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Are blocks unrealistic?

This answer is from a karate perspective: The word "Uke", traditionally translated as "block", is actually a short form of the verb "ukeru", meaning "to receive". Very few of the "blocks" are ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

Defending punches by putting a glove against your face is not a successful strategy without big gloves. With MMA's small gloves or without gloves at all, it is a Bad Idea. To be truthful, it's not an ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

You're asking the right questions. And you answer them, too. If you're looking for a defense of the use of the traditional "blocks" in karate, you're going to be disappointed with my reply. The ...
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Blocking straight punches with "The Wall"?

It seems to me that it is very much geared to sports in that the cushioning of the strike depends on a cushy glove, and the probability of not having the punch slip through depends on the large cross ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

Really it depends what you call a block. If you use 'cover blocking' from boxing in a street fight I would say this is dangerous because you are probably not wearing gloves. You will have to adapt ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

In a street fight, physical size and perceived strength have little bearing. In a famous example, a petite female MMA fighter (Polyana Viana) was mugged on the streets of Rio by a male. After she was ...
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Taekwondo Block Bunkai Vs. Shotokan Block Bunkai

Kukkiwon has no official Bunkai (Boonhae in Korean). So I would say that this is a dangerous road to go down, trying to assign Boonhae to a system that specifically wasn't mean to have it. People ...
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Arm Toughening Without Losing Sensitivity

Not all nerves do the same thing! So, here's a thing: not all nerves do the same thing, and you can deaden the pain nerves without losing movement sensitivity. Movement sensitivity is primarily ...
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Arm Toughening Without Losing Sensitivity

The primary reason why people bang up their limbs (arms, legs, elbows, knees, and head) is to be able to lessen the pain of the impact. Secondarily, by lessening the pain, the body is able to make ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

You are never going to know whether the person is stronger than you until you've seen or felt the amount of damage they can do. Bigger guys exist that can't strike if their life depended on it, and ...
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Is it possible for your arm to break when blocking punches?

So assuming both fighters are healthy, adult human beings with no bone diseases and no other outside factors are involved. You aren’t breaking your arm this way. It may not be completely impossible, ...
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Is it true that 'A strike is a block is a lock is a throw'?

The phrase comes from karate's unfortunate history: as karate popularized rapidly, first across Japan and Korea and then to the USA via GIs, it became common for students to learn forms without ...
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Shotokan morote uke: Use hammer fist surface of supporting hand?

but both alternatives seem to help It depends on the application of the "block". When you take a technique out of a kata, you also remove the context of its intended use. In general, I would take a ...
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Speed after blocking heavier opponent

As a general principle, experiment and observe. You can try different things to see how they work (I'll suggest one below). Another way to experiment is to try to do to a smaller but advanced ...
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Can the low kick check be used against low front or side kick?

Yes. Assuming that the low front or side kick was aimed at the knee (my experience with people suggesting such a technique, although admittedly in TMA classes without stress testing) in order to ...
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

I only know 3: Slip the punch: push on the front foot and slide on the back foot a bit. While doing this, also shift your weight on to the back foot so the moment your opponent retracts their jab, ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

As you guessed, small gloves aren't ideal for passive blocking (keeping your hands in one position to block more than one punch). The closest thing to passive blocking you could get away with in MMA ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

No, they are not wrong, they are correct. There are no blocks in karate (also TKD)... In fact I'm relatively sure about virtually all Chinese derived systems which make use of solo forms. The ...
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

Slip & jab with left Sway & then sway back with a jab with left Parry down with left & counter jab Block with right & counter jab Left jab across the (on top) jab and counter with ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

I have a (slightly) different perspective on this to the others so I thought I would add my own answer. I have trained a little in Karate, Aikido, Judo and Japanese Jujitsu. However, my main ...
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Is it true that 'A strike is a block is a lock is a throw'?

Yes. You are probably taking it too literally. I don’t know much about Karate or any other Japanese martial system. But in my experience with various Chinese martial arts schools there’s a similar ...
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Is the move in movies where the main either block another person’s punches by countering / blocking with their own arms or legs a real thing?

The idea is to dodge first and then just cover to ensure that the punch is not redirected. However this only works against straight attacks. Curved attacks are much harder to dodge. You can block a ...
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Is the move in movies where the main either block another person’s punches by countering / blocking with their own arms or legs a real thing?

It works, but there are some things to consider It is a question of conditioning and hitting with the right parts into the right parts, ie. for example hard parts (where bones are close to the surface)...
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How to fight an opponent who's always guarding his face in mma?

Let's analyze situation: "constantly guarding his face" + "block mid punches" - it seems, that your opponent has good reaction and definitely would block single punches/middles. &...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

Speaking from the standpoint of Tai Chi and Wudang sword, blocks represent failures because they confer no advantage. In both arts the goal is to control the opponent's body or limbs, specifically by ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

Blocks are called blocks because they provide a good visual for the technique. But like many things in life, if you give it a name, it will be used according to that name. So, blocks became just ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

Basic blocks shown in martial arts tend to: use large arm motions whack the opponent's attacking limb leave feet relatively static The respective problems with these elements: Large motions are ...
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

Parry /catch on same side Parry opposite side Slip outside Slip inside Bob/duck/change levels Step back/rock back
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

Well, it's defined by an author that there are six ways. Maybe there are four, maybe there are 7. Difficult to interpret. You can slip left, slip right. You can take a small step back. You can move ...
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