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I will present a judo view of sparring, which will be partially applicable to a kickboxing situation. Judo has two key principles: mutual welfare and benefit maximum efficiency As applied to sparring, the first principle means that you both need to get something out of your time practicing together. If there is a large strength or size disparity (adult v. ...


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As a short answer, I'd say that it comes down to trust and pattern recognition. Respect the level of experience. During sparring, if the woman recognizes the patterns in your attack and defends with the right moves, then you can increase your intensity. If she's lobbing punches and kicking when there's no chance of connecting, ease up. If you don't want a ...


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First, let me begin with "What do you mean by effective?" In this case, there is enough context that I think I know, but it can matter a lot. Very few martial arts are truly ineffective, but all of them are products of their environments and the needs of their founders. Muay Thai is brutal, and thus probably not the best choice for someone that needs to ...


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I've trained in many martial arts schools. There have always been one or two individuals that didn't know their own strength or who simply had some kind of mental issue that caused them to scare everyone else in the class who had the misfortune of partnering up with them. And I'm not even talking about sparring. It could be a nice, smooth, flowing, ...


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I'm not entirely sure this question is serious, but what the heck. :) I've known female classmates in styles like Taekwondo and Kung-fu. They generally said that getting punched in the breast was annoying, because it's a sensitive part of the body. They did not quit because of it. Many men, when sparring with women, will deliberately avoid punching or ...


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There's basically two factors here that matter. Height and Reach Reach matters with melee weapons, however... it matters most when you're fighting with similar weapons. Since your context is specifically "sword vs. sword" presumably of similar type, reach is going to matter. You can change the effects of natural reach with things like longer weapons (...


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Any art where you train vigorously and practice applying your techniques against a moving, unpredictable, uncooperative partner will develop self-defense skills and attributes. Judo, BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, SAMBO, MMA, and other arts are all reliable styles for finding that kind of training. The goal is to regularly practice sparring in class in order to ...


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What you should be learning First, I'll point out factors you want in any training aimed primarily at self defense. This is because there are schools, programs, workshops, etc. that claim to be about self defense and don't cover these things, and there are schools for sports martial arts or traditional/cultural martial arts that DO, and this is really the ...


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I would rate this a matter of personal choice. Getting hit in the groin is intensely painful, no matter what you have between your legs. Men have it a bit worse, due to the external bits having a better chance of actually getting badly damaged (and a burst testicle is no joke). On the flip side, cups are generally a bit awkward to wear, and can cause chafing ...


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I'm not sure why you feel the need to adapt your sparring to women specifically. I always try to adapt my sparring to the person I'm sparring with: make it interesting and challenging for them if I can, and let them do the same for me. Always agree on the level of power (which can be implicit with people you know, but with smaller/less powerful people than ...


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When it comes to Taekwondo, as a female, wearing a groin protector is more annoying than being kicked in the private parts. The groin protector scrapes the sides of your legs and more often than not causes more damage from the impact than the kick itself would. Kicks hurt, that's normal. But being kicked in the privates as a female does not really add pain, ...


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Quite simply, if an attacker grabs your breasts then s/he* has at least one hand extended which you can use against him. Using your hands or forearms you can trap the hands against your chest. What you do from there will depend on your level of training: if you are not trained then normal self defense principals still apply. Make lots of noise, attract a ...


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would they actually be able to fight? What is going to stop them? Among other things, fighters can be male, female, young, old, short, fat, skinny, tall, missing limbs, or blind. You cannot tell who can fight just by looking at someone's body. Wouldn't back pain and balance be a problem? Two things: Back pain and balance are problems in the same way ...


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The paper Reinterpreting the history of women's judo in Japan (2011) discusses in detail the history of women's involvement in judo from its earliest years, and how its style, purpose, and training differed from that taught to men at the time. It notes: The first female judo student seems to have been Sueko Ashiya, arranged by appointment in 1893, ...


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You're a female, and you're mostly interested in self-defense. Presumably this is because you just want to be able to defend yourself in common real-life situations women might find themselves in. And you're worried that the class you enroll in will only teach things that are useful for much taller men. Briefly, my recommendation for you is to look at ...


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1. Seiza gender differences The prescribed gender differences in seiza one sometimes hears stem from traditional Japanese seating etiquette, analogous to sitting sidesaddle/astride in equestrianism, or with legs crossed/spread on a chair. These differences are echoed in texts on other traditional Japanese practices which involve seiza e.g. buddhism, chado, ...


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The traditional way to sit for men is indeed with 2 fists in between. Women can choose to close their legs but should definitely not be forced to. The placing of the hands is with your hands facing each other, placed on the end of your Judogi. You put your elbows outward. When you bow you simply place your hands in front of you the same way they are placed ...


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As a former 'offender' myself I hope I can offer some insight. TL;DR: do not allow them to do randori until they do at least several thousand throws. Let them build up confidence in falling first. When I say 'confidence' I do not mean the fake confidence that serves you only with no opponent. I mean real confidence that makes me believe that I'll be OK even ...


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Women are not children. You can use proper technique when sparring them. Lighten up according to their size and how seriously they train. A good rule of thumb is to hit them as hard as they hit you. Use all techniques, just lighter. Watch sparring between high level people to get a sense for how they tone down intensity while still being technical with an ...


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I agree with slugster's "if an attacker grabs your breasts then s/he has at least one hand extended which you can use against him"*, and almost all of his general advice, but think "Using your hands or forearms you can trap the hands against your chest." should be at most a momentary measure while you get in a good strike. If the attacker has grabbed you ...


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You should always wear groin guard when sparring no doubt ! Does not matter if you are male or female. Proper back kick that lands lower than it should WILL burst you bladder. It is required for all WT tournaments.


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This answer is the viewpoint of one woman. I cannot speak for all women who love kickboxing. I trained Muay Thai kickboxing for around three years. Basically, it's good for losing weight, staying in shape and forgetting about problems for an hour. The short answer, kickboxing is fun! It reminds me of dancing because there are patterns, combinations, ...


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Not really no… The winner in a fight is generally the one with the more skill. And skill can be acquired regardless of gender. The nature vs nurture debate might rage here saying that some people are better suited genetically (mentally or/and physically) to certain things rather than others. Still, spend ten years doing anything for eight hours a day and ...


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There are several things to consider. What weapons are legal where you live? Which of these do you intend to carry? In some states of the USA you can carry a gun. This makes military styles such as Krav maga much more useful as they teach you to make space to draw a gun. Where I live in the UK weapons are illegal; no guns, no blades, no sticks. As a ...


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I will suggest some martial arts that use the opponent's strength against him; martial arts that have simple and easy to learn moves (not in order of importance): Aikido Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Jeet Kune Do Krav Maga Wing Chun Wu Shu (some styles) In my case, I practice Krav Maga and I like it.


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One thing that can keep sparring safe is "positional sparring". Rather than have the two contenders face off in a mock bout... Start with something simpler, like competing to see who can get their opponent onto one leg, or who can maneuver their opponent across a line or outside of the ring. This will help students develop an understanding of body ...


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At my school (karate), we're taught to tell our partners if we want less power (or more). And if someone asks, then we change what we're doing immediately. We also don't use techniques our partners don't have the curriculum for, especially if there's a big experience gap. I regulate my sparring based on size and experience of my opponent, not gender. I'd say ...


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I think there are bunch of ways to handle this kind of 'problem'. I know some girls use elastic band to make their trainings comfortable


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Quite a long time ago I did fracture another girl's pelvis by accident when sparing. I know she was not wearing a groin protector. I did wear one off and on but I remember it being extremely large, uncomfortable, and it really hindered my range of motion. It was like walking around with one of those pool noodles between your legs. Im thinking about ...


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