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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

If in judo we execute a pin that different from a "standard" Osaekomi-waza, but still pins the opponent on their back or puts enough pressure for them to tap out, does it still fully count for ippon? ...
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Criteria for a Martial Art to be considered as an olympic sport?

The title pretty much explains it. What criteria have to be met for a martial art to be considered for inclusion in the Olympics. I understand that there has to be some semblance of international ...
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In Tournament or Competition Judo can you use improvised techniques or throws that are not “officially” named?

Well, the title pretty much asks it all. Basically, if you work on a technique of your own, and it does not involve arm or leg locks, or submission tactics,... if it is a basic "throw" or &...
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Reliable Statistics About Martial Arts

Are there any reliable statistical numbers about the practice of martial arts worldwide? I'm very curious about the how widespread such practices are, where they are most popular, what styles & ...
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Is there a sport aspect to Krav Maga?

I'm familiar with the basics of Krav Maga (history, philosophy and approach), but not a practitioner. There's a lot to like in this martial art from my perspective, but I generally don't see any ...
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What sort of throws are illegal in Muay Thai and why?

I started to watch Muay Thai recently, and something I can't really wrap my head around is exactly what throws are illegal. Muay Thai abstains from many throws and takedowns you'd find in grappling ...
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How many international judo competitors throw ambidextrously?

I am trying to understand how often playing opponents as one-sided may backfire. If an opponent is right-handed only, you would prioitize preventing the right hand from gripping and not worry so much ...
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Why were leg grabs removed from competitive judo?

As of 20101 the IJF made it illegal to grab the legs or trousers during direct attacks in tachi-waza, and as of 2013 it is illegal to touch the legs whatsoever during tachi-waza. I have heard multiple ...
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Is there a pin in Judo that cannot be classified as a standard pin?

I was recently inspired by this question: Do pins in judo have to be standard pins? The answers given are obviously correct as the Judo definition of a pin is a lot more loose than what the question ...
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Are hammerlocks (te-gatame) legal in judo competition?

The Kodokan Kansetsu-Waza video demonstrates a number of variations of te-gatame where uke's arm is pulled up their back, applying a hyper-rotational lock to the shoulder (sometimes called a ...
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Are omoplatas legal in judo?

Are omoplatas legal in judo? Though they cause pain to the shoulder joint, they "lock" the elbow joint (in a bent position) to achieve this (as in ude-garami and te-gatame).
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Why aren't forbidden moves in grappling sports like Judo and BJJ also a problem in MMA?

Bear in mind I only very recently started watching combat sports, so I'm still unfamiliar with many techniques and the history of the various sports. Explain it like I'm 5 if you must. In Judo and BJJ,...
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Is the crucifix a valid osaekomi-waza?

The IJF in 2013 (and the Kodokan in 2017) recognised two new pins as valid osaekomi-waza in competition: uki-gatame, and ura-gatame. I have seen the term ura-gatame refer to 2 distinct positions: ...
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Why was blue chosen to distinguish competitors' judo-gis?

In the 90's the IJF introduced a requirement for one competitor to wear a blue gi, and the other a traditional white gi, in order to better distinguish them during high level competitions.1 Was there ...
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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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Are foot sweeps legal in kendo competition?

I had recently seen two examples of a foot sweep (de ashi barai) used in a kendo match to fell an opponent before striking them: 2018 All Japan Police Team Championship Final 2014 National Police ...
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Is the “baseball choke” legal in Judo?

Since at least 1999 judo has banned any chokes applied using the skirt of the jacket. This rule was re-emphasised in 2014 after a variant of suso-jime was used to success multiple times by Yarden ...
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In fencing, what is a point of fact?

Given the Shin A Lam controversy, I decided to look up the rules for the appeals process. The technical rules I found on the British Fencing website indicate that a point of fact can not be appealed. ...
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Does Kendo include disemboweling techniques?

I don't know as much about Kendo as I'd like, but I've studied Chinese saber and straight sword, both of which include disemboweling techniques. In the case of wudang fencing, techniques which require ...
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Were wristlocks ever part of Judo randori?

The Kodokan goshin-jutsu kata as well as several 20th century judo texts1 demonstrate various wristlocks as a self defence technique, similar to the teaching of atemi. However since at least 1900, ...
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Supplementary Asian arts for Modern Medieval Armored Combat

I am curious what Asain arts would have techniques that would be useful in Armored Combat League. Armored combat league is a combat sport done in armor promo vid with explanation: http://usaknights....
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Why is ude-garami legal if it is effectively a shoulder lock?

Since 1925, judo competitions have nominally banned all joint-locks applied "anywhere other than to the elbow joint". Since its inception in 1951, the IJF has also adopted this rule. In spite of this,...
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Are there any Judo techniques which are illegal in BJJ?

Judo and BJJ both stem from early 20th century judo, but over time have focused on different aspects of the martial art - broadly tachi-waza and ne-waza respectively. Additionally, they are mostly ...
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Is the Biceps Slicer a legal technique in judo?

There are a number of compression locks in grappling, which function with tori placing a limb (acting as a fulcrum) in the crook of one of uke's joints, and applying pressure to flex the joint over ...
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Osoto-gari grabbing uke's neck or hair

In the Kodokan Goshin-jutsu kata, a variation of osoto-gari grabbing uke's neck (as opposed to their collar) is taught as a defence from a punch/strike by uke (naname-uchi):1 One can also perform ...
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Dementia Pugilistica and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: How to know when to call it quits?

Really... how do you know when to call it quits? How to recognize in someone else that they should see a doctor and consider the rest of their life before something bad happens? Is there a set ...
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Contemporary Wushu vs. Traditional Wushu

There is some difference between older, traditional forms and the contemporary sport of Wushu, and there has been a great deal of evolution of the modern sport since the mid 20th century. What are ...
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Is the North-South choke legal in Judo?

From a kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame position one can apply the North-South choke. This can be finished with the arm in the hold (as in an arm-triangle position), but I have most often seen it ...
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In Olympic fencing, why is the Piste so narrow?

I used to learn Olympic Fencing. In this sport the Piste was very narrow compared with it's length. (2 metres by 10 metres). Because the swords are over half a metre long this eliminates any ...
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How do martial arts relate to squatting?

From Gut: Throughout much of Asia, Africa, and southern Europe, people squat briefly over such toilets in a kind of martial arts or downhill skiing pose to poo. I understand the concept, but how ...
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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

Distinctions are important in any field, and modern martial arts have a variety of functions, including exercise, meditation, learning discipline and physical and mental toughness, sport, performing ...
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Is the “Gerbi choke” legal using your opponent's jacket?

After its use to success by Yarden Gerbi in 2014, the IJF clarified that the "Gerbi choke" (suso-jime1) is illegal in judo: Shime-waza - forbidden Shime-waza is not allowed with either your own ...
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Nasal dilators in martial arts

I have issues with my nasal breathing; I had an operation, which didn't work. I have been experimenting with nasal dilators for running and cycling and find them to be quite helpful. https://www....
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What is the average career span for competition fighters at the elite level?

It's often overlooked that competitors in sport and prize fighting have a limited span of time in which they are competitive. This can be important, because, for people who do it professionally, they ...
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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 ...