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Does a knockout punch always carry the risk of killing the receiver?

However, if, as she claims, one cannot attempt to land a knockout punch without a significant risk of the receiver's death, then what about boxing, MMA and other such sport competitions? If what she ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

Worry about blood-borne diseases is overblown. I practice judo, which has very similar training practices to BJJ. Over the years, I have seen many injuries and even a death by heart attack, but I am ...
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Does a knockout punch always carry the risk of killing the receiver?

It is technically correct that any knockout punch carries with it the risk of killing the target. Rendering someone unconscious essentially involves disrupting the brain, whether it is by rattling the ...
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Does finger strengthening really destroy your manual dexterity?

There are generally two types of finger strengthening exercises: impact and grip. Impact exercises risk damaging the cartilage of finger joints, and over time that can lead to arthritis. Grip ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

As @mattm states, the risk of transmission is low. This does not mean that it doesn't exist, but the likelihood of it happening is actually very low. Just from a knowledge standpoint, you are much ...
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Martial arts based on throws

The main risk for a detached retina is head impact, not necessarily eye impact. Although, yes, you want to avoid getting punched, kicked, or poked in the eyes. Although it does put an emphasis on ...
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How do martial arts relate to squatting?

Honestly, I think that Giulia Enders is using an artistic metaphor to conjure an idea of someone squatting in a relaxed but engaged position in much the same way that you might describe someone ...
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Does practising judo increase the likelihood of sustaining a brain injury?

According to the following paper, Injuries in judo: a systematic literature review including suggestions for prevention: severe injuries in judo are rare, but when they do occur they are mostly to ...
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Trying to find a martial art that fits

So I'm trying to find a martial art to help me relax and meditate, while also learning self defense and doing some decent physical exercise If you want to learn how to mediate, you should go to a ...
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What are the long term health consequences of practising judo?

I will just quote Kano: Generally speaking, if we look at sports we find that their strong point is that because they are competitive they are interesting, and young people are likely to be ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

In the era of COVID-19, partner training is a bad idea. You do not want to spend extended periods of time breathing heavily in the same space, and especially not indoors. Grappling is particularly ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

I think you're a little over-worried (though I won't say paranoid) about it. However, I think your biggest worries aren't in blood-born disease, but rather, parasites and bacteria. Yes, you'll get ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing? I will talk about the striking arts (e.g., boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, etc.). Working with non-humans: Heavy bags are your best ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

The only martial arts training that makes sense if social distancing is a priority is getting strong and fit in your home gym. Make of your body the strongest, fittest, fastest, most agile, flexible, ...
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Martial arts for teen with arthritis

Moving joints suddenly and with force while having arthritis can cause intense pain and wear damage of the joints over time. A qualified specialist is necessary for evaluating what exercises are ...
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Does finger strengthening really destroy your manual dexterity?

This depends a lot on how you approach finger strengthening and yes, for most cases it does because it is done wrong. As of impact training, just about everything important is said in Steve's answer. ...
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Preventing Muscle Soreness on a Budget?

The best advice I can offer is to keep a workout journal to log your exercise routine. Being mindful of what your plan is for a given workout. Sticking to a plan can mean the difference between ...
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How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?

It depends you could pull a muscle if you don't stretch right, if you do sparring you could get hit accidentally. But all i can say is that if you do a type of martial art there is no way to avoid ...
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How bad is kickboxing for your brain?

You should stop training IMMEDIATELY I mean, is it something that always occurs, or is it incidental? Sometimes when I'm hit well (about 2 - 3 times every training), I see stars and feel a little ...
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Preventing Muscle Soreness on a Budget?

Icing afterwards is always a good thing- 20 minutes on, 20 off, especially if you have past injuries. I tried an ice bath once and it was not for me. Rehabbing foot injuries in an ice bucket was bad ...
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Relation between martial arts and psychodelics?

What you perceive to have changed has not necessarily changed in the manner you understand it to. The psychotropic you ingested altered your perception of reality, and not the way you interact with it....
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Are there specific martial arts that can help with (or at least not aggravate) sciatica?

The question asks which martial arts would improve sciatica. First off, this sounds like a question for a physical therapist, not a collection of martial artists. Go to your doctor first. And you can ...
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Should people that are hypermobile/injury-prone avoid BJJ?

As these have been my words terrifying you, I will happily put them into perspective. After all, I am double-jointed myself with more than two decades on the mat (Judo/BJJ mainly) and in training to ...
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Are there specific martial arts that can help with (or at least not aggravate) sciatica?

Many (most?) martial arts are concerned primarily with fighting and/or sport, and health benefits are a side effect. With a condition like sciatica, I expect your primary motivation is health and not ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

The two sports which come to mind are Chinese Tai Chi and Brazilian Capoeira. Both of them are non contact sports. I think first one is like a gymnastics and second one is like a dance. But they still ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

I also had this kind of worry. You can't eliminate the risk but you can mitigate it. do not roll too hard, especially if you are a beginner; try to use more technique instead. if there is a cut on ...
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How do martial arts relate to squatting?

This probably refers to the horse stance: It is used in a lot of martial arts…
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How do I become ready for Tae Kwan Do after not training for a month?

We'll start with the bad news. Yes, you will have lost strength, endurance, and flexibility after being gone a month. And yes, they have results specific to Tae Kwan Do. When you go back to class, you ...
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Trying to find a martial art that fits

You have three overall requirements, which, are all potentially available, though it make take a few years to hit all three, and a lot of what will influence your choices are going to be what's ...
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