Do YOU do any Martial Arts?


Going back in time to the ancient Greek Olympics, there was boxing and wrestling, and then there was Pankration, started in 646 BC.

There were only two rules regarding combat: contestants were allowed all except to gouge eyes or to bite.

Breaking toes and/or fingers was a valid way to escape a lock or choke, for instance.


Going all the way back 2500 years ago, people then understood as people today understand, going to the ground or standing is up to each athlete’s strengths versus the opponent’s weaknesses. If one doesn’t train in something, one can expect the opponent will try to make you use it.

I’ve done Tae Kwon Do and Judo. The only other martial art I’ve spent any significant amount of time on is Eskrima, but I haven’t spent nearly as much as the other two. I’ve taken lessons, formal or informal, in lots of various martial arts. I did Aikido for two months, but it was boring.

Any kind of submissions wreslting/grappling along with some practical striking will make someone a practical fighter in MMA style rules as we know it. It’s all about the training method. If you aren’t training by fighting then you aren’t training to fight!

Someone asked about Aikido:

Are your goals to just have fun? There’s no problem with that you are allowed to do anything you want.

But Aikido is widely considered not practical because they don’t train through fighting like its contemporary Judo does. In every class I ever took for Judo, after initial warm ups, we did free grappling, 3 minutes per partner for 20 minutes or so, where we try to submit each other (or under Judo rules, pin for 30 seconds). In Aikido, after initial warmup, we practiced some techniques on a partner who would let you practice on him/her. That’s the major difference. In Aikido you almost never deal with someone who wants to stop you, in Judo, my opponent is always trying to stop me and in fact is trying to defeat me.

On top of that, in Aikido we never did grappling. Grappling is basically the most effective method for training your physical and mental bodies, to push your limits to new boundaries. It’s the thing I miss most about going to class and competing every day. I can work out and stretch every morning and after work, but it’s just not the same as fighting an opponent.


ahh brother style to umad, northern no foks given style.


This man has obviously not watched Hokuto No Ken or he wouldn’t say such blasphemy.

Before you typed, your post was already shit. :nunchuck:


my kung fu is so good that i blew up the moon, then rebuilt it better than what it was


Did you use the dragonballs?


I’ve been doing martial arts for almost 20 years. Now I only do BJJ. Hope to get my brown belt before the end of the year.


I have done Capoeira for over 11yrs …we also study BJJ there because my professor has a huge background in it. im in the teaching rank double colors…but bboying took over and my career goal is to become a choreographer :smiley:


I studied tae known do for about 6 years as a teenager. My instructor was a gold medalist and he also though me kickboxing aikido and hopkido* …my master was also a gold medalist and world champion. My sister and i were lucky enough to get private lessons from grandmaster park for like a year. (maybe some of you in California know him) he focused a lot on meditating and execution. My father was in the anti narc division in the military so he thought me how to box.
I stayed at brown belt for many years because I never wanted to pay to test lol. My close friend is a muy Thai and judo instructor…and I can say that knack style grappling and takedowns are for scribe. That doesn’t work irl. Nothing is more effective than a knee to the face or a clean shot to brain by a fist or kick…sure you can severely injure someone or maybe even kill them…but we all play to win, right? …let’s keep that mma talk out of here. Men groping each other is not what I call a contact sport…no disrespect to the tkd/kickboxing knack practioners


Idk where that knack came from…stupid auto correct…I meant to type knack…not mma


Scribes= scrubs stupid phone


4 years of tae kwon do
2 of traditional okinawan karate
2 years of fencing
2 years wrestling

And i start kendo next month. :smiley:


I’ve done only a year of studies of tae kwon-do in the ITF league. I didn’t accomplish much except for receiving a bronze medal in patterns at a provincial tournament.


(and I practice dark hadou)


I did 4 years of wing tsun. gonna take up Hapkido starting next year.


So what do you do in an Aikido class, anyway?
What got my attention about Aikido was how it’s based on. As I see it, it is about different ways of parrying your opponents attacks. If in Aikido training, your opponent is almost never trying to stop you, what then? What more can you, or others tell me about Aikido? But let’s talk about Judo too.


Lol Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris would have liked to handle that problem.


Taking a break from Judo, Happo Taijutsu (Jujutsu with Dakenjutsu and Ninpo Ryuha elements) and TKD. I have my 2nd dan in TKD, Blue in Taijutsu and White in Judo.


I have an asian wife that knows Kung fu, she is also the master of the unexcapeble kuma sutra leglock


Stop spamming the dodge my punch move!!! JEEZ. STOP TURTELING


My instructor is Yoshi at UC Santa Cruz, from Japan. So he’s pretty old school when it comes to Aikido.
Warmup, stretch, fall practice, pay respect to “O-Sensei” and other standard things occur in a class. But let’s discuss practicing a parrying/escape technique
For practicing techniques though, we are instructed to do something, eg grab the instructors/senior student’s arm, and they show a technique. Now I would (almost) never grab someone’s arm with both hands, and I certainly wouldn’t stiffen my body up, but that is what we’re supposed to do. Then we all partner up and practice it.
Imagine I am supposed to start pushing my partner, and they have to parry my pushes. Nothing wrong with that, but if someone starts pushing me in real life, I need excellent timing in order to parry that. How would I get that timing if we’re working in a sterile environment where my partner and I never really mean to fight each other?

Now in Judo class, fyi my Instructor is from Korea thus the future Hapkido reference, by matter of practice since we’re fighting each other, eventually we’re gonna try to grab each other’s wrists/forearms. There exists a very simply Hapkido technique to break my opponent’s attempt to grab it. Seems useful, but really they’ll just try again, and again, and again, and unless I stop them, they’re going to throw me. The thing is, how do I turn this simple technique for breaking someone’s grab attempt at my wrist/forearm into an advantage? How would I ever be able to do this without practicing it on a live opponent who is trying actively to defeat me? That is issue one with Aikido. The other issue I have is without partner grappling/sparring, the workout is somewhere around 1/3 effective physically and I fear much worse mentally. The mere act of grappling an opponent works out muscles one probably never knew existed, it’s a whole body workout, and the act of trying to escape an opponent works out your mental strength, are you able to will yourself through that last bit so you can escape and/or take advantage? Only practice will make you so strong.