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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 is the difference between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a generic term for fighting sports/systems that use kicking and boxing techniques, though the rules of some but not all kickboxing groups do allow additional techniques such as elbows ...
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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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What is the difference between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

The main difference between Muay Thai and kickboxing is that Muay Thai allows additional techniques, e.g. elbow strikes, knee strikes and clinches. A kickboxing referee will usually break up a clinch, ...
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Training two martial arts at the same time, on the same days of the week?

Well the short answer is: Why not try it for a month and see whether or not it's something you're capable of doing? Because you won't know until you try. One of the main concerns of practicing more ...
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How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?

Despite ice's enduring popularity and former recommendations for its use in RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment, ice is no longer recommended for reducing inflammation or bruising. Gabe ...
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could someone name some weird looking martial arts

There are no such things as "street fighting" martial arts. Each martial art has its own story for how it came to exist and how it has evolved over the years. Wing Chun kung-fu, for example, is often ...
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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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From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

The fist should move as little as possible. The power of the uppercut comes from slightly dipping in the knees while turning the hip and then pushing from the hip. The elbow shouldn't move behind the ...
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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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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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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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Avoiding big toe skin split

I second taping your toes. I use Johnson's & Johnson's athletic tape to tape my toes and I rarely have any issues with the tape slipping or falling off, in fact, I have to cut it off with a knife ...
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Avoiding big toe skin split

This is a problem for me as well. This is usually due to friction tearing your skin open as you try to pivot. Look for some shoes you can wear during training. Skeletoes work really well for me, ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to learn kick boxing without punching bag?

Since you're wanting more information I'm going to post an answer to try and help you move forward with your training and your goals. I'm going to have to assume you have no prior training in any ...
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Is kickboxing dangerous even if hits to the head aren't allowed?

Walking on the sidewalk carries a risk of brain damage. Consider that before moving onward. Any contact sport--and many ostensibly non-contact sports--involves the possibility of an accident ...
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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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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 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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