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  1. cyrijl is offline
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    Posted On:
    7/02/2003 11:03am

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     Style: BJJ, MT, Yoga

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    i watched BJJ (cause i had no idea) and then joined the second class...in krav i just joined the first class....and i'm still in pain

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  2. Zujitsu Ka is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/02/2003 11:18am


     

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    I would recommend watching a class or two than taking one. I know in my dojo I hardly ever do the same class consecutively. maybe a continuation but... I always suggest to someone to determine what their goals are. I perosnally recommend a well rounded system. Karate/Ju Jitsu combo is always self-defense effective.
  3. Balloonknot is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/02/2003 11:36am


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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I recommend participating in the class. If someone wants to watch a class first and then participate in the next one, that's fine too.

    Also, there are other things to consider like, if you don't want to wrestle around on the ground with sweaty hairy men (unless that's your thing) then obviously you don't want to do BJJ or Judo. Or if you mainly interested in learning hand skills like punching, deflecting, footwork, and trapping you might like Wing Chun or maybe Boxing.
  4. Scrotumlock is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/02/2003 1:16pm


     

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    If you're asking about determining which art is for you, one would assume this to be a person with no training at all or very out of touch with what they can do or would like. In this case of course you'd go watch first. How would you know what they even do without watching? The big thing here is not to waste your time; better to watch for 30 mins and realize you'd never like style X than to go through whatever it takes to do the class, spend 1-2 hours, and figure out 30 minutes into it that you've wasted 2 days worth of effort calling, talking about what's expected, getting dressed, and all that.

    Maybe boxing sounds great to you, but after 5 minutes worth of listening to people's faces get smacked and seeing blood and spit dripping, you'd change your mind. Better for a rank amateur to do it from outside than by stepping onto a mat and getting something broken only to hear "oh sorry, I thought you knew what I was going to do". Of course if you've already trained and have exposure to different styles, you probably could just try it out cold turkey with no harm done. It depends on your background. Either way you'd try it before actually joining, it just wise in some cases to scout out the activites before jumping in blind.
  5. Balloonknot is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/02/2003 1:26pm


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    good point scrotum
  6. IndoChinese is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/02/2003 11:17pm


     Style: Liu Seong Gung Fu

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    you should first determine your purpose for martial arts training.

    fitness?
    competition?
    exhibition?
    self defense?
    bloodsport?





    peace.

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  7. Amir is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/03/2003 10:56am


     

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    I guess that due to the nature of my art, my point of view is different.

    We don't have a first trial lesson by policy in my Dojo, you can come and watch as much as you wish, but you can't practice unless you join for 3 months. After these 3 months, you may stay or leave as you wish (the renewal is 1 month at a time), of course, if a student will insist on leaving before my teacher will refund him, but he won't accept him back.

    He has several reasons for this rule:
    1. You can't practice unless you break-fall well enough.
    2. The first couple of weeks in our Dojo are different in content - we teach the newcomer breakfaling and rolling which are the basic safety necessities for practice. Hardly any technique is taught.
    3. We give each newcomer personal attention from either the teacher or one of the senior (B.B.) students.

    So, what can I say. If you only wish to judge by participating, and you have no prior knowledge of M.A. You wouldn't even come to our Dojo. And I do believe it would have been your loss

    Amir
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    Posted On:
    7/16/2003 6:35pm


     

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    Excellent question Jamoke. My first class was with a friend of mine that had been attending for about 2 months, and I just wanted to "check it out". The sensei told me to take off my shoes and dive in..which I did. 2 months later, my friend quit, and I've been still going for 25+ years now.

    If it's an option, I'd suggest just diving in and giving it a try.

    Now, as to waht system to try, that depends entirely on what you want out of the art. do you want to do tournaments? Full contact fighting? Soft flowing style vs hard, strong style? Grappling? Want to be flashy and fancy to impress friends? The list goes on, as do the various types of arts.

    Do you live in a small town with few options, or large city with most styles available?

    I hope this helps.

    Peace :o)
  9. Blad3 is offline

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    Posted On:
    7/16/2003 6:42pm

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     Style: Submission Wrestling.

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    If you want to learn how to fight hand to hand one would for a sports system, if you would like to reinact an obsolete martial art for recreational purposes you can go with a non-sprts martial art/TMA etc.

    Yes, you should try a number of classes, and see if it's for you and come to your own conclusion eventually.

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    "If you don't know how to wrestle you don't know how to fight, that's the prerequisite to fighting" David Tank Abbott
    "Training = pain." - I said that.

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