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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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Is there anything I get from doing Pad Work that I can't get from Heavy Bag Work?

It is argued that the best training regimen includes (1) Sparring, (2) Shadow Boxing, (3) Heavy Bag Work, and (4) Pad Work. And then there is the, often overlooked, most important element (5) ...
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Practice advice for jump kicks

Preparing for black belt test, one of the items I'm worried about are jump kicks. I'm a heavier person, and it's harder to stay up in the air compared with the young kids, so less time to perform the ...
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Breath reducing while training - is it effective? [duplicate]

Recently, I've seen a short story on TV about training with mask - to reduce breath. There was a guy, punching the bag for rounds, with mask on his face. Mask looked like this. I said OK, and ...
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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 would be the best form of martial arts for a bigger guy? [closed]

I am 6”3 and 256 pounds, I played sports my whole life so I’m not fat but I do have a few extra pounds on right now that I just started working on losing again. After I get down to 230-240 I wanted to ...
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King of Iron Palm Training

Master Gu Ru Zhang was also known as the “King of Iron Palm”. What is the name of this martial art style? Where do I get information about this man and his style? How do I achieve the goal of having ...
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Iron palm monster hand training

How do you get a hand like this? How do you achieve this goal? Which exercises do I need to do for making my hand like this? Thank you in advance!
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Currently, I am working on understanding the rhythm of movement of opponents so I can counter it efficiently. Could learning dancing help me to understand the rhythm of an opponent? Are there any ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I am a 43 years old software developer in vaguely reasonable shape (can do 20-ish pushups, can run 5km in 30min and not grossly overweight). My long term fitness goal is to be able to say in a job ...
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I am 41 yrs old with no martial arts training suffering with osteoarthritis of the knees. Which martial art is best suited for me? [closed]

As the title mentions. I want to learn serious self defense skills while taking into consideration my arthritic knees. Any suggestions would be appreciated. TY
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Why am I overwhelmed by negative energy after training?

I have been going to weekly (group) lessons of Tai Chi (Chen style) for 3 months; in the last month or so, I have found I get an overwhelming wave of negative energy, starting about 5 minutes after ...
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Problem with kicks and legs

Hello martial artists from all around the world! I am training in Kickboxing. I have a problem with my front leg and my kicks, for which I would like to get your help. Two months ago or so, my coach ...
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How to reduce damage/protect the chest

Recently I started fighting with a group of people every weekend, it's been a few months. I learned a lot and my pain tolerance and flexibility but more importantly speed increased immensely. But ...
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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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Long Focus Mitts for Punching and Kicking

I kind of hate holding the Muay Thai style kicking pads that most people seem to use for training punching and kicking combos. I much prefer the boxing style focus mitts with an open hand like these ...
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TKD routines at home for a 60 year old male [closed]

I just had another calf injury a couple of weeks ago. I am turning 60 this month. I want to keep trainning and practicing my forms, up to and including Koryo. I have been trainning with 54 year old ...
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Developing voice of command

Recently our intructor had to leave early from practice, and I was left in charge and the most graduate (and only) adult, with a workout plan for the remaining practice time. The group was not that ...
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improving endurance for martial arts kicking routines

I apologize in advance for my english if it may sometimes seem a little unintelligible (it is not my first language). I am experiencing difficulty improving my endurance for a kicking routine that is ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

So here's the issue: I love kickboxing, but I absolutely detest being barefoot. I hardly ever walk barefoot around my own (clean) home, let alone the (relatively dirty) mats at a gym. That's probably ...
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How can I practice any martial art if I have difficulty with motor and coordination skills?

I would like to practice a martial art full time for the sake of getting fit and dealing with my personal issues, but the problem is that I don't have much coordination with my body, and I can't ...
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Shoes for 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint arthritis

I usually train barefoot, but am getting old and have 1st MTPJ arthritis. It is getting sore doing reverse punches / round house kicks. I really need to start wearing a shoe that will support the ...
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Martial arts with cerebral palsy and forearm crutches

I'm looking for a martial art or combination of martial arts that do not require a lot of footwork to practice. I have cerebral palsy and walk with forearm crutches. I would like to learn martial arts ...
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Punch bags in a rental apartment

I'v been learning Krav-Maga for many years and now I mostly train on my own. When working with other people, I could train on others, or at least they were holding those punching pillows on which I ...
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Using a tree trunk for kicking practice

When training outdoors, it is inevitable that I'll do some kicking practice; using an actual target is much better practice than just air kicking. It turns out that it is often easy to find a tree ...
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Extreme training for civilians

I am a civilian who would love to get trained in a similar way that special forces such as SEALs, do. More specifically, I want to: be able to defend myself and others with bare hands or with any ...
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50-years-old. How should I choose which MA to start?

I recently turned 50 and I would like to take up a martial art. I have a some background in yoga so my flexibility and strength are OK: I also run twice a week (10k~45 mins), so my cardio-vascular ...
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Exercises to train better falling when thrown

In my Taekwondo classes we sometimes train throws, in the context of self defense (hoshinsul). I'm bothered that, when being thrown, I can see that the way in falling is not the best and I'm getting ...
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Is there an official hand mudras record?

I was trying to search for a matching hand mudra where just three fingers are touching the other hand with the others apart. I learned it along with a basic ground stance of maintaining three to four ...
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Does cycling improve stamina or any other physical characteristics?

Background info: I've been practicing shotokan karate for 9 years now and loved exercising in general. Due to various reasons, I moved to a different region and started japanese jiu jitsu 5 months ...
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Things to do in Tokyo when you are NOT dead (yet) [closed]

Later this year I will take my nephew (he is 19) to Tokyo for a week. We will spend most of the time together but I am considering having one or two afternoons were each goes his own way (I am ...
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I'm curious about learning a new discipline for self defense

I'm about 100 lbs (45 kg), small frame. No weight training experience. I'm very skinny, but in my previous discipline that allowed me to be the fastest in the studio. My weight has always stayed in ...
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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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How do I become ready for Tae Kwan Do after not training for a month?

I was practicing for a Sweet Sixteen for 1 month. Throughout the month, I was stressed out and I had a minimum amount of time to train. Since the Sweet Sixteen finished, I haven't been in my Tae Kwan ...
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Adapting from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
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Combined Grappling Dummy and Bob punching bag for practice

I would like to practice at home both grappling and punching. For punching there is a boxing bag or Bob and for grappling there are grappling dummies such as bubba dummy and the like. I would like to ...
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How to avoid knee pain/injury during Shikko waza?

In Aikido there are suwariwaza techniques which are done on the ground and one should walk on knees or sometimes pivot on one knee for tenkan. Some schools make the students walk in shikko like 10 ...
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How do I increase my flexibility to obtain a full lotus position?

I've just started Kung Fu a little over a week ago. I'm older (43), big (tall, and still slightly overweight), and haven't done any serious exercise in... well, longer than I care to admit. I feel ...
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Can video games make you a better martial artist?

On its face this seems like a silly and easily dismissible notion, but neuroscience has established that visualizing the processes of learned skills can improve\reinforce neural pathways in much the ...
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what is the best martial arts to study if you have ptsd [closed]

What is the best martial art to study if you have PTSD? I suffer from freezing. Im not sure if that narrows it down. But based on how many martial art disciplines you studied do you recommend any ...
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Preventing Muscle Soreness on a Budget? [duplicate]

What is a good way to prevent muscle soreness while training and exercising if you lack professional help and facilities? I guess you could just fill the tub with cold water and some ice-cubes, and ...
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Training punching vertically pad on the floor

Instead of punching horizontally some pad/sack/dummy on a wall or hanging from the ceiling, could we place a (properly cushioned) pad on the floor and train punching it (the position would be like a ...
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Old school leather bag gloves

About 30 years ago, I had leather bag gloves made by Everlast that contained very little padding, but had thick leather and a heavy metal core in the palm. Does any manufacturer still make something ...
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Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts?

I realize this is opinion based, but I have had a wide variety of responses that seem to believe that "true" martial arts can only be learned by properly dressing the part of the original form, ...
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Relation between martial arts and psychodelics?

I had my trip on LSD a few weeks ago. Every since, my fighting style has been EXPONENTIALLY climbing up. Not to mention my levels of energy, or my body awareness. I now need no trainers telling me ...
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Unexpected vs expected hits to sensitive areas

It has already been proven that if you "set your mind to it" you can take it. E.g. Shaolin or other practitioners, specially prepared to take hard hits into very potent areas like the groin,the neck, ...
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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

We often end up sitting in 正座 (seiza) for some time during class. This is much longer during demonstrations and gradings. In addition, a whole corpus of techniques (suwari waza, ghosin no kata) do ...
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Do passive training years count as experience?

When I mention my experience in Martial Arts, I speak of the years I was involved in training under a Sifu. But besides the physical training part, there is also a mental training part. During ...
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Leaning out of axis

First, a bit of background. I've been training kungfu for nearly a decade now. During all these years, I had the nagging feeling something essential was missing. Shifu sometimes told me to follow tai ...
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