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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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removing water from your boxing bag base

There's a type of vacuum cleaner that can suck both dust and water, commonly called "shop vac". Looks like a big bucket on wheels. Very useful for DIY stuff, sawdust, sanding drywall, and ...
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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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How do I store an unstrung berimbau?

In our academia berimbaus are hanging on a wall unstrung. Generally, we do not remove the string from the "tuning" end, we just let it loose but it's still wrapped around the upper part. In other ...
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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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How to benefit from sparring that is a very poor match for my training?

While I feel Steve and Tony have some good advice in how the general rules of sparring or fights will determine what techniques you will encounter, I was asked to expand a bit on my comment above. ...
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When were modern mats introduced into Judo, and did it change the way the art could be taught?

Judo has always used mats. In Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Kano (the founder of judo), measured practice spaces by the number of tatami mats. The warehouse afforded a practice area of only ten tamami ...
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Is a freestanding bag effective for honing your strikes?

A free standing bag is a very useful training device. It may not provide the movement offered by a heavy hag, but in the absence of anything else, it offers an excellent way to gauge range and power, ...
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Is there an existing name for this hook-sword-like shortsword design?

It resembles a dirk-type kabutowari (also known as hachiwari), a side arm used for parrying. The hook could be used to hook the cords of armour or for prying armour plates apart.1 Similar weapons ...
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