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Why do fencers point their back foot to the side in the en garde position?

Mainly for versatility and stability. In fencing your actions moving backwards are just as important as your actions moving forwards. A lot of people think of it as advancing on your opponent or ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Fair warning, this is largely anecdotal, but I think that dancing is useful for most martial artists. Frankly, I think it's useful for most athletes. Dancing teaches you to move in a very precise ...
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Why do fencers point their back foot to the side in the en garde position?

It has been a while since I fenced, but my understanding of the foot position is to increase stability during a deep thrust like the one shown below. Look at the leg slightly above the "C" of the ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Sure, learning to dance can be beneficial to martial artists. Anything where you learn to use your body better is beneficial. I had a judo instructor who thought dancing was an easy way to improve ...
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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

Kicking is more than just strength. There's speed also. Combining both gives you power. But since you asked just about the strength aspect, that's what I'll respond to. With barbells or dumbbells: ...
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Why do fencers point their back foot to the side in the en garde position?

I still remember the start of my very first fencing lesson at school. We had no swords, the instructor just paired is up and gave us a game. We had to touch each other with our right thumbs and shout ...
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Simple workout for kicking/leg muscles

I've found that the same exercises that basketball players use to improve their jump shots are very effective. Explosive power You tend to want explosive power. Most of what we do is kick fast (not ...
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What's this footwork technique called?

It's hard to say without better context, but that looks like a standard Side Step drill, as seen here. Diagonal step in, kick. Repeat on the other side. The duct tape provides a tactile and visual ...
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How does gripping with the thumb spoil foot movements?

Gripping daintily with only a few fingers is a drill my judo coach utilized to de-emphasize straight-arming and other gripping strategies as a defensive tactic, so one could focus on evasive footwork ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

I've done ballroom dancing and many martial arts. While I did find some things that I could take from one to apply to the other, generally I concluded that they're fundamentally different. Let me ...
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Why would anyone want to use a shuffle backwards step instead of a pendulum step?

The reaction time to shuffle step is quicker than the reaction time to pendulum step. If you are trying to avoid being hit in the face by a punch, for example, it's easier to evade by shuffle stepping ...
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Boxing Shuffle Step in Muay Thai?

For traditional Muay Thai, the answer is no. Traditional Muay Thai rule sets favour a block and exchange type approach, not bobbing and weaving or fast shuffling. As you’ve mentioned, one of the ...
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Kicking while standing on the toes?

As a general rule, the higher you go up on your toes (well, really, the ball of the foot unless you're doing ballet), the more you reduce stability and power, but conversely you gain a bit in height/...
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How do I choose a suitable footwork for me?

The question is pretty broad, but I think I understand what you're asking. The main thing to realize is that footwork is absolutely essential to a good defense. Why? For the complete answer, read my ...
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Drag back foot forward during a cross

Bagua regularly strikes with the jump step, where you jump forward off the back foot and quickly slide the back foot forward to maintain your basic stance. Strikes can be with either or both hands and ...
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Drag back foot forward during a cross

This comes from a boxing perspective... You state: "One such combo is to expand one's stance forward by stepping forward with the front leg and throwing a straight punch. I hesitate to call it a ...
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Pivoting for a kick

I was a dancer first and became a martial artist later. As I have bad knees, in order to protect them from overrotation, I started off wearing 'footundies', a specialised version of the socks rolled ...
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Should a martial artist wear baggy or form-fitting pants?

Neither, you should be looking for something that does not restrict your move set. If your main protagonist is wearing a tight t-shirt, then as soon as he throw a big punch, there's gonna be a ...
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Muay Thai: Bounce Step not used?

I believe this is mostly a cultural difference between Muay Thai and Boxing / Kickboxing. Muay Thai values continuous advancement forward and strongly views any backward motion as defensive. The ...
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how come some people are able to move around the ring like they're skating or floating?

Following up on junfanbl's answer, the key to moving smoothly like that, no matter your size, is efficiency. Doing specific footwork drills, such as agility ladders is important to give you building ...
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how come some people are able to move around the ring like they're skating or floating?

Since you referenced Bruce Lee I will comment on what I know about his training on footwork; here are some things he did to improve his footwork: Jump Roping was part of his routine. Boxers also use ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Solo dancing and freestyle is still dancing but the main detractors here talk about ballroom dancing. So I'll emphasize that ballroom dancing isn't the only dance. Have you ever done any ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Absolutely. 1000% Timing is essential in martial arts This is true nowhere more than in fencing, where experts will tell you "it's all about tempo". Miyamoto Musashi wrote about timing ...
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Is learning some form of dancing beneficial to martial artists?

Very thought-provoking question. I would say yes, dancing can help. But truly, some forms of dance are out of place in any martial context, and in other cases, dance's benefit is brief or ...
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Why do fencers point their back foot to the side in the en garde position?

In Shotokan karate, the stance is known as kokustu-dachi. It is a defensive stance that keeps the target area farther away from the opponent, yet easily shifts into a front stance/lunge (zenkustu-...
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Should a martial artist wear baggy or form-fitting pants?

Body-fitting: The only possible pro I can see is jock support. But this is achieved in a number of ways with loose shorts as well, so it may not be very valid. The other reason for wearing body-...
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Pivoting for a kick

A way to avoid the pivoting is to use step-through or jumping techniques. Step-through is specifically taking a small step forward/backwards from opponent and putting your foot down pivoted (i.e. ...
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Why would anyone want to use a shuffle backwards step instead of a pendulum step?

What is your background? This seems to stem from limited experience. The question should rather be: Why would anyone use the pendular step instead of a shuffle for dodging punches and low kicks? Here ...
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Why would anyone want to use a shuffle backwards step instead of a pendulum step?

In boxing it's common to shuffle back. On the first step, you plant your back leg into the ground, which gives a good opportunity to send a cross to your opponent, who is probably following you. It's ...
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