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Are faster punches more powerful in boxing?

I train and spar in boxing, and am an avid follower of professional fights as well. I've heard almost every coach, other boxer, commentators, and so on refer to "Mayweather is has insane speed, ...
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What criteria were used for the Qualification for the Judo 2004 Summer Olympics and how did the final ranking of the Judokas look like?

I am looking for a list of tournaments which were used for the qualification for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Judo. (I found the list of how the athletes qualified.)
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Why put your hands to your belt when kicking in WT taekwondo?

When doing practice kicks, I've always kept my guard up. Recently, my grandmaster has changed it, to bring the hands to the belt on the opposite side of the kick. When I asked why, he said that is the ...
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How dangerous are long thumb nails

I came across a provocative individual with long thumb nails, on both hands; about 2cm extra length. How dangerous could his nails be? Eye gouging comes to mind. But is it more effective with that ...
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How to get out of a pinned postion

I am writing a book and I have a question about how my smaller female would get out of this position. She is on her back Dude is a lot bigger than her and he is on top of her. He has both her arms ...
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What simple gross-motor technique could I do from here?

In a self-defense situation against a bigger, stronger man that is intent on killing or gravely injure the defender, what could the next move be from the picture below (the attacker would be the man ...
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Is this kick from the Legend of Korra actually possible, balance-wise?

See below. It isn't really a kick because I believe your leg is extended only as a counterweight, but I didn't know what else to call it. My intuition says that possibly your torso would be too top-...
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Muay Thai defensive techniques against grappling attacks

I'm just wondering whether Muay Thai teaching includes defensive tactics / techniques to use against grappling and take-downs. If they do, please share them. For instance, if someone tries to grapple ...
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How to Deal with Talkative Training Partner

What is a good way to stop people from talking to me & correcting little flaws in my technique when I'm trying to concentrate on fixing larger flaws in my technique? I know that some gyms don't ...
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Why does Karate recommend kicking with feet instead of shins?

What is the historical reason Karate and Taekwondo recommend kicking with foot instead of shins for Round kicks (different from Muay Thai)? In Krav Maga, they teach to kick with foot, since most of ...
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How to become Jackie Chan? [closed]

As title says, my question is how to become someone like Jackie Chan, a handsome martial artist with skillful tricks. I love all his tricks that he performed in his movies. But how do I learn tricks ...
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Lack of training partner

I recently started my career as correctional officer, and these past 6 months have shown me I need to learn some type of self defense so that not only am more capable, controlled, and with the fight ...
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The most effective way of striking the groin for a beginner?

In a self defense situation, what kind of groin strikes would be the easiest for a beginner to execute under stress? For example, In terms of kicks, should the toes be pointed up and the heels be used ...
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How to improve flexibility for a 40yo guy

I am a guy in my 40s and would like to improve my flexibility in Tae Kwon Do. Not new at it but there is always room from improvement. Any sugestions? Thanks in advance
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Under what circumstances would a mule kick be useful?

I am learning martial arts (specifically, Kajukenbo) and in class, we went over a move called a mule kick, which is where you look backwards, and then strike behind you with your leg. I don't know ...
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Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?

I've recently starting light sparring (Muay Thai and Boxing) and use one of those single boil+bite style gum shields. How often should I need to re-mould it as it seems to have lost it's fit after ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I'm 43 and got myself a spinal cord injury 16 years ago that keeps me in a wheelchair most of the time. I can stand and walk with crutches and have some decent (for a quadriplegic) upper body mobility ...
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Was Bujinkan Ninjutsu practiced by ninjas in feudal Japan?

I have been quite a fan of Bujinkan Ninjutsu for a while now and in fact, been researching quite a lot about Ninjutsu and its history. Unfortunately, as I started researching more into Ninjutsu, I ...
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What strategies can a fighter implement to shield the outer knee from injuries caused by opponents’ strikes?

I have good knees. Given that repeated impacts to the outer knee can lead to lateral collateral ligament injuries, what defensive strategies can a Karate or Muay-Thai fighter employ to protect this ...
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Can I tell from how a person breathes that they just started an attack?

Can I tell from a person’s breathing the split second right before their attack that they are starting an attacking move? How do I tell?
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Does weight and muscle power really impact punch power and kick?

My weight is 63kgs and height is 5'7" (170 cm). I practice wing chun at home (I rarely have an opponent to practice against). Sometimes, I feel my punching power could be better. To increase my punch ...
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Is it possible to still wind someone even if they brace their core muscles?

To preface this, I'm a writer with an already weird search history and fascination with martial arts and penning fight scenes, so please bear with me. I've seen videos of people either hitting ...
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Was seiza intended to be impractical?

It's hard to argue that traditional seiza position isn't uncomfortable, and something that takes some time to get used to. Are there any benefits to Sitting Seiza? discusses potential benefits of ...
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What is the best way to Spar? (radori, kumite)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twE-zdUkB_U In this video Jesse Enkamp talks about a decline in hard sparring in combat sports training. To me this makes sense. If you are training for a fight you ...
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What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?

So what are the main, real life purposes of aikido that work? Anything specific? Short range? Long range? blocking? striking? etc? What are the most likely times one would probably use it?
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Shuriken in Aikido

During the Hell Dojo times of Ueshiba, he was known to teach shuriken throwing. After a famous incident, this stopped. Is there any records of how this was taught? What style of shuriken was thrown? ...
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Graduations in kung-fu for kids?

I'm looking for graduations in kung-fu for kids. Something similar to the program of ABRSM in music or the judo-kan. I think there must exist a curriculum already in different schools and different ...
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Name of two stances and their weight distribution

Beomseogi An official video mentions the name of Beomseogi when the right foot is in front as Oreun Beomseogi. Also, in other times of the video, the naming is consistent: Right foot is front: Oreun ...
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How hard is it to incapacitate someone with a strike to the solar plexus?

Is it possible for an untrained person to incapacitate someone else with a strike to the solar plexus? If not, what kind of training does it require? If so, what is the most effective way to strike (...
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Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

I am a member of a gym for 7 months and do strength based exercises 5-6 days a week (in the evening) along with 10-15 minutes of cardio. I have decided to join a mixed martial art facility near my ...
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Why is blindness or eye rupture not more common in boxing or MMA?

The eye is a soft and exposed organ. Why doesn't a punch to the eye cause blindness or rupture more often? In fact, I have never heard of boxers or MMA fights going blind? I've seen many swollen or ...
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Martial arts club politics

I've been training for a few years in karate and enjoyed it so far. Unfortunately, club politics has crept in and it's now become pretty unpleasant to train there. Relations with our head sensei - ...
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What are generally non-lethal stab areas on the body?

I am working on a piece of fiction with a knife fight and I would like the action to slowly escalate rather than the first stab ending everything, even though that is most likely in real life. ...
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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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Are there reasons one might favor a Ming Guard over a Qing guard on a Chinese straight sword?

Essentially: Ming era jian have a rounded guard, with the arc towards the wielder's hand: [ The later, Qing era jian are reversed: I'm also linking to little Raven for validation because they're ...
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Why are Judo's Seiryoku Zen'yo Kokumin Taiiku exercises seldomly practiced?

In Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano (the founder of judo), chapter 19 Seiryoku Zen'yo Kokumin Taiiku contains a catalogue of individual striking exercises called Tandoku Renshu and partner exercises called ...
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How can I improve my hand's strength and form when performing a lead left hook in boxing?

I am practicing "American Boxing" I believe it's called. I have a very well-respected and experienced coach who has a seasoned amateur and professional record, and who has trained some ...
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What is the general rule in the Martial Arts world regarding eye contact? Is making eye contact good or bad for avoiding fights?

I am currently studying and researching good self defence techniques, and the subject of eye contact has arisen. I found on this Martial Arts forum here that one of the users claims that his Master ...
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Efectiveness of defenses against nunchaku and other flexible instruments [closed]

Following this demonstration and this question. Is the demonstrated defenses (using the folded arms) effective against nunchaku and other flexible instruments such as belt?
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Do I need to pay royalties to the Gracie family if I write a book about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

I'm planning to write a comic book about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All the characters are fake, but they talk about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history. They explain the origin of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mention ...
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What can I practice to remove tension from my movements

I'm a Wing Chun student and my Sihing regularly tells me that I shouldn't be so tense in all my movements. A lot of techniques in WC require smooth arm and leg movements to react to our opponent's ...
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Karate kata event regarding disqualification

If disqualified due to not doing bow after completion of kata? Can we defend and apply to qualify?
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Heel Hook Head Kick in Karate or Taekwondo

Whats the name of this Kick in Karate or Taekwondo? Chris Leben called this the "Heel Hook Head Kick". However, he does it with the right outside of the heel foot, instead of the inside. ...
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Suburito - practicing indoors

I have a suburito but have recently discovered that I don't have the ceiling height to practice much indoors. For instance, an overhead strike is quite unfeasible. Area of study Mostly Iaido ...
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How can beginner adults overcome initial nausea when learning rolling falls?

Beginner judo classes emphasize learning low-exertion, solo falling technique (ukemi), which involves rocking motions in multiple directions (back, left, and right) and generally progresses to rolling ...
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What is the natural position that a person normally falls in a violent encounter?

In any case that I or anyone else should be engaged in a violent encounter by any man in general, should he fall, what position would he most likely fall and what position would he naturally be when ...
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How hard to break someone’s neck? [closed]

How hard would it be for a 160 pound person to break a 200 pound person’s neck? How to do that?
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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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Would a Pankration Fighter be allowed in UFC?

Would a Pankration fighter be allowed in the UFC? If so, how would he be able to fend off other foes who use Karate, Muay Thai and Krav maga?
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Would Hapkido be a good choice for transitioning from Tai Chi (Yang) to a form with with more locks, strikes, falling for an older adult?

I currently practice Tai Chi (Yang style--short and long form) at an intermediate level. I enjoy it, but have recently wanted to explore a martial art form that still stresses economy/fluidness of ...

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