Questions tagged [strategy]

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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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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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BJJ: Best guard/strategy for stocky guys?

I am 5 foot 10 and 190lbs. I am roughly 17% bf and consider myself quite strong. However my problem is that I am pretty short legs which makes closed guard quite difficult for myself to maintain. ...
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Wrestling strategies

I have long heard that judo and wrestling, both freestyle and greco-roman, are some of the martial arts that requires most strategy. That lead me to try to learn wrestling (also the fact that although ...
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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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"Watch the shoulder"?

This is a basic piece of advice I was given early on, especially regarding boxers, who are particularly dangerous because they attack the brain and can end it in one, combination or blow. Essentially:...
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How to defend a shoulder charge?

This question is similar to this one but looks at a more specific scenario. This question also refers to an everyday/street situation, not a controlled bout, and assumes the opponent is bigger/heavier....
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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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How to intuit an expected imminent move or strategy prior to an attack?

One of the benefits of experience, and even age, is familiarity with the types of attacks, the real world situations in which they arise, and how to forestall, defend, and counter. What information ...
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Sun Tzu as applied to martial arts?

Sun Tzu is famous for his strategy manual The Art of War. In modern times this manual has been applied to domains such as business, but has it been applied to martial arts? Can Art of War be applied ...
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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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