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    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?

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    I tell them I'm training. I've never, ever had any sort of confusion regarding that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahuyuddha View Post
    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?
    You're right, if you just say "I train ..." then it's ambiguous as to whether you're a trainer or a trainee.

    It would be clearer if you said "I train in ..." whatever style.

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahuyuddha View Post
    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?
    You are in San Francisco I notice... sometimes region has something to do with how you state something and how people respond. People here are generally martial arts savy so I don't know.
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    So . . . in San Francisco, maybe he should tell them he's "Awakening to his true self through martial training" or possibly "Self-actualizing within a Muay Thai paradigm."
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