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The practice of martial arts. How, what, where, when, why.

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How to build calf endurance? [closed]

Injury prevention within the context of martial arts training Goal: During the randoris, I am not always able to finish due to cramps on calves. Question: What proven routines can I do to build my ...
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What is the name of dynamic, non-resistant form of sparring in Japanese?

I think most of the Judoka know the ladder of Tandoku renshu, Uchi komi, Yakusoku geiko, Randori and Shiai as well as Kata as classical training forms. But in Ne waza, there was another name ...
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Are the majority of martial arts injuries from people returning to training after a break?

So, I mentioned this on chat when responding to the fellow who was begging the question of whether more injuries result from training than being assaulted, and I figured I'd follow through. Years ago, ...
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Best Martial Arts System for 4 year old?

I have a four year old son, who is hyperactive. Which martial arts training will help him tire enough to go to sleep early? Background I have already eliminated the other options and thus looking ...
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Repetition or new exercises while leading a Martial Arts club in a University?

I am currently leading the Martial Arts club at my university (mostly Jing-Wu Kung-Fu training). Since it is difficult to get a regular group, I am thinking whether I should stick to basic Kung-Fu ...
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Front and back flip at home

I am a Taekwondo student. I want to learn front flip and next back flip at home. I have two quilts at home. What are the requirements to practice those flips myself. Please specify any warm up ...
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Can I still practice judo with a bad hip?

I am 33 years old and I have a bad hip (due to a medical condition). Can I still learn/practice judo? (keeping my fingers crossed for positive answers)
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What are some supplimental training techniques which improve the practice of martial arts?

I'd like to find some specific physical training exercises to directly benefit my practice of martial arts (both unarmed and weapon). For example, I recently discovered weighted Indian clubs and ...
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Martial art against verbal hate crime

In the wake of rising1 hate crimes after Brexit and fears of a similar rise after the election of Trump as President of the USA: How can martial arts help support people who are victim of said crimes? ...
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Measurement of the practicality of a martial art

Is there a concept or a theory to define how to measure the practicality of a martial art? For example, is there a measurement, dimension or a rating method to check how effective BJJ or any other ...
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Am I allowed to start Krav Maga training at 14?

I'm 14 and I would love to start training for Krav Maga but I'm not sure if I'm too young to start. Can I start training at 14?
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

I am looking at joining the military in a few month and am somewhat overwhelmed by how many different martial arts gyms there are in my area. I am wondering which martial art would be able to best ...
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Help choosing a martial art [closed]

I am a total begginer and would like to pick and train a martial art. I am 6 foot tall 165 lbs. I go to the gym regularly and have been lifting free-weights for about a year now. My only criteria ...
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Running Drag Resistance Parachute and Agility Ladder

Do people use running Parachute and Agility Ladder for martial arts training or it is not something useful?
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Practicing Muay Thai kicks with no partner

Can I place a Belly Pad on a tree and practice some body kicks, or it is not recommended? For example, the following: Combat Sports Dome Tech Belly Pad
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Are we doing randori properly?

At my judo club randori is usually 30-45mins at the end of the session. Some nights we just have randori for an hour and a half. The randori itself usually consists of 5min bouts with no break in ...
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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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How to notice if your instructor knows what he's talking about

I'm going to a Muay Thai gym soon. I'm a total beginner so I'll have to follow and trust blindly everything my instructor says. Since nobody is perfect and somebody may even be not prepared, I'm not ...
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Where to find a training partner for home based practicing?

I'm interested in trying to find a training partner in my area to practice at my house. I am strapped for cash and time so martial arts gyms are out for right now. However, I have everything necessary ...
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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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Technical differences between Muay Thai and Muay Boran

I started watching fighting sports with this recent grow of the UFC and MMA. I picked Muay Thai because it looks the funniest for my standards, it's explosive and not static so it would be my first ...
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Terror and mass shooting attacks

In wake of more and more terrorist attacks in Europe such as Paris, Nice, Munich as well as the rising frequency of mass shootings in the USA, I was wondering how martial arts deal with the treat ...
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How to train out of dojo during summer?

Dojos are no longer available in summer. Can I stay 2 months without training? Should I organize training on the beach with my team even if sand is not as convenient as a mat? Indeed, sand is harder ...
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Practicing boxing using rope or sheet hanging from the ceiling

I saw some practitioners who hang ropes (in different sizes) or sheets from the ceiling down and work with them as if they were boxing bags. Are there any benefits of using ropes or sheets instead of ...
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What is the 'best' way to train / practice back flips?

What is the best way to train / practice back flips? I want to learn how to do a back flip or a front flip but I don't want to do it on grass or something like that. the reason behind it is to learn ...
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How to condition the head/skull in order to break bricks with it?

I came across this You Tube video that demonstrates a specific Kung Fu move, where an individual breaks a concrete brick with his head. Generally speaking, conditioning of certain body parts is ...
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Self development and training [duplicate]

I have been studying for 5 years but mostly practice by myself. I occasional go to my local school for sparing but practice primarily by myself. What ways can I learn new taolus and training exercises ...
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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 there a statistical correlation between deaths in the ring and having one's father in the corner as one's trainer?

In the commentary on the tragic 2005 Leavander Johnson/Jesus Chavez fight, which claimed the life of Leavander Johnson, commentator Jim Lampley said that there are two things that seem to be "constant"...
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How to address this issue with my sifu

I have 7 years practising Wing chun, it took me 5 years to get an "intermediate" rank ( officially we don't have ranks at all just people who have more experience/skill than us), when we train ...
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Drills for improving front kicks

I am aiming for national level skill. I want to be able to use my front kicks more fluently and naturally. Are there any good drills for that?
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Benefits of women only sessions

Some clubs do women-only training sessions for either beginners or open to all levels. Generally those are taught by a senior female instructor. Personally, I dislike the idea. I find it much more ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

The common interpretation of the phrase according to the New York Times and urban dictionary and dictionary.com is about living up to a stereotypical image of masculinity. There are other meanings ...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

I currently work (part-time) as an instructor with a karate dojo. I have been with them in one way or another for over five years (including taking classes). Recently, a highly decorated instructor ...
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Fighters checking newer fighters?

I've been going to a new gym for a few months. One of the instructors doesn't like me and keeps calling me out during class for random things like using "big" words. In light sparing today, apparently ...
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Is it expected that all training stances/positions will have direct fighting applications?

Is it generally expected in martial arts systems that all training stances/positions (horse stances, front stances, drop stances, etc.) will have direct fighting applications? Questions such as Is ...
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Stacking mats so they slide less

We train in a large gym hall and do not have enough mats to cover the whole floor. Even if we did, there are too many dangers (radiators, bars, etc...) around the edge. So, we train in the centre ...
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Act first as fast as you can and surprise in real fight

I heard that winning a real life street fight depends on your action in the first seconds. If you have to fight for longer time the probability of winning decrease dramatically. Is it true. How can ...
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Boxing Micro Rings

I have seen a few micro rings posted around mainly one by trojanfit. http://www.trojanfit.co.uk/trojanfit-micro-boxing-ring-1362-p.asp I think the idea is to train in an area where you aren't able ...
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how to use o2 mask to training martial arts

Recently I have seen the number of people using O2 masks for training increase a lot. Many of than just use the mask and do the same traditional training as before. I don't believe this is the way to ...
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How a woman can teach martial art for men?

It's an honest question. I'm a black belt woman and I have only women in my class. I'd love to understand what happens with them or why men feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking martial arts ...
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I have full dentures top and bottom... should I fit my mouthguard to my dentures or directly to my gums?

I'm not sure what to do in this situation, but i definitely don't want my dentures to break!
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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

I'll have my first (real) Muay Thai fight soon and I was wondering about Mike Tyson's famous quote: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Actually, I find this quote very ...
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Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?

I'm a 14 year old girl with a second poom in WTF tae kwon do and have been doing a competitive sparring class for 2 years. Originally I joined because I wanted to try and make nationals, but though I ...
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Value of private lessons for beginners (submission wrestling)

I am new to wrestling, and I am considering getting into submission wrestling. The question I have is, how valuable are private lessons versus regular classes as a beginner? Can I, assuming a good ...
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Stretching for kicks [duplicate]

I'm 42 years old and have never been very flexible. I do Tae Kwon do and need to improve my kicks. Any good leg/hip stretches? I've been working hard on it for last year but not much improvement. ...
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Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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Is hitting hard objects really effective in making bones harder?

In several martial arts (e.g. karate, muay thai), there are methods for toughening body parts (such as the fists or shins) by hitting them against hard objects. I am an amateur martial arts fan and ...
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Problem with more senior club member

I sometimes have to lead classes in my club. Most of the members will do what I say but there are one or two members more senior than me who will almost always go off on a tangent and not listen to me ...
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Seeing improvements when training alone?

I've been actively practising Tae-Kwon-Do for some years, but I had to stop recently for several reasons. I'd like to try and maintain my skills, so I keep on training at home from time to time. I'm ...
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