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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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How to identify density

I have ordered 200 kg density judo mats with standard specification of 2X1meterX50MM. But I am confused if the material is ideal, and I am confused whether density depends upon weight? Or does it ...
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Alternatives to posting with your arms while grappling

This is question that I have been meaning to ask for a while. Last November, I competed at a tournament, along with some of the others from my gym. After I left, I was informed that one of the fellow ...
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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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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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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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Is there a realistic way to prepare yourself for the Bujinkan Ninjutsu Godan Test?

In this video, the tested person has to foresee a sword attack from their back and evade it. Are there any ways to train yourself for such a test? Can a human-being "feel" and foresee ...
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What is the best way to "Hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard" (in order to avoid injury in fight)?

I learnt this phrase from @Philip Klöcking. He explained: hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard, ie. slaps to the head, punches to the torso, kicks to the thighs. Same goes for blocks/parries. ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

Yesterday, I saw a woman and a young boy sporting their TKD gear, shopping after class. I wondered what their school was doing to meet social distancing guidelines. Wear a mask? Probably, not. Stand ...
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What is the best way to compensate for lack of training partners when training at home?

We can get instruction from online videos and can practice forms and basic strikes easily enough. Partners for pair work are hard to substitute though. Partners for grappling even more so. What ...
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Is there any device to practice defense while attacking?

In fighting movies occasionally you will see a device to practice defense while attacking. For example this puppet in Kungu Panda: However I remember there is another one, which can rotate around ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

I am a 14 year old female and I've always wanted to try taekwondo, however I am not the most flexible of people, and I am concerned to whether that will affect learning the sport in any way. I've also ...
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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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How can you safely practice strikes aimed towards the neck with a partner

For most strikes, it's easy to practice safely with a partner. Usually your training partner would just wear padding and a safety helmet. But with strikes to the neck, it's a little different. For ...
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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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Are EVA foam mats good for training?

I am in the process of building some kind of martial arts room in my basement. I also want to practice on the ground (and practice some falls) and might do some fitness inside the room too. Also, I ...
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With more and more people learning martial arts, will they eventually lose their effectiveness for self defense?

I am trying to keep this question as on-topic as possible, so please comment anything that you think would improve it. The number of people learning martial arts around the world is growing. Not at ...
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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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How to deal with a rolling partner who doesn't try

I realize that this is similar to other questions, but this isn't the same. This new guy just joined my gym, and was already a purple belt when he joined. Since I always try to roll with everyone at ...
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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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Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course?

I recently started my three and a half year old at karate, because he had a great time at a bring a friend day. I feel that I have an active child, but he seems to be no more active than other ...
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