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Targeting arteries / tendons in knife fights?

Just to add to the discussion, I trained in escrima back in college from a student of Danny Inosanto's and someone who went to Dog Brothers gatherings. We did a very simple exercise to show how knife ...
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Targeting arteries / tendons in knife fights?

If you are in a 'knife fight' the first thing to realise is that this is an extremely high stakes fight. One or both of you are probably going to die. Unlike unarmed combat it doesn't really matter ...
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Are Omoplatas legal in judo?

Yes, omoplatas are considered a variant of ashi-gatame or hiza-gatame.1 3 The IJF Referee Commission has confirmed their legality on multiple occasions,1 2 both as a submission, and as a turnover: ...
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Why is ude-garami legal if it is effectively a shoulder lock?

Original intent of rule The phrasing "kansetsu-waza applied to the elbow joint"b is used by the Kodokan to describe joint-locks which achieve their effect by: straightening or bending the ...
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Would women with large breasts be able to fight?

I'm not entirely sure this question is serious, but what the heck. :) I've known female classmates in styles like Taekwondo and Kung-fu. They generally said that getting punched in the breast was ...
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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

Kicking is more than just strength. There's speed also. Combining both gives you power. But since you asked just about the strength aspect, that's what I'll respond to. With barbells or dumbbells: ...
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How do blood chokes actually work?

The following study (on hadaka-jime and nami-juji-jime) supports the claim that compression of the carotid (and vertebral) arteries is associated with loss of consciousness in judo-style chokes: By ...
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Would women with large breasts be able to fight?

would they actually be able to fight? What is going to stop them? Among other things, fighters can be male, female, young, old, short, fat, skinny, tall, missing limbs, or blind. You cannot tell who ...
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Targeting arteries / tendons in knife fights?

With the caveat that I never did any substantial knife training, and most of it in traditional martial arts like Escrima, you are unlikely to have the opportunity to really target anything because it ...
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Is there a way to reliably attack only a bent elbow joint with ude garami (Kimura, Americana)?

Attacking the muscles and tendons connecting the elbow As Philip says, Americana style ude-garami from mune-gatame can be used to cause pain to the elbow joint and/or connecting muscles/tendons by: ...
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Is there a way to reliably attack only a bent elbow joint with ude garami (Kimura, Americana)?

While "reliably" may be disputable, the main means to make the bent-arm variant (from mune-gatame, i.e. not the classic kimura with uke's wrist behind her back, although the principles mostly apply) ...
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Is there a way to reliably attack only a bent elbow joint with ude garami (Kimura, Americana)?

Yes, there is. Ude garami is a commonly misunderstood technique. Mainly because most people in western countries get taught that it has to be performed with uke's arm being bent. There is even a ...
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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

I've found that the same exercises that basketball players use to improve their jump shots are very effective. Explosive power You tend to want explosive power. Most of what we do is kick fast (not ...
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What is the difference between a choke and a strangle?

The three main mechanisms of choking technique are: Choke Mechanism Synonyms "blood" choke compresses the sides of the neck, restricting blood flow to head sleeper hold, carotid restraint, ...
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What happens to a person being choked?

I took the question "What happens to a person being choked" a bit more physiologically. From what I understand (from a 'straight dope' posting almost 20 years ago), a properly applied "blood choke" (...
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Resisting choke holds using throat tendons?

When a choke is properly applied, no amount of "neck flexing" will save you. Let's use a rear naked choke for example. The attacker is behind the victim. The choking arm forms a 'V' shape at the ...
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What is a "shoulder lock" in Judo terminology?

In Judo texts which use "elbow lock" to refer to bent-arm locks, the term "shoulder lock" appears in two contexts: kata-gatame ("shoulder hold", osaekomi-waza)1 2 3 kata-...
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Why is ude-garami legal if it is effectively a shoulder lock?

I think you have mostly answered your own question. Ude-garami can affect both the shoulder and the elbow joint. As an official, it is not possible to tell whether the shoulder is being affected. ...
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Resisting choke holds using throat tendons?

According to the following paper, tensing the neck muscles can indeed reduce pressure on the carotid arteries during a judo style choke: Tensing the neck muscles can reduce the effect of choking. [......
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Is it common and expected that shifus give theory classes about stuff like TCM, meridians and joints?

It's not uncommon, especially for internal styles. By my teacher was a Chinese national champion in internal and said it's not necessary. "Feeling" is essential, and I can elaborate more ...
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Can you be immune to chokeholds?

Depending on your definition of "immunity", some people do indeed appear to be more resistant to chokeholds than others. In the study Mechanism of loss of consciousness during vascular neck restraint,...
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Does bicep development affect punching power?

Does bicep development affect punching power? Yes, it does. I can't give you an explanation based on physics or biology; I will try to explain this in simple terms. Here is how bicep development can ...
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Does bicep development affect punching power?

I was experimenting on that for some time, and, from my opinion - NO, biceps generally does not affect punching power. What biceps decreases - your punching speed (if you do not do stretching ...
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Does bicep development affect punching power?

Muscles operate by contractings, so... it's hard to imagine. I can't visualize a punch that changes the lower-to-upper arm angle from a larger to a smaller angle unless it's an awkward sucker-punch ...
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Would women with large breasts be able to fight?

I think there are bunch of ways to handle this kind of 'problem'. I know some girls use elastic band to make their trainings comfortable
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Is hitting hard objects really effective in making bones harder?

Meta: Definitive hand conditioning answer? According to the following study, practice of karate-style conditioning does lead to increased size of the metacarpals and hypertrophy of the skin over the ...
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Is hitting hard objects really effective in making bones harder?

Ignoring the answer that links to a completely irrelevant topic of fractures, rather than micro fractures (which is the equivalent of comparing bicep tears to tears in muscle fibers that cause muscle ...
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