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Ender7659
1/21/2010 1:43pm,
myself! :psyduck:

Long time lurker, first time posted here. Enlisted for help from the pros of course. So here's the dilly-o: I've been interested in Martial Arts most of my life. For some reason or other, I never actually took the leap and got into it. Long story short, I've done everything BUT ma. Football, Basketball, hell i'm even top 100 in my state in tennis :5innocent

Now that i'm taking a semester off college to regroup, I think I'm ready to make the leap to ma. That's where you come in! I'm looking for a martial art that:



is predominantly a striking art. I don't mind if certain techniques involve trips or tosses, I just don't want that to be the focal point of what I'm taught.
is not a ground art. (dabbled in wrestling in high school and, I don't really enjoy wrapping around with other dudes).
emphasizes the "art" part of martial arts. I want something that actually involves fluidity, grace and smoothness while practicing it.
Requires/involves agility, speed, flexibility and endurance rather than brute strength and power.

Things I don't care about are real world application (I've been in maybe 1 fight my entire life and consider myself a pacifist. Competition, again I don't want to practice an art to rack up trophies, just for myself.

I've been told that Kung Fu matches a few if not all of my interests, though upon googling Kung Fu, the hits are so numerous that I really don't know where to start. I've also been told Bujinkan would suit my needs and adds a spiritual element to the mix (though I read a little article here which put me off on it a bit)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it as my personal advice-army, is to help me find find an art which suits me. I live and work in Miami, FL and the only legit (seeming) place I've found for Bujinkan is http://www.onibujin.com/dojo/about/ (http://www.onibujin.com/dojo/about/)

You're help is greatly appreciated!
/psyduck out

Goju - Joe
1/21/2010 1:48pm,
Hmmm I suggest you look for non shitty karate

Good luck finding that outside of Kyukushin

thorthe power
1/21/2010 3:16pm,
Hmmm...base on your athleticism and wanting something involving fluidity, grace and smoothness while practicing it I would suggest googling XMA or Wushu.

While not looked at as arts good for fighting (which your not worried about) they are "martial like" and look like they take a good deal of coordination/athleticism to get good at.

Ender7659
1/21/2010 3:33pm,
Hmmm...base on your athleticism and wanting something involving fluidity, grace and smoothness while practicing it I would suggest googling XMA or Wushu.

While not looked at as arts good for fighting (which your not worried about) they are "martial like" and look like they take a good deal of coordination/athleticism to get good at.

wow! Thank you for those suggestions. 2 arts I was very unlikely to stumble upon myself. Now, to find a good school around here...

G0LG013
1/21/2010 6:29pm,
Ever thought of Tae Kwon Do?

Ender7659
1/21/2010 8:53pm,
Ever thought of Tae Kwon Do?

You know, i've thought about it and, while all the vids I see seem awesome, there are so many McDojo horror stories around my parts that I'm hesitant to dive into the wrong TKD dojo and end up paying out of my arse for precisely what I was trying to avoid. Any places/teacher you can specifically recommend in Miami, FL or maybe any websites that have a list of good ones?

G0LG013
1/21/2010 9:03pm,
If you ones on your avoid list, cross them off your google list.

What I suggest is go to all of the free TKD classes you can and DO NOT COMMIT until you check out all of the dojos. And remember, if it smells like Bullshido, it probably is.

Unfortunately, I don't know much about TKD in Miami, but hopefully my friend G can help - http://www.google.com/search?q=Miami+Taekwondo

honest_truth
1/22/2010 11:30pm,
capoeria ?

morantheman
1/23/2010 4:29pm,
this is the first time ive ever seen someone recomend TKD. ammusing circumstances. Id sugest some type of kung fu

Broken Fist
1/23/2010 5:06pm,
is predominantly a striking art. I don't mind if certain techniques involve trips or tosses, I just don't want that to be the focal point of what I'm taught.
is not a ground art. (dabbled in wrestling in high school and, I don't really enjoy wrapping around with other dudes).
emphasizes the "art" part of martial arts. I want something that actually involves fluidity, grace and smoothness while practicing it.
Requires/involves agility, speed, flexibility and endurance rather than brute strength and power.



So, something that's more "Art" than martial... Tai Chi or Bagua?

They're not very good at fighting, but they're pretty!

TheMightyMcClaw
1/23/2010 6:17pm,
I'd recomend Capoeira or any non-Chun form of Chinese martial arts. Performance wushu might be a good fit.
Don't do Booj. It's a) primarily trips and standing arm locks, and b) not very artistic.
I mean, compare:
Capoeira:
YouTube- Axe Capoeira Martial Arts Demo - June 15/08 Car Free Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZVP8hKgt9o)

Wushu:
YouTube- Chinese Wushu - Changquan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGeMXDiSU-E&feature=related)

And, the Booj:
YouTube- Hatsumi Bujinkan Dojo Teachings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-cPhcRPr60)

I would highly recommend against looking to get some sort of spiritual instruction out of martial arts, for the same reason I wouldn't go to trade school to learn art history.

Stu-Jitsu
1/23/2010 6:37pm,
You know, I guess the reason most of us hate the kwon round here is because its usually bullshit masquerading as a bona fide martial art. But if you're not interested in effectiveness, and are more concerned with the aesthetic side of things, TKD has some nice kicks and stuff, plus you'll get a big shiny black belt after...ooh lets say, a month? So you can impress all your pals:D

(just kidding, your pals wont be even remotely impressed)

Good luck!

Stu xD