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What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?
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If you are in a stance and your knee hurts (glancing pain), then most likely your weight is too far forward. If you put more weight in your heel, you'll find that your quads get to work much more. ...

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Rule 1: Cardio. What exercises are worth doing to increase cardiovascular fitness?
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There are two sources of energy in the body - aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic energy is the energy you get from the air you breathe. Anaerobic is what your body can get out of itself. Hint - aerobic ...

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Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
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The best way to develop awareness of ANYTHING is to do it slowly. Take a training knife (can't be rubber, has to be solid) and slowly put the point on someone's chest and slowly press in. They'll be ...

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What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?
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I don't know - and have never seen - martial notation systems out in the wild. Here are a few small things that I've used that were helpful, to get started: RFF - Right Foot Forward LFF - Left Foot ...

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What is the best point-scoring technique?
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The technique that hits the opponent in a valid area of his or her body. Or, the strategy that lets you use those techniques, while keeping you from getting hit. You know, if we could answer that ...

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How much can I improve my punching precision? How?
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My punching training was really simple. I had two strikes: 1. Straight punch to the solar plexus 2. Uppercut to below the chin (going up and forward) I did these for ten years. I never worried ...

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Transitioning between similar arts
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Unfortunately, most of the weight for this one is going to be on the student. It is a student's responsibility to enter the school like a tabula rasa. If the student's movements are stuck in a ...

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Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
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Start with big movement. End with small movement. And keep your elbows in.

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How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
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I only take notes if I'm dealing with something bigger than my mind can process and store at once. Sometimes this works against me, as I usually expect to be able to store everything that's handed to ...

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Shoulder brace for Judo?
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I have no shoulder brace recommendation. My recommendation is to stop all the practice that requires the use of that part of your body and go to rehab instead. I'd recommend soft movements like ...

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Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
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Should you want to do wood anyway, I recommend Crane Mountain. I love their weapons, and mine have never warped - although I don't leave them leaning for years, either.

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Conflict escalation management resources
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I'm going to answer this question by pointing my finger at the moon. Conflict comes from ego. Your ego. Other people's ego. And two or more egos suddenly wanting really hard to "win". If YOU don't ...

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What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
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Well, if you're going to believe a website called kravmaga.com, there are instructor certification programs. I linked you to one under "law enforcement / military". It seems to be very much ...

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How to cover all of the material? Especially in small classes
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The challenge I am seeing is in making sure that, in the course of the class, the students are getting sufficiently exposed to the breadth of the material while not losing focus on the depth of their ...

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Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
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Most of the arts are very practical, and deal with things you will always have with you, such as your body, your sword (in some cultural roles, for some historical periods), etc. Martial arts meant ...

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What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
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The best thing to do? Practice. Practice the form normally. Practice it backwards. Explain it to someone. Write it down. Start from the middle. Do the mirror image (instead of left foot, move with ...

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Pivoting for a kick
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So did I. I had this issue when I first started going barefoot, going with shoes, doing Japanese swordsmanship. You eventually learn to move your weight. There are no 'tricks'. It is a skill, a ...

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How does one mentally push past pain in training?
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What kind of pain? There are many kinds. Beyond the obvious "mental / emotional / physical", there are many kinds of each. The awareness of this will get you started on the path to understanding. ...

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Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?
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No. To avoid such knowledge being used by the wrong people, it is kept hidden and only shared to students. It's fair to assume that some particularly effective applications are not taught to people ...

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Exercises to improve balance when kicking
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To mirror @Vatine - go in slow motion. Get into a stance, slowly bring your leg up in a chamber (that is, knee bent, foot as close to your thigh/buttock as possible) and slowly extend it, then slowly ...

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What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?
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It is hard to explain what is shown without writing a book on aiki work and anatomy. Like most other things on this site, it must be felt. My words, therefore, will sadly lack a certain precision. If ...

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Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
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They can. The fundamentals of any technique can be brought back to leverage. Your balance point isn't a foot or two anymore, it's your back. And, more precisely, a small area of your back, depending ...

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Looking for cheap cutting material for tameshigiri practice
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Based on this answer from reddit: Nihonzashi offers fairly cheap tatami and ships per box. One box of 10 sells (as of today) for $4.49, and boxes with more tatami are a little cheaper. The trick is, ...

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Looking for cheap cutting material for tameshigiri practice
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Based on this answer from reddit: Young bamboo offers somewhat similar resistance to tatami, though it splinters easily if the cut is not right.

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Isshinryu karate - seisan kata - opening move bunkai
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Here is a possible movement which, with a little tweaking, works for grabs or punches. Block/trap/disrupt at the top (adapt for grab or punch), bring the left leg behind the other person's left leg (...

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How do I improve landing on my center line after a back kick?
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Go slowly. Go through the motion really slowly. And while you're doing that, pay attention to where your balance is going. When you're done with the extension, bring your leg back. Really slowly. And ...

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How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?
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I think you have the right idea, but you are playing with fire. If you really, really, REALLY want to get her anger out, then take a hint from the standard black belt test - spar people continuous, ...

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Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
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It is reckless to make changes to a style without fully understanding the consequences of that change. The wing chun punches are good punches, they make sense, and done properly, they will not damage ...

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What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
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This is very well-intentioned, but it is also a Bad Thing. If you want to study martial arts, find a teacher. You are responsible for joining a martial arts school as a blank slate, without any ...

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Shoulder Tension
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Do you change the way you stand when you go into a stance? I'm guessing your foot position changes. Do you change the angle of your back? Does your spine curve or straighten too much close to your ...

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