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Why do martial artists "shout" in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, competing, or breaking blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What...

Asked on 12/28/2021

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Kiai, the Hara and Dantian (etymology and philosophy)

I'm trying to figure out what, precisely, Kiai means. I've done some reading, and am aware that the Kiai is supposed to come from the Hara, or Dantian - the...

Asked on 12/28/2021 by David Marmaduke Williams

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Picking a selfie stick with an eye to defense - carbon fibre vs aluminium characteristics?

I feel rather self-conscious asking this but, here goes... I am picking a selfie stick for a forthcoming European holiday considering their potential use as a weapon (I know several...

Asked on 12/12/2021 by Andy Dent

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Is Capoeira mostly a performative art?

I understand that Capoeira's was originated from slave people in Brazil, so it was disguised as a dance, and most moves could be done with shackled hands.Today's Capoeira still...

Asked on 12/12/2021

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Glima and Greco-Roman wrestling cross pollination

Glima is a wresting Scandinavian martial art dating back to Viking times. Greco-Roman wrestling should be well known. Vikings were known to associate with...

Asked on 12/04/2021

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When is the best time to kihap while executing a strike?

When I took Kuk Sool Won trial classes, we learned how to "correctly kihap" when kicking/striking. According to the instructor the best time is the instant before your hand/foot hits...

Asked on 12/02/2021

2 answer

How to train your hands while working with punching/ boxing bag

In real life, when you need to fight you have no gloves. How can I train my hands for real life punching in fight. I read articles that claim that...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I would like to know if training with a laundry punching bag such as this is equivalent to using a real punching bag?...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to protect your chin while you throw your punch combinations, as in tucking in your chin behind your shoulders....

Asked on 11/08/2021

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How do mixed martial artists select their stance lead foot?

An orthodox (right-handed) boxer fights with their left foot forward so they can throw a strong right-handed punch with hip rotation. A right-handed judoka has their right foot forward so...

Asked on 11/05/2021

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