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Solo martial art learning

It will be pretty difficult to do Judo alone. You can practice kung fu or any other martial art with forms (pre-arranged patterns) by yourself though. If you don't already know the martial art, ...
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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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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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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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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's hard to tell without examining or testing the actual item, but I'm skeptical that they would be the same. It's marketed as a "novelty", which is often used as shorthand for "not ...
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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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How do you harden the outer side of your thighs?

You can't actually "harden" soft tissue through conditioning. You can: A) increase the muscle strength and density (though strength training), which gives you better ability to absorb/resist hits B)...
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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

The best thing I found was to try and sit in seiza more often. This helps to get used to the position and will also help you to find your "sweet spot". For me that is with my weight on top of my feet ...
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Solo martial art learning

Your option to learn new things is pretty limited. Forms have some, limited value Since you've mentioned kung fu as one of the directions you might go, there's plenty of video online of various ...
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Why is it so essential to do a full leg split to learn martial art?

TL;DR No, it's not essential. Full splits are an impressive display of flexibility, but few martial arts include them as anything other than a nifty party trick or something for exhibitions.
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Why is it so essential to do a full leg split to learn martial art?

There are two important points to consider: Full splits are not essential in many martial arts systems. Kicking itself may be secondary. The motivation behind full splits is often high kicking, which ...
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Do passive training years count as experience?

It doesnt count as experience. This is mostly due to the fact that the extra knowledge you have gained hasn't been tested and played with, which in it self could be dangerous should you rely on it. Be ...
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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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How to train out of dojo during summer?

I see no problem in training on the beach as long as the sand is dry, clean (no rubbish), relatively plain (no bumpiness) and fine (it adapts better to the impact, same reason why it should be dry). ...
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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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Do passive training years count as experience?

From the definition of experience: The knowledge or skill acquired by a period of practical experience of something, especially that gained in a particular profession. By that definition, your two ...
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How can I build striking power?

From a physics perspective, one way to think about striking is impulse: To have an effective strike, you want to: Maximize mass. The normal advice is use your whole body to strike. This means that ...
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Is a Master always required to learn kung fu?

Is a master always required to gain mastery over this martial art? Yes. If you try really hard you could get some basic ability yourself (from books, videos etc.), but to gain anything approaching ...
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How can I build striking power?

First, let's cover some basic context. Coordination of muscle is key It helps to have muscle, but... the real key is coordinating your muscles to work together to generate power. It's the same ...
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Self-defense with hemiphlegia

There's some options, though it becomes really specific to your ability. I made a youtube vid talking about the general issues of self defense with mobility issues last year. Here's some things to ...
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Is a Master always required to learn kung fu?

Mastery, you want a qualified instructor. But, that's not to say there isn't anything you can learn on your own. Let's consider these factors: Conditioning You can do a lot of conditioning ...
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How can I learn martial at home when I'm alone in home?

Can I learn martial arts by own? Yes you can - but all you will have is an academic knowledge of the art, you won't be able to rely on it to defend yourself. To be honest you will probably hurt ...
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How fit should I become to pursue boxing?

You seem already more than fit enough. Everyone will have their own weaknesses, be it strength, stamina, balance, flexibility, or whathaveyou. All the boxing or kickboxing programs I've seen have ...
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Are Peyton Quinn's books appropriate for a 19 year old or are they beyond my level?

Yes, no, maybe... It all depends on what you mean by "appropriate". First, the themes and matters discussed in the book are suitable for an adult. If you were a teenager or child, things might be ...
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Which book to start learning Jeet Kune Do

Buy the Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Because Reasons: The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is Bruce's treatise on his philosophy - the philosophy which underpins his later teachings. Absolute beginners should find ...
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Is this shaolin tutorial any good for self-study?

There's two things that increase stamina: cardio (fast, regular movement) and muscle endurance. Pretty much any regular movement can do that - Shaolin training or anything else. You can do a few ...
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Act first as fast as you can and surprise in real fight

TL;DR The duration of a fight bares no relation to the risk of injury as clearly demonstrated by countless matches. Attacking first leaves one open to very serious legal repercussions. Expecting to be ...
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How do you harden the outer side of your thighs?

You can train to endure the pain better but that's about it. Getting hit in the thigh will always hurt and will often cause you to fall over. It is also questionable whether conditioning is actually a ...
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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

The most important part is doing exercises that stretch your quads. One efficient one is this: Sit on your knees, shins against the ground (like in seiza), then lean back, trying to put your shoulders ...
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

Fighting will not solve your problem Learning how to fight will not help. It will take too long, land you in trouble with the law/school, and even if you succeed at becoming a fighter, all you ...
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