Are you out at your Academy/Club/Dojo?

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    Mar 13, 2009 11:09 AM GMT
    Do people know that you are gay where you train combat sports?
  • Sayrnas

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    Mar 13, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    Yup! And if they don't LOL at them!
  • duglyduckling

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    Mar 19, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
    the topic never came up, but then again I don't feel the need to advertise it at the club...
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    Mar 24, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
    No, its really not an issue though. I mean friends or no friends we are there to study and Art and I know that any art is not bias. We just have fun training and learning off each other! If they were to ask though I would say yes and just put it out there in the air.
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    Mar 28, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    Yes. There's another gay guy in my class, too. The rest are straight but we all get along and help each other. It's a very collegial group. But, then again, I live in Park Slope, which is known to be a progressive and heavily gay area.
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    Mar 30, 2009 12:06 PM GMT
    http://martialdevelopment.com
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    Apr 29, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    Yup. It hasn't been an issue.
  • aznromeox

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    May 14, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    as far as i know... no. but then again. maybe.
  • DiverScience

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    May 14, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    When I was a practicing aikidoka people knew, because I've never been one to change pronouns without a compelling reason. Just like they said, "I went on a date, she was hot." so did I respond, "Darn, I'm jealous, I haven't been on a date with a guy in months."

    Wasn't a big deal.
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    May 14, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    No one seemed to ask (or care) about anyone's personal life in the kickboxing and muay thai classes I took this past summer.

    Of course, with half the classes being at 6-something in the morning, I don't think anyone was really in the mood for pleasantries, especially since everyone was convinced our trainer was intent on killing us.
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    May 21, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    I came out during the period when I was practicing martial arts. Some of my best friends were people I practiced with, so I came out to them as well.

    It was interesting coming out to my sensei in particular. His reaction was downright inspirational.... it made me even more pleased to have him as my sensei. icon_cool.gif

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    May 21, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    I don't know. I don't hide it yet I don't flaunt it. But honestly, I don't think anyone cares. When fists are flying at ya, the last thing you're thinking about is whether the guy throwing the punches is gay or not.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Feb 13, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    yeah, with my rank they bow to me ; )
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    Feb 14, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Long time lurker and first time posting. This issue just recently came up for me and my partner. We take karate together. The owners and staff know for sure because we pay all our fees together.

    While we don't flaunt our relationship in front of any one, we do believe that we're obvious that we are a gay couple because we always come and go together. This weekend a jockish-type guy that we get along well with in the dojo asked us out for coffee after our karate class. We took him up on the offer but internally I was a bit scared because my partner and I are naturally quite shy. In the coffee shop, we chatted about this and that. And then the guy asked us if we are a couple. He says he's fine with it and that he's friends with other gay people outside of karate. It was a sigh of relief for both my partner and I. He says that he figured it out a while ago but wasn't sure.

    So it was a pretty positive experience. icon_smile.gif





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    Feb 15, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    A lot of people in Danish judo circles know that I'm gay. not a problem.
    That said, many others may not have a clue, cos I don't talk about it unless it's relevant in a conversation.

    4 or 5 guys from the national team even went with me to a gay bar once icon_lol.gif

    (they said it wasn't fair that we always went to straight bars when going out and they wanted me to pick a gay venue we could go to. They tried to make it as if they did me a favour, but really they were all just dead curious to see the animals at the zoo LOL. I don't go to gay bars often, and I think my straight friends like it more than I do icon_lol.gif )
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:28 PM GMT
    I do not advertise or hide it. No heals on the mat please. I imagine some care and some do not. Most of us are focused at blocking that kick to the head. I am well liked and respected by pretty much everyone. However, I am not there to cruise so that may make a huge difference.
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    Mar 23, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    yep
  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 23, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    I'm joining MN Kali Group and I know it's a non issue.
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    Mar 30, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    nope. because they haven;t asked, if they did i would say yes.
  • YamoLat

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    Mar 30, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    yes i belong to the bolivar tae kwon do academy... itfeels so great always sweating and training... i can do that forever
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    Apr 02, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Looks that way...Blocking a kick while sparring two nights ago I hurt my shin with some bone to bone contact. Our trainer/coach whispered to my partner jokingly in his ear "pussy". I replied " You are what you eat". To which he replied "I thought you would be eating something else". All three of had a good laugh and my partner and I continued sparring.

    Apparently it does not matter. I train one on one with on of the owners who is a very accomplished fighter.
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    Apr 04, 2011 9:30 PM GMT



    I'm the head master at my school.. I'm out to the all of the adult students, but I can't be out to the families and children of the school, if you know what I mean... The owners of my school are a traditional Korean family so being out to them could be accepted, but could be damaging to the business.
  • sevencloud

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    Apr 04, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    Yep. Sometimes they say really douchey things (that's gay, etc..) but I know it slips and they always feel stupid about saying it, but that is becoming more and more rare as time goes on.

    My dad has really begun to shine because when someone says something really homophobic he'll just glare at them and they STFU really quickly.

    It bothers him more than it does me, actually.