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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

Wing Chun/Jeet Kun Do. It originated (according to legend) as a style for women and has a focus on efficiency rather than strength. That answers the question, but the solution, I think .. is to gain ...
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

Let's keep in mind that your goal is safety. Depending on what kind of danger you are facing, martial arts may, or may not help. First, consider if there are any adults who you can turn to for help....
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Boxing: how to effectively fix too wide stance?

Don't use bands: Whatever you do, I suggest you don't use any bands. If your body mechanics work a certain way, you need to consciously work on it if you want to change it. Artificially restricting ...
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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

Apologies for the late answer. While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to ... Yes. It is absolutely necessary that you do everything in your shadowboxing that you would do in ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I think it depends on what you expect to train. If you want to train impact, you need something firm and heavy. If you just need a surface with a little resistance and some heft to practice learning ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's definitely not the same. But that doesn't mean it's bad. Many punching bags are much too soft or hard for certain types of training. Similarly, many are too light or heavy. If you are training ...
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How to defend yourself in horrible conditions?

No martial arts training will prepare you to fight unarmed against multiple armed opponents. Your basic options: Move somewhere else. Collective action. You need a functioning government that takes ...
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Is a freestanding bag effective for honing your strikes?

There are several benefits you get from punching and kicking a hanging heavy bag. Primarily you do it to condition your body to make that impact. It's absolutely vital for being able to punch hard in ...
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How to cope with being helpless?

Avoid The Situation Really, this is the key, and I would bet big money that a near-universal sentiment among self defense instructors. No one can deprive you of life if you are simply not there! Not ...
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Henka training - how to progress

Henka means "variation" or "change". In other words, a different way of doing something. It doesn't refer specifically to the kihon happo ("basics" / "essentials") of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, although ...
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Improve perception and reaction time

TL;DR the best way for you to improve your perception and reaction time is to train and spar with opponents at a school or club, under the guidance of an experienced coach or instructor. Get hit! ...
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