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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

A Cheap, but Scientific Solution This can be done cheaply (and reasonably accurately) with a smartphone, your fists, and some physics (which can be streamlined in excel or other spreadsheet). You want ...
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Why don't male professional boxers wear shirts?

There are many reasons for this. Boxers use oil/vaseline to make their bodies more slippery. Obviously doesn't work in a tank-top. 12-rounds of boxing against 8/10oz gloves would end up wrecking an ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's hard to tell without examining or testing the actual item, but I'm skeptical that they would be the same. It's marketed as a "novelty", which is often used as shorthand for "not ...
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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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How do I choose a boxing glove?

I know this answer comes late, but perhaps it will add additional info for folks coming here for the first time. The weight of the glove is not related to the hand size or amount of protection that ...
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Are "stage combat" swords fine for HEMA training/bouting?

The reason steel feders are so widely used in HEMA is due to them being able to be used safely in partner drills, especially at higher intensity . Stage combat swords miss the rolled tip and bending ...
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mat size and material for casual 1v1?

For mat size, I am listing the official competition mat sizes as a reference to help you assess the difference between practicing throws and takedowns and practicing ground techniques: keep in mind ...
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Is there any device to practice defense while attacking?

If you attack the top then it will rotate the bottom stick to attack you. What is that? Not really sure if I have ever come across something like that. But I think this is what you are looking for: ...
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

The primary reason for mouth-guards is to guard against the damage that happens when they teeth crash into each other. For that reason, a single-mouth guard is generally sufficient, providing a guard ...
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

I'm not sure how you're scraping those knuckles; maybe make a tighter fist? Pull back straighter? Are you contacting the bag head-on or is your fist dragging? The easiest solution is the white tape ...
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

If you're scraping those particular knuckles, probably a problem with your punch technique. You should be hitting straight on with your top two knuckles, and punching straight in and straight out. ...
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

It's generally very difficult to measure the force very meaningfully, i.e. in some way that would let you compare different techniques, variations in timing/body-mechanics that you're aware of, even ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

I infer from your tone that you consider this repulsion towards dirt slightly irrational, but are unable to overcome it. If that is indeed true, you may like to try these minimalistic options, which I ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

For kickboxing, the main concern is that you don't want the shoe to be used to hit the other person. It can make the impact stronger and can really do damage. So it's usually forbidden, during ...
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What is traditionally written on a judo belt?

Name Originally, judo belts carried no adornment: However, embroidery is a long established textile art in Japan, and as judo became more popular it was common for students to embroider their name ...
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How to thoroughly clean synthetic boxing gloves?

I answered a similar question on leather products here: How to wash leather shin guard? You can apply the same formula to vinyl/PU synthetic material. If anything, leather is much more fragile to ...
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Are EVA foam mats good for training?

I have a little experience with these mats. Specifically, I've trained at places that use them. Here is what I can gather: Pros They are easily transportable They can be disassembled and reassembled ...
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Is there any device to practice defense while attacking?

You may be thinking of the Sui Sau Jong version of the "wooden man" dummy. The sui sau jong (breaking hand dummy) features a swinging arm around the shoulder level, hanging sandbags, as well as a ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I think it depends on what you expect to train. If you want to train impact, you need something firm and heavy. If you just need a surface with a little resistance and some heft to practice learning ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's definitely not the same. But that doesn't mean it's bad. Many punching bags are much too soft or hard for certain types of training. Similarly, many are too light or heavy. If you are training ...
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Is a freestanding bag effective for honing your strikes?

There are several benefits you get from punching and kicking a hanging heavy bag. Primarily you do it to condition your body to make that impact. It's absolutely vital for being able to punch hard in ...
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What value is there in using a 'bag glove' during pad work in Muay Thai training?

Regularly hammering the heavy bag with heavy gloves will compress and deform their padding, so they won't provide the expected protection (to your opponent), rendering them illegal to use in ...
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What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?

Take it to a dry cleaners that does repairs/alterations of clothes etc. They have really good sewing machines that get through the thick fabric.
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

I know this is an old question but I wanted to add my two cents because it's the only place I've seen describe a problem that is extremely similar to what I experience. Background I too have an ...
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Stacking mats so they slide less

In judo contests I have seen square steel tubing holding the mats together. Rigid, 5cm x 5cm steel tubes going around the tatami, tightened together by several tie-down-straps (ratchet strap is the ...
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

I use this the EVERLAST PIQ TRAINER It measures power in G-forces, speed in km/h and is quite accurate (I've let various students try it) It's a good activity tracker for punches as it can ...
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Light or heavy gloves for friendly boxing match?

The weight of the glove is an indication of the amount of padding there to gradually decelerate your fist and transfer the impact energy gradually into whatever you hit. Extra padding takes longer to ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

If you go to a trampoline park in the UK you have to wear "grip socks" - a sock with little rubber grips embedded in them. Searching on sites such as Amazon for "grip socks" they are readily available ...
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What is traditionally written on a judo belt?

Well the most traditional thing to write is nothing. :) I recall my Judo teacher just had a plain black belt when she was teaching. In fact, I didn't even know what dan ranking she was, because she ...
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How to benefit from sparring that is a very poor match for my training?

I think I understand what you're trying to communicate. Let me see if I can clarify for you, and hopefully I'm right. This is actually a more general issue that people have. This isn't limited to ...
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