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Dormous
12/08/2006 10:11pm,
Greetings, First post here. I started studying Martial Arts with Cuong Nhu (http://www.cuongnhu.com/index.aspx) at the age of Eleven. In college, I took shotokan for PE credit, and earned the equilvance of a Yellow belt. Recently my wife and I took TKD from an ATA school, where I achieved the rank of Brown Belt (as meaningless as that may be...).

Regardless, now I'm looking for another from of Martial Arts to study that is actually legit and that will help me grow as a Martial Artist.

Dormous

pauli
12/08/2006 10:23pm,
welcome to bullshido! where are you looking?

jnp
12/08/2006 10:54pm,
Welcome.

What are your goals in learning a martial art?

MacWombat
12/08/2006 10:58pm,
Welcome to Bullshido. Answer their questions.

Dormous
12/09/2006 11:34am,
What are my goals in learning a martial art? Interesting question, because I started martial arts just before my Teenage years, it has had quite an influence on my life. One of the goals I have is to get into shape. I will be a father soon and I want to be able to keep up with the little one. Also, self defense, I want to be able to protect my family and friends should I ever be in a situation where protection is required. Finally, I also love the increased dexterity that one gets from studying martial arts.

Well, I'm in the Plano/Frisco area of North Texas, north of Dallas. There are several martial arts schools around the area, but most are some form of TKD, including one ATA school, and I'd prefer not to deal with TKD anymore. There were certain things about ATA TKD that really bothered me, like, "lets run the class to death, then try to teach them a form in the last 10 minutes of class" or better yet, the classes in which you didn't do any martial arts at all, you just did push ups and sit ups. I can do that at home, for free.

Anyway, there is a Kenpo dojo opening not too far away from where I live, and I may give it a look. Any warning signs I should keep in mind (I'm also going to search for kenpo stuff on the forums).

Thanks!

Dormous

Dormous
12/09/2006 12:21pm,
In other words, keep an eye out for the standard McDojo menu items...

I definitely have to agree with you on the 300+ pound instructor, it's hard to respect a martial arts instructor who's body fat index is higher than yours, and the concept of a 6 year old black belt is quite laughable, I'll agree.

I know that kata work doesn't seem to be to popular on these forums, but I actually tend to prefer form/kata work to sparring... not that I don't want to spar, far from it, but I prefer the mental challenges of memorizing/executing kata over the physical challenge of sparring. That may have something to do with the way sparring was treated in my old ATA dojang... more of a torture treatment than actually learning how to fight (how many people can we make pass out today?).

I am, of course, open to suggestions. If I could find a good Shotokan school that wasn't too far away, I would consider that.

alex
12/09/2006 4:56pm,
ditch the karate **** and join a boxing club

MacWombat
12/09/2006 5:01pm,
or Muay Thai. or kickboxing. or some form of grappling since you'll be a father soon and black eyes might scare the baby.

TKD Black Belt
12/09/2006 5:52pm,
* something snarky and mean spirited about TKD sucking and ATA swallowing *

Welcome.

TKD

sdave
12/09/2006 6:13pm,
Regardless, now I'm looking for another from of Martial Arts to study that is actually legit and that will help me grow as a Martial Artist.
...and to that end you're interesed in Shotokan or Ke?po?


There are several OUTSTANDING (some legitimately World Class) instructors in the D/FW area. You might investigate them before you start back with the kata.

I need to macro this or something...



In Fort Worth check out:

Travis Lutter www.travislutter.com (http://www.travislutter.com/)

Paul Halme www.peakbjj.com (http://www.peakbjj.com/)


In Dallas:

Saekson Janjira www.saekson.com (http://www.saekson.com/)

Guy Mezger www.guymezger.com (http://www.guymezger.com/)

Felipe Espinoza www.dallasjiujitsu.com (http://www.dallasjiujitsu.com/)

JD Shelly www.ndbjj.com (http://www.ndbjj.com/)

Tomer Litvin www.siamstarmuaythai.com (http://www.siamstarmuaythai.com/)

Carlos Machado www.carlosmachado.net (http://www.carlosmachado.net)