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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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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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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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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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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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Activate a car's airbag with a kick

No, at least not modern airbags. Since the activation depends on several sensors switching at the same time, and they typically need that the whole car is accelerated with 3-5g including the ...
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Activate a car's airbag with a kick

Possibly in an older car. If you are driving an early 1980’s car with airbags, then the little metal ball in the little tube behind the grill was forced to push the spring all the way back to the ...
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Are physical attributes important in a fight?

Yes. It's pretty obvious, isn't it? It's why there are weight classes in all competitive fighting sports. The Gracie family says that for every 20 pounds heavier, you need to be one belt higher ranked ...
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Will triceps extension with a lower weight but with speed and intensity help me get more power in my jab and back fist?

According to sports medicine studies, you need to reach movement speeds of about 1 m/s in order to train explosiveness as particular strength component, compared to general strength improvement. ...
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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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Will triceps extension with a lower weight but with speed and intensity help me get more power in my jab and back fist?

Anything is better than bed rest. Your proposal might improve your muscle endurance for the specific tricep-extending movement, which is relevant to boxing training and competition. It's a fine ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

Background, in case you're curious, I'm a second dan black belt training for competitive sparring. So, it's my opinion that there are two things that you should work on to improve finesse. One of ...
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What are some supplimental training techniques which improve the practice of martial arts?

I only have anecdotal evidence to support this, but I have trained with students with experience of dance and/or gymnastics; they are frequently stronger and more flexible than students without ...
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Ways for Chin Strengthening

You can strengthen muscles around the face like chewing alot, or you can wear a tight chin strap and open your mouth alot. Neck strengthening as well might help out with putting a weighted helmet on ...
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Relation between martial arts and psychodelics?

What you perceive to have changed has not necessarily changed in the manner you understand it to. The psychotropic you ingested altered your perception of reality, and not the way you interact with it....
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What are some supplimental training techniques which improve the practice of martial arts?

Athleticism is athleticism There is no difference between physical preparation for combat arts and physical preparation for sport. One must develop physical attributes. The list of attributes one ...
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Improving kick strength and precision

You may have two problems. Your sabumnim identified that you need to close your distance more; yet you felt that you lack strength. I can say that strength is not the reason you hit with toes ...
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How to defend a shoulder charge?

Going to attempt an answer to try to get this one moving. Happy to get thoughts on any of these strategies: First would be to try to evade towards the opponents back and then use their forward ...
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Is there a rigorous exploration of the relationship between core strength and kick power?

Kicking power is a dubious term. Some people who ask about power do not know what they mean when they use the phrase, and others do and want answers involving physics. Is force a result of ...
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How do I become ready for Tae Kwan Do after not training for a month?

We'll start with the bad news. Yes, you will have lost strength, endurance, and flexibility after being gone a month. And yes, they have results specific to Tae Kwan Do. When you go back to class, you ...
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Ways for Chin Strengthening

You'll need to train two things: neck and jaws. Neck is to keep your head more stable, so it doesn't get knocked around as much, jaws to take the brunt of the punch. Neck can be done by standing in ...
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