What martial arts do you practice?

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    Dec 19, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    What martial arts have you practiced in the past o are practicing now? And what belt or level did you reach?
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    Dec 19, 2007 7:02 PM GMT
    I've studied Wing Chun (no, seriously, its called Wing Chun) and Escrima, which is stick fighting, some judo and karate. I have also had training in several other weapons forms (nunchaku, sais, katana, bo staff and long pole) both as an aside to Wing Chun (I know, I just keep saying, it huh?) and on their own.

    I mainly took the escrima because one of the instructors and a friend of mine who is a student are both hot HOT HOT!
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    Dec 19, 2007 7:24 PM GMT
    I started out in WTF TaeKwonDo. I did that for about three years before I had to move, and I was a high blue. Once I moved I joined an Okinawan Kempo club, where I stayed about five years (I still kept up with my TaeKwonDo during that time). Unfortunately, I had to move again for grad school (I had just acquired my brown belt).

    But ultimately, its not about the style or the belt that you have; its really about the personal gain that you go through and the dedication to the art that matters in my opinion.
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    Dec 19, 2007 7:35 PM GMT
    Krav Maga-Level 3
    Ninjitsu-Belt was pretty dirty
    Capoeria-No rank system used
    Arnis-beginner levels
    Some tai chi and wu shu

    Boxing and ground fighting.

    weapons: Sai, bullwhip, katana, shuriken, bo, knife and stick fighting.

    Really want to get back into Krav Maga in the spring.
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    Dec 19, 2007 7:35 PM GMT
    i've just done Karate. Got to blue belt before i quit. but hey i was beating black belts so i don't care. I want to take up jujitsu, but don't have the time icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 7:36 PM GMT
    oh and have a Jo and know how to use it a little bit.
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    Dec 19, 2007 9:28 PM GMT
    I practiced Shotokan Karate to First Kyu, then tested for my black-belt with a shoulder injury and failed, but got a one-month re-exam. Then I went off to college and I had no time to continue, so never got the black-belt

    Two years ago I practiced Hung-Ga Kung Fu which is the Chinese predecessor to Shotokan (which is Okinawan), but only for a few months as the instructors were poor teachers (but great at the art itself).

    In January I start Qi-Gong and Tai Chi as part of the curriculum of the Traditional Chinese Medicine program I've enrolled in. I'll be practicing those for four years minimum as a mandatory part of the course-work.
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    Dec 19, 2007 9:52 PM GMT
    I used to do a bit of Wing Chun (a martial art originally created by Bruce Lee) but i stopped that after awhile thinking it was too rigid. Then i moved onto capoeira which was good fun but i didn't pursue it because it was a school sport thing and i didn't have the time to go into it outside of school.
    Now i want to pick up capoeira again and chen style tai chi.
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    Dec 20, 2007 12:21 AM GMT
    Rocco...you did Arnis? I studied some Arnis with the Escrima.

    And you have a bullwhip? Thats hot...you're like Lara Croft but with a penis (and really hot tattoos...and more muscle...uhh, ok, maybe you're not like Lara Croft at all..)
  • MisterT

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    Dec 20, 2007 1:01 AM GMT
    HTF Tae Kwon Do- assistant instructor, 2nd degree black belt, I still practice frequently.

    Also studied hapkido, eskrima (still practice), bo staff, grappling, kickboxing, and pressure point tactics.

    the schools I was at didn't just focus on the physical, they also taught history and spirituality behind the arts. I sometimes practice just to re-center and meditate.
  • SkyMiles

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    Dec 20, 2007 1:26 AM GMT
    Aikido here, just got my brown belt. I studied Tang Soo Do a million years ago, and Hung Gar kung fu.
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    Dec 20, 2007 1:32 AM GMT
    SKA - Shotokan Karate

    Tai Chi Chuan

    I used to do Tae Kwon Do in college.

  • duglyduckling

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    Dec 20, 2007 1:41 AM GMT
    Kyokushin Karate - 1st deg. black belt
    Judo when I was a kid, but never got good at it icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:50 PM GMT
    I have been training in Kendo for years but since I moved to this town I haven't found a descent place to train.

    Well, maybe next city.
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:58 PM GMT
    Tommy... I'd prefer to be the male Elektra LOL

    Does Croft us a whip??? I've only ever seen, and enjoyed, the movies.
  • DiverScience

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    Dec 20, 2007 7:15 PM GMT
    Yoshokai Aikido, purple belt

    Kenpo style kickboxing, no belt system
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    Dec 20, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    Well, I started Kickboxing at a local gym and stuck with it for 3 years but never was ranked in a system. Im currently an orange belt in American Karate. I havent really practiced any other forms of fighting. I did receive a few lessons through a boxing gym from someone who taught "street fighting." It was a pretty interesting area of fighting. But thats about it. And I did some gymnastics on and off through school and that definitely helped with flexibilty and hand eye coordination when fighting/sparring.
  • SkyMiles

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    Dec 22, 2007 12:48 AM GMT
    Has anybody seen that show on The History Channel, I think, called The Human Weapon? It's an interesting survey of all kinds of different martial arts, from Okinawan Karate, to French Savate, Indonesian Silat, and even U.S. and Isreali military fighting systems.
    I highly recommend to anyone interested in martial arts. (The 'challenge' set up for the show is kinda cheesy, but still...)

    Wing Chun and Silat looked especially cool, imho. ;)
  • Kohaku

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    Dec 22, 2007 12:56 AM GMT
    I did Judo and Brazilian Jujitsu (which is a little different from the Japanese style) for two years. My instructor had an Incredibly difficult testing process that had normal minimum training time of 1 year per belt level. I was an orange belt when my instructor got divorced and moved to California. Other than that, I've dabbled in Kashima Shin-ryu and Karate, but had to stop when I moved for college. Haven't found a good school that I like yet. :/
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    Dec 25, 2007 12:48 PM GMT
    Yeah , i like Human Weapon. the history and cultures and of course the efficacy that go with the various fighting techniques is so fascinating . i now have to figure which of the many offereed in sofl which to study. I'd lke to have he confidence that comes with knowing you can protect yourself and he knowledge of body point weaknesses.
    what kind of God would make men's bodies so less perfect than a host of other creatures is a very good question chr. Hitchens asks n one of his boks which i better not name in this forum hehe ! made me have real respect for these
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 25, 2007 1:30 PM GMT
    I use to take some taek kwon do class but I dont really enjoy it. It to much step to learn and remember. Latter I take some Thai Kick Boxing class but now I dont live in the city anymore I just train by myself at home. I hope probably one day to take some introductory classes in Bangkok Thailand, just so I know the proper step.

    By the way, why is everybody saying Tai Chi is a matial art. As far as I know it just a movement to build your internal power and strengthening your chi. You certainly dont go fighting or defending yourself from anyone.
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    Dec 25, 2007 10:32 PM GMT
    tai chi is a martial art. contemporary tai chi is primarily used to help cultivate internal energy, and to promote health and longevity, but traditional tai chi is full of martial applications. the concept behind tai chi is responding to an outside force by manipulating it. i'm sure you can google a bunch on tai chi as a martial art.

    i practice kung fu, wushu, sanshou, qin na (joint locks), and a little bit of tai chi. my weapons are broadsword, straightsword, chainwhip, and i do a little bit of staff and spear.
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    Jan 05, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    WOW! Didnt really know that there were THIS many guys interested/ experienced in the martial arts! AWESOME!

    Me: 21 years practice. 7 years Kobayashi Shorin ryu/ Matayoshi Kobudo under Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita. Kyokushinkai Karate. Kodokai Aikido only a few months practice though. 6 years Wushu/ San da with master MA Jin Long, san diego.

    I LOVE IT ALL! Hit me up guys. Id love to talk to ya and share ideas!

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    Jan 05, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    Hey I know Tae bo! Not really, but this thread really makes me want to take something up. Does anybody have any recommendations on a good one to start. I'm not wanting to join the UFC or anything. I've found my evil glare and a blindingly swift kick in the nuts as a back up plan have protected me most of my life. I'm more looking for something to increase my hand-eye coordination and have some cardiovascular benefit to it. Any ideas?
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    Jan 12, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    Let's see, started with Tae Kwon Do in LB, CA in the 70's then switched to this little known school called the Philipino Kali/ Chinese Kickboxing Academy in Harbor City, CA. I had fallen under the able teachings of Danny Inosanto and Richard Bustillo.

    Studied Kali, Eschrima/Arnis, JKD, Wing Chun and kickboxing. Did that thru the mid-80's then kinda stopped hitting the studio. Life and work caught up. A couple years ago started up again here in WA with a student of my Guro's student. I have been doing Kali, Arnis, Silat and a touch of JKD still. Don't bang anymore but I've got 3 good minutes to finish you then I run. lol

    Richard will be coming up here to do a seminar for us in August. If any of you are interested, hit me up.

    ....Oh, belts. Humm. Hours matter, belts may not. Knowing is not enough, you have to do.