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    Anybody studying/doing martial arts? which one and why do you like it and would you recommend it to others?
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  • #2
    I've been doing tae kwon do for 2.5 years. My husband and two sons also do TKD, and there are some classes we take as a family. (We'll all be testing for our black belts together in about 16 months!) I hugely enjoy it, and I consider it part of the "play" of TPB fitness. (Except for TKD tournament class, which is a little bit of hell.) I hugely enjoy doing forms, and there's something very empowering about breaking boards with my bare hands and feet. Of course, there's sparring, and all the kicking/punching drills we do to help us with our sparring. My husband and sons love that part of TKD; while I don't love it, I do like how I've gotten much stronger and faster. And, admittedly, I feel like a total badass.
    F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

    **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

    **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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    • #3
      I loved Krav Maga because it's raw and practical. I want to get into Systema because it's ... well, just watch some videos about it.
      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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      • #4
        I've also been doing Taekwondo for the last 6 years. I had to lay off it for a year and a half after an injury but am now back at it hard.
        As with a lot of martial arts, most workouts are instense, but that can be the fun of it. Frankly at 50 I'm in better condition than I was 10 years ago and having fun doing it. When I started I was terrible at it but it reflected my overall condition. Now I can do full weight single leg squats, do more push ups than a lot of the teen agers, and energy levels are up overall. As with anything, you have to do it for the right reasons and enjoy it.
        As an aside, I would agree with Krav Maga being more raw and practical....personally I'd love to find a good school close to me and supplement what I'm doing.

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        • #5
          Practiced tai chi for 10 years. Wanted to learn Baguazhang, but just couldn't get the circle walking down. Tried kung fu for awhile, but my brain couldn't wrap around learning tai chi forms AND kung fu at the same time. So I just stuck with tai chi, which by the way IS a martial art.

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          • #6
            Been taking Krav Maga for about 7 months now. Really like it.

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            • #7
              I've also been taking Taekwondo. It'll be 5 years coming up this Summer.

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              • #8
                I've done martial arts off and on for years. Several years of Shaolin kung-fu and a few more of Tae Kwon Do. Unfortunately, I have to move every few years for my job so it is hard to progress too far these days.

                My method for picking an art these days is too find something interesting with a school that feels right. I've gotten past the point of caring how "practical" an art is. The truth is, 99% of us will never get into a fight anyway and in that remaining 1% of the time fighting back might just get you killed. It certainly doesn't hurt to know how to take care of yourself and it is great for your confidence, but I'd go with something you like, not whatever the martial arts flavor of the month is.

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                • #9
                  Jeet Kune Do, MMA, ECQC (some form of it), BJJ.
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                  • #10
                    Kenpo for 26 years now. The key is to find a school or an instructor that you really like, style really isn't as much of a concern in my opinion. Besides, in 26 years I've had to use what I know exactly zero times.
                    "Suffer no guilt yee who wield this in the name of Crom"
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                    • #11
                      There are striking styles - like boxing and TKD- which utilize various kicks,punches etc - and there are grappling styles like wrestling where you try to subdue an opponent with throws, holds and locks. And of course the ones that are a blend of the two,
                      Some people prefer one style over another. Some also focus on competition
                      Although personally, for self defense, I prefer a style that utilizes a combination of striking and grappling, it is unlikely you will use it for that purpose. I think it is more important to find a school/instructor that you like - most will let you sit in on a class or two.
                      Warning signs - too much focus on sparring or competition, any place that says you can get a black belt in less than 5 years or the emphasis is on getting students through the belt system, any place where the instructor seems to like inflicting pain or any place with secret pass words :-).
                      Things to look for, calm, well organized classes that show respect for the student and instructor, lots of fitness type activities and lots of drills. Good martial arts are boring and repetitious at the lower level- good for discipline.

                      Cheers
                      Last edited by twa2w; 06-10-2012, 05:26 PM.

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                      • #12
                        One of my friend has joined MMA institute, it teaches Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, Sambo, Submission Wrestling, Fighter Yoga and more at our four locations throughout the state of Virginia.
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                        • #13
                          Judo.

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                          • #14
                            +1 for Krav Maga. Haven't trained or studied in years, but I did have to use it twice and I walked away both times unscathed. That may have been just as much luck or the fact that I've been known to pack an impact baton...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lynna View Post
                              Practiced tai chi for 10 years. Wanted to learn Baguazhang, but just couldn't get the circle walking down. Tried kung fu for awhile, but my brain couldn't wrap around learning tai chi forms AND kung fu at the same time. So I just stuck with tai chi, which by the way IS a martial art.
                              I've been practicing Tai Chi for 5 years and agree it is a lethal martial art. I've also been practicing Bagua for about 1 year. I started out with Gao style Bagua and it took me 3 mnths of constant practice to nail the plough-step. Afterwhich, I hooked up with some Yin Dragon practitioners who practice a more orthodox/ordinary step. I'm now having difficulty dropping the plough-step for the 'normal' stepping.
                              All the best!

                              PDJ

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