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For Capoeira (admittedly, a somewhat niche martial art), I particularly recommend Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira by J. Lowell Lewis and A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira Philosophy and Inner Life by Nestor Capoeira. Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira Based on eighteen months of intensive participant-...


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Many (most?) martial arts are concerned primarily with fighting and/or sport, and health benefits are a side effect. With a condition like sciatica, I expect your primary motivation is health and not fighting. Without any personal knowledge of sciatica, I would expect you would want to work on lower spinal mobility. In terms of yoga exercises, this would be ...


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I've had experience on both sides, instructing and taking lessons via remote/zoom/teams/etc. What I've found is that it is more useful the higher up in ranking you go, mainly because the refinements that are needed are fewer, and it is easier for the student to hear what the instructor is saying and turn that into application. The understanding of the basic ...


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The primary downside of online training in my experience is much the same as the issue of trying to train by correspondence course, a lack of feedback a good bit of the time. Theoretically, they can view your technique over videoconferencing software, but in general, it's an inferior method because they can only really see from one angle, and only if your ...


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The question asks which martial arts would improve sciatica. First off, this sounds like a question for a physical therapist, not a collection of martial artists. Go to your doctor first. And you can easily google for exercises that improve sciatica as well as exercises that make it worse. Read up on what the medical community is saying first. The main take-...


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Tai Chi. It is slower, gentle (mostly), and builds strength and balance, which will improve things overall, as it's the supporting musculature that we need most to work on with Degenerative Disk Disease. I need to get back to it myself.


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You have very little to work with here. The solution is probably arguably usually to raise your hands and try to placate him "OK, you won, whatever you want, man". If he started the fight by being in a psycho rage, or you think he's on drugs or a gangbanger, i.e., you think he's going to shoot you, and you're more than a few feet from him, pivot, ...


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