Finding an Association
Hi everyone, I'm new here and I need some help. I've been involved in some type of martial arts for a very long time. When I competed (many years ago) I was a member of an organization and they handled everything for me. But my membership expired and I trained intermittenly for quite a while afterwards.
I've recently decided to catch myself up on everything. My skills are probably a little rusty (I try to keep myself up to date but its tough with lack of resources). But its virtually impossible for me to go to an actual instructor in my area because nobody really teaches my style here. Even if I go 50 miles away, I'm the same rank as the head instructor!!! I'm no longer a member of an organization and the one I was in has apparently dissolved since then.
What organization would you recommend? I'm hoping to find one thats reputable but doesn't have a large amount of political BS. I keep researching them but I either seem to find a bunch of diploma mills or organizations that want to nitpick every little detail of your life despite the fact that they don't even have experience in your style. I wouldn't even bother joining an organization except for the fact that I'm hoping to get some type of standard curriculum in which to guide myself with.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Welcome to Bullshido. Is your heart set on continuing training Hapkido?
Hey, it's a fellow noob!
The fine sir above me poses a good question: are you sure hapkido is your thing? It seems to have a pretty poor rep, and with good reason.
If you're not 100% set on hapkido then I think the first advice you're going to get is to consider other martial arts first.
A poor rep according to who? HKD is a good art to study so long as you have the right teacher. Like any art it is the teacher that will make it good or bad.
Originally Posted by Gluckmann
Have you been involved in HKD through out your training or is just the curren MA that you are doing? How far have you reached in the MA. That type of information will allow us to try and point you in the right direction.
Finally...any organization is going to have a hint of politics in them. It is just the way it is.
Perhaps that was a bit unwarranted. Seems to be a fair bit of hate for it on this site though
Originally Posted by Miguksaram
I seem to hear a lot more about this:
Than about the full-contact kind.
Fair point about the teacher though - I know hapkido has some really great stuff in it.
If the dude wants to study Hapkido, let him study Hapkido.
Did it ever occur to you that people might study martial arts for reasons other than becoming the most supremely effective fighter EVAR!!!
Usually it stems from one HKD person not representing their art very well, by either thinking that it is the ultimate martial art or are just misinformed about their art and thereby inviting people to nitpick it to death. I studied hapkido and love it.
Originally Posted by Gluckmann
Anyway, still waiting to hear back from the OP to the other questions I asked.
BS and organizations (most especially martial arts orgs) go hand-in-hand. I think part of your problem is your mindset, that you're looking specifically for an organization, rather than an instructor.
Originally Posted by donkjrs
I agree. I wasn't ripping on Hapkido; my point was that if he is looking to join an organization, it may not be the easiest way to go. Chili Pepper explains why.
Originally Posted by Bodhi108
Originally Posted by Chili Pepper
What part of Texas are you located? if Austin, Round Rock, Ceder Hills or Canyon Lake. I recommended Round Rock Academy, Ceder Hlls - Rockhold Karate, Canyon Lake - college of martial arts.. these studio is affliated with Hwa Rang World Tang Soo Do Federation. Best Wishes and Be Well.