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Love Martial Arts, but hate fighting
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Hello! I've been training Taekwondo since third grade. That's like 9 years now, and the club has changed from the spiritual philosophical technique it once was, into a sparring-nuts competitive circus. We used to practise fighting once in a while before, but nowadays it's all we ever do. The newbies in the club doesn't even have pure techniques anymore and it looks ridiculous at the gradations. All the people that trained when I joined in, have left the club and I am the only one left except for this one other guy from the "veterans". This guy have embraced this new way of training and only caring about winning all competitions, but I just can't... I simply don't have it in me! I never go all in when it comes to fighting among the clubmembers. If I do, I'm going to hurt them for sure, or make them pissed off. I burn for the martial arts, but I can't take this anymore. I'm all alone among these crazy people who doesn't even know how the training used to be! I'm probably going to quit now too... Maybe switch to another martial art who haven't forgotten what it means to be a true fighter. It's not about winning, it's a way of freeing yourself from your body-limits. The only reason I would ever fight someone for real, is if that person threatened my life or someone I loved. Otherwise, never!
Posted 2/21/12
I don't do taekwondo or any martial arts for that matter, so I don't know what it "used" to be like or anything...
But surely "fighting", or sparring, is a big part of practising martial arts. You aren't necessarily trying to hurt your opponent, but trying to beat them. For example, sports like Judo, kendou, karate etc usually end when you've either floored the opponent, or get a direct hit.

When ever I do my kung-fu, no matter how much I hold back, I seem to end up beating my fellow monks to a pulp
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Fighting is about beating people up or killing them.
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Posted 2/21/12

haikinka wrote:

I don't do taekwondo or any martial arts for that matter, so I don't know what it "used" to be like or anything...
But surely "fighting", or sparring, is a big part of practising martial arts. You aren't necessarily trying to hurt your opponent, but trying to beat them. For example, sports like Judo, kendou, karate etc usually end when you've either floored the opponent, or get a direct hit.

When ever I do my kung-fu, no matter how much I hold back, I seem to end up beating my fellow monks to a pulp :(


I know it's not about hurting them, but I don't care about beating them. All I ever wanted to learn from taekwondo was how to beat up some punks trying to rob you in the streets. How often does robbers know martial arts? I see your point, but the reason I whent on with this for 9 years, is becouse we trained alot more combinations and techniques, and fighting also ofcourse... but not as much.
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Fighting is about beating people up or killing them.


What ever happened to "purity of mind and body" and "pursuit of inner peace"!
Or have I been watching too many old chinese films
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Posted 2/21/12

haikinka wrote:


-Vega- wrote:

Fighting is about beating people up or killing them.


What ever happened to "purity of mind and body" and "pursuit of inner peace"!
Or have I been watching too many old chinese films


Yeah, you have been watching too much of that. :)

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Posted 2/21/12

haikinka wrote:


-Vega- wrote:

Fighting is about beating people up or killing them.


What ever happened to "purity of mind and body" and "pursuit of inner peace"!
Or have I been watching too many old chinese films


No you haven't... That is what it should be about, but when you mix money and competition into anything, it gets corrupted
Posted 2/21/12

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haikinka wrote:

Or have I been watching too many old chinese films


Yeah, you have been watching too much of that. :)



Who cares, they're awesome
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SO FAR AWAAAAAY!

WE WAIT FOR A DAYEEEYAAAAAY!
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screw that ..i love to beat people up for the hell of it <3
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Unfortunately since Taekwondo became an olympic sport, some dojos have started to care more about sport than art. MMA has also turned a lot of people onto the martial arts who only really want to fight and do nothing else. I suggest finding a dojo that has been around for a while or is run by an older master who values traditions. If that doesn't work, there are arts like Akido, Hapkido, and some JuJuitsu ( not Brazilian, the actual one) who you might find to be more your pace. Unfortunately all of these I listed are pretty different from Taekwondo so it be learning completely different style based more on grapples and throws rather than strikes.
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pewternatural wrote:

Unfortunately since Taekwondo became an olympic sport, some dojos have started to care more about sport than art. MMA has also turned a lot of people onto the martial arts who only really want to fight and do nothing else. I suggest finding a dojo that has been around for a while or is run by an older master who values traditions. If that doesn't work, there are arts like Akido, Hapkido, and some JuJuitsu ( not Brazilian, the actual one) who you might find to be more your pace. Unfortunately all of these I listed are pretty different from Taekwondo so it be learning completely different style based more on grapples and throws rather than strikes.


I know some Hapkido allready, so I suppose that would be my first opption. Akido is also something that I have always wanted to try out.
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I know some Hapkido allready, so I suppose that would be my first opption. Akido is also something that I have always wanted to try out.

Hapkido might be a good one since it's also a Korean art and might share something with taekwondo. I would still try a different dojo first since you've put so much time in, unless your interested in brancing out.

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I'm with you. I took Taekwondo for fun. The workouts feel good and there's the camaraderie. I especially liked the poomse. And I'm glad I've never had to use it outside the dojo.
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If I ever become a master at martial arts, I would almost never back down in a fight. I would totally obliterate my inferior opponent just for kicks. I would likely abuse my power of asskickery.
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