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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Well, now that I'm training regularly, again, I feel justified in posting and getting rid of that fucking enormous message at the top of the screen.

    I stopped training for self defense because I got into a fight. The dude was a drunk asshole and started in with me, so I knocked him around a little. Not only was it incredibly easy because I'm bigger than average and he was drunk, but I could have avoided it all together if I just didn't take the bate. I notice most "real fights" work like this and any real challenge comes from the gym.

    That being said, I maintain everyone here has that little fantasy in the back of their head that involves being able to whoop someone who really has it coming. It might be childish, but so is driving too fast and ripping someone a new asshole on a web forum. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say people who are complete grown-ups about everything probably play different sports, if any.

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    I stopped when I realized kinda like you I have no need for SD I never get attacked or put myself into stupid situations. (Also I bought a gun, I live in a high crime town 9 months out of the year). I train cause I like hitting people, getting hit, and submitting folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Th3 D3adly
    I stopped when I realized kinda like you I have no need for SD I never get attacked or put myself into stupid situations. (Also I bought a gun, I live in a high crime town 9 months out of the year). I train cause I like hitting people, getting hit, and submitting folks.

    glad i'm not the only one that enjoys the pain.

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    Like M1k3, I train for the exercise, the friends that I have at the school, and the challenge.


    Besides, where else can you hit people several times a week, and not end up in jail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyromaniac1918
    glad i'm not the only one that enjoys the pain.
    A good shin checking and trading some hands make for a good day, however I hate grappling pain. Got my arm popped never again will I wait that long to tap out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Th3 D3adly
    A good shin checking and trading some hands make for a good day, however I hate grappling pain. Got my arm popped never again will I wait that long to tap out.
    oh i still enjoy the grappling pain, but it just isn't the same as the pain you get from blocking strikes.

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    I've never trained for SD, it's always been because I enjoyed it.
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    " I shocked him with my skills on the ice becuase Wing Chun is great for hockey fighting." - 'Sifu' Milt Wallace

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    Quote Originally Posted by f4n4n
    I would argue that you train for SD you just don't realize it.
    I would argue that the OP pretty clearly asked about people's motivation for training, not about the potential benefits.


    To me, it's always been a mixed bag of...well, I train for fun, I train to get some much-needed exercise, and yes, in a sense, for self defence. This is more of a psychological thing than out of an actual belief that I'll ever be involved in an altercation, or will be able to hold my own if I do, but since I began to practice martial arts I feel less helpless. You might say that it's a way to combat mild paranoia, and if my ability to handle myself is imaginary, then I don't much care since the scenarios where I'd need to are likewise so.

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    Y'know, I think deep down I've never trained for self defence, I just really like doing this ****.

    When I went boxing as a teenager, it was ostensibly to learn how to "handle myself" (I never did btw, and probably never will...), but really... I just fucking loved it. Face it guys, training hurts, we wouldn't put ourselves through this **** if we didn't all enjoy it on some level.

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    I fully concur.

    I train so that I know techniques that LEOs/social workers/prison guards/etc (people who need to know these things) can use. A very small part of my training is self-defense because people can be farking crazy, despite my politeness.

    I train self-defense for the purpose of teaching self-defense.

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