View Poll Results: What is your PRIMARY reason for training (clarifications of choices in first post)?
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To be a competitive sport fighter
To be a non-competitive sport fighter
To be a non-competitive fighter
To be a weapon based fighter
Self Protection/Self Defense
I canít choose a primary reason
1/04/2006 12:10pm, #11
I kinda have to. I get sick and all my old injuries start up when I'm not training. I'm an addict; I call my instructor my "dealer".Monkey Ninjas! Attack!
1/04/2006 12:16pm, #12Originally Posted by JKDChick
LOL. When people ask me why I do such things to myself, I've always said my reason was "Habit."
My teacher used to say MA was a stronger drug than crack.
1/04/2006 12:32pm, #13
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1/04/2006 12:53pm, #14
I want to beat on people, I want to get in shape while beating on people, I want to beat on people with more skill, I enjoy hanging out with others that like to beat on people, and one day I'd like to enter a full-on MMA comp to beat on people.
Also I wanted to see how much punishment I could take.
1/04/2006 12:59pm, #15
The ego boost of making people tap in tournaments = also a factor. ANd I like being able to defend myself. And I have a Red Sonja complex, so I need to be a good fighter, to ensure that my eventual mate will make strong, warrior babies.Monkey Ninjas! Attack!
1/04/2006 12:59pm, #16KhorneliusPraxxGuest
I said fun because I can't come up for any better reason than "because I want to."
First signed up KP2 and watched everybody for a year. Slowly got hooked. It is my hobby. If I stubble across any combat sport on TV and I instantly become glued to the set. Fencing, Sumo, Judo, Boxing, etc. etc. it doesn't matter what it is.
If it was just for Self Defense, I would just buy a gun instead. If it was just for exercise, I would go to the gym and/or run.
If someday I actually defend myself because of what I've learned, it will just be a good side effect of how I choose to spend my time.
Actually, with my BJJ tourny record, I could say that I'm a sport fighter that isn't very competitive. :llorar:
1/04/2006 1:03pm, #17
I'm frequently around dangerous individuals. Plus, I'm hardwired to be protective of my loved ones, more than my own well being. I would pull a Gandalf for sure.
So, self defense is my primary motivation.ďWe are surrounded by warships and donít have time to talk. Please pray for us.Ē ó One Somali Pirate.
1/04/2006 1:03pm, #18
I put fun. I don't even know why it's fun; it's just the confluence of a bunch of factors, such as general fitness, an outlet for my high energy and the ongoing challenge. On an emotional level, I gain confidence and a sense of autonomy, as well as the ability to suck up pain and hardship. On an intellectual level, it's creative, involved and the one pursuit that keeps me focused longer than any other. Self-defence is important, but not paramount, as I haven't been in a real fight in something like 10 years.
If I were to put everything into one neat little package, though, I'd say this: Martial arts is about shutting your mouth and simply performing. Theories, posturing and even the most eloquent speeches all fade away when you get on the mats. For me, this is profoundly refreshing.
1/04/2006 1:15pm, #19
I listed SD. Even though I don't train striking nearly enough, I want to be able to protect my family should the need arise. Since I don't carry a gun and was a wrestler, I chose a MA that emphasizes my pre-existing strengths.
Also I used to get beat up a lot when I was younger. As a kid, a smart mouth and a small stature was not a good combination for me.
Edit: I agree with Mr. Mantis, Gandalf all the way.Shut the hell up and train.
1/04/2006 1:19pm, #20
Originally Posted by Mr_Mantis
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That is a question I wanted to ask you, Sam, and the others. Do you have stories of very unfuly clients that you had to defend yourself against? If so can you start a thread on it?______
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