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Wearing a fitness tracker during a martial arts session

I have always wondered how to measure the calories expended during a training session (I practice Aikido, but this is a general question regardless of art or style) and I have found little advice on ...
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How useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?

There is no substitute for a live training partner, but sometimes a training partner just isn't available and drilling is an important part of training for groundwork grappling. For those times I don'...
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Wushu: Jumps, Falls, Acrobatics

I am an adult interested in reaching a personal high level in wushu. I realize that some of the most difficult techniques come in the acrobatics elements. I figure that it would help to get a head ...
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How to get better at grappling without a partner? How to practice locks alone?

Coming from a striking focused martial art, it seems to me that grappling can only be practiced with a partner. Is there any thing I can do to practice by myself for martial arts like judo, BJJ and ...
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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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What is a good training scheme for kendo?

I want to pick up my kendo but I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape. Does anyone know a good training scheme to get into shape and be ready by September (5 - 6 months)?
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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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What is the Apollo Choke?

Following this video, I would like to know what is the Apollo Choke? When is it recommended to use this choke? Are there any detailed instructions how to do it? Why is it called the Apollo Choke?
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Muay Thai Only Kick Sparring combinations [closed]

We are doing solely kick sparring in our Muay Thai Class. I know basic combinations with Punches and Kicks. Jab1-Cross2-LeftHook3-Right Roundhouse Cross2-Hook3-Cross2-Left Roundhouse However in ...
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In general what are women better at in martial arts than men?

I'm not trying to say anything controversial here, but looking at the general differences between the female and male bodies I am wondering if there are any general things that are easier for or women ...
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Speed after blocking heavier opponent

Boxing training situation: opponent is about 20kg (44 pounds) heavier opponent is faster and has longer arms, and has much more experience sparring is "real", with full power Problem: I ...
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How to Tie Martial Arts Headgear for Boxing, Muay Thai, etc

Does anyone have Step by Step instructions on how to tie boxing head gear? Enclosed below are two pieces. Can someone post 4-5 picture instructions on how to tie and lace properly? When it came out of ...
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Karate vs Muay Thai: Side Kick Foot Rotation

Why does Karate and Taekwondo side kick have the foot tilt sideways or even downwards? In Muay Thai, the side teep foot is held diagonal. Is there a functional reason between the two? Curious as I ...
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Muay Thai: Halfway - pivot roundhouse kick

What is the name of the Muay Thai kick, where the person only rotates halfway on ball foot, and pivots less to not gain reaction from opponent? There was a name for it, if it was "axe kick", ...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

I found this video where a black belt shows you how to safely fall on concrete and why you should practice ukemi this way. The main reason that people learn ukemi is to be able to take a fall in real ...
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Muay Thai Boxing: Sparring against Opposite Gender Manner/Etiquette

I am doing Muay Thai Sparring. As a man, what is the proper etiquette of sparring against women? Lets keep this question professional and polite to both genders. I want to be generally respectful and ...
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

Why do most MMA and Muay Thai fighters not wear Double Mouth Guards on both teeth, both top side and bottom side? They say having a mouthguard on top side with mouth clenched, will prevent damage on ...
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Martial arts for teen with arthritis

I’ve been diagnosed with arthritis since I was around 13. Now I’m 15 but my arthritis is in a pretty harsh condition. It affects my ankles, wrists and spine but I have learned how to work around it. ...
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MMA: Different Types of Sprawls

Does anyone know all the different basic type of Sprawl variations and when to use each type? Is one of them used for a Single leg takedown and another is double leg takedown in images below? We ...
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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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Do survival schools usually teach self defense?

I've recently watched the movie You're Next where main character Erin, who grew up in a survivalist compound, manages to defend herself against 4 military trained killers. I'm sure some things have ...
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Boxing Corkscrew Punch: Is it the default punch?

Is the "Corkscrew punch" the defacto/regular punch in boxing? It seems like most boxers are doing this anyways in their jab/cross punch, where wrist is rotated and thumb is slightly angled ...
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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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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 can I improve my technique in Judo?

When I'm in randori, the technique that I mostly do that works nicely is Harai Goshi, but I'm starting to get countered since I do it often. When I try to do something like Seoi Nage, I can never seem ...
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Why don't they wear Headgear or Mouthguard in Karate Sparring?

I noticed in many Karate sparring videos, they aren't wearing any helmets or mouthguards. It seems like they can get very hurt, if opponent messes up. Is there a reason why? https://www.youtube.com/...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

There is a lot of mixed feeling online whether ninjutsu would work well in a street fight or a self-defence scenario. Ninjutsu is a very unconventional form of martial arts; it's ancient and outdated ...
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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu

This is an old Chinese idiom, but it seems to have a special importance in Chinese martial arts, where it might be said to be a central maxim. Essentially, some form of: "To get good gongfu, ...
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Isn't it recommended to use heavier gloves for bag work?

I was looking at a pair advertised as "bag gloves" and then I realized that they are only offered in 8oz and 10oz weights. Isn't it typically recommended that bag gloves be heavier? ...
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Is it possible to improve without sparring?

I have been practicing martial arts for quite some time (a tiny bit of TKD, and other stuff from the US army documents), and I currently have no opportunity to spar (actually I almost never did) but I ...
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With whom do judo beginners train?

I'm thinking about starting judo. I'm 16 almost 17 years old and don't know much about martial arts. I would like to know if I start to practice judo how will the training be? I know that at the ...
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Drills for reducing your natural "flinch" reaction

When going into a longsword bind, or getting hit as part of a Kata, I tend to flinch visibly and shut my eyes. What are some exercises I can do, solo or with a partner, to help me keep my eyes open?
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Boxing: how to effectively fix too wide stance?

Short problem description: Sometimes, while boxing (after some rounds have passed) I find myself in a wide stance — with legs wider than shoulders. Of course, it gives me some advantages, but I ...
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Is speed ball really effective?

I've seen enough videos about it and even more marketplaces selling them. But is it really that good? Can't it bring some wrong reflexes/etc? Don't want to hit anybody, but men wearing it usually look ...
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Is Krav Maga a hybrid martial art?

I red that Krav Maga is a mixture of other martial arts. If so which are the Martial Art forms that were combined to form Krav Maga?
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what are the advantages of having strong gluteus muscles in martial arts?

Does strong gluteus muscle strength give the pro athletes an edge out there? Maybe I can rearrange my training schedule for the next karate competition.And I had an injury before and had to work my ...
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Is it common for your fingers to hurt when practicing hand knife?

I am practicing hand knife strikes (e.g. Brachial stun, strike to pectoral muscle, etc.) on a body opponent bag and the bones of my fingers hurt after practice. Should I just keep on doing this (as ...
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How critical is tendon strength?

There's lots of literature, advice, and hearsay out there on muscle strength, flexibility, etc., Comparatively little is available for the tendons in regards to martial arts. Knowing more about their ...
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What techniques would you select if you want to train by yourself only 45 minutes per day and your priority is self defense?

What techniques would you choose to train if your goal is self-defense and you have limited training time? Which would be the most effective techniques from any striking or grappling martial art?
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How do you harden the outer side of your thighs?

I was sparring with a friend and he is much bigger than me, like 95Kg, and he went for a big kick on my "vastus lateralis", shown below. I want to know what kind of training I should do to harden ...
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"Warrior Gaze"? Where to look when training and fighting?

I was taught to practice what was termed the "warrior gaze" by a martial uncle. This is described as how to look when in hand to hand combat. Essentially, I was advised not to focus on any ...
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Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?

Is there any evidence to suggest that practising techniques on the left and right side of the body produces more adept martial artists? By "adept", I mean the learned ability to proficiently and ...
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Punching bag training kicks/punches [closed]

Since sport club are closed, I would like to get some suggestion for training on my punching bag. I would like something that trains the whole body since I was practicing Muay Thaï and Taekwondo, but ...
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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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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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How important is an empty stomach?

It’s well known that having a full stomach, or worse being bloated, can impact coordination, balance, posture, response times, etc... in a wide range of activities. So I’m curious as to how the ...
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Punching bag or cramped space [duplicate]

I'm stuck in my small apartment these days (Covid + there's a lot of snow outside), and I'd like to find a way to set up a punching bag, but I don't have much space and the ceiling doesn't have any ...
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What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?

What are some examples of clear ways to describe martial techniques in writing? I often take notes during and after classes, and occasionally find that I haven't described a particular technique ...

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