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Martial systems are frequently categorized as different styles to contrast their distinctive features. Styles may focus on different techniques: kicking, punching, throwing, or groundfighting. Or they may have different strategies: hit and run, counterattacking, or brawling. Use this tag to ask about differences in styles.

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Which martial arts actor emulates Bruce Lee's fighting style most faithfully?

The three depictions of Bruce Lee that I've seen are Jason Scott Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Danny Chan in the Ip Man films, and Mike Moh in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (although I'd rather ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

This question admittedly contains a generalisation. There may well be traditional martial arts (especially particular schools/branches) that do seek to evolve and improve. However, it seems fair to ...
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What is the value in preserving traditional martial arts in the mixed martial arts era?

This question does not express an opinion. The author has reached some conclusions of his own, but feels it is a useful question for both those who remain dedicated to traditional arts and those who ...
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regional Ju-Jutsu / Ju Jitsu / Jiu-Jiutsu organised Styles

Living in Germany, we have here a German Ju-Jutsu. It was developed from masters of karate, judo etc. for police, justice staff etc. as a new martial art. Since then several new material had been ...
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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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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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Main differences of Karate & Taekwondo

I'm asking b/c, to an outsider, they can appear similar. But, clearly, there are key distinctions. What are the distinctions between Karate and Taekwondo A good answer should touch on similarities, ...
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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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Martial Arts without jump kicks

I have been doing Taekwondo for years. Now I'm looking for a martial art that doesn't do jump kicks. Regular kicks are fine. I have problems with my knees so anything with jump kicks, low knee bends, ...
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What style should I study to learn to fight with a katana?

I have always like to use kunai and katana, but now I finally want to learn how to use the katana properly. Are there any that would be able to pair it with hand and feet fighting as well?
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Judo vs bjj confusion

I am starting to get interested in martial arts. BJJ is by far the most popular in my area, but I looked into judo, and it seems to me that judo is the more complete martial art than bjj. Am I ...
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What kind of moves can you expect a "streetfighter" to use?

I, like many people, want to be as prepared as possible for the possibility of getting attacked. Assuming that most people do NOT know how to fight, what kind of strikes and blocks could I expect a ...
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What martial art uses vambrace/bracelet or forearms for a fighting technique?

I remember there's an Asian martial arts technique (especially China, and I believe India also has it but I don't know which tag to use for that) that solely uses their forearms for strikes and blocks ...
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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Throws seem mysterious to me. Just the idea of being able to move your body in such a way that you are able to physically pick someone up without your hands and land them on their back seems like a "...
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What martial arts are part of Kuk Sool Won?

I started taking Kuk Sool Won a few weeks ago. Kuk Sool Won is a Korean martial art that is basically a collection of older, traditional Korean martial arts. I found out about it because it is the art ...
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Difference between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Israeli Jiu Jitsu

I've been doing BJJ for a while, but I wanted to further improve my self defense skills. I started learning Krav Maga, which is part of the Israeli Combat System (ICS). A big part of ICS is Israeli ...
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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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Does "do" v. "jutsu" naming reflect Daoist influence?

I have read about the naming changes in Japanese martial arts, with a shift from jutsu (術) to do (道) reflecting a supposed shift in emphasis from fighting techniques to a quest for mental and physical ...
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Whats the difference between Hayashi-Ha and traditional Shito-Ryu style?

What's the difference between Haiashi-Ha Shito-Ryu and traditional Shito-Ryu? What does Hayashi-Ha have that Shito-Ryu don't have? And what does Shito-Ryu have that Hayashi-Ha does not?
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How has BJJ innovated since diverging from Judo?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has its roots in early 20th century Judo, but has developed independently as a distinct martial art focused on groundwork in the century since then. It maintains a number of ...
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What style(s) of Jujitsu did Jigoro Kano study?

I have read that in Japan there was a general system called jujitsu. However there were hundreds of branches of jujitsu. Most samurai were trained in different branches of jujitsu. Basically any ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

Some eastern martial arts (such as karate, taekwondo) prohibit straight boxing-style strikes/punches to the head in their sports rules: A punch that makes strong contact with the opponent's hogu ...
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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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Under which Chinese teacher did Tang Soo Do's founder (Hwang Kee) study?

Wikipedia mentions the name as Yang Kuk Jin. I assume that this is some member of the Yang-style taichi. The best family tree I've been able to find for that is here: But I don't see any cognates of ...
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What is the difference between judo and wrestling?

Wrestling involves pinning, choking, and making someone fall to the ground. The same features are involved in judo. What is the difference between judo and wrestling?
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Double jointed martial arts?

Is there a style of Martial Arts that requires a person to be double-jointed or is performed better if double-jointed? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njWL8woekB8 You must watch to get the range of ...
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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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What is the difference between "Real Aikido" and traditional aikido?

"Real Aikido" is a Serbian martial art founded by Ljubomir Vračarević originating from traditional aikido. I have been training traditional aikido for 4 years and trained aikido with aikidokas who ...
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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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Looking for martials arts with similar wing chun mindset

My sifu moved to another point in the city and the usual place where the group used to train was moved too, and now, for me the actual place is too far away from me. I spent half of my day going there;...
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For what martial arts is the chance of being injured while training less than the chance of being injured by assault?

For many people who take up martial arts, self defence is one of the main reasons. However actual cases of physical assault ("violence with injury") as recorded by the police can be relatively rare ...
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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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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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Is the Brendan Ingle style of boxing really healthier in the long run?

I read something interesting about Brendan Ingle's fighters: Dancing turned into fighting and pretty soon Ingle, a free spirit, a maverick, the great improviser, was combining the two to concoct a ...
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Has there ever been a boxer who fought like Prince Naseem Hamed?

Anyone who paid attention to boxing in the 90's knows the name "Prince" Naseem Hamed. Love him or loathe him, everyone had an opinion. He was undoubtedly a brilliant showman, and many people - ...
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman?

I'm looking for self-defense martial arts that will be effective for me. I've taken a few classes and they seemed geared more towards the average man. What are effective martial arts for a smaller ...
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Is this character using Aikido?

On the television show The Walking Dead, a character named Morgan has become something of a "ninja" in the words of the fans. He uses a staff as his weapon, and espouses a philosophy that all life is ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Most of us are familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo fights with two katana, one in each hand. In every other movie I have ever seen in which katana appear, they are treated as a ...
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How does the Karate Styles Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū compare to each other?

I am specifically asking this in the sense of how Katas are executed. I heard somewhere that Shotokan is more stiff, and strong, but I'm not really sure. I'd also like to know if there are completely ...
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Is a triple-sworded style viable against one or dual wielding sword oppenents?

I was wondering if using three swords with the third in your mouth would be effective against anyone else with a sword. I'd think so, because you could parry their attacks, and then slice them with ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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Western Boxing Styles and their Features

What are some major (widespread) styles of western boxing and what are the features of these styles? I am not talking about styles in the sense of "in-fighter", "out-fighter", "brawler", etc... ...
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Name That Kempo Style

Trying to remember the name of a kempo style I did as a child. It had the 7 star blocking pattern as a white belt sequence. It was a five animal (tiger, leopard, crane, snake, dragon) style. Each ...
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What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners

I am a Marine myself and between extensive combat experience, close quarter, and hand to hand, I am well versed in a variety of disciplines. For me this comes naturally. Now that being said, I am ...
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What are the different ways of controlling the feet during a jab punch in boxing?

For the jab I see on videos and from others a few different techniques for the jab punch (leading arm facing the opponent). There is one style which lifts slightly the forward foot while the arm ...
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What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Southern Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
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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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Blocking with a katana blade

Are there any school/style of Japanese swordsmanship that teach blocking (a parry or deflect is fine as long as there is contact between them) incoming attacks with the sharp edge of the blade of a ...
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