Which Martial art?

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  1. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Thinking of getting back into martial arts. Used to train in Tae Kwon Do as a kid. Got my brown belt but stopped training soon after that. Looking to try something else. Thought about MMA but can't find much of it here in Charleston. What would you guys reccomended checking out.
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  2. fierostetz

    fierostetz Been here awhile

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    I was extremely partial to aikido - did it for 13 years. built a lot of flexibility, hand speed, and confidence. I'm not the violent sort, but it's served me well in a few situations where words didn't work. 2 finger submission holds, redirections, etc. People get *really* frustrated when they can't land a blow on you and just wind up falling down.
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  3. Skowinski

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    How old are you and what general physical condition are you in? Some martial arts are "gentler" and some are more prone to get you injured.

    Skowinski-wife and I go to a school that is focussed on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also has Judo and MMA training. You might think about finding a place that offers more than one martial art, if that exists where you are.
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  4. Domromer

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    33 decently strong but fat, not adverse to a hard martial art.
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  5. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    As a general rule -

    Striking arts like muy thai and karate tend to lead to more injuries, especially if you get to the level at which sparring is used.

    Grappling arts like judo and jiu jitsu are "gentler" and participants probably get less injuries. That being said, neither are all that gentle, but judo is definitely rougher since it focuses on throws, whereas jiu jitsu is ground grappling mostly.

    But, really it all comes down to your approach to it and the attitude of the school you are in. If you go in like a bull determined to learn how to beat everyone in your path you will crush some and you will get beat up in return by others. If you approach it as a learning experience, exercise and fun, and check your ego at the door then you will be much better off. And, I've found in jiu jitsu that schools often have different attitudes. Some are very competition oriented and in training each partner is like a small war to see who is best. Others (the better ones in my opinion) have a more cooperative attitude and everyone tries to help each other learn and progress.

    Good luck!
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  6. PoundSand

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    what do you want to achieve?

    you mentioned mma- if you want to be a bad ass and hit stuff (and can go to work bruised up occasionally), but can't find a mma school, muy thai is pretty awesome. boxing too. both should be pretty easy to find. judo and jiu jitsu, as mentioned, are relatively gentler, and both should be easy to find as well (and charleston has a couple really good bjj guys). all 4 provide valuable tools if you want to transition to mma at some point.

    if cost is a concern, judo and boxing will probably be relatively cheap compared to most other martial arts.
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  7. Domromer

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    Well I miss kicking ass and getting my ass kicked a lot. I used to spar twice a week. I mentioned mma because it encompasses all martial arts. My buddy that taught the classes I used to take reccomended muy thai as well. I might see if I can find that down here. Judo sorta interests me but it seems pretty one dimensional.

    What's bjj?
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  8. Skowinski

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    The BJJ guys started "no holds barred" fighting, which evolved into MMA.

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  9. PoundSand

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    Brazilian jiu jitsu.

    Judo is not, or should not be, one dimensional. Bjj - probably one of the more important material arts in MMA - came out of judo after all...
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  10. Skowinski

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    Judo and Jiu Jitsu share a common origin, and probably are best put back together. See Dave Camarillo for example. :wink:
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  11. PoundSand

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    Hhmmmmmmm....
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  12. gavo

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    Try a few find something that suits you and I don't mean just something you like but something that suits your body shape size etc. I've tried Karate, wing chun kung fu, akido but settled on 15yrs of Tae Kwon Do both traditional and WTF competition and now I Know I'm too old for TKD but still stay fit and practice at home.
    As for ju jitsu being gentle, one night at TKD senior black belt class we had 2 senior Ju Jitsu bb"s come in for demo's, my
    wrist's and arms have never been sore sore.:lol3
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  13. Patrol

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    If you're looking for exercise, Tae Kwon Do. If you're looking for something to become obsessed with, BJJ. If you're looking to get really good at something very quickly for self defence reasons, Krav Maga.
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    +1
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  15. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    krav maga or hapkido. Fun stuff.
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  16. BMW Kurt

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    Isshinryu. I loved it when I did it, but there are no dojos where I now live.
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  17. mudgepondexpress

    mudgepondexpress Long timer

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    My vote is Goju Ryu Karate. Not showy but effective especially the older and slower you get.
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  18. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    I don't think it really matters which discipline, what does matter is the caliber and character of your instructor.

    Anyone with a roll of duct tape and a magic marker can open a martial arts school, choose your school after doing a little homework. Who trained them, who trained their teacher, what are their credentials, etc. etc.

    You will be far better off in the long run. :thumb
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  19. Zender

    Zender Inquisitive tinkerer

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    I'll just throw another one in here for your pleasure:

    Cheng Hsin

    Little known, but a real gem if you ask me, although I might be slightly partial. Little practical application though until you get really good. As with Aikido, T'ai chi (Yes that is a martial art, if you speed it up that is...) and other "internal martial arts" it takes quite some time to get proficient.

    If you are looking for practical ass-kicking: Krav Maga, or Systema, or just plain Kickboxing/MMA.

    ..and if you want to focus purely on the internal struggle and calm your mind: iaido or even kyudo. Absolutely no real-world application there as people these days do not walk around with swords, let along with 7 foot bows. It is about striving for total control/perfection of the moment and heavily leans on the mindset and principles of zen Buddhism.

    ...and you get to wear a hakama, which is awesome! (I'm a sucker for traditional Japanese stuff....)
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  20. makinwaves

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    +1 for hapkido. Although admittedly biased as it's the only martial art I took.
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