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Lunchbox4u
6/27/2007 11:37am,
Hello all, allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Lunchbox and I'm new to the boards, as if that wasn't obvious, and i joined this board because i'm looking to get into martial arts. I'm 26 and live in Milwaukee Wisconsin if that helps anyone to make a recomend as to where i should look. I took Tae Kwon Do when i was very very young and my father was involved, but a recent renewed interest in physical activity has sparked my interest again. I do enjoy UFC and MMA but that is not the motivation for my wanting to be involved in Martial Arts.

I would like a training that makes you dicipline your mind and body. I currently work out at a gym but would like to augment that physcial training as mentioned above. I am a beginner and still trying to get back in shape after years of treating by body as if it had done something horribly wrong to me and i was punishing it.

I look forward to your advice and any friends i may make. thanks in advance for any help you guys provide.

Jeremy

GhostOfKimura
6/27/2007 11:38am,
In spite of what some other web-sites would have you believe, we here at Bullshido.net welcome you, Lunchbox4u, with open arms and hope that you will share with us your unique experiences and ideas on the martial arts.... so that we may then make fun of those experiences and ideas.

PirateJon
6/28/2007 12:25pm,
What are the training options in your area?

Lunchbox4u
7/02/2007 12:46pm,
Right now I'm looking at a place called Sage Martial Arts. They have an mma approach, by that i mean they teach judo, kickboxing, etc...

slideyfoot
7/02/2007 1:46pm,
First of all, I'd recommend you take a look at the FAQ (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/finding-a-good-martial-arts-school.html) on finding a good martial arts school. In general, signs to look for are a competitive record, regular heavy contact sparring and 'aliveness' (if you're unfamiliar with the term, Matt Thornton has a long article (http://aliveness101.blogspot.com/2005/07/why-aliveness.html) on the topic describing what it is and why it's important: he is the man most associated with popularising the concept)

If your interest is mainly in striking, the safest option if you want decent training is muay thai (which you'll also see as 'thai boxing'), along with martial arts like boxing and kyokushin karate. That's not to say there aren't good schools within other striking styles, but they tend to vary widely in quality.

If you're more interested in grappling, then BJJ would be an excellent choice, as the strong competitive element and ability-based ranking system generally results in high quality training. A cheaper option is judo, which is also much easier to find - the two styles are closely related, the main difference being that judo normally focuses on throws whereas BJJ is mostly about the ground. For more on judo, read the Bullshido.com article (http://www.bullshido.com/articles/judo-6.html). SAMBO is another good choice, but even harder to find than BJJ. Finally, wrestling is also great training for grappling.

Alternately, you could combine grappling and striking by cross-training in several arts, or at an MMA gym (though technically 'MMA' is a ruleset rather than a specific style). Examples of well known MMA gyms would be Team Quest (http://www.tqfc.com/) and Miletich Fighting Systems (http://miletichnewyork.com/).

Lunchbox4u
7/03/2007 11:12am,
Thanks to those who have helped my by giving me information. It's great to have a place to ask questions and i'm sure i'll have lots more as i begin my training.