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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 ukemi). For instance, one of the most common arm-snapping posts comes from being thrown forward and over the thrower's shoulders, such as in a seoinage (...


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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 far as I can see) exist. That said, we can draw parallels to similar events in more recent history and infer from those how likely death would be in pankration. ...


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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): https://youtu.be/OegVa1MjMO8 Sidewards breakfall (Yoko ukemi: https://youtu.be/gEdtaj5Mbmk If possible, I'd always prefer the sidewards option over the forwards ...


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Costs for materials vary wildly from one place to another, as well as depending on the size you want, so I'll mostly give you options for construction and you can check on local availability and costs according to your personal requirements. Whatever you're going to be using, you'll need a flat base. A concrete slab would work, but so would a well crafted ...


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Any sanctioned event will have event medical staff on hand to revive competitors immediately if they do not regain consciousness on their own. Medical staff may recommend hospital treatment. There are two distinct cases for restricting activities afterward depending on how one becomes unconscious. I don't know what the guidelines are for MMA specifically, ...


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Judo has always used mats. In Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Kano (the founder of judo), measured practice spaces by the number of tatami mats. The warehouse afforded a practice area of only ten tamami mats, and there were square pillars here and there. The primary protection against injuries is technique and cooperation, not mats. The beginning lessons of ...


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Contact sports involve risk of injury. This is more true for people who are weak. This is more true for grappling combat sports, where the explicit goal is to move the other person in a way they don't want to be moved. Both thrower and throwee need to take care to avoid injury. Neck-grip throws include snap-downs from the front headlock or tie-up, chest lock ...


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Your claims in the question are quite correct, and none of the contents below intend to refute your statements. There are a few aspects that should be considered when answering this question: What is your primary target? If your target is below chest-level, it would be virtually impossible to use an palm strike without hurting the wrist. I used to be a big ...


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In Judo, the basic throw with the arm around the neck is normally called koshi guruma, which translates to hip wheel. This is basically equivalent to a headlock throw in wrestling. In your kubi nage video, the instructor calls kubi nage a cross between tai otoshi and koshi guruma. The judo pedant in me would simply call the demonstrated throw a koshi guruma. ...


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A throw that encircles the neck would likely be koshi guruma, but for me, I've found it is more unsafe when performed in uchikomi, rather than nagekomi (throwing). I had whiplash from someone doing the uchikomi part of koshi Guruma, as they had no idea what they were going & whacked me hard around the neck & head, my neck made popping noises & I ...


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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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The use of a palm strike does not equate to a loss of strength or speed. A traditional fist may however enable greater effective range if thrown palm-up. Perhaps one disadvantage of a typical half-fist palm strike (fingertips curled to top of palm) is that the increased surface area of the hand requires more room to navigate through an opening, and if the ...


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Considering the viability of short-range grappling techniques, the loss of three inches of range should not be a major concern. The basic grappling strategy is to quickly close distance when entering striking distance, and this strategy works for striking as well. You already have to do this to hit someone in the head because you must move through kicking ...


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I'm going to rebut some things that you mention. This rebuttal might seem subtle or pedantic, but that subtlety is hugely important. most people using closed fists during a fight run significant risk of hand/knuckle damage It depends on what you mean by most people. If you include untrained people in that group then yes, they do run a risk of injury - but ...


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The answer should be pretty obvious to anyone who's had bloating. Yes, it does affect your martial arts performance. It would affect your performance in class as well as in a real fight or self-defense situation. Bloating is caused by gas that's trapped in your intestines. The gas is generated by bacteria consuming your poop. It can last hours, until the ...


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Stuffing yourself to bursting is no kind of preparation for a fight, but in the Chinese Classic "Outlaws of the Marsh", characters routinely do this we beef and wine before leveling opponents. In reality: blood & energy going to digestion is going to take those resources away from attacking/defending. In Tai Chi, it is usually recommended to ...


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Here is my attempt at answering this question based on the research I have done, happy for others to comment or add another better answer. On this website, fractures incur a 180 day medical suspension, and joint injuries 60 day medical suspensions. Therefore the logical answer would be that clearance wouldn't be given until this period has lapsed, although ...


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Your question is about gloves, but it's a question which leads to some more important considerations. I stand to be corrected, but the content that follows assumes you're relatively new to boxing, or at least to sparring. If your goal is to prevent brain trauma (and I argue here that this should be your primary goal), the most important factor for you to ...


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