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Old 2007-01-18, 02:37   Link #41
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Looks like I'm late to this party!

I'm a yudansha in a Japanese martial art called Shorinji Kempo, training in Tokyo and assisting with teaching children and high school students. Allot of fun and has some interesting philosophy and teachings along with the physical aspects which make it more of a thinking man's martial art.

The history of martial arts, especially those from China are hard to accurately source as allot of the details were not recorded but simply passed down through the years, and in many cases within so-called secret societies.

Take for example the famous Shaolin temple in China. What is known is that it was founded by an Indian Buddhist in late 4th century AD. It is thought that he or a successor brought Indian martial arts to Shaolin which continued to develop and evolve. The purpose of these arts was for development of a healthy body, in defence of person and temple. There are numerous cases of the temple being destroyed, one of the more famous being in around 1732 by the Qing government, which forced the monks to take their art underground into secret societies, from which several modern martial arts have been developed.

Its important to remember if you train in a martial art you have to use proper judgement, control and common-sense if you ever have to defend yourself. Like its been mentioned, with most modern countries having justice systems terms like "reasonable force" are important and that you will be judged differently to other people if you cause harm or injury to other people.
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Old 2007-01-30, 22:01   Link #42
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I do Kendo. It's pretty fun stuff. It won't teach you to be a master swordsman, but it's just really fun. It's not like I took it to fight people with a sword anyways .

It gives you a pretty good work out, requires a lot of stamina.
I'd really like to join a Kendo club both for fun and for excercise but I live in New Zealand so it's not really an open option as far as I can see..
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Old 2007-01-31, 23:25   Link #43
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I'd really like to join a Kendo club both for fun and for excercise but I live in New Zealand so it's not really an open option as far as I can see..
You have seen this right? http://www.kendo.org.nz/HTML/clubs/clubs.html
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Old 2007-02-01, 02:04   Link #44
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You know what's great about kendo? We don't brag about it being the strongest, most bestest (yea I know, it's a joke) fighting style in the world. Worse than those, "my kungfu is betta than yo's" type? The "If it's so great, why isn't he/she in the UFC?" type.

New Zealand should have a kendo dojo. I'm pretty sure they competed at the world championships in december.
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Old 2007-02-02, 07:01   Link #45
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Eh...I've done a whole smattering of stuff. I did TKD for about 14 years, but was overall unimpressed. In my experience it works well for fitness or as an augmentation to another fighting style, but on it's own it's only par.

My favorite work has been with Kuk Sool Won, it combines aspects of all sorts of stuff...it's heavy in trapping, deflecting, countering, and striking; but additionally it comes with exstensive weapons and grappling work. I was with KSW for about 10 years.

I've puttered around with jiu-jutsu and kempo, but not enough to say I studied it. I've also studied non-combatative styles like Shinkendo and Iaido

As for tournements and full-contact bouts, I was good at striking but not quite as good at taking blows. That's probably why I focused a lot on my groundwork, once I got someone on the ground it was difficult to beat me.

Unfortunately since joining the military I haven't had much time or availability for MA.
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Old 2007-02-05, 00:36   Link #46
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Pride FC, UFC, and K1 are fun to watch. Always exciting to see a striker KO his opponent. Though I prefer Pride over UFC but i still watch both, saw last nights UFC 67, kinda a weak bout imo though.
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Old 2007-02-05, 23:16   Link #47
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You know what's great about kendo? We don't brag about it being the strongest, most bestest (yea I know, it's a joke) fighting style in the world. Worse than those, "my kungfu is betta than yo's" type? The "If it's so great, why isn't he/she in the UFC?" type.

New Zealand should have a kendo dojo. I'm pretty sure they competed at the world championships in december.
Kendo is one martial art where you can "feel" the kiai - its a very weird and interesting feeling.
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Old 2007-02-06, 20:40   Link #48
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I used to do some basic karate for 2-3 years, it was ok, but I really didn't care about it all that much. Now I'm interested in doing swordfighting for fun or exercise.
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Old 2007-02-06, 21:06   Link #49
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Kendo is one martial art where you can "feel" the kiai - its a very weird and interesting feeling.
Try tai chi push hands -- it's also a unique feeling.
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Old 2007-02-13, 01:39   Link #50
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anyone here do omg yong doe it is a bunch of diffent Martial Arts like judo and some other stuff
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Old 2007-04-15, 14:52   Link #51
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Where's the love for judo? *sniff* I've been doing judo for four years now and I love it! Also started TKD and Capoeira through my school. I'm really starting to enjoy capoeira for the high energy and the music!
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Old 2007-04-15, 16:43   Link #52
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Man there is no Kendo in Las Vegas it ticks me off. That something I've been wanting to do for years. I do have a lot of shotokan under my belt though and some taekwondo. Its been a while...I need to get off my lazy ass and hit the mat...you can find some cute girls that are into combat sometimes.
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Old 2007-04-16, 02:52   Link #53
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tkd but only to brown, tore my acl, mcl and achilles in a motorbike accident shortly after promotion. It's a tough thing to train in TKD if you have no confidence in your legs keeping you upright. So I've decided to take up something a little bit more upper torso oriented. I've taken up arnis (Filipino stick fighting) and I tell you what the amount of damage you take to your arms and hands in sparring is brutal. But it's good because there's a strong focus on unarmed combat particularly grappling.
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Old 2007-08-25, 12:24   Link #54
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I practice Boxing.
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Old 2007-08-25, 18:16   Link #55
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i practice wrestling (I guess that falls under grappling) I mean it not a fight sport but It dose come in handy in a real fight. Most people dont expect me to use a firemans toss on them in a street fight (>.<)
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Old 2007-08-25, 18:34   Link #56
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There is a large amount of McDojos that teach martial arts which are no better then daycare centers unfortunately in America.

If you actually want to take martial arts for self defense purposes, the best is Boxing, for striking, and Wrestling, particularly shooting and holds.

As for Tae Kwon Do, it is probably not the most effective form of self defense but some schools teach Hapkido which is kind of like Judo in that it teaches you to take down your opponent which is effective but the situation that arises where you can use certain forms is limited and many unnecessary movements are made.
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Old 2007-08-26, 09:19   Link #57
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I've done TKD, Hapkido, some Aikido, BJJ, Judo, Tai Chi, some MT, and Hungar. My friend also taught me some techniques from Hwarangdo and a few wrestiling techniques and I learned some boxing. Although I'm out of shape now since I haven't been training.

@Leedizzle, I actually found that depends on what techniques you put emphasis on in TKD. If you just put emphasis on the high kicks than I agree, but what people tend to forget is that TKD does teach punches, elbows and knees. It also has many techniques to the legs, but they're not utilized as much as lets say Taekkyon and Muay. It's just people don't train those areas of TKD (well at least most; there was one guy I knew that had some devastating punches, elbows and knees, but that's an exception)
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Old 2007-08-26, 12:40   Link #58
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The style Bruce Lee uses , what is the difference between his style and other styles such as Boxing, TKD and Jujitsu? And in Martial Arts what is the best muscle you should develop or is the most important.
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The style Bruce Lee uses , what is the difference between his style and other styles such as Boxing, TKD and Jujitsu? And in Martial Arts what is the best muscle you should develop or is the most important.
- The style Bruce Lee orignally learned, Wing Chun, is best known for its vertical, straight-line punch. It's a southern style of kung fu, meaning it places its emphasis on hand strikes as opposed to kicks, and is a very short-ranged standing combat form. It has been described as learning how to fight in a phone booth.

- The style Lee developed, Jun Fan Kung Fu, is Wing Chun mixed with a bit of boxing and fencing stances. At the time of his death, he was starting to work in a bit of wrestling.

- The philosophy Lee developed, JKD, is the idea that you mix and match various martial arts. It's a good idea, however, the means by which Lee drew this conclusion is poor, and his following idea to abandon all traditional martial systems is likewise ultimately flawed.

- The differences between boxing, TKD, and JJ?
Boxing focuses exclusively on hands and attacks/defenses for the upper body. Their stances and fighting style reflect this, as they may not instinctively pay attention to guarding their legs and/or crotchal area.

Taekwondo, a derivative of karate, in most but not all competitions focuses on points and high kicks. Reportedly, very good at teaching you how to intuitively deduce your opponent's attack range.

Two common forms of jujutsu. The original, Japanese Ju-jutsu, is more of a comprehensive system incorporating a few strikes, standing grappling, ground grappling, and throws.
The more commonly-seen-in-mixed-martial-arts version, Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, focuses almost exclusively on ground grappling.

There is no "best muscle" to train. There is also no secret method of training that will magically make you superb.

Wait -- I take that back. Possibly the most important, universal muscle to train is the heart for conditioning so you don't gas out quickly.
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Old 2007-08-26, 21:22   Link #60
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- The style Bruce Lee orignally learned, Wing Chun, is best known for its vertical, straight-line punch. It's a southern style of kung fu, meaning it places its emphasis on hand strikes as opposed to kicks, and is a very short-ranged standing combat form. It has been described as learning how to fight in a phone booth.

- The style Lee developed, Jun Fan Kung Fu, is Wing Chun mixed with a bit of boxing and fencing stances. At the time of his death, he was starting to work in a bit of wrestling.

- The philosophy Lee developed, JKD, is the idea that you mix and match various martial arts. It's a good idea, however, the means by which Lee drew this conclusion is poor, and his following idea to abandon all traditional martial systems is likewise ultimately flawed.

- The differences between boxing, TKD, and JJ?
Boxing focuses exclusively on hands and attacks/defenses for the upper body. Their stances and fighting style reflect this, as they may not instinctively pay attention to guarding their legs and/or crotchal area.

Taekwondo, a derivative of karate, in most but not all competitions focuses on points and high kicks. Reportedly, very good at teaching you how to intuitively deduce your opponent's attack range.

Two common forms of jujutsu. The original, Japanese Ju-jutsu, is more of a comprehensive system incorporating a few strikes, standing grappling, ground grappling, and throws.
The more commonly-seen-in-mixed-martial-arts version, Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, focuses almost exclusively on ground grappling.

There is no "best muscle" to train. There is also no secret method of training that will magically make you superb.

Wait -- I take that back. Possibly the most important, universal muscle to train is the heart for conditioning so you don't gas out quickly.
Well I think Bruce Lee believed that one should make the martial art a part of them and not the martial art the man. This means he doesn't mind the traditional ideas that these martial arts bring, but one shouldn't be bound by them. It wasn't just about mixing and matching. It is studying what works and doesn't work for the individual. For example a short person is not going to fight a large person the same way he would a person of equal height.
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