Anon
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How do you ease someone over 40 back into training after many years absence?
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The body they have now is not the body they used to have. They may need a lot of attention for a few months, if they are not very self-aware, because they may try to do what they remember, and damage ...

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How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?
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I refer you to this question that I asked. There is a natural, proper way to use the body, and ... Other ways. A martial arts should follow the natural way and only enhance body movements and ...

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How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
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I've heard and grown fond of this statement: Martial arts without meditation are like a loaded gun in the hands of a baby. There is also the well-known statement by Musashi: Make your warrior'...

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I have very little toe flexibility - are there other front kicks I can use?
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I can think of two: Heel front kick. As @Sean Patrick Floyd said, it's more of a thrust kick Toe front kick. Basically, you will kick straight in, with your toes into the target. The target, in this ...

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Sliding the Feet in Contact With the Ground
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From my experience with iaido, sliding the foot along the ground is actually just the first level of a more complex skill which involves expanding your energy forward from the hips (and sliding the ...

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how to overcome "freeze"?
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Here's a good sequence of things to overcome specifically this problem: Breathe. Practice getting grabbed and making sure your breath does not get interrupted. Move. Practice getting grabbed and ...

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How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
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1. Static Push Hands The purpose is to teach you to let go with your hips and your back, to allow flow, yielding and redirecting of energy properly. In addition, of course, you are learning to apply ...

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What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?
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A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. -- Dune, Frank Herbert I do not know of any books that do this, but ...

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What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
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Systema. It is absolutely no-nonsense, focuses on acting without aggression, naturally, without sudden movements, and is ALL about practical experience. It will more-or-less-naturally start teaching ...

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How to avoid aggravating a sprain while training in MMA?
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Don't continue the training. Stop. Think about it: your body is injured and needs time to heal. If you don't give it time, it won't heal. It is MUCH better to not train for a week than to have ...

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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?
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A number of techniques have the explicit purpose of crashing the attacker's head into the ground. Done well, that is the only path available for attacker. This is not the kind of technique that I ...

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Start attacking instead of blocking while sparring
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A good attack is an attack that succeeds. In order for an attack to succeed, it has to make contact with a proper area on the partner's body. In order for an attack to make proper contact, the way has ...

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How can I continue to train with a broken big toe?
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Get checked by a doctor Do not do the competition If you do the competition, you risk permanent damage to your body. And I'm fairly certain that no competition is worth this, although of course, it ...

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How can one maintain or rekindle discipline and passion in martial arts?
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Everyone comes to train for a different reason. People stay for various reasons. People leave for various reasons. I started training for some set of reasons. After a few years, they were entirely ...

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Drills for teaching range analysis
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With empty-hand, I usually do the following exercises to get people used to distancing differences. I simplify it and do just "one" range - which should map pretty well to your situation. The student ...

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How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
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It depends on many factors. Tim Cartmell comes from one point of view (am referring answer given by Dave Liepmann), and from that point of view he is absolutely correct. I can imagine a Tai Chi ...

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Straight punch to the head and knockout
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A "knock-out" is loss of consciousness due to the brain making contact with the skull. The brain is surrounded by fluid and, normally, does not make contact with the skull. That contact is a traumatic ...

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Demonstrations of Minimum Force
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The best way is for them to feel those locks done to them with that minimal amount of pressure. Otherwise, I remember reading this idea for push hands which may be useful: We do push hands with ...

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Preventing jammed toe during judo randori
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You should practice slide-stepping -- with the ball of the foot, arching the toes up. Slowly, slowly, slowly -- quicker -- quicker -- quicker -- full speed. Until the step becomes so natural that you ...

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How helpful is it to film yourself during training and analyze videos after training?
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A tool is only as dangerous as its user. Analyzing yourself is only as good as you are able to be objective, and only as good as you will be at analyzing yourself. Sending a video to a teacher ...

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Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick
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The question you need to answer, empirically, is if it will work for you. Every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Going on the ball of the foot might be a bad idea if the way you kick ...

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Diagram of Tensho kata?
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After having done a little research on Tensho, I'm fairly certain that anything printed will not be useful without a massive amount of knowledge. To that end, I'd rather point you towards Higaonna-...

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How to select the right Aikido dojo
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I wrote something a few years ago that is still fairly relevant. The thing is - how do you choose a school, and that is not specific to aikido. I hope this helps -- let me know if this brings up any ...

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Avoiding breath lockups
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Start paying attention to your breath more in your everyday life. You'll find yourself holding your breath in very small fashions - when you wait for a thought to begin, or complete. When you're ...

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"Rules" for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
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First of all, Here (Youtube)'s some related eye/mind candy from the show Fight Science. Now I will ask you some other questions instead. Why are you in stance X? What do you want to be able to do ...

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how to perform a reverse punch?
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They are both valid. The difference stems from how far from the opponent you are, how far you need to be, and what kind of movement the opponent is doing (including what kind of movement you are ...

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How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?
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Offering a one-hour lesson is the standard in the US as well. To make a profit, martial arts teachers need to offer many different classes. They could be organized by age (children / adults) or rank (...

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Value in Practicing Spinning Kicks
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Everything you say is fairly accurate. There is one very interesting further use case, which expands on your idea of balance and muscle coordination - If you think of that sequence of movements as two-...

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Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
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A senpai/kohai relationship fosters the correct attitude of respectful practice and community. It makes, in a sense, everyone responsible for everyone else's practice - always show the best example, ...

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What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible?
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If your goal is to become, very quickly, proficient in fighting / survival abilities, then check out things like Krav Maga, Systema and V-Force. For the record, this training is most likely going to ...

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