CrashlanderXL
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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:04 pm

Howdy do peeps!

Anyone else here practice a martial art or thinking about trying one?

I've just recently tried out kickboxing for 3 months before xmas, but found it a bit hard going and repetetive (but theraputic )

Then I had a short stint at Ju-Jitsu, which I would have loved to get good at, but found it very technical and hard to learn. Plus I got a couple of injuries that were close to putting me off work for a week, which is a huge no-no.

Finally, I had a go at Krav Maga at my local leisure centre, and found it easier to learn, fun and practical, so I think I've found one that suits!

For anyone wondering about trying one, go for it! I'm badly out of shape, overweight, and have no co-ordination at all, but Krav is getting me in shape, and I feel more confident now that I'm getting into it.

I was worried at first that a martial arts class would be the stereotypical skinheads in bandannas, flaming torches, big gong, broken glass gloves....

What I found was that the people practicing were cool, everyday people who were in it as much for a laugh as to learn. The instructors I've trained with have all been really helpful and have taken their time to help a newbie like me

It's also worth considering for people here who have kids to try them in an art, it encourages fitness, working towards a goal, gives them self defense skills, and self discipline.

Which ones do you guys do? What belt/grade are you up to? And if you don't do one but are interested, throw some questions about, if I can't answer them, then maybe someone else can

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piglet
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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:10 pm

I'm more into marital arts myself. I'm not convinced it's any safer.

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Blue belt in southern kung fu (hung ga) many years ago.

Too old for that sort of hard stuff now - might take up Aikido again though, walk softly and carry a big stick and all that

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:58 pm

Bloody hell, Scep - is there nothing you can't do? Papier mache durians, Laotian cooking and now this!
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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:10 pm

liz said:


Bloody hell, Scep - is there nothing you can't do? Papier mache durians, Laotian cooking and now this!


I have to admit that my main input to the durian was to make the spikes. (Though I did invent an efficient spike making method using food-processed newspaper and a piping-nozzle.)

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:07 pm

piglet said:


I'm more into marital arts myself. I'm not convinced it's any safer.



I started with marital arts, then after years of abuse (joking here, I love it really) I decided to take up martial arts to defend myself.

Doesn't work though. She still batters me.

She is rather short though, and I've found a new method of self defense, which is to climb up onto the dining table where she can't reach me and shriek hysterically.

Seems to do the trick.

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:10 pm

14yrs, now Black Sash in Lau Gar Kung Fu.

Awesome. I love it and will never stop.

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:08 pm

pifan said:


14yrs, now Black Sash in Lau Gar Kung Fu.



Nice!

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:30 pm

OP seems to done quite a few martial arts. You're not Kung Fu Joe are you?

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:53 am

Crundy said:


OP seems to done quite a few martial arts. You"re not Kung Fu Joe are you?


Great when you have it.

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:41 pm

Crundy said:


OP seems to done quite a few martial arts. You're not Kung Fu Joe are you?



That clip is absolutely hilarious!

"OOOOhhhhh...... gonna kick me some A*S now!"

Poor fools. Only 57 punks against kung fu Joe.

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:47 pm

pifan said:


14yrs, now Black Sash in Lau Gar Kung Fu.

Awesome. I love it and will never stop...



Congrats Pifan,

Considering even the "simplest" martial arts can still take upwards of 5+ years hard graft just to get to competent (black belt), and thats before all the dan grades, I always have the greatest respect for those who stick it the full term and get that sash.

I'm sticking with Krav now - my black sash is the GP5/SP1 grade I guess. I haven't even passed GP1 yet so I'd best keep at it

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Re: Greetings fellow martial artists (?)

Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:23 pm

I have a yellow belt in Pa Sa Ryu (a mixed martial art). I would have kept going, but my instructor had to cancel the classes because everyone but my brother and me dropped out.

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