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How to train for improved balance?

Improve your leg Strength. Do this first because it feeds into any activity requiring balance. Try: Hindu squats. These are great because they have you coming up on the ball of your foot while ...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

If you are 75 kg, then you should not have a problem throwing an opponent who is 102 kg with a basic hip throw. The major hip throw (ogoshi) is the first hip throw in the judo curriculum. It's ...
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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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What causes stiff body while kicking? (Lack of flexibility or balance)

You've given us a one word diagnosis - "stiff" - but with only that it's hard to guess what your instructor means. If you're confused by the description, then whatever you're doing wrong is probably ...
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How to train for improved balance?

A simple practical exercise that will improve your kicking balance: Do straight leg kicks without ever setting the kicking leg down. You don't have to do them aggressively or high at first. Even a ...
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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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What does it mean to keep your opponent "off-balance" in martial arts?

It's actually a common phrase in English. Keeping someone "off balance" means to "confuse" or "surprise" someone. So this means never letting your opponent know what you'...
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How to train for improved balance?

Slow kicks and slow leg raises. Balance is a feedback game - your proprioception and your muscle response. How fast you can sense your own balance, and how fast you can get your stabilizers to do ...
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How to train for improved balance?

zhan zhuang or stand like a post. (the article is rather terse, but the references at the bottom will probably be helpful. I'm not sure this is a skill I'd want to learn from the internet, but any ...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

It can be very hard to impossible to willingly off-balance an (maybe sub-conciously) uncooperative, stronger opponent, i.e. to have enough kuzushi. That is where Judo (in the very sense of the ...
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Should pole standing (zhan zhuang) be on front or back of the foot?

I'm not an expert, but there's a discussion on weight distribution here that suggests that the weight should be balanced uniformly. Keep the center of the feet (Yongquan points) lifted lightly and ...
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Can flat feet hinder my performance in martial arts?

This has nothing to do with flat feet. If it would, you would tilt your ankle inwards since flat feet are about a lack of supportive structures on the inner side of your feet. What you experience is a ...
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Should pole standing (zhan zhuang) be on front or back of the foot?

Basic Your knees should be bent, and your weight centered over the arch of your foot, which is near the center. This places weight on both the ball and heel of the foot. One goal of zhan zhuang is ...
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Leaning out of axis

"Leaning out of axis" is, in my mind, a combination of three separate ideas. It's not clear to me how your idea relates to mine, so here are all of the elements as I understand them: Balance Your ...
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How to train for improved balance?

Mentally, take a step back and think about what your performance of these techniques is like. If "poor balance" were specific to a kick or two I'd be worried about flexibility, but if it's pervasive ...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

The best option would be to ask your instructor to watch what you do with both the opponents you mention in your post. He will be able to check that you're doing the technique correctly and if you're ...
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How do I make my ginga more stable?

1) Ginga a lot. 2) Do variations: Slow Fast Very low Very stiff Let your chest nearly touch your knees while doing the Ginga Switch directions Stop and reverse in mid-movement Do esquivas/...
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What does it mean to be rooted, and how is being rooted different from being balanced?

Being rooted means you can absorb/resist some force without moving. A dancer can be balanced on pointe, but this is not a good stance for rooting because they are easily unbalanced. Balance is ...
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How to train for improved balance?

In the book Martial Artists Book of Yoga by Lily Chou, she suggests using Half Moon Pose to help with balance and execution of a sidekick. Any stance where you're on one leg can help you learn balance,...
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How important is an empty stomach?

The answer should be pretty obvious to anyone who's had bloating. Yes, it does affect your martial arts performance. It would affect your performance in class as well as in a real fight or self-...
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How important is an empty stomach?

Stuffing yourself to bursting is no kind of preparation for a fight, but in the Chinese Classic "Outlaws of the Marsh", characters routinely do this we beef and wine before leveling ...
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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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How do I make my ginga more stable?

Do the ginga for one hour straight non-stop and your body will adapt to it and you will develop your style. That is an old trick passed down to me by my master and also been advised by students who ...
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