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How a woman can teach martial art for men?

First, men who know nothing about martial arts may see a woman leading the class and immediately think that they (the men) could beat up the female teacher. So they think there is no reason why the ...
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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

There is a famous zen story, one of the variation is this… Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

There's a few things to navigate and untangle in your question, but the short answer is YES, there are martial arts out there that do this. Mostly it comes down to instructor rather than specific ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I have had the occasion to spar with a national senior champion in karate (the guy is a little over 60). I am 30 years old and reasonnably fit as well, and I have 10+ years of practice of light ...
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Should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?

Long answer short, no it shouldn't influence your choice. Your body can be shaped in any form you want, and even if you are heavy, light or middle weighted you have to learn how to use your body ...
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Down a hand, looking for new martial art

Virtually all of the martial arts use the hands in some way. Even Taekwondo, which uses mostly kicks during sparring, will use the hands to block and punch. Whereas, grappling arts use the hands to ...
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How to deal with unfair judges

I've always considered non contact tournaments to be a lottery, but even in full contact matches you will get calls that go against you that you don't agree with - that is the nature of the sport. I ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

I think that when something is a sport, you obviously can't learn all the things, as someone who is better at something and is competitive, she/he won't teach you the best techniques as you could use ...
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How to address this issue with my sifu

There's a good reason why an instructor pairs two students of unequal skill together. The student that is of lesser skill will begin to accelerate their knowledge when exposed to someone of greater ...
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Closest discipline to "just beating each other"?

MMA Go to your local MMA gym's sparring sessions. We have beginners come in all the time that just want to fight and not learn technique. They get absolutely destroyed and never come back, but ...
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Should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?

Should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn? No. Your choice of martial art should be tailored to your preferences, subject to your physical abilities. Body type is only relevant ...
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how to survive not doing hardcore Judo after losing your ACL forever

First things first, I think you should see a doctor that could give you a "go". A specialist could tell you if he thinks it would be safe for your knee if you restarted doing martial arts. If the ...
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Should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?

Quite surprised by all these big NOs. I would say: it depends. If competing and consequently having better chances at winning competitions are your goals, then your body type can definitely give you ...
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Founder of a martial arts system passed away. How can current Black Belts move up in the system?

This actually happens quite a bit. I don't have statistics on how often it happens, but there are a ton of martial arts schools headed by people who essentially started their own school and declared ...
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Which book to start learning Jeet Kune Do

Buy the Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Because Reasons: The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is Bruce's treatise on his philosophy - the philosophy which underpins his later teachings. Absolute beginners should find ...
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Reality Based Self Defense Scenarios

Marc MacYoung's No Nonsense Self Defense is a good place to start. His advise is reasonable, easy to follow, and does work. It won't teach you how to fight but it will teach you how to stack the odds ...
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Martial art without exam and secrets

There are no "secrets" in martial arts. Do you really think that when you reach black belt, some weird man will come at you, hidden in shadows, and teach you a more powerful secret technique that ...
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Dojo not quite right or am I overreacting

There is something rotten in Dojo A and B… You seem to have hit some nasty politics within martial arts. It happens, it is disheartening, and not worth anyone's time. As a side note, you (as an ...
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Adapting from karate to jiu-jitsu

You're looking for a way to connect your karate with jujitsu. There actually is a very deep connection, one which you might not be aware of. All of karate kata are based on classical jujitsu. I spend ...
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What is a good BJJ book for someone familiar with groundwork but not BJJ?

There are countless paths you can go down, so I'll cover two of the most popular. "Traditional" Jiu Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie This book ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

I infer from your tone that you consider this repulsion towards dirt slightly irrational, but are unable to overcome it. If that is indeed true, you may like to try these minimalistic options, which I ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

For kickboxing, the main concern is that you don't want the shoe to be used to hit the other person. It can make the impact stronger and can really do damage. So it's usually forbidden, during ...
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Are there martial arts known to synergize with Judo?

Judo is about liveness Judo's success is due to its free-play (randori) training model, where partners practice with each other in a non-prearranged manner with varying levels of resistance up to ...
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Closest discipline to "just beating each other"?

Whilst there might be some art out there that is a "walk in and fight" scenario It is a sure fire way to get badly hurt or killed! An actual martial art will get you moving and improve your fitness, ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

Yes, a trained 60 year-old can outfight an untrained 20 year-old, provided they maintain a healthy body. The average 60 year-old has already lost joint flexibility and mobility, which causes the body ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

Adaptive Jiu Jitsu It is definitely possible to train and progress in BJJ with a spinal cord injury. Pete McGregor has the following advice when looking for a place to train: I will note that my ...
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What would be the set of martial arts that would be most useful for self defense (and in what sequence)?

Your plan does not account for messy realities of life, anyone you may meet, or anything you will learn along the way. Although most everyone has a preconceived idea of what training martials arts ...
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how to survive not doing hardcore Judo after losing your ACL forever

On the physical side: Knee ligament replacement surgeries are pretty good these days. You should see a doctor to see if that is an option. (You might want it anyway, even if you don't train hard, ...
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How to deal with unfair judges

As a competitor, it is not your place to criticise the judges' decisions. You should show proper decorum and fair play even if you know the decision is the wrong one. You can (and clearly in your case,...
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