Picking a martial art

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    Oct 09, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    How did you choose which martial art to practice when you started? For those of you who trained in more than one, what made you pick-up the new one(s)?
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    Oct 11, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    lean_jock74 saidHow did you choose which martial art to practice when you started? For those of you who trained in more than one, what made you pick-up the new one(s)?



    I was always a shy kid and did not join any sports, but If I did , I would have gone into wrestling. I also had no coordination. Then in 1997 a cousin of mine kept bugging me to try Wing Chun, a traditional form of martial arts. I was resistant and over many weeks he had to keep asking me to check out one class. I thought to myself, “I can’t do martial arts, I can not block a fast punch, and I had NO coordination to start with.” But, my cousin kept asking me to come to a class…so I went. Over time, martial arts have improved my coordination. Before, I would drop 99 out of 1000 things thrown at me, now I can catch 99 out of 100 things thrown at me. Almost nothing falls to the ground in my presence, if something falls, I always seem to manage to pick it up in the air After I while I also started to train In Jeet Kun Do, which was more intense had more sparring and helped me improve my skills all the more. It was also being taught my by Wing Chun instructor. When I went to visit a friend In Texas I became interested in mixed martial arts training. We wrestled, and while I manage to dominate him in a few matches, I could never submit him. He got a few submissions on me using his 6 months of MMA submission wrestling skills. So when I came back to New England I started to train in Brazilian style jiu-jitsu submission wrestling, I am very good at it. I Like submission wrestling the best, and have won competitions in Submission wrestling events. I am no longer shy, I am more outgoing and often compete in crowds of hundreds, if no a thousand or more..

    Martial arts Rocks!

    KD
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    Oct 11, 2008 8:15 AM GMT
    It has been a while, but I was trained in American kick-boxing. Very old-school, I know, but it often comes down to the discipline of the good instructors in your area and your reasons for training. I absolutely loved point matches for the fast pace and the workout.

    I do have to admit to scoring a fast sucker point here and there with an overhanded jab right to the top of the head. Not exactly competition smart but easy to do when you're tall.
  • Garou29

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    Oct 11, 2008 9:48 AM GMT
    I would recommed you to start with some of the traditional martial arts, like karate, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu.

    Any of them are great to improve your physical condition, and probably they will make you feel more confident. I used to do taekwondo, and I don't regret it at all. I really felt my reflexs became quicker.

    After you get some base, I would cheer you up to do any other fighting style, militar fighting skill or whatever. I have tried Ninjutsu, Krav Maga and Boxing. While I was doing them it was easy to sort out guys who had some previous experience in martial arts than the guys who just jumped into some fancy style.

    For example, Taekwondo gave me some quick feet and reflexs, that were really usefull for Boxing. Krav Maga is an militar fighting style, design to hurt and get free of your oponent as soon as posible using anything available, and Ninjutsu, well, it had really great things besides grappling and locks, like learning how to move in total silence.

    So yeah, it's really your choice. But I would recommend some basic stuff to begin. You will notice its advantages if you go for a "modern" thing.

    Sorry for grammar and spelling... English is not my first language ^_^