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How to effectively transmit the martial arts.

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How to respectfully disagree with Coach or Sensai?

I currently go to MMA gym with Muay Thai, Boxing, and Jujutsu. The boxing coach has slightly different advice: wants me to utilize a slightly square/wider stance below (eg Mike Tyson and others used). ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning a solo martial arts practice online at different levels?

The only martial art I have ever practised is taijiquan, when I lived in Newcastle. The standard of the classes was exceptional and now that I live in a completely different area of the country, I am ...
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How to deal with a judgmental instructor

Instructor behavior observed: Comparing students with each other Blaming students Insulting students Impulsive decisions Lack of discipline in teaching martial arts Going mostly spontaneous and with ...
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What does it take to be a part-time kickboxing or MMA coach?

As someone who plans on studying at university, it might be quite difficult to find part-time jobs that are similar to my chosen area of study. Other than my subject of study; theoretical physics, I ...
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Child belt demotion for forgetting kata

My 9 year old grandson has a brown belt for around 7 months now. Usually he goes to regular class where all the color belts are put into their own groups. He hasn’t practiced some of the earlier katas ...
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Soft Taekwondo introduction for other people

I was wondering what kind of exercise would be good to introduce a few Taekwondo techniques to other people, for example, colleagues during a company annual meeting, or similar conferences. As a ...
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How do you help students "empty their cup" to learn a new technique?

While instructing a throwing technique in a small adult judo class, I encountered the situation where the most inexperienced (~6 months training) student was by far the most successful in absorbing ...
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Did Jigoro Kano invent the concept of Kuzushi in judo?

It is oft claimed that one of the distinguishing points between Kano's Judo and the schools of Jujutsu that came before was that he introduced the concept of kuzushi ("balance breaking") ...
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What is the good path to become a Judo teacher?

I am currently 15, live in a small town in Switzerland and have a green belt. There is a small, local Judo community that mostly trains young children from white to orange belt. There are currently ...
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Does BJJ have a standardised syllabus?

Judo has a standardised syllabus of techniques maintained and occasionally revised by the Kodokan, divided into throwing and grappling (pins, joint-locks, strangles) techniques. Most national ...
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Developing voice of command

Recently our intructor had to leave early from practice, and I was left in charge and the most graduate (and only) adult, with a workout plan for the remaining practice time. The group was not that ...
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Do I need a new attitude, or a new dojo?

My problem is that my sensei talks and talks and talks, forever. He spends a good 5-10 minutes explaining something, we then practice what he explained for a about 2 minutes, then he starts talking ...
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Can video games make you a better martial artist?

On its face this seems like a silly and easily dismissible notion, but neuroscience has established that visualizing the processes of learned skills can improve\reinforce neural pathways in much the ...
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An Ontology of Combat II [duplicate]

I've been thinking about creating an ontology of grappling/martial arts techniques recently. I know there are things like flowcharts for BJJ. Google directed me to this question: An Ontology of ...
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Dojo not quite right or am I overreacting

So my son (9 yrs old) and I have been doing JJ for about a year and a half- first 6 months at Dojo B -prices seemed quite high but 2 of the instructors split off to start a new Dojo A (slightly ...
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How to teach intent?

My son (9 years old) and I do Japanese jujitsu, we have a great time, though our class does split into juniors and seniors. For the last few weeks I have not been in class, but watched my son, and ...
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Is it possible to learn Wing Chun remotely? [duplicate]

I've seen a lot of Wing Chun courses like this: https://www.udemy.com/wing-chun-sil-lim-tao-module-1-know-yourself/ that promise you results by watching their videos and doing the exercises they ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

I've been training in Karate for a few years and have managed to make my way up to 1st Kyu. I could probably do my Shodan grading in about a years time. The thing is I'm starting to get very bored ...
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How to notice if your instructor knows what he's talking about

I'm going to a Muay Thai gym soon. I'm a total beginner so I'll have to follow and trust blindly everything my instructor says. Since nobody is perfect and somebody may even be not prepared, I'm not ...
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What is the difference between a Teacher & an Instructor? [closed]

Although I could answer this question according to my class; In general terms with all forms of martial arts how can we define the difference between them ? ****What else i would like to hear**** ...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

I currently work (part-time) as an instructor with a karate dojo. I have been with them in one way or another for over five years (including taking classes). Recently, a highly decorated instructor ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

Is it ever appropriate for an instructor to take away a student's belt as discipline? Two 12 year old students were outside the class engaged in horseplay. One had been told previously that if the ...
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To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

This is basically a question about how to encourage randori (free play) versus shiai (competition) during throwing practice. Randori is supposed to be friendly; the objective is further development of ...
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How a woman can teach martial art for men?

It's an honest question. I'm a black belt woman and I have only women in my class. I'd love to understand what happens with them or why men feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking martial arts ...
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Child with attention difficulties in my karate class

I have been going to karate for many years and have had a bit of experience teaching our students, mostly in a 1-on-1 setting (I'm not the teacher, I just help out here and there when required). ...
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What is the most effective way to teach Jiu Jitsu

Some martial arts are composed for thousands of movements. I know two ways to teach Jiu Jitsu. Others possibly exist. Each class teaches few movements (5-7 movements). This way the student learn/see ...
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Am I Being Used By My Dojo?

I have trained in my martial art for 6 years, followed by training to be an instructor for 4 years, and now finally am being allowed to substitute classes for other instructors. For each class we ...
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What should I be looking for in my first, trial class? [For Chinese arts specifically]

I know there are a lot of questions about this posted, and I've read through four of them here. I understand that more important than any style is that the instructor is "good." I don't have a ...
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How to "man up" to begin a martial art?

I am planning to begin to taekwondo but I have seen this video. Yes, being the person that stands in the video is great but I guess that one cannot be that person without first being the guy that ...
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Best martial art for a big guy? [closed]

I received unconventional, unprofessional training in self defense from a friend who was once an Army Ranger, so I am proud to be able to answer at least simple questions about martial arts. But I was ...
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Punishment in the Martial arts

I have recently started instructing an older age group than the previous one: the class is composed of more advanced students of age 8-13. Over the past few weeks I've noticed that when the students ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

Is there any martial arts, where one can learn and evolve without proving herself/himself on various exams? Also, it would be nice, if you could learn all the techniques. What I mean, is that ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

Note that this question is a mirror of this one on skeptics.se. Due to the lack of answers at the time of writing, I thought here might be a good place to seek more. Feel free to answer in either. ...
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Preferring BJJ concepts over Technique?

Kit Dale wrote an article about BJJ concepts. He states that he prefers to learn general principles/concepts over specific techniques: Instead of cluttering up the hard drive of your ‘jiu-jitsu ...
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Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?

I'm not sure that the terms I'm using are standard, or that I'm explaining them well. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me try to explain my terms, explain my assumption and then ask a question. ...
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What does a free fighting teacher teach

... since any technique is free to be used ? Logically each teacher could teach any martial art he wants ! but there couldn't be a federation, instructors and diplomas this way. There are very few ...
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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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Teaching Students to See the "Big Picture" of a Conflict

At a very fundamental level, Martial Arts teach the mitigation of conflict. Whether we're teaching the student to remain calm in an escalating environment, or we're teaching them to defend themselves ...
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Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?

A few years ago I practiced Muay Thai at a gym. I was there on and off for about 2.5 years. Due to a move and busy schedule *cough*lack of motivation*cough* I haven't practiced in about 2 years. ...
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Does Morote Chudan and Awase Tsuki refer to the same thing?

I hear instructors using awase tsuki or morote chudan in reference to a simultaneous strike to the stomach and face. I want to know if both phrases refer to the same strike pattern and if not which ...
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How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
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How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?

The Japanese use the concept of Shu, ha, ri to indicate progress in development/growth. Straight from its WikiPedia page, Aikido shihan Endou Seishirou said: It is known that, when we learn or ...
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Do martial arts instructors also seek fitness instruction certifications?

I suffered a heart attack right after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training last year, and as a result I have been paying much more attention to my health. I've trained in martial arts on and off for years, ...
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How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?

I teach Aikido at a local community college. Roughly half of the kids are there just to fulfill a P.E. requirement. These students can be frustrating because they aren't really interested in martials ...
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How to cover all of the material? Especially in small classes

Hapkido has an extremely large number of techniques and an even larger number of variations in it. It includes a huge variety of techniques with the hands, feet, and with various weapons. Not to ...
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How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?

Since I was young, martial arts have triggered my interest, and lately I attended some "try one for free" lessons in various gyms in my town. I come from a competitive level in a totally different ...
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How effective are different pricing structures for martial arts studios? [closed]

There are several ways for students to pay for martial arts lessons: per month, per lesson, and contracts. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these for both the student and school? ...
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How effective is practicing a martial art strictly outside of a dojo for beginners?

My girlfriend has expressed interest in learning one of the martial arts I practice with me, but when she has come to a class she has been very self-concious about being new and inexperienced (I've ...
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How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?

My fiancé is practicing Karate in the style of Kanzen Ruy. She has a very good technique and strength, and was seen early as a promising practitioner. I have Kyokushin experience and support her in ...
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Established "curriculum" for MMA?

I'm basically asking for an established MMA "curriculum". By that, I mean a way of training students for mixed martial arts that has been applied successfully by a significant number of schools. The ...
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