I've always been interested in Martial Arts but.

Philippines
August 21, 2011 8:50pm CST
Hello Lotters, Last Night I was able to scavenge some DVD's and able to watch my two favorite movies; Shaolin Soccer and Kungfu Hustle. though I was fond with watching Karate Movies, and blood sport before, it was a while back since i've watch this kind of action movies. I've also watch some Filipino Martial Artist in ytube too With that i've always spark interest in learnin such skill. unfortunately, i don't know what could change me if i did learn it, most movies exposed me to fight when using martial arts. I've heard once before that Martial ARTS is a way to help have your pride and strong Discipline to SELF and not to bully any one. i don't even want to learn simple self defense but wants to learn the whole package. Anyways, i also think that it may give me some negative impact if i learn such, but who knows? those who knows martials arts and kungfu, how does it feel? have a nice day
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
I also love martial arts movie! I love Jet Li. When I was in high school, I wanted to learn Taekwondo. I just thought it was a cool thing to do and I did not want to get bullied although no one was bullying me then. But I thought it was a healthy thing to do, like an exercise or something. But I never got to do it because no one wanted to go with me and try it. And I couldn't do it alone and I didn't even know where to enrol. But I do believe martial arts will really do improve your discipline since it is taught together with the moves. Like a dance, martial arts also have techniques and steps and you'll have to be patient and disciplined to properly learn them. At least that's what I learned from watching those martial arts movies.
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• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello Secretber, I have watch Jet-Li and the best movie that i have watch about him was the Movie HERO, what i hate is the part of the movies where he is always the antagonist. yes, discipline is the real reason why i chose martial arts but also to have increased defense against future crooks.
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
23 Aug 11
Actually it was a refreshing experience to see Jet Li in villain roles. I have also watched him Lethal Weapon 4 and he played the role of the villain well. Have you seen him in an entirely drama movie? He was really good there. I think nowadays, we really need to learn self-defense. Crazy people are sprouting everywhere. We don't know when and where we might be the victim.
@Hatley (164027)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Aug 11
hi letran I have several friends who have black belts in karate and they are both rather laid back. But they both told me its given them both self confidence and self esteem. they neither one are the type to pick fights but I know that they can and have defended themselves when they needed to . they are husband and wife. the wife was once accosted and she defended herself honorably. the man whom she accosted ran off, and she laughs everytime she recounts the story. He was not injured physically but his macho pride sure had a dent put in it. I do not think it would change you except for the best.
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• Philippines
23 Aug 11
Hello hatley, that's really cool and it's really something to be proud of. wow, a couple that can actually be kick butt and that is good. well, if he is actually a built up person that can handle physical hit for something that can be so powerful. they are so lucky, i hope i get to learn something from others too. have a nice dayprotect myself as well as family whenever needed, there is nothing wrong in learning marital arts, it is the best way to protect ou
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
22 Aug 11
I've seen Shaolin Soccer and Kungfu Hustle! The best martial arts films of all times with a touch of light-hearted humor. I have friends who use to martial arts as a sport and I went to watch them. I also did self defense at school. It's awesome how they flip and do those awesome kicks but then again, it is a just a film. Martial arts is all about discipline as you said and a way to defend yourself against the bullies. It is not something to be abused.
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello triple well, i know there are effects that got involved there just like jackie chan stunts. but unfortunately, we can't afford to be using it against bullets. you'r right it's not something to be should be use against ordinary people. have a nice day
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Learning Martial Art is good when it is use in a good way. Sometimes if you learn something that other are not you tend to think that you are higher than them. That's when the trouble begins. Learn martial arts when your intention are for the common good.
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• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello silver_, I want to learn Martial Arts because it's a lot better than teh exotic art that is learned from the painters and exhibitions.for now, i love this kind art, because i can also us this as exercise in the morning. have a nice day
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@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
there are two types of Martial Arts: 1. Martial Sports 2. Martial Arts Example: 1. Martial Sports a. MMA UFC b. Muay Thai c. Kick Boxing d. Boxing e. Wrestling 2. Martial Arts a. Kung Fu of any kind (except San Shou) Meaning: 1. Martial Sports the spectators, viewers, i, you, we..... we all enjoy when those two fighters inside that ring beating each other. The more the blood and black eyes damages, the more the excitement and thrilling.... as totally oppose to the Martial Arts ethics.... 2. Martial Arts i, you, we..... learning Martial Arts not so much to defeat an opponent, as it is to conquer yourself.... the more you reach the higher level of the art, the more you refuse the fight, the more you are down to earth... learning martial arts in order to finish school or studies... to get a good job someday.... to have a permanent job... to have a family, with a strong foundation to help the needy.... and to do always good to your neighbors, kind and hospitality.... and not by hurting someone for money, title, and fame.... note: the more you learn martial arts, the more you refuse the fight.... to win a thousands of battles is not good, the most important of all is to win a combat without fighting..... Jose Rizal became a Philippine National Hero as Pen is Mightier than a sword, eventhough Jose Rizal is a better fighter in the Martial Art of FENCING, and YoYo...
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• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hllo mantis, there's a lot of martial arts out there, and now there are so many to choose.yeah, the thing is that i want to win and conquer myself with out any physical harm. yeah, that's right because Jose Rizal has won it all over. unfortunately, we have a new battle to fight and it needs a maturity of thinking and scrutiny not physical thing. have a nice day
• Canada
22 Aug 11
Kungfu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer are such awesome goofy movies. I think Stephen Chow is great. To be honest, it will not change you much, personality wise. You will offer respect more if you were to change. The only factor that will change you, if your martial arts school, the one you decide to sign up with, is one of those Martial arts school that encourage fighting to prove strength. But generally most martial arts school do not offer such ideas. If you are motivated to choose a martial art that is more into pride and self discipline etc. the stuff you mentioned, usually all of them teach that theology. However to be safe, you can choose a martial art developed from Japan, like Judo, Jujitsu, Karate. I state Japan because, they are famous for "the way of the warrior", "protect your pride", "honor". I am sure you have heard about Japan and this pride, I mean in world war II, they were dangerous one on one, because they were ready to die, than to be in shame. But like I mentioned, all martial arts are into self discipline. Any will do fine. People can always argue which practice is the "best", but for discipline they should all be equal. No one will ever know which practice is the best. I am a fan of the Filipino martial arts, "FMA", Kali, etc. Also I am a fan of "Krav Maga" the Isreal self defense system in their military. And also, judo (newaza, and ippon) and Jujitsu (brazilian, and traditional from Japan). Good luck!
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello wayvision, I have known only japan because the use of it's Bushido technique and other swordfights techniques. I want prefer honor and respect a lot more because I can't afford pride when am getting humiliated. I wish to learn all kinds of martial arts through out the world, its a way for anger management control for me. anyways, it's all Martial "ARTS" that is cool to learn. have a nice day
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
hi LK, during my younger years when bruce lee was very popular hehehe!!, there was this physical education class that teaches karate and i went and joined. i guess i learned a few tricks on how to defend myself and also it taught me discipline and how to be humble. you see most who bully are those who do not really know how it works. so i say, go for it. it is a very good exercise at the same time. if you easily gets irked at something, i think with the knowledge of martial arts, you will be able to curb and manage anger and discipline yourself. good attitude is always in the person and it could also be learned. ann
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• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello tiger aunt, you're one of the most lucky people that has considered martial arts and karate as part of your Physical Exercise stuff.I agree bully are those who actually don't know how to use it. Unfortunately, there are some people who use martial arts to scare and provoke and bully others too. but i like this place to prevent anger, from going fort for me. have a nice day
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
22 Aug 11
LetranKnight25, I think it is important to remember that the learning of martial arts are never in anyway similar to those stunts you see on the movies you mentioned. I hate to say that as much as you may learn and be able to execute certain moves or kicks or stunts you've seen in the movies, there is a whole world of difference when you are faced with odd situations where you need to defend yourself. Close quarter or unarmed combat is not really simple and as much as you are able to hit your adversary, it is equally likewise for your opponent to hit you just as well. So, we are being taught to expect, endure a beating during and better still run to avoid direct contact which might incur unpleasant consequences for both parties. I am not against learning martial arts but would question your desire and purpose. For me, I've learned Tae Kwan Do when I was young as a form of sport and unarmed combat when I was enlisted. So, I can assure you the health benefits that comes with it, on top of learning to defend ourselves. Most forms you mentioned are robust and physical, so you may need to consider if you are physically fit for the task before you enroll. If you are physically not up to it, then I would advocate the equally beneficial Chinese martial art called Tai Chi which is known to be benefit all ages and much more for those who are ill and elderly. The exercise routines are known to even bring about healing and in some cases, complete cures to terminal illnesses. It may be slow moving but I can assure you that it can work out a sweat for you. Other than fist forms, practitioners can opt for various weapon forms like sword, sabre and wooden staff to break the monotony and learn more interesting forms of calisthenics and exercises.
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello Sky-success, Thanks a lot for a very comprehensive explanation regarding your view in my interest on martial arts. I've watch some Filipino masters done this before and i agree with you that it's not easy. my nephew was taught Tae Kwan Do, but i guess he forgotten about it and i have learn a bit of karate when i was a child, but it'sall forgotten now. I like your last sentence, i have seen Tai Chi for quite some time now. as for wooden staff combat, haven't really exprience that yet
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
23 Aug 11
actually, the art of Tai Chi are suitable for all of the ages but not all practitioners are compatible to learn Tai Chi.... Plenty of people want to learn the art of Tai Chi but Tai Chi are not meant for them.... the same reason for a Sumo Wrestler to learn another alternative art and that's Tae Kwon Do.... which is sure, Tae Kwon Do are not compatible to Sumo Wrestler....
@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
22 Aug 11
A friend of mine was recommended to put her son in karate to help him control his temper. While she was taking him, the Master suggested she might want to start as well. She was pretty doubtful about it, after all, she was in her late 30's and over 100 lbs over weight. He told her that it would increase her strength and balance. So, not only did her son learn karate, learn to control his temper, she increased her strength and, last I heard, they were both black belt ninjas...
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello Elic, Yeah, that's what I really want is to control my temper, I don't want to be a decorated ninja to avoid provocation, i just want to be a person that has self disciplined inside.it's good to know that they are now both black belters and can defend themselves from trouble. have a nice day
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@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
22 Aug 11
Well, the form of karate they got into was the kind that produces ninjas, but there are lots of other kinds as well - I rather think they had a limited selection to go in the smallish town Pennsylvania they were living in at the time.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
22 Aug 11
I have always had an interest in it also. I never did pusue it though. I love to watch martial arts on television.
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Hello stephcjh, same here, i think personally not every one actually prefers to study it or maybe not eveery is good enough because it may not be who is qualified enough. have a nice day
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
18 Dec 11
hi, Actually me, only few knowledge about that,Sometimes i used to defend my self in a little things, and Karate is a martial arts and is a striking art using punching,kicking,knee and elbow strikes and open handed techniques such as knife hands,this martial arts I've know and sometimes i apply to bad people and i hope someday that i learned more about Karate to care myself and my family.
@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
25 Aug 11
i guess i was an athlete, actually, a frustrated one. i love watching martial movies just like any other kids. and when i was younger, i wanted to learn martial arts, kungfu, taekwondo. but maybe because we were not well off, actually until now, my parents cannot afford to send me to martial arts school. i know we should always be reminded that martial arts is self defense.
• Philippines
23 Aug 11
hi LK, I love to learn martial arts such as Arnis, taekwando, kung fu and Judo I enrolled in some classes before but I don't have the chance to finish it Some of my cousin and my ex taught me some but I never tried it for real Because I use a kitchen knife to defend myself miss yah