Questions tagged [striking]

The application of kinetic energy to an opponent via percussive impact with an intent to injure or incapacitate.

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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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Is targeting the biceps an effective method of incapacitating the arm?

In the document US Army FM 21-150 Hand to Hand Combat the biceps are listed as vital targets, used mainly to disarm an armed opponent. The problem is, striking the biceps (e.g.with a knife hand / ...
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Questions on momentum generation

There are a few components of momentum generation in strikes that I find difficult to understand, and it is hard to find out via trial and error since I do not have a sparring partner or a heavy bag. ...
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Effectiveness of fast and continuous attack?

Let's say, if I am mostly untrained (with strength below-average) and I have a hypothetical strategy involving delivering fast and continuous attacks to the vital (weak) points of the body (not 100% ...
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Ways to incapacitate an opponent with little force?

Is there a way, for people who have comparatively little strength to incapacitate an opponent efficiently through striking certain pressure points in combat? Stuff like eye gouges, palm strikes to the ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

If you were fighting someone bigger than you in a street fight (and a possibly trained thug), would it be dangerous to block it if the attacker is also stronger than you? Should you dodge instead? In ...
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How hard should your knife hand strike be without killing anyone?

In a self defense situation, you might need a knife hand strike, but how hard/soft do you have to strike someone's throat with it to just knock them out without killing? Does it have to be relatively ...
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Is a freestanding bag effective for honing your strikes?

Heavy bags and speed bags are too expensive because they require some kind of stand/platform. So I have to use a freestanding bag. Is a freestanding bag effective for training (honing your strikes?)? ...
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What is the purpose of the "ox fist", a strike with the top of the wrist?

Posted as part of the Martial Arts SE post challenge about things about the martial arts you've always been curious about Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (...
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Breaking the collarbone

Collarbone is a desirable target because it's designed by nature to break easy. (Absorb impact and make falls more survivable.) I practice a few techniques pakua and tongbeiquan that utilize the ...
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Replacing the uppercut with palm strike?

Note: The word "uppercut" below refers to an uppercut to the chin. In the context of self defense (that is to say, no gloves), would it be safer to replace an uppercut with an upward palm ...
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When Executing Head Strikes, Does the Increased Range of a Closed Fist Outweigh the Greater Risk of Knuckle/Hand Fractures (Compared to Open Palm?)

With the possible exception of Tameshiwari (breaking) devotees, most people using closed fists during a fight run significant risk of hand/knuckle damage. Even when striking the body, it is very ...
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Why is exhalation so strongly associated with striking in martial arts?

Is exhalation strongly associated with striking, or is this just a perception? If it is the default for striking, what physiological principles make it optimal during strikes? If this is a general ...
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Can an adult male martial arts expert withstand elbowing into his abdomen into his left arm for 6 seconds?

https://youtu.be/ylB5EXnT3SA?t=182 Please see the context here. Paige starts elbowing her dad's abdomen, presumably at full force, for 12 seconds — at 3:02 until 3:14 when Philip Jennings releases ...
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Is using the Millwall Brick in a street fight advisable?

I found, in practice, that using something called a Millwall Brick boosts efficiency and effectiveness in striking, and I am thinking about the practicability of its implementation in actual street ...
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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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Why is the bob and weave not used much in MMA & Muay Thai or outside of boxing in general?

I have found a few examples detailing that bobbing and weaving is not as (if at all) effective outside of boxing, in scenarios where especially knees, kicks and elbows are involved. I understand ...
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Multi-opponent martial arts systems and strategies?

We often think about self defense in terms of a single opponent, but, as anyone who has ever been "jumped" knows, real world situations can easily include multiple opponents. Are there ...
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Is a sprawl or knee generally more effective against takedowns?

Coming from a more traditional/striking focused background, I always struggle with the advice of not staying so upright in order to be better positioned to defend takedowns (single or double leg). I ...
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When is the best time to kihap while executing a strike?

When I took Kuk Sool Won trial classes, we learned how to "correctly kihap" when kicking/striking. According to the instructor the best time is the instant before your hand/foot hits the ...
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How to fight an opponent who's always guarding his face in mma?

Suppose my opponent is constantly guarding his face during an mma fight and let's say that it is easy for him to block mid body punches and can easily evade low kicks. What options do I have to land a ...
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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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How different is Olympic Taekwondo from traditional Taekwondo? And how similar are Olympic Taekwondo and Karate?

The Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do is conducted under a particular set of rules that were (in my understanding) developed relatively recently. The actual conduct of an Olympic Tae Kwon Do fight doesn't ...
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What is the best way to "Hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard" (in order to avoid injury in fight)?

I learnt this phrase from @Philip Klöcking. He explained: hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard, ie. slaps to the head, punches to the torso, kicks to the thighs. Same goes for blocks/parries. ...
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Are there striking or weapon styles that use hip tilt?

In Shorinji Kempo we make a point of learning to use different hip positions. I forget the exact Japanese names but basically we have hip forwards and hip backwards stances that we use in different ...
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How do mixed martial artists select their stance lead foot?

An orthodox (right-handed) boxer fights with their left foot forward so they can throw a strong right-handed punch with hip rotation. A right-handed judoka has their right foot forward so their ...
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Defending legs with a sword

When defending your legs while using a two-handed sword (longsword, zweihander, etc), what are the advantages and disadvantages between blocking low vs voiding your legs and counter-attacking? (...
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Why isn't striking part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

A few days ago I got to my gym early, so I decided to look around a bit. There are many pictures of famous BJJ practitioners quotes from them that are framed and hanging on the wall. I usually never ...
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How to improve my knee impact in clinching

In my first match I was doing pretty good in clinching but my knees were too frequent and not powerful. I've been working on a bag pretty much every chance i get and do about 50-100 knees after every ...
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Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (hands/arms)?

I almost asked a duplicate question earlier: What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing? It asked the question that I wanted to ask, and its answers were disappointing. ...
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What are the major tactical concepts of striking martial arts asides from the strike techniques themselves?

I know BJJ is complicated, ground fighting in general has pins, reversals, a multitude of positions and movements / transitions between these positions, etc. Striking to a layman like myself seems to ...
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How can I gently test the Peroneal Strike on myself?

This Youtube shows this strike at the 1:28 mark, and the striked man just topples. Obviously I don't want to toppple or cause any pain to myself. I just want to feel the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What knocks a person out: Is it energy or force?

Intuitively I know faster punches = more speed is better. But also mass is important for generating force as well as energy. In high school physics we learn E = 1/2 mv^2 so energy is proportional to ...
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How can you take steps to decrease risk of brain damage during Thai sparring?

For example I'd much rather take a kick to the leg than to the head, or even to the body. Is there a way I can incorporate this into my style to minimize risk of damaging head shots?
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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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Is there any specific name for a move when a fighter dodges their opponent's punch and counter-punches at the same time?

Another question for move names, sorry. This time I've failed to Google up / Wikipedia up a name for a move when a fighter dodges and counter-strikes at the same time. I know there is such a thing ...
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Where can I find a good source for invisible strike

As can be seen in the video there are invisible strikes. I would like to know where can I find more like those. In addition, I would like to know what is the idea and the tricks that stand beyond the ...
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Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?

Power is defined exactly like in the wiki article, and the units are also as in the wiki article: The dimension of power is energy divided by time. Breathing is largely composed, as far as my ...
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Is there any move (push?) in combat sports that hits an opponent and increases the distance to the opponent, while not throwing them to the ground?

I think pushing an opponent strongly is what I look for? But while Wikipedia has an extensive article about throws, I can find little about pushes wrt combat sports. Maybe pushes are so impractical ...
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Does Arm Length Affect Elbow Strike Power?

Does the length of your arms affect the power of an elbow strike? I was trying to work out if a longer arm would give more leverage to the blow.
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How can I build striking power?

I am asking how to develop strong punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbow strikes. I have attempted training my biceps, chest and back, but I feel as if my striking force is the same as before...
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How to recover from (or defend against) pressure point strikes?

I have been studying pressure point striking lately, and in particular those that immobilize limbs, such as striking the femoral nerve. I feel it important to understand how to defend against such ...
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What striking oriented arts will complement wrestling/grappling MMA practice

I do mixed martial arts (Jujitsu, Aikido, Judo, not too much Boxing and Iaido). We do strike, but we don't get taught ways to strike well. I want to do another martial art that focuses on striking ...
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Knocked Out but not Knocked Unconscious?

Someone punched me twice unexpectedly very hard on the upper lip. The first punch kind of stunned me and the second one actually knocked me over. I was able to get up but was then put into a full ...
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How do I train the basics of martial conditioning and strength? [duplicate]

I'm lacking a sparring partner, and there are no dojos where I live. I have no access to anyone with particular martial arts knowledge locally, and my equipment comes down to the floor, a bar, and a ...
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How painful is it for professional fighters to get hit

I watch combat sports that involve striking and the vast majority of the time they get hit they don't show any sign that it hurts. What kind of pain are they feeling? I would think that considering ...
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What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body? [closed]

What is the biggest force (Newtons) ever recorded for an impact from the human body from a reliable source? Is there an upper limit to the power of any human impact whether it'd be a kick, punch, ...
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Martial Art focused on upper body strikes

I'm looking for a martial art primarily focused on hand and elbow strikes. I tried Tae Kwon Do for a little while when I was younger, but the focus on kicks was never really my thing. Later, I got ...
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Defending against an aggressive and heavier opponent [closed]

In martial arts all looks fine when the opponent is similar size and fighting "normal" way. I just wonder how to effectively fight against someone without much technique but much stronger (difference +...
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Grappling training for a striker

I've trained in Chun Kuk Do for years (still pursuing my black belt) and I want to cross train with grappling as to be balanced for real-world combat. My current goal is to get my black belt in this ...