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Why do people use the horse stance? Won't it expose you to groin shots?

The question asks why horse stances exist in martial arts in general. The horse stance gets a lot of bad press. Lots of people just make fun of it, saying that it leaves people vulnerable to kicks to ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

One thing to realize is that you have two factors that affect blocking a strike: 1) reaction time, and 2) tracking. Reaction time is the time taken by your brain to notice the strike coming towards ...
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Defend with leg and knee

The topic pertains to an obscure rule in World Taekwondo rules regarding checking kicks with the knee. The rules state: http://worldtaekwondo.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WT-Competition-Rules-...
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Why do people use the horse stance? Won't it expose you to groin shots?

If you are doing the horse stance, doesn't it just expose you to groin kicks? Yes. So why do people use the horse stance if it is just going to leave them exposed for groin shots? The purpose of ...
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The name of a throw where the tori starts from a headlock

This looks like a kouchi-makikomi. In this video's variation, tori is first entering for a sode-tsurikomi-goshi, and tori's head ends up in a similar position to a front headlock. There is no ...
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Should a boxing beginner always keep his/her hands up high?

There's keeping your hands up high, and then there's covering up completely. Usually the one leads to the other. A high guard allows you to transition to a cover-up real quickly. It also keeps your ...
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Sometimes while fighting, people stand still and let their enemy attack. Why?

It's basically for dramatic effect. In any fight be it competition or self defence or anything else you never stand still. This is to showing to the audience that they can block without moving and ...
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Is it efficient to defend and counterattack simultaneously?

As a matter of fact, fighting does not work without defensive options. But at the same time, a sequential application of defensive and offensive moves does leave you with two options because your ...
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How can I improve my defense speed?

Defense is harder than offense because reaction is slower than action. You have to see and recognize the movement, your brain has to process a response, and then you have to respond. So, there is a ...
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Defending legs with a sword

The same source text you're quoting mentions the use of Uberlauffen or overrunning as defense against low threats. The idea is to use a Scheitelhau (or a similarly executed thrust) to strike before ...
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What is the name of this throw that starts from a failed guillotine?

It's a suplex (ura-nage in judo terminology). Since standing headlocks are illegal in judo, it is rarely taught from this position, but here is an example of a mechanically similar belly-to-belly ...
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What is an optimal way to evade a punch?

Distance There are human limitations on reaction time (a few tenths of a second) due to the human visual system. If the opponent is close enough to hit you within this time, you will not be able to ...
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Why is the bob and weave not used much in MMA & Muay Thai or outside of boxing in general?

As long as all are silent, I'll add my two cents. Legs When you are weaving with amplitude, you usually ground yourself - obviously to prevent falling. It's generally ok in boxing, but such grounding ...
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Defending non-telegraphed strikes

Yes! The trick is to actually make the non telegraphed attack into a telegraphed one. How? You practice maintaining a one-step distance. This is the distance at which your attacker must make a ...
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Sometimes while fighting, people stand still and let their enemy attack. Why?

Sadly, this happens in most martial arts schools in real life, too. The instructor typically has his partner do something to him, and his partner will just stop immediately afterward. Then the ...
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Sometimes while fighting, people stand still and let their enemy attack. Why?

I don't know about the movies, the reason has more to do with the plot than an actual answer. In the real world, people exhibit one or more of six responses to an attack: fight, flight, freeze, ...
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Defending legs with a sword

From a non-HEMA perspective: you want to minimize the time it takes to defend the current attack, while maintaining a position that can still adapt for your own attacks or to defend potential future ...
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Defending legs with a sword

If we think about things completely in the abstract, slipping the leg while striking the head is a better option: because you're attacking and defending in the same motion it is virtually impossible ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

Sometimes your opponent is faster than you. Sometimes they can read your body language and your tells, and fake you out, or feint. Sometimes you might have patterns that leave you open in ...
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How to defend against dog attacks?

Let's assume that noise and posturing have failed to dissuade attack from the dog(s), you are completely unarmed, and the dog(s) in question is of sufficient size to pose a real threat of injury or ...
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What is an optimal way to evade a punch?

Your assessment criteria: I will be able to react as fast as possible even to the fastest punch like the jab I will take the minimum amount of damage (if any) Be in a position to react fast to a ...
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Why is the bob and weave not used much in MMA & Muay Thai or outside of boxing in general?

In boxing when ducking your head or doing any sort of level change, the main concern is watching out for some sort of uppercut or body hook, the same applies to MMA or Muay Thai but there's a ton more ...
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Head roll evades strike pre-emptively or after seeing it?

The question is whether head rolling in boxing is something done in response to seeing the strike coming or just done preemptively, without knowing there's a strike coming. The answer is both. It's ...
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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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What should I do about a bully at work?

This is a work environment apparently, not a school bullying situation. That's rare. Typically work bullying isn't physical in nature, but this one is. There's also a non-physical / verbal aspect to ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

The other answers are all pretty good and I won't go over any of that, but nobody has mentioned a fundamental physical fact. Typical time required to throw a punch is about 1/6 of a second. Average ...
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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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Should a boxing beginner always keep his/her hands up high?

Yes. When you start out, you haven't built up the right reflexes yet, so it's better to have your hands protecting your face. More advanced boxers adopt a lower placement because they're confident in ...
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Resisting choke holds using throat tendons?

When a choke is properly applied, no amount of "neck flexing" will save you. Let's use a rear naked choke for example. The attacker is behind the victim. The choking arm forms a 'V' shape at the ...
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