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There could be a number of reasons for this: Source confusion - The Greeks did also contest wrestling (to a fall) as a separate sport in the same way they did boxing. It may be that the number of depictions of pankration are therefore lower than expected with some being depictions of wrestling and therefore not showing strangles (for example, if we had 10 ...


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There's an important discussion to be had here on Strategy vs. Tactics. Strategy is going to be very dependant on the situation you are training for/find yourself in, and tactics will be dictated by the larger strategy. To provide examples, if training for self defence the strategy is to avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations, deescalate where ...


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It's the hardest thing to do. My teacher was celebrated, but said their technique was the product of 3 generations. That chain seems to be a rare thing, because I don't think anyone in my generation will exceed that generation just prior, BUT, I do think we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience as a community to maintain the arts for another ...


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Looking at this from a logical perspective, rather than a martial arts perspective: they cannot. If someone wants to blend (picking things out of thin air that don't necessarily make sense) karate and judo to make a more effective fighting style, that style will no longer be karate, or judo. The people who don't join his or her dojo to learn judate will ...


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This is a bit like asking whether a physicist wouldn't only be able to become a better scientist and understand more of the bigger picture if they would do chemistry, biology, geology, etc. as well. The truth is: even if possible, they wouldn't necessarily. And it certainly would take an insane amount of effort. Why there is some truth to what you are saying ...


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In addition to the great answers given, I want to provide another angle: It's About Philosophy! Philosophy behind the martial arts include ideas about how fighting "works" and what the main goals of "fighting" are. If a move runs counter to the founding philosophy, it does not get incorporated. "Ignore basic principles of our ...


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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 don't want to overwhelm their student as well as not wanting to water down their art with other techniques. Macaco Branco goes into that nicely, so I'll try not ...


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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 most modern countries today, the odds of actually getting into a fight are pretty low. Even if you do get into a fight, it generally comes down to two people ...


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There's one strategy in particular that may optimise your chances of success against a more experienced, skilled and faster, stronger opponent. I make absolutely no claim that it will enable you to beat him, but only that it may enable you to significantly improve your ability to spar with him productively. In the absence of any information as to what ...


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Train smarter, train harder, lift weights to get stronger and analyze his game six ways from Sunday. Find out what he's bad at and get good at that.


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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. But, don't let that dissuade you from training with him. When you're up against someone like that, the best you can do is learn to relax, stop thinking so much ...


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Realistically speaking, short of smuggling a shank into the gym, no, there is no way to win a match. So just look at what you can learn - break it down into "How do I deal with A?", "How do I deal with B?", etc. Learning martial arts is a slow process, and learning how to adapt to the other person takes longer than, say, learning how to ...


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