martial arts

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    Jan 12, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    in my journey into fitness, i think i would like to try a martial art.. i think im attracted to the discipline, and the skill sides...

    but im not really into joining a fight club atmosphere..

    does anyone have any experience here? any particular type that might offer some fun skill sets, and not involve sparring? or say being flipped around? icon_lol.gif

    thanks in advance.
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    Jan 12, 2013 6:46 AM GMT
    Maybe look into kendo? No flipping or punching. You just whack a giant bamboo stick at your opponent. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 12, 2013 7:32 AM GMT
    well that actually sounds fun!
  • BikeNinja

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    Jan 30, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    Shop around. Most communities have more than one martial arts school. Some are more geared towards the fighting/sparring side of it (aka the Martial side), others are more geared towards the solo forms/kata (aka the Art side). Another axis is competition vs personal growth. Do they mostly cater to kids & families or adults.

    As far as picking Kung Fu vs Karate vs Taekwondo vs Judo vs ... my opinion is that they are all "complete" (as far as variety of techniques and how you can use them in self defense), but each has a different emphasis. I think the quality of the teacher is more important than which style you pick.
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    Feb 02, 2013 12:23 PM GMT
    jonnyboy saidin my journey into fitness, i think i would like to try a martial art.. i think im attracted to the discipline, and the skill sides...

    but im not really into joining a fight club atmosphere..

    does anyone have any experience here? any particular type that might offer some fun skill sets, and not involve sparring? or say being flipped around? icon_lol.gif

    thanks in advance.


    Hmmmmm perhaps tai chi?

    I can't really think of anything that don't include sparring. Maybe a kung fu style. I think sparring is good because I love to fight. IF anything, many schools require people to wear protection.. stay away from MMA gyms
  • shutoman

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    Feb 03, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    "I can't really think of anything that don't include sparring. Maybe a kung fu style."

    Hmm - you need to train a little more kung fu, lol you might find yourself surprised.

    @jonnyboy Try a proper martial art with the sparring. Everyone who tries martial arts think it's going to be non-stop pain. It's not. It builds resilience and strategic thinking and no martial arts place is going to put you straight into proper combat; they need you to keep coming back. It's a buzz and you'll love it.

    I've never regretted doing martial arts - and you won't either. I'll have a look at where you're based and see what good places you have around you.
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    Feb 03, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    ^ lol I said MAYBE!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Maybe the OP is just not a fan of fighting which is fair . but if he's worried about getting hurt then you're spot on. Sparring has great benefits

  • shutoman

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    Feb 03, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    ^ Glad to hear it tmac!

    I have trained kara-te and I have trained kung fu and the roughest I have ever trained was in my wing chun kung fu class, no contest.

    One day I'll (gently!) demo some techniques and you can judge for yourself :-)