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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

Nearly all forms of aikido are predicated on avoiding any possibility of pressure-testing their skills against resisting opponents in free-sparring or competitive environments. Nearly all ...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

From my own experience, a match between judo/aikido starts at a distance doing Aikido and as soon as the distance closes, switching to judo. I have no link to videos as I never bothered filming any. ...
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Does anyone else experience slow motion when fighting?

Adrenaline is a game changer. The football analogy can be good. You're playing a friendly game, or a training. You won't feel the need to win. For sure, you practice, it's important to feel the stress ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

There's a few things to navigate and untangle in your question, but the short answer is YES, there are martial arts out there that do this. Mostly it comes down to instructor rather than specific ...
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Why do the 2020 Summer Olympics have Kata but not Poomsae?

There are several reasons, but in my opinion, they are somewhat of a cop-out - and yet a relief. Keep in mind, getting into the Olympics is a herculean task: there needs to be a federation ...
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In Tournament or Competition Judo can you use improvised techniques or throws that are not "officially" named?

Judo competition is not graded on the name of the technique you do. It's graded on whether you throw the opponent on their back, pin them, strangle them, put them in an armlock, or break the rules. So ...
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How to deal with unfair judges

I've always considered non contact tournaments to be a lottery, but even in full contact matches you will get calls that go against you that you don't agree with - that is the nature of the sport. I ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

I think that when something is a sport, you obviously can't learn all the things, as someone who is better at something and is competitive, she/he won't teach you the best techniques as you could use ...
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Is the predominance of grappling in MMA prizefighting primarily a function of the small ring and cage?

Grappling is not predominant in modern MMA, and hasn't been for a decade or two, so the "matches seem to pivot on one competitor being forced against the cage...moving to the ground, and decided ...
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Why is the pistol grip banned?

Judo competitions have a lot of rules, and these rules are tweaked for most Olympic cycles. A primary driver of rule modifications is to promote attacking for a positive score and discourage "...
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How is the scoring determined in Judo for the Olympics?

Judo rules and scoring have changed over the years, so I am providing an update for 2016. Differences from older answers are in pin times and treatment of penalties. Scores There are three positive ...
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Jumping in Karate Kumite

You will not telegraph the moment of your attack This is the same reason for Taekwondo, western boxing (think Ali), or karate. If you are in a static stance, you have to shift weight before being able ...
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What submissions are not allowed in competitive Judo?

According to the Sport and Organization Rules of the IJF (2019), the following applications of katame-waza are illegal: Kansetsu-waza Joint-locks applied anywhere other than the elbow (i.e. neck, ...
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How to defeat a much stronger and bigger opponent?

My advice whenever you're facing either someone who's more advanced or bigger is to concentrate on your basic, "high percentage" techniques and be as precise and as quick as you can. Stick to things ...
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How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?

You can't reliably get good at things you don't practice. In a fight, we don't rise to the level of our expectations. Rather, we fall to the level of our training. Whether it's an eye-poke, strike to ...
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Is there any maximum time for staying in a belt in BJJ?

No, there is no maximum or minimum time limit. There are several organizations that claim to be the governing body of BJJ, but none of them are official. (One overbearing organization, the IBJJF, ...
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Getting back up after getting knocked down: How to recover quickly and get rid of the dizziness?

If you are sparring hard and you get hit, you don't have the time to pause and call your family doctor. I want to know how experts (i.e., those who have serious sparring experience) deal with this. I'...
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What sort of throws are illegal in Muay Thai and why?

I think Sylvie conveys the right feeling in this article: I’ve fought over 100 times in Thailand and honestly I have never had a completely clear picture of what is and is not a legal throw in Muay ...
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How to defeat a much stronger and bigger opponent?

Asking for a strategy upfront is not going to be beneficial, especially on the internet - we have never met this opponent so all we know is he's bigger and stronger than you (and we have no idea how ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

There are no "secrets" in martial arts. Do you really think that when you reach black belt, some weird man will come at you, hidden in shadows, and teach you a more powerful secret technique that ...
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Breakfalls in competition

I have a very traditional view on this issue: it's best to take your falls with good ukemi, even in shiai. By all means, try to prevent being thrown, or turn to your stomach and fall with good front ...
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Why kata competitors wear red and blue belts?

It is as Meer states, that they distinguish between opponents. However, not all styles use red and blue. In Taekwondo, it is required to wear the color of your belt (for poomsae competition), while ...
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Reasons for a Karate Kata disqualification?

In the WKF 2018 competition rules document, the following are considered valid reasons for disqualification during a kata competition : Not presenting yourself when called Performing the wrong kata ...
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Osoto-gari grabbing uke's neck or hair

Grabbing neck to throw This is illegal. Judo kata has many techniques that are forbidden in sport judo because it is only safe to practice them in controlled situations. As a referee I would call ...
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Is the predominance of grappling in MMA prizefighting primarily a function of the small ring and cage?

For a contrary opinion on "real world fight situations", those often aren't one-on-one. They often devolve into one person grappling the other, and then his friends joining in to beat on ...
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Why is the pistol grip banned?

I will start with a disclaimer. This is a little bit outside my area of expertise since I am relatively new to judo. That said: From what I can tell a pistol grip does appear to be legal in Judo, ...
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How do electronic sensing socks / chest protection sensors work in sport competition?

I'm guess that "Sockgate" is referring to this incident? There's a good description of the "SensorHogu" technology in this article. They use piezoelectric sensors, which is the use of crystalline ...
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How to deal with unfair judges

As a competitor, it is not your place to criticise the judges' decisions. You should show proper decorum and fair play even if you know the decision is the wrong one. You can (and clearly in your case,...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

Though they come from similar bases, Aikido and Judo are designed for entirely different purposes. Judo was explicitly designed as a competitive grappling sport, grappling against other judo ...
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What is the best point-scoring technique?

The funny thing is, this is a great question! It's a great question, because most people wouldn't ask it. Instead, they'd presume that all this point sparring business is so complex and filled with ...
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