10/27/2010 6:09pm, #11"The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". - Cus D'Amato
10/27/2010 6:41pm, #12
Congrats on deciding to try out Kyokushin. I love it, and I hope you do too. I've heard good things about Kyokushin up in Washington, and the dojo I visited there once was great... very focused on practical fighting.
I'll second the not worrying about kata thing. Once a month or so, our Shihan has a kata class. Once a month, it's breaking class. The rest of the month, it's drilling, learning technique, punching and kicking each other back and forth, back and forth, and then kumite. I get bruises just practicing back and forth, but then when we all fight down the line, I get more. :D
Enjoy the endorphin rush! Oh, and the adrenaline.
And yeah, make sure it is a school that has kumite very regularly. Little to no kumite within any given month in a Kyokushin school would be pretty confusing to me!
Some instructors are more laid back than others. Some are very high protocol, some not so much. There's more protocol I think than you would see in an MMA gym, for sure. But that's not something I mind either. People all tend to be pretty polite, and in my dojo at least, it's a really supportive environment. You have to leave your ego at the door, and really for how much we beat the living crap out of each other, we all tend to get along quite well. I guess it goes along with that whole "an armed society is a polite society" thing. Because nobody really wants to get kicked in the side of the head with a shin, hard.
Well except that one guy. The one who volunteers to be demoed on a lot.
I might be that one guy.
Anyway, enjoy learning a hard, practical, fun style! And enjoy learning to shout OSU a lot!
10/27/2010 6:44pm, #13
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10/27/2010 6:58pm, #16
- Join Date
- Sep 2010
- Los Angeles
aww man i wish i could find a KK school:crybaby2:
10/27/2010 7:00pm, #17
As far as getting bruised and hurt and sparring more, that's my whole point of going, so that's welcome news. Everybody (even Sirc) has been very helpful. Thanks all for the info and encouragement. I will report back, of course.
10/27/2010 9:00pm, #18
10/27/2010 9:19pm, #19
- Join Date
- Nov 2006
- Central Alabama
to the OP:
Eastside or Seattle U?
10/27/2010 9:29pm, #20
- Join Date
- Aug 2009
Have fun man.
Nothing like getting kicked in the guts and punching metal plates. Ive sparred with KK dudes before, they stand funny but they can take a solid hit.