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Old 11-01-05, 02:23 PM
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Anyone here practice martial arts?

I'm just starting and wondering what other people's experience has been like.
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Originally Posted by Adiras
I'm just starting and wondering what other people's experience has been like.
I haven't been practicing seriously for a few years, but I did spend about 20 years studying Burmese Bando. I found that the style of martial art is not as important as finding the right instructor (someone who is knowledgable and skilled in the martial arts, as well as a good teacher).

What style are you studying?
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Used to do TKD and did a little judo in college, which I might get back into. I'm not big on gym exercise or sports, but I enjoy learning something useful and it's a great way to do that.
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The sneakers make all the difference. No one fucks with you when you're wearing New Balance shoes.
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Been studying Isshyn Ryu, a traditional Okinawan karate for 11 years and attained the rank of 4th degree black belt. Have been studying Brazilian Jui Jitsu for 3 1/2 years and am a blue belt. The Jiu Jitsu is much harder to learn but works more of the muscle groups. I love the workout. Both will provide a good workout for someone new to martial arts. Just after 11 years of the same techniques the muscles get used to doing them. Jiu Jitsu works more muscles and harder. For self defense, karate is great because most altercations will start on your feet. However if you get knocked down by a wrestler or a grappler you'll be in trouble as it doesn't offer many counters and strikes are muted. Grappling is great fun and can keep you alive however it is somewhat ineffective against more than one attacker.


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Originally Posted by Bandoman
What style are you studying?

Its called Tien Shan Pai. Everything I've read about it sounds like the style I was looking for. I had a couple beginner lessons and it got me really psyched to learn more.
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Originally Posted by Adiras
Its called Tien Shan Pai. Everything I've read about it sounds like the style I was looking for. I had a couple beginner lessons and it got me really psyched to learn more.
I don't know much about Tien Shan Pai, but as a Northern Chinese kung fu style it will have a lot of low stances and sweeping movements which can be hard on the knees. From what little I've read about it, it seems like a well-rounded style. I'm glad you're enjoying it!
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Used too, I could never really find a style/school I liked though. All them were either heavy into "testing" (aka bonus fees for them) or more of the "spiritual" aspects of the art. I've tried TaeKwonDo (all the schools are big into testing), TaiChi (not really considered a martial art by some and although it can be heavy into the spiritual my instructor wasn't, but he stopped teaching ), Aikido (really enjoyed this but some of the spiritual aspects I didn't care for) and Hapkido (testing and unrealistic "one hit/one kill/don't practice counters" approach drove me away). Once I get some free time again I want to check out Krav Maga http://www.kravmaga.com/krav01.html or http://www.krav-maga.com/index2.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga it's the technique used by the Israeli Defense Force.

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Nemein - I love Bando because it addresses many of the issues you note:

- No fees for testing;
- While there are certainly spiritual aspects to the martial arts, my instructors focused on the practical.
- The "one shot kill" philosophy is completely unrealistic. Bando focuses on sustained, multiple attacks and counters, usually in multiples of three. It was assumed that the first attack (and probably the second) would fail against/be countered by a skilled opponent. Every attack can become a counter, and vice-versa. There is a healthy mix of striking/grappling.
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studied under gary alexander for some years many years ago...

now iv got my daughter involved,she said dance or cheerleading,i said Karate.

most important is the school..stay away from corporate schools(Tiger Schulmann's Karate).run when your moving up in belts every other month...my daughters friend moved to PA and started learning,she was a green belt in less then a year,what a joke...

my daughter started when she was 7,5 1/2 years ago...she just EARNED her brown belt...girl on the right.


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Nemein - I love Bando because it addresses many of the issues you note:
um... I'll have to look into that. For those interested here's a short cut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bando It's going to be about a year before I'm able to get around to doing anything at this point Thanks for the pointer though
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I practiced for two years...never was any good. So I took up running and I've never been in a fight since. If ever trouble arose I'd be so confident I could outrun my potential opponant I'd mouth him down fearlessly. They'd either chicken out thinking I was crazy, or I'd beat them at running.

Been a while since I popped in here....
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no martial arts, but i did play miniature golf this weekend with my girlfriend at the Golf N' Stuff in Norwalk where Daniel-san took Ali on a date in The Karate Kid.
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There are a few reasons that I wanted to get involved in this, but I wont lie, I really want to be able to make someone regret the day they decided to fuck with me. But I also hope I never get into a fight, I just think there's no good reason besides self-defence.
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Originally Posted by Adiras
There are a few reasons that I wanted to get involved in this, but I wont lie, I really want to be able to make someone regret the day they decided to fuck with me. But I also hope I never get into a fight, I just think there's no good reason besides self-defence.
be carfull,just ask van damn...he opened his mouth to chuck zitto and got his block knocked off(1 punch out cold)....no matter how tough you are,theres always someone tougher.
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Yep. I was a red belt, but in the "Black Belt club" (which means I proficiently learned every move to be a black belt, and most moves up to second degree black belt, but didn't have the time **ahem** under my belt to actually be a black belt.) I was an instructor and taught it for over a year, too. I practiced Bok-Fu ( it means "White Tiger") which is a culmination of a lot of different arts, like Kenpo, Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and a few others I can't recall at the moment.

I was really into it. Right from the beginning, I went to two classes a day, six days a week. When I advanced and got my instructor's degree, I taught three classes and went to two other classes, one "master" class where I learned new moves and the "advanced" class to practice the moves I had already learned. I also went to kickboxing classes twice a week.

When sparring, I always fought southpaw even though technically I'm right handed. Why? Because most people fought right handed and would be thrown off by me fighting southpaw. It gave me a huge advantage. I was used to fighting that way, so I knew all the targets on their body. But since they weren't used to it, they didn't know all the targets on mine. You might want to try learning how to fight that way. It helped me a lot
(I was undefeated in tournament fights.) Well, make sure you learn both ways, but use southpaw when you're actually sparring.

I enjoyed it a lot and would like to get back into classes when my back heals. Up until my back injury, even though I wasn't going to the school anymore I still practiced at least three times a week to keep my skills sharp. I miss being able to practice and spar with other people a Hell of a lot.

I might be biased, but I think learning an art that is made of lots of other different arts is better than learning just one, because you get the best of a lot of worlds and become a more versatile fighter.
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I took TKD for a while (back in the day)... I would call it a very worth-while experience. It helps you get in shape, can be a confidence booster for many aspects in life, requires discipline. I think it is very good for a person to take martial arts for at least a while.

That being said, I am too damn lazy to do it now, I would rather sit behind a computer screen and bitch about stuff and hand out advice.
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