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    Auto-targeting of critical points

    I don't know if anyone else has this habit/problem, so I thought I'd share. Whenever I visualise a confrontation scenario, or am actually facing an opponent, I find myself automatically mentally targeting only the vital "fight stopper" targets, e.g. throat, groin, various joints, etc. My...
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    More than just hand techniques

    Hi all. I'd like to ask, besides short-ranged striking techniques using the hands, what other techniques does Wing Chun have in its repertoire? I understand that straight front kicks are also in the syllabus, but how about, say, longer-ranged hand techniques, or other kinds of kicks? Also...
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    "Full contact" sparring with rigid weapons

    Hi all. Stumbled upon this video in jap, apparently about a school/style of kenjutsu that features full contact sparring, unarmed techniques allowed, with a rigid weapon, without protection. They later go on to demonstrate some techniques/drills with metal pipes. Anyone seen anything like...
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    Lessons from a watermelon

    My dad and I just ate a watermelon we opened with our fists. He'd bought the unfortunate fruit this morning, for us to have some fun. The melon was placed against a wall on a table 'bout waist height, so quite apparently, more "traditional" low stance punches were the order of the day. First...
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    Weight training for powerful strikes

    Hi all. I've recently acquired a barbell set and am putting a bit of focus on deadlifts to increase the strength of my hips and legs to make my front kick more powerful. I also do weighted and unweighted pistol squats. (Books I read: Power to the People and The Naked Warrior, Pavel Tsatsouline)...
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    Should I pick up another art for SD?

    I'm in a dilemma regarding what I should do since I quit taekwondo (Kukkiwon style) after I graduated from my high-school equivalent. My primary objective for learning martial arts is self-defense. So far, my repertoire consists of very basic moves like the front, side and roundhouse from...
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    Scratches on saya around opening

    Hi all. I've noticed that when resheathing my iaito, the sharp tip tends to scratch the area of the saya around the opening, just before it drops in. Does this indicate bad technique, or is it normal? Thanks. (I'm practising "combative kenjutsu", which has a heavier emphasis on sparring...
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    Roundhouse vs front/side kick

    Hi all. I was just wondering if the roundhouse kick was perhaps inherently weaker than the front or side kick due to the mechanics of the movement. Here's the story: I recently bought a heavy bag (rough estimate 30 kg/66lb), but have yet to install the ceiling bracket, so I place it on a stool...
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    Revolution of Kicking DVD

    Hi all. Anyone heard of a "Revolution of Kicking" DVD? I stumbled across clips of it on YouTube, seems very comprehensive. Searches on Amazon.com and Yahoo Auctions yielded no results. Google showed some obscure (to me) sites having it, but out of stock. Sample: Also, anyone heard of...
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    Nike-do (aka running)

    Hi all. Just curious, and hopefully this isn't a stupid question. I'd like to know if anyone runs regularly, whether as part of MA training or not. I'm sure it indeed is a good booster for overall fitness, as well as a very reliable "art" for ending/avoiding street confrontations, :lol: but...
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    Training to soreness?

    Hi all. I'd just like to find out whether it's better to train to a degree where you're always sore the next day, or not. Personally I don't feel satisfied until I'm aching all over and unable to walk the day after training. I've read that delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) could be caused...
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    I get a "403 Forbidden" when I try to access this site...

    It only happens when I'm using no proxy though. Right now I'm using a supposedly Australian proxy, but when I disable it, I get a 403 Forbidden, saying: Forbidden You don't have permission to access /forum/index.php on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while...
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    About the straight punch

    Hi. I happened to graze the surface of Richard Ryan's Dynamic Combat Method (http://www.dynamiccombat.com/indexfl.html), and noticed that the straight punch he advocates is extremely similar, if not the same, as how Wing Chun's is described. Unfortunately, I was unable to go into depth of this...
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    Front kick training equipment

    Hi. Just wondering, what kind of targets do you use to train/practise your front kick (the type that uses instep as contact point) ? I've realised that a punching bag wouldn't do, and I don't really have someone to hold a hand target or foam shield whenever I feel like practising. Does anyone...
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    Question about Jodo

    Hi. I recently found a video of Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo (Martial Arts Jodo) and have been trying to learn some of the basic techniques. There's no dojo near where I stay that teaches jodo, so this is about the best I can do. My question is how jodo footwork, whether ZNKR Seitei...
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    Some questions about Aikido

    Hi all, I'm new here, and I've just got some questions/uncertainties. I've asked these questions in the general beginner's area, and someone suggested I come here. I've been learning Taekwondo (WTF style) for almost 2 years, and have been taking Sports Chanbara for about one and a half years. I...
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    Wondering about Aikido, and some others

    Hi all, I'm new here, and I've just got some questions/uncertainties. I've been learning Taekwondo (WTF style) for almost 2 years, and have been taking Sports Chanbara for about one and a half years. I was wondering if Aikido, more specifically the Ki no Kenkyukai version, would be a good...
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