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I'm not convinced it was martial arts that caused your bad posture. There are other potential causes. Beware the post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy. But sure, martial arts can cause bad posture. Kelly Starrett and Joe Rogan discuss this at leeeeength on this podcast, especially circa 46:30. If you hunch to protect yourself from strikes and you spend a lot ...


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Against knives, that's a terrible position. In bladed arts like kali, escrima, and penjak silat, you see it appear as the briefest of transition phases, usually if you have a blade yourself but it's not a position to hold. With your arms crossed over like that, it's easy to control and trap both arms with one hand, allowing your attacker's free hand (the ...


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Your intuition is correct. It is a very vulnerable position. That should give you a clue about its bunkai. For those that don't know, Bunkai is the Okinawan karate term used to refer to the practice of analyzing a kata for its self-defense applications. Right off the bat, you know this is not a block. And you can conclude that because it would be insane to ...


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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 grandmaster, will still get you bullied. Because of that reason, the style of kungfu matters less. The club you go to and your trainer matters more. Make sure ...


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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 build confidence and THAT can definitely help with the bullying (speaking from experience here). One thing to note though, is that NO martial art is "fast and ...


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Fair disclosure, I do not currently practice Shotokan, but I do practice Tae Kwon Do which has a front stance and requires 180 degree turns. There may be technical differences that I am unaware of. Drawing Into Center Typically, when executing a 180 turn there will be a drawing in to center to recover balance. This drawing in will compensate for any ...


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Mainly for versatility and stability. In fencing your actions moving backwards are just as important as your actions moving forwards. A lot of people think of it as advancing on your opponent or retreating from them, but the point of those things isn't to capture or cede strip, it is to open and close distance. When you're fencing, you know your range and ...


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Symmetric training is encouraged only at higher levels, and only by some coaches. The reason people mostly stick to their base stance in training is because "you need to learn to walk before you can run." In a complex sport like kickboxing, learning to "walk" takes a looong time. Some would say it takes an entire career. There's no sense in learning a combo ...


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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 application of a press up? This can also extend to Stances - some stances are designed to work your leg muscles and increase your balance. My experience comes ...


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It has been a while since I fenced, but my understanding of the foot position is to increase stability during a deep thrust like the one shown below. Look at the leg slightly above the "C" of the fencer on the right. Were their foot in any other position, they would not be able to extend as much.


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How the heck can you walk in a ready stance down the street without the whole freaken place going 'ooooh, aaahhh'. I was trained in hand-to-hand combat by the IDF, not by a school or embassy, so my perspective may be different than that commonly taught. But I do use the same approach on my home street as I do in Jenin. There are two types of people who will ...


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Freezing a movement and taking a still image of it is only useful if you can see the movement that came before it and the movement that comes after it. This image you've given us can be anything, because we can't see what came before and what's coming after it. If you're assuming that it represents a "fighting stance" or a position that you hold while ...


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A lot of the power in a board break comes from the rotation/torque of the hips and legs to drive through the target. When you start with the same side forward, you have already eliminated most (if not all) of the hip rotation, unless you artificially rotate opposite your stance to then drive through. When you switch to the opposite foot forward, this gives ...


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The technique depicted in this picture is called "mantis spies the cave" in 7 Star Praying mantis style.The right hand would be pulling an apponent into your space while the back of the left wrist is striking the face.The stance as you have said is Seven Star Stance and is used to signify a low sweep/stomp on the toe with heel/hooking into an apponents leg ...


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It's not a starting position. It is a defence against a kick. The rear arm has caught the opponent's leg and it is hooked over it, the front hand is pushing him over backwards. You would need to see the full sequence of movements in the form to understand how the position is used. In karate the stance is called "manji-uke" and it has a direct equivalent in ...


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I still remember the start of my very first fencing lesson at school. We had no swords, the instructor just paired is up and gave us a game. We had to touch each other with our right thumbs and shout whenever a touch landed. Five minutes later we were all laughing when he suddenly shouted "freeze!". We all did. "You are all standing with one arm out and one ...


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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 achieve would be to turn yourself into a bully. Using weapons is an even worst idea! Leave knives, shives, and bats at home. You can cause serious harm to yourself ...


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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 weight and muscle mass. Honestly, you can spend the same amount of time learning martial arts and try to use it in a fight - or - just bulk up and more likely ...


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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. There may be legal or school problems on top of the bullies, so having someone with the ability to navigate that and help you stay safe and find the best ...


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I prefer to be left hand forward, if I am hit in the right eye (and it swells/vision blurred etc.) I feel able to carry on. If I lose some vision in my left eye, I struggle much more, I have to turn my head to favour the right eye or even switch stance. Now given that the way I spar encourages kicks from the front leg and the jab, this all ties in heavily ...


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People who become MMA fighters usually start out learning one style first. As the sport has progressed over the years, teaching people how to mix different styles together has changed. Now, with more experienced teachers, students benefit as techniques and teaching methods evolve. Boxing My first combat style was boxing. I was trained to fight with left foot ...


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Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or grave suspicion. You should never give this any concern in a real-life situation. You neutralize the attacker, and no more. If there are multiple attackers, you should be excessive on the first so that he will not return to the fight, but never do excessive harm to the last ...


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It's a mistake to think of karate stances as static. They are not. When fighting you will be in a stance for a fraction of a second. Therefore there is no correct static weight distribution. Having said that, all stances have a purpose, and it's not always the same purpose. For example shiko/kiba dachi can be used to lower your body, e.g. applying an arm ...


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Is this a realistic start position in a fight? No, not at all. Instead you think of this as a finishing position. That particular position could be anything, including but not limited to: an arm bar knife hand strike to a nice vulnerable spot (like the neck or the mastoid process) a grapple that is leading to a hammer fist Personally I never start ...


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Is it generally expected in martial arts systems that all training stances/positions (horse stances, front stances, drop stances, etc.) will have direct fighting applications? Generally expected... No. In reality. Yes. All stances have fighting applications. All movements in kata or forms have direct fighting applications. They may not be immediately ...


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You've already identified that you're bringing your heel up, which means that if you have access to a mirror in your dojo you can keep an eye out for it when you practice. Other suggestions include: Ask someone to watch you performing the kata at different speeds. Get them to check on what strikes/moves your heel comes up, so that you know what to focus ...


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Ma bu and gong bu are the most basic stances, and I'm sure every other martial art has them. Ma bu gets referred to as horse stance alot here. Gong bu is basically a standard attack stance. Pu bu is a bit less basic, but is great for flexibility and balance. Being able to switch between those three will create good hip flexibility and will allow you to do ...


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Frankly, you probably don't want to actually fight (you can encounter some pretty severe penalties in some areas, including much of the United States of America) and no martial art is going to quickly show you how to go up against people bigger than you, let along people bigger than you and trained to fight. My recommendation is to work on your running: ...


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I'm not an expert, but there's a discussion on weight distribution here that suggests that the weight should be balanced uniformly. Keep the center of the feet (Yongquan points) lifted lightly and place your body weight exactly onto the center of your feet. .... Actually, you open the Yongquan point by grasping a very little the ground with the toes. ...


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引き /hiki/ meaning "pulling; drawing back" might fit, though it doesn't begin with w.


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