everyone's attention?

I'm a student teacher in Karate. I try to teach younger students, but they don't take me seriously as an instructor. I've tried countless of times to get them to listen to me, but they don't. I've ...
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Gym Dojo Etiquette, Pairing people up

I am at a Muay Thai Gym. Before class, coach pairs up everyone into partner groups for drills and pad work. Sometimes there are odd number of people, so some people are in a 3 group (which is totally ...
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Muay Thai: Is Numbing of Shin Nerves Healthy?

Is numbing of the nerves generally healthy for a person? What are the long term of effects of doing this? I only do light sparring, but my legs are little bit desensitized. See contents below: https://...
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Are there "right" and "wrong" kata bunkais?

This guy says some karate kata movements are to meant to represent defense against takedowns: frames, even sprawls. In other videos (example), his interpretations of kata, or kata bunkais, usually ...
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How to prepare for/win the 100 man kumite?

In this Wikipedia article and in the beginning of this video they reference a 100 man kumite, in which you have to fight over and over again against a new opponent that is of similar or higher skill ...
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Karate doesn't provide defense against wrestlers and MMA fighters. Or does it?

Let's say it out loud: karate doesn't provide defense against wrestlers and MMA fighters. Or does it? I heard the old-school karate (Okinawan karate) includes grappling and such, but I never saw any ...
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Muay Thai vs Karate Kick Force

Has anyone seen other studies of Muay Thai kick vs Karate in terms of strength and force impact? They say Muai Thai is Lot stronger but by how much? Couple of my muay thai teachers said its 2 to 4 ...
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Is it true that 'A strike is a block is a lock is a throw'?

I often hear this idiom from karate YouTube channels. A strike is a block is a lock is a throw In my experience the movements for blocks, throws, strikes and joint locks are completely different (...
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What stretches should be done before performing Shotokan kata?

When I took a Shotokan class, sensei always had us completely stretch out before the class, which usually had tenokata. The master (Gichin Funakoshi) writes that one can enjoy and benefit from karate-...
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Cross Training Judo with Shotokan Karate

I am 33 and I have been doing Shotokan Karate for 9 months. And I am also considering starting Judo. I have read that Karate and Judo can compliment each other nicely and that it was quite normal in ...
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Karate Side Kick in Muay Thai

What are the consequences if I did this jumping side kick in Muay thai? Would it work, or would a professional Muay Thai opponent do a big counter from that? See this link from Jeff Chan channel. ...
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Is Karate artistic on purpose or is it unintentional?

When observing people shadowboxing, it seems like Karate is a more pretty, artistic, and fancy martial art. Muay Thai seems more brutal and ugly looking at some times (even though I practice it). Did ...
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Can the Rolling Wheel kick (Kaitan Geri) of Kyokushin Karate be used on hard surfaces?

I have seen some knockout videos of the Rolling Wheel Kick mostly used by Kyokushin Karate practitioners. I wanted to know if it was invented just for that sport, or for fighting and brawling as well. ...
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Karate vs Muay Thai: Side Kick Foot Rotation

Why does Karate and Taekwondo side kick have the foot tilt sideways or even downwards? In Muay Thai, the side teep foot is held diagonal. Is there a functional reason between the two? Curious as I ...
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MMA: Fighting Opponent who uses Karate stance

I am training in MMA stance with Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. What happens if I face opponent using a Karate stance? Should I go for double leg takedown or leg roundhouse kick? What are some options? How ...
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Going from MMA back to Traditional Martial Arts

Currently I go to an MMA gym (Muay Thai with BJJ). After a couple years, I always ponder about going to a traditional school. Just curious what are the benefits of going to a traditional martial arts ...
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Should I wear a cup for sparring?

Should I wear a cup for sparring? I've been getting interested in Karate sparring, but I'm still murky on some things.
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Why does Karate recommend kicking with feet instead of shins?

What is the historical reason Karate and Taekwondo recommend kicking with foot instead of shins for Round kicks (different from Muay Thai)? In Krav Maga, they teach to kick with foot, since most of ...
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Are old high level black belts actually better than young low level black belts?

I'd like to preface this by saying I have virtually zero martial arts experience or knowledge so sorry if I'm not the clearest or if my question doesn't make much sense . You know that scene in The ...
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Why do people Shadowbox without full extension?

I noticed during drills, many people shadow box without full extension of arms? Is there a reason for that? Around half the class has full extension, other half does not. I thought when you box, you'...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse kick: Rotate in stability without friction

I like the Muay Thai kick as its more fluid rotation, faster motion, and more power with hip/legs. One thing compared to Karate and TKD kick, it takes a lot more balance and friction against the ...
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Why doesn't Muay Thai use the Karate/Taekwondo front snap kick?

Why doesn't Muay Thai incorporate the Karate/TKD Front Snap Kick? Muay Thai instead has a Teep kick with slightly different motion. I understand why Muay Thai has its own roundhouse kick, as its more ...
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Why don't Muay Thai fighters bounce like Karate fighters?

Why don't Muay Thai fighters bounce like Karate fighters, with their leg forward? In Karate they teach that gives energy with the bounce. Just curious, not sure what is the best way. It seems Muay ...
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Striking with the shoulder in Karate

I'm just starting longsword sparring and already see application for shoulder strikes. For instance, many fencers will let you lock or vertically press their blade, where the expected response is an ...
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Muay Thai Teep Front Kick: One hand is always down reason

I noticed in Muay Thai Teep kick, they always recommend to keep same side hand is down. You will notice one hand is up, and another hand is down in picture. Why do they recommend this? In other ...
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Why don't they wear Headgear or Mouthguard in Karate Sparring?

I noticed in many Karate sparring videos, they aren't wearing any helmets or mouthguards. It seems like they can get very hurt, if opponent messes up. Is there a reason why? https://www.youtube.com/...
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Has There Been Sufficient Emphasis on Strategy During Your Martial Arts Training?

It's a beautiful thing to watch an athlete, outmatched on paper, employ strategy to overcome the favourite. Effective strategy can enable competitors and participants to overcome otherwise apparently ...
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Is there any practical purpose of kata?

I expected Japanese karatekas to kick everybody's asses at the Olympics and rake in all the medals. But in reality, the Japanese excelled at kata but pretty much sucked at kumite (only one bronze). ...
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Author of Kata Diagrams

Does anyone know who has made these diagrams? I reckon that it was a published in German, so the author is probably from Germany.
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what are the advantages of having strong gluteus muscles in martial arts?

Does strong gluteus muscle strength give the pro athletes an edge out there? Maybe I can rearrange my training schedule for the next karate competition.And I had an injury before and had to work my ...
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How is the "direct connection from fist to floor" refered to in "Karate Science" achieved?

The book Karate Science includes the statement that: One of the main goals of karate is to have the body postured in such a way as to allow a direct connection from the floor to the striking limb at ...
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Can flat feet hinder my performance in martial arts?

I have a mild case of flat feet (like, I reckon, 1 on the picture below). I'm also often kind of awkward in my movements when performing high kicks and occasionally have balance issues (I don't fall ...
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Better foot technique with daily stretching

How effective is it to do daily stretching for the legs in order to get a better foot technique for kicking, like in Karate or Taekwondo. Let's say, I am stretching my legs three times a day for about ...
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Jumping in Karate Kumite

Any time you see a World Karate Federation Kumite competition the competitors constantly jump up and down. Why do they do this? They are not dodging any incoming attacks. It will certainly slow ...
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Kicking the knees in karate

I'm interested in kicks to the knee joint in particular from a self-defense standpoint, with the goal of removing mobility and ending combat, and interested in the number of applications for this. ...
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Karate Chops? (Uses and practicality of knifehand techniques)

In popular culture in the West, "karate chop" became a meme, probably because it looked so exotic to people used to Western boxing. My understanding that that the proper name for the ...
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One punch knockout

There was a guy in highschool got into a lot of fights and almost every time he hit someone he knocked them out. As I got into shotokan and bjj, I started wondering is it not the matter of how hard ...
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Main differences of Karate & Taekwondo

I'm asking b/c, to an outsider, they can appear similar. But, clearly, there are key distinctions. What are the distinctions between Karate and Taekwondo A good answer should touch on similarities, ...
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How do I achieve "gi whip"

Appreciate it's a fairly superficial question but I am only 4th kyu and most of the people I train with are shodan or above. Something I've noticed is when we are performing Kihon drills, their gis ...
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Suggestions on martial art choosing

I'm about 30 years old, out of shape, and stressed out. I always liked martial arts, but never really practiced one. I'm now looking for an art to help me get into good shape, get some exercise, relax,...
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What's the name of the Shorin Ryu technique that's most like upward palm block?

I'm asking because I noticed this technique in Wu Mei that looks exactly like it. I'd like to see the Shorin bunkai for this technique. https://youtu.be/Qwhqp0eJhDw?t=1115
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Very high horse stance

When I attempt to go into a horse stance my form breaks down after just a couple inches of depth. I cannot go lower than this and begin to lean significantly if I go any lower. I'd estimate my thigh ...
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Adjustable dumbells instead of Chi Ishi

I've been trying to practice the Hojo Undo exercises as part of my karate training. I've been following a book (Art of Hojo Undo) for this and have found it useful especially the makiwara and nigiri ...
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Teaching martial arts online [closed]

Thanks to the lockdown, my sensei is planning to move all our classes online. We are aware that some things are not possible online (e.g. contact moves etc.). However, fine tuning kata and kihon might ...
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Should I rotate the standing foot to throw a roundhouse kick?

I stand southpaw, with my less flexible right foot in front. To throw a roundhouse kick, my Kyokushin training makes it feel natural for me to plant my left foot solid on the ground to kick with the ...
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Is there any practical use for high kicks (e.g. Jodan Mawashi Geri)?

After a good warm-up, I can perform a high mawashi geri pretty easily. Without a warm-up, however, I can barely lift my leg higher than belt level. In a real-life situation, you won't have any time to ...
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