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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect that the primary answer lies between that they genuinely deemphasize pitched fighting, and that it's guided by rulesets. Not every martial art is about fighting, or defending yourself For ...
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

The military doesn't care very much about your hand to hand skills, a few months isn't a lot of time to learn, and picking a gym is mostly about which specific gyms are available to you. Your best ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect there's a lot of instructors that are more concerned about the techniques of their art, rather than flooding their students with ever increasing amount of styles. This makes sense that they ...
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What kind of glove is being shown in the following pictures, and why is it nearly always a knife user who wear this style of gloves?

What is shown is a vambrace, or possibly a bracer repurposed to be more armor. A vambrace is a tube of armor, anything from metal to leather, used to protect the forearm. A bracer is intended only to ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

This is a bit like asking whether a physicist wouldn't only be able to become a better scientist and understand more of the bigger picture if they would do chemistry, biology, geology, etc. as well. ...
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

As others have mentioned, hand-to-hand combat doesn't play a significant role in modern militaries. If you want to learn a fighting art in the build up to your term of service, I would suggest ...
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In Wushu competitions, why is taolu (forms) technique so different to sanda (combat) technique?

Taolu (forms) are for a different purpose than Sanda. Sanda and other forms of "free sparring" are centered on the notion that both opponents are free to move around and fight each other ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

In addition to the great answers given, I want to provide another angle: It's About Philosophy! Philosophy behind the martial arts include ideas about how fighting "works" and what the main ...
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When Executing Head Strikes, Does the Increased Range of a Closed Fist Outweigh the Greater Risk of Knuckle/Hand Fractures (Compared to Open Palm?)

I'm going to rebut some things that you mention. This rebuttal might seem subtle or pedantic, but that subtlety is hugely important. most people using closed fists during a fight run significant risk ...
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When Executing Head Strikes, Does the Increased Range of a Closed Fist Outweigh the Greater Risk of Knuckle/Hand Fractures (Compared to Open Palm?)

Your claims in the question are quite correct, and none of the contents below intend to refute your statements. There are a few aspects that should be considered when answering this question: What is ...
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"Warrior Gaze"? Where to look when training and fighting?

As far as I am aware, all martial arts systems that teach about the eyes use this practice. This practice corresponds to the use of peripheral vision, as opposed to foveal vision. Foveal vision is ...
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How is Tai Chi different as a martial art in terms of self defense/combat?

The question asks for a detailed analysis of Taiji as it compares and contrasts with other martial arts. Looking beyond the specifics, there's an underlying question here about how Taiji is different ...
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How is Tai Chi different as a martial art in terms of self defense/combat?

Overall Sinking of the joints is one of the core techniques, and a method of directing/re-directing force. It allows directing force even in unexpected directions. Sinking of the joints (wrists, ...
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

Should Soldiers Learn Hand to Hand Fighting? To say unarmed combat has no place in the military is a misleading and dangerous thing to say. It is still very possible to end up in CQB with enemies, ...
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

That depends on the country, but if it's a NATO country, even if you want to enlist as a specops (commando) you will mainly be evaluated on a single criteria : endurance. So running and crossfit ...
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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

I've been interested in strategy since early childhood, which led to game theory, which led to AI theory. AI theory is useful in general, and taught me that the best way to think about dimensionality ...
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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

Q: How does competition fighting differ from self-defense? A: The other answers here round out this answer as well. Competition fighting is usually done in a well-controlled environment. The opponents ...
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When Executing Head Strikes, Does the Increased Range of a Closed Fist Outweigh the Greater Risk of Knuckle/Hand Fractures (Compared to Open Palm?)

Considering the viability of short-range grappling techniques, the loss of three inches of range should not be a major concern. The basic grappling strategy is to quickly close distance when entering ...
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In Wushu competitions, why is taolu (forms) technique so different to sanda (combat) technique?

Modern wushu forms and sanda are basically different styles entirely. In my now dated experience with wushu competitions, they have many separate events where the overlap between athletes may be close ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

It's the hardest thing to do. My teacher was celebrated, but said their technique was the product of 3 generations. That chain seems to be a rare thing, because I don't think anyone in my generation ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

Some reasons why I only train Judo: Goals I'm 0-0 in MMA, and will be the rest of my life. I train for fun, and on the off-chance that I ever get attacked. Age Recovery is more difficult the ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

Looking at this from a logical perspective, rather than a martial arts perspective: they cannot. If someone wants to blend (picking things out of thin air that don't necessarily make sense) karate ...
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Sun Tzu as applied to martial arts?

Know your enemy and know yourself Understanding how an opponent thinks and their available weapons can determine the best strategy to engage them using your own strengths. For example, fighting a ...
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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

I feel there's more fairness, safety, yet conflict in competition than self-defense. In competition, it's a consensual, bare-handed, one-on-one fight in a limited space managed by a referee whose job ...
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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?

Whether it's sport or "real", fighting is different from self-defense. Self-defense is about dealing with common, everyday scenarios that you might find yourself in. It is "do this if ...
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After receiving the mortal thrust, a swordsman deliberately impales himself on hostile blade, to return a blow (historical duels, small sword)

I can't answer this is in the realm of dueling and fencing, but the experience of the US military fighting Moro rebels in the Philippines is relevant. In the Moro Rebellion, Moro Muslim ...
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