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    Hi All,


    Please share your thought about what's best gym or karate classes, I think kids should take karate classes and young for gym.

  • #2
    My favorite martial art is the art of Clink Chink Pow.... I do agree that martial arts are a good thing to learn, if for no other reason than that of discipline.

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    • #3
      Best for what, exactly?

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      • #4
        No one should take karate classes.

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        • #5
          As above, best for what? If you mean self defence then the best classes to take are running classes, then situational awareness classes. Lots of people take a few self defence classes in some form of martial art then think they can defend themselves. Even worse is they still think they can defend themselves years later even when they have not practiced at all!

          If you are are going to go to martial arts for self defence then pick a style, any style, really study it and practice, practice, practice. If you do that you will come to realise that success is not determined by the size of dog in the fight but by the size of fight in the dog!

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          • #6
            I took American Kenpo all through jr high - high school, reaching brown belt status. I'm very grateful I had that opportunity as it gave me confidence and the handful of times I needed it throughout my life it served me well enough to protect myself and give me time to get out of the situation. I plan on enrolling my kid in some sort of it as soon as he is old enough --if he has an interest.

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            • #7
              Your best bet would be to train in some form of grappling - either wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. For striking arts, I'm a fan of Muay Thai.
              "Don't waste your time, or time will waste you."

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              • #8
                I would plump for strength training and just get somebody to teach the person some dirty fighting moves. Then practice the moves consistently. My idea of self defence is to get away unscathed using some sort of distraction. If you distract them hard enough there should be time to get away.
                Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by skorpion317 View Post
                  Your best bet would be to train in some form of grappling - either wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. For striking arts, I'm a fan of Muay Thai.
                  This, and weight lifting. I wish I had started when I was a little kid.
                  "Go For Broke"
                  Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
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                  Now- 200/8%
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                  • #10
                    For grappling: Judo, BBJ, wrestling. For striking: boxing, Muay-Thai, kick-boxing. Avoid non-contact martial arts such as: Aikido, karate, Tai Chi etc.

                    Martial arts that tries to sell you "dirty fighting" etc. doesen't work well, because they can't train them in a realistic full contact setting...
                    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                    - Schopenhauer

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                    • #11
                      In the UK there are semi-contact karate classes and the kung fu I did was most certainly contact! :-) As for tai chi, well normally its sort of waving your arms around but if you can find someone to teach you authentic martial arts tai chi (I did some for a while) then it is awesome, same goes for the other two internal styles whose names I have no hope of spelling (bagua maybe?).

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                      • #12
                        It's not only about find some "sensei" to teach you "authentic martial arts", what really matters is doing full contact sparring for years against good training partners...
                        "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                        - Schopenhauer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skorpion317 View Post
                          Your best bet would be to train in some form of grappling - either wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. For striking arts, I'm a fan of Muay Thai.
                          Agree 100%! Now if there was just a good Muay Thai school in my area. Sparring and watching DVD's is okay but nothing like a real school. We do have a good BJJ school here though.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                            It's not only about find some "sensei" to teach you "authentic martial arts", what really matters is doing full contact sparring for years against good training partners...
                            What's that saying about a broken clock being right twice a day? We agree completely on this point. You're still my arch nemesis.
                            The Champagne of Beards

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                              It's not only about find some "sensei" to teach you "authentic martial arts", what really matters is doing full contact sparring for years against good training partners...
                              Yeah, at my school everybody had a private lesson once a week where you learned techniques and whatnot, and unlimited group classes where 30minutes was intense calisthenics at least 30 minutes was full-on padded sparring alternating partners. men v. men, men v. women, old v. young, big v. little, everybody had an opportunity to spar everybody in the class. That definitely helped more than the technique/theoretical learning in the private classes. none of that point/flag stuff either, it was 5 minute rounds straight up unless somebody needed to stop. I remember the tournaments I went to and it was always an adjustment having to stop after hitting or being hit and the flag went up.

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