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I have studied taekwondo of 16 years now and still going and now today as a 3rd degree trying to reach my 4th dergee. My boyfriend (4th degree) who has been studied for almost about 20 years who has his own teakwondo school. We meat in taekwondo while i was a color belt and he was a 1st degree under our me (current), him (former) instructor. I got in to martial arts after watching some martial arts movies and but mostly after I really got in the dragon ball z.
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Flexecute wrote:

Do you practice any arts or are interested in doing so?



I mostly practice Wing Chun and Tai Chi lately, although my primary training background is in Filipino Kali and Escrima, with a substantial contribution from Dr. John Latourette's "Speed Fighting" courses. Prior to that, I got basic instruction in a couple dozen other styles, based primarily on what was available in my area. I moved around a lot as a kid, so it wasn't until my mid-twenties that I could settle down in one area and really focus on one art with one instructor.

There are really three stages of martial arts training: training to defend yourself against what might actually happen, training to defend yourself against things that never really happen to anyone, and then you can defend yourself against basically anything so now it's just about your own personal growth and development. I like being in the third stage. It's much more relaxed.

I recognise the desire to do impressive things like kick through a bat, or really any kind of breaking, but I've long ago decided there's no purpose to any of that. I never need to punch through an opponent's body or break his bones. It's more elegant and civilised to target the energy meridians. In the first few years of my training, I couldn't do that, because fights were frenetic and confusing. But after you do enough full-contact sparring, every fight seems like it takes place underwater. I have all the time in the world to stop or avoid each strike, and there's no uncertainty about whether I'll hit with my counter. So where I used to think "I WILL PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE," now I think "I will strike the jiu lao." I don't need to strike hard or fast, but I do need to strike precisely.

And you really start to notice the difference in opponents. Like you talk to someone who's asking if you want to spar, just to see who's better, and you perceive immediately that this is an immature desire of an undeveloped student so they can't possibly be very good. And you decline, because there's nothing in that for you. What are you going to learn facing a bad student with bad form who fights badly? And what are you going to teach him, with that attitude?
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Jujitsu, traditional Japanese self-defense oriented styles

I joined my club when I started in university and have been practicing for 3 years now.
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saranimukoe wrote:

Shotokan Karate
Krav Maga
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Kickboxing

I train 12 hours per week in the dojo. Aiming for at least 1 hour per day dedicated to study, or practice outside of class.

My Teacher
Kyoshi Marwan Abu Khadra - Direct Student of Kansho Geert J. Lemmens




Awesome! Did the shotokan you learned have full contact sparring?



Yes/no When sparring we exercise complete control, so as not to hurt our partner. For randori as well we exercise complete control, however it is full contact.
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saranimukoe wrote:

Shotokan Karate
Krav Maga
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Kickboxing

I train 12 hours per week in the dojo. Aiming for at least 1 hour per day dedicated to study, or practice outside of class.

My Teacher
Kyoshi Marwan Abu Khadra - Direct Student of Kansho Geert J. Lemmens




Shogun Dojo. Cool name.

I have a black belt in Kempo and some rank in Aikido. These days it's BJJ. I'm a blue belt with a couple stripes.


That is awesome
My school trains under the Gracie family. My BJJ instructor just recieved his purple belt from Royce Gracie, at Todd Smith's dojo in Vancouver. (British Columbia, Canada)
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I take jiu jitsu (just got my blue belt), boxing and muay thai at my local UFC Gym. And I have a green belt in Karate from when i was a kid.

Mike Perry of the UFC's Welterweight division teaches my strength and conditioning class :D

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I have a friend named Marshall and I drew his picture once. Does that count?
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JanusCascade wrote:

Ahh I miss the old days.. till I got diabetes.. I couldn't even do a 15 min warm up before passing out! -_-;


I'm at pre-diabetic levels myself. Staying reasonably active and avoiding heavy sugars (ie. cutting out soda) has prevented me from having to take insulin. Now I just gotta stop eating like a pig and I'll actually be at my fighting weight again!

Mine is the fat boy's diabetes though (type 2). If you have type 1, I can honestly sympathize with you. I have a friend with type 1 and we usually keep an eye on him when we're going out.


zangeif123I did Karate for a couple years when I was a teen. I was inspired by fighting games like Street Fighter and Fatal Fury. It was fun and I made a lot of friends. Then I decided to quit and I got my first job.

I later learned my instructor/sensei was cheating on his wife and went through a nasty divorce. I lost a lot of respect for him since I knew his wife and she was really nice.


I can trace my love for karate back to Street Fighter 2 and Art of Fighting. Unfortunately, it's hard to find full contact karate up here in Alaska. Everything is either a McDojo or strictly teaches only katas and point sparring. Shame to hear that about your sensei though.



Hi, sorry for taking forever on replying. I'm type 2, been since year 2000. I think what cause it is drinking all that sugar pop (Pepsi).. I usually drink at least 8 to 12 cans a day.. And I just stop doing work out.. Big mistake there because if I continue it I may not get diabetes this early.. I think...

My grandparent on my father and mother side got them... and my parents don't have diabetes.. I was told its because it skip generations.. My Grandfather was in Olympic (top shape) and he die at age of 50!!
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And you really start to notice the difference in opponents. Like you talk to someone who's asking if you want to spar, just to see who's better, and you perceive immediately that this is an immature desire of an undeveloped student so they can't possibly be very good. And you decline, because there's nothing in that for you. What are you going to learn facing a bad student with bad form who fights badly? And what are you going to teach him, with that attitude?


Unless the guy's a meathead to the point of being dangerous then I don't see any reason to decline to roll with the guy. And if he's that out of control, well, he shouldn't be sparring with anyone and an instructor should keep him off the mat, or even decline his enrollment.

If he's just bad at it then you can school him and give him a teaching match. Happens in BJJ all the time. You can teach the guy humility, as well. Seen it done more than once.

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Yes, MMA but I do it more for self defense and exercise than for competition/sport.
Our place does a mix of Karate, BJJ and boxing. Sometimes our sparring is restricted to stand up or ground only and other days a mix (MMA) which allows take downs which are always fun if you are the one executing them

As for sparring it's full contact usually with gloves and shin pads and other than no hard punches to the head most other things are allowed.
The place is kind of a middle ground between the places that practically ignore real sparring on one extreme and the "hardcore" MMA places on the other extreme where some of my friends train at where injuries seem way too common for me to even want to get near.

As for ranks we use a karate like system (I'm lower intermediate/Purple belt) and on the BJJ days a bunch of local BJJ people from nearby gyms come to our place to train with us. I'm technically unranked in BJJ side of things, but I usually beat most white belts during rolls, but cannot quite get submissions on blue belts yet.
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I am training as a Muay Thai fighter. Been doing it for over 2 years now. I like the practicality and brutal aspect to it, and I find it to be one of the best ways to strengthen your whole body and mind and to always be ready for a fight and to also exercise self-control since once you learn you possess deadly weapons. It is also a killer workout and I spar just about every day. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
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karatecowboy wrote:

If he's just bad at it then you can school him and give him a teaching match.



You cannot teach someone who does not want to be taught.

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cdarklock wrote:


You cannot teach someone who does not want to be taught.



That's Mr Miyagi McDojo nonsense. I've seen it done. After being submitted over and over the scales fall off whether they want it or not.
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cdarklock wrote:


You cannot teach someone who does not want to be taught.



That's Mr Miyagi McDojo nonsense.


I would explain, but again: you cannot teach someone who does not want to be taught.

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