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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 contact karate (and a few in full contact). I wouldn't have been surprised for the guy to beat me because of superior sense of distance, timing, etc., but to my ...


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Is this guy older than you? I roll this way because I am a solid 10-15 years older than most people in my gym. Rolling hard tends to injure people more quickly, and I suspect this person may have had enough of that. I also started working with a defensive mindset years ago. I let people pass my guard and attempt submissions, because I find the experience ...


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In the following report from the Martial Arts Studies Research Network Engaging Women and Girls in Martial Arts and Combat Sports: Theoretical Issues and their Implications for Practice (2016), the issue of female-exclusive classes is discussed. They note primarily that many women find training with men intimidating, and that providing such classes can ...


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I'll answer this question from the perspective of a dad and a former martial arts instructor. Your kid is like a lot of other kids it sounds like. It's normal at this age (3 years old) for kids to not be able to concentrate and do what they're told for extended periods of time. A good teacher has to be able to get the kids interested in what he/she is doing....


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I have a little experience with these mats. Specifically, I've trained at places that use them. Here is what I can gather: Pros They are easily transportable They can be disassembled and reassembled very quickly Can be a great surface to practice kicking on because they provide a semi-soft landing Cons They aren't soft enough to safely practice falling ...


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Rather than engage in mind reading, I suggest you simply talk with this person and ask them to give more resistance. Mutually negotiate some level of resistance and intensity that is beneficial to both.


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Please see this other question which asks something similar, but with a 3 year old: Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course? Now as for your 9 year old grandson not remembering kata as a brown belt... Brown belt in most karate systems is right before black belt or nearly before black belt. This is considered an ...


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I use sambo-shoes which are made for use on mats. They are pretty much the only type of shoe that is allowed in the place I train. They are soft and therefore OK for kicks like sidekicks. The only problem for kickboxing may be that headkicks are not a good idea, because of the shoestrings; this can be overcome by using foot protection such as a large shin ...


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Assuming that a larger fraction of the world's population is learning 'martial arts', you speculate that the base-level of 'expertise' will go up, perhaps nullifying basic strategies and tactics for self defense. I'm inclined to disagree with this statement for the various reasons. The context of what you mean by 'martial arts' is important. There are, ...


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The number of people learning martial arts around the world is growing. Not at the same rate as before. The rate of the rate at which people are learning martial arts is going up too. I'm not sure why you believe this. I'm willing to be convinced, but my prior and current understanding is that martial arts participation has remained at approximately 1 or 2%...


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I'd like to preface anything that I say with the caveat that we are not present in your school, and we don't know the policy of the head instructor/school owner when it comes to things like taking away belts and other disciplinary actions. I am also speaking as a high ranking black belt, and a father of two boys (5 1/2 and 4 years old) that are in classes as ...


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A few things that you get from pad work vs bag work (I'm proceeding from an assumption of smaller handheld pads vs a larger "kick" pad): Smaller targets - Arguably, you can designate parts of the heavy bag, and target your strikes there, but you get less immediate feedback on whether you've hit it or not (hitting just a bit off-target with a pad feels ...


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There are numerous studies showing that visualization improves performance, often nearly as well as actually doing the thing in question. It never gets better results by itself, but in practice you'd be adding visualization to your normal activity, not replacing your activity with it. You can read more about this here: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/...


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If a much higher belt gives you opportunities during free rolling, then you take those opportunities as best you can. Don't go easy. Force them to dial up their intensity because you're passing their guard, crushing them in a pin, squeezing them out of air with a body triangle from the back, and choking them unconscious. Or, try to get them to submit from ...


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The answer to your question is that you need to find a dojo/club/class where you feel comfortable. One of the reasons I do martial arts is because I'm bad at it and I'm allowed to be bad at it. If I make a mistake in my work life, people suffer. If I make a mistake in my family/interpersonal life, there are consequences. But if I make a mistake on the ...


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As per Steve's comment, it's not difficult to find information on Gu Ruzhang. He practiced Northern Shaolin Boxing School (北少林拳門). The Northern Shaolin style of kung fu is one of the most prominent traditional northern styles of Chinese martial arts. The northern styles of kung-fu generally emphasize long range techniques, quick advances and retreats, ...


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Meta: Definitive hand conditioning answer? According to the following study, practice of karate-style conditioning does lead to increased size of the metacarpals and hypertrophy of the skin over the knuckles, but it is also heavily associated with decreased wrist mobility and blood flow: Kicking and Striking Objects ... Roback5 studied 16 male ...


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To add on to @AFetter 's answer, the reason that they probably won't effect each other is because they are so different. BJJ is a grappling art, and MT is a striking art. Since there are no similarities whatsoever, they shouldn't cross over. It's like learning bagpipe and then piano and worrying that they will overlap(which they won't). There is nothing to ...


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Here, by means of example, are the guidelines for examination of disabled judoka entering a Dan grading in the British Judo Association (BJA): TECHNICAL EXAMINATION FOR DISABLED PLAYERS The purpose of the grading syllabus is to help coaches provide a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment where all people with special needs feel confident and ...


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