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    At what point should you refuse or stop teaching someone martial arts?

    You actually don't know who's abusing who. What you do know, is that they are using what you teach to inflict pain on the other. I'd stop teaching both, and consider informing the police. Not only on integrity, but to legally cover your ***.
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    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    No, a pro sportsperson would damage themselves with excess tension. Have a read up on George Foreman, he describes the success of his comeback due to a release of nervous tension in his body. Think of relaxation as a cat about to strike, or Bruce Lee's 'whip,' concept.
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    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    Lets say you are around 30. You've been doing karate since you were 23. You feel you should have learned to relax after 7 years, when it took you 23 years to become tense. About 16 of those was when you were where a child, and most susceptible to the pre-programming of body misalignment...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    To give an update, I did 11 intense sessions in a week last month. Inevitably there was some tiredness there, but since then I've been training six times per week but alternating the sessions. So we have the option of doing a more gentle class focused on self defense, or full on sports...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Be interested to hear your favorite foods for training.
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Well Lisa, if you think I'm weak you can come and train with me sometime. As someone else pointed out to you on another thread, if you're going to have this attitude and negativity in a martial arts club, you will be asked to leave. I've been taking on other peoples advice, but not yours as...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Like I said, I'll be going down to 3 times per week, with the intense sessions. And then training chi gung and yoga more. Will see how that goes.
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Glad your brother is up and running. That's some serious mileage. Which I could afford to see a chiropractor, or an osteopath or masseuse! Good that you are letting that anxiety go, I'm still dealing with my father passing away. Completely messed up my state of mind for years. Intense...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Well, martial arts is a method for dealing with the stresses of life. Of course, its necessary for it to not also be a source of stress. I'd agree that too much of certain types of training, is counter productive. Even seated meditation, can exacerbate back problems if the seating pose is...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Sorry to hear of your brother, and hope he's doing loads better now. We certainly have to train wiser, even at a young age. Covid has also affected my employment, so doing intense sessions really helps the mind, and promotes very deep sleep. I'm lucky in that I still have the fitness I had...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Thanks mate, I'll post a schedule shortly. I'd say people like Goggins are using their muscles correctly, that is a correct balance of white and red muscles. But perhaps he's also just a rare example.
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    Increasing recovery time.

    If I eat biscuits too late in the day, I'll literally wake up with them on my waistline. Its amazing. Definitely becomes harder to maintain the metabolism I find. Early morning workouts keep me slim and 'normal.'
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    a weak woman

    As someone else said, check in with a doctor as to what you can do. Try chi gung and Tai Chi for the lungs, but only if a doctor says deep breathing exercises are ok. Some restorative yoga may help also, but only in the Iyengar system and with a suitably qualified teacher. (Avoid teachers with...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    I'm sure you mean well, but I don't think we should be telling other people what to eat. I'm vegan in diet and don't preach to meat eaters. If we could simply respect each others choice of diet, regardless of our opinion, there's no room for fall out. Giving up dairy helped me, but that...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Not at all, I take on board what you are saying. Thanks.
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    Increasing recovery time.

    I'm guessing I'm over using the white or fast twitch muscles, that is the muscle groups responsive for explosive energy. Using them for the job of the postural or red muscles, so that they get no rest and then leave you feeling exhausted. Sure you know, but correct muscle use is like a cat...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Get what you're saying. Its usually one day of incredible tiredness, then wake up the next day feeling great. Wish I could train twice per day intensely though, because it feels so good.
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Few parasites plus heavy drugs for said parasites, caused the IBS. Yes, was vegetarian but quitting dairy on doctors advice helped loads. Don't want the conversation to go sideways here, yes I'm vegan in diet but my best friend eats meat, my trainers eat meat. My protein intake is massive...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    Thanks for the replies all. Have some muscular/skeletal issues, lower back in particular. I also teach what can be an intense form of yoga, we are expected to train the same amount of time that we teach. From the years I've trained in India, I have occasional IBS but nothing too chronic. I'm...
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    Increasing recovery time.

    So the bane of my training, has been the next day 'hangover.' Wouldn't say its an age thing either, been happening since I was 15 years old. Functioning the next day can be very challenging, when all you want to do is sleep. And that's after 9 hours of sleep. Lately, I'm trying to train as...
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    TaeKwonDo and hip surgery prevelance

    We're all going to get wear and tear as we get older, the key is to minimize it. There are many different factors in this. Without being able to see specifically what you are doing, I'd say aim to relax as much as possible between each technique. Not relax as go floppy and stop breathing, but...
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    Best freestanding bag?

    Thanks for the replies. I'll be doing power strikes, so maybe the smaller bags would be too light for my purposes. BOB is a little out of my budget, and I need low kicks. Seems like the Wavemaster XXL may be the one, bit expensive but if it does take punishment it could be the one.
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    Best freestanding bag?

    So I'm looking to invest in a good quality freestanding bag for use in my front room and/or garage. I'd use it 5 days per week, one hour sessions. I'm fairly energetic, so I need something that will last. It seems that the Century Wavemaster XXL or 2XL may be the way to go. Expensive though...
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    Fear of losing my passion, interest and motivation

    What I'd say is, as soon as my training looses some focus an idiot appears to remind me why I started martial arts in the first place. As there are no shortage of idiots in this world, I'll be forever training.
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    Would Martial Arts created by women fundamentally be better than those created by men?

    No, homo sapiens are still homo sapiens outside of North America.
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    What about practicing martial arts with near-sightedness? I heard about retinal detachment.

    They should always talk to a doctor if concerned, not rely on a thread for medical information. Look, I was merely giving my experiences and opinion. Not sure why you're bothered by what I said, have a nice evening anyway.
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    Would Martial Arts created by women fundamentally be better than those created by men?

    Going back to the topic, no one can really prove that WC was started by a woman. Could have been a few people working on it, could have developed over time, might be an aspect of one martial art that was taken out that particular system. No one really knows. What we do know is that generally...
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    Would Martial Arts created by women fundamentally be better than those created by men?

    Not sure how pg 1 went from WC to sharks by pg 9, but anyway.... I've spent a lot of time free diving with sharks, IF you know how to be around them they are generally safe. Avoiding them while they are feeding or hunting, or when the visibility is bad is key. Sharks tend to attack humans...
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