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    Why is the baseball bat grip the standard for club and bat weapons across martial arts?

    Notice this true be it the Samurai Kanabo, Indian Club exercise tools, and pretty any club/bat weapon. Why is this? Can someone explain from a physical mechanism terms what makes the standard baseball grip more effective?
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    So is Soccer the Best non-Martial Arts way of learning fighting kicking techniques?

    I was watching dramatization of Brazillian Soccer legend Pele's life and when he was growing up and playing in the amateur leagues, sometime during his ten years he gt exposed tot he Brazillian martial art Capoeira. He was told by one of his friends the team that some professional soccer players...
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    How much does playing Tennis and Similar Racket Sports Help With Using One Handed Swords?

    A post on Quora claims the non-fighting specific way to practise one-handed sword techniques is to play Tennis since so much of the basic swings are very similar to cutting techniques in swordsmanship with one-hand swords. Is the in anyway accurate? I just started practising tennis and never...
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    Why military/butcher/slaughter/hunting knives can pierce ribcage and skull but most knives can't?

    I just finished reading Marc MacYoung's Writing Violence ebooks from Amazon Kindle and in his knife volume he points out most knives lack the necessary elements to puncture a rib directly or pierce most areas of the skull. Instead what you'd want to do when attacking the rib cage is to turn your...
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    How much more difficult is it to move and fight while wearing armour?

    There's two extremes I notice when it comes to armour. There is the one extreme where armour is portrayed as being bulky and hard to move in such as the knights armour. And there is the other extreme where since armour was made to fit person for persona and to be distributed evenly so that even...
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    How good are Indian Clubs and Macebells for practising techniques of various weapons esp swords?

    Saw this post. Can you practise sword tecniques using Indian Clubs/Clubbells/Weighted Exercise Bats/Macebells/heavy sticks/steel pipes and other such similar objects? : wma So now I'm considering buying Indian Clubs and a macebell. Can they be used for sword, staff, and a bunch of other...
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    How come duel blades don't have the longer weapon with the offhand and knife with dominant hand?

    Post I saw. How come duel blade combinations don't have the longer weapon with the front arm and the shorter blade with the dominant arm? In particular with rapier and dagger? The OP's statement about using the longer hand with offhand as a jabbing weapon and rear hand using a shorter weapon...
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    Why is there now a narrative that it was only aristocrats who could practise martial arts?

    I found this post. Why is there now a narrative that it was only aristocrats who could practise Karate? : karate Indeed I wonder why are so many so-called experts and historians on the martial arts now changing the narrative? I mean as I said it one can simply go on fighting at the bar to...
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    Can knife fights be won by simply overpowering an opponent? Can disarms be done with brute strength?

    Saving Private Ryan's infamous knife fight scene has a German soldier win the clinch fight simply because he overpowers the Ranger guy and with terrifying bloodthirsty patience he simply waits for the knife to slowly push through until it enters through the Ranger's chest. And I must add the...
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    The claim edge blocking and flat blocking doesn't matter because weapons get damaged......

    For years the internet has taken John Clements belief that edge to edge parrying and blocking is BS because it damages the sword and its better to block with the flat of the sword because the sword gets damaged. Frequently pointed out is how Japanese styles use flat blocks rather than edge to...
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    Why do Westerners train in exotic unrealistic weapons and ignore practical ones like baseball bats?

    I'm watching High School of the Dead and I just watched Train to Busan. In both zombie apocalypse work, the more preferred weapon by the heroes is the baseball bat and most bystanders are using broomsticks, wrenches, crowbars, and one handed heavy clubs and sticks and other boring weapons. The...
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    Despite style vs style wars and art stereotypes,why RBSD,military,and street versions so similar?

    I already posted this once but since the last time did not generate much discussion and it was ignored, and since I really find this topic intriguing, I will post it again. As seen all the time on reddit's martial arts section and other various fighting forums, people are always arguing style...
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    Why do so many Westerners have a "Paris Syndrome" to style's origin country (often laser focused)?

    Very important links to the topic at hand. Do many Westerners have a skewed perspective of … - Reddit Do many Western MMA fans (especially from America) have a skewed perspective of Thailand and Muay Thai? : MuayThai Why are so many Western martial artists often atheist or nominally religious...
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    Back in Asia, just how concerned are they with customs like gi clothing and meditation? Esp in TMA?

    A criticism I seen by some posters here is the over-emphasis of many traditional martial artists in the West to fethisize customs and Asian culture. Which I find amusing because on Youtube there are not only Asian immigrants to USA/Canada/Europe who never once don gis when training or practise...
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    Do "brute force" techniques like haymakers and the double axe handle require precision and skill?

    In martial arts and fighting sports, the popular stereotype that someone who relies on brute force lacks any skill and precision esp crude techniques like lifting someone above your head and throwing them in front of you or doing a hammer fist on the top of someone's skull. Basically the popular...
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    Despite style vs style wars and art stereotypes,why RBSD,military,and street versions so similar?

    As seen all the time on reddit's martial arts section and other various fighting forums, people are always arguing style vs style or talking about stereotypes of an art such as TKD relying on fancy kicks and jump attacks, Muay Thai using hard bat roundhouse, BJJ relying on pins in contrast to...
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    Self Defense and Mob Mentality Questions

    This post explains the gist of it. How hard is it to resist mob mentality & groupthink?In particular violence?Esp for us 1st worlders? Is it a lot easier to be influenced by the majority that you'll enthusiastically get a bat and go around hitting immigrants than we assume? Why are humans...
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    How easy is it to transition to real blades after gaining proficiency in kendo?

    One of the criticisms towards kendo from the RBSD, modern military systems, HEMA, and many other martial artists who practise with real weapons (or at least realistic settings) such as Marc MacYoung is that kendo is "not real swordsmanship", that its pretty much woo wooo magical sports crap...
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    Why do people esp traditional martial artists in the West think wrestling is all brute strength?

    Alot of people in martial arts forums and even non-fighters irl say that wrestling cannot be a martial art because it all based on who is stronger.But wrestling is moe than just brute strength!Although strength is important,if a person knows proper technique in wrestling even if he is very weak...
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    Anyone here agree that the more well balanced fighter doesn't always win?

    I used to believe the common maxim ''The fighter who well balanced in striking(both fists and feet),clinching,and groundfighting will defeat the fighter who is only highly proficient in one of these category but lacking in the others(Ex. Boxer skilled with hand but awful in kicking or...
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    Why do many Western TMA practitioners use fancy BS instead of straightforward simple techniques?

    I watched Grand Theft Auto (the 1970s movie, not the games) now and the ending scene featured a rich boy who took some kung fu classes trying to do that crane stance only to get punched by a straight right. It reminded me of a cliche in movies where a wannabe fighter tries to use some fancy...
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    Why until recently effective TMA practitioners were not represented in MMA?

    Because of their frequent defeats in the early years of MMA especially in the first UFC tournament and because they failed to get much representation up until recently, traditional martial arts are now frequently bashed for creating ineffective fighting and using BS training and methods. In...
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    Is hardcore martial arts training really the most "balanced" training for a well rounded body?

    I notice one reason many people get into hardcore level martial arts esp full contact styles (and real military specific training such as military bootcamp) is because it has developed a reputation for developing a physical body that is not only athletic but also brutely strong, acrobatic...
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    Would superhuman fighters view others in bullet time? How do irl quick fighers view slower ones?

    A common thing in fiction is the perception that someone who moves beyond superhuman say faster than the speed of sound like superman would see enemies moving in bullet time motion in a fight in the way how Neo begins to see Agents moving slower than snails once he unlocked the powers of the...
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    Why does martial arts attracts so many nerds? In particular karate and kung fu?

    One article Marc MacYoung has written that I always read over and over is this. Violence Geeks Indeed I notice compare to other physically intense hobbies and sports such as football, the martial arts attracts a disproportionate number of nerds as does the RBSD community. By nerds, I don't...
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    Can anyone without training or experience execute effective techniques out of instinct?

    I'm currently reading Kenichi: History's Strongest Disciple and one thing of point shown in the manga is that even among the trained fighter, there are lucky civilians who just out of sheer aggression and lack of hesitation to use violence are able to throw powerful blows that complete resemble...
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    Why do military systems universally use Savate kicks (esp Asian ones not influenced by savate)?

    As we know because of how so much of Western martial arts have been lost, most military hand to hand combat systems in the West end up taking most of their kicking techniques directly from eastern styles namely Karate, Muay Thai, TKD, and various Kung Fu styles. So its expected that they should...
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    Are so-called traditional martial arts dumbed down (even when practised properly in Asia)?

    I found this article by Marc MacYoung after seeing a comment by another user about how TKD-even when practised in its traditional form back in Korea- is already dumbed down. Asian Martial Arts vs. ‘keeping it real’ in the West – Marc MacYoung – Conflict Research Group, Intl. To go back to the...
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    How are pro-fighters and other trained pros able to take hits nonstop without getting knocked down?

    This is something I am wondering about. Years ago I got into a fight with someone. Technicaly he threw the first blow but I admit my tongue was nasty. At the time I was taking boxing classes and so I thought I can handle it. After a few exchanges of blows I was knocked to the ground and I kept...
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    How great is gap of damage unarmed strikes (esp punch and kicks) vs weapons? And weapon vs weapons?

    Mainstream journalism, biographers and popular media always make it a fuss that Mike Tyson can throw blows with such high PSI that it can break through tanks and how Mas Oyama can chop through a live aggressive bull's horn with one hand. But this leads me to a big question As many RBSD and...
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