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I've been living in Japan for about two years, and about a year ago I started practicing Kendo. I only practiced casually and had no intention of ever gaining a rank, but I recently found a teacher who has begun pushing me to take my grading exams.

In Kendo there are two major ranks. There is "kyu" (beginner) where the lowest starts at 6 kyu and the highest is 1 kyu (reverse order). From there it goes into "dan" and goes from shodan (1 dan) to 8 dan (9 dan and 10 dan are given to those who have proven themselves to the kendo community in some form or another).

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1.) Is anyone here actively practicing a martial art?
2.) If so, what is it?
3.) Why did you pursue this sport?

Optional:
If you aren't studying a martial art, which one would you study if you could? Why would you study it? What interests you about it?
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I studied Kendo and Iaido in Japan.
My mom studied naganata,
My father taught Aikido.

I still study Iaido now that I am back in the US.
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makingpickles wrote:

I studied Kendo and Iaido in Japan.
My mom studied naganata,
My father taught Aikido.

I still study Iaido now that I am back in the US.


Nice! How far did you get in Kendo?
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M / North Carolina, USA
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Only yonkyu, I was young.
As an American, I was vastly taller than the other kids my age,
so I had an edge on the intimidation factor.
When I watch videos of me alongside my sensei, I was even taller than him.
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1.) Yes.

2.) Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Judo, TaeKwonDo (when I was very little), boxing, and trying to do a bit of Hapkido now. I also want to do Sambo if I ever have time and fulfill all my practices in my individual arts.

3.) I am a competitive fighter, one as a MMA fighter and the other as a boxer. I have participated in many competitive Muay Thai fights, but I unfortunately have not actually "fought" in things like TKD and BJJ. For one, I think TKD fighting is a joke and I haven't found a gym that does strictly BJJ yet. I've kickboxed with kickboxing rules against someone, but it wasn't meant to be competitive. and Krav Maga, haha, sparring only. Haven't applied it in real life yet. I've done a few judo rounds but I have yet to actually go competitive with it.

One thing I feel like I've missed out on is wrestling. There's a lot of basics to the sport of wrestling that helps a lot in the long run, but.. I have to focus on what I have now first.
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i'm in karate. i joined it to kick butt like a lot of my favorite anime characters. if i could i'd study ninjutsu, kyudo, & kendo too. also capoeira but i'd be horrible at it
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Back in highschool I did taekwondo for a term as an after school activity. I enjoyed it, but did not continue. Many times I have thought I'd like to get back into something like it again. Would love to have some cool moves, not to mention it keeps you very fit! One day maybe...
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Back in elementary and middle school i did karate, but i stopped doing that. Currently doing boxing instead.
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I am interested in martial arts and want to take the training of some martial arts.
I am more interested in Kung fu and want to take proper kung fu classes.
What is the best kung fu club in Japan to learn all basics and new techniques?


http://www.bootcampmaitland.com.au
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26 / M / Toronto
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Posted 7/7/13

Gyava wrote:

1.) Yes.

2.) Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Judo, TaeKwonDo (when I was very little), boxing, and trying to do a bit of Hapkido now. I also want to do Sambo if I ever have time and fulfill all my practices in my individual arts.

3.) I am a competitive fighter, one as a MMA fighter and the other as a boxer. I have participated in many competitive Muay Thai fights, but I unfortunately have not actually "fought" in things like TKD and BJJ. For one, I think TKD fighting is a joke and I haven't found a gym that does strictly BJJ yet. I've kickboxed with kickboxing rules against someone, but it wasn't meant to be competitive. and Krav Maga, haha, sparring only. Haven't applied it in real life yet. I've done a few judo rounds but I have yet to actually go competitive with it.

One thing I feel like I've missed out on is wrestling. There's a lot of basics to the sport of wrestling that helps a lot in the long run, but.. I have to focus on what I have now first.


Respecccccttttt.

I'm only in Kyokushin. I would love to take up BJJ, but between full time work, part time university, part time Kyokushin and a little bit of language studies, it's a bit tricky.

I did Tae Kwon about 12 years ago. To be honest, I've seen SOME (rare) Tae Kwon Do practitioners. Most Tae Kwon Do is taught in McDojos, so the training is rubbish. No one seems to ever spar in those places. Lol. I had only moved to Canada recently, before I joined Tae Kwon Do, I was doing Shotokan before that. So it was funny, because the were pairing me up with these multi-coloured belts with shit form and shit stances, and there I was a white belt in a new style, squeezing the blood from out of their noses. I only staying at that place for 4/5 months. I tested 3 times between that time and got promoted each time. Lol, meanwhile, I had done Shotokan for YEARS and STILL hadn't received Shodan.

Kyokushin is much the same. The first testing was full contact kumite against 2 guys; then 3/4 for the next. So on and so forth.

Seriously bro, respect for the Muay. That shit is RIDICULOUS!
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harlequinnyx wrote:

i'm in karate. i joined it to kick butt like a lot of my favorite anime characters. if i could i'd study ninjutsu, kyudo, & kendo too. also capoeira but i'd be horrible at it


Which type of Karate do you do? How long have you been at it?

You probably have realised by now, that Karate doesn't teach you to, 'kick butt'. It teaches you to de-escalate and walk away.

Ninjutsu is not practical in our modern day.

Kyudo is more for meditation.

Kendo only works in the dojo.

Have you considered Krav Maga?

You can also look at some Shorin Ryu karate places, they teach Kobudo (weapons). They might teach you to use the Jo (short staff), that is practical.
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Squisky wrote:


harlequinnyx wrote:

i'm in karate. i joined it to kick butt like a lot of my favorite anime characters. if i could i'd study ninjutsu, kyudo, & kendo too. also capoeira but i'd be horrible at it


Which type of Karate do you do? How long have you been at it?

You probably have realised by now, that Karate doesn't teach you to, 'kick butt'. It teaches you to de-escalate and walk away.

Ninjutsu is not practical in our modern day.

Kyudo is more for meditation.

Kendo only works in the dojo.

Have you considered Krav Maga?

You can also look at some Shorin Ryu karate places, they teach Kobudo (weapons). They might teach you to use the Jo (short staff), that is practical.


i'm in american freestyle & shotokan. af for almost 3 years & shotokan for a bit less than that. i have realised that but i still like it. i've never heard of krav maga or shorin ryu but from the videos i just watched they both seem pretty cool but the only martial arts place around here i know of is the one i already go to. but when i start traveling i'd like to try all kinds of martial arts, probably couldn't get very good at them that way though unless there's a really good way to learn online or a martial arts traveling group or something like that
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Posted 7/8/13

harlequinnyx wrote:


Squisky wrote:


harlequinnyx wrote:

i'm in karate. i joined it to kick butt like a lot of my favorite anime characters. if i could i'd study ninjutsu, kyudo, & kendo too. also capoeira but i'd be horrible at it


Which type of Karate do you do? How long have you been at it?

You probably have realised by now, that Karate doesn't teach you to, 'kick butt'. It teaches you to de-escalate and walk away.

Ninjutsu is not practical in our modern day.

Kyudo is more for meditation.

Kendo only works in the dojo.

Have you considered Krav Maga?

You can also look at some Shorin Ryu karate places, they teach Kobudo (weapons). They might teach you to use the Jo (short staff), that is practical.


i'm in american freestyle & shotokan. af for almost 3 years & shotokan for a bit less than that. i have realised that but i still like it. i've never heard of krav maga or shorin ryu but from the videos i just watched they both seem pretty cool but the only martial arts place around here i know of is the one i already go to. but when i start traveling i'd like to try all kinds of martial arts, probably couldn't get very good at them that way though unless there's a really good way to learn online or a martial arts traveling group or something like that


That would be really cool. No? A travelling band of martial artists. The only goal is to travel the world and train in different styles. That'd be so fun. If you end up making a group like that, let me know. I'll join up.
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