What martial arts have you tried?

Japan
May 14, 2010 5:27am CST
Hi, there. There are a lot of martial arts out there. Well, I have tried some of them, like karate, aikido, kickboxing. When I was a child, I also tried shorinjikenpo, which is like karate or kung fu. Now I am a member of a kudo dojo, which is a karate-based MMA. How about you? Have you tried any martial arts? If so, what martial arts have you tried? If not, what martial arts whould you like to try?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 May 10
I've tried Shotokan Karate and Yang Style T'ai Chi. I would like to try Chi Gung (spelling?). What have you tried?
• Japan
14 May 10
one of my friends have a black belt of shotokan :) when i was around 20, i went to seido kaikan, known as a K-1 founder. chi gung? i have never heard of that. oh, that reminds me! i am the leader of a martial art club in which we practice different martial arts. one of the members practice mantis kung fu. the movement is so unique!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 May 10
A martial arts club where people practice different types of martial arts, wow, that sounds sooo cool! I think I'm spelling chi goon wrong. Does it look familiar yet? It's like tai chi healthing only even more so. Is it praying mantis kung fu? I bet that the moves are unique. Every style of maritial arts has at least one thing unique to it. Shotokan, I think the glide is only there. Have a great time with this discussion, you'll learn a lot.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 May 10
Sorry, I see the list of what you have tried above now. That's a good number of kinds/types/styles. I don't know all of the ones you tried.
• United States
14 May 10
I have done Kempo, Ji jitsu, and Jeet kwon Do. I was on a Sensi training program for years and then taught Kempo, I miss it now that my life has changed to a point as I do not have 4-5 hrs a day to do this anymore. is till work out when I can but it is never for that long.
• Japan
14 May 10
wow! a Sensi training program?? sounds interesting :) what's it like there? yeah, i understand what you mean. as i am taking an examination for my job as an english teacher, i need to keep away from MA practice for a while. i miss it too.
• United States
15 May 10
Training was through the school I attended. I would not only assist in teaching but I spent an extra class learning how to teach, how to spot and so on. We did a lot of self defense classes (we where in NJ and the owner is a cop so it was a pet project of his) not only for regular people or women but also for disabled folks those with wheel chairs, canes, etc. so we learned how to adapt the movements for individual cases. I had to be in the program for three years and started at 15, it was a very good learning experience for me in so many ways. There are training "camps" so to say in both this country and Japan, very expensive and some are very very old school, I always wanted to go over seas to one but never had the money to do so.
• Japan
15 May 10
oh, in japan too? i see :) it was a kind of special school. "sensi" in japanese is a warrior or a fighter. so i misunderstood.
@much2say (34689)
• United States
14 May 10
I haven't officially taken lessons, but my dad (also a Nihonjin) used to teach me judo and karate here and there. It actually helped me one day in 6th grade because a boy was teasing me and I flipped him over - ha ha. Don't worry, he didn't get hurt (too much) hee hee. What I remember the most was my dad trying to show me a back kick . .. guess what - he kicked me right in the eye - ouch! My daughter is very physical and has some anger within her (at age 5) so I am thinking maybe martial arts would be good for physically, and to calm her down - hee hee. But not sure which she would enjoy better at this point.
• Japan
15 May 10
hahaha you got his back kick in your eye? it sounds too hurt! oh, your dad is a Nihonjin? yeah, i think some judo technics are really useful to protect you. oh, she would definitely enjoy it. i think children like martial arts if it is not boring one. i think they might find "kata" boring and prefer exciting one like sparring in kickboxing. * i know kata's importance and i do not think it boring but i still prefer sparing.
@much2say (34689)
• United States
15 May 10
Yes, both my parents are Nihonjin (which makes me one too - ha ha). I'm just afraid that my daughter will actually use what she learns . . . she can be a pretty fiesty girl even at 5 years old - ha ha!!! There are many martial art "choices" where I live - it's very popular . . . I'll have to look into it myself!
• Japan
15 May 10
yeah she might have desire to beat up other kids! haha. oh, i think it will not be funny if that really happens. yeah, you need to check the mood of the dojo and the behavior of other kids who are practicing there. :) Good luck!
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
10 Jun 10
well i have tried arnis a stick fighting style and its hand to hand style. Well its hand to hand is mostly defensive and to incapacitate the enemy. well i know that arnis has a lot of other names but i don't know it personally. well i would like to try kendo, but i know of just one place offering it and its basically for kids.
11 Jun 10
arnis sounds a lot like something a monk would use i will learn that,sounds cool.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
27 Jun 10
it is used in one of bruce lee's film and heard that it is popular outside of this country it originated with.
@setsuna26 (2410)
• Philippines
10 Jun 10
Im the type of guy who likes learning alot of martial arts, but the only martial arts that i loved the most is juijutsu its a brazilian martial arts but its pretty unique and interesting as well.It promotes dicipline and coordination in your body just like the other forms of martial arts. At the same time if you dont have so much to do then you can try and learn this form of martial arts to keep you busy and keep you fit as well.But i have to warn you its a lil bit physical compared to other form of artial arts. It involves alot of movements and body contact and lots of different pressure. Consider it as a good challenge to learn something like that or learn a new martial arts every now and then .
• Japan
14 Jun 10
i have practiced ground technics with some friends who used to practice juijutsu. their technics are so logical and effective, which made me think i wanted to learn it!
• Indonesia
10 Jun 10
i try taekwondo since 1 year ago. also i would try karate and aikido too...
• Japan
14 Jun 10
taekwondo is cool :) i wish i could kick like them!
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
19 May 10
I've tried out Aikidou when I was in middle school. I learned it mainly for self defense. I've also learned kickboxing before. It was for aesthetic reasons ( i was trying to lose some weight).
• Japan
20 May 10
yeah, kickboxing is a perfect choice to lose weight. after i quit the gym, i gained so much! X-0
@sk66rc (4263)
• United States
14 May 10
I've done aikido & muay thai. Actually, I can't say I've really gotten into muay thai because I've only done strengt training with muay thai when I hurt my back. I've gone through all the basics & few years of training but I'm far from breaking tree limbs with my leg, lol. I've heard it was great for strength on legs. I love the sport. But I found aikido fits for of my personality & like it better.
• Japan
15 May 10
i also practiced aikido. :) well...i did it for a year or two. i liked it too. my ryuha had a sparring training using a short soft stick which looks like a knife, which i liked the best of the all the tranings there. one guy with the stick stricks the other then the other tries to apply aiki technics to the one while dodging the fake knife. did your ryuha have that kind of training? :)
• Philippines
14 May 10
I've done judo, karate and aikido i still practice it on my own everyday but not as much as i used to when i was in high school basically i've maintained it just so i can say i exercise everyday hahaha
• Japan
14 May 10
judo! i forgot to mention it :) i practiced it in high school. in Japan, some high schools teach judo as a P.E. class. i practice kudo but i do not take part in matches or something. actually when i was with a kickboxing gym, i had some matches :) but i am responsible for my looks as a teacher, i need to avoid getting black eyes! my students would get scared! kudo is much more suitable for me because kudo requirs you to wear a very reliable protective head gear, which never lets your face hit, when you have a sparring or a match. Now i can enjoy kudo just for fun and like you as an exercise.
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
30 May 11
I've already practiced Aikido but I'm still a white belter. The reason is because our Sensei doesn't believe in the belt system. You're either black belt or not (white belt). He believes we don't need to be mindful of our progress through the classification of belts. He thinks that we should focus on our techniques more than our rank and I for one believes him.
@renzmago (64)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
i've tried. jeet kune do , taekwondo , arnis , and drunking fist 7 Gods style.. its fun to learn many types of martial arts..
@colyo222 (39)
11 Jun 10
my friend and i all learn karate,i learned hypo when i was four got to a green belt and stopped. i am currently a blue with 1 stripe in all American jujitsu.(yeah i know that sounds wrong but its what its called its adapted from a base of jujitsu(japan) and sides from Okinawan and Korean)my friend taught me some kick boxing and i learned from a veteran judo. i also know how to use a sai, bojutso, tonfa,kali,kama and a naginata.