Full contact help
A month or so back, I asked about a style to complement my karate, and I got judo and boxing as answers. I'm all set for a judo school, but unfortunately, I've hit a major roadblock with boxing. Namely; my parents. They're perfectly alright with me learning my medium contact sparring karate with kata thrown in. But boxing? Well, to quote my mother (more or less)
"What kind of idiots enjoy getting beaten in the head repeatedly? You'll have brain damage within the first week! There is no way in hell you're taking up boxing. Just stick with your karate! Don't you enjoy it? It's just as good."
Any suggestions on how I can "sell" the idea that Full contact=good and Full contact sparring>>>medium contact with kata?
MIGHT be the wrong forum for this, but I've been kicked out of Newbie Town so I had no idea where else to stick it.
Tell her "but mooooom, im a true karate kid!"
That's actually a joke over a signature a friend made for me. She found out I did Karate and so she made this for me:
And since I only have my Learners Drivers License, and the closest boxing gym is a thirty minute drive.....
Honestly, getting punched in the head repeatedly does kinda suck.
In any event, I suspect that you're far more likely to get injured doing Judo than boxing, but don't tell your parents that.
Don't stress the medium vs full contact thing at all. Don't even mention it exists. Sparring is is sparring is sparring, as far as your parents are concerned.
-Stress kata and how retarded that is. How 50% of each karate lesson is spent doing esoteric movements in the air which have very little in common with how you actually move when fighting.
Although I'd be hard pressed to trade in a wasting my time with kata art for a no kicking art.
But I really, really like kicking.
Tell her that a bunch of grown men on the Internet have offered to help you with "full contact", you and need the boxing to fend them off.
Depending on the boxing coach's approach, it may be that you won't wind up getting beaten about the head until a few months in. If so, you could emphasize this, and the excellent physical conditioning boxing provides.
Originally Posted by Emevas
You know, it would be kinda funny if TKK did get his mother to let him go boxing and then he came home after the first day with a giant concussion.
I'd personally recommend just going with the Judo right now, but if you are dead set on boxing, here are some ideas:
1. If your parents are paying for it, find out if boxing is cheaper.
2. Find a kyokushin school. It's still full contact but it's still karate which will fool your mother.
Desensitization. It took me 5 months before my parents let me do boxing or MMA. I just had them watch it and see that people weren't being carted off in stretchers like football. My family has more injuries (Acl tear, lumbar separation) from "safer" sports than I do from my "dangerous combat sport" .
Hmm my Mum kind of let up from all that crap once I took up Martial Arts (kickboxing being my first art).
Everyones different I guess.
Not sure how you can sell it to your Mum, but then again I'm grasping for reasons why you should even NEED to sell it.