Anyone here ever do Martial Arts?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
January 20, 2008 7:59pm CST
If you did or do, what kind? How active are you now? When you were active or if you are active, how much time do you spend on it each day. Why do you like your style? What country or countries did it originate from? Does it include self-defense? I originally did Shotokan Style Karate, from Japan, 3 hours a night for three nights a week, many years ago in college. T'ai Chi, from China, I was 20 minutes a day on my own and then 2 hours a week in class. My group folded. I miss the group. I want to get back into T'ai Chi. I have videotapes, but I miss the group. Need encouragement since my car accident. Also like self-defense. What do you like about Martial Arts?
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I took Taekwondo a few years back. My husband was an instructor. I only made it to green belt. I love martial arts. When we moved we found it hard to find a good school. And our life kind of got busy with three kids. I really want my children to get into it. My husband is a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, 3rd degree in Tangsoodo. He also took a few others I can't remember what they are. We plan on moving again and we are hoping to find a good school for the children to take.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Taekwondo, Korea, my cousin is a 3rd Dan and his wife is a 1st Dan. They started a school together. It was his and her dream. A shared dream such as that must be wonderful! What is Tangsoodo. Seems like I've heard of it before, but nothing is coming up in my mind. Hope you're able to find a good school. Hope all of you are able to get back into it, like you want, again.
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• United States
23 Jan 08
Tang Soo Do is also a Korean art. One of the famous practicioners is Chuck Norris, believe it or not. not kidding, this isnt a Chuck Norris joke. It also uses powerful kicks and in my opinion more hand strikes than TKD--they are very karate like in manner.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Thank you very much. I think most Martial Artists learn at least a little from each style. I remember one show where Chuck Norris was doing wrestling/grappling. It was just before the spin-off show with the blond and brunette detectives.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I've wanted to get into T'ai Chi for years, but every time I got close, something happened. I have a couple dvds, but I don't like learning that way. I hope to find a class soon because with my weight loss, etc., I think my body can function well enough to do it. THEN I will really get better... I need exercise badly!
@alamode (3073)
• United States
22 Jan 08
We have a Taekwondo instructor down the road... I need to check with him and see whats available. I think that t'ai chi is the exercise for people who are tired of messing around and want to do serious work on themselves... to learn something they can do for their health for the rest of their lives. Yes... if we lived closer together, there's no end of trouble we could get into!LOL!!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Jan 08
You and I could seriously tear up the world! Take care
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
No mercy... one of my mottos... I don't think the world is ready for us !!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I've recently decided that I would like to learn although at this time it's not an option. I don't know if there is a age line that it's not advisable to try learning it...what I mean is I am nearing 40 and I don't know my body could take learning it at this age. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
26 Apr 08
In my Shotokan classes, there was no one over 40. That's called a hard form of Martial Arts. In my T'ai Chi class, most people were over 40, we had someone 80 years old. That's a soft form of Martial Arts. It is slow, uses concentration. It helps you to stay flexible and strong into old age. I fell down my back steps one winter and go up without anything but a slight strain, if I had not done TC, I think I would have had a sprain or maybe a broken bone. The 80 year old was so proud, after a few months, she could do things she hadn't done before. Usually most instructors have various hours and some have sliding fees or reasonable ones. I would pay when I could go instead of for an entire month. Check around for soft styles or health based ones. Take care and good luck, if you want to do it, you can!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Thanks for the information at least now I know what I'm looking for. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 May 08
Your welcome Twoey!
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@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
30 Jan 08
I used to do Chinese martial arts, trained in Northern style Long Fist and Southern Sabre. Been too busy these pass few years to go back into training. I miss it greatly too, and hope to go back into train the moment things settle. Why not setup your own group first? It just be a group of fellow practitioners first, you might not even need someone to lead (just a breathing/timing tape)
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Jan 08
Actually T'ai Chi I can do anywhere and on my own. Now that I'm feeling better, I think I will do some. I hope things do settle down for you, but if they don't maybe a few minutes of breathing/timing a couple times a week for you, too? Interesting styles that you have done and ones that haven't been presented before. Long fist, is it like a no-weapon fighting style? Sabre is a sword style? Just checking, that's how I'm interpreting them. Thank you very much for your response. If people keep motivating me, I think I will get there. Take care and thanks again.
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• Singapore
30 Jan 08
Been trying to do a few minutes of breathing exercises before I sleep every day, hope that helps me =x Long fist is a unarmed routine composed of kicks, jumps and extended strikes, I practiced the competition display style, so I'm not much of a fighter =x The Southern Sabre routine can be seem here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3WrKwkIrfnQ
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Thank you very much, you know lots of sites for Martial Arts.
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@wanksta (23)
• India
22 Jan 08
've studied kalari for 3 years...its soo great..your body will be more flexible + you'll have a great feeling when you learn it...trust me..anyone intrested pm me :D ?? is there anything calld Private messagin in this site ?? 'm new here.. :)..
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Jan 08
Yes, there is private messaging here. Can you explain Kalari? I've never heard of it. What country is it from? Thank you for your response and take care.
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• India
29 Jan 08
its popular in south india [ mostly in kerala ]...u saw the movie "myth" ??? in tht movie..jackie chan hired some ppl frm kerala do to kalari....wanna know more visit this site www.kalari.in thisz where i studied kalari !!...
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Your place of study has a website, very cool. Thank you very much for expanding on our knowledge. Didn't know that style was in Myth. Great information, thank you very much.
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@jtexas (527)
• United States
21 Jan 08
ive had the pleasure of studying tang soo do and recieve my black belt. After that I took up capoeira and Brazilian jujitsu. Each has its own uses. Id love to take up tai chi. As far as being active in it. I study tang soo do from time to time. I dont really practice as much jujitsu only because I dont have the matts to practice. In summary martial arts is a good way to relieve stress from the outside world.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Jan 08
Where is Tang Soo Do from? How long have you been doing Capoeira? Yes, each one has its own uses. Yes, definite stress reliever. Thank you for your rsponse and I hope you have many years of Martial Arts.
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@jtexas (527)
• United States
22 Jan 08
Tang Soo do's origins is from Korea. The Martial art is under the umbrella of TKD. The difference is that Tang So Do practicers practice different set of forms campared to the TKD system. Tang so do at least where I studied it didnt focus to mach of its techniques on kicks. Again this may just be the way my instructor taught. I have been practicing Capoeira for about 2 years. I dont do many of the fancy cartwheels but I do participate.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Thank you very much for adding to my/our knowledge. Well if we had that up here and I could get away without doing cartwheels, Capoeira might be for me, too. Hard to say without going and observing/trying. Glad you found your style.
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@kingcrapper (1538)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I have done tae kwon do (didn't like all the kicking...can't kick that high), jui jitsu (cool arm locks and take downs), karate (very powewrful but wasn't flexible enough) and judo (I thought it was way too slow). Martial arts is a great way to build confidence and staying in shape! There is a big difference between a video tape and a live class. Get out and socialize! Be with other people! Where do you live?
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
so sounds like Jui Jitsu is the only one you've liked. I'm at a point in my life where I don't want to get out there and socialize. I have all I can do to put on a videotape with this sub-zero weather. But I like that you're trying to motivate me as requested (SMILE). I live in Northern NY State. I wish I had spare money to go put into my car to make the extra mileage to go visit a friend who does T 'ai Chi.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
P. S., In a real fight, you only have to kick as high as the opponent's shins.
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• Pakistan
28 Jan 08
I did shotokan for 8 years then i had an accident in which i broke my kney Joint which unabled me to play such games any more. then i turned to boxing and i found a little comfort to my desperation. i had friends with whom i practice were doing ti-chi. so i learned some from them too. its been 9 or 10 years that i'm doing not such a thing at all. just home and office nothing else. but i understand that it is just the command that you have over what style you are in. even if i'm a good boxer, a ti-chi student can't beat me. it is just the matter of your command.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Jan 08
I only took Shotokan for 2 1/2 years, I commend your dedication. Broken knee joint hurts just to think about it. T'ai Chi and boxing are also cool. I think you meant, even if you're a good boxer, it is possible a high level T'ai Chi student could beat you, it it is the matter of what you have at your command. I hope that you're able to do something with Chi. You've put a lot of time and effort into it. Maybe you are doing things with your chi. Reiki has to do with Chi and healing. It is very cool. Not a Martial Art, but a healing for involving chi. Take care and thank you for your response.
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• United States
23 Jan 08
I took Tang Soo Do in my teens after flirting with Shotokan as a child. Later I moved and found a great TKD school and later ended up being an asst. instructor there. While a student, we faternized with other schools and students and I got a chance to see other schools/arts. Of these I really enjoyed Kempo and Hapkido, especially Combat Hapkido. Its very straight forward with no forms or uniforms. The kicks are low, and basically anyone can do it. A very straight forward method of self defense I reccomend to anyone.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Jan 08
5 styles, pretty neat. I wish we had Hapkido here, but I don't think we do. Straight forward method sounds nice. Take care and thank you very much for your response.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Hi, I don't do it, but my kids have been taking Taekwondo for five years now and will be testing for Black Belt in March. They train between 8-10 hrs a week, but during the summer they go to TKD camp which is between 8-10 hours a day! It's exhausting, but they usually breeze through competitions and physically they are in top shape. If they pass the black belt, they want to expand their training to include some other forms of martial arts. Any suggestions?
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Jan 08
I suggest that you and your kids observe other styles in your area. Then you can discuss each style. Sometimes there are short self-defence classes of 5 to 10 weeks in different styles that people can try. Every style has good points to me. It also depends on what your kids are naturally good at. My Mother threw bails of hay for years, when attacked, she threw the guy headfirst into a tree. She would have Naturally been good at Judo. I have a fear of falling, so that would not be my style. But my legs had double the muscles my Mother's had naturally, so I am one heck of a power kicker. So anything with power kicks is a beautiful style to me. I also think styles where a person's power is used against him or her is good because I'm very short and often go up against people who have a lot of power. But I did throw somebody one time because before self-defense exhibitions, our instructor taught us moves from many styles including Judo. A few weeks later, someone grabbed me and I threw him. That was pretty wild! I also love dance, so T'ai Chi with its dancelike moves is cool and if I were younger, I would go for Capeila (spelling?). So I can't really suggest because I don't know you or your children, but I remember being in top shape, too. When you blow the top off all the charts at your Dr's office, you just have to smile, good for them! SMILE Let me know what you all decide, sounds like life is exciting in your Martial Arts household!
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@icezinhu (44)
• Brazil
21 Jan 08
I'm from Brazil. When i was 6~7 years old i did Capoeira (brazillian martial art), with 13~14 i did Hapkido (self-defence martial art) and im whishing to do Boxe now. I like martial arts very much!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I like doing Martial Arts to dance music, so Capoeira is cool, but I have a fear of being inverted and now with my high blood pressure, even push ups make my head pound. Wish there had been some up classes for that up here when I was younger and healthier. Can you tell us more about Hapkido? What does it use for self-defense? Like Judo uses throws and karate is mostly punches and kicks. I've heard of it, but I can't remember. Do you use sticks? I like Martial Arts very much, too. Take care
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@Sungolian (377)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I used to do Taekwondo for 3 years. I'm a first degree black belt. However, Taekwondo is not a practical fighting system. That's why I started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). It is a far more effective system of fighting, especially for someone strong like me. It focuses a lot more on ground fighting with grabs and chokes, which is much more realistic in a real fight than trying to jump-kick someone in the head.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Congrats on being a black belt. Congrats on finding a style more to your liking. Some of my cousins are incredible wrestlers, so that style would really appeal to them, too. At 50 years of age, choking me would stir up plaque and send it to my brain, I fear, but I can see the appeal. Every style is neat to someone, that's why there are so many styles. I like to watch each style and take something neat from each one. They all have pros and cons. Glad you're happy with the new style. But I won't be surprised if you move onto a new challenge someday. That's what's so cool about Martial Arts, there is always something cool out there. I left Shotokan because it was too hard a style for this old body, but I still have some of the moves and I hope after I am fully recovered from may accident, that I can do the glide again. Take care and be happy.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
Yes, there are plenty of submission holds in Jiu Jitsu including arm bars and blood chokes. Also, I do not think you will ever have to worry about being charged for excessive force if you were only defending yourself.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Jan 08
You don't know Newy York State, only state I know where intruders sue people for leaving stuff around on the floor and win.
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
6 Feb 08
I do Krav Maga, only once a week for 2 hour as it hasn't caught on much here yet. I like a lot of people wanted to learn a martial art partly for fitness, partly for self defence, my boyfriend encouraged me to try it and I love it. It is israeli and is made up of a lot of other martial arts for example we use boxing, muay thai and ju-jitsu moves and probably others. The thing I like most is that it focuses more on self defence than anything else and anyone can do it.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I like the last line, it sounds really good and the line before it, it sounds really cool. Nice to have a boyfriend who encourages you, too. Take care and thanks for responding.
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• Philippines
21 Jan 08
I've always wanted to try martial arts since I saw my dad do some when we went to Singapore and he raves all about the greatness of Bruce Lee but he never enrolled me in a class! Darn! I was fortunate though to try out at a gym for Muay Thai kickboxing (it's not exactly martial arts...) and I can say I've enjoyed it immensely! The feeling of punching, kicking and making all that combos is soo cool and I would like to continue training! I've stopped because of studies and now maybe I'll do it again this summer. And maybe I'll try ot enroll at a martial arts class too. 17 isn't too old right? haha!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
You're talking to a 50 year old and you want to know if you're too old. You best be going ha, ha. Actually, I've watched several Martial Arts specials and many have Muay Thai included. Every once in awhile, a news article features us real old people, usually subduing a bad buy, and she or he is thankful the police show us and an ambulance. Like you, I wanted Martial Arts when I was a teenager, but it wasn't until college before I could take it. Like you, I had to stop for studies for awhile. Bruce Lee was amazing. Jackie Chan is too. But there are every day heros in every class, probably including you. Take care
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