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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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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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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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What is the general rule in the Martial Arts world regarding eye contact? Is making eye contact good or bad for avoiding fights?

Here's what I did to figure out how fights happen and how to predict who will win: I watched a ton of YouTube videos showing real, actual fights that happen in real life. Others have done a similar ...
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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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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

I trained in Bujinkan for less than a year, but it was a very rewarding experience which informs my martial arts to this very day. It is a library of classical jujitsu technique. Virtually anything ...
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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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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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Is it possible to fight while unconscious?

I'm generally opposed to anime questions, but there are a significant handful of MMA fights where one fighter is known to be semi-conscious yet still fighting. Edgar/Maynard 2 is my go-to example: ...
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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 escape from a rear headlock while held at gunpoint?

You comply with whatever you are being asked to do. You are not going to escape that without being shot but on the other hand you have not been shot yet. That means that your captor wants you alive ...
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Attacks against intoxicated individual with high pain tolerance

Pain is an unreliable factor to depend upon in self defense. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Between natural pain tolerance and adrenaline alone, things that would hurt like hell normally ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Whilst it is of course possible and I agree with much of @Wigwam's answer. I think it is important to look at the benefits of the gradings themselves: dealing with pressure - you will be put under ...
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Is 'pressure point' striking a useful skill to know in a street fight?

I have an answer that I wrote which goes over the pressure point "knock out" phenomenon: How do you knock someone out using pressure points? In summary, the pressure point knock-out stuff is either ...
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Would women with large breasts be able to fight?

I'm not entirely sure this question is serious, but what the heck. :) I've known female classmates in styles like Taekwondo and Kung-fu. They generally said that getting punched in the breast was ...
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How to counter a rear bear hug?

I did learn a different approach with more components in Krav Maga. Something very similar can be seen here, with groin strikes (move your hip to the side, hit with a hammer fist between the legs) ...
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Is it expected that all training stances/positions will have direct fighting applications?

In general you will do a lot of things in training that may not be directly applicable in a fight. This does not mean that they are not helpful. For example: what is the likely practical fighting ...
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Practice focus at home

Learn to walk away… Your problem is that you get angry: stop doing that. Anger management classes and/or techniques should be your first step. Your second step should be to learn about de-escalation ...
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Measurement of the practicality of a martial art

Short answer: MMA. Long answer follows... What we've learned about martial arts in the past two decades is that what matters most is how you train, not what you train. Style and techniques are ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

Is it possible? Well, we can send a man to the moon and bring him back alive, so it stands to reason that it is possible for you to stay at white until you're ready to test for black belt. Some ...
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Taekwondo belt skills and level

There's a pretty big contradiction in your question. You are not interested in belts, but you want to have a black belt. So which is it? If you aren't interested in belts you shouldn't be interested ...
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Suppose you know a martial art. How likely are you to get a chance to use it for self defense?

I'm sure you could crunch numbers with a very in-depth research, but if you want a rough estimate of your odds of being assaulted over a 12 month period, you can check the following link for a crime ...
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Is there any practical use for high kicks (e.g. Jodan Mawashi Geri)?

"what's the point in high kicks if you can't use them in real life" Just because you can't - currently - doesn't mean others can't, or that you couldn't. It can vary a lot by kick - for example, ...
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Why is BJJ sold as a "self-defense" art when it does not allow slams?

Allowing slams (and hence teaching DEFENSE against slams) seems to be a crucial part of BJJ. But [they] don't they train that. Every BJJ gym I've trained at for more than a couple months has taught ...
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Is it effective to use a carabiner as tool in real fight?

As you suspect, using a carabiner like this will only damage your hand. Even brass knuckles are bad for your hand. But if you want to find out for yourself, you can just try it on a punching bag. Go ...
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