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    Why did Boxing Survive to be the most popular fighting sport in the world despite mass deaths in World War 1 unlike other Western styles like Savate?

    Since someone else asked last year why despite the British often seeing kicking as ungentlemanly and bashing Savate for being a kick based style (esp before boxing was added in in predecessor styles like Chausson)........ French wrestling was primarily Greco-Roman arm-based with no leg moves...
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    Of all martial arts turned into sports, how come Muay Thai is the one that left elbows and knees esp in regards to kickboxing?

    This is nonesense for one reason..... Dd you know Amateur Muay Thai actually use padded elbows and knees, and some at loer levels of skill esp among minors even forbid knees and elbows? So it has nothing to do with Thaii pried or keepnig tradition considering even some regional tournaments...
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    Of all martial arts turned into sports, how come Muay Thai is the one that left elbows and knees esp in regards to kickboxing?

    I am extremely curious about this. Before MMA (and perhaps local Brazillian Vale Tudo and other close equivalents to UFC in Japan), MT was renown for being the most "complete" martial sports. Boxing banned kicks and every other handstrikes (and even the types of punches you can use is limited)...
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    How easy would it be to defeat a boxer by simply "attacking his weak legs" in particular with kicks? Specifically for an average out of shape Joe?

    One of the cliches is that to defeat a boxer, you simply attack his legs since they are quite weak. Especially with kicks (which boxers are often seen as being terrible at taking). Indeed I seen enough kickboxing vs boxer and MMA vs boxer at the professional level , and old school hardcore...
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    Does anyone think Spirtiuality/Magick/Mysticism/Occultism is very neglected in European swordsmanship (and HEMA in general)?With how Catholic it was?

    Guess what? None of the stuff I say s heresy at all...... Because you are assuming am a typical Atheist Anglo Saxon. I'm actually Polish and believe me hen my people before me who lived in Europe before my American generation VISITED ITALY frequently as part of Polish traditiion often by...
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    Is it just me, or is kicking (esp advanced techniques like Jumping Crescent Kicks and Fouettes) much easier to do when holding a weapon esp swords?

    Started going into kickboxing and the mall strip school I go to while focusing on K1 Rules, there are lots of instructors from different styles because the primary intent is for gradual adaptation for MMA and Self-Defense (as the school has had a few local champions in MMA across the state and...
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    Does anyone think Spirtiuality/Magick/Mysticism/Occultism is very neglected in European swordsmanship (and HEMA in general)?With how Catholic it was?

    Except Quatrocchi's stuff are not ramblings he mad up but basic stuff so common in non-American Catholicism (esp back in conservative parts of the Church such as Italy and Latin America). Have you seen how much Michael the Archangel is invoked upon by Hispanic police in crime filled ghettos and...
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    Does punching vertically really decrease the chances of breaking your hands? How do you do so when you hit that way?

    I read that old bare knuckle boxers rarely suffered hand fractures because they punched vertically instead of the horizontal punches today. In addition many existing martial arts such as Wing Chun punch vertically exactly for the reason to prevent injuries to the hand. However I tried hitting a...
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    Does anyone think Spirtiuality/Magick/Mysticism/Occultism is very neglected in European swordsmanship (and HEMA in general)?With how Catholic it was?

    I just got a book by mail The Sicilian Blade by Vito Quattrochi. Quattorchi's main specialization isn't martial arts but occultism. Specifically Catholic devotions. His most famous book is Benedicaria: Magical Catholicism which is basically about local Italian magick all revolving around the...
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    Can knife fights be won by overpowering your opponent? By gradually moving knife closer until it pierces?Can disarms be done with brute strength too?

    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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    Why did France and Britain go opposite in wrestling style philosophy? Considering Savate VS Boxing was often an argument of kicks vs fists?

    As a someone who just started exploring Savate, a common meme I notice across internet articles and historical texts is not only just how ingrained was the Boxing vs Savate is in nationalistic rivalries esp France VS Britain.......... But it becomes a reflection of kicks vs punches and later on...
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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?

    First of all you aren't taking inflation into account. Secondly you also miss the fact that poor people can afford martial arts training. Which is why the Chinese proverb is nonsense. Because not all poor people are dirt poor enough they couldn't afford to eat 3 healthy meals a day and have lots...
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    Why is there now a narrative that it was only aristocrats who could practise martial arts?

    Nonsense. Esp since a lot of the best martial artists historically were street fighters and a lot of styles were created on the fly from street experience. In addition you also forget some masters offered lessons for free and some cultures like Sengoku period of Japan's specific clans were so...
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    Why is there now a narrative that it was only aristocrats who could practise martial arts?

    Wrong, it was a response to this link. Karate Myth Busting: The Secret Truth About Peasants and Karate Whatchat think?
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    Why is there now a narrative that it was only aristocrats who could practise martial arts?

    Here is the specific article the OP quotes in the reddit link. Karate Myth Busting: The Secret Truth About Peasants and Karate
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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?

    The art of Kanabojutsu (which uses far heavier than your typical MLB League Baseball Bat) disproves your whole claim.
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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 meant he was teaching the self defense version of TKD. Not RBSD specifically. Even military TKD doesn't have high jump kicks and rely far more on punching and kneeing than kicking.
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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)?

    It already happens as far as the West is concerned. Paris Syndrome anybody?
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