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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Muay Thai Front Teep Kick: Position and Body Angles

What are the angles of the Muay Thai teep kick? I noticed a) Hip to Knee angle in highest point of chamber is at 45 degrees for the pictures below. b) Knee to Foot angle: 45 degrees in second and ...
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Why does Muay Thai stance have its hand position more out for catching vs boxing?

In Muay Thai, how come the palms hands are rotated more outward like they are trying to catch the punches? However in boxing which is punch heavy, they are not like that and palms are rotated inward. ...
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What is Darson's Seat Belt

A seat belt is a famous and well-known back choke in BJJ. Recently, I heard that there is an additional version for this choke known as Darson's Seat Belt (most probably called by Darson Hemmings). I ...
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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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How to defend against linear elbow strike in taiji push hands?

In push hands, in certain schools, it is not uncommon for a player to collapse their arm into a folded position, such that the elbow extends forward for a strike. (This is typically not a finishing ...
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Why does the offhand extend forward in Chinese straight sword combinations?

Practice forms, which ideally take the fencer through a large set of core techniques, are typically broken up into sections. You see this forward extension of the offhand toward the opponent most ...
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Skills required for each belt?

I'm not interested in the pointing system or competition and what not. But I want to know what skills are required for each rank? (approximately) I know that there are a couple of techniques in judo. ...
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Thigh kicks vs calf kicks, which are more dangerous?

Out of these two techniques which will do generally more damage to an opponent? My understanding is that since the nerves are more exposed in the calf it takes fewer calf kicks to cripple the leg, but ...
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In Wushu competitions, why is taolu (forms) technique so different to sanda (combat) technique?

I have been watching quite a bit of footage of the 15th World Wushu Championships and I was quite surprised with how much there appeared to be a difference between the techniques demonstrated in taolu ...
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What fighting style is this particular cartoon character utilizing in the television show, "The Boondocks"?

Watching the TV show, The Boondocks, I came across this character by the name of Bushido Brown. Doing a little research on him they state that he is based upon the deceased movie actor and martial ...
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What is an optimal way to evade a punch?

I want to know what is the best way to evade a punch in MMA: dodging, parrying, blocking or stepping back (so that you are out of reach)? Specifically I am looking for a way to evade a punch such that ...
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Karate Chops? (Uses and practicality of knifehand techniques)

In popular culture in the West, "karate chop" became a meme, probably because it looked so exotic to people used to Western boxing. My understanding that that the proper name for the ...
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How important is leaning in Boxing?

We think about the fists but not as much about the other aspects, such as footwork and dodging. When I think of waist in boxing, I think of Ali with his arms limp, leaning back just enough for his ...
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Does Kendo include disemboweling techniques?

I don't know as much about Kendo as I'd like, but I've studied Chinese saber and straight sword, both of which include disemboweling techniques. In the case of wudang fencing, techniques which require ...
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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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Kicking while standing on the toes?

I've noticed in a lot of kick-boxing, competitors often make certain kicks, such as the roundhouse, while the ground foot is up on the toes. I ask b/c in the systems I trained, teachers always ...
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How do I achieve "gi whip"

Appreciate it's a fairly superficial question but I am only 4th kyu and most of the people I train with are shodan or above. Something I've noticed is when we are performing Kihon drills, their gis ...
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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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Has a trained martial artist ever used their hair to gain advantage or attack opponents?

This may sound silly, but I'm wondering if it's possible to use your hair as a weapon in a self defense situation. Perhaps as a hair-whip? I understand that long hair is often a liability in a fight, ...
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Which martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent?

What martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent, and where would you find a training partner to let you practice such a deadly move? [Update] This is not a move that I would ever practice. ...
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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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Is there a way to tell which BJJ techniques should be used for self defense?

I've heard a lot of people say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become more sport-focused over the years and less about self defense. I understand where that's coming from, because there are so many moves ...
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How to correctly apply a calf slicer

I have been messing around a bit with the Eddie Bravo twister "banana split" and calf slicer, and the majority of the time I attempt the calf slicer, I come across the same problem . I have everything ...
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Is the 'sticker' a kosoto-gake, or de-ashi-barai?

There is a foot-sweep technique in Judo known as "the sticker", 1 2 3 4 5 though it is variously described as a variant of kosoto-gari / gake, and de-ashi-barai. How does the Kodokan classify this ...
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To what extent can (and should) throws be used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Since BJJ primarily works on pins, escapes, takedowns, and submissions, and not much on throws, I thought that I could start learning throws to make my knowledge a little more "complete". Although I ...
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How are chokes/strangles classified in Judo?

The Kodokan has numerous materials detailing the canonical versions of their shime-waza along with several variations. However, there are a large number of competition chokes (and novel chokes ...
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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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Naming system of Judo techniques

Is there a system to the way judo techniques are named? Many techniques seem to share components of names (harai, guruma, gaeshi etc) - is there a standard uniform way these words should be ...
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What is "momo-guruma"?

What kind of judo throw is momo-guruma? It doesn't appear to be recognised by the Kodokan by this name, how is it performed and/or classified?
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What is the difference between Osoto-Otoshi and Osoto-Gari?

What is the main difference between Osoto-Otoshi and Osoto-Gari? I am beginner, and I know that the movement of the right leg is different. But what is the difference of the arms movement and body ...
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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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What is Uki-gatame?

In 2017 the Kodokan recognised 3 new osaekomi-waza classifications: Osaekomi-waza Notes ura-gatame Historically has referred to multiple pins, but in modern use refers to a hold with tori's back to ...
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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 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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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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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 to effectively throw sidekicks with my left (front) leg?

This is an extention of my other question: How to set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick? Why can't I throw sidekicks with my left leg? Is that normal for all orthodox fighters? How can I improve my ...
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Is there a technique/trick to maintain balance when fighting in close combat on a ship, armed or unarmed?

I mean like a stance or something without grasping an object like a rope or other solid object to not sweep away. When I mean armed I mean something like a sword, spear, or other melee weapon. The ...
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Boxing, right punch - how to improve shoulders full turning?

I have noticed a problem with my right punch: I do not turn my shoulders fully, so my right punch doesn't go as far as I expected. I've tried training with dumbbells, trying to make a full turn with ...
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Are there any overlaps between the Judo kodokan techniques and Sumo's kimarite?

Looking over the wikipedia list, it seems like some of the kakete techniques might be near or even pure analogs of judo throws. Kekaeshi for instance, would be a good candidate. But others involve ...
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Should eyesight factor into the boxing stance a fighter chooses?

Standard procedure for most right-hand dominant fighters would suggest that they adopt an "orthodox" stance where their dominant hand is typically "in the back". But what if that same fighter is blind ...
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Improving Skills with Mental Training

I do boxing for several years in a gym. Besides physical training, it also includes sparring with an opponent. Since boxing, like most martial arts, relies on quick reflexes rather than thinking, I ...
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What is the difference between Yama-arashi and Harai-goshi?

I have seen the throw yama-arashi done in multiple ways: 10 dan Mifune performs it without sweeping uke's leg. In the Kodokan training video tori performs yama arashi with an obvious leg sweep (...
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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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How effective are nunchaku as a choking weapon?

Numerous countries make it illegal to be in possession of nunchaku because they are claimed to be a weapon designed for choking. When I practiced Matayoshi kobudo in the WOF (admittedly for a ...
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What is the difference between a choke and a strangle?

In martial arts which permit submissions, a distinction is sometimes made between "chokes" and "strangles", however in my experience these terms are not used consistently. What is the difference ...
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Shotokan morote uke: Use hammer fist surface of supporting hand?

Many years ago, at a university club, an instructor said that some standards group studying the mechanics of shotokan were recommending a change in the augmented block (morote-uke). Instead of ...
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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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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

For instance, why are there no MMA guys over 62 that can win championships? Is it that MMA techniques no longer work once you reach a certain age when fighting a competitive opponent? What is the deal?...
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