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01 March 2016 @ 01:21 pm
There is a vast range of work out gear or apparel including shorts, hoodies, tops and shoes but weight lifting gloves are perhaps the most common protective gear used during exercise. Most of the trainers recommend wearing weight lifting gloves during work out, especially when it’s intense while others consider them only a distraction. Well, wearing gloves on hands is generally considered preferable than lifting weight with naked hands. Want to know why? Keep on reading.
Listed below are some common but important benefits of work out gloves.
Better grip
One of the most important benefits of weight lifting gloves is that they offer an improved grip. Holding heavy dumbbells, barbells and other training tools can be tough and for many can become slippery due to sweating causing poor grip strength. Weight lifting gloves are specifically designed to help provide firm grip on weight while lifting. With an improved grip, you can maximize your safety and be proficient.
Improved comfort
Another major point in favor of weight lifting gloves is that they are a lot more comfortable. Yes, weights can be rough and cold but wearing weight lifting gloves will help you resolve this problem and protect your hands, especially in cold weather.
Improved wrist support
Lifting weight increases work on muscles as well as expose the wrists to significant amount of stress. When it comes to tendons and ligaments in the wrists, gloves help avoid any damage to them. Supporting your wrists with gloves during weight lifting will help you exercise more efficiently.
Blisters and calluses prevention
Usually the handles of resistance training tools are rough and abrasive as they are made from strong metals, which cause calluses and blisters due to microbial infections. Workout gloves act as a protective barrier between hands and equipment and protect against skin irritants relieving skin discomfort.
Hand protection
Another important benefit of wearing weight lifting gloves during workout is that they provide joint and hand protection. Padding in the gloves absorbs the pressure and takes strain from hands. They work by dividing pressure on wrists and forearms instead of hands only.
Choosing weight lifting gloves
You can benefit from weight lifting gloves during workout only if you have selected the right type and size of gloves. Finger-less gloves with wrist wraps are usually most commonly used. Full-finger gloves are also used. If your wrists are weak, go for gloves with wrist wraps. The best pair of glove for you is the one that best fits your hand and you feel comfortable with it.
In a nut shell, there is a wide range of weight lifting gloves and only the pair that suits you best can provide you with the benefits.
 
 
17 February 2012 @ 06:33 pm
I recently had shoulder surgery done on my left side. The surgeon repaired my labrum (the cartilige that surrounds the shoulder socket) and a rotator cuff. The labrum was torn in a few places, causing pain and decreased range of motion. To repair it, my surgeon cut the ripped ends and then stretched what remained to reconnect the labrum into a full circle around the socket. What resulted was more stability in my shoulder and less pain, but also a decrease in my range of motion. The surgeon told me that my arm isn't perfect, but it is better.
I was told that I could continue my training in the Martial Arts, but it would be at my own risk. Of course my mobility isn't what it used to be, but if I damage my labrum again there is no gauruntee that it can be fixed again.
Has anybody here ever had to deal with this injury or something similar to it? I've been reading up on shoulder injuries and the Martial Arts, and studies are split down the middle. Recently I read an article in Black Belt magazine by a doctor claiming that all shoulder injury patients should give up training, but he used an extreme example of a patient (his patient was a 50+ year old arthritic man who tied very heavy weight to his arms as he practiced Wing Chung and other forms of Gung Fu/Kung Fu). However, another article from Black Belt written by an MMA fighter said that so long as an athlete let his injury heal and followed through with his physical therapy he would be fine to train. Rather than get celebrity advice or greatly biased results, I want to hear from the Martial Arts community as a whole.
So you know, I am a Combatives Instructor with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army. We train primarily in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu based grappling with Muay Thai, Sambo, Western Boxing and San Shou elements. Clearly, this is a rougher style of combat. Does anybody here think that by taking this next year to heal and then gradually ease back into training I will be safe down the line, or should I cut my losses and move on to a softer style? I'm 20 years old and I don't smoke and I only drink on occasion, and before this injury I was in near perfect health. Thoughts, comments, or suggestions?
 
 
14 February 2012 @ 12:28 pm
If you could do it all over again, how would you train differently?
 
 
27 October 2011 @ 11:21 pm
I was working on an Iaido waza (form) called Somakuri and I just couldn't get the yoko ichimonji (lateral cut).  My swing would rise at the end and not be a clean sideways cut.  I slowed it down until I got it correct and then just let it go and stopped that technique.  Then, it just came to me that I was only using my arms and not pivoting from the waist.  It was as if when I stopped thinking about it that the answer came to me naturally.

I had a moment in Kendo too where I was facing my sensei and gave up two points back to back.  I shrugged and told myself it would just be a learning experience and stopped trying to win.  I managed to come from behind and score four in a row.  I landing one tsuki (thrust to the throat) before I had even realized that I completed the attack. 
 
 
24 October 2011 @ 08:38 pm
I'm new to this community, but I miss talking about the Martial Arts with other people since I joined the Army, so I hope this will be the right place to 'hang out'.


1. What is your name/age/location?
Nik/20/Ft Bragg, NC

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?
Kenpo- Unfortunately I haven't studied in quite some time, but this is my 'base' style. I always wanted to do Karate growing up, and a friend of my fathers taught me.
Goshin Ichimukusan Do- My older cousin took his 2 decades worth of Martial Arts training and created this style.  It's a fun style, and combines real life application and showmanship in a pretty balanced medium.
MACP (Modern Army Combatives Program)- I am proud to say that I am the youngest certified level 3 instructor in this US Army (there are 4 levels total).  After a decade of training in various styles, I was able to adapt to this combatives program very well.
I competed in a submission wrestling tournament here on post. After my shoulder injury heals (non-Martial Arts related), I hope to get back in and eventually take the All Army Combatives Championship Belt.

3. Do you have a signature move?
Spinning Hook Kick. Maybe not the most street pratical technique, but it's fun and it's powerful.

4. What Dojo?
any MACP Fight House on post

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?
Kenpo - Blue Belt
Goshin Ichimukusan Do - Black Belt
Modern Army Combatives Program - Level 3

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?
10. From my very first Karate movie (Best of the Best 2) way back when I was only four years old, I KNEW that the Martial Arts were right for me. This way, this path; this is the one thing in my life that has remained consistent.  I'm not exactly sure what I set out looking for when I first stepped into the dojo, but whatever it is, I found it.

7. Looking For a Fight?
Haha, not at the moment. Let's wait until my shoulder surgery and recovery are through; after that, I'll be more than happy to go a round or two with you ;)
 
 
 
19 August 2011 @ 01:02 am
So I've run into a difficult situation with a very difficult person. In order to take care of this situation, I feel it is necessary to trigger "zen" as I call it. It's that state of mind that takes over in the clutch, and as I have discovered for myself, can sense an attack from behind and allow the mind to make split second decisions. The only problem for me, is that it only comes up in physically threatening situations. My current predicament is social and psychological, and I feel I need a way to summon this mindset in order to deal with it.

I will be grateful for any tips that you can provide.
 
 
18 August 2011 @ 01:40 pm
So, I'm not new here, but I had a change of name, and I thought I'd give a little update with it as well.

1. What is your name/age/location?
My name is Holli, I'm 24 and I'm from Wisconsin, USA.

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?
Currently, I'm studying Tae Kwon Do. It's the only martial art available in the area, but I'd choose it if others were available. From the moment I set foot in the school, I've been in love with it.

3. Do you have a signature move?
I've. . . lost mine. I took a 9-month break and I really don't have one anymore. I've only recently started to get back into Tae Kwon Do.

4. What Dojo?
I go to Derrico's Black Belt School.

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?
I'm a high-red belt. I used to go to tournaments all the time, but even after I get back into the swing of things, I don't think competing will be on my list of things I'd like to do anymore. That could change!

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?
Currently. . . 6. I hate to say it, but since my break, I feel really disconnected. Before I left, TKD was a huge part of my life, and I miss that. I want to get back into it like I was. I'm here because I'd still love to have communication with others who love martial arts as well.

7. Looking For a Fight?
Not at the moment.
 
 
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12 August 2011 @ 12:28 pm
I'm 40 years old, and since my life has been nomadic and I believe the basics of every art are the most useful, I've studied Tae Kwon, aikido, judo, tai chi, boxing, and kick boxing. I spend more time lifting weights, especially after I realized punching and getting punched isn't as much fun as it was when I was a kid.
 
 
01 August 2011 @ 02:55 pm
Hi all,
I'm looking for a silat school (for a friend) or a bagua school (for me) In Jersey, ideally around Morris county. I found and visited the Blue Dragon school, in Bergenfield, run by sifu Raymond Ahles. He is about an hour away from me (+traffic), or I would already be rebalancing my checkbook to account for his monthly fee.

Any help here is greatly appreciated :)
 
 
11 May 2011 @ 03:53 pm
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18 April 2011 @ 03:54 pm


The First in the world, Ben Evans, pioneer of Special Needs Taekwon-Do, a day in the life of Hawke's Bay ITF Taekwon-Do School. His goal is to take these students to DPR KOREA in 2011, the next ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships
 
 
24 February 2011 @ 11:03 am
 I do not have anything of immediate importance to say, other than:

Hi! I am abiding by the community rules and posting within 48 hours!

1. What is your name/age/location?
K/19/Ohio

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?
Capoeira, 3 years. My mom used to live in Brazil.
Northern Shaolin style kung fu, 6 months. My university has a nice group and they gave me a root beer float. Also I wanted to try something more straightforward than Capoeira.

3. Do you have a signiture move?
I believe style shouldn't be that obvious.

4. What Dojo?
I practice Capoeira in a park and in someone's living room. My kung fu group is technically an offshoot/franchise of Wing Lam, though.

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?
I never got batizado'd so no belt. And we don't rank by belt where I do kung fu, just by levels.

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?
8? Other than knitting it's all I want to do. I am here because it seemed relevant and I need somewhere to talk about kicking people in the head.

7. Looking For a Fight?
No, thank you.
 
 
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22 February 2011 @ 10:06 pm
Hi! I'd like to ask if anyone knows of any martial arts movies or documentaries showing Northern Shaolin? From what I've heard, it's not often seen in movies.

and in order to follow the community rules,
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05 January 2011 @ 10:03 pm
Question, if I go to the dojo, do Aiki-Jujuistu for an hour and half and then drive the 15-20 minutes it takes to get back home and work out on the weights would that be a bad thing? Would I be starting my body up, slowing it down only to start it back up shortly thereafter and thus making a myself likely to blow something out?
 
 
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14 December 2010 @ 02:10 am
So I've been on this group for several years now. I have experienced alot in that amount of time, so I am going to repost my introduction and compare it to where I stand now.

Way back when:

1. What is your name/age/location?
Steven/ 17/ Ohio

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?
Kenpo / I really didn’t choose, that’s just what I was put into

3. Do you have a signature move?
Bow Choke & wheel kick (to the head, ribs, or back of the knee)

4. What Dojo?
Tracy’s Karate

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?
Green Belt / I don’t compete yet, but I wanna try

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?
I have 0 passion for fighting but 10 for my style. I prefer not to fight but I will take a defensive-aggressive approach to certain situations

7. Looking For a Fight?
No

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Now:

1. What is your name/age/location?
Steven/ 21/ Ohio(unfortunatly)

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?
Kenpo- I sent to learn this by my parents, after a time away from it I decided to go back
Shootfighting- Available @ my dojo/studio it is a way for me to learn full contact + grappling
Tang Soo Do- Available @ my college I take it to advance my knowledge of martial arts
Tai Chi Chuan- See above in regards to Tang Soo Do

3. Do you have a signature move?
Wheel Kick (tollyo potong chagi), Side Punch, spinning back kick, check kick

4. What Dojo?
Tracy’s Karate, My local college

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?
2nd Brown in Kenpo
8th or 7th white in Tang Soo Do
I don't compete, but I would like to.

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?
I have 0 passion for fighting but 10 for my style. I prefer not to fight but I will take a defensive-aggressive approach to certain situations

7. Looking For a Fight?
Yes, but not of the "yo mamma so fat" kind, but rather the "let us grow from this contest" type
 
 
 
08 October 2010 @ 01:43 pm
I'll be totally honest with everyone.

I work for a show called Champions of Champions Elite. It airs on G4TV. My job is basically to go around trolling message boards to get people to go to the site, or to watch the show. I'm getting kinda bored of the ol' bait and switch routine so i thought I'd tell the truth for once. Seriously, you try signing up to several hundred forums a week and see how it feels.

Is anyone here interested in Muay Thai? The show is basically just that. A bunch of guys and women wailing on each other using this particular martial art. The official site also has a contest that looks for the world's best gamer or something.

So, if you wanna check it out, go ahead. If not, ignore me, or ban me, or whatever.

If you do like it, I'd like to hear why. What do you think about Muay Thai? About the show? About our site? I'm genuinely interested in your opinion. For real. No lie.

http://coc-elite.com
 
 
03 October 2010 @ 05:25 pm
I've decided to start taking some Capoeira classes. I have no background in any type of martial art.. and im not in the best shape. Any tips or pointers? Do's and Dont's? Im nervous!
 
 
02 October 2010 @ 08:36 pm
Hi all, I thought I'd mention that I've found this site for questions and answers:
http://martialarts.stackexchange.com/
It's not very active right now, but it might take off with a little boost. I thought you might appreciate at least knowing about it :)

Namaste.
 
 
01 October 2010 @ 12:46 pm
What is a decent price to pay for some MMA gloves? I have some gloves I used for sparing in ninjistu class years ago but apparently there is too much give in them. My instructor tells me he sells them for $65. Too high or just right?


* Also check out my blog  to vote on Why You Love Fall.
 
 
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27 September 2010 @ 11:27 am
Hey gang,
Thanks for the response! I appreciate it. In my search for more information and ideas for ways of improving my speed I came across this video.


Thought I would share it.
 
 
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26 September 2010 @ 11:39 pm
So I had my first real sparring class to date in my martial arts training. Sure, I had some "sparring" back when I was taking Kung Fu, years ago . This was my first real contact sparring session and I got my clock cleaned numerous times. I am slow, so freaking slow.   Question for all you guys and gals out here.

How does one increase the speed of their strikes and blocks?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
 
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22 September 2010 @ 03:11 am


Anyone who studies any styles that employs this type of training on here?
 
 
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Since I am studying AikiJujutsu I want to have some videos put together which I can use to practice with and review on my own. Here's what I gathered for rolling techniques.


Rolls and things to develop better balance and form:

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19 August 2010 @ 02:52 am
Does anyone happen to have or can point me towards a used Century Bob or other MMA grabbling type dummies? Ebay has them but they are all buy now for the most part.
 
 
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18 July 2010 @ 11:17 pm


Just in case Fox has the video taken down when you try and watch, I'll describe it. Read more...Collapse )
 
 
 
21 May 2010 @ 04:45 pm
I was watching a Chinese Sanda vs Muay Thai fight (part 1, part 2) today, when I had an idea for a martial arts principle.

In chinese martial arts (and I suspect in other MA's as well), there are 3 fighting ranges:


  • Kicking

  • Striking

  • Grappling/Clinching



An argument could be made that there's two other ranges: weapons (e.g. knives, bats, swords, guns) and ground-fighting, but for the purpose of this post I'm going to ignore them.

It seems like whenever any fighter can dominate in 2 or more ranges in a match up, e.g. kicking & grappling (Anderson Silva), punching & grappling (George St Pierre, BJ Penn), kicking & punching (Christine Cyborg), he/she has a pretty good chance of winning the fight. Of course, it's best if you can dominate in all ranges, but that kind of mismatch doesn't happen very often. If you're only dominant in 1 range, then it's relatively easy to for someone to neutralize your advantage.

So in training, we should try to be aware of these mismatches and identify them. If someone's a better kicker, start punching and take them down. If they're a better puncher, kick them and clinch to stuff the punches. If they're a better grappler, kite them around and pick them apart with kicks and strikes.
 
 
07 May 2010 @ 04:21 pm
With the rise in popularity of MMA (Mixed-Martial Arts) it seems like every school is introducing some kind of "MMA", or "BJJ", or "Ground-fighting" class as part of their curriculum. While it makes sense, especially seeing how effective ground-fighting is in the UFC, a question that's always nagged me, however, is why most TMA (Traditional Martial Arts) like Kung Fu, Taiji Chuan, Karate, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Aikido, Kali/Escrima/Arnis, etc, didn't really emphasize ground-fighting heavily. Even in traditional Japanese Jujitsu (BJJ's grandfather's step-cousin), your typical kata set starts from standing or seiza (kneeling) and mostly ends in a gatame (pin), with maybe a strike thrown in for good measure. There's very little of working for top mount, ground-n-pound, or getting a submission. Were traditional martial artist just largely ignorant of the power of ground-fighting, or could there be something we're missing?

Before I start, I should mention that I am coming from a mostly chinese/japanese background. So I have missed anything, especially regarding non-asian arts like Sambo, Roman Greco, Krav Maga, Pankration, Old-school boxing, etc.. I would appreciate someone filling in the details.

So, first I think it's enlightening to see how TMA's would have been used back in the day. Your typical martial artist would not probably have been a profession fighter in the sense of being an entertainment/sports figure. He would have been probably a soldier, mercenary, or bodyguard, and thus expected and be expected to use his skills in direct hand-to-hand fighting, either in a self-defense situation (i.e. being attacked while going about their day) or in a mass-combat situation (in any number of battles between highly armed men). After much thought, I think these are the fundamental differences in the assumptions that TMA users have that are different than today's MMA-influenced world:

1) Everybody was armed. Almost everyone carried knives on their person, both to feed themselves and to defend themselves. This became such a problem in Europe that King Louis XIV banned all pointed knives from his table and equipped his guests with knives that had the point rounded and blunted. In feudal Japan, young samurai boys would be given a short sword (wakizashi) at age 13 and expect to keep it with him at all times (even sleeping with it).

2) Expect to fight multiple opponents: one after another if you're lucky, all at once if you're unlucky. In an age where fire-arms were largely inaccurate and not very powerful, massed armed combat was the norm. In a frantic meelee, a typical warrior would expect (if he was lucky) to use his martial arts to quickly dispatch each enemy as fast as he can, one after another, while avoiding being dispatched himself.

When you take these consideration in mind, I think the structure of TMA becomes more clear. Groundfighting, for all it's effectiveness in the ring, has some serious downsides in a real combat situation. First, you may not want to grapple with someone on the ground if there was a near 100% chance that they had one or more knives somewhere on their person. Going for an arm-bar or a d'arce choke with a knife in play can mean a severed artery and a bleed-out in seconds. Second, every moment you spend on the ground trying to pin someone is another opportunity for someone else to stab you in the back with a spear or sword. Even assuming everyone is unarmed, a multiple-on-one fight is much easier to manage on your feet (where you can use positioning to nullify numerical advantage) than on your back (where you can simply be dog-piled). Yes, you're probably dead either way, but the odds are much better on the feet. Third, ground-fighting is exhausting. Your typical top-conditioned elite MMA athelete can only go for 5 five-minute rounds before they gas out and become useless in a fight, while an ancient battle may last several hours, and are often only broken up by nightfall. While battle-formations were probably used (e.g. by the Romans) to effectively rotate fighters and give them time to rest, I think ground-fighting does represent a fairly costly investment in terms of energy, especially to dispatch just one guy.

Which is not to say that ground-fighting was completely useless, because obviously many TMA's still had elements of grappling, throws, locks, and pins. The Steppe peoples of Mongolia, for example, used wrestling combined with kicks and punches both to defend themselves in the event they were unmounted from their horses, and as a way of keeping their warriors in shape for combat. In chinese systems, Chin Na techniques were often used in conjunction with unarmed techniques or sword-work, to disable/throw an opponent or otherwise put him in a position where you can efficiently finish him off with a strike to a vulnerable area. In Japan, the more civilized Samurai used jujitsu to disarm or disable attackers, or to defend themselves in the event they are disarmed. One koryu that I am current studying, Koto-Ryu, is specifically designed to knock down a highly armored (such that strikes and weapons are of limited use) opponent to the ground and finish him off (usually with a stomp to the neck).

In conclusion, I venture that ground-fighting provides essential training for a well-rounded fighter, but it should not be over-emphasized unless you are doing something that specifically requires it (e.g. sports competition). There are other things, of at least equal importance, and one should be careful (especially on the streets) that habits picked up during competition are not carried blindly. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions. Do you agree, or disagree? Am I wrong and completely out of my gourd? Let me know.
 
 
 
07 February 2010 @ 11:59 am
RAQ  
Hi everyone,

I am putting together a new information site on martial arts, aimed at people just starting or dreaming of starting. So my question to you:

What are some Rarely Asked Questions you wish you could have asked when you first started training?
 
 
08 December 2009 @ 05:59 pm
Malcolm Gladwell posits in his book "Outliers" that it takes about ten thousand (10000) hours of practice for you to master something and become great. While Gladwell was speaking mainly about professions and sports, I think it's insightful to think of it in terms of martial arts practice.

Let's suppose the average martial arts student manages to make it to 2.5 hour class about 3 times a week. We don't count warm-up, stretching, or the time that you may be standing around waiting your turn or watching the instructor demonstrate a technique. So, let's say that you get 2 hours of actually practicing martial arts. 3 times a week x 2 hours per class x 52 weeks (give or take) per year = 312 hours of practice per year. This means that if we assume the 10KHr Rule true, then it will take roughly 32 years for the average martial arts student to have truly mastered his/her art.
 
 
 
05 December 2009 @ 10:05 pm
I knew I've been forgetting something. At this point it is well over a month late. However, on the day before Halloween I earned my Brown belt in Kenpo. I pat(ted) myself on the back. Even though it is not an extraordinary accomplishment, it is however my first promotion in about 9 years. About 2 weeks later I got my tattoo to celebrate. The Chinese characters for Kenpo Karate going down my right forearm.

pic behind cut.

Also, at the beginning of the semester I began Tang Soo Do as a class. I must say that it was interesting. I enjoyed it enough to sign up for the 2nd class (karate II).

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04 December 2009 @ 08:27 am
I tested for my 1st degree brown in kung fu on wed and did quite well...with luck, I'll be ready for my black sash test in a little over a year!
 
 
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29 November 2009 @ 09:17 pm
. What is your name/age/location?

-/ 16 soon 17 / Finland

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?

I started training in Aikido about 1 year ago.

3. Do you have a signature move?

No

4. What Dojo?

Sandokai - Finland

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?

I have 4 kyu...

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?

My passionate about martial arts is about 7-9 even I have practice only one year and only Aikido but I am really interested other martial arts too.

7. Looking For a Fight?

I don't like fighting unless I have to fight..
 
 
09 November 2009 @ 06:03 pm
As a martial artist I often get questions from friends or family about starting their child in martial arts or getting into it themselves. One of the most frequent questions I get is "how do I know if a martial arts instructor or school is right for me?". Usually, I would respond with the nebulous and probably unhelpful "well, if it feeeeeelllsss right", which was an answer that I was never really comfortable with, but didn't really have a better one. Now I do.

This is roughly paraphrased from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of how to identify a spiritual teacher, but I think just about everything in it translates to martial arts.

1) Proper Ethical Behavior: Is not involved in questionable, illegal, or immoral activities.
2) At Peace: The teacher is focused, not at odds with herself, not trying to prove anything.
3) Not Egotistical: The teacher is not absorbed in himself or his self image.
4) Having Love/Compassion As Main Motivation To Teach: The teacher does not teach out of a desire for fame, money, or ego. The teacher is teaching out of a desire to help the studetns, and she does not need anything (e.g. companionship, competition, acceptance, friendship, etc) from the students.
5) Knows the Nature of the Fighting Mind, at least Intellectually. She understands meditation, mushin, visualizatoin, or how to get into the The Zone.
6) Energetic in Teaching. The teacher is tireless in teaching and perseveres with joy under difficult circumstances. In other words, he does not hate teaching.
7) Posesses a Wealth of Knowledge, not only about her own art but other arts.
8) Exceeds Your Skills. Quite simply, the teacher is better than you.
9) Skilled Teacher. The teacher is good at communicating effectively, verbally and non-verbally, to her students.
10) Beyond Giving Up. The teacher doesn't get disappointed at the failures of the student, and does not ever give up on them.

If you are a student and your teacher has at least 5 of the above qualities, then you have a pretty good teacher. If you are a teacher, then you should strive to attain as many of these qualities as you can.
 
 
07 November 2009 @ 11:02 pm
New  
1. What is your name/age/location?

Dawn (also known as Byeol in the dojang)/22/currently Champaign IL but moving back to Bel Air MD next month.

2. What forms do you do? Why did you choose that form or forms?

I started training in taekwondo 8 years ago. I did haidong gumdo for 2 years and will probably continue it once I get back to MD. I also did 6 months each of judo and shaolin mantis kungfu for cross training.

3. Do you have a signature move?

I do what fits the moment.

4. What Dojo?

In my case it is called dojang and my home is at Chung's Martial Arts

5. Have any Belts? Do you compete?

I have been a taekwondo 3rd gub and a gumdo 7th gub for the past 5 years. I use to compete.

6. Scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about fighting and why? Is it your life? Is it your path? Why are you here?

My passion for fighting is a 0. My passion for the martial arts that I have dedicated my life to my dojang is a 10; even despite of my cervical spine (neck) injury from my time in the military.

7. Looking For a Fight?

I don't like fighting unless it is necessary. A good friendly spar with fellow martial artists can be enjoyable though.
 
 
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