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Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
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Here are bits that we do know: Gichin Funakoshi, born and raised in Okinawa, is the man who opened the first official, public karate dojo, and he did so on the main island of Japan. Prior to that, it ...

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What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?
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The primary change is that daredevil / suicide moves now lose all interest. Jumping up and hitting the top of the head Spinning kicks, in particular the spinning hook/reverse/something kick to the ...

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How can one practice well alone?
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Practice on your own is pretty much an unavoidable element of the martial way past a certain point. Other than developing your body through conditioning exercise (Bruce Lee's plyometrics are a good ...

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What differentiates the major styles of Tai Chi?
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Chen-style has explosive movements (fajin), jumps, directional changes.. It is the style of Daiji closed to Bagua. The Yang style is more flowing, has bigger and more open postures (longer stances, ...

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Getting Punches in stomach as practice in kick boxing
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One of the eternal truths about martial arts is that you're going to get hit. And another eternal truth is that sometimes you're going to get hit hard. So it's a good thing to learn to take hits. ...

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Blocking with a katana blade
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I've studied iaido for five years, and practiced a variety of styles under one teacher (that's how much my words are worth). In general, parries, blocks and deflections are done with the side or the ...

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Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
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You will rarely, if ever, find a martial art that truly uses kicks above the knee*, unless that art is centered around kicks. Most art are very concerned about their balance, and use kicks for ...

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What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi?
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Being rooted means having a stable center of gravity (CoG). Uprooting someone means to go under their CoG and take control of it. Once that is done, defeat, throw, project, lift are just possible ...

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What's the recommended way to deal with an injured hamstring while still practicing?
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Don't. Stop practicing and let it heal. What you should do is rehab work. Stretches, slow (VERY SLOW) movements exercising the range of motion of various muscle groups. [Edit - I know a girl who ...

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What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
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There are many reasons for this action. It is, by the way, not the opening movement of a form, but a salute, a ritualistic motion. Here are a few reasons: Closed hand is aggression, fight & open ...

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Is there a good translation for all the terms used in Aikido?
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Have fun with this list: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/dji/home/aikilex/ This is a tool for people who want to gain greater insight into the vocabulary of the art of aikido. Its purpose is not to offer ...

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Ways for restraining an "automatic aggression response"
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Start meditating. You reacted (note: not "response" but "reaction") to a perceived aggression that, in truth, had nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. I don't quite know how far ...

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Origin of the "pinyon" in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?
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You are indeed looking for the 'Pinan' (or 'Heian') forms. The wiki article sheds quite a lot of light upon them. Short story - they are in Shito, Wado, Shorin, Kobayashi, Kyokushin Shorei, ...

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Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?
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If you're conditioning your body, shin guards defeat the purpose. If you're sparring, shin guards allow you to walk home afterwards.

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Doing Miller's One-Step Drills
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I was taught a drill by a Systema friend that may well be this one. I really liked it, because it allowed for mistakes and for development of positional understanding. Big for me, more natural for my ...

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Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
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If your preference is full-contact sparring, then Shotokan sucks and Kyokushin rocks, because Shotokan doesn't have full-contact sparring and Kyokushin does.

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How effective are foul techniques as a side control escape?
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One of the major differences between the 'illegal' moves and the 'legal' moves is that the legal moves have fairly previsible responses. If you poke someone in the eye, you're not quite sure what ...

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What are the key differences between kendo and kenjutsu?
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Your question may be answered more generically as thus: What is the difference between -do and -jutsu? (with the exception of judo and jujutsu) -Jutsu, grossly, means 'technique'. It means something ...

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Relaxation Techniques
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There is no "fast and simple technique to relax", except maybe a hypnose-induced trigger, and I expect it would have to be carefully composed. This is done like everything else - piecemeal. And when ...

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What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
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External and internal martial arts are the same thing, but they start from a different place. All martial arts follow different paths up the same mountain, but the end result is the same. Because a ...

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Is it good to practise punching a wall? No place for punching bag
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It's not good for your body. It's also not good in general for your mental development. Walls and people don't move the same way. People yield* when they get hit. Walls do not. Attach heavy pillows ...

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What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?
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How to handle a "road rage fist fight" ? Don't get in one. Keep driving. Here you clearly have a choice - you're in a moving vehicle. None of that "sucker-punched from behind in a bar while telling ...

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Adapting karate to stage combat
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Here's the main problem: Efficient, deadly moves are not pretty. They're mostly invisible. Pretty, showy, artistic, theatrical moves are not efficient, or deadly. And they're very visible. Now, ...

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What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
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Don't think of it as two sticks; think of it as one stick. The human brain is not good at multitasking. You can only do one thing at a time, but you can do that one thing extremely well. As you get ...

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Training multiple arts at the same time.
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It's possible, and the dangers are entirely dependent on which two arts and which two teachers. I study Isshinryu Karate. I also studied iaido for a few years while in my pre-black belt years. After ...

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Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)
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You need to work on this enough to lose all the superfluous tension in your body. If you really want to work on this, then just do standing practice. Stand, feet approximately shoulder-width apart, ...

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What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?
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Tai Chi. Any kind. Possibly even any teacher should do. TaiChi is neat, because of the general focus on smoothness. The movements must be carefully orchestrated and done not only with the minimum ...

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What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?
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"What does a black belt mean to you?" "What would it mean if you did not receive your black belt today?" "Are you ready to wear a black belt?" "What is the difference between you wearing a white ...

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Are roundhouse kicks prevalent in traditional kung fu systems?
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Why is a technique included or not included in a style? What was the terrain like in the area where the style was born? Swamps, mountains, plains, rivers, beaches, all these things will influence the ...

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Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?
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An open hand requires less tension, which means faster movements. Once you have acquired the awareness/control over your hand, and your fingers aren't all over the place, it is to your benefit to ...

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