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We are probably several here who have a Martial Arts background. It would be great if we could share our experiences, whatever the disciplines. For me it is as important as my love for style, and it's somehow related. You have to show a certain dignity and sprezz when you're into Martial Arts, and the clothing/equipment is important.

My Martial Arts journey started when i was a kid, i practiced fencing. I lived close to the Republican Guard, that has an old tradition of fencing practice and dueling. The Master was very impressive, a thin guy with a mustache, he was very old. His picture was in the Larousse dictionary to illustrate 'fencing'…

Then it's not before my 20s that i went back into Martial Arts. It was still related to fencing as i started the path of Kendo. I practiced for 25 years, won ranks and medals. I learned Japanese to understand my masters, and went several times to practice to Japan.
I also practiced Aikido and Iaido, and studied the old school of Ono ha Itto Ryu for 15 years. (kata practice).

Sadly, i had to quit Kendo 4 years ago due to an old knee injury. But i had discovered Tai Chi Chuan a few years before, and it's now for around ten years that i am practicing. Of course i study an old school and there is some weapon practice too, so i feel at home.

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And what about you guys ?
Let's discuss Martial Arts !
 

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Very interesting @LA Guy !
My son started the Judo path...

After being really involved in Japanese Arts, I am very interested in Chinese schools now.
 

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I did Kenpo from 5 to 17 years old, became a 3rd degree blackbelt and was on my studio's demo team for tournaments. I believe it was technically shaolin kenpo because there were pinions and katas, as well as a lot of self-defense and sparring.

I just started jujitsu with one of the Gracie gyms in NYC, but it's hard to not instinctively use strikes to get out of holds/grapples.
 

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My son just started Sanchin and seems to enjoy it. I tried Shotokan when I was about 17 but I had to quit to work more hours and help out at home. Pretty tough discipline!
@Clouseau, I had no idea, fella!
 

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My son just started Sanchin and seems to enjoy it. I tried Shotokan when I was about 17 but I had to quit to work more hours and help out at home. Pretty tough discipline!
@Clouseau, I had no idea, fella!
Well mate, you know why i've got quite a lot of Japanese clobber now ! ;)
 

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BJJ blue belt, had been training for several years but due to laziness, injury and being a pu$$y I quit for a long time in between. When I started up again 2 years ago things actually began to click. train about 2x/week at most but that's plenty for me since my fingers and elbows are always sore. Still get mat anxiety so been working on that. it's an amazing martial art. Never seen another martial art that offers so much ability. I'm a fairly athletic and strong guy at 180lb, and routinely get destroyed by 140lb guys. It's an eye opener to know that there are just levels to fighting.

I used to want to tell people all the time abut BJJ but recently have decided to keep it on the down-low. the fewer that actually practice it the better for me. ;)
 

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^ 1000% all of that.

I'm not an ego driven guy in real life and I'm really friendly on the mats. I dont do 'dick moves' and I always do a lot of catch and release if I feel my partner is in a bad position and we're trying to learn. sometimes like you say I'll go up against a monster and they make my offenses/sweeps difficult because they just grab and 'tank down'. Even though I'm not an egotistical guy, like you said I dont like tapping. So I have to work really hard to get out of bad positions --> gas out --> worse position --> more anxiety etc etc.

my friend who's a similar level is much more light-hearted. he taps early and often and always seems relaxed and just keeps rolling endlessly.. he doesn't flop, but he also has a great attitude in that he taps, resets and rolls again. I find when I'm super relaxed and confident my rolls are endless fun. even against higher belts if I'm relaxed and having a good time I'm really flowing and tough to handle. "keep it playful"
but the minute I get in my own head, and start to worry about losing or tapping - I tense up and it's like I forget everything.

I guess a lot of it is ego. I want my instructor to respect me, I want my buddies to respect me. thing is I think they do and I'm the one that just needs to chill the fck out. I've been working on this aspect more than any one technique or drill.. I feel if I can get over myself I'll reach that next plateau..

thanks for the advice Fok. keep it coming.
 

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Is anyone else a practitioner of the Scottish martial arts? Mike Myers was a grand master.
 

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It's actually Canadian martial arts.

Kidding. The official Canadian Martial Art is hockey fighting.
I believe the discipline is known as fuck-u. Mainly head butting and eye gouging.
 

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How to be elegant and efficient at the same time. The perfect Classic Menswear Martial Art.
French "Canne de combat" (Fighting stick). Most techniques are inspired from fencing. Still taught today, part of the "Boxe Française" (French boxing) curriculum.

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