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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

"Harden up", "come on", "toughen up", "get it together", "just do it", and "let's go" can all be slotted into the same purpose. One could even reach for "osu". I find the gist of the phrase comes ...
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

Here is a list of warning signs Note that there exists valid reasons for all of those, this is why they are only warning signs. Monthly or yearly fee that one cannot get out of paying if one quits....
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

Here is a list of canonical signs Large and opaque fee structure. Unqualified instructors. There is a cult mentality in the Dojo. Secret techniques that are "too dangerous for the untrained to know ...
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Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?

"Ju-jutsu" and "jiu-jitsu" are different romanizations of the same Japanese word(s) 柔術. This is analogous to how we have both "Qur'an" and "Koran" from the ...
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De-ashi-harai or De-ashi-barai?

In Japanese, some6 initial consonants become voiced when they occur internal to some5 compound words, e.g: (unvoiced) (voiced) kimono judo-gi koshi-guruma o-goshi katame-waza kesa-gatame shime-...
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How do you call a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan (or Kung Fu in general)?

It depends on context, skill and time spent training. If they just start training they're a student 学生(xué'shēng), when they become an official disciple they'll be called 徒弟(tú'dì). Then when they ...
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What is this name of this kind of joint lock?

This appears to be a hammerlock or "chicken wing", held with only one hand for ostensibly artistic purposes i.e. to imply Sherlock is so skilled he only needs to utilise a very small amount ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

Since you are already using Japanese terms, may I suggest: 頑張れ -- ganbare! Which translates as "Do Your Best!"
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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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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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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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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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Who are Tori and Uke?

Tori and Uke are roles defined relative to a technique. These terms quickly indicate who is doing what. Tori is the performer of the technique. Uke is the receiver of the technique. Take the ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

TL;DR I'm recommending "Step Up" as a replacement phrase. The other phrases I include are contextual, and some do not have the exact intent of "Man up". I kinda got carried away with phrases that ...
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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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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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What does "create a frame" mean?

It means to create a rigid posture with your limbs against the opponent so that when they push against you your arms/legs do not collapse, closing the distance, but remain straight. This is analogous ...
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What is the name of the side-turn defense in Capoeira?

Esquiva part of Queixada is called "Finta de Queixada". Queixada is a two stages capoeira kick : - First we do a "esquiva de lado" - Then we do the kick But if you're only doing the "esquiva de lado"...
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How do you call a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan (or Kung Fu in general)?

It is complicated in Chinese, and often depends on who is referring to whom, and what dialect is being used. In Japan, the term "-ka" is added (and in Korean "-in") to denote a "practitioner of". ...
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How do you call a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan (or Kung Fu in general)?

There are several good answers here. I'll only add that there are specific names practitoners call other practitioners depending on relationship. Very commonly utilized are the terms: Si Hing ( ...
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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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Difference between wrestling and grappling

Grappling is a more generic, umbrella term than wrestling. Striking from a Muay Thai clinch, for example, is part grappling but not wrestling. Standard disclaimers apply, however, that people use ...
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How are armlocks categorised in Judo?

The Kodokan classifies armlocks according to the position tori adopts while applying them. As such this lock (sometimes called kannuki-gatame) is indeed a variant of ude-garami, since tori holds uke's ...
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Etymology of tomoe-nage?

Tomoe (巴) refers to a circular anti-symmetric symbol commonly found in Japanese heraldry. The usage in the judo throw specifically refers to the two-tailed version, futatsu-domoe: This is very ...
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Origin of kawazu-gake?

First of all, as a disclaimer, it does happen that experts will disagree with each other and that no consensus is reached on what the definitive answer is. That being said, this is typically because ...
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Why is a "scarf hold" so-named if you don't wrap around the opponent's neck (like a scarf)?

When translating foreign technique names, sometimes there isn't a perfect analogue in the target language e.g. "tomoe" in tomoe-nage translated as 'circle'. The "kesa" (袈裟) in kesa-...
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What is Uki-gatame?

"S-mount" Kano's Judo Zakki (c.1888) makes reference to two variants of uki-gatame (浮固). These are described in the Kodokan New Japanese-English Dictionary of Judo: uki gatame (floating ...
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Who are Tori and Uke?

The literal translations...Tori = attacker/performer Uke= reciever are used completely differently across different martial arts. In shorinji kempo Tori is always the 'attacker' and Uke is always the '...
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Difference between renraku-waza and renzoku-waza

The Kodokan has expressed similar thoughts: In parallel, there were request and discussions for the unification and explanation of Judo terms. Terms casually used such as Uchi-komi, Kakari-renshu, ...
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What is a "reverse" seoi-nage?

"Reverse" seoi-nage The IJF define it as a seoi-nage like technique where you grab the same side lapel with both hands, and rotate away from uke i.e. similar to a morote-eri-seoi-nage ...
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