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Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?

Kung-Fu fighters pop up from time to time in MMA style fights. Early on in the UFC, there were a small number of kung-fu fighters. But by the end of its first year, you didn't see any. Why? Well ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect that the primary answer lies between that they genuinely deemphasize pitched fighting, and that it's guided by rulesets. Not every martial art is about fighting, or defending yourself For ...
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Is there a reason why wing chun is uncommon in MMA

Wing Chun is uncommon in MMA for three major reasons. First, its practitioners generally shun sparring. Second, its practitioners generally shun realistic wrestling, throwing, and groundwork practice. ...
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Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?

KUNG FU, MMA, and UFC Roy Nelson, a top tier UFC fighter, commented on his kung fu background: The Lohan school of Shaolin, I actually got started in my Sifu’s garage. I think I was 15 1/2, 16. Kung-...
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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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A straight Punch on the nose can knock a person unconscious.How do fighters (MMA, Boxers etc) survive such repeated direct blows to their nose?

As others have said, a knockout is typically not the result of a blow to the nose, but to the chin. The brain is basically a loose spongy thing trapped inside your skull. When you receive a hard blow ...
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Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?

Sanshou (similar to sanda) is a major competitive outlet for kung fu styles, allowing kicks, punches, kick catches, and throws. Several fighters with sanshou experience have fought in the UFC, most ...
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How do I avoid getting a cauliflower ear while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A common precaution is to wear wrestling headgear, which is designed to protect the ears, while practicing. Cauliflower ear is caused by impacts or rubbing on the ear. Headgear will reduce both of ...
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How to beat a vastly superior opponent?

The simple answer is: No. You're gonna lose. You may never win against a guy who is much heavier than you, much stronger than you, much faster than you, and much more skilled and experienced than you. ...
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A straight Punch on the nose can knock a person unconscious.How do fighters (MMA, Boxers etc) survive such repeated direct blows to their nose?

This is really simple. Not every impact to the head (whether jaw or nose) knocks someone unconscious. Plenty of soccer players get hit hard by the ball in the face and don't get knocked out. You're ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

One thing to realize is that you have two factors that affect blocking a strike: 1) reaction time, and 2) tracking. Reaction time is the time taken by your brain to notice the strike coming towards ...
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Does BJJ adequately train defence against "ground and pound" situations?

Today we focused on some details of escaping mount. This involves controlling the opponent's hips with your arms. Good luck doing that in a MMA fight when your head is being caved in with ground and ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

The question asks which is more effective: Doing MMA or doing multiple different martial arts. There are a couple of different interpretations about what is meant by "effective" in this context, ...
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Advice on wearable technology during MMA class to alert me of critical phone calls (on-call 24/7)

I'm a Taekwondo instructor. I would happily make an exception for a special case like this, put your phone on the loudest volume, somewhere at the side of the class where it's easily hearable. Even ...
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Why is wrestling often not seen as a martial art?

Television and movies give people impressions of things that are never corrected. What is the first thing an American thinks of when they hear "wrestling"? World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect there's a lot of instructors that are more concerned about the techniques of their art, rather than flooding their students with ever increasing amount of styles. This makes sense that they ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

Defending punches by putting a glove against your face is not a successful strategy without big gloves. With MMA's small gloves or without gloves at all, it is a Bad Idea. To be truthful, it's not an ...
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Why is wrestling often not seen as a martial art?

Wrestling isn't often seen as a martial art because it has been primarily pushed as a sport - much in the same way most people don't consider archery, javelin, or shot put, as war arts, though those ...
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Are there MMA rules that prohibits reactions which would render grappling unusable in a real world scenario?

It's certainly possible to hit someone while they work on a takedown. It sounds like you're asking specifically about countering wrestling shots, where the grappler attacks the hips and legs, rather ...
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How do Boxers and other Martial Arts practitioners deal with pain?

There are all kinds of places on the body where fighters can get hit (the nose, the jaw, the solar plexus, the thigh, the liver, the kidneys, etc.), and each one of those triggers not just pain but ...
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Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Your shin can break if you kick someone very hard and they block just right and all conditions align against you. You can break your hand punching someone, even aiming to soft targets like the ribs. ...
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How I can read "Record" results of MMA Fight?

The record is Mirko Filipović's cumulative record as of each fight. It is not a recording of what happened in that particular fight. The breakdown is: Wins - Losses - Draws (No contests) Taking ...
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Is 'pressure point' striking a useful skill to know in a street fight?

I have an answer that I wrote which goes over the pressure point "knock out" phenomenon: How do you knock someone out using pressure points? In summary, the pressure point knock-out stuff is either ...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

It is also a simple fact of aging. You could look at any sport, and see the same thing. Champions in any sport at extended ages are outliers. Some examples of these outliers would be: Al Oerter - ...
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Is the predominance of grappling in MMA prizefighting primarily a function of the small ring and cage?

Grappling is not predominant in modern MMA, and hasn't been for a decade or two, so the "matches seem to pivot on one competitor being forced against the cage...moving to the ground, and decided ...
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Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts

When you train MMA you train each specific art that the gym offers: Brazilian jiujitsu (or, rarely, other forms of grappling), wrestling, some form of striking (usually muay Thai or MMA striking). You ...
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Underwater Rear Naked Choke

I used to play water polo in high school, and some of the lifeguarding maneuvers (such as taking the person under the water with you) can lessen these things. The other thing that worked well for me (...
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How can I build striking power?

From a physics perspective, one way to think about striking is impulse: To have an effective strike, you want to: Maximize mass. The normal advice is use your whole body to strike. This means that ...
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How to condition knuckles?

I second coinbird's motion: don't do this. There is a theory called Wolff's Law, which is a medical concept first studied by a German surgeon Julius Wolff back in the 1800's, and he found that ...
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