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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Earliest examples of wrestling Wrestling has been a part of most societies since time-immemorial: Fresco in tomb 15 at Beni Hasan, Egypt ca. 2,000 BC. The earliest known historical European ...
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean? Which should I get?

White shows blood best, which is practical on the mat. You want to know if you or your partner has a cut or scrape. However, women recommend keeping a black gi to train in during your period (1, 2). ...
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What's the name of this sweep and where did it originate?

You're describing the knee push variation of "Scissor Sweep." It's very common in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are two main ways to do it from full guard. Both involve getting control of one arm in ...
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What Level Of Expertise Did Theodore Roosevelt Have In Judo?

Roosevelt's Judo experience Roosevelt trained judo under two instructors (John O'Brien, and Yoshiaki Yamashita) for a period of around a few months each in 1902 and 1904. He maintained an interest in ...
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What is the oldest martial art?

According to Wikipedia's Martial Arts Timeline the oldest martial art identified is Ancient Egyptian. There are murals in the Beni Hasan tomb depicting wrestling that date back to 20th Century BCE. ...
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Does Kung-Fu come from Kalaripayattu?

NO, or at least not until about 900 years after both Buddhabhadra and Bodhidharma died. In Meir Shahar's The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts, there is a whole ...
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What did Judo change/innovate when it branched from Jujutsu?

Judo's initial innovations were not in techniques, but in the manner of training them. Randori Kano emphasized the use of randori (free practice) in training. This contrasted with many jujutsu ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

The book of five rings, written by Miyamoto Musashi around 1645, advocates two-sword fencing style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi. He does, however, states that you should ...
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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

Similar to Sardathrion's answer the definition on Wikipedia is Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, ...
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Origin of this Zen koan-like story

I have not found a definitive answer for where the story originates, although I'm under the impression that it actually began in Zen Buddhism as a sort of a koan: Zen teachers often tell the story of ...
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Did martial arts really originate from India and is it based on yoga?

Short Answer: No. Longer Answer: When and where have there not been martial arts? Individual styles and schools all have their own creation stories. And they can generally be ties to historical ...
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Who said there are 3 paths of judo and where can I find the quote

Obviously, the sourcing is kind of messy, but considering Hal Sharp used to actually be in personal contact with this man, a video of his will have to suffice for validation. Yoshimi Osawa, 10th Dan, ...
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How has BJJ innovated since diverging from Judo?

I think it's important to make a distinction between "someone, somewhere in the Judo community has used this at some point" and "this is widely known and used in mainstream or competition Judo". There ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

There are a few forms in Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto ryu. I know they exist, but was not able to progress to that level in my local school. Here is a link to a video of the style. https://www.youtube....
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Age of martial arts

For oldest, please refer to What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced? and What is the oldest martial art?. Also see What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate ...
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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

I totally agree on the pedantry stuff, and i think that it is really depending on what each person thinks about it. For me, a kind of Martial Art has a tradition, a specific form or style or is ...
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What are the physical requirements for Sumo wrestlers? No exposing six-packs?

TL;DR Mass is one of the most important aspects of winning sumo bouts. More detail The most prominent physical requirement, at least in Japanese sumo, is height. In 1994, the Japanese Sumo ...
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Historical esgrimas de navaja technical manuals

If 1849 is recent enough, there's the Manual del Baratero. I've only found a partial translation available for free, but there are a few ones for sale such as this one. Excerpt from the free online ...
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Is modern martial arts effectiveness intentionally reduced?

Absolutely. Though I would say it's the case for modern "traditional" martial arts. There are some martial arts that have not been affected. Here are the main two reasons for what you're seeing (I use ...
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Source: Hélio Gracie being offered a Kodokan Belt and refusing?

You may be considering one aspect of the story of the match between Helio and Masahiko Kimura. Kimura identified Helio as being a 6th dan in Judo in his biography and some accounts describe it as him ...
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Why were leg-locks removed from Judo?

Leg-locks were banned shortly after an 1899 exhibition match in Kyoto (held before Emperor Taishō) between Kodokan 3rd dan Yuji Hirooka and Fusen-ryū master Mataemon Tanabe. During the match Tanabe ...
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What style(s) of Jujitsu did Jigoro Kano study?

Kano's memoirs describe his jujutsu training. Tenjin Shinyo Ryu under Hachinosuke Fukuda and Masatomo Iso Kito Ryu under Tsunetoshi Iikubo the Kito style was very different from the Tenjin Shinyo ...
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Why is a gi worn left side over right?

Origin of keikogi, and Japanese left-over-right dress tradition The uniforms of karate, aikido, kendo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sambo etc are derived from the uniforms of judo, which were themselves based ...
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Name of a martial artist who broke his hand when breaking tiles and recovered with the power of his mind

I believe the story you are referring to in Zen In The Martial Arts is the chapter, "Confident Seeing" on page 109. The instructor was Sam Brodsky and he was doing a demonstration for his students in ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Yes. Contrary to what the average "expert" on swords and Japanese swordsmanship will tell you online (along with their obligatory mentions to Miyamoto Musashi who everyone obligatorily must ...
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How did jiujitsu spread to Britain?

According to Wikipedia, it was introduced to the UK by Edward William Barton-Wright in 1898.
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What Defines Something As A Martial Art?

The Oxford dictionary defines martial art as Various sports, which originated chiefly in Japan, Korea, and China as forms of self-defence or attack, such as judo, karate, and kendo. Merriam ...
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Did martial arts really originate from India and is it based on yoga?

Sainid's answer mentions the common story that an Indian monk introduced exercises to the Shaolin temple, and their martial arts practice grew out of those exercises; this is probably what the ...
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Did Ueshiba successfully explain his aikido knowledge to his students?

No! Maybe… Yes? 無 (mu)2 It depends on what you mean really. First, Aikido is not a static thing. It evolved over time due to Ueshiba's own interpretation, ageing body, and mysticism evolution. ...
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Is modern martial arts effectiveness intentionally reduced?

I come from a background of philipino martial arts, i speak manly for those traditional, weapon-based systems (sticks, knifes, machetes) Back in the day - 2 or 3 generations ago - it was not a sport. ...
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