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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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Benefits of women only sessions

Nobody cares if a man likes the idea of women-only classes. They're not for you. They're for women. With some historical perspective, poo-pooing the idea of women-only classes becomes even more ...
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Is it ok to start taekwondo at the age of 14?

Absolutely. I was 27ish when I took my first lessons, and was so inflexible that when I sat on the floor and stretched my leg out I could only reach halfway down my shin towards my foot. And the ...
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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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Measurement of the practicality of a martial art

No absolute measure I do not think an absolute measure can be determined as the skill, training, and physical differences between participants in addition to local environmental factors would make ...
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Benefits of women only sessions

Just as a women that trained in both women-only and mixed-classes: Body issues - I feel more confident when I'm surrounded by women. In my gender-mixed training I always make sure I wear long pants. ...
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What is the best martial art to learn for the military?

The military doesn't care very much about your hand to hand skills, a few months isn't a lot of time to learn, and picking a gym is mostly about which specific gyms are available to you. Your best ...
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How can I practice any martial art if I have difficulty with motor and coordination skills?

Martial arts are a journey on your own path, at your own time and speed. I have (or have had) a number of students with wide ranging issues with co-ordination, flexibility and movement. As an ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

I trained in Bujinkan for less than a year, but it was a very rewarding experience which informs my martial arts to this very day. It is a library of classical jujitsu technique. Virtually anything ...
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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

Practicing on a mat is not sufficient. If you do not progress to harder materials you will not have the feedback benefit harder surfaces provide. You might think you're doing well because it's (...
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How do you harden the outer side of your thighs?

You can't actually "harden" soft tissue through conditioning. You can: A) increase the muscle strength and density (though strength training), which gives you better ability to absorb/resist hits B)...
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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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Is it necessary to practice falling on concrete to help prepare for a real life situation and build up endurance?

No, falling on concrete is not necessary, provided you train with mats as a safety mechanism and you do not rely on mats to protect you from unrealistic techniques. Use mats for extra safety for ...
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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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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

The best thing I found was to try and sit in seiza more often. This helps to get used to the position and will also help you to find your "sweet spot". For me that is with my weight on top of my feet ...
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Why do teachers skip belts?

Yes, this is normal although not common. Grading are set to determine if the examinee has a certain skill set appropriate for said grade. If they have, they should pass. If not, they should fail1. ...
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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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Benefits of women only sessions

I agree the desired end-state has men and women training together, but it can be difficult to start there. People do not always voice complaints. I suspect this is because complaining is viewed as a ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

Any of your proposed actions could be appropriate, depending upon circumstances. As a student, you need to understand what you need to improve, exactly what you need to get there, and practice. It's ...
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Do passive training years count as experience?

It doesnt count as experience. This is mostly due to the fact that the extra knowledge you have gained hasn't been tested and played with, which in it self could be dangerous should you rely on it. Be ...
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Unexpected vs expected hits to sensitive areas

Parlor tricks Just about all of the demonstrations along these lines you will see are set up in such a way that the force is not applied the way you think. Breaking sticks over back? Notice that ...
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Developing voice of command

You should (read: must) not teach children alone. That opens you up for all sorts of bad allegations that could tarnish your name forever and end you on certain registers you cannot get off. There ...
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In general what are women better at in martial arts than men?

On the general difference between genders in martial arts training In the documentary 'Be strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful', Keiko Fukuda - first woman ever to be awarded the 10th dan in Judo - ...
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Is it expected that all training stances/positions will have direct fighting applications?

In general you will do a lot of things in training that may not be directly applicable in a fight. This does not mean that they are not helpful. For example: what is the likely practical fighting ...
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How to condition the head/skull in order to break bricks with it?

I just want to point out that a lot of martial arts demonstrations like these are actually illusions. Bricks used for breaking are often chemically treated and baked longer to become more brittle. ...
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How to train out of dojo during summer?

I see no problem in training on the beach as long as the sand is dry, clean (no rubbish), relatively plain (no bumpiness) and fine (it adapts better to the impact, same reason why it should be dry). ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

If you love martial arts and are bored with your current school, it may be because it's designed in a predictable way - belts, ranks, etc. You can see where it's leading and it can make you feel boxed ...
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Are we doing randori properly?

Randori of six to nine or more 5-minute rounds without a break sounds just about perfect. One can't get in solid judo shape without hard training like that. Degradation of technique should be ...
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Am I allowed to start Krav Maga training at 14?

Yes, most Krav Maga places accept students even as young as 5 years old when they have children's classes. At age 14, you're physically able to be in the adult classes, so that shouldn't be any ...
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Measurement of the practicality of a martial art

Short answer: MMA. Long answer follows... What we've learned about martial arts in the past two decades is that what matters most is how you train, not what you train. Style and techniques are ...
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