Questions tagged [self-training]

Unsupervised Training; practice on your own or without an individual with more expertise present. Usually self-training comes from doing exercises from memory or from some sort of training manual, such as a training book. Use this tag when your question focuses on learning a martial art without a person to act as your teacher or guide.

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What stretches should be done before performing Shotokan kata?

When I took a Shotokan class, sensei always had us completely stretch out before the class, which usually had tenokata. The master (Gichin Funakoshi) writes that one can enjoy and benefit from karate-...
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If I am in an actual self defense situation, which is better, punching or palm strikes?

Is it overall better to use punches on an assailant or palm strikes? I don't want to break my fingers when punching, but is punching safer? Or should I switch to palm strikes?
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Is a freestanding bag effective for honing your strikes?

Heavy bags and speed bags are too expensive because they require some kind of stand/platform. So I have to use a freestanding bag. Is a freestanding bag effective for training (honing your strikes?)? ...
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Boxing bag capable of withstanding being outside 24/7

I am looking for a boxing bag to practice ground 'n pound, and ground game in general outside (small aptmt). I was thinking about a leather one, but I heard that leather might crack in the cold. Is ...
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What does it mean to keep your opponent "off-balance" in martial arts?

I have tried looking in every dictionary I could think of, but off-balanced simply means "losing ones balance." This is not an English Language Question, because the english definitions I ...
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How to use an opponents strength and mass against them? [closed]

I frequently spar against heavier, stronger opponents at my MMA gym and I was wondering if I could reverse their strength/weight and use it against them. My instructor said some things about circular ...
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Is what my teacher says correct? [closed]

My teacher always says that a strike always has the maximum power it can have given the exact circumstances, and that my opponents body will always break at the weakest point for grappling. is there ...
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Is it possible to hit someone without training?

I know that training will increase the effectiveness of strikes, but is it still possible to damage someone without training/thinking? Note: this is not subjective, I am asking if it is physically (...
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How to defend yourself in horrible conditions?

I am at a library posting this. I live in a rough neighborhood, and, frankly, the cops can't do much about it. I rarely get enough to eat and I am regularly beat against a wall by some guys in spiked ...
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Why do people talk about "ways to take a punch" if your body automatically absorbs the force of a blow?

If you look on Google, you will find people talking about how to take a punch (roll with the blow, relax, etc.) But does this really matter? If you get punched, then all that kinetic energy is ...
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How to take a beating from a bully?

I was wondering how to take a beating from someone who trains in MMA and Wrestling. There is this guy at my job who regularly follows me home and beats me. I need to know how to take this punishment ...
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Is it possible to improve without sparring?

I have been practicing martial arts for quite some time (a tiny bit of TKD, and other stuff from the US army documents), and I currently have no opportunity to spar (actually I almost never did) but I ...
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HEMA Pells and Self-Training

Since the start of the pandemic, I have had a lack of people to fight. In any case, those that do want to fight don't want to come within 6 feet of me. :D (Additionally, pole-arms are not as studied ...
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What techniques would you select if you want to train by yourself only 45 minutes per day and your priority is self defense?

What techniques would you choose to train if your goal is self-defense and you have limited training time? Which would be the most effective techniques from any striking or grappling martial art?
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How should a martial arts instructor assess remote students? [closed]

How should a martial arts instructor go about assessing their students from a remote setting? Are there any core metrics they could use to review a students self-training from within a app? My ...
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What is the best way to "Hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard" (in order to avoid injury in fight)?

I learnt this phrase from @Philip Klöcking. He explained: hit hard targets soft and soft targets hard, ie. slaps to the head, punches to the torso, kicks to the thighs. Same goes for blocks/parries. ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I would like to know if training with a laundry punching bag such as this is equivalent to using a real punching bag?
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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to protect your chin while you throw your punch combinations, as in tucking in your chin behind your shoulders. Often times, this whole idea ...
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Is it possible to fight while unconscious?

In some anime or manga, characters have powers like berserk or the exceptionally strong will to fight even after he or she fainted. For example, Rock Lee from anime Naruto can do it with his muscle ...
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Why are Judo's Seiryoku Zen'yo Kokumin Taiiku exercises seldomly practiced?

In Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano (the founder of judo), chapter 19 Seiryoku Zen'yo Kokumin Taiiku contains a catalogue of individual striking exercises called Tandoku Renshu and partner exercises called ...
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How do I choose a suitable footwork for me?

I am amateur who basically only uses my fists and I want learn a foot work (note: currently I don't know any footwork) so please recommend a footwork which helps me become swift
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Help learning Japanese Weapon Martial Arts?

I'm in the unfortunate position that I'm interested in Japanese martial arts employing weapons, but there aren't any teachers/dojos in my are that I can go to. And the ones that are far away aren't ...
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Boxing: how to effectively fix too wide stance?

Short problem description: Sometimes, while boxing (after some rounds have passed) I find myself in a wide stance — with legs wider than shoulders. Of course, it gives me some advantages, but I ...
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How to train for 1st Dan Blackbelt testing in Taekwondo [closed]

I’m 61 yo. I’m training for my 1st dan TKD test in May. I am focusing on cardio for endurance, I also review my forms at least once a day even if just in my head... I try to watch what I eat, sleep ...
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Improving Skills with Mental Training

I do boxing for several years in a gym. Besides physical training, it also includes sparring with an opponent. Since boxing, like most martial arts, relies on quick reflexes rather than thinking, I ...
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I am 41 yrs old with no martial arts training suffering with osteoarthritis of the knees. Which martial art is best suited for me? [closed]

As the title mentions. I want to learn serious self defense skills while taking into consideration my arthritic knees. Any suggestions would be appreciated. TY
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Why am I overwhelmed by negative energy after training?

I have been going to weekly (group) lessons of Tai Chi (Chen style) for 3 months; in the last month or so, I have found I get an overwhelming wave of negative energy, starting about 5 minutes after ...
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What were Bruce Lee diet plans and training schedule?

I have heard a lot about Bruce Lee and how he put nutrition and protein intake in his diet plan, but there are too many unreliable sources that pretend to be truthful. I want to know how he managed ...
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Tai Chi reference for beginner studying Chen style

I have just started learning Tai Chi as my first martial art. I’m following group lessons so the instructor cannot always follow everyone’s doing. Could you please suggest a good book for a beginner ...
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Defending non-telegraphed strikes

Is there a way to practice yourself for defending non-telegraphed punches or kicks? Protecting yourself from non-telegraphed strikes is difficult because there is less time to see and react. However, ...
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Martial arts with cerebral palsy and forearm crutches

I'm looking for a martial art or combination of martial arts that do not require a lot of footwork to practice. I have cerebral palsy and walk with forearm crutches. I would like to learn martial arts ...
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Punch bags in a rental apartment

I'v been learning Krav-Maga for many years and now I mostly train on my own. When working with other people, I could train on others, or at least they were holding those punching pillows on which I ...
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Can Martial Arts be learned alone? [duplicate]

The country I am living in only has 2 good teachers who taught kungfu and several for Martial arts. But I am more interested in Chinese lifestyle type martial arts like Tai Chi or Wing Chun. Can I ...
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I'm curious about learning a new discipline for self defense

I'm about 100 lbs (45 kg), small frame. No weight training experience. I'm very skinny, but in my previous discipline that allowed me to be the fastest in the studio. My weight has always stayed in ...
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How can I build striking power?

I am asking how to develop strong punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbow strikes. I have attempted training my biceps, chest and back, but I feel as if my striking force is the same as before...
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Stay in shape while interrupting Taekwondo practice for a few months

Context I've recently decided to take a "break" from taekwondo after five years of training. Due to stress from school (11th grade), I have been training less and less over the past five months, ...
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What are some ways to prepare for learning a clawing art

I am looking for a teacher and some form of clawing art like the styles based on tiger Kung Fu. While I am searching for a teacher what are the best ways to prepare my body and mind for my eventual ...
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Is it true that Wing Chun Fails before wrestlers or Boxers?

I've started Wing Chun few days before. Everything seems to be nice, but I've seen some videos on internet, they say that Wing Chun can't handle Boxers or Wrestlers. What are the comparisons between ...
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What are the best free online resources to learn Drunken Kung Fu style? [closed]

Can a weak person learn kung fu? I want to master drunken style. I am fascinated with it. What are the basis of it? and are there any free online resources to learn it?
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

I just came to my new school, where I feel like a loner and there are some students who are professional boxers. The bullying is common here. I'm afraid that they can beat me. I am a weak one unlike ...
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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

We often end up sitting in 正座 (seiza) for some time during class. This is much longer during demonstrations and gradings. In addition, a whole corpus of techniques (suwari waza, ghosin no kata) do ...
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Do passive training years count as experience?

When I mention my experience in Martial Arts, I speak of the years I was involved in training under a Sifu. But besides the physical training part, there is also a mental training part. During ...
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Leaning out of axis

First, a bit of background. I've been training kungfu for nearly a decade now. During all these years, I had the nagging feeling something essential was missing. Shifu sometimes told me to follow tai ...
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Improve perception and reaction time

I want to improve my perception and reaction time to help me respond to incoming attacks more quickly. What techniques can I use to improve perception and reaction time?
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Few discipline/will-power builiding technique/drill that any martial art beginner practices

I am 34 years old and I want to start a martial art for physical fitness and to bring some discipline to my daily routine. Now before I join any martial art school, I want to test and prepare myself ...
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Practice focus at home

I have found from some past street fights that I go blind when I am angry. Let me explain: I am 5'8" inches tall, 80 kg or 176 pounds, 33 years old and I am not fat, not so fit (I can run for 15 ...
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Starter kit for Muay Thai

My plan is to buy a heavy bag , a stand and gloves . Should the bag be 100 lbs or 150 lbs? (my weight is 149 lbs) What kind of gloves should I buy ? Is there anything else important that I should know ...
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How do you harden the outer side of your thighs?

I was sparring with a friend and he is much bigger than me, like 95Kg, and he went for a big kick on my "vastus lateralis", shown below. I want to know what kind of training I should do to harden ...
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How to train out of dojo during summer?

Dojos are no longer available in summer. Can I stay 2 months without training? Should I organize training on the beach with my team even if sand is not as convenient as a mat? Indeed, sand is harder ...
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Looking for a martial art to do, self defense without causing pain?

I would also like it not take a lot of work to pick up, I mean, it shouldnt take long before I am able to defend against the average person. I am willing to work at it to improve from there. Also my ...
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