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    Ok, so the general consensus I am getting is that it doesn't appear to be a mcdojo, so I guess i'll go visit sometime in the near future. When I do take a visit there, what are some things I should look for? I'm new to the whole martial arts thing, if you couldn't already tell :sad3:

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    The basic rule here for judging systems is their sparring. That said, such arts as Kendo (sword) and Tai Chi have other ideas that are legitimate. And if you walked in just for one night in my Kosho school we might be doing slow motion rythym sparring to disco or funk and it looks real silly. And while I'm not a big advocate of this, Shihon sez, if you can't do it slow you sure can't do it fast. And going slow he dumps me over and over... Another night we might be sparring hard mma style (starting standup and going to the ground).

    If I was you, I'd check it out and check out other schools too. Austin is big. I know there are several schools ranging from ju jitsu to kung fu and the U must have various programs (often much cheaper).

    There are some threads on what to watch out for here, if the dern search is working.

    Main thing is the instructor, watch out for egomaniacs, bullies, and bullshiters.

    http://bullshido.net/forums/showthre...+warning+signs
    Last edited by patfromlogan; 12/04/2004 1:08pm at .
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    If you're in Austin, why do you want to take kenpo?
    MY NAME IS ANTAGONY I SUCK AT COMBAT SPORTS KTHX

    "blahblahblah, but I don't think I'm going to train tonight."
    "Fag."
    "Well if that were true, then I'd really REALLY want to come train!"

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    Well, the thing is, this kenpo school is the most legitamate school I've come across, as I don't really know of many other schools here. Plus, I'm pretty interested in kenpo and traditional martial arts. However, if someone can recommend some pretty good martial arts schools, I would be happy to try them out too.

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    Texas Powerhouse
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    Submission Wrestling, MMA
    410 Austin Highway
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    210-822 - 3785
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    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Su Kow
    You can't go wrong with Kempo or Kaj. Done right of course.
    That's a pretty big caveat.

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    checking out the lineage it appears to be a legit school with a history. Other thn that try it for a couple of months at first and see if you like it or not.

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    Check out the shape of the instructors, if they look as if they can't run up a flight of stairs without breathing hard, then go somewhere else. If the instructor is a fat guy that sits on the side with thumbs in his gi and just nods his head, go somewhere else.
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiboxerken
    Check out the shape of the instructors, if they look as if they can't run up a flight of stairs without breathing hard, then go somewhere else. If the instructor is a fat guy that sits on the side with thumbs in his gi and just nods his head, go somewhere else.
    And to piggy back:

    If the Instructor looks uncoordinated, and completely unathletic I personally would walk away, because some of these guys do not get fat. They are still just as pathetic as the BFS(s) (Big Fat Senseis).


    AND NOW!!!11!!! a Monkey :munky2:

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    Personally, I find that you have to have four private half hour lessons with your instructor before gaining a white belt some what dubious. That's $40 for your first 2 hour introduction.

    I found their t.v. ads distinctly uninspiring as well and that's with out looking at the one marked spirituality.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stickx
    It must suck for legit practitioners of tai chi like Cullion to see their art get all watered down into exercise for seniors.
    Those who esteme qi have no strength. ~ Exposition of Insights into the Thirteen Postures Attrib: Wu Yuxiang founder of Wu style tai chi.

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