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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

First I just want to say that at age 44, you shouldn't expect your body to perform the same as an 18 year old's body. It's just not realistic. So resist the temptation to compare yourself to them, or ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I have had the occasion to spar with a national senior champion in karate (the guy is a little over 60). I am 30 years old and reasonnably fit as well, and I have 10+ years of practice of light ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

While it is essential that you get enough protein (and calories by the way) in your daily diet if you want to build muscle, it turns out that the timing of it is not important at all. Studies show ...
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Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?

First, I think your coach is wrong: weightlifting, properly done, is excellent for boxing. Second, I think your assumption that your legs are strong is wrong: running is not a particularly good way ...
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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

I took it quite literally by perform 50 of each kick daily. I saw improvements pretty quickly. Concentrate on the technique first. The flexibility will come with time.
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BJJ- Gym training that is beneficial (specific to BJJ)?

Take a regular beginner strength program, reduce the volume, and do that alongside BJJ. So, just to spitball a program for two days a week on top of BJJ that you're doing, say, 3 times a week: A ...
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How should one physically prepare for BJJ?

If BJJ is around, you should do BJJ. If grappling of another kind is around--wrestling, judo, SAMBO, et cetera--you should train that. But if nothing's available, you should do general physical ...
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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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What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body?

National Geographic did a fight science segment on martial arts kicks, featuring karate, tae kwon do and muay thai against capoeira. I was a little disappointed, in that they had Simon Rhee (karate) ...
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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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What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts

The best way to train for martial arts is to do basic strength and conditioning alongside your chosen art. Basic conditioning means a mix of slower/longer runs with sprints. Basic strength training ...
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Judo and bodybuilding

Yes, you can do amateur judo and bodybuilding together. The only major potential conflict that comes to mind is nutrition, and if you are not planning on cutting weight for amateur judo competitions (...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

Yes, a trained 60 year-old can outfight an untrained 20 year-old, provided they maintain a healthy body. The average 60 year-old has already lost joint flexibility and mobility, which causes the body ...
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What are the best techniques to fight with a heavier and stronger rival

The trick is to move inside their range. Then it's a case of the bigger opponent having to fend off the smaller one because you're no longer in their striking range. Bruce Lee was a short fellow, and ...
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How can I avoid hip injury while practicing Tae Kwon Do?

First, it's normal to have hip soreness when beginning or restarting TKD. It's hard to say if you're causing yourself real injury, and as always I suggest you consult a physician if this is a real ...
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Are Judoka generally taught yanking and pounding the uke into the ground, as opposed to technique and flow?

It's not clear what you mean by yank, pound, and plant, so I will try to illustrate what is expected. This is video of Kosei Inoue, a world and Olympic champion and the current Japan national team ...
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Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

Im in the same situation. For the past 6 months I've been hitting the gym for 5-6 days a week. My schedule looks like this: Mo: chest/shoulders Tu: arms/back We: legs/cardio Tu: same as Mo Fr: same ...
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Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?

I think wrist weights if light enough doing shadowboxing is a fine idea.. These guys sound like bodybuilders and not boxers. The benefit of shadowboxing with wrist weights is that you'll be able to ...
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What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts

My martial art is boxing so my answer is from that perspective. Generally speaking you will want to do interval training to improve your cardiovascular stamina, and relatively light weights to build ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

After a judo class I'm more concerned with getting carbohydrate for glycogen depletion than I am with protein for muscle growth. A mix of both after class is fine. However, it's good to be skeptical ...
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BJJ- Gym training that is beneficial (specific to BJJ)?

I think your strength/endurance inevitably grows while constantly training bjj, doing weight training just takes more of your bjj training time away; 1 - you could be training and getting better at ...
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Is weight training useful in martial arts?

Weight training can be beneficial, and some martial arts have a set of supplementary exercises (in Okinawa Goju Ryu we call it Hojo Undo) where you use tools like Chi'ishi (stone on a stick), Ishi-...
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What are the best techniques to fight with a heavier and stronger rival

Your size and strength is relative. Skill level matters more, or the ability to acquire the skill and the skill of the opponent. Check out this you tube channel here , this guy is really good at ...
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Is accuracy less important in street and Krav Maga?

"Can I get a good shot in at the right range?" Accuracy matters... but maybe not in the way you're thinking of. First, you got to be able to hit a target that is moving. Range matters a lot here....
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Is there a rigorous exploration of the relationship between core strength and kick power?

Ok, so the concept to keep in mind is the bigger the muscle the more potential for power. Think of a horse and how those incredible strong legs can move so much more than that of a human. Then think ...
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How can one effectively use their hips to generate strength for any given technique that requires it?

Force and efficiency are different There are two separate issues: how to generate strength (force) and how to use it efficiently. I think the scissor sweep is not a great example of how to generate ...
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How to defend a shoulder charge?

Shoulder charging someone is a very basic way to attack. The attacker is committing their weight forward, and simply not being there is probably sufficient for them to put themselves on the ground. ...
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Strength standards for elite Judo

Judo Australia has published the following strength and fitness guidelines for its cadet judoka (lifts in terms of 3 rep max): In this document are a series of tests you can use to check your ...
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Is weight training useful in martial arts?

I have found that strength training once a week and power endurance once a week alongside BJJ, Thai boxing, boxing and JKD concepts helps a lot in my fitness and strength; however, if I do strength or ...
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