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Introduction =] Jun. 28th, 2008 @ 03:24 pm
dlyfe
1. What is your name/age/location?
Daniella/17/ New York

2. What dojo (if any?)
United Martial Arts Centers- formally known as Tae Kwon Do Educational Center

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?
Tae Kwon Do mainly, but our schools dabble in Hap Kido, Kali, Grappling, Capoeira, etc..

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'? I have great flexibility and a yell that everyone I train with recognizes.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?
3rd degree black belt at the moment, going for 4th next summer. I only compete in inter-school competitions.

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?
15 and all of the above. I've been training since I was 8 years old, dropped out of every other sport I was doing, and dedicated myself to Tae Kwon Do every waking moment of my life. I've become a Senior Instructor and I have been working there for almost 4 years.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?
Meeting in person? No thanks, but I'd love to chat!

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts? This is going to sound silly, but Youtube! If you know who/what you're looking for, and you weed out all the idiots who think they know what they're doing, it can be very useful.
Current Mood: chipperchipper

New Guy Jun. 25th, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
davidlurie
Hi. I just started taekwondo two weeks ago and I am enjoying it far more than I ever thought I would. Before I signed up I researched a little bit into the different martials arts because I really didn't know anything at all about martial arts. Now I still know hardly anything, but I'm totally amazed how fascinating the subject is. I'm hoping this community will answer my random naive questions. I am particularly interested in understanding the rational behind different techniques, strategies and philosophies and comparing and contrasting these three categories in different martial arts.

Last week we practiced footwork and I got nasty blisters on my big toes. Is there a way to avoid this?

Also, to "stay light on our feet" we sort of bounced from front to back on the balls of our feet. What is the purpose of this? It seems to me that bouncing would be a disadvantage because your most effective movement must occur in a "beat" of the rhythm of your bounce. What's the rational behind this bouncing?

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new member Jun. 12th, 2008 @ 09:29 pm
madawc
1. What is your name/age/location?
"AJ" Jonathan H. Bolte / 39 / Madison WI

2. What dojo (if any)?

UMM No, And that is my problem at the moment.


3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?

Hap-Ki-Do, With the U.S. Hapkido Federation. being with my schools Philosophy I also know a little bit about a lot of other arts


4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?

No reel 'signature' I enjoy midrange (Standing) grappling the most.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?

Just fist Don.

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?

Enthusiasm is 10 when working out. Enthusiasm to start working out is low. It is a hobby, HapKiDo not often an art you can make a liking at by itself.(Not popular enough)

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?

YES!!! I need partners !

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?
http://www.ushapkidofederation.org
Current Location: Madison WI
Current Music: Drums

Introduction Jun. 11th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
azulas_flames
1. What is your name/age/location?
Im Aoibheann, 18 and I live in Ireland

2. What dojo (if any)?
Not really a member of a club at the moment, I was with the TAGB (ITF style TKD) for about 3-4 years, still practise and train by my self though and will be joining another club in a few months.

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?
I do TAGB Taekwondo (with the same forms as ITF but its a little different) to be honest I picked it because my dad knew the instructor, but I did fall in love with it very quickly.

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?
Im not fast or agile so I find jumping and flying kicks a little difficult (we dont use them much anyway) my strengh is in my power, stability and technique. I dont really have the 'perfect' build you would expect for taekwondo because im short and stocky so my best moves would be straight forward punches, hand strikes and kicks like side, front, turning and reverse kicks. I have been told that I have excellent technique because I practice practice practice and good patterns and line work do pay off in sparring.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?
I was a red belt ready for black tag when I last went to a proper class

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?
Enthusiasm changes some weeks I will be completely obsessed and train loads and sometimes I will have lazy weeks. My bad joints make it difficult for me but I still preserver with it.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?
Sure
8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?
Tkdtutor.com is good
Current Mood: blahblah

Jun. 9th, 2008 @ 03:05 pm
cryptkeeper84
1. What is your name/age/location?

My name is Adam MacPherson, I am 23 years old (turning 24 this July 11, 2008) and I am from Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

2. What dojo (if any)?
I represent Taekwondo Maximus, in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.
It is an ITF school.

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?

I perform in ITF Taekwondo, I choose this art originally because I wanted to do a unique martial art and am inspired by Bruce Lee among others. I wanted to start training in Jeet Kune Do but in order to do that I needed martial art experience so I looked around a bit and decided to take up Taekwondo at the school I am at now. They used to teach Jeet Kune Do there before I joined and it says on the website that they still do. That is why I joined but when I found out that they didn't, I still stuck with it.

I'm thinking about going on to do Wushu once I get my Black Belt and cross train in both arts.
Although I'm told it's best to find something that compliments your art.

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'? 

Signature? I don't really have too much of a signature.
I do enjoy the flying kicks though and find that some things are different for different people.
You use what works best for you and get better at it. It's good to use for your personal arsenal.

The thing that sets me apart from others though, I find is that I train... really hard.
I'm a small guy, 5'8 130lbs and I beat up bigger guys then myself. (both in size and mass)

I've done quite well with myself, am very strong/fit for my size and have achieved some amazing things against the odds.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?

Yes, I am currently a blue striped belt (5th gup) and go for my Blue belt next month, July 23rd.
I've competed in Barrie Ontraio, Toronto Ontario (Humber College) and Stoney Creek Ontario.

I just started going to tournaments this year and have pulled off (in order):

A silver medal in sparring, bronze in patterns.

1st place trophy in patterns, 1st place trophy in sparring.

1st place trophy in patterns, 1st place in sparring.

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby? 

On a scale from one to ten I would place martial arts as an 11 for my enthusiasm.
It's my life, my sport, my job and hobby all rolled into one.

I work 8 hours, go home to stretch out and then go to class to train.
Afterwards I stay when class is over to work on some techniques or to learn from my instructors.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?

Of course I am.

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?
Wikipedia.com is very good for information about it.
Other entries
» New member
1. What is your name/age/location?
Joseph/21/Oklahoma

2. What dojo (if any)?
I do not belong to a dojo. The only school I belong to is the School of Stage Combat.

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?
I am currently practicing and looking more into Wushu(Monkey Staff), Capoeira, and Baritsu.

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?
I wouldn't say there's really anything about myself that sets me apart from the rest but I do love to learn new things and I keep an open mind about them. I don't believe to have a signature.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?
I do not have any belts. Also I do not compete. I study the arts to learn, inform, and keep them alive.

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?
It can range anywhere from a 8 to a 10 depending on the kind of day I'm having.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?
I am always up for playing/learning new things.

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?
Not particularly.
» Brazilian/Gracie jiu-jitsu and multiple attackers
Onegai shimasu,

Do any of you know from personal experience if Gracie/Brazilian jiu-jitsu regularly teaches defenses against multiple assailants? While I have heard the art emphasizes one-on-one engagements, hearsay doesn't satisfy my curiosity ….

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» Intro - Hello
1. What is your name/age/location?
My name is Amy, I am 42 and live in the Washington, D.C. Metro area

2. What dojo (if any)?
I go to One Spirit Martial Arts in Herndon, VA - http://www.onespiritmartialarts.com/

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?
I train in Krav Maga. I chose Krav because a boyfriend suggested it when I was looking for something challenging outside of a gym.

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?
I don't think I have a specific ability that sets me apart other than I have a lot of heart and keep showing up... I love the challenge of making my mind/body learn new things and I love the physical-ness of Krav.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?
I am a new Level II student - Krav doesn't have competitions

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?
My enthusiasm is 8-10 depending on the day. I can't imagine life without Krav now... it is a sport and a hobby that I do 4-5 times a week.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?
I would love to meet others in my area that would be up for some sparring/training/practice...doesn't matter what form they are studying.

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts? 
Wikipedia was a good starting point for research..then drill down from there according to what interests you.
» Thank you
I'd like to thank all those people who have answered to this entry. Answers were really helpful. I visited different martial art clubs, and finally picked up Taekwondo (WTF/Kukkiwon). The atmosphere on there is really good, teachers are good and patient and always willing to show again if someone didn't understood right away. Also the club is letting everyone decide whether they want to compete at all. Competing few times is mandatory for getting higher belts, but that was a bit expected. Also there's annual stuff, like xmas parties (get a nice place, order good food all together, go to sauna (finnish bathing method incase anyone didn't know), so that people would learn each other a bit better and keep up with the great atmosphere. Generally really nice club, great atmosphere and good teachers. So thank you for all the replies and advises ♥

By domaqua/domkai
» Introduction
1. What is your name/age/location?
I'm from eastern Washington, I'm ninteen and my name is Elizabeth.

2. What dojo (if any)?
A small dojo that practices twice a week at my school. 

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?
I do JKA Shotokan Karate-do and I started doing it about a year ago because it was offered as a PE class at my school. I enjoyed it, so I've been continuing. 

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?
Amongst my fellow students, I am known for having a lower stance than any of them (which isn't that hard because I'm pretty much the shortest person in my class). I'm also usually trying to get Lisa (one of the brown belts) to explain pressure points before or after class. It's interesting stuff and I'd like to study more of it. 

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?
Heh... I'm not very good, even though I do try. I'm currently at 10th que, which is the entry-level rank and I hope to take my test for eighth que (with heian shodan) by the end of this year.

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?
It's a hobby of mine, done two or three times a week (depending on whether or not we have Friday evening training). 

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?
No thanks, not right now.

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?
Not yet... I'm mostly hoping that other people will have cool websites to look at. If you want to look at JKA Shotokan stuff, just let me know. I have a couple of websites bookmarked on that.

Also, are there any traditional Japanese forms that use pressure points and/or joint manipulation? It just sounds really interesting to me and I'd like to look into studying it.
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