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Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits?

I'm not convinced it was martial arts that caused your bad posture. There are other potential causes. Beware the post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy. But sure, martial arts can cause bad posture. ...
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What are the long term health consequences of practising judo?

Anecdotally, Judo can be absolutely brutal on your body: After years of dedication to judo it gave me a black belt (first dan) and unparalleled skills at taking anyone down. It also gave me: ...
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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 practising judo increase the likelihood of sustaining a brain injury?

Yes, playing judo introduces the risk of brain injury. Judo is a contact sport. Competitive judo is a very contact sport. If you play rough and don't take ukemi properly, you risk concussion. The ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

While it is essential that you get enough protein (and calories by the way) in your daily diet if you want to build muscle, it turns out that the timing of it is not important at all. Studies show ...
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Do Martial artists live longer

You should not expect to see a study that tries to quantify the effect of martial arts on lifespan. There are too many variables involved in this process: genetics, diet, sleep patterns, stress, ...
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Does practising judo increase the likelihood of sustaining a brain injury?

Based on this NYTimes article: The frequency of judo deaths in Japan gives 108 deaths since 1983. I will not paraphrase the article but other nationality report no deaths in the last decade or so. I ...
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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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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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What are the long term health consequences of practising judo?

I think you can answer two-way to your questions. 1st, long term risk to your body depends on how you train. If you have bad habits, and you apply useless strain on your body, it WILL catch up to ...
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Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?

First of all, I think you can shop around in your local area and try to find schools that share your mindset. Chances are there are some. You just have to talk with the instructors and see what the ...
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Reducing Soreness?

Cold/hot flush Here's a trick I learned from a coach & sports medicine expert - after a workout, soak cold for 10 minutes then soak hot/warm after. I started doing that and found my own soreness ...
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Is this shaolin tutorial any good for self-study?

There's two things that increase stamina: cardio (fast, regular movement) and muscle endurance. Pretty much any regular movement can do that - Shaolin training or anything else. You can do a few ...
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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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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?

The All Japan Judo Federation basic instructor course is 2 days of lectures followed by essay questions (at least when I took it last year). There is an extensive section on head injuries, as almost ...
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Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits?

What Dave said. Just pitching in to say i had the same problem. After years of boxing/thai boxing i developed a bit of a "monkey slouch" as well. Boxing classes usually contain a lot of push-ups and ...
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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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What are the long term health consequences of practising judo?

After years of getting choked, thrown, taken down to the ground, arm barred, knee barred I can say it does take a toll on your body. I'm 53 and can still hold my own against guys half my age but I can ...
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Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?

Suddenly we are told we can't do that As mentioned by Wudang Kid, whaaaatt??!!! Nobody - absolutely nobody - can tell you to not practice any specific kata etc. Even if you are practicing a ...
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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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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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Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?

As far as styles "geared for" older people, I don't know any. I do not believe Tai Chi was created for old people specifically. But there are styles that older people can do, which is not to say ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

After a judo class I'm more concerned with getting carbohydrate for glycogen depletion than I am with protein for muscle growth. A mix of both after class is fine. However, it's good to be skeptical ...
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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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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?

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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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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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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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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