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Doctor insights on: Aikido Martial Arts

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What are the benefits of doing aikido over another martial art?

What are the benefits of doing aikido over another martial art?

Can be weak: "aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength"( taken from wikipedia) it has a philosophic and spiritualmunder pinning. ...Read more

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What can be done to shed pounds fast for martial arts ?

What can be done to shed pounds fast for martial arts ?

Not fast: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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will performing martial arts contribute or stunt my growth?

will performing martial arts contribute or stunt my growth?

Neither: Practicing martial arts should not make one shorter or taller. The most significant factor is genetic: the height of one's parents and ancestors. The second is eating a nutritious diet with adequate calories for your age and activity level. If there are still concerns about stature, one should consult with a pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How can you relief pain in these areas after martial arts training?

How can you relief pain in these areas after martial arts training?

Stretching: It is important to stretch prior to workouts, but moreso after your workout session. Take advantage of the muscles being warm to slowly elongate and relax them after the workout. ...Read more

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Is there an ultimate diet for a big man looking to study martial arts?

Is there an ultimate diet for a big man looking to study martial arts?

Low fat, low sugar: The best diet for martial arts or any sport that requires speed and agility, is one that is going to help you to lose wt, without losing energy. If you want to reduce wt, i usually advise a low fat/ low sugar diet, with lots of vegetables, whole grains, and avoid refined sugar. The important thing is to be patient and stick with the exercise and diet! congratulations are your endeavor to train! ...Read more

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Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei(or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read more

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Iq drop from martial arts/fighting, possible?

Iq drop from martial arts/fighting, possible?

Yes. Which Style?: Yes. Obviously, any martial art or fighting that involves contact with the head can lead to concussion, traumatic brain injury, etc. There may be some styles which may be safer, such as Tai Chi & Aikido. These arts rarely have percussive impact. It all depends upon how you train. ...Read more

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How can I prevent long term injuries in martial arts?

Conditioning: Make sure that you stretch and warm-up properly to maintain good flexibility. Make sure that you learn and maintain good technique because you want to maintain efficiency in your motion. Understand that martial arts when practiced is more than a sport or form of exercise but a way of life. ...Read more

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What' the best martial arts for someone doesn't self-defend very well?

Aikido: "aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength "(directly quoted from wikipedia). ...Read more

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I sometimes think it is creepy when adult men teach martial arts to little kids. Am I overreacting to the news of 'wrestling' with kids?

I sometimes think it is creepy when adult men teach martial arts to little kids. Am I overreacting to the news of 'wrestling' with kids?

Who will teach them?: I can understand your concern but who else is going to teach them? Other kids? For the most part, martial arts teaches kids discipline, respect, and increases confidence in addition to improving their balance, cardiovascular health, and flexibility - all very positive things. Some schools allow parents to participate in class with their kids, and maybe you would feel more comfortable with that. ...Read more

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What fitness and exercise needed for martial arts?

What fitness and exercise needed for martial arts?

Good question!: Difficult to answer! There are dozens of martial arts in the world. Some, like Wushu require a gymnast's flexibility and grace, others like Tai Chi can be practiced at any age without the need to jump or kick. All styles can benefit your cardio and balance. It's good to check with your doctor before doing any strenuous exercise if you haven't been very active for a while. ...Read more

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Is it still a good idea to have little kids learn martial arts?

Is it still a good idea to have little kids learn martial arts?

Absolutely: A good martial arts teacher is worth their weight in gold. The school should reflect what you want out of proper training, and the teacher should be somebody you feel your children should learn from. Kids learn discipline, respect, physical strength and confidence, and fitness. There is often wisdom thrown in, and good instructors involve parents and teachers in promotions. ...Read more

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If i take up mixed martial arts, would i become disciplined enough to quit some bad habits like smoking and drinking?

If i take up mixed martial arts, would i become disciplined enough to quit some bad habits like smoking and drinking?

I would rephrase...: ...To read as follows: if your commitment to wellness is strong enough to stick with martial arts, it is probably strong enough to win over temptations to resume smoking and drinking. ...Read more

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I do martial arts. How long do broken toes take to heal?

I do martial arts. How long do broken toes take to heal?

Typically 6-8 weeks: Broken bone typically take 6-8 weeks to heal, but that is if they are properly treated with immobilization and rest. Without this, you risk delaying the healing because of movement. ...Read more

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Can you do mixed martial arts if you have had a trans ischemic stroke?

Can you do mixed martial arts if you have had a trans ischemic stroke?

Yes & no: Sometimes injury to the arteries of the neck causes stroke symptoms. If this is the cause of the TIA, I think it is best to avoid fighting. Can't say that any fighting sports are good for the brain, whether there has been a TIA or not. The conditioning used for MMA is good for the brain though. Is there a way to do this sport without contact? Just a thought. ...Read more

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I want to do martial arts but mom says they are not ladylike. What if I need to defend myself?

I want to do martial arts but mom says they are not ladylike. What if I need to defend myself?

Try different tactic: Martial arts has nothing to do w/being ladylike. If that's her concern, you'll never convince her otherwise. Instead, explain how practicing martial arts will develop your physical fitness, strength & endurance. It will improve your discipline & help you set & reach goals. It will develop your self-confidence. All these are important qualities for men & women. In addition to defending yourself! ...Read more

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What workouts should I do to build muscles without ruining the flexibility that i gained through martial arts?

What workouts should I do to build muscles without ruining the flexibility that i gained through martial arts?

Slow technique: Slow technique practice with punches and kicks can improve technique, build muscle, maintain/improve flexibility and improve balance (especially with kicks). Don't compromise the power, just control the speed. Do it as an interval between normal speed/power training. ...Read more

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What makes my knees sound like they're grinding but they don't hurt? I practice martial arts. So should I go have my knees checked?

What makes my knees sound like they're grinding but they don't hurt? I practice martial arts. So should I go have my knees checked?

No pain, no problem: Crackling/popping/grinding sounds from your joints including the neck/back/hands/knees and ankles has not been shown to have any ill effect as long as in doing so it is not causing you any pain.. If you have significant pain/stiffness that is adversely affecting your life/work/sleep etc...Consult your doc for an evaluation. Otherwise, keep up your physical activities. Good luck. ...Read more