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What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?

What you're really asking for is insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Aikido pertaining to self-defense scenarios. Aikido uses a small number of throws, joint locks, submissions, and strikes. ...
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What is the strategic difference between Krav Maga and Systema?

At first glance Krav Maga and Systema seem to be very similar in that they are both very unconventional, no-rules, practical self-defence, martial arts (although Krav isn't technically a martial art) ...
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How to fight even when exhausted?

Regarding cardio, there's a saying in fitness that being fit for cardio in an activity makes you fit for cardio in that area. Take someone who can run for two hours at a time, and tell them to attack ...
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Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

I want to be able to be prepared against any kind of opponent. You are looking for a unicorn there. No martial art whatsoever is able to do that. There is no ultimate fighting art. That said, most ...
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Looking for a martial art to do, self defense without causing pain?

Running seems like it is the thing for you: You can start now and improve your techniques by going to the gym to find a trainer, going to a run club, and reading books and magazines on running. You ...
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Is Kung fu useful for self defense?

Stances Like squats or push-ups, stance training is often not directly about fighting, but in acquiring strength, flexibility, and coordination. Acrobatics Modern wushu is closer to gymnastics, a ...
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traumatic experiences causing martial arts skittishness

First off, consider therapy. I know that it's not exactly martial arts advice, but it sounds like you've undergone a great deal of trauma and frankly, us just giving you training advice would be like ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

Primary and secondary grappling skills Wristlocks and most other standing joint locks are almost always secondary grappling skills: one must already be able to dominate using basic gross-movement ...
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

Protecting yourself from bullying has more to do about confidence than about martial arts. Learning martial arts will raise your confidence, but coming across as unsure and uncertain, even if you're a ...
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Is Kung fu useful for self defense?

I don't think it's possible to give an answer to such a broad question, other than to say something along the lines of It can be, to the extent that... It trains on realistic, damage-inflicting ...
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Measurement of the practicality of a martial art

No absolute measure I do not think an absolute measure can be determined as the skill, training, and physical differences between participants in addition to local environmental factors would make ...
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

Source: Black Belt in Ju Jitsu First, I completely agree that learning to fight won't fix your problem; it'll probably just get you into trouble. However, learning a martial art is a great way to ...
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Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV. So, whatever I say has no legal value whatsoever. That said... The law is a complex beast and unless you are a good criminal defence lawyer ...
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Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker

At that distance you are most in danger of a headbutt. Firstly, don't find yourself in that situation. When things start to get hairy, lift up your arms to about chest height, with PALMS FACING ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

You are probably missing kuzushi (balance breaking) and/or atemi (strikes). Both serve the same purpose: to distract your opponent so that they worry about something else rather than their wrist. ...
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman?

First, let me begin with "What do you mean by effective?" In this case, there is enough context that I think I know, but it can matter a lot. Very few martial arts are truly ineffective, but all of ...
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Why do we teach unrealistic bunkai?

The answer is simple: Because the vast majority of karate is taught by instructors who don't know what realistic bunkai is. And that's because their instructors were never taught it. And their ...
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How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?

This is a tricky one to answer without knowing more about your specific situation. If I have misconstrued your question then please add more detail so others don't also get the same impression. Are ...
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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

In a case where you have to face more than one opponent, in a case where putting someone into submission is not enough to end the fight: If you're more comfortable with the idea of using submissions, ...
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Looking for a martial art to do, self defense without causing pain?

You have two requests here. First, you can learn to defend yourself against an average person relatively quickly - just as much as you can learn basic first aid, relatively quickly. Whether it ...
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Why don't we wear shoes in karate?

In Japanese styles, it is unquestionably about cleanliness. They don't wear outside shoes in one's home, and zori are used for that purpose. But zori make it somewhat difficult to train in, and as ...
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To punch with keys or without?

I just love those self defence myths. First, unless you have trained punching people with keys in between your fingers, the result will be as much (if not more) damage to yourself as with the target. ...
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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

There's two goals here, and they don't necessarily overlap. Less harmful techniques The techniques less likely to result in serious injury or death for your opponent(s) are to restrain them. ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Unfortunately, some martial arts as practiced in the training hall are unsuitable for general use in street fights. The danger with high kicks is not just the surface as mentioned by cs1971, there ...
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Which martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent?

So I'm assuming that you mean someone sitting on another person putting pressure on their neck via their knee. I find this to be interesting timing for this question, because a few days ago a man was ...
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How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?

If someone is more willing to fight than you, more athletic than you, and better at fighting than you, you will usually lose. Try not to be in that situation.
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What is the most effective method for the roundhouse kick?

What is the most effective method for the roundhouse kick? You've got a one-adjective criteria there, and a vague one: effective. Overall effectiveness might reasonably be defined as what helps you ...
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman?

Any art where you train vigorously and practice applying your techniques against a moving, unpredictable, uncooperative partner will develop self-defense skills and attributes. Judo, BJJ, boxing, ...
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Taekwondo tornado kick defense

Is there a way to escape/ defend yourself from tornado kick? Ummm... yes. If there wasn't, all martial arts would only practice tornado kicks, but in fact relatively few martial arts use the ...
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Street fights that ends on ground is BJJ is the ultimate solution?

There is no "ultimate method" in a street fight. Ground grappling is really good if you end up in a one on one fight, on the ground, with no weapons involved. Fights tend to go to the ground ...
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