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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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How effective are nunchaku as a choking weapon?

Your confusion may be that you're thinking of the nunchaku chain wrapping around the neck, as a choke to cut off air, but the proper technique uses the sticks to apply pressure to the carotid arteries ...
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How to Deal with Unprofessional Sparring Partners

An opponent of this demeanour can be viewed as a curse or a blessing. As you've probably figured out by now, the development of mental strength represents one of the greatest demands of martial arts, ...
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How to teach intent?

There is nothing wrong with what your son is doing! He is doing all the right things at the right time: he is gentle so his uke will train with him again. Gentleness might be because your son does ...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

This answer is from a karate perspective: The word "Uke", traditionally translated as "block", is actually a short form of the verb "ukeru", meaning "to receive". Very few of the "blocks" are ...
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Why all the wrist grabs?

What's what all the wrist grabbing? In violent situations (as opposed to competitive situations), your assailant is likely to grab you. Grab and hit is one of the most common attacks. Being number 2 ...
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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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Benefits of training with suwari waza

Self defence comes to mind: Historically, and I guess still now-a-days, people do sit in seiza in Japan. It is not an idea position to defend oneself from and this is by design. Therefore, daito-ryu (...
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Are blocks unrealistic?

You're asking the right questions. And you answer them, too. If you're looking for a defense of the use of the traditional "blocks" in karate, you're going to be disappointed with my reply. The ...
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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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How to Deal with Unprofessional Sparring Partners

I'd look at this a slightly different way, why is this martial artist sparring you (and others) this way? As an experienced fighter, I often spar lower grades with my hands down - it allows me to move ...
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Problems hip throwing a larger opponent

If you are 75 kg, then you should not have a problem throwing an opponent who is 102 kg with a basic hip throw. The major hip throw (ogoshi) is the first hip throw in the judo curriculum. It's ...
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Apply Falling Technique in Real Situation

This probably should go without saying, but you will learn to do what you train to do. If you only train your ukemi as "If they use technique A, use breakfall B", you're probably not going to think of ...
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Sumi Gaeshi or Obi Tori Gaeshi?

I take Toshiro Daigo's book Kodokan Judo Throwing Techniques to be the official word on throw classification. Daigo is the chief instructor at the Kodokan, the mother school of judo in Tokyo, Japan. ...
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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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Which martial art uses "knee on neck" to subdue an opponent?

So I'm assuming that you mean someone sitting on another person putting pressure on their neck via their knee. I find this to be interesting timing for this question, because a few days ago a man was ...
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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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Kiai, the Hara and Dantian (etymology and philosophy)

Ki (気) does mean "energy" or "mood", but the A (合) is just a shout of enthusiasm (Korean does use the energy+join setup with K'ihap), so no, there's nothing mystical about it any more than a sports ...
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Why are there no competitive martial art champions aged 62 or above?

It is also a simple fact of aging. You could look at any sport, and see the same thing. Champions in any sport at extended ages are outliers. Some examples of these outliers would be: Al Oerter - ...
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What is kubi-nage?

Kubi-nage appears to have been coined by Mikinosuke Kawaishi, as the earliest references to judo throws by this name appear in his works.2 3 He describes it as a hip-throw with the arm wrapped around ...
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How are chokes/strangles classified in Judo?

Below is a list of chokes and how they fall into the 12 current Kodokan shime-waza classifications. Note that like with certain throws, there is often debate as to whether certain choke applications ...
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How do I achieve "gi whip"

One important thing, at least for arm movement whips, is proper technique, namely rotating your forearm. For example, one of the first things that new students get taught is the "rising block&...
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If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?

The fact that Wladimir Klitscho could hug his way to win after win keeps me up at night tbh... Clinching is difficult to manage as a ringleader. That's why, I assume, it goes unpunished. At one point,...
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What is the difference between kosoto-gari and kosoto-gake?

Excerpt of Canonical Answer This quotation is attributed to Kyuzo Mifune on page 162 of Kodokan Judo: Throwing Techniques by Toshiro Daigo. Sweeping is similar to brushing an extremely light object ...
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Baratoplata vs Kimura

The kimura, omoplata, and barataplata are all attacks on the shoulder. The end result is the same but they apply the attack in different ways. The end result is to isolate the uke's (receiver's) ...
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What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi?

First we might want to define 'root'. 'Root' is simply the ability to resist a push. This is most often done in "internal arts" as a 'relaxed' manner and paired with the not loosing of one's ...
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How to teach intent?

I'm with Sardathrion that martial arts are a small part of self defense, and one that we seldom actually use these days, so your child is not necessarily missing out on anything by practicing the ...
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Kiai, the Hara and Dantian (etymology and philosophy)

You are mixing world religions and confusing Chinese chi with Japanese ki. This is problematic. They are different interpretations of mystical force. Since you used the term "kiai" I will speak from ...
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Are there any Judo techniques which are illegal in BJJ?

The IBJJF specifically bans1 two judo-throws where uke lands on their head/neck. Despite the IJF prohibiting throws which "may endanger or injure the opponent especially the opponent’s neck or spinal ...
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