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Have you ever taken a martial arts class? share your stories
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^ There's a fair chance that your grandmaster was a better fighter at the time. Bruce Lee didn't really obtain his status in wing chun. His adaptations and ideas were based off the principle but he only knew the first two instructional forms in fact. Some of his techniques that he developed outside of wing chun to solve a problem could have been solved using wing chun had he had the time to master the correct way to apply the techniques. His straight punch and his side kick were his best moves. Not that his other moves were ineffective they just lacked the raw power those two had.
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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.


That's pretty awesome!
I have something to boast about

If it hadn't been for Jackie Chan's niece, i wouldn't have been born. She was the one that told my mom to keep me

hahahah!
well she was kinda my godmother for a lil while. i haven't really seen her, don't remember her at all
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33 / M / Cali
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^ lol u were an accident! cool have u ever met jackie chan?

^^ yea well the straight punch and side kick are wing chun moves also.. actually the straight punch is like the foundation of wing chun cuz of its speed.. apparently my grandmaster uses the argument that he was faster than bruce lee.. bruce lee threw 8 punches in a second, while my grandmaster set the world record at 8.3 punches a second. i can do about 7 which isnt bad but its a long ways from 8.

a big reason bruce lee had to go out to other martial arts was because he never completed his wing chun training.. he got about two-thirds of it and then he went to america. so he had to somehow fill in the gaps himself.
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I train niunjitsu or something like that.

I'm 8 Kyu
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20 / M / Boston
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^^ 7 is still fast but you knew that. I made it to 2 dan in shotokan, I had to quit due to school and my universities club wasn't what I was looking for. My favorite training was EnBu. I've always thought shotokan was a practical martial art but it's a bit slow compared to wing chun.
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i join shotokan karatedo last last year.. (october 2005 to febuary 2006 )when i was in grade 6... well..
i stopped early because of school problems and also because
graduation was coming..
well i have a plan to go back this summer...
well i was still white belt going to yellow.. aheheh...
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hmm like 6 yrs back i took karate for a couple weeks when i was in Ecuador durrin my summer vacation.. it was pretty fun learnin.. but the teacher always paired me up wit the strongest guy who kicked like a horse.. so havin to take kicks from him was no fun _-_.. but since then i havent any more been to karate but who knows it was fun i might go baq one day..
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28 / M / Portsmouth VA
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Haven't taken any lesson but I plan to.
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27 / F / US
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I was into Tae Kwon Do for about two years, then I stopped. It wasn't my choice though.
I'd like to get back into ANY martial art. Well ofcourse I have some studying to do.. But I'm just scared that I'll be embarrassed if I'm the only person starting something new at age 17. I don't want to be in a classroom of five year old pros you know? :/
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^that's exactly how i felt once, when i was being forced to learn grade 2 chinese when i was something like 12 at the time


wushukid wrote:

^ lol u were an accident! cool have u ever met jackie chan?

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lol no i wasn't !!! i was planned, but then my mom was like "hmm i don't feel like it"
but Jackie Chan's niece said something like "No! he's gonna be born in the year of the snake, that's a good year !"
lol something like that.
well no i haven't met him or his niece
Posted 2/23/07
i wish i learnt some form of self defence. maybe i wouldnt be so wimpy then lol
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30 / M / Los Angeles, CA
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I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu last quarter. I took a break from it this quarter to work out more.
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30 / M / Badda Bing Badda...
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i took martial arts for 5 years.. stopped at a red belt rank 3... stopped because i couldn't ffund that and take school at the same time..=P
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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.


Well, you obviously know about sticking with a martial art. Thanks for your advice about my son. Hopefully when these two tournaments are over, he will go back and just concentrate on his training instead of competing. He does prefer kumite to kata, I think, and perhaps just needs to gain experience by practising more against the people at his dojo. Do you still train regularly? I don't know how similar kung fu is to karate, ie whether they have kata etc. In Australia, I think karate is more popular but a lot of people do Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu.
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my first time was okay
i learned how to do a side kick and a cresent kick at that lesson
also, i was partnered up with a 3rd degree black belt
it was rather hard because we took turns doing the kicks as practice
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