Berin Loritsch
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Why is Krav Maga expensive?
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I honestly think it comes down to old fashioned economics. Simple supply and demand. Krav Maga is a very effective martial art, however the supply of good teachers is rather limited. Contrast that ...

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Are there any Wing Chun Kungfu training dummy designs that are fit for use in a condo?
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What you are asking for is a tall order. If you live on the ground floor, noise issues are more easily addressed because you don't have to worry about impact noises with the floor. Impact noises are ...

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What are the differences between iaido and kendo?
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Truthfully there are three: iaido, kendo, and battou-do. They differ on their focus or in their origination. iaido. The art of sword drawing. All katas begin and end with the sword sheathed. In ...

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What exercises help to develop frontal leg speed?
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As my sensei says, "there is the right amount of power and speed in the technique". Basically, what he is saying is that if you do it right, the speed will come on its own. Foundation That said, ...

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Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
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Yes and no. The techniques you use while standing have to be modified to work from the ground. If the art you are studying does not have a ground combat set of techniques, you need to get back to a ...

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What is a good training scheme for kendo?
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Without knowing what your goals are for getting into shape, or how you intend to get back into kendo, all I can do is comment on how I approached getting back into karate. I had a lengthy layoff from ...

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Controlling my emotions during sparring
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As a yellow belt, you have to realize you are just beginning. The most dangerous time in a student's career is when they are between the yellow and green belt level. It's because they know more than ...

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When should I run away?
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Here are the basic principles I've been taught in regards to self defense: Be vigilant. The sooner you see the attacker approach, you better you can prepare for it--and even better avoid the ...

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How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
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There are a few things you can do: Knuckle pushups Fingertip pushups Kettlebell presses Heavy bag work The knuckle pushups have the following benefits: strengthens the fist, strengthens the forearm ...

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Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
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Before discussing what type of breathing generates power, you have to discuss how the body generates power. And even more importantly, how martial artists apply the principles of power. Martial arts ...

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Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?
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With Japanese forms, you'll find a greater emphasis placed on even the small things. That said, the method demonstrated to tie the aikido belt in that video is the same way I've been instructed to ...

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Can I practice any of the martial arts after a hernia surgery?
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After surgery, there is a period of time you have to let your body heal. Your physician will schedule several follow-up visits to check on the progress of the healing. During that time, let your ...

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How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?
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My fundamental answer isn't going to change, but I will approach it from another angle. You've identified a problem that many practitioners have to deal with. If they've never been involved in the ...

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Sliding the Feet in Contact With the Ground
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Every martial art has its own philosophy which influences what is emphasized. That philosophy is in turn influenced by: Terrain of the region it grew up in Available weapons (including strikes as ...

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How do you ease someone over 40 back into training after many years absence?
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The question is whether that person who hasn't done martial arts in a long time has done anything to stay in shape over the years. If they have been sedentary for a long time, they will likely need ...

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How do I improve landing on my center line after a back kick?
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If training with a sensei is not an option at the moment, understand that it limits both your knowledge and what it takes to self-correct. A trained eye can see where you are having issues. Since ...

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How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?
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Precision comes with practice. There is no other way. However, there are a few things that you can do to help that practice be more purposeful. Video. It's amazing how many mistakes are made ...

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Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?
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From what I've read regarding stretching is that your muscles need to be warm. Whether you do jumping jacks, jump rope, run, practice your forms, it doesn't matter. You need to get your muscles ...

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Adapting karate to stage combat
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Stage combat is multidisciplinary. You have to know both enough of the martial art or fighting style you are trying to emulate, and you have to understand the restrictions of the stage, and the ...

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Value in Practicing Spinning Kicks
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In many ways, what comes natural to us may not be natural to others. And vice-versa. As such there will be techniques you have to learn and teach that might not be great for you, but will be for ...

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"Rules" for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
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This is quite an interesting concept, and underlies why it can be advantageous to cross-train in more than one martial art. There are many variations and emphases between arts, and even within the ...

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Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
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Bokken are both training tools and weapons in their own right. The suburi bokken comes from the legend of Musashi. As the story goes, he was crossing a river on a boat to go to the duel of his life ...

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How to overcome fear to jump?
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The key to a successful jump is knowing how to land. In martial arts where trips, throws, sweeps, and such are common (jujitsu, aikido, etc.) you are also trained how to fall without hurting yourself....

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What do instructors look for before allowing students to compete in judo?
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According to the IJF Statutes, competitors must comply with International Judo Federation (IJF) and International Olympic Committee rules. The IOC rules usually amount to antidoping laws, weight ...

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How to get to closed guard when your opponent is in the combat base position?
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Let me start with a disclaimer, I am not a BJJ practitioner, and I don't like fighting from the ground. However, based on the descriptions about the different BJJ guards here you don't use the closed ...

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