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How to recover from (or defend against) pressure point strikes?

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program initially included an element called Body Hardening. It involved hitting the location of primary nerves. The Radial and Ulna nerves, Femoral and Sciatic nerves, ...
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How to recover from (or defend against) pressure point strikes?

It sounds like you're talking about the scientific form of pressure points (as opposed to pseudoscience involving "chi meridians"), namely spots on the body which allow for direct stimulation of ...
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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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Is there any specific name for a move when a fighter dodges their opponent's punch and counter-punches at the same time?

I don't know about in English, but there certainly is in Japanese. In Shorinji Kempo we have different words for every kind of time difference between the attacker moving and the defender moving. ...
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Why isn't striking part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

BJJ inherits this treatment of striking in rolling from judo. Strikes were removed from judo randori (free play) because Kano could not figure out a way to train them safely. Only relatively safe ...
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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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Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (hands/arms)?

You can make such a list, but there will always be nontrivial disagreements about what the list excludes and whether things on the list are the same. You could imagine making a list by taking the ...
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What is the purpose of the "ox fist", a strike with the top of the wrist?

First off, that image is a bad example of the technique: When using this (which karate would call "koken"), my wrist is bent at about 90°, instead of the 60° shown - the hand needs to be pulled ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

In a street fight, physical size and perceived strength have little bearing. In a famous example, a petite female MMA fighter (Polyana Viana) was mugged on the streets of Rio by a male. After she was ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

Really it depends what you call a block. If you use 'cover blocking' from boxing in a street fight I would say this is dangerous because you are probably not wearing gloves. You will have to adapt ...
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Defending legs with a sword

The same source text you're quoting mentions the use of Uberlauffen or overrunning as defense against low threats. The idea is to use a Scheitelhau (or a similarly executed thrust) to strike before ...
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Is there any specific name for a move when a fighter dodges their opponent's punch and counter-punches at the same time?

I would suggest you to look into a fencing book or the www and the terms parry & riposte. A parry is a fencing bladework maneuver intended to deflect or block an incoming attack. (from wiki) ...
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What knocks a person out: Is it energy or force?

Generally it is the force that is important - not the energy but. There's a simple misunderstanding here, in that looking at E = 1/2 mv2 Let's carefully look at the units - mass * velocity * ...
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How do mixed martial artists select their stance lead foot?

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 ...
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When is the best time to kihap while executing a strike?

The kiai, kihap, or "shout" serves many different purposes. It can help provide focus by association (you shout when you strike in practice, so shouting in combat helps you land that ...
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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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Questions on momentum generation

This is a genuinely difficult problem that is central to striking martial arts. Essentially the idea is to generate momentum in the body using the legs and hips transfer it into the arm. So the ...
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Is it efficient to defend and counterattack simultaneously?

As a matter of fact, fighting does not work without defensive options. But at the same time, a sequential application of defensive and offensive moves does leave you with two options because your ...
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Martial Art focused on upper body strikes

Boxing is probably the most effective "real world" martial art you could do. Especially if you cross-train in greco-roman wrestling. Bruce Lee said something to the effect that you learn more in one ...
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Defending legs with a sword

From a non-HEMA perspective: you want to minimize the time it takes to defend the current attack, while maintaining a position that can still adapt for your own attacks or to defend potential future ...
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Defending legs with a sword

If we think about things completely in the abstract, slipping the leg while striking the head is a better option: because you're attacking and defending in the same motion it is virtually impossible ...
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Is there any move (push?) in combat sports that hits an opponent and increases the distance to the opponent, while not throwing them to the ground?

In Taekwondo you have the push kick, miro chagui. The front push kick is similar to the front snap kick, but the knee is raised a little higher to produce a slight downward and frontward movement, ...
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Is there any specific name for a move when a fighter dodges their opponent's punch and counter-punches at the same time?

Counter attack From the glossary of the International Fencing Federation : Counter-attack : A simple or coumpound counter-offensive action on an opponents attack. It is sometimes executed while ...
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How can I gently test the Peroneal Strike on myself?

The effect of the spot you indicate is known colloquially as a "dead leg". You can strike this spot without any great danger, it simply induces a throbbing pain and a temporary loss of control to the ...
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How to improve my knee impact in clinching

As long as everyone is silent, I'll add my two cents. When using your knees to hit your opponent's body, you may go in two ways: Your opponent is much stronger than you. You cannot pull his body ...
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When is the best time to kihap while executing a strike?

For the sake of answering, I'm going to assume you're asking "When is the best time to kiai in order to maximize effect?" Leaving aside any psychological benefit, the physiological effect of ...
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Breaking the collarbone

OK, lets get a little science-y. According to a study on biomechanics of the collarbone fracture, average axial (along the length) load before fracture was slightly over 1500 newtons. For reference, ...
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Why is exhalation so strongly associated with striking in martial arts?

This is similar to the effect when forcefully exhaling during weightlifting - the forceful exhalation (different to the Valsalva manoeuvre, which is also employed in some situations) creates not only ...
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Multi-opponent martial arts systems and strategies?

Just wanted to preface this, I've been sparring since around age 6, and all testings require a 1v2 to 1v5 versus the national team members, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. Whenever you'...
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