Starting a new martial art
Hey. I got my black belt in wado ryu karate last november, and now I've finished all my exams I'm looking to start a new MA. I'm 16 years old - 5'11", if that helps.
The below is a list of styles available in my area.
Karate (which i don't want to continue with)
Lau-Gar Kung Fu
Hung Kuen Kung Fu
I'm looking for the most easily applicable style to a real fight scenario, something which deals with sparring rather than kata, or something eaqually as boring.
Which should i chose?
Muay Thai. You'll be used to striking but it'll improve your technique and conditioning, and let you pressure test what you've learnt so far. Just don't be sissy. Vale Tudo probably would kick ass, but go see the schools you're interested in.
Don't bother with the TKD or Kung Fu if you don't like forms and kata.
Just go visit the schools - you might hate the MT place but love the jujitsu place (is it jujutsu or jiu-jitsu?). Only you can make the final decision.
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I'd try the Vale Tudo, MT and Boxing schools and stick with the one you enjoy the most.
This is not necessarily the case with Kung Fu. There are Kung Fu schools that are entirely fighting oriented with zero forms. They are admittedly few and far between, but they are out there. It's worth going to the schools to see.
Originally Posted by Matsufubu
I have no experience with TKD so I can't speak to that.
Having said that, I would suggest a grappling style. That, mixed with good striking training (I have no idea whether your Karate training was any good or not, but I'll assume it was) will make you the best all around fighter. Judo or BJJ would be your best choices.
muay thai and boxing will almost certainly be good.
your assignment is to find out more about the jj and vale tudo schools. i'm finding myself having difficulty with the idea of sending a 16 year old to get involved with actual vale tudo, but i'm going to assume they aren't holding honest to god vale tudo fights, anyway.
Thanks for the tips. I rung up the Vale Tudo dojo, which apparently is only open to people of ages 17+
I looked further into the BBJ ad Muay Thai schools though, they're both pretty close to where i live, so I'll check them both out, to find which is better.
Well, good. It seems like you're on your way with some "real" training. Just stay away from these IMO:
Lau-Gar Kung Fu
Hung Kuen Kung Fu
Originally Posted by T0a5t3r
No offense, but WOOHOOO. Good for them. I wish most fighting and MA schools were like this. I freakin hate kids. Let them have Kim's Karate.
If I ever started my own school the motto would be:
Don't bring your kids here unless you're trying to get rid of them.
Kids, the other white meat.
WHAT?!? No _ing _un school on that list! For shame.....
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