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  1. Marshal-Banana is offline

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    Posted On:
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    Hi! I'm in need of some sound advice.

    I've never taken any martial arts training before, and I would like to start. Does anyone know of any good web sites or books that could answer some of my questions like:
    How do I choose between a good and a bad school?
    How do I decide what the right style is for me?
    ...and so on.

    I'm basically looking for something that's going to help me loose weight and teach me to defend myself. Also it wouldn't hurt for the classes to actually be fun/enjoyable (not sure if martial arts are about fun or just self-defence training). I'd like to avoid too much grappling on the ground, like I've seen in those Ultimate Fighting Championship tapes. Call me homophobic if you want LOL.

    So anyone got any advice?
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    Posted On:
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    I would consider the schools in your area and always ask yourself "Would the techniques they teach here work in a real fight?" don't trust anyone when they say "This works" test it as best you can and think about it. If you don't want to do much grappling, I would recommend Muay Thai. Thai kickboxing will teach you to kick, punch, knee and elbow properly.

    If possible I would go to a school that teaches Muay Thai and a grappling art. You don't have to do much grappling but I would recommend learning the basics so you know how to defend yourself if you get taken to the ground in a real fight.

    Also consider "Do I like this, is it fun?" if not try another school.
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    7/17/2002 11:09pm


     

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    I agree with choke on the styles..
    Muay Thai for your stand up, lots of knees, elbows & strong shin kicks.

    If you can, try to get over the "anti grappling" thing, YOU NEED GROUND...it's not as bad as it looks, it burns more calories than you can imagine & it's quite addicting, it's actually fun. It also becomes a chess match with your partner, "what are they going to do & what can I do to counter"

    I fell in love with BJJ, I also do Americanized or regular JJ. With gi no gi..try it. You can't be a complete fighter without some sort of ground game. If being a complete fighter isn't that big a deal for you, consider the exercise aspect. You sweat your ass off & your muscles are totally pumped after you roll (grapple)

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    LOL maby I should find a co-ed class then LOL.
    But seriously, is co-ed an issue with martial arts?

    and does anyone know of, say, a good web page where i can find out the basics?
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    Hrm, co-ed issue? Not that I know of. I have never heard of a school that teaches only men..however in my town, there are no women that want to do any training that involves falling or grappling, so I train with about 4 guys at the hard stuff...
    Takedowns, sticks, rolling, MT
    & the couple women that do go to the school, do the TKD, I just teach that..but, teaching it allows me a large carpeted dojo...NOT A MCDOJO!!!

    Lately I have been doing alot of boxing too, I like it alot..we will box, till one of us gets a takedown, then we roll to sub

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    What is it with you people? Can't you read? He said he doesn't want to grapple like some sort of ******. Not everyone is into that rear mount ****** ****. Even Howard Stern calls the UFC "homo fighting."
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    7/18/2002 2:51am


     

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    Ruk, what the hell is your problem?? On ADCC, we have to read about your nightly exploits on the mats tapping people out left & right...
    Now, here we hear you talk like you wouldn't roll, calling it "rear mount ****** ****"?

    So, what's it going to be boy? Do you or don't you like that ****** ****???

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    Posted On:
    7/18/2002 4:15am


     

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    I was being sarcastic.

    But seriously, a lot of people think grappling is homo stuff, and they want no part of it, including this newbie.

    His original message states: "I'm basically looking for something that's going to help me loose weight and teach me to defend myself. Also it wouldn't hurt for the classes to actually be fun/enjoyable (not sure if martial arts are about fun or just self-defence training). I'd like to avoid too much grappling on the ground, like I've seen in those Ultimate Fighting Championship tapes"




    My vote for him is to do karate at a school that does full contact sparring....



    Edited by - ruk on July 18 2002 04:16:19
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    I lost 22 pounds in about three months doin JKD, Kali and Kickboxing. I hadn't started BJJ yet. But I was working out 6 days a week.

    May I suggest looking into JKD or Progressive fighting systems? www.fighing.net has an instructor search.

    If that dosen't interest you, go with I Choke You's advice.
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    Progressive Fighting Systems? Take a look at what they are selling:

    Now available: Three new Personal Training Program options…

    "Semi-private Personal Training/Instructorship Program. Each semi-private group will have up to a maximum of eight students. (On many occasions, there will be less than eight in the group!!) These programs will be taught by Paul and one or more of his top PFS trained and certified instructors; so each student is guaranteed plenty of personal attention! For those of you who want to split the cost of the personal training program, but can't find suitable partners, this is a great option! The cost of the two-day semi-private training program is $475.00 per person. (Covers both days!)

    Law Enforcement Instructorship Program. Paul Vunak has developed one of the most respected programs in the country for teaching law enforcement officers. Currently over 50 police departments in the United States have adopted this program. We are now offering personal training programs to civilians on how to teach this exact program from A to Z. Graduates from this course will learn not only the specific curriculum, but also how to get your foot in the door of your local police department, and the appropriate way to present the program (accompanied by your official instructorship certificate). This is a 12-hour program, completed over two days. The fee is $2,000.00; and can be split among four participants. ($500.00 per person)

    Private, One-on-one Personal Training/Instructorship Program. The price for a two-day personal training instructorship program is $2,000.00. If you wish, you can still bring up to four training partners to split the cost. (This could equate to five people each paying only $400.00!) Paul will teach you (and your group) exclusively for the entire two-day program.

    You'll receive certification to teach my art to others! Since the all three of the Training Programs are instructor candidate courses, most people will be qualified to receive an official Instructorship Certificate, testifying that you are now qualified to teach others what you have learned."

    I think everyone wants to be taught by an instructor with a two-day certification.

    I'd look elsewhere....
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