I've recently been thinking that I would like to take up a martial art of some kind. My goal is not so much to learn to fight as to improve my physical fitness and self-confidence, and develop discipline, confidence, and mental clarity. The physical and mental goals are equally important; what should I be looking at? [more inside]
I'm looking for a gym in montreal where I can hit things. I did karate for many years, did circuit kickboxing after that. I've been inactive for months and find I mostly miss hitting things. What are good places to do that? [more inside]
I'm a full contact kickboxer/MMA student looking for training tips for competing in karate point sparring in January. (Light/moderate contact, continuous and stop/start, NASKA rules.) Would love input both from other full contact fighters who've done point fighting, and from pure point fighters. [more inside]
In the moment of encounter with an authority who is making a legal claim that is a technicality or perhaps over-reaches of an intended law, is there any defense? Are you stuck until you get in front of a judge? [more inside]
What are some martial arts or self defense communities in Portland, OR I might enjoy becoming involved with? [more inside]
I've been having knee pain recently resulting from physical activity. Will it get better with time, or do I have to choose between accepting it and taking a long break? [more inside]
I think I'd like to take up some kind of martial art for both self-defense and exercise reasons. There are some quizzes online, but I don't really know how to answer a lot of the questions, given that I have never done this kind of thing before. I'm located in Houston, TX so I imagine I have a lot of options. More details on me and my preferences inside. [more inside]
After repeated shoe drama, I realized the shoes that have been best for my feet and the rest of my body with the fewest re-supply issues have been Kung Fu shoes and their sisters, the "Chinese Maryjane". Now I want to find the very best ones for my needs, and am eagerly hoping someone here has the answer for me. [more inside]
At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on PBS.org, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
I'd like to take up a martial art, and there are a bewildering variety of them. Help me choose one and figure out where I can study it in my area. [more inside]
Okay, so I used to share a house with this guy who would often bring home lots of good Asian cinema (of all sorts, but this question is about martial arts movies), but I moved across the country back in 2005 and I've been getting a hankering for some well-choreographed fighting. I haven't been paying attention to what's come out lately, so I don't know much of what's out there. So I'm looking for the best and cleverest fight choreography from Asian cinema, from 2005 on. [more inside]
In Chinese martial arts and dance (in China) it is traditional to have kids try to do the splits (the sideways, or lateral kind). The kids will try to push their legs apart as far as they can, and then the teacher will come along and push down on them to get them further apart, causing the kids to grimace in pain. Is this bad? Or is this good? I'm sure that Americans (like me) will balk at this in a strong reactionary way, but I'm also sure that there are countless people who have had this done to them in martial arts and dance classes as a child (outside of America). Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, all those amazing Chinese gymnasts, etc have certainly undergone this kind of treatment. Jackie Chan is still going strong. Is this "American reaction" unfounded? [more inside]
So I finally bit the bullet and went to a kungfu class. Things moved quickly and I struggled to keep up with the others, who are more experienced. I was determined to search on you tube when I got home and practice. The trouble is, I can't find what it is that I was doing. [more inside]
Just moved to Minneapolis and would like to continue my martial arts training. I was doing shotokan karate for about three years and would like to pick up where I left off, but I'm open to other forms if there is a particularly good school you'd recommend. Any suggestions of places to look into or where I can find out more about my options? [more inside]
My wife and I are thinking about starting a martial art to get in shape. Help us figure out what type of martial art we should do and where specifically we should do it in the Washington, DC area. [more inside]
I'll be in the Bay Area, staying in downtown Oakland, for two weeks and would love to practice with some other groups. I do Sun style and Chen Man Ching, but the group I study with in Portland has people from many different backgrounds. So I'm down for everything. Not that I'm necessarily good at everything...
How can I start and maintain an effective flyer campaign for a martial arts group? [more inside]
I want to use bamboo fabric to sew a custom martial arts gi. Help me find fabric and plan this out. [more inside]
New to Jiu Jitsu. How do I get good? [more inside]
I'd like to spend this year working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started?
Working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started? [more inside]
Kung fu/martial arts fans - please help me find this movie! [more inside]
Avoiding injury in Judo, exercise? [more inside]
Where can I find a list of the clips Ric Meyers has shown in his annual "Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza" Comic-Con panel?
Every year at Comic-Con, Ric Meyers puts on the fantastic "Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza" panel. I went to Comic-Con every year for many years, and this was always my favorite bit. It always gave me great ideas for old and new martial arts films to go watch. I haven't been able to go for the past few years, and while I can't go see the panels, I'd like to know what he showed. Does anyone know where I could find a list of the movies that were featured during the panel for some or all of the last 5 years or so?
Did studying a martial art get you in shape (from a very bad starting point) or help improve your confidence and ability to deal with people? [more inside]
What are the best movie martial arts fights of all time? [more inside]
Whitewater kayaker seeks wintertime outlet for aggression - AKA - recommend a martial art (in Pittsburgh)
I want to try a martial art, but I'm overwhelmed by the huge assortment of styles that are out there. I have an idea of what I'd like, but I don't know what it's called, or how to find a good place to take classes. I've read a lot of the previous threads on martial arts, and they've helped me identify what I'm interested in, but I haven't gotten a good enough sense of which style matches what I'm looking for. [special requests inside] [more inside]
Say you were going to create a martial art for fighting in zero gravity. What would it look like? [more inside]
What options does my Argentine boyfriend have to move back with me and find work in the United States?
What options does my Argentine boyfriend have to move back with me and find work in the United States? [more inside]
Based on my physique and specific desires, I'm wondering which martial art would be best suited for me? [more inside]
Point me to the best resources (books, articles lectures) on the philosophies of various martial arts, particularly taekwondo, as they relate to non-violence, self-defense and peacebuilding. The more primary the source, the better.
Best way to create virtual Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructional software? [more inside]
How would people fight in microgravity, either in an enclosed space with walls to push off of, or completely free-floating with nothing except each others' bodies? [more inside]
Lasik surgery vs prescription sports goggles? [more inside]
What exercises will help me be a better martial artist? [more inside]
I am taking lessons, primarily for fun, in a relatively obscure Korean martial art called Hapkido. I have some questions. [more inside]
Martial arts or dance classes in downtown Toronto? I'm more interested in quality/atmosphere than any specific activity. [more inside]
Need advice on martial arts - both for fitness and self-defense. [more inside]
So what's the deal with aggressive panhandling? Does it work? I have been experiencing a lot of it recently and some of it has scared me. I don't so much need self-defense advice; I just want to understand the phenomenon. [more inside]
I'm interested in getting involved with either Olympic-style lifting or martial arts in Chicago. Do any good places for either exist in the city? [more inside]
Someone is in your face and out of control, obviously about to attack you. You have a few seconds left to take the initiative - one surprise move to neutralize the threat. What is it? [more inside]
I've gained a lot of fitness over the last few months. I want to take that fitness and do something useful- I want to do something that's fun and will make me want to work out more, but also have it be a bit of a workout itself. Help! [more inside]
So I'm looking to get some exercise. I'm pondering iaido and kendo dojos in Santa Monica and West LA. Which style and what dojo would work for me? [more inside]
Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense. [more inside]
Looking for advice on different martial arts styles (specifically: aikido, ninjutsu, pekiti tirsia kali, bagua, or wing chun). [more inside]
What are the best, can't-miss-em, #1 funtime classic wuxia movies? [more inside]
does the president of the u.s. receive any self defense training? and, if so, what sort and from whom? and are there any good articles or books on that subject?
My brother's looking for a challenging martial arts studio in the DC, Northern Virginia area. He's really good at jiu-jitsu, but he's most interested in any studio, no matter what the style, where the difficulty level is extremely high. He doesn't care about getting belts or competing, just about learning through through losing, essentially. Any recommendations?
What is a good (criteria inside) martial arts school in Chicago? [more inside]
What is the highest ever jump done from standing? And how do people train to jump extremely high in martial arts and other jumping disciplines?
Martial arts filter: Over the course of eight months, muay thai, along with eating right made a phenomenal change for my body. In your experience has Brazilian jiu jitsu, or any grappling-based martial arts done the same? [more inside]
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