Martial Arts

General category for the skills associated with combat and fighting. Usually references the unarmed arts from Asia, it also includes traditional weapons and the arts from other parts of the world.

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What are the pressure points on the body?

The American Heart Association has distinguished 11 known pressure points on either side of the human body. In diagnosing Fibromyalgia, doctors check eighteen specific points on the body, if the patient has eleven of the eighteen causing them pain, then they are diagnosed as having fibromyalgia.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has defined hundreds of points on the body, though less than 100 are used in regular therapy.

There are also what are called endangerment points that are in areas that have nerves and blood vessels. These areas require special training in order to use them therapeutically or as a form of self defense.

There is no way to know how many pressure points are in the body.

Pressure points differ from each person. A muscular person would be more prone to pressure points than an obese person, and just striking or holding a pressure point might not be enough.

Self-defense Answer A pressure point can typically be found at any space between bones.

Pressure Points:

When a person is severely cut and begins to bleed, it is time for quick action. First air for severe bleeding involves applying pressure over the wound. Sometimes it is possible to press the artery above the wound against the bone behind it, and stop the bleeding. This place is called a pressure point. A pressure point is also an excellent location to take a person's pulse.

Understanding Pressure Point Strikes:

Striking to a hyel does not necessarily immediately knock a person out or cause a body part to become instantly numb, as has been propagated by many martial arts charlatans. Self-defense may be understood by the analogy of a body part that has fallen asleep, when proper circulation has been cut off from it.

When applying forced pressure to specific hyel, your goal is not to magically tender your opponent lifeless. What you are planning to achieve is both short term and long term interruption of your attacker's energy. A listening carefully pressure point strike is initially accomplished by focusing your energy.

The Important Pressure Points for Hemorrhage:

The loss of a small amount of blood will cause no problem for a healthy adult, but loss of one liter or more of blood is life-threatening. The first step to control bleeding is the application of direct pressure to the wound using a clean cloth. An assisting person should wear gloves to protect from blood-borne diseases. A bleeding extremity should be elevated above the level of the heart. In cases of severe, persistent bleeding, application of pressure where a local artery can be pressed against a bone slows the bleeding. The most important of these "pressure points" are the following:

  • The facial artery, which may be pressed against the lower jaw for hemorrhage around the nose, mouth, and cheek. One can feel the pulse of the facial artery in the depression about one inch anterior to the angle of the lower jaw.
  • The temporal artery, which may be pressed against the side of the skull just anterior to the ear to stop hemorrhage on the side of the face and around the ear.
  • The common carotid artery in the neck, which may be pressed back against the spinal column for bleeding in the neck and the head. Avoid prolonged compression, which can result in lack of oxygen to the brain.
  • The subclavian artery, which may be pressed against the first rib by a downward push with the thumb to stop bleeding from the shoulder or arm.
  • The brachial artery, which may be pressed against the arm bone by a push inward along the natural groove between the two large muscles of the arm. Hand, wrist, and forearm hemorrhage will be stopped by this pressing.
  • The femoral artery, which may be pressed to avoid serious hemorrhage of the lower extremity.

It is important not to leave the pressure on too long, as this may cause damage to tissues, including nerves supplied by arteries past the pressure point.
Um, another good question. Well there are a lot of them so it depends on the person you are striking and how precisely you hit their pressure point. For example there is one called ''stomach point nine'' you have to hit this point with your finger with over 20 pounds of force to activate it properly.

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What are the judo martial arts levels?

Judo uses a typical ranking system for Gendai budo martial arts. There are six kyu ranks and ten dan ranks. Progression is from 6th to 1st kyu, and then from 1st to 10th dan. Colored belts include the white belt (6th kyu), yellow belt (5th kyu), orange belt (4th kyu), green belt (3rd kyu), blue belt (2nd kyu), and brown belt (1st kyu). Black belts are used from 1st to 5th dan, red and white belts from 6th to 8th dan, and solid red belts for 9th and 10th dan. Currently, the 10th dan is no longer officially awarded to anyone.

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Which martial art has the best footwork?

"Best" is a matter of opinion. "Footwork" can refer to stances, and mobility, like the way a boxer moves about the ring. It can also refer to the use of the feet as weapons. Many systems of grappling, such as judo and jujutsu, utilize footwork to stay on balance, while sweeping, reaping, and flipping the opponent.

Many striking systems, such as Chinese Kung Fu, Brazilian Capoeira, and Japanese Karate-do use a variety of footwork in stances, sweeps, as well as kicking, however the native Korean Tae Kkyeon (kicking method), and modern Taekwondo have excelled at developing the kicking skills by placing the use of the feet as the primary weapon. Korean Hapkido also uses a blend of kicking and throwing skills involving the legs and footwork.

For lateral mobility specifically, the Chinese systems of Yiquan, Hebei Xinyiquan, and Baguazhang were famous for their capacity to outmaneuver their opponents. An opinion supported by the dominance these systems displayed in the Leitei tournaments of the 19th century. Unfortunately, finding training in Baguazhang's high skills is likely no longer possible, and training in Hebei Xinyiquan for the most part requires personal connections to the practitioners on the mainland. A good measure of excellence is to look for a teacher (or students) than can move a half step in distance (~ 1-2 feet) in any direction before you can react. Fencing is beleived to be the martial art which can cover the most distance in the shortest time, their lunge is very effective. Filipino martial arts teach a system of footwork that is based on a triangle.

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Are there belt grades in kickboxing?

Kickboxing as a combat sport, no. Kickboxing as a Martial Art yes.

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Where can you get a martial arts degree?

Assuming you can even pass their insane admissions exams, believe it or not Tokyo or Beijing University both offer martial arts degrees. I know for a fact that in Chinese Universities, Kung Fu is a serious topic of study, with Japan, so are Karate and Judo. If you want to know how geometrically sound, and in harmony with the laws of physics Kung Fu is for example, Beijing University is the place to go. There is funding for martial arts programs, because it is in the government's interest to have scientifically trained bodyguards. A lot of bodyguards for Chinese politicians aren't just physically fit, very strong, and hold high ranks in Kung Fu, many have Bachelor's degrees and are former officers in the PRC's army. Chinese politicians don't just let anybody be their bodyguard; you have to have a college education, preferably from a top school, have been an officer, and, you have to be a high ranking Kung Fu expert. In other words those men are both strong and athletic, and they have brains. They are also exceedingly ruthless and notoriously cruel; attacking a Chinese politician is not a good idea.

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What combat art is taught in the CIA?

Some cases, they want to prefer the used of close-range combat especially at unexpected inclosed spaces as long as needed. They prefer to use either Krav Maga or Judo as hand-to-hand combat arsenal. And some cases they have specialty training variety especially to use Wing Chun strikes in some organizations, If in case the matter in long-range, they don't need hand-to-hand method of combat but they often uses guns especially pistol or sidearms as their own convenient.

The CIA uses a lot of Krav Maga and Judo, but prior to Krav Maga establishing its reputation, it relied almost exclusively on Judo, and it used "dirty boxing." It also uses some Karate moves, but not many; in one infamous case, I think it was a Russian spy or some family man who discovered something during the cold war, that a CIA agent killed him with a karate chop to the throat. If the hands are conditioned enough to break boards, a direct chop the throat can indeed be fatal.

Again though, the main stay martial art of the CIA is Judo; virtually all CIA employees, even people who don't do "spy stuff," hold a black belt in it.

Jon Portos: Not wanting to criticize the above (but I am not happy with it as I actually teach advanced stealth arts): The modern Agencies use a combination of various arts as the needs of the missions of agents can be diverse and complex. No one art does all. Selected experts in different arts are engaged to teach their specialties to trainees. The Company, like other agencies in the world, also requires skills in specialist areas not found in the normal martial arts schools. For instance training on the use of household items as weapons, some Self Defense systems teach that.

The main weapon in such occupations though is not manipulations of one's body, but an exercising of the mind. The mind keeps you from getting into trouble, as physical skills, no matter how highly developed may be inadequate in getting you out of trouble. Also fighting is a last resort, the CIA is not Special Forces as in combat teams, although they do have similar specialists. You are not sent somewhere to fight, but to blend in and never be known. Stealth, not fighting, is the main priority of training. I might comment that hand conditioning is not recommended and is not needed in killing. You don't need to break boards. If you have to break boards then you use an axe like anyone else. You can easily kill someone without requiring hand conditioning. Also the calluses of hand conditioning cannot be hidden and therefore would be a dead give-away as to such training. And Dead here means your agent is thus discovered and dead. An expensive loss.

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How do you do the horse stance?

The horse stance is done differently in different parts of different cultures. Most of the northern Chinese point their feet forward with thighs parallel to the floor, buttocks pushed out, and back "arched up" to keep the body from leaning forward. However, most of the southern Chinese spread their legs more with the toes pointing either forward or angled slightly out.

As for the Japanese, their horse stance always has parallel feet.

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What performance skills are needed for capoeira?

The Capoeira is a three step, three beat dance also knowen as the Jainga a performance that includes swinging if the body, jump kicks, handstands , layers it is also an aggressive dance preformed in white costumes by men and now women it is non-contact dance eye contacted is needed ANYONE CAN PREFORM IT !!

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Is there a real World Martial Arts Tournament?

You mean like in DBZ, and the Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter games? The short answer is no because you are looking at insane logistics. In the DBZ universe apparently the economics of that world are much simpler, consequently making it easier to organize a world martial arts tourney. In Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter the organizer is always an "evil and powerful corporation" worth untold trillions. The fiction of the major fighting game franchies explains, that those world tourneys exist, because the sponsors are loaded.

Is it necessary to have a "word warrior tournament" for the plot of this games? Absolutely; that is how the freakish skills of characters Ken, Ryu, Kazuya, etc, are justified. The general logic is, that if you TRULY created a world warrior tournament, the winners would all be freaks of nature. You would get your Zangiefs, your Guiles, people who have abnormal strength and surreal dexterity. In the street fighter and tekken games, the character roster you see, are the finalists of a tournament which has millions of fighters, literally millions, that is why they have abnormal skills in martial arts and how the fiction is justified.

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Is mixed martial arts demonic?

Mixed Martial Arts may be violent, and considered by some to be unpleasant, but it is not demonic.

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What do you call a martial arts school?

A martial art school can be called many things, including an academy, gym, or studio. Often times, if the Martial Art is specifically of Asian Martial Art lineage, the term of the native language is used. In Japanese, the term is Dojo, used frequently in many countries around the world for the teaching of Judo, Aikido, Jujutsu, and Japanese Karate-do. In Korea, the term is Dojang, which is the proper term commonly used world wide in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and other Korean Martial Art systems.

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How high can tony jaa kick?

Higher than your head. your supposed to watch tony jaa movies to find out first before asking

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What martial art did david Bradley do?

I think its hapkido.

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What is the strongest martial arts technique?

There is no such thing as the "strongest" technique. "Strength" exists in the muscles, and condition of the body. Martial Art techniques have "power" which is determined by the "force" that is applied to a target or opponent through scientific principles such as equilibrium, leverage, inertia, acceleration, momentum, reaction force, and both physical and mental concentration.

These attributes are not inherent to any one system of Martial Art, but shared by all of them since the Martial Art is a concept and educational format that relies on utilizing the laws of nature, and advanced knowledge of tactics and strategy in applying those laws. Each system of Martial Art promotes a preference and priority as to how and when to utilize the techniques, but most legitimate systems includes all of them to some degree.

Constricting holds, and leveraging pressure on joints and limbs can cause debilitating damage, unconsciousness, or death to a person. Throws and projections can likewise seriously injure or kill an opponent. Striking techniques with the knees, elbows, hands and feet have a measurable applied force that can far exceed what is needed to break bones (also boards or bricks), and can render an opponent unconscious or kill them with a single strike. A rapidly accelerated kick (such as a spinning hook kick), or the well reinforced thrust of a side kick (skipping or spinning), when properly executed, would physically generate the greatest net force, thereby resulting in the most damage to a given target.

However, even the most powerful technique is useless if it does not connect with the target as required, so what ultimately works is the ideal technique applied accurately at the optimum moment in any given situation.

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What martial arts start with a letter k?

karate ,kung fu ,kalaripayyut and krav maga

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How do you make nunchaku?

Go to a Hardware store get some wooden sticks, 2 hooks, and chain. then you cut the sticks into 8 ,12 , or 14 inches depends how long you want it ,drill a hole on the top of it, put the screws in (put super glue in the holes for it won't fly off), open the hooks, then insert the chain,close the hooks, that's it

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What martial art was invented in Brazil?


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What form of martial arts is more offensive?

Karate and Tae Kwon Do are considered the most 'offensive' or 'hard' of marital arts. Kung Fu can be categorized as either 'hard' or 'soft.'

Maria Pho's Answer;

Any of them!

The man learns any Offensive way if he could learn someone of them was intellectually possible,

but if the man cultivate himself spiritually, there the time that he reforms or repent himself on a good deed.

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Did martial arts start in Africa?


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Technically it did. Humans evolved from a lower order of primates over millions of years. Primates like chimps are known to wrestle and fight with sticks; one community even hunts with spears. These were traits probably held by the joint human-chimp ancestor who lived around 7 million years ago. This explains why humans have the same behaviors. Anatomically modern humans appeared in Africa 150,000-200,000 years ago. Their very thick bones indicate that they lived hard lifestyles. They lived in hunter-gatherer societies at this time. Modern examples of hunter-gatherers like the !Kung San people (! = click) are known to war amongst themselves, so there is no doubt that early humans did the same. The spears and arrows that were used for hunting were probably used in battles against various tribes. Humans are believed to have started to leave Africa around 50,000 years ago. Over the course of many millennia, they spread to Saudi Arabia, India, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Groups split from those in India and spread into Central Asia, the rest of the Middle East, and finally Europe. Like language, the martial skills that these people brought with them splintered with each group and snowballed into the traditions that we have today, including armed and unarmed combat. That is why there are so many similarities between seemingly unrelated styles of boxing or swordplay.

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How is math used in martial arts?

Angles are part of math and angles helps you aim your punch or kick at your opponents correctly.

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What is the Roundhouse Punch?

Useless against anyone who knows any martial art. It is a punch that circles from far out side the body into the opponent. While it is capable of carrying a lot of power, it is very easy to see come and then dodge or block.

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Who invented jujitsu?

Nobody knows the exact origin but it was invented as a fighting method against enemies like the samurai who wore armor which made swards ineffective so the art was invented to kill break and destroy the body, it was invented in Japan around 5000 years ago.

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What martial arts level is Tony Jaa?

He has studied many styles of martial arts, but official ranking does not seem to have been a concern.

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How was martial arts first used?

Martial arts were first used how they were intended, for self-defense. For example Shaolin Monks were attacked while picking berries and doing other daily chores. In this case they had to learn to fight back or die. However people have strayed from using martial arts for a just kill.


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