7/30/2009 3:02pm, #1
Ambiguity in the use of the word "to train"
This is such a minor nit that I almost didn't post it, but for some reason it has been coming up a lot lately, maybe because I've been training more, and so I've used training as my reason for not doing other things with friends more often.
Whenever I tell people "I train Muay Thai," or "I train Jiu-Jitsu," especially when talking to people who don't train, they usually think I mean that I am a teacher of one of those martial arts. But among people I know who train, it is almost always used to mean that they "practice" such-and-such martial art, and that is the way I have been using the word.
For some reason though, saying "I practice Muay Thai" sounds douchy to me. Is it just me? For those of you who don't teach a martial art, but train in it, what do you tell your friends and family that you are doing when you are training?
7/30/2009 3:02pm, #2
Never had that problem.What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
7/30/2009 3:13pm, #3
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I tell them I'm training. I've never, ever had any sort of confusion regarding that.
7/30/2009 3:14pm, #4
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7/30/2009 4:06pm, #6
7/30/2009 4:11pm, #7
I find it useful for my situation to discuss mma.
I do judo, because I also compete.
I train MMA because I just work out and spar, I don't fight.
Tense problem aside of course.
7/30/2009 4:16pm, #8
Personally I like the word practice because it's humble. Piano practice, baseball practice, practice my Karate, etc. etc. "Train" often has an implied "I'm hardcore yo" attached to it.
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7/30/2009 6:45pm, #10