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Top new questions this week:

How do I make sure students refer to me by my title during class

At the last grading, I was promoted, and given the title Dai Sempai by the Shihan. He told all of us who had been promoted to make sure all of the students refered to each other using the correct ...

asked by Oscar McPherson 4 votes
answered by Steve Weigand 12 votes

Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?

I'm just wondering weather it would be appropriate for me to date one of the coloured belts at my dojo. I don't instruct her personally, and I know her outside the club through school. I would like to ...

asked by Oscar McPherson 4 votes
answered by Dave Liepmann 12 votes

What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean and which to get?

I have a practical question for once. I was thinking of taking up Jiu-Jitsu and my local gym offers the Gi in colors white, blue, and black. The white is about $100, the blue $115, and the black ...

brazilian-jiu-jitsu gi jiujitsu  
asked by Dave 3 votes
answered by Dave Liepmann 3 votes

Best martial art for a late bloomer

I have done "intro's" to a few martial arts when I was younger, now in mid 40's and reasonably good health. I am trying to find a martial art that would be easier for me to learn at this age (easier ...

brazilian-jiu-jitsu muay-thai tai-chi mixed-martial-arts wing-chun  
asked by 3 votes
answered by Sardathrion 3 votes

How to improve speed, strength and condition for Kyokushin karate?

I'm practicing Kyokushin karate, however I want to develop some muscle (weight training), speed and conditioning (punching tree, training shins too). And then there are the katas, very important. ...

training karate weight-lifting  
asked by BeachSamurai 2 votes
answered by Dave Liepmann 2 votes

Which will results in more brain damage, being a heavy weight or lightweight boxer? Thought question

I have a thought provoking question (I think!) that I'll pose. I'm not sure if there is a definitive answer. As you know, boxers can suffer long term brain injury from repeated concussions. Is ...

punching boxing  
asked by Dave 2 votes
answered by Steve Weigand 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...

technique kicking strength stretching flexibility  
asked by David Rönnqvist 14 votes
answered by slugster 15 votes

How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?

In the process of doing a round kick, or roundhouse kick, you need to turn your kicking leg over, to be perpendicular with your body. When I do this I loose significant height on my kick and can ...

kicking flexibility  
asked by Swift 12 votes
answered by stslavik 11 votes
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