HELP: Martial Arts Inquiries.

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    Oct 18, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    Hello, you beautiful, handsome, lovely gentlemen of RJ! icon_wink.gif

    So, I was driving home last night, and saw the lighted sign of a local Karate house (I beleive the preferable term is 'Dojo'...anyway...) and It got me to thinking: I feel like getting involved in a martial art.

    Ive not been a huge sports player in my life. (I've always wanted to play Futbol, but wonder if Im too old to even start that!?)

    I grew up in the mountains, and so was usually well off physically, as I played all around them constantly. Until we uprooted and settled here in Florida. The humidity was nearly unbearable, and it was always raining our first summer here. I was miserable.
    So, because Ive never been terribly interested in sports, and lacking a real father figure to encourage such a thing (a short stint in tennis ended pretty badly, as my douchebag Step-father was an asshole about EVERYTHING.)

    I just got turned off by sports in general because of him, he loved sports, and I ended up hating them because really, I disliked him and therefore disliked anything he liked...oye! What a nightmare. lol!

    (SORRY! Not that you all needed that explaination anyway...haha!)

    There are many reasons for this, but primarilly I have identified these reasons for me to really consider it:

    1. (Perhaps most importantly) Im tired of being a fat ass Im looking to not necessarily build muscle at the moment, mostly I just want to be in better shape, lose weight, and feel GOOD about myself and my body

    2. Change in routine: I want to do somthing that changes constantly, mixes things up, teaches me somthing new, and allows me to really ENJOY what Im doing. I've always been intimidated by the gym, as well as by the people in the gyms.

    3. Peer & Expirienced support:
    I would really like to have someone at, or close to my 'begginers' level to progress with, and I figure that there is bound to be someone who would be starting out like I am.

    4. Discipline and Ritual:
    I like the ritualized aspects of Martial Arts, and I definately like the discipline it instills both in your mind and your body.


    In any case, Im sure there are bound to be some RJ members who have expirience in Martial Arts, who can offer me some advice and guidance.

    (Im not sure what KIND of Martial Art I should be getting in to.) I have a friend who is in Jiu-Jitsu, and have contacted him for advice as well.

    Im also 23, and I conscerned that I might be starting a little too late in my age to begin a Martial Art. Is this a valid consern?


    Thanks in advance gentlemen!
    -Dormanayevsky!

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    Oct 18, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    All the things you've listed are good reasons to learn martial arts. There are many types-e.g., tae-kwon-do, karate, judo, jiu jitsu, aikido, etc.--all of which require dedication and commitment if you really want to learn them. Each style is unique, focusing on different parts of the body. For example, TKD focuses on kicking and hand-to-hand combat (i.e., fist/hand). In general, there's no age limit to learning martial arts, but age can sometimes restrict your ability to learn some of the more complicated techniques. For example, as we age, we become less flexible; flexibility is crucial in TKD. You're very young and you appear to be reasonably motivated, and I'm certain that you can become an excellent martial artist if you put the requisite effort into it. Best of luck.
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    Oct 18, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidAll the things you've listed are good reasons to learn martial arts. There are many types-e.g., tae-kwon-do, karate, judo, jiu jitsu, aikido, etc.--all of which require dedication and commitment if you really want to learn them. Each style is unique, focusing on different parts of the body. For example, TKD focuses on kicking and hand-to-hand combat (i.e., fist/hand). In general, there's no age limit to learning martial arts, but age can sometimes restrict your ability to learn some of the more complicated techniques. For example, as we age, we become less flexible; flexibility is crucial in TKD. You're very young and you appear to be reasonably motivated, and I'm certain that you can become an excellent martial artist if you put the requisite effort into it. Best of luck.


    Thank you, very much!

    I try to commit to whatever it is I put my mind to, 110%
    Im attending university right now, and now I want to add Martial Arts to that...I think I'll have a pretty busy schedule soon. haha!

  • HopefulMuscle

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    Oct 18, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    Make sure its a martial art that fits your personality. Since I am very relaxed and swift kung fu is my bread and butter. A friends of mine is agressive and,strong, karate is his sport.
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    thebaddestdude saidMake sure its a martial art that fits your personality. Since I am very relaxed and swift kung fu is my bread and butter. A friends of mine is agressive and,strong, karate is his sport.


    Yeah, I guess Ill have to figure that out.
    Im not aggressive by nature, but can be if I have to. Maybe that would come out with competition, I dont know? haha!

    I looked at the Karate place I mentioned in my earlier posts and well...they have incorporated "Christ" in their program and thats not my cup of tea, really. So...now Im shopping around. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Mark87

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    Apr 30, 2013 7:52 AM GMT
    MMA is great and practical. Gets you in great shape. Krav maga will also get u in great shape and is basically the most effective and practical martial art u can learn. Also doesn't necessarily involve that much flexibility as there are no high kicks and not much emphasis on grappling on the ground. Or I could try straight up boxing. Wikipedia martial arts and see which one gets ur attention the most.