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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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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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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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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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Tactical flashlight vs martial arts for self defense?

First a small disclaimer and apology: I didn’t feel my post rises to the level of an answer, but I couldn’t shorten it to fit as a comment. Theory and speculation are fun, but does anyone have first ...
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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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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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Tactical flashlight vs martial arts for self defense?

In terms of actual self defence capabilities. Yes, it's not bad. It's a club if nothing else and blunt instruments are useful in a fight. Yes if it's already dark or if it's extremely powerful it ...
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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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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 cope with being helpless?

Avoid The Situation Really, this is the key, and I would bet big money that a near-universal sentiment among self defense instructors. No one can deprive you of life if you are simply not there! Not ...
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What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

It is very Subjective ! If you are medieval kind guy go for hema! Most of people use longsword but you also have rapiers(a lot of kinds out there as they were a very popular duel sword, also ...
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Trying to find a martial art that fits

So I'm trying to find a martial art to help me relax and meditate, while also learning self defense and doing some decent physical exercise If you want to learn how to mediate, you should go to a ...
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Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

When I was studying Tae Kwon Do -- if you want to be ultra polite... Explain the situation to your current instructor and if possible get permission and a reference letter. Even if you don't talk to ...
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Relatively safe standing throw/grapple/manipulation techniques?

Normally questions asking for lists of techniques should get closed as being too broad, but the answer for this question does not require a list; you have already identified huge sources of "...
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Ageing and Competition - Step back or Power through?

Always know your limits. One bad event, and your decision will be made for you whether you like it or not. And then what do you have to offer your students? Taekwondo is fast becoming a young man's ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

If you go to a trampoline park in the UK you have to wear "grip socks" - a sock with little rubber grips embedded in them. Searching on sites such as Amazon for "grip socks" they are readily available ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I trained with disabled people: missing arms; wheel chair bound ME; and blind. Any good instructor will modify what they teach to suit your condition. With that in mind, go find a good school (not ...
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Are there any still surviving schools of Jujutsu?

Not a definitive answer, but for historical context: Kano (founder of Judo) states in Kodokan Judo, published by Kodansha International Ltd., 1986, p. 19: Eventually judo displaced jujutsu in ...
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Meditative yet effective martial art

You really do not really need to choose a different style of martial art for gaining martial effectiveness. What you generally need is a different way to practice Taijiquan. The big mistake is that ...
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Founder of a martial arts system passed away. How can current Black Belts move up in the system?

Honestly, you can do whatever you want. Your system attaches meaning to a rank. Outside your system, this rank is meaningless. Systems commonly assign rank by dictator or committee. You could do it by ...
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What rules should be used to allow fair stand up fights between any martial art

There's two questions you have to answer, that determine what rules you get (and, regardless, will disfavor some techniques and methods): How safe should it be? Every sport outlaws eye gouges, groin ...
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