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    Newbie Introduction

    Hello Bullshido,

    My name is Daryl, I'm a probation agent from Minnesota, and navy OIF veteran. My primary MA these days is kickboxing, though I am I very new to it. I'm far from being a serious, competition-minded kickboxer. I simply enjoy the training as a fun way to keep healthy and sane.

    I have a number of years of Shotokan karate behind me, but decided to call it quits to focus on other priorities. I've also sampled a few other traditional MA including TKD and aikido. I suppose you could say that my presence here at Bullshido is a result of my coming to terms with the various (and valid) criticisms of traditional MA. Not to say I am anti-traditional MA or that I would never go back to one, just that I am slightly more informed now than I was a few years ago, and can (hopefully) make a better assessment of what a particular MA is or isn't.

    #2
    Nothing wrong with TMA except in most cases their training methods are off for whatever reason.

    Welcome to Bullshido.

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      #3
      Yeah, I totally get what you are saying. I guess if I had my way, Shotokan organizations would implement some more up to date, "relevant to modern fighting" methods in their training. But since I apparently can't have my way, I go to one place to learn the new, and another to learn the old.

      I've been thinking about doing some boxing to compliment my kickboxing/ karate. I recently hurt my back trying to do some high kicks that were probably beyond my ability. I want to lay off the kicking for a while yet still keep active and do some training. Boxing seems the way to go. It's available at my gym and the same price as the kickboxing program.

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        #4
        Welcome to Bullshido.

        I've always said it depends on what you want. If realistic skills are your priority, you need to train in a realistic way. I like Shotokan for what it is (an art form and a sport), but it's not combat training.

        Hope your back injury doesn't keep you out of the game.

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          #5
          Welcome to Bullshido.

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            #6
            Thanks for the welcome everyone. And thanks for the concern, OwlMatt. The back issue isn't too bad, but still enough of a concern that I don't want to go back to kicking anytime soon. In fact, I decided to hold off on the boxing as well. Instead, I'm getting back with my old aikido group. It's been six months, but I'm sure it will come back if I get to practice consistently. Even when I was struggling with some back issues in the past, doing aikido rolls and breakfalls on the mat was oddly therapeutic.

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              #7
              Welcome to the site good-buddy.

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                #8
                Welcome to Bullshido.

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                  #9
                  Welcome to Bullshido.

                  "Perform kata exactly; actual combat is another matter." G.F., Shotokan Niju Kun

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