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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

In my experience as a male trainer and trainee the key for a hard, educational or maybe painful training is trust between all parts of the training group. Female fighters have told me that they were ...
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

Accidents happen. However, when you have an accident with people you are not really trying to hurt - you make extra effort to make sure the accident doesn't happen again - otherwise it is not an ...
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To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

I've trained in many martial arts schools. There have always been one or two individuals that didn't know their own strength or who simply had some kind of mental issue that caused them to scare ...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

Practicing on a mat is not sufficient. If you do not progress to harder materials you will not have the feedback benefit harder surfaces provide. You might think you're doing well because it's (...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

No, falling on concrete is not necessary, provided you train with mats as a safety mechanism and you do not rely on mats to protect you from unrealistic techniques. Use mats for extra safety for ...
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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

But, when training, you can stop and breathe. But there's no time to breathe in a real fight. This difference does not have to exist. A coach should occasionally put students through sparring of some ...
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

Hi have a trained a couple of ladies over the years and here is my take on it. For starters, there is a difference between training hard and just getting beat up. While I believe that is very ...
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

Quite frankly, it sounds like you're in an abusive training environment. The language you're using is uncomfortably similar to what I might hear from someone being beaten up by their spouse, the "they ...
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Harassment by another student

I'm sure with your jujitsu you've seen enough of how a dojo should be to judge when someone's acting improperly, though from the little you've detailed it's not clear whether he's potentially just ...
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Why were leg-locks removed from Judo?

Leg-locks were banned shortly after an 1899 exhibition match in Kyoto (held before Emperor Taishō) between Kodokan 3rd dan Yuji Hirooka and Fusen-ryū master Mataemon Tanabe. During the match Tanabe ...
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How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?

You can't reliably get good at things you don't practice. In a fight, we don't rise to the level of our expectations. Rather, we fall to the level of our training. Whether it's an eye-poke, strike to ...
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mat size and material for casual 1v1?

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 ...
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Can my body learn to split at 25?

Based on your age, there is no reason why you cannot. It won't happen for everyone, but if you did them at an earlier age then you should be able to do them again. But make no mistake, it is going to ...
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Harassment by another student

Your instructor should have noticed this and be taking steps to mitigate his aggression and lack of respect. Respect is a cornerstone of the martial arts. Not everyone has it and not everyone learns ...
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How dangerous was ancient Pankration?

The only confirmed death is Arrhichion of Phigalia who died whilst winning his 3rd championship. It is difficult to ascertain directly the number of deaths as the historical record simply doesn't (as ...
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Alternatives to posting with your arms while grappling

The two alternatives to posting with your arms are to execute the appropriate break-fall (as in orthodox judo/jujutsu ukemi) or to execute the appropriate turnout (as in modern unorthodox competitive ...
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Risk of brain damage in casual/moderate Muay Thai sparring

Several sports aside boxing and martial arts (such as soccer, rugby, ice hockey) have the potential to cause damage. So, the risks are real and clear (for example: Kickboxing sport as a new cause of ...
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Can jiu jitsu wear down your teeth?

In grappling, I think slow wear of teeth is very rare. Problems are much more likely to be sudden impact, when someone hits you in the mouth, either intentionally or unintentionally. Using a ...
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

To echo more of what everyone else is saying: there is a fine line between abusive behaviour and hard training. My reading of your question is that your sparing partners have crossed it. Did they do ...
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Fighters checking newer fighters?

Is this the logo of your club? ☺ On a more serious note, what you are describing is called bullying which is a form of abuse. Bullying should not be tolerated in any context whatsoever. So, what can ...
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Are EVA foam mats good for training?

I have a little experience with these mats. Specifically, I've trained at places that use them. Here is what I can gather: Pros They are easily transportable They can be disassembled and reassembled ...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

In my experience, doing simple Ukemi over hard surfaces provides important feedback about any problems with your technique. You will boldly notice if your head, shoulder, arm, elbow, hip, knees, or ...
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Alternatives to posting with your arms while grappling

When both legs are trapped, there are two relatively safe breakfall options left: onto the side of your body, if you can twist your upper body 90 degrees, or forwards. Forward breakfall (Mae ukemi): ...
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Men hitting women too hard in martial arts

Talk to your instructor. Your instructor should pair you up with another woman with similar build/height, but if the situation does not permit such arrangement then your male partner should know ...
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How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?

Great question. I suggest that many of the so-called "too dangerous" techniques are very low-yield in practice. In other words, you're not going to get as much bang for your buck from them as you will ...
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To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

As a former 'offender' myself I hope I can offer some insight. TL;DR: do not allow them to do randori until they do at least several thousand throws. Let them build up confidence in falling first. ...
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Stacking mats so they slide less

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 ...
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Is kickboxing dangerous even if hits to the head aren't allowed?

Walking on the sidewalk carries a risk of brain damage. Consider that before moving onward. Any contact sport--and many ostensibly non-contact sports--involves the possibility of an accident ...
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Safe Sparring Spear

Home-made: I have utilized a wooden staff and put a layer or two of pipe foam on the end. It's relatively cheap and provides padding to blunt hits so long as you don't jab it really hard. I utilized ...
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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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