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    MMA-trained delinquents beat a kid to death

    I was reading the news and I read a story that troubled me as a martial artist. In Colleferro, near Rome (Italy), 21 year-old Willy Monteiro Duarte was killed trying to stop a fight involving another 21 y.o. against brothers Marco, 26, and Gabriele Bianchi, 24, Mario Pincarelli, 22, Francesco...
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    Video of aikido techniques against full resistance

    Some time ago I found this gem of a video, which supports the hypothesis that daito-ryu and its more popular offshoot, aikido, are based on a mix of Sokaku Takeda's experiences in sumo and esoteric training. There are similarities but the sample is too restricted. I would love to see a...
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    Do you know of good Sumo instructionals?

    Hi, I've been looking into integrating sumo-inspired training methods to experiment in my aikido training. I'd like to see whether such methods would bring a valuable addition to my training in terms of conditioning, grounding and learning to deal with resistance and timing. The reason I'm...
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    Am I missing something in those drills?

    Not technically judo, but I've read about Peter Ralston, the founder of this Cheng Hsin school. He's got a background in judo and chinese arts and allegedly won shuai jiao tournaments. He then founded his own style and is pretty big on relaxation and proper body movement. I need your expert...
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    Koryu in Rome

    So I might relocate to Rome in the future and out of curiosity I checked out the clubs and dojos in the area. One club caught my eye but not for good reasons: Garyuan Dojo Roma They offer a lot (!) of different arts and I figured that they'd have a lot of specialized instructors but what...
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    Facing the mountain

    Hello everyone! I'm not an aïkidoka, I've tried aïkido classes but as I wanted to learn how to protect myself as quickly as possible I ended up learning another martial art. As I can't train in my former style anymore because of bad logistics, I'm considering taking up aïkido. I'm willing to...
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    What goes through your head in a street fight?

    Hey everyone! It's been a while since I last posted here. I've recently been in situations where I came close to getting in trouble. Last night I was getting out of a nightclub and when a guy asked my friend for cigarettes in a rather aggressive manner, it turned into the classic "shoving each...
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    Might start Aïkido soon

    Hey everyone! I've always been intrigued by Aikido and I've taken a few classes a year ago. I was kind of put off by something that the sensei told me: "If you ever have to defend yourself, it won't be aikido. Here you can learn principles that will be useful for self defense but in a self...
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    Wing Tai

    Hi! There is a Wing Tai school not far from my place and although they only give one lesson/week, it would make a good addition to my main MA. This style has been founded by Ong Tai Heinrich Pfaff in Germany and seems to be based on Wing Chun, Muay Thai and other martial arts (I recognized some...
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    Gaining muscle mass

    Hey guys, I need your advice! I've got some trouble putting on weight and thus gaining muscle mass, although I eat a lot. I'm in good shape but I could use some more muscle :D I've been thinking about working out but overtraining myself wouldn't do any good would it? So how do martial artists...
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    KKW TKD, only for sport?

    Hello everybody! :D I've been thinking about taking up a new martial art and, as Taekwondo was my first love, I looked for dojangs in my surroundings. I found only two in my city and they both belong to the Belgian branch of the Kukkiwon. I looked up their websites and they seem very...
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    'sup everyone?

    Hi, I'm O'Malley. I'm 19 years old, I live in Belgium and I feel guilty to post here while I should study for my law exams LOL Currently, I don't practice any MA but I used to. My first contact with MA was as a kid during a Taekwondo camp where I learnt some basic kicks/locks, then I was...
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