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Old 10-15-10, 04:55 PM
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I know some of you guys are into different martial arts. What do you train in/what club/where? Competition experiences?

Started Tae Kwon Do in 1998 under Grandmaster Woo Yung Jung. First important competition was in 2001-Atlantic Canada Black Belt championships. Things conspired and I got out of it around 2003 as a 1st Guep (red belt black stripe). Back in last year, hopefully testing for first degree around January. Also recently started training in Judo; once I get my first degree and become a little more proficient at grappling/throws/groundwork I'll get into MMA most likely.
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I studied Gun-FOO and FOO'd Smo-king under the watchful eye of Master Stormcrowe, who introduced me to Master Siu who taught me the fine art of Ben-Ch Ma-De, which is the art of cheating death by repeatedly cutting myself with fine blades.
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Nunchucks were my weapon of choice for hurting myself.
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actually I'm kinda good with the Nunchucks. Self taught, showed off to my oldest sisters friend when I was a kid and he asked me to show his teacher, he liked what he saw and invited me to attend a Martial arts contest! Didn't win only 'cause I didn't really study anywhere! =0( So they gave me a few Tee shirts and a cool new pair of Nunchucks. =0)
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I used to be pretty good...took a long time and a lot of breaking **** though.
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Plain old boxing, long ago. Never won anything in an official ring. Made a bunch of money in bareknuckle fights.
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I kind of wanted to try boxing before I got back into Tae Kwon Do. Afraid to try it now, at least until I uprank to Il-Dan in TKD. If I break anything right now I'm screwed.

What do you practice, Serendipper?
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Originally Posted by CrankshaftYQX View Post
I kind of wanted to try boxing before I got back into Tae Kwon Do. Afraid to try it now, at least until I uprank to Il-Dan in TKD. If I break anything right now I'm screwed.

What do you practice, Serendipper?
I found it pretty rare to break anything while boxing. Junior ranks wear the headgear, amateur ranks use a heavier padded glove. At most you'll bust your nose, which can be reset ringside by a good cornerman. I never broke anything except my nose in the ring. Busted most of my fingers going gloveless, though.
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Master Instructor/Maestro Ng Eskrima (6th Degree Black Belt) in Kabaroan Eskrima under Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla, Jr and Associate Grandmaster Ed Bansuelo.

Recommended Black Belt (Red/Black) TKD under 3rd Degree Black Belt John O'Brien.

I've also studied Serrada (Cabales - Davis - Bansuelo) and a little Hawaiian Lua (mostly under Kumu Lua Ed Bansuelo with some seminar time with Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu). All my training has been in and around Sacramento, CA.

If I had time to dedicate to it, I'd love to get into Kajukembo - I know a couple of Kaju guys (Dean Webster was in the Fight Quest episode on Kajukembo, and Art Hugues who are part of Grandmaster Greg Haper's Kajupit - and they are top martial artists and great guys. Dean is also a Dog Brother and earned the nickname Kaju Dog.
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Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
I studied Gun-FOO and FOO'd Smo-king under the watchful eye of Master Stormcrowe, who introduced me to Master Siu who taught me the fine art of Ben-Ch Ma-De, which is the art of cheating death by repeatedly cutting myself with fine blades.

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I'm considering pursuing TaeKwonDo farther than I originally intended. In the next few years our school will need a new instructor and I'm considering stepping in.
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I use to take TKD but our instructor quit on us
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Originally Posted by CrankshaftYQX View Post
I kind of wanted to try boxing before I got back into Tae Kwon Do. Afraid to try it now, at least until I uprank to Il-Dan in TKD. If I break anything right now I'm screwed.

What do you practice, Serendipper?

Aikikai Aikido
Muay Thai Boxing
Brazillian Jiu Jutsu
Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido
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Plain old boxing, long ago. Never won anything in an official ring. Made a bunch of money in bareknuckle fights.
This is the guy I want to watch my back...

Studied and taught Chito Ryu karate as well as other diverse forms to improve my ground fighting skills as my sensei believed that one should never limit oneself to one style or set of techniques.
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Two pieces of advice:

1. Any style where you spar with a real, live human regularly is going to be several magnitudes better than ones where you get bogged down with forms and katas. This is why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is being treated like a magical and revolutionary thing when it's really just that people only get good at fighting other people when they fight other people.

2. Beware of "cult-of-personality" types, they are still more common in martial arts circles than they should be. Anyone who tells you if you train with them for 17 years you will learn a "chi-blast" to take out your opponents is full of bullshido.
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I can consistently hit an apple at 100 yards with my .22 and iron sights.
I am also fairly competent with my throwing knives and with a target bow.
And I completed a game of cricket with 31 darts this morning.

I believe in range weapons.
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Tai Chi (Yes, it is a combat art when sped up, and quite effective)

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Rifle and handgun as well as archery with either a recurve or English Longbow
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I studied Aikido in Japan but gave it up when moving to the San Francisco area. Partly because of time constraints (had young children at the time), but also because I couldn't find a Japanese sensei and didn't really want to study Aikido in English (with oddly pronounced Japanese terms). It's been many years now, the kids are old enough that I have lots of "free" time again and I speak mostly English these days again (except at home) so maybe my brain can put up with doing Aikido in English. Time to go to Yelp and read dojo reviews!
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Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
1. Any style where you spar with a real, live human regularly is going to be several magnitudes better than ones where you get bogged down with forms and katas. This is why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is being treated like a magical and revolutionary thing when it's really just that people only get good at fighting other people when they fight other people.
If "better" means real world fighting skills, then I suppose that is correct. But of course outside of the octagon, there is no real need for real life martial arts skills (other than conflict avoidance) because a gun still wins, so many people studying martial arts are looking for something else and for them, kata and form practice might be just as good or "better".

When it comes to the mixed competitions, I think one advantage of the jiu jitsu type arts is that you can spar at what is close to 100% for those arts (up to the tap). You can't do that as authentically (i.e. unless really padded up) with striking arts because you and your partners will just get hurt.
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If "better" means real world fighting skills, then I suppose that is correct. But of course outside of the octagon, there is no real need for real life martial arts skills (other than conflict avoidance) because a gun still wins, so many people studying martial arts are looking for something else and for them, kata and form practice might be just as good or "better".

When it comes to the mixed competitions, I think one advantage of the jiu jitsu type arts is that you can spar at what is close to 100% for those arts (up to the tap). You can't do that as authentically (i.e. unless really padded up) with striking arts because you and your partners will just get hurt.
I trained in a full contact environment and studied kata intensively as this helps one focus and perfect forms... these skills have served me well in the real world.
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If "better" means real world fighting skills, then I suppose that is correct. But of course outside of the octagon, there is no real need for real life martial arts skills (other than conflict avoidance) because a gun still wins, so many people studying martial arts are looking for something else and for them, kata and form practice might be just as good or "better".
Well sure, some people collect guns because they like the way they look or like to do fancy tricks with them. Shucks, you could even use one as a bottle opener. But we sort of all know what they were actually designed for.

I don't think katas are inherently bad at all, I just think that if it's all you do, and you want to learn self-defense, it's really not all that worthwhile.
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Never done it myself. My son is black belt in TKD and loves it.
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Second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do under Grandmaster Kang. No competitive fighting - I taught self defense for 3 years and was too used to trying to maim the person coming at me.
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Shotokan Karate I was a brown belt....I have not trained for years...and plain old High School wrestling...it made for a good combo when I had to defend myself!
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