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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

I will present a judo view of sparring, which will be partially applicable to a kickboxing situation. Judo has two key principles: mutual welfare and benefit maximum efficiency As applied to ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

As a short answer, I'd say that it comes down to trust and pattern recognition. Respect the level of experience. During sparring, if the woman recognizes the patterns in your attack and defends with ...
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How to reduce damage/protect the chest

You're being dumb. Go get training and stop yard fighting. -- JohnP. STOP … JUST STOP! There is nothing good down the road you are travelling. You are going to hurt yourself physically and mentally....
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Are mouth guard the same for all sports?

No they are not. The mouth guards are designed to protect against different kinds of impact most common to sports. You have the top only mouth guard which is meant to be something between your teeth ...
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What is the relative frequency of Muay Thai in the UFC vs. other fighting styles and why?

It's almost impossible to shoehorn fighters into individual styles these days since they're all training multiple martial arts. Rarely do we see the old school "karate guy" or "judo guy". Even those ...
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Should eyesight factor into the boxing stance a fighter chooses?

I prefer to be left hand forward, if I am hit in the right eye (and it swells/vision blurred etc.) I feel able to carry on. If I lose some vision in my left eye, I struggle much more, I have to turn ...
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What are the major differences between a mentor and a cornerman, and why would one be preferable to the other?

There is a judo version of this question about the difference between a sensei (mentor) and coach (cornerman). The United States Judo Federation has a long answer to this question that considers the ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

I'm not sure why you feel the need to adapt your sparring to women specifically. I always try to adapt my sparring to the person I'm sparring with: make it interesting and challenging for them if I ...
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Getting back up after getting knocked down: How to recover quickly and get rid of the dizziness?

If you are sparring hard and you get hit, you don't have the time to pause and call your family doctor. I want to know how experts (i.e., those who have serious sparring experience) deal with this. I'...
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Concussion in light sparring

Yes, there's a danger of concussion. My answer to another question on concusssions. Do you know what sports end up getting a surprising amount of concussions? Soccer and volleyball. It's not ...
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Punching speed vs proper technique/force

I think you are mixing up training purposes here. Speed drills are mostly for three purposes: Rhythm/reaction training, muscle memory, and cardio. The latter is especially true for working the bags. ...
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Concerns with lead leg while throwing a jab

do we need to step with the lead leg while throwing a jab to add some power? No. A step is useful to get an opponent in range, but if they're already comfortably in range there's no need to step, ...
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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

If you are getting caught by front leg side kicks then this means you are putting yourself in the way of them. A couple of rules of thumb against leggy people. Don't change stance in range unless ...
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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

Apologies for the late answer. While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to ... Yes. It is absolutely necessary that you do everything in your shadowboxing that you would do in ...
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How to reduce damage/protect the chest

All the cautions above are good. I'd also recommend using some sort of shield (protective vest) when sparring, as well. These come in various thicknesses, coverages, etc. If you're taking real hits as ...
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How to reduce damage/protect the chest

I agree with the other answer and commentary; but to directly answer your question, the way you protect your chest is to spar under the tutelage of a qualified instructor, who will no doubt teach you ...
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How to counter a powerful Left Roundhouse Kick from a Southpaw in MT?

How would you counter or fight Samkor and neutralize his Left Roundhouse? He looks like a formidable fighter! Not only does he kick very hard, but also very explosively - without much telegraphing. ...
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Should eyesight factor into the boxing stance a fighter chooses?

Now this is a very interesting question that I personally have experience with. As I have a large cutting scar on my left eye, I can't open my left eye. The eye works, but I can't open the eyelid. I ...
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How do I set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick?

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but Scott Adkins is an actor. The closest I've found to him being in a prizefight is here, which is pretty obviously a staged/choreographed fight. The videos in ...
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Is there anything I get from doing Pad Work that I can't get from Heavy Bag Work?

A few things that you get from pad work vs bag work (I'm proceeding from an assumption of smaller handheld pads vs a larger "kick" pad): Smaller targets - Arguably, you can designate parts of the ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

Women are not children. You can use proper technique when sparring them. Lighten up according to their size and how seriously they train. A good rule of thumb is to hit them as hard as they hit you. ...
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What does it take to be a part-time kickboxing or MMA coach?

Requirements - this is more about local laws/business question. If it is for money - then it is more about your business/marketing/communication skills. If it is about sports/MA spirit - it depends. ...
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What does it take to be a part-time kickboxing or MMA coach?

"Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you ... You can’t do something ... You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want ...
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Step in direction of roundhouse kick to inner thigh?

Is it better to step to the right to generate more momentum, or would that typically be too slow? For purposes of easing exposition, I will use basic-lead-snap-roundhouse (= no stepping to the right) ...
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Practice switch-kick combinations with no bag or target pad?

When you're doing solo kick/punch drills and lack a bag or a target of some sort to give your impacts some resistance, your only choice is to practice the drills with a bit of acting and imagination. ...
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Technique for landing a Teep

Either is acceptable. You will find MT and kickboxing coaches preaching one or the other, and calling either one terrible technique. Such is martial arts. Using the ball of your foot is easier to ...
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How to correctly throw the leg kick so that it does not get jammed up after punches?

I think you are missing the "why". Ask yourself why you want to throw the kick. Is it just because you were taught a jab/cross/round kick combo in class? If you can answer the why behind it, then you ...
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Concussion in light sparring

Since you don't compete, and you're sparring once a week, you probably aren't taking enough damage to cause noticeable long term affects. One issue is the shots don't always have to hurt to cause ...
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Reducing brain damage in sparring

Deliberately avoiding CTE issue - I will let someone else find/do the studies Looking at your own sparring - learn your distance! If you are sparring light/touch contact then yes you need to control ...
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Why is kickboxing so popular for women?

This answer is the viewpoint of one woman. I cannot speak for all women who love kickboxing. I trained Muay Thai kickboxing for around three years. Basically, it's good for losing weight, staying in ...
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