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Punches are really only effective when aimed at the head, it takes too many to do damage to the torso assuming your opponent knows how to take a punch. Kicks can also be very effective to the upper body as well. In TKD, you train your kicking techniques with the aim of striking the stomach/chest of your opponent. Either way, if you train both your punches and kicks well, an untrained opponent will be unable to react in time to evade or block either; but punches will only bruise them (concuss if delived well to the head) while well-placed kicks will break bone (knock out cold if delivered to the head). Against a trained opponent, punches are effective only in close proximity while kicks have both more power and range. Kicks can also be aimed to the side and rear, while punches can only be aimed in front of you.


Hand techniques against the throat and eyes are pretty effective. A good punch to bust someone's nose works well. I was also taught a technique for tearing the ear off the side of the opponent's head. The bleeding that results doesn't do immediate damage on its own but has a powerful psychological effect. Blows to the filtrum, strikes to the armpit, and finger breaks are all fairly debilitating as well. There's simply more flexibility with hand/arm techniques. I don't punch the opponent's skull. I tend to aim for the eyes, nose, and jaw. The windpipe is a good target, too. A blow to the stomach or groin of an unprepared opponent is capable of stunning them.

I still dislike sacrificing balance to throw a kick aimed above the stomach, which was why I disliked TKD even when I was learning it. But, yes, kicks are certainly more powerful.
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Nyanotic wrote:

Punches are really only effective when aimed at the head, it takes too many to do damage to the torso assuming your opponent knows how to take a punch. Kicks can also be very effective to the upper body as well. In TKD, you train your kicking techniques with the aim of striking the stomach/chest of your opponent. Either way, if you train both your punches and kicks well, an untrained opponent will be unable to react in time to evade or block either; but punches will only bruise them (concuss if delived well to the head) while well-placed kicks will break bone (knock out cold if delivered to the head). Against a trained opponent, punches are effective only in close proximity while kicks have both more power and range. Kicks can also be aimed to the side and rear, while punches can only be aimed in front of you.


Hand techniques against the throat and eyes are pretty effective. A good punch to bust someone's nose works well. I was also taught a technique for tearing the ear off the side of the opponent's head. The bleeding that results doesn't do immediate damage on its own but has a powerful psychological effect. Blows to the filtrum, strikes to the armpit, and finger breaks are all fairly debilitating as well. There's simply more flexibility with hand/arm techniques.

I still dislike sacrificing balance to throw a kick aimed above the stomach, which was why I disliked TKD even when I was learning it. But, yes, kicks are certainly more powerful.


I would say that, unless you're trying to maim or kill your opponent, kicks are the most effective way to incapacitate them.
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Nyanotic wrote:

I would say that, unless you're trying to maim or kill your opponent, kicks are the most effective way to incapacitate them.


Leg techniques are still able to main or kill an opponent, too. Stomps, for instance, are very deadly. The blunt trauma is able to cause serious internal injury. There is also a maneuver I learned that aims a stomp behind a standing opponent's ankle. It severs their achilles tendon and surgery is required to reattach it. I didn't really concern myself with my opponent's well-being. The goal has always been to simply make sure I'm the one who is able to walk away in the even that I can't run from a confrontation.

Running should always be in my mind during a fight. A staggering blow can create an opportunity for me to flee. I do favor kicks to the stomach, sides of the knees, and groin due to their ability to almost instantly take someone down, though.
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Nyanotic wrote:

I would say that, unless you're trying to maim or kill your opponent, kicks are the most effective way to incapacitate them.


Leg techniques are still able to main or kill an opponent, too. Stomps, for instance, are very deadly. The blunt trauma is able to cause serious internal injury. I didn't really concern myself with my opponent's well-being. The goal has always been to simply make sure I'm the one who is able to walk away in the even that I can't run from a confrontation.

Running should always be in my mind during a fight. A staggering blow can create an opportunity for me to flee. I do favor kicks to the stomach, sides of the knees, and groin due to their ability to almost instantly take someone down, though.


Fair enough, a majority of martial arts are aimed to maim or kill anyways.

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I curl up in the fetal position like this badass.

Been doing it for nearly 30 years.



-think like Juza the Cloud- Ah Ha, all I have to do is pour some water on you! And I win!!


Is Juza stupid?
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Tae Kown Do
Age: 7
Frequency: Twice a week for about a month
Pros: I can kick like a muhfuh
Cons: All I can do is kick
I wish I would have stayed in it
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:


JanusCascade wrote:


Sir_jamesalot wrote:

I curl up in the fetal position like this badass.

Been doing it for nearly 30 years.



-think like Juza the Cloud- Ah Ha, all I have to do is pour some water on you! And I win!!


Is Juza stupid?


If he stupid, than we gotta be dumbest people in the world! heh

Juza the Cloud is from Fist of the North Star, he is genius when it come to Self-taught Martial Art. Even Raoh acknowledge him!


Edit: Oh btw I wouldn't be calling him names, he got large fan base. He is bad ass! Every ladies want to be with him, and every guys want to be just like him!
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IShouldBeStudying wrote:

Tae Kown Do
Age: 7
Frequency: Twice a week for about a month
Pros: I can kick like a muhfuh
Cons: All I can do is kick
I wish I would have stayed in it


Hmm so all I have to do is tape around your feet together and you won't be able to kick Muhahahaha!
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Nyanotic wrote:

Punches are really only effective when aimed at the head, it takes too many to do damage to the torso assuming your opponent knows how to take a punch. Kicks can also be very effective to the upper body as well. In TKD, you train your kicking techniques with the aim of striking the stomach/chest of your opponent. Either way, if you train both your punches and kicks well, an untrained opponent will be unable to react in time to evade or block either; but punches will only bruise them (concuss if delived well to the head) while well-placed kicks will break bone (knock out cold if delivered to the head). Against a trained opponent, punches are effective only in close proximity while kicks have both more power and range. Kicks can also be aimed to the side and rear, while punches can only be aimed in front of you.


Hand techniques against the throat and eyes are pretty effective. A good punch to bust someone's nose works well. I was also taught a technique for tearing the ear off the side of the opponent's head. The bleeding that results doesn't do immediate damage on its own but has a powerful psychological effect. Blows to the filtrum, strikes to the armpit, and finger breaks are all fairly debilitating as well. There's simply more flexibility with hand/arm techniques. I don't punch the opponent's skull. I tend to aim for the eyes, nose, and jaw. The windpipe is a good target, too. A blow to the stomach or groin of an unprepared opponent is capable of stunning them.

I still dislike sacrificing balance to throw a kick aimed above the stomach, which was why I disliked TKD even when I was learning it. But, yes, kicks are certainly more powerful.


Effective has long has the opponent isn't rushing you. Most people I have fight with outside of martial arts school try to rush me. I tend to kick them in the knee. From the side or from the front of the knee. Usually stop the fight and disable the person. Most people don't have the capacity to survived one direct hit to the knee. Also trikes against the eyes and throat work if your opponent doesn't know how to defend him self. 2 people in the past try to grab me by the throat or hit me in the eyes. One end it in the floor in a chokehold, and the other nearly end with broken fingers and wrist. Strikes to the armpit work if you hit hard and if you pull it off. Easy say than done.

True but easy say than done thou. If I going to do this, I rather slam my hands against the person ears. That will completely destroy somebody sense of balance. I never done that thou but my dad did it to me and that destroy my balance completely. My dad I think is a yellow belt in Judo.

A blow to the stomach or groin of an unprepared opponent is capable of stunning them.
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Bobjitsu Self Defense Course start when I was in my early teens.

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IShouldBeStudying wrote:

Tae Kown Do
Age: 7
Frequency: Twice a week for about a month
Pros: I can kick like a muhfuh
Cons: All I can do is kick
I wish I would have stayed in it


Hmm so all I have to do is tape around your feet together and you won't be able to kick Muhahahaha!


then i would just kick you with both of my feet at the same time
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Love that there are so many MA practitioners in our community!!! For those of you still training - keep up the hard work guys/gals! If you've never trained before - give it a shot! Training can be lots of fun, is a great way to get/stay in shape and if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation you'll be able to defend yourself (hopefully). Anyway, onto my training resume!

Taekwondo (TKD)
Age: 7
Frequency: Twice a week until I was 12 with 1st Dan Black Belt (Moved, no MA schools near me and I really got into school sports)
Pros: My kicks are pretty awesome

Cons: If you could break through my kicking range and knew how to use your hands, I'd get owned... (Learned that the hard way once I finally found a new MA school...)

MMA (but not the kind you're probably thinking of)

From White-1st Dan/Degree it was pretty much TKD: same techniques, same forms, all that jazz, but with added emphasis on hands. (My Chief Instructor had been a boxer for the first 18 years of his life before he started training in TKD. He fell in love with the kicking and all the tradition that came with TKD, but was a boxer at heart so when he started his own studio years later he wanted there to be an emphasis on the hands as well as all the kicks that we do) After 1st Dan/Degree there are bits of Arnis and Chinese MA as you move up the ranks.

Age: 18
Frequency: Mon-Fri until I graduated college at 22 and moved 2000+ miles away for work (Still consider myself a student/instructor at this school, I just attend/teach classes whenever I'm back in town) Currently a 2nd Dan Black Belt... Been that rank since 2011, but in my defense it's hard to progress when you're only practicing two weeks out of the year!
Pros: Got better with the kicks and if you're able to break past kicking range, I'll introduce ya to some boxing

Cons: The various styles that my Chief Instructor has us learning as we progress can be overwhelming for some. It's especially hard for some students to move from the almost rigid style of TKD/Boxing onto the more fluid forms of Chinese MA and Arnis that we learn later on.
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Effective has long has the opponent isn't rushing you. Most people I have fight with outside of martial arts school try to rush me. I tend to kick them in the knee. From the side or from the front of the knee. Usually stop the fight and disable the person. Most people don't have the capacity to survived one direct hit to the knee. Also trikes against the eyes and throat work if your opponent doesn't know how to defend him self. 2 people in the past try to grab me by the throat or hit me in the eyes. One end it in the floor in a chokehold, and the other nearly end with broken fingers and wrist. Strikes to the armpit work if you hit hard and if you pull it off. Easy say than done.

True but easy say than done thou. If I going to do this, I rather slam my hands against the person ears. That will completely destroy somebody sense of balance. I never done that thou but my dad did it to me and that destroy my balance completely. My dad I think is a yellow belt in Judo.


The side of the knee and the knee cap are good to attack. In almost all circumstances, people will try to rush you during a fight. You don't particularly need a lot of power or speed to injure areas like the eyes and throat, so I'm not sure what attacks you are using on a rushing opponent. In the past, I've done things like grab the front of the guy's shirt at the collar and pull it over his face. Attacks to the face tend to work pretty well even if they don't knock someone out. Nobody you'd get into a street fight with nowadays has an iron face technique. It's also pretty easy to crush someone's windpipe with just one hand. You don't need to be fast to do it, either. You just need to slip a hand in there somehow, like when they try to grapple you, and squeeze. Your fingers might be untrained but they're still going to be stronger than someone's windpipe. Curl your fingers and use the first joint of your fingers to squeeze the throat. There's more to hand techniques than just closed fists.

The attack to the ear is okay, I usually use a backhand/backfist or other open hand attack for that, although punching someone in the ear also works.
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KarenAraragi wrote:

Effective has long has the opponent isn't rushing you. Most people I have fight with outside of martial arts school try to rush me. I tend to kick them in the knee. From the side or from the front of the knee. Usually stop the fight and disable the person. Most people don't have the capacity to survived one direct hit to the knee. Also trikes against the eyes and throat work if your opponent doesn't know how to defend him self. 2 people in the past try to grab me by the throat or hit me in the eyes. One end it in the floor in a chokehold, and the other nearly end with broken fingers and wrist. Strikes to the armpit work if you hit hard and if you pull it off. Easy say than done.

True but easy say than done thou. If I going to do this, I rather slam my hands against the person ears. That will completely destroy somebody sense of balance. I never done that thou but my dad did it to me and that destroy my balance completely. My dad I think is a yellow belt in Judo.


The side of the knee and the knee cap are good to attack. In almost all circumstances, people will try to rush you during a fight. You don't particularly need a lot of power or speed to injure areas like the eyes and throat, so I'm not sure what attacks you are using on a rushing opponent. In the past, I've done things like grab the front of the guy's shirt at the collar and pull it over his face. Attacks to the face tend to work pretty well even if they don't knock someone out. Nobody you'd get into a street fight with nowadays has an iron face technique. It's also pretty easy to crush someone's windpipe with just one hand. You don't need to be fast to do it, either. You just need to slip a hand in there somehow, like when they try to grapple you, and squeeze. Your fingers might be untrained but they're still going to be stronger than someone's windpipe. Curl your fingers and use the first joint of your fingers to squeeze the throat. There's more to hand techniques than just closed fists.

The attack to the ear is okay, I usually use a backhand/backfist or other open hand attack for that, although punching someone in the ear also works.


Well fair but you should know that being train wouldn't necessary stop you from being in a bad situation. When rush I hit the heart area of the body with a kick or punch. Or get down and hit the stomach with a upper punch. Or use their momentum to trip them over. I really good a striping people over. Or backhanded punch. About the heart area. You would be surprise how much it hurt getting hit there.
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I took Tae Kwon Do for about 3 years starting when I was 9 or so
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