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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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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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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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What type of throw is the Laats' Dive-In?

The "Laats' Dive-in" (named after its use by Johan Laats) is often described as a variant of kata-guruma avoiding grabbing the leg. However, I have seen some debate as to how the throw should actually ...
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Stepping on a spear as a counter, aka "mikiri" counter

Basically, the counter involves the target of the spear thrust to stomp onto of the spear with their foot as can be shown in this video clip from an old movie. This is described as the "mikiri counter"...
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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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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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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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Counter kick defence

As can be seen in the video, the girl used armbar for counter the kick defense. I would like to ask if there is a tutorial of how to do it? Are there any other ways to counter the leg catch defense?
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Are there any Judo techniques which are illegal in BJJ?

Judo and BJJ both stem from early 20th century judo, but over time have focused on different aspects of the martial art - broadly tachi-waza and ne-waza respectively. Additionally, they are mostly ...
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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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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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Kiai, the Hara and Dantian (etymology and philosophy)

I'm trying to figure out what, precisely, Kiai means. I've done some reading, and am aware that the Kiai is supposed to come from the Hara, or Dantian - the stomach area. Literally Kiai, means 'join ...
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Tai Chi reference for beginner studying Chen style

I have just started learning Tai Chi as my first martial art. I’m following group lessons so the instructor cannot always follow everyone’s doing. Could you please suggest a good book for a beginner ...
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Huge bruises on shin from heavy bag leg kicks?

So I've been trying to strengthen my tibia by round house kicking heavy bags really hard without shin guards, but I've always been getting huge bruises on both of my legs. I think something is wrong ...
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How to counter a powerful Left Roundhouse Kick from a Southpaw in MT?

This is an extremely educational, humbling and interesting MT fight/technique breakdown video. It shows the ferocity of Samkor Kiatmontep's Left Roundhouse Kick from the southpaw stance against ...
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How can one effectively use their hips to generate strength for any given technique that requires it?

Background: I am a teenage white-belt 2nd stripe training in BJJ for almost a year now. I feel like I have some fundamental errors in my overall game and am seeking to remedy them. Question: One of ...
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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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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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Hidden hits in fight and control [closed]

I know that police, security guards and other special forces learn how to fight and control people so that if they are videoed it would not look brutal. Where can I find these types of hits and ...
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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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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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Difference between "bandal-chagi" and "dollyeo-chagi"

The "bandal-chagi" is often referred to as "crescent moon kick" and the "dollyeo-chagi" is usually translated to english as "roundhouse kick". Both kicks have a very similar movement: raise the ...
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Aikido locks/throws while wearing ken in the obi

In some Aikido styles (I have seen this only from people who trained with Tamura, like Suga sensei, but maybe other schools do the same) there is a whole series of techniques where Tori slips the ken ...
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Are Judoka generally taught yanking and pounding the uke into the ground, as opposed to technique and flow? [closed]

A former Judoka (over 15 years' experience) in my JJ class throws by yanking and pounding. This is contrary to what I have read about Judo, have seen in videos with Kyuzo Mifune, and have been ...
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Is it possible to hit without bruise? [closed]

I got a very strong hit and it had almost no bruise. How is it possible to hit in this way? Is it a special technique?
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

So after a few months of training, my instructor eventually told me I was ready to test for belt advancement. I got very emotional and I didn't know how to react. Contrary to the reaction of pride you ...
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Techniques under the influence of pepper spray / temporarily blinded [closed]

Suppose you are attacked by an attacker using pepper spray and you experience the effects such as shortness of breath and involuntary closing of the eyes. You are in a remote location, so no help is ...
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Are broken toenails evidence of poor technique?

Occasionally, I'll break toenails on roundhouse kicks (generally, right in the middle of the nail of my big toe), even though I keep them short. This doesn't happen often, just occasionally. What ...
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Benefits of training with suwari waza

I'm curious about the purpose of suwari-waza practice, the Aikido technique sometimes described as "knee walking", although I'm aware that the two are different. I know some styles like Hapkido and ...
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Getting out from underneath a heavier opponent when pinned face down

I have an unusual question and I hope you can help me. I'm a fantasy romance writer and know nothing about fighting, although I watch a lot of Muay Thai and kickboxing. So there's a sparring scene in ...
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How to increase hand speed in boxing

Goal: I am looking to use the form and strength that I have built in boxing and start towards hand speed. Problem: I have a lot of power, the problem is my hand speed is suffering because of the ...
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Apply Falling Technique in Real Situation

I have been learning Hapkido (and also Judo, Aikido, and some other similiar arts) for around 4 ~ 5 months now and one of it curriculum is falling technique (낙법 / nakbeob) that we studied so when we ...
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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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One inch kick technique [closed]

How can you train a one inch technique kick? When can it be used? Is it practical in real street fight and sparring. If there are videos for the tutorial I'll highly appreciate it. Why does the one ...
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The source of Muay Thai techniques terminology

I guess, a lot of people here are familiar with "Muay Thai - The Art of Fighting" book, or at least with its list of Muay Thai techniques copypasted all over the Muay Thai related web. The list where ...
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Head movement technique

So I've been boxing for a while now and I've learnt how to slip and weave, not that I'm very good at the technique. The way I've learnt it though, is that you mainly squat while pivoting to your back ...
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

I keep seeing quotes from boxing trainers that mention "six ways to keep a left jab from landing". There are six ways to keep a left jab from landing. Six ways. For a left jab to land over and ...
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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

I'd like to become proficient with the basic TKD kicks (front, side, round, hook, spinning back) and I'm looking for a routine/workout that I can perform throughout the week by myself to ensure that I ...
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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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creativity and strength of a strike

I have a problem with training (Muay thai , Filipino and wing chun) in that I am a perfectionist. I focus on details of technique like my stance, my body shift, if if I put my body weight on the ...
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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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