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GrandMasterTime wrote:


Oh thought you legit just decided to go outside and throw some dynamite around at the age of 15 and become some sort of explosives master, haha.


That would be so cool!
Posted 11/8/15
Karate and jujitsu and limited boxing.

Karate Pros. I become faster with my punches. React faster and learn how to have better control of my power and speed. How to block better and counter. Control my breathing and keep my mouth close even when extremely tired. Better feet power and control. Made my feet tougher. Example. You can hit me in my feet really hard and I still wouldn't move. instead I will hit you the head or grab you and smack you in the floor hard.

Karate Cons. My teachers love to fucking run a lot. You need stamina or better get one if you want to keep up. Brutal siting in my knees for long periods of times. One on one is a good martial art but against multiple people is bad.

Jujitsu Pros. When in shape. I become extremely flexible. I can destroy without effort people who attack me. Better concentration. Made my palms harder and less sensible to pain. How to better protect my self against attack and ignore the pain. Maintaining control and consciousness when fighting. Meaning I don't let my instinct take over. How to get back up faster even when falling in a bad way. If I fall, how to fall in a way I can get back up. No fear of falling but using it to get out of a bad situation. I able to fight multiple people thanks to this martial art. Control over fear. Thou when fighting I stop feeling fear after awhile. Same with pain.

Jujitsu Cons. A lot of discipline. Learning moves and how and when to use them, is tiring. Time consuming. Requires a lot of practice and dedication. Be prepared to feel pain. My teacher was merciless. Lot of fucking push ups. I mean a lot and lots of it.

Boxing Pros. While limited I was practicing one on one with a boxer. I learn a bit of shadow boxing footwork. I think that was the name. My footwork got better and my dodging got better and my blocking got better. My punches are faster in boxing style. I mean I was able to catch his punch in a practice mach. His face of surprise caught me by surprise. I mean he in better shape than me. And he starter to increase his speed and power against me. Improve Leg muscles and reaction speed. Combinations of punches increase.

Boxing Cons. From my limited experience. Running stairs and lot of stairs. Run and run and more fucking running. Do different exercises that are extremely tiring.

I also have a bit of Karate staff weapon straining. But just a little bit thou. I think it was call https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C5%8D
Again my knowledge of boxing none existing thou.
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American Kenpo
- Started around age 13
- 4 years of training, kept up with the exercises since, but rarely have a chance to work in a group setting
Pros:
Good workout
Mix of flexibility, speed, and forms
Sparring on the weekends
Cons:
Moved away while still learning
Lots of people look down on it because it's an American style

I'd love to pick up a stick fighting style at some point because they look like a lot of fun, but they don't offer those in my area. Kind of rural around here, so we have "family kickboxing" (which is semi-karate punches and kicks set to pop music from what I saw), and that's about it.
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I'm currently a private martial arts instructor, mixed martial arts for self defense (not sport). What I'm about to say is based on my personal experience, what I have lived through in my travels and in my home country Mexico. Also, take into consideration that I'm talking about martial arts as methods of raw self-defense.

I started training in different martial arts when I was about 6 years old, and have kept going since then. I'm not going to mention which systems I disliked and which ones I loved, because I'm not here to dismiss or promote different systems. What I can offer you, is a lot of advice:

- Try to chose a martial art that almost covers everything, or better yet, train in different systems. There are many things such as hand and feet techiques, grappling, close distance fighting, inside and outside fighting, ground fighting, projections, open and closed palm techniques, unorthodox attacks with different body parts (shoulders, fingers jabs, hip attacks). The reason for this is that, in a real life or death situation, you need to be prepared for everything, otherwise, it's going to be a sport system rather than a martial system, and it could cost you dearly depending on who and where you are fighting.

- Even if you eventually reach something known as 'expert level', remain an eternal student, otherwise, you are going to stagnate.

- Travel and practice what you know outside of your dojo; I don't mean that you go out and start looking for trouble, but talk and spar with other martial artists, you will learn a lot, and if the need arises to defend yourself or others, do not hesitate to do so if the circumstances are right and you are safe from legal issues. If you do this and go back to your dojo, you will see how close or how far their martial arts system is from reality.

- Identify 'poser' martial artists, those who practice it as a hobby rather than a method and philosphy, and preach otherwise. I've seen a lot of them fall down due to exhaustion or lack of knowledge, it's pathetic and sad, sometimes hillarious when they were giving 'combat tips' to fighters who had actually taken a human life in combat because they worked in law enforcement or were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

- Every martial art system has flaws, there is no perfect system, only superb fighters that manage to cover those flaws or weaknesses.

- Do not ignore vital point strikes; they are exaggerated in popular culture, but on many occasions, they will save your life. But also, do not neglect your physical fitness because of them, you could know 200+ places where to hurt your opponent, but it will be for nothing if you are not fast, perceptive and strong enough to reach those places.

- Avoid constant full-contact martial arts, they are going to mess up your bones and muscles in the long run. It's good to experience the reality of a fight, but with moderation; besides, it's likely that you will have plenty of opportunities to risk bodily harm throughout your life.

- Avoid systems that have no physical contact whatsoever, they are a joke!

- There is no perfect physique, only the right physique for the right fighting style.

- Learn some sports medicine theory and practice, and different meditation systems, familiarize yourself as much as you can with the human body; it will maximize how much damage you can deal and how to recover from injuries (and avoid them entirely if possible). In fact, if you have a friend that is a doctor, that's even better.

- Avoid 'abstract' systems that have nothing to do with the physical reality of combat, they are in for a rude awakening in battle. Avoid systems that are trapped inside the physical and dismiss ki/qi/chi or the concept of life force, along with it's variations of Jin and Shen, their ignorance of such subtle but powerful energies always result in defeat in a real fight. Avoid systems in which 'substances' are used for enhancements, in the long run, they are going to mess up your body and mind. Avoid systems where they either rely too much on techniques or too much on physical condition, they are both out of balance, you should be excellent both in physical condition and in technique.

- Avoid sports mentality because if, God forbid, you have to fight a real killer, he's going to mop the floor with you by exploiting things that only work inside the ring and completely rely on size, enhancements and the 'false safety' of forbidden blows (no eye gouging, no hits to the throat, organs, etc.). A real fight between people who know what they are doing lasts seconds, not minute rounds.

I hope this helps you choose the right system for you.
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khaled93 wrote:

So when I was younger I was really into fighting and Martial Arts, but do to costs and other priority's I no longer had the free time. I've been really keen to get back into training for awhile but not sure what Martial Arts specifically to get into, Plus I wanna hear some story's from you guys to help narrow my decision of what style to take up.



Which Martial Arts have you trained previously or currently??


can you give me some detail like:
- Age when you started
- How Regularly & how long for
- Pros/Cons


Also are there other Styles that your interested in. If so what Martial Arts??


Looking forward to your posts
Thanks


bjj
20
1 day
pros: i tapped a guy with an arm triangle. cons: i dislocated my toe.
i'm interested in muay thai.
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Krav Maga-Self Defense from Israeli Defense Forces

Pros- Good work out also get to work with knives. The women instructors kick my ass on weekly basis

Cons-The movements are strict no variations follow what is taught or leave
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Muay Thai
22(this year, ive been at it for 3 months)
I go every Mon/Wed/Fri
Pros-Can be used in street fighting, in the short amount of time ive been training ive learned how to use my body more efficiently(im 6'4 btw),and ive learned i have EXTREMELY deadly kicks and I have really hard bone structure which makes hitting me even harder.
Cons-Training is brutal, you will get your ass kicked for about a month straight until you get your shit together.

Id like to learn Kenpo or Baji Quan next
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Posted 11/8/15
I did katate in elementary school but don't remember much about it

I'm currently in kendo

I have practice twice a week and I started last year

Pros and cons?
+ Fun to learn how to efficiently use a sword
- Some people hit unnecessarily hard
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Tehnery wrote:

Killing everything in one punch
started at the age of 15
100 squats
100 push-ups
10k runs every day

Pros: Everything dies in one punch
Cons:everything dies in one punch...it also really isnt much of martial art


I hear you also lose all your hair.
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Posted 11/8/15 , edited 11/8/15

Morbidhanson wrote:

TKD
+You move up ranks fast
+Flexibility training is valuable
+Builds good leg strength and reaction time
-Those ridiculous kicks....
-Fewer hand/arm techniques were taught
-Forms are super boring


Ridiculous kicks? I have no idea what you're talking about.


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Posted 11/8/15

Nyanotic wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

TKD
+You move up ranks fast
+Flexibility training is valuable
+Builds good leg strength and reaction time
-Those ridiculous kicks....
-Fewer hand/arm techniques were taught
-Forms are super boring


Ridiculous kicks? I have no idea what you're talking about.




They're impressive but go against everything I've learned in all the other stuff I've done.

I don't kick above the stomach.
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Posted 11/8/15

Nyanotic wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

TKD
+You move up ranks fast
+Flexibility training is valuable
+Builds good leg strength and reaction time
-Those ridiculous kicks....
-Fewer hand/arm techniques were taught
-Forms are super boring


Ridiculous kicks? I have no idea what you're talking about.




All I saw in this gif was "Please knee me in the face, because im clearly leaving myself open for one"
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Posted 11/8/15 , edited 11/8/15

dragontackle wrote:

All I saw in this gif was "Please knee me in the face, because im clearly leaving myself open for one"


I've fought spin-happy opponents before. All you have to do is move in the direction they are spinning and toward them. Moves like that still demand precision and you have to punish the way they sacrifice balance to hit you. Moving with the spin reduces the force exerted on you if they still make contact while increasing the odds they'll miss. If they telegraph a move like that and you catch it early enough, you can just move straight into them and hit them before they complete the rotation.
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Posted 11/8/15

Tehnery wrote:

Killing everything in one punch
started at the age of 15
100 squats
100 push-ups
10k runs every day

Pros: Everything dies in one punch
Cons:everything dies in one punch...it also really isnt much of martial art




I felt obligated to reply, but sadly I have not trained in any martial arts.

My mother and sister trained in Tae Kwon Do though, and my mom even ran a dojang for a while.
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Did some wrestling along with other things back in the day. Most likely this is why my joints are fucked up today along with the other sports I did.
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