Questions tagged [technique]

Use this tag for questions on the proper application of physical movements, the appropriateness of a move or a set of moves in a specific situation, and how to deal with specific movements. Questions may also relate to classification of techniques.

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Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...
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What is the best point-scoring technique? [closed]

What is the best technique or strategy for wining a point scoring fight.
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Why do martial artists "shout" in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, competing, or breaking blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What names does this "shouting" have ...
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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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"Modern" Boxing Gloves & Punching Technique

In what ways has the evolution of the "modern" boxing glove (shape, size, weight, etc.) changed the way "the boxer" punches? (Considering the invention of Jack Broughton's boxing gloves as the ...
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When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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Should I train differently to spar guys who are bigger than me?

I am a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have a few tournaments coming up and I am training in my sparring techniques. I am 12 years old with 2 national sparring championships (and on the ...
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Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick

This may be getting into technical minutia, but it's something that's been bugging me since I first came across it. I've seen multiple different views (as one might expect) for the position of the ...
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How can one practice spear-hand strikes, while still knowing you got the technique right?

One technique in many martial arts is a spear-hand strike, where you make your hand rigid and thrust into the opponent. There are a couple of different variations: in hapkido, we have a flat-hand ...
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Is there a way to reliably attack only a bent elbow joint with ude garami (Kimura, Americana)?

Joint locks in judo must nominally be on the elbow joint only. Ude garami, translated as the entangled arm lock and with variants are known as the Kimura or Americana in BJJ, often affects the ...
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How are arm-triangle chokes classified in Judo?

There are various styles of choke involving an arm-triangle: Uke supine Kata-gatame choke North-South choke (with arm in) Von Flue choke From sprawl D'Arce choke Anaconda choke Peruvian ...
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Is there a canonical resource for the classification of Judo mat techniques?

For throws, I use Toshiro Daigo's book Kodokan Judo Throwing Techniques published by Kodanasha International, Tokyo 2005. It specifically addresses some of the arcane points of Kodokan classification ...
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When/why was the list of Kodokan Judo throws and ground techniques recently expanded?

Toshiro Daigo's book Kodokan Judo Throwing Techniques published by Kodanasha International, Tokyo 2005 lists 67 throwing techniques. As Daigo is the chief instructor at the Kodokan, I took this as the ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse Kick: Using Kick Shields vs Thai Pads, different technique?

It feels like doing Muay Thai roundhouse kicks on Kickshields and Heavy Bags is different than doing on Muay Thai Pads. Kickshields and Heavy Bags are vertical perpendicular against the body. Muay ...
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How are pins classified in Judo?

A number of changes have been made to Kodokan osaekomi-waza classification over the years; how are different pins distinguished in Judo?
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How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?

When I throw a punch, sometimes my wrist doesn't stay straight and I run the risk of spraining it. What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my wrists so that my wrist isn't going to bend when I ...
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Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics

In my school we teach, at around the 5th kup level, a series of "advanced basics" that involve taking the seven sets and doing them in a push-pull motion while moving. An example might be doing a ...
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What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi?

What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi? What do tai chi practitioners mean when they use this word? I can tell there's a specific meaning to this jargon, but can't identify it. I see the ...
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Terminology: List of all boxing and muay thai technique terms with example photos

I'm looking to put together a list of all the technique terms for: boxing, muay thai. Such as the names for all the different punches, kicks, knees, elbow punches, etc... Anyone know if there is a ...
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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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How to improve my skills when I'm highest ranked

Recently I moved to a new city. I have been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for more than 14 years. In my old academy, I used to have partners of all ranks and sizes; this is very important in BJJ. ...
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Self defense with one hand tied behind back?

I'm completely new to martial arts. I would like to know if there are techniques that can be used in self-defense if you had one hand tied behind your back or in the case you lose your hand?
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

For what I've been found, this two arts have some similarities, but I can't fully understand it, this is pretty much the definition of each. Iaido: The art of sword drawing. All katas begin and end ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

I hear some self defense experts claim that blocks you see in many martial arts, such as Karate or Taekwondo, are unrealistic and should not be used. The main justification given is that no ...
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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

I'm looking for a reliable book, website or document that I can use for reference to study each technique specification, and memorize each compulsory Wushu form defined by IWUF. For Changquan and/or ...
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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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If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?

I understand why boxers clinch (although it's the main reason I get bored watching most heavyweight fights), but I just learned that it is technically illegal. However, I've literally never seen a ...
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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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What is kubi-nage?

I have occasionally seen a throw called kubi-nage ("neck throw") referenced in Judo. This isn't a Kodokan-recognised name, but the throws I have seen described as it appear to be very similar to koshi-...
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Sumi Gaeshi or Obi Tori Gaeshi?

I'm a BJJ praticioner trying to improve my takedowns. I was wondering: is Obi Tori Gaeshi just a variation of Sumi Gaeshi, or a different takedown? The two are quite similar, with little differences. ...
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What is the difference between kosoto-gari and kosoto-gake?

Kosoto-gari and kosoto-gake are superficially similar techniques. I have seen many high level judoka call what I would have called -gari -gake and vice versa - what distinguishes these techniques?
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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 two distinct positions: 1....
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Manual of Pehlwani techniques?

Are there any manuals or similar resources describing Pehlwani techniques (preferably in English or Hindi)?
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How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
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Judo techniques with their origin in BJJ?

Are there any techniques developed independently in BJJ since it branched off from judo which have hence been incorporated into Judo to success? E.g. a novel type of armlock/strangle/pin, a non-...
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How has Kodokan technique classification changed over the years?

Over the years several new techniques have been added to the Kodokan judo syllabus, and some variants of existing techniques have since gained their own official names. How has technique ...
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Punching with knuckles first correctly

It seems like when I punch and need to punch with knuckles first, I have to angle down, otherwise, it hits the bottom of fingers first and not the knuckles, when practicing against heavy bag. Check ...
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Please tell me the correct way to sit seiza

Is Seiza sitting cross-legged or is it sitting above your bent upper and lower legs which aren't crossed?
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Definitions of judo kaeshi-waza

Many judo kaeshi-waza are not fundamentally different from other techniques, except that they are used as a counter to a specific attack by uke (e.g. tsubame-gaeshi is a de-ashi-barai used to counter ...
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Name this technique against Chudan tsuki ('knife' to the abdomen)

I'm trying to remember the name of a technique, if it even had one, and would welcome suggestions. Uke and Tori stand facing each other, stance is unimportant. Uke attacks Tori with a tanto; its a ...
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How are the clock choke and bow-and-arrow choke classified in Judo?

The canonical form of okuri-eri-jime refers to chokes where one lapel is held with the inside of the wrist against uke's neck, and the other is pulled taught to apply the strangle. The canonical kata-...
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Which Muscles are Flexed in a Punch?

In boxing, I learned to relax your muscles, Learning to keep muscles loose, helps with speed and quickness. At the very end, clench and tense your fist before moment of impact. When you tense/clench ...
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Effectiveness of Shorinji Kempo and acupuncture pressure point attacks

Please refer to the following YouTube video. Do these techniques work well when defending in a street fight or in pressure point/acupunture attacks? How can someone learn what is the way to attack ...
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Boxing: Short Range Jab

When doing a close range jab, someone mentioned to keep your elbow more horizontal as it allows you to bend your elbow further back. Is it proper to do a short range jab like this? I usually keep it ...
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