I was just wondering how many fellow members were fans/participated in martial arts of any kind! C:
I did Tae Kwon Doe from when I was about 7 or 8 until I was 10 or so and then after a few family issues, my mom took me out. But late last year I started again, and two weeks ago got my brown belt. Interesting stuff, I think!
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I have rarely taken any classes. But I do quite a lot of training in my own spare time, based on a whole variety of styles. I don't think I've done Tae Kwon Do though, but I might have. lol it's a mess really and I don't consider myself to be all that good. Good enough to defend myself in any streetfight but if I'm ever up against someone who's actually learnt this stuff properly I'm kind of convinced I might get my ass kicked.
I did taekwondo too, for about three years (I stopped this year, but I'm hoping to take it up again at some point). I found it a lot of fun and great exercise.
Congratulations on your brown belt, by the way.
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I did judo for a few years as a kid and got as high as a green belt. The place went tits up and the main instructor was battling health complications in his old age. Years later, I did some self-defense as a combination of different martial art styles. I've looked around online and it seems very similar to Systema, a Russian martial art, as it involves knife-fighting, guns (we use rubber guns not real ones), pressure points, joint locks, striking with all areas of the body, fighting off multiple attackers, etc... . This dojo also teaches Goju-Ryu karate where I have a brown belt. In Japan, the sensei also studied Kyukoshin karate, which is full-contact, no gloves or shin pads (although we do use gloves and shin pads during sparring). Some higher belt students and black belts may spare in Kyukoshin fashion if both agree but it's not the main focus.
I would want to study TKD, particularly the Olympic style since my weakest area definitely is high kicks to the head. They're decent but too slow to use in sparring unless I do something else that distracts the opponent first.
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I do karate - I go to a karate class once a week on a Monday. We do knife defence and weapon defence and general self defence too. It's great I've been doing it for about a year and a half and I'm green belt already.
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