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What you're really asking for is insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Aikido pertaining to self-defense scenarios. Aikido uses a small number of throws, joint locks, submissions, and strikes. There are some holds and submissions done from the ground. A number of breakfalls are trained. There is some weapons training as well, notably the 4-foot Jo ...


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At first glance Krav Maga and Systema seem to be very similar in that they are both very unconventional, no-rules, practical self-defence, martial arts (although Krav isn't technically a martial art) which are no holds barred and generally formless. However... Krav Maga is basically a very raw, dangerous situation survival system (including avoidance and ...


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Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Of course you are, within the normal parameters. You will only use what you need with the amount of force required in order to defuse and escape from a situation. The amount of force that is considered "legal" will differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on current law and precedent case law ...


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Yes, there is scientific evidence that boxing is harmful to the head - Amateur/Olympic boxers show cerebrospinal fluid changes indicative of neural injury Neurochemical aftermath of boxing (Note - Some same authors) Seminar on boxing damage, recognition and intervention Abstract only - K-D test for head trauma in boxers/mma Given the spotlight shined ...


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I train in Taekwondo and had a similar problem with my knees (though after a few years of training). At the time, my doctor diagnosed "chondromalacia patella", which he said was caused by an imbalance in strength of tendons/ligaments across the knee. He prescribed a set of exercises to help balance the strength. These exercises were quite simple and didn't ...


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There's a few things here that I want to address: I did start thinking about owning a gun and getting a license to carry a concealed weapon after that I feel for you; no one should have to go through what you went through. Let me say this first off: I am 100% for responsible firearms ownership. That said, many people become victims of crimes and ...


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I would rate this a matter of personal choice. Getting hit in the groin is intensely painful, no matter what you have between your legs. Men have it a bit worse, due to the external bits having a better chance of actually getting badly damaged (and a burst testicle is no joke). On the flip side, cups are generally a bit awkward to wear, and can cause chafing ...


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For mat size, I am listing the official competition mat sizes as a reference to help you assess the difference between practicing throws and takedowns and practicing ground techniques: keep in mind that these are large competition areas meant to minimize out-of-bound stoppages and injury risks, and they are a reasonable upper bound for a mat used by two ...


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How the heck can you walk in a ready stance down the street without the whole freaken place going 'ooooh, aaahhh'. I was trained in hand-to-hand combat by the IDF, not by a school or embassy, so my perspective may be different than that commonly taught. But I do use the same approach on my home street as I do in Jenin. There are two types of people who will ...


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I use gel handwraps for boxing, and have used gel gloves. My experience with foam is that it compresses and shifts over time in your gloves, whereas gel gloves seem to do this less, and last a bit longer as a result. This is entirely anecdotal, based on my personal experience.


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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 for chomping impact. You have a separate top and bottom mouth guard which has a full set covering each teeth to help prevent outside impact into the teeth ...


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What is shown is a vambrace, or possibly a bracer repurposed to be more armor. A vambrace is a tube of armor, anything from metal to leather, used to protect the forearm. A bracer is intended only to protect the inside of the arm of an archer. What is shown in the image looks more like a bracer, but seems to be intended for use as armor, much like the ...


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I've been training in (and recently teaching) Krav Maga for a while, and groin kicks are a regular occurrence. From my experience, it really doesn't matter all that much which cup you use, as long as you check it regularly, it shouldn't break spontaneously. Cups will usually crack first. Even if you wear a cup, it's still gonna hurt, you just have to get ...


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Assuming that you cannot train yourself out of the Ridiculous Gag Reflex [patent pending]1, you could get a dentist to make your a custom made mouth guard. It might well be expensive but probably cheaper than having your teeth replaced. You may as well consider using sparing helmets as they might help. 1. I have no idea how you would even go about doing ...


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This is a cost analysis (kinda) answer1. What would being injured cost you? Do you have medical insurance/free health care? Would a broken hand/finger(s) mean you would be effectively unable to earn a living because you do a lot of manual work? Do you know how to use a left/right handed Dvorak keyboard? Once you have an idea of the cost of the injury as ...


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I'm curious as to how you didn't manage to find studies. I did a standard Google search and came up with reputable organizations dedicated to the study and treatment of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Dementia Pugilistica. Traumatic Brain Injury Dementia Pugilistica Revisited Dementia Pugilistica Frequently Asked Questions about CTE What Is CTE? ...


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When it comes to Taekwondo, as a female, wearing a groin protector is more annoying than being kicked in the private parts. The groin protector scrapes the sides of your legs and more often than not causes more damage from the impact than the kick itself would. Kicks hurt, that's normal. But being kicked in the privates as a female does not really add pain, ...


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Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or grave suspicion. You should never give this any concern in a real-life situation. You neutralize the attacker, and no more. If there are multiple attackers, you should be excessive on the first so that he will not return to the fight, but never do excessive harm to the last ...


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I think a lot of people take Aikido out of context. Aikido is constantly belittled for the "here grab my wrist" thing, which is admittedly ubiquitous, but it is not the style to blame - it's the instruction. Similarly, the "compliance" thing is often tagged to Aikido too, and this is another area where there is nothing inherently defined in the style that ...


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Below is a link pertaining to a 3 month white belt who used Kotagaeshi to defend himself. It goes with the adage that self defence is 80% confidence. Basically a lot of things will work from a lot of martial arts, it's having the presence of mind at the time when your adrenaline is pumping that counts in that context. It has controls, pins and throws, ...


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In judo contests I have seen square steel tubing holding the mats together. Rigid, 5cm x 5cm steel tubes going around the tatami, tightened together by several tie-down-straps (ratchet strap is the correct name?) that go under the tatami. The whole package stays together just by gravity and the tension on the straps. The ratchets need to be covered though, ...


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Like with all leather items, you just wash them by hand with dish soap and water. Don't immerse them in water, just use a washcloth. Then wipe them dry and hang them out to dry. If they're still stinky after that, you can try using a diluted solution of bleach (read the label on the bleach bottle to know how diluted). Apply the diluted bleach, leave for ...


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I'm over 40 and train in taekwondo; I've never been advised not to do jumps or jumping kicks! I train with a gentleman who doesn't jump (for patterns or sparring), but he is nearly 80 and has arthritis! That's not to say my knees don't hurt at times. Some years ago, I had a problem with my knee called chondromalacia patella, which is caused by an imbalance ...


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Most of the techniques in aikido are based on creating an opening for you to manipulate/control your opponent through the use of leverage and/or pain. In order to do that you are going to have to get within arms reach of your opponent or literally toe to toe in some cases :). Aikido really shines when you can create that opening and use one of techniques ...


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Zebra mats has suggested layouts for 2m x 1m mats depending on the area you want to cover. It sounds like you are repeating layout A to cover your area. The problem with this is that when any mat is pushed (up, down, left, or right), only those mats directly in that line are affected. In layout B, for example, a push will be distributed among more mats. ...


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Another thing you can do if you have a small mouth is to go the children/teen area of a large box sporting good store. They will have quite a few different sized mouthguards in various configurations for different aged athletes. As a personal recommendation, I really like the Shock Doctor brand mouthguards. They do have one model available in both youth and ...


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This link shows how I was taught to wrap my hands: https://www.mmafightgearonline.com/Articles.asp?ID=131 To prevent link rot here are the steps from it: Step 1 Your hand should be held open in a relaxed position, with your fingers spread apart. Begin by placing the hand wrap thumb loop around your thumb and be sure that the 'This Side Down' ...


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Samurai is a rather large class ranging from foot solders to the Shogun. All wore different armours. Your question spans around a thousand years of history. So, generally speaking… A few armours have stiff joints. However, they are specific armours, for example tourney jousting ones. Those are donned for specific tasks and generally require staff to put on ...


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The weight of the glove is an indication of the amount of padding there to gradually decelerate your fist and transfer the impact energy gradually into whatever you hit. Extra padding takes longer to compress, and larger padding with more surface area spreads the impact to reduce the peak stresses and pressures. So, a heavier glove isn't more dangerous: ...


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If you train with an instructor, I'd suggest checking in with him or her - it makes sense for everyone to use the same gear, and there might even be some constraints imposed by any insurance policy or local laws. If you're mucking around with friends, and you haven't trained in a class enough to know what kind of protective gear works (most of the time), ...


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