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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

This isn't a question about martial arts, it's a question about parenting. This answer is going to feel judgemental, for the simple reason that it is judgemental about anyone uttering the sentence &...
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In 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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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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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

A lot of it depends on your goals (and possibly also those of your daughter). Is she in the sport for fun? For physical health? Self defense? Stuntperson training? Scholarships? National acclaim? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

I am in the ATA, and here is what I tell the kids when I judge them. The scores tell a story. The person to the right of the center judge (As they sit in the chairs) is the upper body. Blocks, strikes,...
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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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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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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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Ageing and Competition - Step back or Power through?

Always know your limits. One bad event, and your decision will be made for you whether you like it or not. And then what do you have to offer your students? Taekwondo is fast becoming a young man's ...
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How many international judo competitors throw ambidextrously?

From the Judo Chop Suey Podcast, Episode 26: Interview with Christopher Round at ~49:18, the interviewee Christopher Round, a former US Olympic hopeful, addresses this point while discussing where he ...
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Is shaking hands after a judo competition bad etiquette in Japan?

I feel that this question can be split in two sub-questions: Is shaking hands bad etiquette in Japan? Does this apply to (Japanese) Judo? While I have trained in Judo for a few years, my best ...
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In competition Judo can you use improvised techniques or throws that are not "officially" named?

Historically... Until recently, yes, throwing the opponent with control and speed onto their back was the criteria for scoring a point, whether or not the technique had a classification in the Kodokan ...
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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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9 year old ATA red belt got beat at tournament

Here's what I've noticed about myself and with others growing up with Taekwondo. Winning is often rare in the beginning. And red belt is still pretty much beginner level, although you probably think ...
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Is the predominance of grappling in MMA prizefighting primarily a function of the small ring and cage?

BJJ and MMA have relatively more groundwork than judo because of rule differences unrelated to the combat area size and cage. In judo, throws are nominally scored with four criteria: speed, force, ...
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Can someone enter a BJJ competition one belt higher than their current rank?

Since you mentioned IBJJF rules, this is in the current rule book (v5.1.1). See "Article 5: Registration", page 43. 5.8 The athlete may only compete as the belt they are registered under with the ...
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What Does it take to Compete at Competition Level in Wushu?

Let me first caveat this answer with the fact I have not been involved in wushu competition for a long time. Assuming you are entering a forms event and not a fighting one, you can compete if you ...
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Is there any maximum time for staying in a belt in BJJ?

We train Royce Gracie style BJJ (non-competitive, self-defense oriented, with a mix of MMA), and out of respect to him the organization heads decided to only hold promotions when he comes to the ...
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Does good Karate gi make difference

Yes, you can really feel the difference in a gi made of heavier weight material. I own a few heavy weight gi I purchased once I reached dan rankings in their respective arts, and they held up very ...
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