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As I hear the IT Industry is sitting a bit too much in front of the office or home PC(well whatever internet hooked thingy you have there) and a vast majority of our society is experiencing abnormal weight. The reason I'm saying it is that yes I had the same problem and I started Martial Arts (Kyoukoshin Karate) and I find it pretty interesting activity. It both helped with regular exercises and managed my body weight.
Are there any Martial Arts people here? Shout it!
Throughout - always enjoyed sparing with people different styles - usually with mates who do kickboxing and mauy thai.
Also enjoy watching MMA - if I were younger, would love to have a go myself :)
The more demos I see the more I know I was right for leaving it.... at the highest level the descendants of the creator of Aikido think they can actually throw 10 guys off them, the reason though is their training partners all go along with the moves they are showing off and never give resistance and are always in the optimal spot for the move to be perfromed.
You almost never see real resistance and real combat scenarios in Aikido. My brother was the fastest rising student in Canada for a while. He went to Japan for his black belt test even.... he started teaching it and stopped liking it.
Great for the mind and body but about as real a martial art as Tai Chi
[edited by: Demaestro at 7:41 pm (utc) on April 8, 2009]
Is there any different between standard Jiu Jitsu and Brazillian? I'm not really familiar with that?
Mortal Kombat, yes the trilogy seems to be the best ha ha ha ha .. I don't know anybody that haven't paid that game when young. That was actually one of my first PC games.
Hey Sleepy_AZ -- what is Taiji, Hapkido, Chin Na? That'sthe first time I hear about such sports (I guess they are not popular in the US/CA/EU :-)
Well its nice to hear that there are "a selected few who chose the right path" in their lives. It does make a difference if you have martial arts training as it makes you leave in peace with your inner self (at least that is my situation but I have prior Yoga training).
Come on post more, don't be shy to stand out of the crowd.
Yes - Jiu Jitsu and BJJ are very different arts. If you're interested, look up the Gracie family to see how BJJ started (and changed MMA forever) - fascinating story.
By TaiJi - just the traditional name for Tai Chi. From my perspective there are three types of Tai Chi that people train in:
1. Competition/showmanship: this is purely for showing the elegance of movement.
2. Health: this is for better balance, stability, posture etc..
3. Martial: believe it or not - a competent Tai Chi practitioner has a very solid grounding in self defence.
Chin Na is basically the locks and pressure point training found throughout all Chinese marital arts - though can be studied on its own.
Hapkido - this is a Korean art which is somewhat of a cross between Taekwondo and traditional Jui Jitsu.
Anyway - yes, agree that with the right teacher/class Aikido is amazing.
Though from a proficient self defense perspective - I am definitely one for cross-training.
To tonynoriega above - great to see clubs training 'no gi'!
I used to take Aikido but I have to say it is quite a "watered" down discipline.
It is quite amusing to watch the Sensei respond to such statements, usually with just one finger and thumb. People usually change their mind by the time they're getting up from the mat for the third time.
Aikido is by design a gentle, defensive art. If you must have action and attacks, Karate, Muay Thai, or Taeqwando are better suited.
I agree with Aikido being the cleanest. While it can be deadly, it's certainly better to avoid a scene rather than engage in a fight with someone. Also helps you keep your butt out of a cop car if things get nasty.