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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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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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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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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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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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