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    When you say it's your last go around with the art, do you mean that you want to quit tkd and start another art? Or do you mean quitting martial arts in general? I'm not a huge fan of tkd, but damn you guys are fast and flexible! I have a friend that switched his ITF tkd contract to a cheaper one (i think once or twice a week) started to dabble in kyokushin (now orange belt) and a once a week free judo course at a local community center. He said that things felt different at first, but now he enjoys the knockdown karate and is now absolutely in love with judo! Stick with tkd, try a different art (bjj,judo,KK,Boxing etc) and see how it blends with your current skills, but don't outright quit martial arts if you can still afford it. You'll feel like **** in a few weeks

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    I already cross train but yes I was thinking about dropping tkd to fit in something else. What I'll probably do is drop tkd back to 3 months a year and do other arts for the 9 after this next go around.

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    You've been doing this for a while and you can't evaluate for yourself whether the higher ranked people are better than you or have skills you'd like to acquire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilG View Post
    You've been doing this for a while and you can't evaluate for yourself whether the higher ranked people are better than you or have skills you'd like to acquire?
    I've observed the black belts and wasn't too empressed hence my question but since I'm not in the black belt class. My casual observations can't be trusted so I deciced to ask people who've been there already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danharr View Post
    I've observed the black belts and wasn't too empressed hence my question but since I'm not in the black belt class. My casual observations can't be trusted so I deciced to ask people who've been there already.
    You are a brown belt and do not train with black belts? Is that common in TKD ? In Judo brown belts would be training with black belts as much as possible. Especially randori (sparring).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    You are a brown belt and do not train with black belts? Is that common in TKD ? In Judo brown belts would be training with black belts as much as possible. Especially randori (sparring).

    Ben
    TKD has different federations so I don't want to speak for tkd in general. At my school sure the small stuff everybody does together. One step sparring, pad hitting, and patterns but as far as actual sparring or something that would show me blackbelt skill no we don't do together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danharr View Post
    TKD has different federations so I don't want to speak for tkd in general. At my school sure the small stuff everybody does together. One step sparring, pad hitting, and patterns but as far as actual sparring or something that would show me blackbelt skill no we don't do together.
    I guess I should feel fortunate that my school tossed me in with black belts right out of the gate. How long have you been with this school?

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    Since 2/11 but mandatory sparring was implemented recently so a lot of what I've said may already be out of the window. I took a break so I haven't seen the new policy in action but a lot of my concerns may have worked themselves out.

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    [QUOTE=danharr;2795093]... 2/11 ...QUOTE]

    Is that February 2011 or November 2002?
    I'm European and we have a different date notation than the US.

    If it's February 2011 and you are already a brown belt without prior experience in a striking art, then just drop it.

    If it's November 2002, stop after obtaining your black belt (1st Dan) to have a better closure before moving on.

    rank with us was:
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    Quote Originally Posted by danharr View Post
    Since 2/11 but mandatory sparring was implemented recently so a lot of what I've said may already be out of the window. I took a break so I haven't seen the new policy in action but a lot of my concerns may have worked themselves out.
    I would check the sparring before dropping the art. I myself am a first kyu (brown belt, black stripe) in taekwondo and I wouldn't dream of quitting right now. A taekwondo black belt might not mean much to a lot of people, but it's still proof that you had the gumption to stick it out and take your lumps (or that you know how to write a check) Do you get any sense of satisfaction from practicing?

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