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ArteEtLabore14

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Who here practices a martial art or has in the past? I did Tae kwan do when I was a kid and am interested in starting again, but possibly something else. What styles do you guys practice and/or recommend?
 

Tokyo Slim

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Karate? The Dane Cook of Martial Arts?
 

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I train JKD. I can't really recommend a style until I know why you want to take up MA. For self defense or to enter competitions or to keep in shape or just for fun or what? If it's just effective self defense for the street you're after, JKD is a great choice.
 

ArteEtLabore14

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Originally Posted by Sherlock
I train JKD. I can't really recommend a style until I know why you want to take up MA. For self defense or to enter competitions or to keep in shape or just for fun or what? If it's just effective self defense for the street you're after, JKD is a great choice.

For all of those reasons. Always good to be able to be able to defend yourself if the need arises, going to the gym and running gets monotonous, and I just like trying new things.
 

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I've played judo for three years. Started mid-30s. Broke my finger in randori a few months ago and it just hasn't healed right, so I'm still sitting out.

There's no striking so it's quite different than the more ubiquitous arts. Plus, you'll never find a judo blackbelt mill. They operate not-for-profit. You won't get as much groundwork as BJJ, but you'll usually get about 1/3 of the class as ne waza so you will learn submissions (chokes and armbars and entanglements) as well as pins. There are no leglogs.

It takes its toll on you physically. Lots of falls. Some of them pretty hard. But, you learn to fall the right way, which can have its benefits outside of martial arts, like when you slip on the ice.
 

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Originally Posted by ArteEtLabore14
Who here practices a martial art or has in the past? I did Tae kwan do when I was a kid and am interested in starting again, but possibly something else. What styles do you guys practice and/or recommend?

www.yinstylebaguazhang.com

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/v...48684&comments

A hard style orientation of an "internal" chinese martial art. We have many members who are or were mixed martial arts practioners, boxers,TKD instructors and Goju, Isshin ryu, shotokan practioners. They say they like the martial answers that Yin Style bagua provides. Check out the Youtube videos for yinstylebaguazhang.com and He Jinbao who's the grandmaster. There is also a facebook site. See what you think and good luck with whatever martial arts choice you make.

 

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I've studied several different arts in the past. Unfortunately in my area finding a quality school that isn't MMA is pretty much impossible. I have thought about going to one of the MMA schools that offers kickboxing classes, just for the workout.

My best recommendation is to find out what's available in your area and then make a decision. Like many things your options are much better in larger cities. It doesn't help for someone to recommend a certain type of art only to find that it's not available in your area.

I have heard a lot of good things about Krav Maga and of course I also like Muy Thai if it's available. Other then that I like Chinese internal arts or even Filipino stick or knife fighting, but finding a good Filipino school is extremely hard outside of a large city.
 

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I started in Hapkido and TKD, taught TKD for a while and then switched over to MMA fighting studying BJJ and Muay Thai.

TKD is a lot of fun, especially advanced kicks etc. Muay Thai is far more direct and focussed on basics. BJJ is, for me, a grind - never much cared for it, but it contains tons of essential skills for MMA. The most fun, for me anyway, was kendo which is pure sport.

If I was going to start up again, I'd probably go back to kendo, muay thai or try out escrima. But I have zero interest in MMA style fighting nowadays and just do it for fun.
 
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just take up boxing.
 

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Boxing or muay thai or if you're interested in wrestling, then BJJ or just plain old wrestling. Other martial arts will probably leave you feeling unsatisfied.
 

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As a young teenager I studied kenpo with Sid Gee.
 

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Muay Thai is the best and most practical among them. TKD too fancy and STK (a form of Karate) too defensive.
 

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Originally Posted by Pantisocrat
Muay Thai is the best and most practical among them. TKD too fancy and STK (a form of Karate) too defensive.

not really... it is an unbalanced art that focuses on striking and basicallu ignores grappling or breaking
 

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