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Have you ever taken a martial arts class? share your stories
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I ment for beginners
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i think probably stick to one style and be good with it.. i kno a lotta ppl who try to take like 10 different styles but they dont develop their skills enough to actually be able to use any of em.
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cool feel free to post more advice if it comes to you
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hhmmm...i like martial arts!

ive got a black belt in karate, first dan in kendo, did kung fu for a year, and am currently doing Wushu :D

peace out
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cool what one do you like the most
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^^waa i want to try kendo

I used to take aikido but stopped when I entered college, that was around the time when I was supposed to take my first belt test.. >_< it sucks because I'm so busy and I don't have time to train anymore.
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I'm a 2nd degree black belt in Tae kwon do.

quitted because the school is getting lousy and crap.
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^^waa i want to try kendo

I used to take aikido but stopped when I entered college, that was around the time when I was supposed to take my first belt test.. >_< it sucks because I'm so busy and I don't have time to train anymore.



bummer good luck on finding time to train

I'm a 2nd degree black belt in Tae kwon do.

quitted because the school is getting lousy and crap.


are you quiting for good or are you looking for another school how was it full of crap



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I have never studied any martial art, but my son does karate, the style he does is called Shukokai. The problem is that just lately he seems to have lost interest. He has been doing it for over 2 years, and has a blue belt. I know that a lot of people get to blue belt and then stop, which I hope won't happen to him. Every time I broach the subject he says he still wants to do it, but every time I try to take him to his class, there is some (lame) reason why he can't go. There are 2 tournaments coming up this weekend and the following, one of which is the Victorian Open. He has told me he doesn't want to compete, and hasn't been to any classes anyway. Once he loved going to tournaments. Perhaps one of you young people who does martial arts can explain why this is happening, as I'm not getting any serious explanations out of him. When he does go back, I think sensei is going to be cross at him. His best friend trains at the same dojo, and is 2nd Kyu (brown belt). Both boys are 14. What should I do?
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i took Aikido when i was Japan..then i quit when i moved to korea...dat's about it
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junglemummy wrote:

I have never studied any martial art, but my son does karate, the style he does is called Shukokai. The problem is that just lately he seems to have lost interest. He has been doing it for over 2 years, and has a blue belt. I know that a lot of people get to blue belt and then stop, which I hope won't happen to him. Every time I broach the subject he says he still wants to do it, but every time I try to take him to his class, there is some (lame) reason why he can't go. There are 2 tournaments coming up this weekend and the following, one of which is the Victorian Open. He has told me he doesn't want to compete, and hasn't been to any classes anyway. Once he loved going to tournaments. Perhaps one of you young people who does martial arts can explain why this is happening, as I'm not getting any serious explanations out of him. When he does go back, I think sensei is going to be cross at him. His best friend trains at the same dojo, and is 2nd Kyu (brown belt). Both boys are 14. What should I do?


I think part of it is his age. 14 isn't the most graceful time in a boys life. He's probably got 100 other things running around in his head and distracting him. It's a tough situation though, if you try and force him into it you could make him hate the sport. If you don't he might drift away and regret it. I'm assuming he feels comfortable in the class, there is a possibility he might feel behind if most of his friends are advanced beyond his level. I myself never had any issues on wanting to leave the sport until I quit. I took Shotokan from age 5 until 20. Good luck with him and much respect for being a mother it's not an easy job!

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Thank you Hopchow, it is good to hear how things are from a young man's perspective.
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wushukid wrote:

lvl 9 black sash in wing chun kung fu. my master's master grew up with bruce lee and they trained together till they left hong kong.


wow.... thats really cool, I love Bruce Lee...
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Only experience I've had was jumping around trying to do EXTREME kicks !

..... while watching Jet Li films
OH YEH !
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junglemummy wrote:

I have never studied any martial art, but my son does karate, the style he does is called Shukokai. The problem is that just lately he seems to have lost interest. He has been doing it for over 2 years, and has a blue belt. I know that a lot of people get to blue belt and then stop, which I hope won't happen to him. Every time I broach the subject he says he still wants to do it, but every time I try to take him to his class, there is some (lame) reason why he can't go. There are 2 tournaments coming up this weekend and the following, one of which is the Victorian Open. He has told me he doesn't want to compete, and hasn't been to any classes anyway. Once he loved going to tournaments. Perhaps one of you young people who does martial arts can explain why this is happening, as I'm not getting any serious explanations out of him. When he does go back, I think sensei is going to be cross at him. His best friend trains at the same dojo, and is 2nd Kyu (brown belt). Both boys are 14. What should I do?


i dont think its necessarily an age thing. ive seen plenty of adults lose interest after around 2 years as well. i think that is when you start seeing a plateau in your learning.. the first year or so is always exciting because you're learning new things every day, like a new form or technique. but after around 2 years you start to move away from the basics and that information needs to be applied to an actual fight against another person, which is a whole different ball game. all of those moves that you thought you'd already mastered, you realize you haven't really mastered them at all.. until you gain enough experience applying it to your fighting and it's programmed into your reflexes.

your son probably enjoyed going to tournaments in the beginning because he was eager to test his skill level. im sure he probably realized that he couldn't read his opponent's movements or make his body react immediately with the appropriate technique... these are fighting skills that can only be gained with lots of fight experience. he is probably not confident with his fighting skills, since he lacks the experience.. i dont think that going to tournaments will help him at this point.. because in his state of mind he'll probably lose, and it'll discourage him even more. if it's possible, i'd try to just persuade him to keep practicing at his school and let him skip the tournaments until he's more comfortable. martial arts is about persistence... as long as you keep practicing and dont quit, you'll get it eventually.


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wushukid wrote:

lvl 9 black sash in wing chun kung fu. my master's master grew up with bruce lee and they trained together till they left hong kong.


wow.... thats really cool, I love Bruce Lee...


^ yeah its funny.. my grandmaster gets kinda ticked off cuz everybody always asks him about bruce lee.. and he'd be like, "what's so good about bruce lee! i was the better fighter!".. he'd get all jealous haha...
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