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Testing of techniques through practice with a partner or against an opponent.

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How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?

A common tai chi pedagogy is to progress from forms to push hands (tui shou) to free sparring (san shou). As Ayron Howey says: [You] cannot simply practice Tai Chi forms without other training in ...
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Muay Thai Only Kick Sparring combinations [closed]

We are doing solely kick sparring in our Muay Thai Class. I know basic combinations with Punches and Kicks. Jab1-Cross2-LeftHook3-Right Roundhouse Cross2-Hook3-Cross2-Left Roundhouse However in ...
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Is it wrong if I don’t want to spar in taekwondo?

I love taekwondo (and am writing this as I am waiting for my class to start), but I have never been fond of sparring. I’m not the best at it, it’s tiring, and forms just appeal to me more. I do want ...
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Sparring looks really good, but as soon as it comes to a real match I can't box

first of all, im 23 and doing boxing for like 3 years now... I'm training seriously, have 8 training sessions per week and also I spar with some good people. Just today I had my first 2 fights, the ...
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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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Kick-to-elbow injuries are very common in our school

When sparring, as far as I can tell, there are many injuries due to a kick hitting the opponent's elbow. The foot gets a huge punch by the sharp elbow bone. We wear protective gear while sparring. Why ...
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Punching: Differences in Light Sparring and Real Fights with boxing gloves

I am trying to differentiate the techniques between light sparring and real match fights, both with boxing gloves. During light boxing sparring, how does one do a very quick punch without hurting ...
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If yelling is so good, why MMA fighters don't yell often

In our class, the benefits of yelling/shouting, i.e. Kihap, in sparring are sometimes pointed out. If yelling is so beneficial, why MMA fighters don't yell often? Or do they?
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Messing with someone's timing

Here I'm referring to the concept of timing, which is mentioned at least as far back a Five Rings, and rhythm, which is a concept in boxing and other sparring arts. How do you mess with someone's ...
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Is it important to train with poorly weighted swords?

Over the years, I've had many swords I've trained on, light and heavy, good quality and poor, well balanced and poorly balanced, steel of different tempers, and wood. I never felt a decently weighted ...
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Preventing jammed toes when throwing push kick

When I spar, I often jam my toes from throwing push-kicks (teeps). This kick is no problem for me in training, but I think the jamming happens when my partner parries or otherwise blocks my teep, and ...
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How to stop taekwondo warrior using Krav Maga with no need of timing?

Is there a way to use Krav Maga for stopping experienced taekwondo warrior using Krav Maga drills? In Krav Maga dojo there is a black belt taekwondo who has also orange belt in Krav Maga. Are there ...
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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

In some forms of Karate, sparring with a partner is done just once in three months. The rest of the time is spent in strength exercises, katas, flexibility exercises and ab crunches. I've noticed this ...
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"Warrior Gaze"? Where to look when training and fighting?

I was taught to practice what was termed the "warrior gaze" by a martial uncle. This is described as how to look when in hand to hand combat. Essentially, I was advised not to focus on any ...
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How to get a punch through opponents guard?

What is a good strategy to land a good punch on your opponent? I have been sparring around 5 times now with a friend, and we both have problem knowing how to attack each other. We both practice ...
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How to defeat a much stronger and bigger opponent?

I'm going to be undertaking a karate competition and one of my fellow club members is also attending. They are much larger, stronger and powerful. Is there any way I have the slightest chance in ...
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In which situations in Muay Thai is the 'super man' punch used and why is it more effective than the normal 'cross punch'?

The superman punch seems to be a powerful technique in Muay Thai. I have had it used on me many times by a guy who likes it. It breaks through my guard frequently from the sheer force and momentum ...
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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

Edit 2: More information in the linked video: How To Beat Karate/Taekwondo Fighters Basically, keep your hands up to block the hook kick and the spinning side kick. And don't focus on catching the ...
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Is there a risk of brain trauma in light sparring Muay Thai?

I'm really interested in training Muay Thai, but I really want to avoid any brain trauma. If I spar only lightly (to the head) once a week, will I be able to train for years while staying healthy as I ...
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What is the primary technique of Wudang sword?

Wudang sword is famed in China and has been preserved as an extant practice since swordfighting days. But when I watch web videos on the art, I sometimes get unreliable information about what it ...
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How to spar an aggressive fighter shown in the shared video

This week, in the fighting session, I'm going to spar with the blue fighter in the linked video below: https://kapwi.ng/c/6DK9Gm0E Is very aggressive Is heavier Makes heavy use of Kihap i.e. shouting ...
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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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Should I wear a groin protector?

So I've been getting interested in TKD sparring, but I'm still murky on some things. I am going to get everything else, but I am still trying to decide if I should get a groin protector. I am a girl, ...
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How bad is kickboxing for your brain?

I'm not asking for medical advice, I'm just asking this out of sheer curiosity: To me it seems that kickboxing is the best kind of workout I could get, nothing else gets me in shape quite as quickly ...
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Are injuries from Assault more Severe than those Sustained During Martial arts Practice?

When I asked my previous question regarding injury rates in martial arts practice and assault, some users pointed out (quite rightly) that it didn't take account of the severity of injuries sustained. ...
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Getting back up after getting knocked down: How to recover quickly and get rid of the dizziness?

You see your opponent do something unexpected and weird. You don't quite understand it, but you know something is going to happen. The next thing you know — you are on the canvas/mat. You have been ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

How do I find the balance between being a jerk (i.e., one who is hitting too hard) and being someone who is doing a disservice to female sparring partners (i.e., one who avoids hitting and mostly just ...
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What is the best way to compensate for lack of training partners when training at home?

We can get instruction from online videos and can practice forms and basic strikes easily enough. Partners for pair work are hard to substitute though. Partners for grappling even more so. What ...
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Do you take out full dentures when fighting or sparring? [duplicate]

If you have dentures for all your teeth, do you fit/make the mouthguard over/on your dentures or over your gums? Meaning you take out the dentures when you spar or fight. I know that there are ...
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How to deal with a rolling partner who doesn't try

I realize that this is similar to other questions, but this isn't the same. This new guy just joined my gym, and was already a purple belt when he joined. Since I always try to roll with everyone at ...
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Feeling comfortable in sparring

There are similar questions to this one across the web, but I think the problem I have is specific enough that it deserves its own question. I'm an amateur welterweight fighting at 69kg and 1.78m. I'...
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How do polearm wielders protect unarmored hands?

For the most part I read that the primary way to protect the hands, especially from deflected strikes that slide along the shaft, when wielding a pole weapon is gauntlets; any sort of guard as you may ...
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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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What Etiquette Should be Followed When Sparring at Another School?

In addition to sparring with practitioners of my own school/style, I’d like to spar with practitioners of different styles, as I feel this would benefit my fighting ability in the long run. How ...
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Harassment by another student

I have studied jujitsu for almost 5 years. Last year, my daughter and I started Taekwondo also. From the minute I walked through the doors, a 40ish year old man has been harassing me. Everything from ...
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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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What does "smash" mean in BJJ?

What does the term "smash" mean in a BJJ context? Examples: I had to get beaten up by better guys to get good and the current whitebelts deserve to get smashed too. The upper belts I rolled ...
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Sparring against two opponents test

For later Kups, one of the belt test items is sparring against two opponents at the same time. What is being tested with this, and what would be a proper tactic to pass it?
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Reducing brain damage in sparring

I love sparring but really worried about CTE from repeated head strikes and been thinking a lot about how to reduce risk. I am trying to just lightly tag partners with head strikes. This is working ...
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Risk of brain damage in casual/moderate Muay Thai sparring

I have been training Muay Thai for about a year now, and am concerned about the risks I'm taking with regards to brain damage. I spar about once a week, and I really don't get hit that often or hard ...
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Is there any sparring that doesn't involve punches to the head?

Kicks and body kicks would be OK, but I am not OK with taking punches to the head. Is this unavoidable in all arts?
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

I am the only woman cross training between three different schools filled with ten or so men in each. In many of my classes, if I do not fully understand a technique, they will hit me with more and ...
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How much risk of a broken nose is there when sparring in muay thai?

I practice sparring in Muay Thai and occasionally I get a strong punch to the nose. It has never bled but for some reason it hurts for days. I am worried about an even stronger punch breaking my nose. ...
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Study on Songahm TKD sparring matches - Wide count ranges?

I regularly scan through google scholar for papers and training studies related to TKD, and I came across this study on physiological responses and other correlations in STF (Songahm TKD Federation, ...
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Doing martial arts on LSD

I hear people on LSD can see movements in slower frame rates. Looks like very helpful in martial arts! Do you suggest doing martial arts on LSD? Any experience?
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How to benefit from sparring that is a very poor match for my training?

I've been studying Shaolin Kempo for a while now. In the dojo, we train a wide variety of hand-based strikes: various punches, shuto strikes (aka "karate chops"), hammer fist, tiger claw, grabs, palm ...
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Is being angry a prerequisite for sparring?

My sensei says while sparring you should express your inner tiger. My understanding is that I should be savage and angry. But I don't like being angry! Is it possible to be good at sparring without ...
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Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?

I'm a 14 year old girl with a second poom in WTF tae kwon do and have been doing a competitive sparring class for 2 years. Originally I joined because I wanted to try and make nationals, but though I ...
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How to reduce damage/protect the chest

Recently I started fighting with a group of people every weekend, it's been a few months. I learned a lot and my pain tolerance and flexibility but more importantly speed increased immensely. But ...
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Controlling my emotions during sparring

I'm currently a yellow belt but I'm sparring with brown, red and black belts. Of course I'm not as good as they are so during sparring I get emotional and frustrated very quickly... I know it's silly ...