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I would rate this a matter of personal choice. Getting hit in the groin is intensely painful, no matter what you have between your legs. Men have it a bit worse, due to the external bits having a better chance of actually getting badly damaged (and a burst testicle is no joke). On the flip side, cups are generally a bit awkward to wear, and can cause chafing ...


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When it comes to Taekwondo, as a female, wearing a groin protector is more annoying than being kicked in the private parts. The groin protector scrapes the sides of your legs and more often than not causes more damage from the impact than the kick itself would. Kicks hurt, that's normal. But being kicked in the privates as a female does not really add pain, ...


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When there are two or more opponents to fight, they will easily win if they can gang up on you and take you on all at the same time. They want to overwhelm you by striking you from all directions, making it impossible for you to defend yourself. So that's their primary strategy and what you must avoid letting them do. Your training must involve learning to ...


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Yeah, don't be that guy. You don't want to show up at a school asking for a fight. Even if you make it perfectly clear it's "just sparring", many people will see it as a challenge, and you're going to get a lot of angry looks and possibly get hurt. As I understand it, you're interested in an exchange of knowledge. You're not looking for a fight. You're ...


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If you are getting caught by front leg side kicks then this means you are putting yourself in the way of them. A couple of rules of thumb against leggy people. Don't change stance in range unless they are retreating/on the back foot - you are simply giving them a massive target. Using the back leg (or a large rotation with the back hand) causes your body ...


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Is this guy older than you? I roll this way because I am a solid 10-15 years older than most people in my gym. Rolling hard tends to injure people more quickly, and I suspect this person may have had enough of that. I also started working with a defensive mindset years ago. I let people pass my guard and attempt submissions, because I find the experience ...


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To answer the second sentence in your first paragraph, there is no exercise that will make you taller, although there are exercises that will improve posture. For children, the primary factor is avoiding malnourishment, but that's difficult to do in this modern time, so you should be good. As regards taller martial artists, it's a mixed bag. They have ...


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I was thinking may be they can do some kind of exercise that would help them grow taller. Stop now - there are no exercises that will accelerate vertical growth. Your kids will grow at the rate that they are genetically predisposed to. But for Kata you need quick and strong movements. Not always - in some traditional katas there are slow moves. You ...


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You should always wear groin guard when sparring no doubt ! Does not matter if you are male or female. Proper back kick that lands lower than it should WILL burst you bladder. It is required for all WT tournaments.


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In my job I have travelled a lot both in Britain and Overseas and I have found 2 things which run through Martial Arts schools when I have visited; welcoming and competitive. I always present myself to the Instructor, give my credentials and ask if they mind if I join their class. They have always said yes. Welcoming - I have been made feel very welcome ...


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Truthfully, I suspect that some of it is artistic license, especially in illustrations. It's easier to show hand positions if you're showing hands not encased in thick gloves or armor. In modern HEMA, they definitely recommend hand protection. Remember to protect your hands. Any good longsword practicioner will know the importance of protecting your hands ...


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Kyokushin Karate is also well known for forbidding head punches. In most Kyokushin organizations, hand and elbow strikes to the head or neck are prohibited. However, kicks to the head, knee strikes, punches to the upper body, and kicks to the inner and outer leg are permitted.


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With all things, it depends. Even in the arts above, and other arts that forbid punches to the head in a competitive aspect (ATA TKD also forbids hands to the head in competition, but allows kicks), many of them still teach hands to the head in self defense training. There is a difference between competition rules, and self defense instruction. By ...


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There are striking arts with precisely the rule set you describe. World Taekwondo allows kicks to the head but not punches to the head. Punches to the body are legal. This is the competition rules used in the Olympics. From the World Taekwondo rules document WT Competition Rules & Interpretation (Hammamet 04052018): Article 14 Prohibited acts and ...


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No, it's not. You could pick up something that does not involve kicks or punches at all, like Judo or Sambo. Other alternatives are arts that typically do not involve actual hard sparring, like many styles of Kung Fu, Aikido or Karate. Jiu-Jitsu (not the Brazilian one) is usually pretty light on the sparring as well while still teaching you plenty of useful ...


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Honestly, your only recourse is to spar. If you're worried about hurting your opponent, ask someone if they'll be willing to wear the full protective gear for a match so that you can practice counter-punching at force. You need to get used to getting hit and then striking back, and one way to avoid being worried about hurting your opponents is to pad them up ...


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Rather than engage in mind reading, I suggest you simply talk with this person and ask them to give more resistance. Mutually negotiate some level of resistance and intensity that is beneficial to both.


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The answer about being Tall is NO... i am currently 6'5" tall and have won several Kata competitions, the awkwardness or the difficulty with being taller is training yourself to shorten your moves and still show the quickness and crispness in your movement. The other questions about exercising to get taller is none.. also just to comment height has it ...


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I've seen two contexts for "smash" in BJJ. One is the context you have above where it's used as a synonym for "overwhelm" or "dominate" or, more colloquially, "crush" as in "crush the competition". That usage does not indicate a lack of skill, but maybe a slight lack in sportsmanship, although it can be a legit way to disabuse someone of false notions, or to ...


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There can be many purposes, it depends on the instructor's plan at the moment. Generally, your goal is to position yourself so that you spar/fight only one person at a time. That is the most efficient way to handle multiple opponents. Your instructor may not like how you manage your footwork and positioning with a single opponent. Perhaps, you don't move;...


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Quite a long time ago I did fracture another girl's pelvis by accident when sparing. I know she was not wearing a groin protector. I did wear one off and on but I remember it being extremely large, uncomfortable, and it really hindered my range of motion. It was like walking around with one of those pool noodles between your legs. Im thinking about ...


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