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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    After Jim Corbett came on the scene with all that movement, the static style couldn't compete; simple as that. And boxers got lighter and lighter on their feet, slipped punches and the rest is history.
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    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    I've been in the martial arts for at least 60 years; and if there's one thing I've learned it's that NO empty hand martial art works. The only thing that will work is the man/woman using that art. It's the most determined person and not the better trained or experienced person that will...
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    Need some martial arts research for a story I'm writing

    There were always kid's divisions in the tournaments I promoted. I even held one tournament for all divisions under 18 yoa.
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    Smoking in Kung Fu

    To quote a famous boxer: "Smoking is hazardous to your health"!
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    Why do people say to never kick air?

    Wow! These comments are all over the map. In my teaching we did a LOT of air kicking/punching; and short of running it's one of the most aerobic things one can do. Kicking air is excellent for teaching/learning fine muscle control and perfecting technique. The most powerful kicker I've ever...
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    At what point should you refuse or stop teaching someone martial arts?

    This thread brings up both serious and confusing questions. I've asked students to leave, refused to accept others and found myself counseling a few more times than I like. My dojo was, as students often described, family. I've had them come to me to talk out personal issues, sometimes in...
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    a weak woman

    Watching, wishing and hoping will not do anything for you. Only hard work and pushing one's self translates into progress.
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    Spinning Hook Kick - Foot First or Hip First?

    In any turning kick I taught "head turns first" then hip with leg whip.
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    My start was Japanese karate and that's how I learned to kick. Then in TKD I was taught to do them differently and managed to separate this in my mind. When hapkido entered my sphere I saw another approach to kicks. Some I could do okay and some gave me trouble. Eventually I just started...
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    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    I've always been among the worst trying to memorize kata sequences. It takes me much longer to learn a kata than many of my students. And I forget them much too easily. I have friends who seem to never forget any kata they learn. Once I get a kata down, though, I've always done it very well...
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    Power generation drill

    This is all very informative and validates principles which are taught in whole or in part in most martial arts. The mechanics of the demonstrations are well explained. Going a bit off the subject it is necessary to understand that power is composed of several features outside the mechanics...
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    "MA-related things you just don't understand and would like to admit it to someone" thread!

    Hmmm..."Kenpo"/"kempo" puzzles me, too. And I'm even a nidan in "Karaho Kempo", not karate just karaho kempo! The more I learn, the less I know; why is that?
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    How much do you feel technique evaluations are subjective?

    It's mostly subjective but based upon certain OBJECTIVE requirements the teacher and/or organization and style demand. Muhammed Ali was a so-so boxer but was a magnificent fighter.
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    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    I found that in teaching aikido the most difficult thing for most students is to learn relaxation. Meditation helps some but not others. Perhaps you are confusion strength with power. They are not the same thing although strength is one of the many components of power. I tell students to...
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    How do you know when you’re overtraining?

    You have already been given some very good advice but I'll say this. Professionals train differently than the average student/martial artist/fitness trainer because it's their job, their livelihood. Two things concern me about your training plans. One thing is that it may become nothing more...