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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect that the primary answer lies between that they genuinely deemphasize pitched fighting, and that it's guided by rulesets. Not every martial art is about fighting, or defending yourself For ...
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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Earliest examples of wrestling Wrestling has been a part of most societies since time-immemorial: Fresco in tomb 15 at Beni Hasan, Egypt ca. 2,000 BC. The earliest known historical European ...
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman?

First, let me begin with "What do you mean by effective?" In this case, there is enough context that I think I know, but it can matter a lot. Very few martial arts are truly ineffective, but all of ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect there's a lot of instructors that are more concerned about the techniques of their art, rather than flooding their students with ever increasing amount of styles. This makes sense that they ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

Just because a karate style may include weapon katas does not mean that the name "karate" is invalidated. You can think of Kobudo as an extension, or sister art(s) to Karate. Okinawan weapon arts ...
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Main differences of Karate & Taekwondo

I won't get too academic about it, so I'll give you the layman's summary. And for the purpose of comparison, I'll emphasize the difference between Shotokan karate and Taekwondo, since Taekwondo ...
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman?

Any art where you train vigorously and practice applying your techniques against a moving, unpredictable, uncooperative partner will develop self-defense skills and attributes. Judo, BJJ, boxing, ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

The book of five rings, written by Miyamoto Musashi around 1645, advocates two-sword fencing style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi. He does, however, states that you should ...
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How has BJJ innovated since diverging from Judo?

I think it's important to make a distinction between "someone, somewhere in the Judo community has used this at some point" and "this is widely known and used in mainstream or competition Judo". There ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

There are a few forms in Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto ryu. I know they exist, but was not able to progress to that level in my local school. Here is a link to a video of the style. https://www.youtube....
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What are effective self-defense martial arts for smaller woman?

What you should be learning First, I'll point out factors you want in any training aimed primarily at self defense. This is because there are schools, programs, workshops, etc. that claim to be ...
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What style(s) of Jujitsu did Jigoro Kano study?

Kano's memoirs describe his jujutsu training. Tenjin Shinyo Ryu under Hachinosuke Fukuda and Masatomo Iso Kito Ryu under Tsunetoshi Iikubo the Kito style was very different from the Tenjin Shinyo ...
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Is this character using Aikido?

No. He is not using aiki-jo - at least as I understand it. I've studied aiki-jo for several years, and I've done my best to learn what I can of related jo arts (SMRJ) I'm not going to claim that I'...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Yes. Contrary to what the average "expert" on swords and Japanese swordsmanship will tell you online (along with their obligatory mentions to Miyamoto Musashi who everyone obligatorily must ...
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Western Boxing Styles and their Features

You're looking for something that isn't there. At most there is amateur and professional boxing with slightly different focuses, but boxing is made up of the four types of fighting you have dismissed ...
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Looking for martials arts with similar wing chun mindset

The question is: What martial arts are similar to Wing Chun? The question does seem like it is open to interpretation. It depends on which aspects of Wing Chun you're looking at. But without going ...
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Double jointed martial arts?

Double-jointedness, as a physical condition, is neither desirable nor of advantage in martial arts, and I speak here both from a medical and a first-hand experience perspective. And I clearly ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

As per what was mentioned in the comments, these are competition rules. But these arts do teach and practice face punches/strikes in their syllabus. I'd like to draw an example from my style: ...
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What martial arts are part of Kuk Sool Won?

The question asks about the origins and lineage of Kuk Sool Won. In the past, I once had an interest in KSW as well. At various times, I've looked for this information, hoping that something ...
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What kind of moves can you expect a "streetfighter" to use?

First, the science: https://rollingaroundbjj.com/fights-end-up-on-ground/ That article looked at 383 street fights which were available on Youtube. Never mind the fact that in order to make it onto ...
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What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?

My kids currently train under UKTF, which follows ITF guidelines and techniques. Will this cause problems if they move to a WTF trainer? They aren't quite at black belt yet, so I'm hoping that if they ...
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Is a triple-sworded style viable against one or dual wielding sword oppenents?

First of all, please no. Just don't. And no, it will not be effective. Even given that there are some people that can tow trains by ropes in their teeth, you cannot clench your jaw enough to be able ...
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Is this character using Aikido?

In the videos you provided, it seems that his staff, standing up, is about shoulder height. In Japanese and Okinawan arts, that would make it more of a Jo staff than a Bo staff, which is usually a few ...
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Reliable Statistics About Martial Arts

What you're looking for is martial arts demographics. And you want world-wide demographics. Both of which seem kind of hard to come by. The demographics you're looking for might be along the lines of:...
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For what martial arts is the chance of being injured while training less than the chance of being injured by assault?

Short version: there's no one style, or school which you will find adequate data to make a useful comparison, there are, however, instructors and methods which are safer vs. more dangerous. Safety as ...
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Looking for martials arts with similar wing chun mindset

Hsing I (Xing Yi) is a direct and to the point efficient kung fu system not overly dependent on muscular strength. Its goal is to close the gap and seize the opponent's ground. It is an internal art. ...
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What is the difference between judo and wrestling?

Fundamentally, they are both combat sports that involve grappling and pinning. However, the rules result in different focuses in technique. In Judo, your points are based on the performance of a throw ...
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When was throwing introduced to martial arts?

Re-calibrate your expectations. Nobody invented throwing. Wrestling is pre-human. Mammals wrestle as both bonding and male-dominance-hierarchy behavior. Monkeys wrestle. Lions wrestle. The ...
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What would be the set of martial arts that would be most useful for self defense (and in what sequence)?

Your plan does not account for messy realities of life, anyone you may meet, or anything you will learn along the way. Although most everyone has a preconceived idea of what training martials arts ...
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What is the value in preserving traditional martial arts in the mixed martial arts era?

The question asks whether or not traditional martial arts practice still holds value in the era of MMA. From an MMA perspective, TMA still holds some value, as evidenced by MMA people who are still ...
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