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Yes. As long as we draw the line on re-enactment, versus showmanship (Renaissance Faire-type fighting), since that falls under the category of theatre. The western arts, which are now experiencing a regain in popularity, are just as interesting, and I would certainly love to see questions about rapier fighting and differences between Spanish and Italian ...


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Personally I would consider them to be on topic along with with most other combat systems that exist as an organized system, e.g. fencing, kyudo, wrestling, etc. In terms of actual matches though, unless it is a discussion of the techniques used (i.e. "Why did so-and-so use technique A as opposed to B?") I would consider them to be off topic and more of a ...


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I think it's on topic for martial arts training. Injury prevention, treatment ( which doesn't require a doctor), and training with injuries are a key part of many martial artists training. Especially the more sports oriented arts. I think once the medical advice is at the point where you need to see a doctor, its off topic. But for basic treatment of ...


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"What martial arts focus on x?" -style questions Where x is "grappling" or "self-defense" or "high kicks" or "joint manipulation" seem perfectly valid to me. Some arts do focus on certain areas more than others. It seems plausible that the answers to these types of questions could provide valid, factual responses beyond mere opinion or anecdote. And if ...


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I think that the history of martial arts should be on topic but history relating to martial arts is not. Of course, we can always move questions instead of closing them -- in fact one of mine could be moved here. On topic: Why did Ueshiba travel to China and how did it influence his martial art? Why are katana cuts done from the side of the body in some ...


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Running an jogging are issues of physical fitness, not martial arts. We have a site for that: http://fitness.stackexchange.com. Certainly, a sound mind and healthy body are important to martial arts, but that does not make any activity associated with achieving that a subject of "Martial Arts." This is a bit like the "programmer's favorite softdrink" ...


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i think questions about running a dojo (or other martial art center/ gym/ training facility) are on topic. maybe not the legal ones, but questions of discipline, teaching styles, retaining members, and the like should all be considered on topic.


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Yes, history is important in martial arts. It explains many aspects of why each martial art is the way it is. Each art was formed at a certain time, under circumstances/motivations that were unique for it. Failing to take into account the history of a martial art can lead to an inferior understanding of it. (Perhaps not in the techniques, but certainly the ...


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I think it's too localized. You could just as well do a search of local business listings and be done with it. Businesses may not stick around forever. New ones might pop up, or they might change locations which means that answers will also change over time. Also, the SE Q&A model isn't good for "recommendations" and those questions are likely to be ...


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Here's my suggested starting point for the scope section at the top of our FAQ, based on the template from the Superuser FAQ: Martial Arts is for martial arts enthusiasts and professional martial artists. If you have a question about… Martial arts training Martial arts technique Martial arts teaching Martial arts history Martial arts ...


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There are other martial arts forums and bb's out in the interweb - usually style specific, but they are generally not nice places to be. There is a large amount of trolling (style vs style) and a very low 'signal to noise' ratio. Generally these old sites tend to degenerate into cliques of members with very well established house rules and tend to come ...


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Offtopic. It may be indirectly related to Martial Arts in that running will increase your physical fitness, but in that regard it belongs on Fitness/Nutrition.SO. EDIT: Now, questions such as "How can I change my running style to increase my [balance,speed,concentration,etc]" would be on-topic. General running questions don't seem like they are to me ...


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In regards to "When will Manny Pacquiao next fight Marquez?". That is a question about a sport: boxing. I think that is off topic. However, the basis of the sport is boxing, which is completely on-topic if you ask me. MMA and wrestling are Martial Arts, as well.


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I am a bit more traditional than some, so my answer leans in that direction. Personally I think questions: about disarming or facing someone who is using a gun using the gun in grappling as a weapon substitute (i.e. replacing a kubotan) are within the scope of Martial Arts, while anything like: how to point a gun and shoot it maintaining or using ...


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I lean toward option #3 for two main reasons. 1) Sourcing quotes related to martial arts could, as @JohnP stated, fall under "culture of martial arts systems" 2) I hate to discourage anyone from using the SE. If a question is borderline allowable, I lean toward allowing it, even if it pains the martial arts elitist inside me. Here's the problem: Every ...


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I would say it should be on topic if it relates to martial arts (semantics do matter there) and not if it does not. Same goes with dance, instrument playing, and singing: in the context of capoeria they should be on topic. In the context of the Don Giovanni opera, they are not -- yes, this is a challenge! ^_~


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One of the problems I see in the questions so far is none (or very few) of the questions seem like questions people really really need an answer for. Many of the questions are just esoteric or oddball. Or we see questions that are related to training that are indirectly related to martial arts. In fact I think many of the questions people will ...


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This will always be a tricky area to adjudicate whether something is on topic or not. I think you need to ask the questions: Was the injury caused specifically by martial arts training? Does the injury need to be accommodated or managed during martial arts training? Does the question relate to the arts but the answer is obvious and generic? There will ...


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We've considered movies to be off-topic as per our FAQ as we want to focus our site on actual martial arts and not theatrics. The first three questions are not good questions, because they are simple "identify this question" that would not elicit further discussion. However, the last question you posed would be acceptable because it isn't necessarily about ...


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I would consider them both as on-topic.The term should refer to include any type of combative practice for sport, self-defense, physical and mental development, and what have you regardless of whether it's East Asian, European, Western, or such.


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Injuries are bound to happen in martial arts. Robert Cartaino posted a really nice answer on the Fitness & Nutrition meta a year ago where we had the same issue: Like anything else you read on the internet, there's a degree of responsibility and caution that falls on both the askers and answerers. Don't ask us when it is okay for you to resume ...


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I would say that both of the topics in the linked questions are ultimately on topic, however the questions are in some respects poorly worded and could do with some tweaking. Remember that the first few questions set the tone for the site and will be used as a template for future questions. Its really important that not only these questions be on-topic, ...


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The first thing we need to do is differentiate between FAQ and wiki. If you use the StackOverflow FAQ as an example, it is mainly guidelines about how to use that specific site, that information has been distilled from discussions and decisions in the Meta site. Notably it doesn't include information about specific topics the site encompasses (like How would ...


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A Shaolin teacher once told me that the lion and dragon dances are meant to be performed using the body-principles found in the martial arts. In other words, the reason the lion shakes its head, for example, is because you're sitting in horse stance and properly punching from the kua (waist, hips). I suppose it is a way to show off your school's martial ...


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Maintenance/Repair (Proper way to take care of boxing gloves and wrist wraps after use?) Definitely. While it could be argued that any DIY board or the like could conceivably offer these suggestions, they would not necessarily have the requisite background to know how the application of martial arts affects them. For example, a question was asked about ...


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I'd consider them acceptable given that combat sports are generally classed under the general mantle of martial arts. It's okay if there's some overlap. We'd be sort of the specialists in that and can probably give more relevant and complete answers overall.


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It seems to me that there are other Stack Exchange sites and proposals which would be a better fit for this topic, such as Theatre. Martial Arts, as so far defined, seems to be: "Martial arts are extensive systems of codified practices and traditions of combat that are practiced for self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental, ...


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Like what we discussed with Lion Dancing: how does staging fake fights help with one's growth in martial arts? Some possible examples: Classical Chinese opera. Korean masked dances might hide something interesting. Capoeira. I think some variants of Silat have ritual dances in between rounds within ritual duels. Some arts train acting / theater as methods ...


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I largely agree with Ho-Sheng Hsiao. I think that the original question, as asked, is relatively problematic, and while I recognize the need to not let us branch too broadly, I am uncomfortable with the idea that the purpose of the practice matters relative to what the practice is. So if you are practicing taekwondo for money as a combat sport, I don't see ...


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The long and short of it is that I feel that there's very little we are going to successfully draw from Firearms.SE directly or that we should migrate from there, but that we might consider keeping a broader topic scope around firearms than we might otherwise if Firearms.SE continued to exist. I agree with this sentiment for several concrete reasons....


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