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Nathan McScary
4/29/2006 12:13am,
Hey guys, just for my personal enlightenment (I want to see how my dojo policies compare to others), I was wondering if you guess could answer a few questions. This survey is aimed primarily at traditional striking arts.

1. What is your style?

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time?

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?

4. How often do you spar?

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference?

6. Does your school offer weapons training?

7. Does your school have an age policy?

8. Does your instructor spar you ever?

mad_mally
4/29/2006 1:32am,
1. What is your style? Nisei Goju-Jitsu it's a blend of Nisei goju karate and ju-jitsu.

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time? All the kyus and dans are in the same class. You get promoted whenever you earn it, some times it's with someone, some times not.

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)? no pads, kyokushin style rules, however, we go light to the head with kicks.

4. How often do you spar? every class

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference? only to learn the history of the system, and the names of the techniques

6. Does your school offer weapons training? yes, knife training

7. Does your school have an age policy? we don't teach children

8. Does your instructor spar you ever? yes, every class

Doctor X
4/29/2006 3:02am,
1. What is your style? Rex Kwon Do

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time? All test at the same time, only the survivor passes

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)? Our techniques are too d34dly

4. How often do you spar? I do not need to spar, sparing does not work on t3h str33t

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference? I AM the instructor--Sifu-Soke!, but all have read my autobiography. They also purchase my DVDs. Most have a shrine to me

6. Does your school offer weapons training? All the major Klingon and Jedi weapos

7. Does your school have an age policy? So long as there is someone old enough to sign the contract, there is no descrimination.

8. Does your instructor spar you ever? I AM the instructor!!!! [Stop that!--Ed.]

Sorry . . . always wanted to do that!

Anyways, style is too the upper right. It is one of the main Okinawan styles. My teachers spar with me every time I see them. Sparing is light-point to full depending on whether it is tournament or more self-defense oriented. As enough people HERE will tell you the strategy for most point-tournaments is different than full contact which is different than self-defense. Pads for the hands, mouth-pieces, cups. No other padding.

Let me see . . . some basic written materials on style history and the like, but otherwise depending on what someone needs--stretching, conditioning, that sort of thing.

Weapons? None specifically. Kobudo is a separate style that some students pursue. As for knives and guns, people go to specialists at seminars.

One of my teachers does not teach children. The others will, but in separate classes--no "junior black belts" or other such stuff.

My instructors spar all of the time. They insist on sparing me whenever I express an opinion . . . for some reason it is always full contact on those nights. . . .


:XXbeaver:

--J.D.

P.S. Below dan grade is up to individual schools based on time and ability. Some schools will have formal tests, whereas other simply congratulate you when you reach the level. Some will do both. Dan testing is by recommendation of the teacher, and is then done before a test board. There are specific recognized boards in the country and in Okinawa.

plasma
4/29/2006 2:13pm,
1. What is your style? Koppojutsu (Koto Ryu)

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time? Everyone trains in one class, ranked Individually, traditional licensing system (not belts)

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)? BareKnuckle Kyokushin Style with takedown and ground fighting

4. How often do you spar? Once to Three times a Week

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference? Yes + Our own notes.

6. Does your school offer weapons training? YES

7. Does your school have an age policy? < 16 You do Judo, the teenagers get do Japanese Jujutsu.

8. Does your instructor spar you ever? YES. Ouch.

TehDeadlyDimMak
4/29/2006 2:40pm,
1. What is your style?

Sanda Kung Fu

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time?

No belts/tests, but individual promotion depending on fighting ability.

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?

full contact kickboxing with all manner of throws, sweeps, and takedowns allowed

4. How often do you spar?

Depends on the individual.

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference?

No.

6. Does your school offer weapons training?

No.

7. Does your school have an age policy?

Not that I know of, but the only minors seem to be me and my brother.

8. Does your instructor spar you ever?

Marvin Perry is our coach and it doesn't seem like he minds jumping in and messing people up in a controlled environment.

AndyS
4/29/2006 5:23pm,
1. What is your style?

Kickboxing.

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time?

People are promoted when they are good enough to pass a graduate. Everybody, except a basic course, train together.

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?

Normal kickboxing rules, but without frontkicks to the head. Contact depends on them who spar. Beginners and non-competitors spar light. Also if the pair is unbalanced, sparring is light. But competitors spar with quite hard contact. I have been knocked down several times and once knocked out.

4. How often do you spar?

It depends. Near competitions something 20-30 rounds in week. Off season less.

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference?

No, but he writes training programs for me.

6. Does your school offer weapons training?

No. We are a sport club.

7. Does your school have an age policy?

Yes. 15 years.

8. Does your instructor spar you ever?

Yes. I am about 50 pounds of muscle heavier and 6 inches taller, but he kicks me ass very easy.

plasma
4/29/2006 5:32pm,
1. What is your style?

Kickboxing.

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time?

People are promoted when they are good enough to pass a graduate. Everybody, except a basic course, train together.

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?

Normal kickboxing rules, but without frontkicks to the head. Contact depends on them who spar. Beginners and non-competitors spar light. Also if the pair is unbalanced, sparring is light. But competitors spar with quite hard contact. I have been knocked down several times and once knocked out.

4. How often do you spar?

It depends. Near competitions something 20-30 rounds in week. Off season less.

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference?

No, but he writes training programs for me.

6. Does your school offer weapons training?

No. We are a sport club.

7. Does your school have an age policy?

Yes. 15 years.

8. Does your instructor spar you ever?

Yes. I am about 50 pounds of muscle heavier and 6 inches taller, but he kicks me ass very easy.

". This survey is aimed primarily at traditional striking arts."

What type of kickboxing?

wagamichi
4/29/2006 8:47pm,
Stupid thread. :XXbirdman

FictionPimp
4/29/2006 9:40pm,
Hey guys, just for my personal enlightenment (I want to see how my dojo policies compare to others), I was wondering if you guess could answer a few questions. This survey is aimed primarily at traditional striking arts.

1. What is your style?

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time?

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?

4. How often do you spar?

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference?

6. Does your school offer weapons training?

7. Does your school have an age policy?

8. Does your instructor spar you ever?


1) Gracie Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Aikido
2) Individual Promotion in all 3
3) I spar full contact MMA ruleset and Grappling only (both Judo and BJJ competition rules).
4) I spar Mondays Wedsdays Fridays and Saturdays both MMA and BJJ sparing (last 45 minutes of BJJ class and MMA class). I also spar the last 30 minutes of judo class on tuesdays and thursdays (when I go, which I haven't gone in a while). Sometimes we spar in aikido on saturdays, but its only with a few people in the class and maybe 15 minutes with grappling only rules.
5) I do get written materials in judo in the form of the USJA handbook. My aikido instructor has also supplied vast librarys of videos to check out and watch on our own time.
6) No, but aikido does require use of jo and bokken, but its not really weapons training.
7) No.
8) Judo - yes, but only mat work. Aikido - No, but he does let us throw him. BJJ/MMA - Yes, and I have the bruises all over to nurse tonight. He has a mean jab.

daimyo
4/30/2006 1:50am,
1. Judo
2. Everybody trains together. Sensei tells us to wear the next belt when he feels like we're ready. With the exception of black, where you have to grade for it.
3. Yes. Randori both tachiwaza and newaza.
4. Every class. Actually that's all we'll do. From time to time we'll do moving uchikomi.
5. No.
6. Maybe in the aikido and JJJ classes.
7. Nope. But most of the students are adults. There are only 3 kids.
8. All the time.

AndyS
4/30/2006 4:10am,
". This survey is aimed primarily at traditional striking arts."

What type of kickboxing?

I'm sorry if I posted wrong thread. I'm noobie and english is not my homelanguage. But I think that kickboxing is older and more traditional than for example sanda or Nisei Goju Jitsu.

We have no a special name for kickboxing, except "potkunyrkkeily" which means kickboxing in finnish. We are a member of WAKO. We fight Full Contact rules and Low Kick rules. Light Contact rules we use to train for Full Contact fights. I am the Light Contact champion of Finland, but it's not a goal, it's preparation. There are also K-1-rules used in Finland, but nobody from my club has ever fight under these rules. Perhaps on some day and we train knees little bit also.

peng
4/30/2006 4:49am,
Hey guys, just for my personal enlightenment (I want to see how my dojo policies compare to others), I was wondering if you guess could answer a few questions. This survey is aimed primarily at traditional striking arts.

1. What is your style?

2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time?

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?

4. How often do you spar?

5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference?

6. Does your school offer weapons training?

7. Does your school have an age policy?

8. Does your instructor spar you ever?
1. Taiji (with sword) and Hsing-I, but the school offers more.

2. We don't do belts. Once you've been given (and presumably understand) the lessons that constitute a class, you may take the next class in that course of study. The courses of study branch off into different emphasis.

3. We don't "spar" per se as a part of the curriculum, but rather use sensitivty and awareness excercises like pushing hands to develop core skills. I'm not sure if any of the classes I don't yet qualify for get into more intense and competitive practice.

4. We practice the above mentioned excercises in every relevant class.

5. Yes. A rack of instructional handouts is in the waiting room.

6. An extensive variety of weapons, yes.

7. No children.

8. If you're lucky, the instructor will choose you as an example to illustrate the drills.

Soju_King
4/30/2006 6:45am,
Hey guys, just for my personal enlightenment (I want to see how my dojo policies compare to others), I was wondering if you guess could answer a few questions. This survey is aimed primarily at traditional striking arts.



1. What is your style? Korean MA, WTF TKD in the caribbean an TSD , HKD, Kum -do in Va beach


2. Does your belt train stricky as a class, or do people get promoted individually at a time? individual promotions

3. How do you spar (point, freespar, etc.)?


depends on whats going on, regularly we sparred free-spar.......if there was a tournament comin up, like for example a freespar karate one where theres gonna be goju-ryu an kyukoshin dudes, we'd prepare by sparrin under those rules. if there was a regular point tournament comin up whoever was gonna be in it, we prepare by sparrin under those rules


4. How often do you spar?

once or twice a week, for an event, every day of training, or get with some buddies from class an other styles an pick different enviroments like sparrin on grass, concrete, or beach


5. Does your instructor give you written materials to study from and use for reference? the one in the caribbean did sometimes, just to familarize newbies with the history an general info of what they're doin. the in va beach.....naw not unless u ask the one of the instructors


6. Does your school offer weapons training?

primarily butterfly knives an bo-staff with the occasional sword


7. Does your school have an age policy?
gotta be at least 15-16 to be a BB, though there are a few younger ones runnin around in rare cases


8. Does your instructor spar you ever
not when i was in Va, but in the caribbean my instructor beat my ass every time we sparred or made me spar one of the younger instructors / senior belts

they do that to potential prodigies

Boyd
4/30/2006 6:02pm,
1. Taiji (with sword) and Hsing-I, but the school offers more.

3. We don't "spar" per se as a part of the curriculum, but rather use sensitivty and awareness excercises like pushing hands to develop core skills. I'm not sure if any of the classes I don't yet qualify for get into more intense and competitive practice.

8. If you're lucky, the instructor will choose you as an example to illustrate the drills.

The other day, someone asked one of our school's top fighters for some MMA guard-passing techniques. The instructor pulled a student aside, laid him on his back, and broke the technique down, step-by-step. After demoing the move a couple times, he got up and said he wants to show the move live now, at which point he turned to me and said "Aaron, you got a mouthguard?"

For the next five minutes I was scrambling on my back like a retard, desperately trying to get to my feet while my instructor hovered overtop and molested me like a drunk uncle. I could not get to my feet. I could not hit the single leg. I could not get him into my closed guard. I was fighting back with everything I had, the fruits of years of hard training and conditioning, and still I was completely helpless. He knew every escape, every way I would attempt to turn, roll, scoot, or otherwise defend myself. It was miserable and excruciating and embarrassing and wonderful.

And that, my friend, is why my school is better than your school.

Cassius
4/30/2006 6:20pm,
1. Taiji (with sword) and Hsing-I, but the school offers more.

2. We don't do belts. Once you've been given (and presumably understand) the lessons that constitute a class, you may take the next class in that course of study. The courses of study branch off into different emphasis.

3. We don't "spar" per se as a part of the curriculum, but rather use sensitivty and awareness excercises like pushing hands to develop core skills. I'm not sure if any of the classes I don't yet qualify for get into more intense and competitive practice.

4. We practice the above mentioned excercises in every relevant class.

5. Yes. A rack of instructional handouts is in the waiting room.

6. An extensive variety of weapons, yes.

7. No children.

8. If you're lucky, the instructor will choose you as an example to illustrate the drills.This survey makes me extremely sad . . .

Boyd
4/30/2006 6:28pm,
What's really amazing is that in about 80-90% of TMA schools, items 2, 5, and 7 would be a huge source of inexplicable pride, but the embarrassment of 3 and 6 would go totally unnoticed.