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Choosing a martial art, tool, technique, teacher, or training partner.

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Suburito - practicing indoors

I have a suburito but have recently discovered that I don't have the ceiling height to practice much indoors. For instance, an overhead strike is quite unfeasible. Area of study Mostly Iaido ...
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Martial arts for teen with arthritis

I’ve been diagnosed with arthritis since I was around 13. Now I’m 15 but my arthritis is in a pretty harsh condition. It affects my ankles, wrists and spine but I have learned how to work around it. ...
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What martial arts philosophy books are recommended for martial arts originating outside East Asia?

My awareness of martial arts philosophical works is limited exclusively to those of Chinese and Japanese origin. I would like to learn more about martial arts philosophies from other cultures and to ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning a solo martial arts practice online at different levels?

The only martial art I have ever practised is taijiquan, when I lived in Newcastle. The standard of the classes was exceptional and now that I live in a completely different area of the country, I am ...
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Are there specific martial arts that can help with (or at least not aggravate) sciatica?

My fitness level and flexibility are fairly poor and I would like to find a martial art that is complementary with yoga to help improve my overall physical wellbeing. Are there specific martial arts ...
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Is there a way to defense from man on the ground with gun while standing?

There is a situation, while fighting, your opponent falls down and draws out a gun. He is on the ground and you stand up. What is the offered solution for such a situation? Is there any? Is there a ...
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I need a good martial art I can learn (non spiritual)

I would like to learn a martial art that can help me learn to defend myself against singular and potentially multiple opponents. I was going for Krav Magar but I realized that I was taking it too far. ...
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Founder of a martial arts system passed away. How can current Black Belts move up in the system?

I and a few other Black Belts are the last generation of a martial arts system. The founder was a Grandmaster who created his system that took roughly 40 plus years to create. However, he passed away ...
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Choosing a martial art

I know my question is pretty common but I'd like to choose the best martial art for me. I'm a 20 yo guy, not too fit or flexible (I'm working on it tho). I prefer strike-based styles over grappling ...
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Which Style out of the 3 should I start with

Hey guy so I'm pretty young as of now and I'm planning to learn some martial arts in the future so I need some help choosing the first one to start with. I plan on learning Southpaw boxing, Taekwondo, ...
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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 would be the set of martial arts that would be most useful for self defense (and in what sequence)?

I would like to learn how to defend myself in real-life scenarios. In order to do that, I decided to learn the following martial arts in the order I outlined. I would like these martial arts to be ...
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How do I choose a suitable footwork for me?

I am amateur who basically only uses my fists and I want learn a foot work (note: currently I don't know any footwork) so please recommend a footwork which helps me become swift
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Meditative yet effective martial art

During the quarantine I have started doing some Tai Chi before going to bed. It really helps as a form of meditation and I love that it has a fighting aspect to it as I am fascinated by the parallels ...
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Recommendations for quiet punching/kickboxing bags

DISCLAIMER: I realize that this question is similar to Punch bags in a rental apartment However, this does NOT answer my question. While both ask about punching bags in an apartment, that question ...
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Advice on finding Sambo seminars? [closed]

I like Sambo but unfortunately in my location I haven't found any available classes. Can someone advise an (affordable) seminar (week or week-end long) for all levels that is run somewhere in ...
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Styles associated with Hard style martial arts?

First, let me define hard style. So, most martial arts have a soft and hard version of practicing them. Soft style would be doing the minimal harm to get out of a situation; while hard style is ...
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Are there any still surviving schools of Jujutsu?

I've trained at a couple of "traditional Jujutsu" clubs, but as far as I can tell their syllabuses seem to have been inspired by early 20th century judo, perhaps with a bit of aikido thrown in. Are ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I'm 43 and got myself a spinal cord injury 16 years ago that keeps me in a wheelchair most of the time. I can stand and walk with crutches and have some decent (for a quadriplegic) upper body mobility ...
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Is there a martial art where exams can be taken at will?

It's standard in most arts that access to rank/belt exams is restricted in some way. In many cases, there are minimum waiting periods between exams, and in some dojos, an exam can only be attempted ...
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Is there a martial art that emphasizes small unit tactics?

I recall reading many years ago about an attempt to organize a martial art where, for example, a team of (say) five members would fight a similar team, with all members participating in the battle at ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I am a 43 years old software developer in vaguely reasonable shape (can do 20-ish pushups, can run 5km in 30min and not grossly overweight). My long term fitness goal is to be able to say in a job ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

I have been training on and off in various martial arts since I was a teenager; now I'm nearing 50 and my body is certainly not what it used to be. I trained for over 10 years in tae kwon do and I'...
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Closest discipline to "just beating each other"?

Mandatory disclaimer: I know, and respect, that martial arts are not about just stepping into a fight and that there's a lot more to it. On the other hand, I know pretty much nothing about the topic, ...
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What self defense would everyone recommend to a fighter forced to fight with two broken fist?

I know a self-defense fighter who broke both fists fighting. What self-defense techniques would everyone recommend to a fighter forced to fight with two broken fists?
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Are there martial arts known to synergize with Judo?

Intro Following a bit of studying, I have found that I am interested in learning Judo, as it matches my life philosophies of being gentle but not defenseless. However the schools of Judo accessible to ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

So here's the issue: I love kickboxing, but I absolutely detest being barefoot. I hardly ever walk barefoot around my own (clean) home, let alone the (relatively dirty) mats at a gym. That's probably ...
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What form of martial arts should I choose? [closed]

I'm 20 years old and want to learn a martial art. I have fractured my leg twice in the past, but still I want to try. Which form should I choose? My physical strength is good, have fast reflexes, ...
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Ageing and Competition - Step back or Power through?

This probably applies to many arts - but my particular experience is Tae Kwon Do. I love competing - and have been lucky enough to compete around the world in the adult black belt categories. The ...
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Things to do in Tokyo when you are NOT dead (yet) [closed]

Later this year I will take my nephew (he is 19) to Tokyo for a week. We will spend most of the time together but I am considering having one or two afternoons were each goes his own way (I am ...
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Relatively safe standing throw/grapple/manipulation techniques?

I'm looking to learn specific techniques that can be used in a variety of self-defense situations, but generally are "relatively safe" on your opponent. Not sure if I have to justify myself on this ...
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Old student looking for a new style

Could anyone recommend a martial art to study that a middle aged person with a permanently sore lower back can do for fun & workout? My karate days are over (can't kick as well now after injury)....
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What is a good BJJ book for someone familiar with groundwork but not BJJ?

I am looking for a Brazilian jiujitsu book to understand how BJJ thinks about groundwork. As a judoka of some years, I already have some familiarity with joint locks, chokes, control, escapes, the ...
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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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Help picking a martial art (avoiding head strikes)

I am looking to start a martial art. I am 42 years old and I prefer striking rather than wrestling/grappling arts (for many reasons, such as being able to practice at least some of it on my own or ...
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Advantages of a Short, Strong Build?

What are the advantages to being strong and short? Similarly, I wondered about the benefits of shorter arms, if advantages exist. I wonder about this for unarmed and armed fighting. In weapon ...
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Relation between martial arts and psychodelics?

I had my trip on LSD a few weeks ago. Every since, my fighting style has been EXPONENTIALLY climbing up. Not to mention my levels of energy, or my body awareness. I now need no trainers telling me ...
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Best way to get started in martial arts without classes or instructors? [duplicate]

Of course classes/instructors would be best, but without resources like those, what's the best way I can get started? For example, are there any resources or training guides that can teach how to ...
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What are some supplimental training techniques which improve the practice of martial arts?

I'd like to find some specific physical training exercises to directly benefit my practice of martial arts (both unarmed and weapon). For example, I recently discovered weighted Indian clubs and ...
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What rules should be used to allow fair stand up fights between any martial art [closed]

I personally have trained in a number of martial arts and competed under karate, tae kwon do, Muay Thai, kick-boxing and San da. I know some people like to try a few different styles and others prefer ...
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Trying to find a martial art that fits

I'm 22, I did 2 years of wrestling in school, and I played football, and started some home boxing training (taught by my dad's friend who is a D.I. in the army) that I've been doing since I was 13. ...
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Dojo not quite right or am I overreacting

So my son (9 yrs old) and I have been doing JJ for about a year and a half- first 6 months at Dojo B -prices seemed quite high but 2 of the instructors split off to start a new Dojo A (slightly ...
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Which Martial Art for sport for a young person with stiff body?

What is the best martial art for me? I'm 25 years old and have a stiff body (stretching my body is really, really killing me, I cannot touch my toes while sitting straight). Some people around me ...
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Technical differences between Muay Thai and Muay Boran

I started watching fighting sports with this recent grow of the UFC and MMA. I picked Muay Thai because it looks the funniest for my standards, it's explosive and not static so it would be my first ...
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What kind of martial art if I'd like to defend myself but don't want to hurt others? [duplicate]

For years I've had thinking if there's a martial art that teaches and maybe exclusively focuses on defence techniques without extremely hurtful bone breaking or organ damaging counter attacks. I'm ...
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Martial art to start with very little background of boxing

I am 24 years old guy with very little background of boxing (I bought heavy punching bag and watched tutorials on youtube and practiced at my own). I want to learn a martial art to a better level (...
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Martial Arts with arthritis

So I've always been interested in martial arts since I was young but since I was 4 years old I've had arthritis. The key points to note are as follows: My arthritis is under control, however I'd ...
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How to address this issue with my sifu

I have 7 years practising Wing chun, it took me 5 years to get an "intermediate" rank ( officially we don't have ranks at all just people who have more experience/skill than us), when we train ...
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Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

I am a member of a gym for 7 months and do strength based exercises 5-6 days a week (in the evening) along with 10-15 minutes of cardio. I have decided to join a mixed martial art facility near my ...
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