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Haunter923 wrote:

gunkata... an't no body got time for kungfu lol


I don't think I'll ever be successful in Kung Fu of any sort. I'm much to o bulky, I'd look silly.
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I have done karate for five years, boxing for one year and wing chun for one year

right now i do jeet kune do tied in with escrima, mma and kickboxing~

apparently a lot of people get into amateur mma at my age now, according to my coach, so that's why he's training me up for some fight in december. it'll be good experience.
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2nd dan taekwondo
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Squisky wrote:


dwadewade wrote:

I studied TKD when I was younger for like 10 years, 3rd degree. I hope to learn boxing and Muy Thai sometime in the future.


Do you still practice TKD?

Given you have a striking art already - have you considered a ground based art? BJJ? Judo (more throws than ground, I know)?

Muay Thai is pretty immense. I love that style.


I don't officially practice TKD at a school anymore since high school but I practice it on my own in college. I am interested in ground based as well but I just really like the striking aspect of martial arts. There's an mma gym near my school so hopefully once I get enough money I'll start going there and learn it all!
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Posted 7/11/13

dwadewade wrote:


Squisky wrote:


dwadewade wrote:

I studied TKD when I was younger for like 10 years, 3rd degree. I hope to learn boxing and Muy Thai sometime in the future.


Do you still practice TKD?

Given you have a striking art already - have you considered a ground based art? BJJ? Judo (more throws than ground, I know)?

Muay Thai is pretty immense. I love that style.


I don't officially practice TKD at a school anymore since high school but I practice it on my own in college. I am interested in ground based as well but I just really like the striking aspect of martial arts. There's an mma gym near my school so hopefully once I get enough money I'll start going there and learn it all!


Oh certainly, I don't want to give up on striking ever. MMA is probably the best way to get a mix of styles. I don't like the gloves, but it'll make you a great fighter.
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2nd degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate (10 years)
MMA for 2 1/2 years
Judo and Grappling for 2 years
I've studied other forms of Kenpo such as Shaolin Kempo, Kajukenbo, Ryukyu Kenpo
I've dabbled in Kung Fu, Aikido, and Taekwondo
Currently studying Kyusho Jitsu and Kendo



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DAN213 wrote:

Been teaching myself Muay Thai for about a year from instructional videos I've downloaded online; and have so far completed 5 weeks of Capoeira.


Teaching yourself? I find that it's easy to pick up bad habits that way. Particularly on stances. Have you had any previous instruction from a dojo or school?


I agree. Learning from instructional videos is nothing opposed to being taught by an instructor. This is the best I can do for now; Muay Thai classes in my area are too expensive. The cheapest spot I was able to find was $90 a month w/20 students per class.
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Squisky wrote:


DAN213 wrote:

Been teaching myself Muay Thai for about a year from instructional videos I've downloaded online; and have so far completed 5 weeks of Capoeira.


Teaching yourself? I find that it's easy to pick up bad habits that way. Particularly on stances. Have you had any previous instruction from a dojo or school?


I agree. Learning from instructional videos is nothing opposed to being taught by an instructor. This is the best I can do for now; Muay Thai classes in my area are too expensive. The cheapest spot I was able to find was $90 a month w/20 students per class.


Sir, you live in LA. That place is littered with Japanese martial arts. If you're only looking at a striking art then why not Kyokushin/Enshin/Ashihara karate? I'm sure you can find a dojo for cheap. I pay $70/month Canadian for my Kyokushin fees.

Unless of course, you are adamant about Muay Thai. If that is the case, then all the more reason to find a teacher. If it's worth learning, it's worth learning well. Of course, I'm in no position to make passes at your financial situation. I know too well how it feels to see your account balance under $0. Hopefully everything will work out for you. Keep at it my friend.
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2nd degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate (10 years)
MMA for 2 1/2 years
Judo and Grappling for 2 years
I've studied other forms of Kenpo such as Shaolin Kempo, Kajukenbo, Ryukyu Kenpo
I've dabbled in Kung Fu, Aikido, and Taekwondo
Currently studying Kyusho Jitsu and Kendo





Where do you guys find the time to cross train that much? I can barely manage my three classes a week.
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2nd dan taekwondo


Do you guys spar with contact? I did TKD for like 6 months after I moved to Canada. It was the biggest McDojang in the world. They gave me 4 belts in 6 months. I had never done TKD. I came from Shotokan, our testing was a thing of bewilderment.

"Oh, your kata had a misstep? Fuck you. Wait another 6 months for the next testing."

Those were the days.

In TKD, I tested 4 times in 6 months. Testing fees, belt fees every time. They asked me to join their, 'advanced' classes. I was supposed to buy a weapon kit ONLY from them. $400. Got the fuck out of there.

In Kyokushin now. Life is better. Only $70/month. 3 classes a week. More before tournaments.
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DanPan wrote:

I have done karate for five years, boxing for one year and wing chun for one year

right now i do jeet kune do tied in with escrima, mma and kickboxing~

apparently a lot of people get into amateur mma at my age now, according to my coach, so that's why he's training me up for some fight in december. it'll be good experience.


Out of all that. What do you feel the most moved by?

Do you compete regularly?
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Squisky wrote:


ColouringYourLife wrote:

2nd dan taekwondo


Do you guys spar with contact? I did TKD for like 6 months after I moved to Canada. It was the biggest McDojang in the world. They gave me 4 belts in 6 months. I had never done TKD. I came from Shotokan, our testing was a thing of bewilderment.

"Oh, your kata had a misstep? Fuck you. Wait another 6 months for the next testing."

Those were the days.

In TKD, I tested 4 times in 6 months. Testing fees, belt fees every time. They asked me to join their, 'advanced' classes. I was supposed to buy a weapon kit ONLY from them. $400. Got the fuck out of there.

In Kyokushin now. Life is better. Only $70/month. 3 classes a week. More before tournaments.


yes but i live in England so yep
yes taekwondo is expensive all the gear is
and the testing can be killer but been doing from age of 5 ....... 4 days a week 2 hours a night
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ColouringYourLife wrote:


Squisky wrote:


ColouringYourLife wrote:

2nd dan taekwondo


Do you guys spar with contact? I did TKD for like 6 months after I moved to Canada. It was the biggest McDojang in the world. They gave me 4 belts in 6 months. I had never done TKD. I came from Shotokan, our testing was a thing of bewilderment.

"Oh, your kata had a misstep? Fuck you. Wait another 6 months for the next testing."

Those were the days.

In TKD, I tested 4 times in 6 months. Testing fees, belt fees every time. They asked me to join their, 'advanced' classes. I was supposed to buy a weapon kit ONLY from them. $400. Got the fuck out of there.

In Kyokushin now. Life is better. Only $70/month. 3 classes a week. More before tournaments.


yes but i live in England so yep
yes taekwondo is expensive all the gear is
and the testing can be killer but been doing from age of 5 ....... 4 days a week 2 hours a night


Naw, TKD isn't expensive. Most dojang are run by people who aren't qualified and just want to steal your money. The Olympics have brought TKD to the forefront and now, crooks with 1/2 years of TKD start schools, claiming to be black belts and claiming lineage from so-and-so.

Most places are rubbish. I was better than the black belts at that dojang. They never sparred. It was fun of fat people claiming they were 4/5th degree black. But their form, stances and power was shit.

I'm happy to say, that place went out of business.

Now, Kyokushin is something nice. I remember the first day. Everyone wanted to try the Shotokan guy out. Medium contact, I had to go 3 rounds, back to back. Sensei said, 'better get used to it, testing will be three rounds - full contact. Only crutch and teeth protection'.

Haven't looked back.

Where in England so you live? I spent 4 years of my childhood in London.
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Closest I've come to martial arts is Tai Chi to help my arthritis. I've always wanted to learn martial arts, but I worry about the wear and tear on my joints. I have been looking into Hapkido, which seems to be easier on the joints than most styles.


If you're not after tradition and are only looking to self defence, then consider Krav Maga or Jeet Kun Do. They focus on using your ability and cheap moves to get you out alive. Essentially, the basis of all martial arts: to get you out alive.


There is actually a Dojo that Teaches Krav Maga up the road from were I live, I looked into them, they seem pretty legit, they help train cops and security personel. My main concern is that I won't be able to keep up with a strike heavy martial art, my ankles are pretty bad. I'd love to try Jeet Kun Do, my first experience with martial arts was Bruce Lee movies, unfortunetly I don't think there are any dojos in my state. I'd have to go back to Philly or NYC.

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Squisky wrote:


pewternatural wrote:

Closest I've come to martial arts is Tai Chi to help my arthritis. I've always wanted to learn martial arts, but I worry about the wear and tear on my joints. I have been looking into Hapkido, which seems to be easier on the joints than most styles.


If you're not after tradition and are only looking to self defence, then consider Krav Maga or Jeet Kun Do. They focus on using your ability and cheap moves to get you out alive. Essentially, the basis of all martial arts: to get you out alive.


There is actually a Dojo that Teaches Krav Maga up the road from were I live, I looked into them, they seem pretty legit, they help train cops and security personel. My main concern is that I won't be able to keep up with a strike heavy martial art, my ankles are pretty bad. I'd love to try Jeet Kun Do, my first experience with martial arts was Bruce Lee movies, unfortunetly I don't think there are any dojos in my state. I'd have to go back to Philly or NYC.



Yeah, that's why I was saying maybe consider Krav or JKD. You wouldn't be focusing on strikes like Karate or Kung Fu. You'd be learning how to leverage situations to your advantage.

It may involve ripping a man's testes off, but if that's what it takes - then so be it.
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Squisky wrote:


fart101 wrote:

Han Mu Do - 10 years
2nd Degree Black Belt
Poom Level? (I was younger than 15)

Stopped because I couldn't advance any farther until I turned 14.
Didn't start back b/c school


It doesn't sound like it has been that long since you left. Why not start up again? Though school/work does get in the way.


My college is out of state so I might not go back to Han Mu Do, but I'm thinking about starting Kendo and maybe Taekwondo as well

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