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How to Deal with Unprofessional Sparring Partners

An opponent of this demeanour can be viewed as a curse or a blessing. As you've probably figured out by now, the development of mental strength represents one of the greatest demands of martial arts, ...
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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 Deal with Unprofessional Sparring Partners

I'd look at this a slightly different way, why is this martial artist sparring you (and others) this way? As an experienced fighter, I often spar lower grades with my hands down - it allows me to move ...
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How to spar against a weaker opponent

Competition, in a club setting, should be all about learning: for yourself and them. Thus, Help them! Against a weaker opponent, your goal should be to make them better. So, allow them to practice ...
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Why doesn't Muay Thai use the Karate/Taekwondo front snap kick?

It comes down to the same reasons which hold for the different roundhouse kick: power and dmg vs. speed and predictability. Thai fighters have a different goal compared to karate and TKD fighters as ...
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Clumsy and struggling with performing techniques

What you are experiencing is normal. You are trying to learn new skills and movements and are clearly getting overwhelmed by it. There are a few things you can do: Take it slowly, as slowly as you ...
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Can one be a formidable MT fighter, if they are unable to jump-rope, swim, cycle, or run long distances?

The only thing wrong is that you are currently out of shape and really have presented no evidence that you are doing anything to get back into shape. I used to play basketball a lot, I could play 3 ...
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How to make knuckles bigger like Bruce Lee's knuckles?

I suggest you do not actually want big knuckles. The enlargement of the knuckles may be osteoarthritis, a painful, degenerative condition where your hands will stiffen over time. Although it may serve ...
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Single exercises to improve kicking and punching power

It's as much technique and flexibility as it is strength. That being said, you need to look at the mechanism of action for each kick, and strengthen the muscles that control that action. For the front ...
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Practicing Muay Thai kicks with no partner

I'd use a heavy bag instead of a tree, but if it's what you've got then it's what you've got. I wouldn't throw full force kicks because a tree doesn't "give" even if it's padded.
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How to notice if your instructor knows what he's talking about

Most of this advise is a sub-set of looking out for a Mc Dojop. I am going to assume that you are referring to technical knowledge instead of generic "should I train here" which has been answered here ...
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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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How do martial artists make stronger fingers via hot sand?

This is a traditional toughening exercise in some martial arts, sometimes referred to in Japanese martial arts as Jari Bako. The long and short of it is that it works by traumatizing your hands, ...
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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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What sort of throws are illegal in Muay Thai and why?

I think Sylvie conveys the right feeling in this article: I’ve fought over 100 times in Thailand and honestly I have never had a completely clear picture of what is and is not a legal throw in Muay ...
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Want to know the proper name of a Judo throw

The judo name is sasae tsurikomi ashi (propping, lifting-pulling leg). Your mechanics description matches this quite well. Done in a minimalist judo style, the leg is not kicked, but simply blocked.
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

The primary reason for mouth-guards is to guard against the damage that happens when they teeth crash into each other. For that reason, a single-mouth guard is generally sufficient, providing a guard ...
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Punching with knuckles first correctly

It is normal for the middle knuckles of your fingers to lead your first knuckles (top knuckles). This protrusion of the middle knuckles is exaggerated when wearing gloves. Your middle knuckles will be ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse, step out at 45 degrees and preventing feet injury

The risk is not to the feet, but to the knees - and it is more likely to come from under rotation than over rotation. When you execute a roundhouse kick the torso rotates around with the hips turning &...
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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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Using shoes while training at home

Your main concern seems to be about kicking, so I think you can draw some advice from Taekwondo. Taekwondo is a kick intensive martial art, and it is common to find people practicing using shoes. ...
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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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Will three months of Muai Thai help?

Three months of Muai Thai can give you some basic knowledge of defending yourself. Once you learn it, you will automatically use it when under threat. Knowing how to raise your hands and knees to ...
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Cardio work for Muay Thai fighters

I suggest investigating interval training, which would be your option 2. Fighting requires high intensity and may not actually last that long; a low intensity jog will not put your body under the same ...
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Cardio work for Muay Thai fighters

...while with the [interval training] I run out of break quickly and find it hard to continue the jog. Which one would give me that bit of stamina that I need to keep going in a fight? As you've seen ...
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What kind of mentality do you have going into a fight vs sparring?

You fight how you train, so train how you want to fight AKA we all fall to the level of our training. When sparring, you are learning two things. The first is how to amalgamate/internalize techniques ...
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What kind of mentality do you have going into a fight vs sparring?

Actually, no. When I was a beginner, even with others watching, I am too busy being focused on the person in front of me, to think of the audience. I'd like to introduce you to the concept of Zanshin....
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I still look like a complete "noob" during drills with long combos I've never practiced before hand

You are basically the same as everyone else. Everyone learns in different ways, and will always have the same type of struggles as you learn. Don't worry about how well everyone else is doing, do the ...
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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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