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Is being angry a prerequisite for sparring?

Emotions in general are detrimental to your sparring. Usually when I have seen this said to a student it is not because we want you to get angry, but that you are sparring as if you are afraid. If ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

Regarding cardio, there's a saying in fitness that being fit for cardio in an activity makes you fit for cardio in that area. Take someone who can run for two hours at a time, and tell them to attack ...
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Is being angry a prerequisite for sparring?

What works for your sensei might not work from you. He is teaching you, what had worked for him. For some, they use anger for the aggressiveness it brings. Anger dominates certain opponents. And in ...
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Is being angry a prerequisite for sparring?

While tigers can be considered savage in some sense, as in "uncivilized" or "fierce", they certainly don't get angry. When they are attacking, they have a goal in mind ("kill this prey to satisfy my ...
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How can I practice any martial art if I have difficulty with motor and coordination skills?

Martial arts are a journey on your own path, at your own time and speed. I have (or have had) a number of students with wide ranging issues with co-ordination, flexibility and movement. As an ...
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Is it possible to fight while unconscious?

I'm generally opposed to anime questions, but there are a significant handful of MMA fights where one fighter is known to be semi-conscious yet still fighting. Edgar/Maynard 2 is my go-to example: ...
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How can I practice any martial art if I have difficulty with motor and coordination skills?

I started judo for that very same reason. It's a great sport to learn spatial perception of your own body. 13 years later I can see a huge improvement in coordination and balance. You'll see the ...
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Is being angry a prerequisite for sparring?

No, anger is not a prerequisite for sparring. There is more than one school of thought for what your mental state should be to spar/fight. This list is not meant to be exhaustive: Fight without ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

Some thoughts on it: Fights are exhausting. You can see it in competitions all across disciplines. If many highly trained athletes tire within a handful of minutes, despite stalling or round pauses, ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

I doubt that your instructor is an expert in human physiology. When your whole chest is heaving for air and each strike threatens to make you light-headed, that's not a mental issue. But mentally: ...
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How can I practice any martial art if I have difficulty with motor and coordination skills?

Going slow is one of the best recommendations I could give you. While many techniques are done "in an instant" it's important to slow them down to a snail's pace once in a while & figure out all ...
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Mushin (無心 "no mind") is a truth?

Mushin is a term in Japanese martial arts whereby the practitioner has reached a state of "no mind". "Mu" means negation, or "no". And "shin" means "mind&...
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Mushin (無心 "no mind") is a truth?

By Another Name: Flow This sounds exactly like the well documented, psychological state called flow. It can also be called "being in the groove" or "becoming one with [some task]." ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

I'd say your instructor is partly right, but it isn't the whole truth. Your muscles need oxygen to work, as does your brain. When you use more oxygen than you resorp through skin and breathing, this ...
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Controlling my emotions during sparring

Invest in loss. My opinion may be of marginal value because I'm coming from a different art, but for what it is worth, I'd advise you invest in loss. When I push hands, I'm regularly working against ...
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Improving Skills with Mental Training

There are numerous studies showing that visualization improves performance, often nearly as well as actually doing the thing in question. It never gets better results by itself, but in practice you'd ...
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why a perfect expert and trained taekwondo player or martial artist fear fights?

Thanks for this question. It's a subject that's near and dear to me. And I think I understand what you're asking. When I was a brown belt in Taekwondo, I was 17 years old, and I remember having an ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

For most people asking how to improve their mental strength, I'd suggest taking up a martial art - mental strength is one of the main benefits of doing so. As you're already doing that, and have been ...
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why a perfect expert and trained taekwondo player or martial artist fear fights?

Q: why a perfect expert and trained taekwondo player or martial artist fear fights? A: Have you heard of the saying that the more you learn about something, the more you realize how much more there is ...
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Is it possible to fight while unconscious?

It happened to me this weekend... yes I trained when young (16years old now 51years old) with Robert and Danny Williams, Ti crane in High Point NC. I got sucker punched and was knocked out...I hit the ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

This answer aims to add to, rather than replace, those which have already been posted. I also wish to distance my comments from issues of mask-wearing and COVID. I acknowledge they are realities of ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

This is not to contradict any of the great answers above, just to look at the problem in a different way. What they teach at my Muay Thai gym is that during a fight, you can give yourself a "...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

You don't. Mental strength is for filtering out instinctual messages you don't need, not for ignoring body status information. What messages do you need? In this case you have a sense that you're not ...
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How can I practice any martial art if I have difficulty with motor and coordination skills?

The answer to your question is that you need to find a dojo/club/class where you feel comfortable. One of the reasons I do martial arts is because I'm bad at it and I'm allowed to be bad at it. If ...
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