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Why don't male professional boxers wear shirts?

There are many reasons for this. Boxers use oil/vaseline to make their bodies more slippery. Obviously doesn't work in a tank-top. 12-rounds of boxing against 8/10oz gloves would end up wrecking an ...
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Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts?

In descending order of importance, here are reasons why your attire matters: Range of motion Uniforms are cut to provide range of motion for the joints. Skinny jeans and Western-style suit jackets ...
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Why are traditional karate gis white?

Karate adopted the white uniforms of judo in the early 20th century for two complementary reasons: to increase its appeal to mainland Japan already familiar with its use in Judo as part of the ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

Honestly, it seems to be largely tradition (with said tradition basically stemming back to a fashion trend in the aristocracy), with many practitioners pointing out that it creates a tripping hazard. ...
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Are there any differences between karategi, judogi, and aikidogi?

tl; dr Buy what the other people in your club buy. There are variations from brand to brand and art to art. I've done aikido in an aikidogi, a judogi and a karategi; none of them really affect my ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Instead of doing a 'simple' belt knot, I use a variant where you put the ends of the belt between the two layers of the belt while doing the knot. This picture: shows how to do it starting with the ...
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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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Why kata competitors wear red and blue belts?

It is as Meer states, that they distinguish between opponents. However, not all styles use red and blue. In Taekwondo, it is required to wear the color of your belt (for poomsae competition), while ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

For me, the hakama simply belongs to the art. At my dojo, people are encouraged to wear the hakama as soon as they decide that they are going to make Aikido a siginificant part of their life, i.e., ...
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Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts?

Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts? In small ways, yes. Safety & comfort: Kicking techniques need parts with lots of extra material around ...
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What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?

Take it to a dry cleaners that does repairs/alterations of clothes etc. They have really good sewing machines that get through the thick fabric.
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Not a knot style answer, but once you've tied the knot, rather than just pulling the loose ends, grasp the ENDS of the belt firmly, bring your hands together, then pull apart as hard as you can. This ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Simple knot There are two common ways of tying a belt. The simpler is by wrapping one side under in a loop and then tying a simple knot with both ends: However in my experience this style is prone to ...
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Why do some students wear headbands during practice?

Assuming you're talking about Japanese martial arts and Hachimaki, it's basically a matter of tradition that might be based off of samurai helmets and padding against cuts. These days, it's more ...
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Why was blue chosen to distinguish competitors' judo-gis?

One major reason for the change (in addition to making refereeing easier) was to make judo more appealing to TV audiences, and in this the IJF explicitly disavows any responsibility to adhere to ...
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Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts?

Certain schools or teachers might require certain attire or practitioners prefer to dress and look a certain way, perhaps like a hero of theirs. But your question asks about attire affecting 'ability ...
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Why is the red part of a BJJ belt on the left side?

The tabs at the end of BJJ belts have not historically been worn on one side in particular. Some schools may have a style they prefer, with possible rationalizations for them (e.g. following on from ...
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Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts?

When I started training in Taekwondo, it was explained to me that we all wore a dobok (training suit) to help us remember/understand that: Everyone is equal We're all part of the same school/...
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Does particular traditional attire affect the ability to learn and perform martial arts?

Going against the flow here, I would say that some traditional outfits actively hinder in developing your skills. For example, in Shodokan Aikido, we do not wear a hakama. The main reason is safety: ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

I'm a huge critic of the hakama, and of its related bane - sawari-waza. I've been given many reasons over the years, from fashion, history, tradition, hiding footwork, managing strides... In the ...
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Convert white collar Dobok to black collar

Once I bought some black fabric and gave a tailor exact instructions on what to do, so that's doable. But that only saved a few dollars over ordering a ready-made black-trimmed top from the place my ...
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How long should a judo belt be?

According to IJF regulations: Belt (see picture 13) The thickness must be between 4 and 5mm. The tips starting from the central knot must have a length between 20 and 30 cm. The belt must not be ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

Hakama are traditional horse-riding pants and come in a number of styles. They were worn in Aikido because back when Morihei Ueshiba began teaching, it was part of traditional clothing, and not ...
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Why is the red part of a BJJ belt on the left side?

To put an answer on this one, I believe the consensus is that it is "tradition" of the culture/style with which it originated. As this was asked on Jun 17 2015 I doubt anyone will find a more exact ...
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What are the main differences between gi and nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

"Gi" refers to the uniform that is worn during most martial arts practice. Nogi means that you do not wear one, and instead wear shorts or spats and a rash guard or you are shirtless. There ...
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