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There are plenty of myths swirling around martial arts. And I don't just mean the superstitious variety. I mean misconceptions and mistaken beliefs that have somehow gained status as facts. These are annoying at best. At worst, they keep people away from training in martial arts – people who otherwise would have benefited from everything the martial arts have to offer.

Here are some of the most common myths about martial arts. My hope is that, even if you already know them all, this post gives you insight on how better to debunk these myths for those outside the arts.

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The behavior of a martial arts student can reflect poorly on the behavior of his or her teacher. This behavior often makes itself evident at seminars and tournaments. As a former tournament referee, I realize that we don't always see every point and sometimes we have a different opinion of what constitutes a point than do some of the spectators. However, that is never an excuse to verbally abuse a referee.

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Win more in martial arts competition by following the practical advice provided in this Black Belt mag post.

In Part 1 of this story, the author outlined the top 10 mistakes martial artists make in the dojo. Presented here are the top 10 mistakes martial artists at tournaments.

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