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Anyone do martial arts? - July 16, 2006, 12:03 PM

I'm thinking of joining a 'dojo' as a way of motivating myself to get back in shape.I'm looking at this place in Arlington that teaches Shaolin style which looks good.I'm a member of Jungles gym in Old Town and Royce Gracie has a class there,but its more of a grappling style,which is good,but I'm looking for more of a kick-punch style.The biggest thing I'm looking for is more of an adult oriented class.I always think about that Seinfeld episode where Kramer joins a karate class and beats up all the little kids,then they jump him in the alley.
Anyone in a school or know of one inside the beltway in NoVa?


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July 16, 2006, 12:15 PM

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I always think about that Seinfeld episode where Kramer joins a karate class and beats up all the little kids,then they jump him in the alley.
Ha, ha.

I don't do MA but I do my one routine exercise, I use this book called Lifetime Wellness and Fitness, very informative.
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July 16, 2006, 12:19 PM

I've taken private lessons for 30 years now and after a few classrooms
and big named schools found it so much better. One on one or in a very
small group you will learn things perfectly before you move on. In a large
class they sometimes tend to try and move things along for everyone and
unfortunately there is a group that just hasn't mastered anything. It took me
12 years to obtain my black belt and another 10 for my 2nd degree. I suggest
Kenpo. You will learn a good balance of feet, hands,grappling and if you wish
weapons. I prefered no weapons as I believe the art is as it means, empty hands.
Search around and you'll find a very qualified instructor that maybe has evening and
weekend classes at reasonable rates. Stay away from any place that gives you a higher belt because of the amount of time that has passed. You should only ever graduate up
to the next belt after you've mastered everything from your Kata's to sparing. Hope that helps.
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July 16, 2006, 01:58 PM

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July 16, 2006, 05:33 PM

Not a fan of any type of kung fu. While it's pretty, it's not practical. Ryukyu Karate, Taekyon, TDK, JKD will probably be your best bets.
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July 16, 2006, 08:38 PM

You'd probably like Muay Thai, it's a kick-punch-knee-elbow style:

http://www.lloydirvin.com
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July 16, 2006, 09:22 PM

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You'd probably like Muay Thai, it's a kick-punch-knee-elbow style:

http://www.lloydirvin.com


Everyone is biased to a style but the truth is in competition. Not competition within the same art but competition between all the arts. Check out Pride Fighting Championships or The Ultimate Fighting Championships. The fighters who win consistently don't just train one style. They use techniques that actually work.

I highly recommend any school in the Lloyd Irvin Association. The curriculum is well rounded. They have world champion Thai boxers as well as world class grapplers from their team. They even have an undefeated fighter in the UFC, Brandon Vera. Check one of their schools out. I guarantee that you'll be shocked how nice everyone is and how well the classes are taught.


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July 16, 2006, 10:07 PM

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July 16, 2006, 10:20 PM

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Not a fan of any type of kung fu. While it's pretty, it's not practical. Ryukyu Karate, Taekyon, TDK, JKD will probably be your best bets.
Northern Kung fu styles tend to be the large circle type. That is the "pretty" style. Southern kung fu tends to be the small circle variety wich in my opinion is the more urban effective. Just figured I'd let you know so you're not bashing all styles of Kung fu.

As for the original poster. Shaolin is a northen style. If you're looking for punching and kicking it probably isn't what you're looking for. It sounds like you're looking for either small circle or a linear style. I have studied martial arts for the last 23 years ( you thought the name was because I drink and have long arms? ) By far my favorite style is muay thai followed by krav maga. They just fit my fighting style better. That's what you need to figure out. Are you nimble on your feet? are you better on the ground? Do you have long arms and legs that would be good for a style like tae kwon do?

If you're just looking to use it to get back into shape than it's really not as important... but if you truely want to learn an art and be effective in it you need to scout around and take advantage of most schools free intro classes. Good luck. if you have any questions there are some knowledgeable people here.


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July 17, 2006, 11:11 PM

Definitely shop around and don't get pressured by pushy schools. Take advantage of some of the free trial lessons a lot of places offer, but be wary of the salesmanship that goes on before/after.

I think there are plenty of schools in the area that will fit the bill. You indicated that it seems to be more of a means to get in shape rather than to become a feudal assassin or step into the ring. I second the post above in checking out the Llyod Irving schools, however they might be pretty expensive. I'd say that boxing or muy thai would be the give the best conditioning workout for the buck. Those are probably your best bet. I will say that it is VERY difficult to find a traditionally oriented martial arts school that is worth its monthly rate.

A friend of mine trained here (http://www.afcva.com/index.html) for a while before he moved and said it was a great workout.

Good luck!
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