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A collection of empty-handed martial arts originating in Okinawa, Japan.

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What stretches should be done before performing Shotokan kata?

When I took a Shotokan class, sensei always had us completely stretch out before the class, which usually had tenokata. The master (Gichin Funakoshi) writes that one can enjoy and benefit from karate-...
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Cross Training Judo with Shotokan Karate

I am 33 and I have been doing Shotokan Karate for 9 months. And I am also considering starting Judo also. I have read that Karate and Judo can compliment each other nicely and that it was quite normal ...
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Karate Side Kick in Muay Thai

What are the consequences if I did this jumping side kick in Muay thai? Would it work, or would a professional Muay Thai opponent do a big counter from that? See this link from Jeff Chan channel. ...
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Is Karate artistic on purpose or is it unintentional?

When observing people shadowboxing, it seems like Karate is a more pretty, artistic, and fancy martial art. Muay Thai seems more brutal and ugly looking at some times (even though I practice it). Did ...
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Can the Rolling Wheel kick (Kaitan Geri) of Kyokushin Karate be used on hard surfaces?

I have seen some knockout videos of the Rolling Wheel Kick mostly used by Kyokushin Karate practitioners. I wanted to know if it was invented just for that sport, or for fighting and brawling as well. ...
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Karate vs Muay Thai: Side Kick Foot Rotation

Why does Karate and Taekwondo side kick have the foot tilt sideways or even downwards? In Muay Thai, the side teep foot is held diagonal. Is there a functional reason between the two? Curious as I ...
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MMA: Fighting Opponent who uses Karate stance

I am training in MMA stance with Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. What happens if I face opponent using a Karate stance? Should I go for double leg takedown or leg roundhouse kick? What are some options? How ...
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Going from MMA back to Traditional Martial Arts

Currently I go to an MMA gym (Muay Thai with BJJ). After a couple years, I always ponder about going to a traditional school. Just curious what are the benefits of going to a traditional martial arts ...
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Should I wear a cup for sparring?

Should I wear a cup for sparring? I've been getting interested in Karate sparring, but I'm still murky on some things.
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Why does Karate recommend kicking with feet instead of shins?

What is the historical reason Karate and Taekwondo recommend kicking with foot instead of shins for Round kicks (different from Muay Thai)? In Krav Maga, they teach to kick with foot, since most of ...
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Are old high level black belts actually better than young low level black belts?

I'd like to preface this by saying I have virtually zero martial arts experience or knowledge so sorry if I'm not the clearest or if my question doesn't make much sense . You know that scene in The ...
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Why do people Shadowbox without full extension?

I noticed during drills, many people shadow box without full extension of arms? Is there a reason for that? Around half the class has full extension, other half does not. I thought when you box, you'...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse kick: Rotate in stability without friction

I like the Muay Thai kick as its more fluid rotation, faster motion, and more power with hip/legs. One thing compared to Karate and TKD kick, it takes a lot more balance and friction against the ...
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Why doesn't Muay Thai use the Karate/Taekwondo front snap kick?

Why doesn't Muay Thai incorporate the Karate/TKD Front Snap Kick? Muay Thai instead has a Teep kick with slightly different motion. I understand why Muay Thai has its own roundhouse kick, as its more ...
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Why don't Muay Thai fighters bounce like Karate fighters?

Why don't Muay Thai fighters bounce like Karate fighters, with their leg forward? In Karate they teach that gives energy with the bounce. Just curious, not sure what is the best way. It seems Muay ...
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Striking with the shoulder in Karate

I'm just starting longsword sparring and already see application for shoulder strikes. For instance, many fencers will let you lock or vertically press their blade, where the expected response is an ...
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Muay Thai Teep Front Kick: One hand is always down reason

I noticed in Muay Thai Teep kick, they always recommend to keep same side hand is down. You will notice one hand is up, and another hand is down in picture. Why do they recommend this? In other ...
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Why don't they wear Headgear or Mouthguard in Karate Sparring?

I noticed in many Karate sparring videos, they aren't wearing any helmets or mouthguards. It seems like they can get very hurt, if opponent messes up. Is there a reason why? https://www.youtube.com/...
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Has There Been Sufficient Emphasis on Strategy During Your Martial Arts Training?

It's a beautiful thing to watch an athlete, outmatched on paper, employ strategy to overcome the favourite. Effective strategy can enable competitors and participants to overcome otherwise apparently ...
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Is there any practical purpose of kata?

I expected Japanese karatekas to kick everybody's asses at the Olympics and rake in all the medals. But in reality, the Japanese excelled at kata but pretty much sucked at kumite (only one bronze). ...
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Author of Kata Diagrams

Does anyone know who has made these diagrams? I reckon that it was a published in German, so the author is probably from Germany.
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what are the advantages of having strong gluteus muscles in martial arts?

Does strong gluteus muscle strength give the pro athletes an edge out there? Maybe I can rearrange my training schedule for the next karate competition.And I had an injury before and had to work my ...
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How is the "direct connection from fist to floor" refered to in "Karate Science" achieved?

The book Karate Science includes the statement that: One of the main goals of karate is to have the body postured in such a way as to allow a direct connection from the floor to the striking limb at ...
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Can flat feet hinder my performance in martial arts?

I have a mild case of flat feet (like, I reckon, 1 on the picture below). I'm also often kind of awkward in my movements when performing high kicks and occasionally have balance issues (I don't fall ...
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Better foot technique with daily stretching

How effective is it to do daily stretching for the legs in order to get a better foot technique for kicking, like in Karate or Taekwondo. Let's say, I am stretching my legs three times a day for about ...
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Jumping in Karate Kumite

Any time you see a World Karate Federation Kumite competition the competitors constantly jump up and down. Why do they do this? They are not dodging any incoming attacks. It will certainly slow ...
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Kicking the knees in karate

I'm interested in kicks to the knee joint in particular from a self-defense standpoint, with the goal of removing mobility and ending combat, and interested in the number of applications for this. ...
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Karate Chops? (Uses and practicality of knifehand techniques)

In popular culture in the West, "karate chop" became a meme, probably because it looked so exotic to people used to Western boxing. My understanding that that the proper name for the ...
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One punch knockout

There was a guy in highschool got into a lot of fights and almost every time he hit someone he knocked them out. As I got into shotokan and bjj, I started wondering is it not the matter of how hard ...
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Main differences of Karate & Taekwondo

I'm asking b/c, to an outsider, they can appear similar. But, clearly, there are key distinctions. What are the distinctions between Karate and Taekwondo A good answer should touch on similarities, ...
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How do I achieve "gi whip"

Appreciate it's a fairly superficial question but I am only 4th kyu and most of the people I train with are shodan or above. Something I've noticed is when we are performing Kihon drills, their gis ...
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Suggestions on martial art choosing

I'm about 30 years old, out of shape, and stressed out. I always liked martial arts, but never really practiced one. I'm now looking for an art to help me get into good shape, get some exercise, relax,...
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What's the name of the Shorin Ryu technique that's most like upward palm block?

I'm asking because I noticed this technique in Wu Mei that looks exactly like it. I'd like to see the Shorin bunkai for this technique. https://youtu.be/Qwhqp0eJhDw?t=1115
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Very high horse stance

When I attempt to go into a horse stance my form breaks down after just a couple inches of depth. I cannot go lower than this and begin to lean significantly if I go any lower. I'd estimate my thigh ...
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Adjustable dumbells instead of Chi Ishi

I've been trying to practice the Hojo Undo exercises as part of my karate training. I've been following a book (Art of Hojo Undo) for this and have found it useful especially the makiwara and nigiri ...
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Teaching martial arts online [closed]

Thanks to the lockdown, my sensei is planning to move all our classes online. We are aware that some things are not possible online (e.g. contact moves etc.). However, fine tuning kata and kihon might ...
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Should I rotate the standing foot to throw a roundhouse kick?

I stand southpaw, with my less flexible right foot in front. To throw a roundhouse kick, my Kyokushin training makes it feel natural for me to plant my left foot solid on the ground to kick with the ...
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Is there any practical use for high kicks (e.g. Jodan Mawashi Geri)?

After a good warm-up, I can perform a high mawashi geri pretty easily. Without a warm-up, however, I can barely lift my leg higher than belt level. In a real-life situation, you won't have any time to ...
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Child belt demotion for forgetting kata

My 9 year old grandson has a brown belt for around 7 months now. Usually he goes to regular class where all the color belts are put into their own groups. He hasn’t practiced some of the earlier katas ...
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Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course?

I recently started my three and a half year old at karate, because he had a great time at a bring a friend day. I feel that I have an active child, but he seems to be no more active than other ...
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How do you move a wavemaster bag around?

The freestanding punching bag. At my studio it’s situation on a rubber mat, and we need to move it around to the middle of the mat for drills. I’ve seen a few instructors stand on it and somehow tip ...
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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

Edit 2: More information in the linked video: How To Beat Karate/Taekwondo Fighters Basically, keep your hands up to block the hook kick and the spinning side kick. And don't focus on catching the ...
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Whats the difference between Hayashi-Ha and traditional Shito-Ryu style?

What's the difference between Haiashi-Ha Shito-Ryu and traditional Shito-Ryu? What does Hayashi-Ha have that Shito-Ryu don't have? And what does Shito-Ryu have that Hayashi-Ha does not?
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Final punches in Shotokan's Jion kata: Straight punch or hammer fist?

The final two punches in Jion are described as straight punches out to the side. With very little exception, however, videos show people doing a cross between a straight punch and a hammer. Some ...
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Shotokan morote uke: Use hammer fist surface of supporting hand?

Many years ago, at a university club, an instructor said that some standards group studying the mechanics of shotokan were recommending a change in the augmented block (morote-uke). Instead of ...
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Why is it permitted to kick (but not punch) someone in the face in Kyokushin tournaments? [duplicate]

It doesn't make sense to me. What do you think?
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Karate - Does being tall make you slow in Kata?

My children are learning Karate right now and they are much smaller than other children their age. I was thinking maybe they can do some kind of exercise that would help them grow taller. However we ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

Some eastern martial arts (such as karate, taekwondo) prohibit straight boxing-style strikes/punches to the head in their sports rules: A punch that makes strong contact with the opponent's hogu ...
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Reasons for a Karate Kata disqualification?

In the world of Karate competitions, what are some technical rules that can disqualify a kata? For example, if the stance is too deep and Zenkutsu dachi has its front knee, well before the toe, will ...
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Would a Pankration Fighter be allowed in UFC?

Would a Pankration fighter be allowed in the UFC? If so, how would he be able to fend off other foes who use Karate, Muay Thai and Krav maga?
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