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I Love Martial Arts

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    Question About Bjj

    I've been learning BJJ for quite some time now, nearly a year, and I still cannot get my forward break falls right. After every session with forward break fall drills, my triceps get strained to the point I cant pull my arm back all the way. Any tips on how to improve on this...
    movingtalismans movingtalismans 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 12, 2013

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    JohnAtArms JohnAtArms 16-17, M 1 Response May 10

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    Black Belt

    Ok, I'm not actually a 20-22 year old as the thing says, I'm a 16 year old, Now that, that's out of the way, I am telling my story. I'm a 1st dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, and I'm now learning Taekwondo, in which I'm a White and yellow stripe belt, as of today. (I passed...
    gingerbisexual gingerbisexual 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

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    Loving MMA

    I never really saw myself doing martial arts, i guess i thought it would be too hard, but I've been training in MMA for about 6 or 7 months now and i'm yellow belt, i know the belt orders might be different in other places, but where i am yellow is the second belt, i have also...
    lonezy lonezy 26-30, M Jul 15, 2013

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    If two fighters were in a ufc type ring,

    and one fighter was a master of 1)Karate 2)jeet kune do 3) Chinese boxing 4) savate) 5) judo and 6) traditional japanese jui jitsu and the other fighter was a master of 1)mauy thai 2)tae-kwon-do3)western boxing 4)Brazilian jui jitsu and 5)judo Who do you guys think would win...
    danondorf danondorf 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 6

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    The Flow

    One question in the martial arts world is "What is the best style?". There usually emerges two schools of thought here; one, is what ever style the person is taking says their style is superior to all others, and two it depends on the person not the style. I think to some...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 28, 2013

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    New Sensei

    Yesterday I went to my first karate training of the year... I had to change sensei because I had a fight with one of the guys from the previous academy, he was seriously going after me on every class, and one day he really crossed the line, so before I asked my beast boyfriend to...
    ravenge ravenge 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 11, 2011

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    I Am a Better Person Because of It

    I took IFT Tae kwon-do for 3 years in middle school and it saved me from being raped.  In college I took WTF tae kwon do at an even better dojo and it was amazing, even worth the Saturday morning classes that meant I couldn't go out Friday nights. Now I'm taking jujitsu and...
    Flutter Flutter 21-25, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2007

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    Katas

    many styles see katas as insignificant aspects of the martial art, focusing instead on self defense, sparring and drilling kicks and punches. herein lies the tragedy, all that could be mastered, to some degree, through katas alone. That's not to say that the direct application...
    mrdavidx96 mrdavidx96 16-17 Jul 18, 2013

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    Yesterday Was A Special Day In My Life

    Yesterday marks an end to a vary special part of my life. 4 and a half years ago I stumbled into a Taekwondo academy located in Glendale Ca. Scared, weak, and unsure of myself I saw amazing men who were fearless working out in there. I signed up and gave it my all. Quickly...
    TadaAsatoorian TadaAsatoorian 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 2, 2013

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    I Love It.

    I love martial arts. I'm higher black belt in quite a few but it's just how elegant it is in another form and way. Not like dancing or gymnastics.
    StephanieManoso StephanieManoso 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2011

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    My Experience Has Been Very Diverse.

    For me this includes fighting systems outside of traditional oriental martial arts.   In school I was a wrestler and trained with that for nine years. My dad was boxer and taught me boxing at a very young age. During this time I had a year of judo because the coach thought...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 2, 2008

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    Lol all my life I've loved martial arts I've

    started even before I was 3 years old! I'm in love with the art I take all of these: Submission grappling-3 degree JKD-1 degree Wing chun-1 degree Kung fu- black no degree Sambo-no degree Krav Maga is full self defense and does not go by rank. Boxing-light weight champion...
    LGKolor LGKolor 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 11

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    My Martial Arts Became An Addiction

    I started training in martial arts when I was 16.  Ever since I was a little girl I was always asking my mum if i could participate in some martial, karate or judo or thai Boxing. Then in 2003 my mum finally let me start training in a martial art.  Little did i...
    CrazyNinjaPirate CrazyNinjaPirate 22-25 4 Responses Aug 6, 2010

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    I Enjoy Taking People Down And Throwing Them Around

    i mean every since i got started in shuai chiao (chinese wrestling), every time i got someone on the mat it was exhilarating, even more than boxing someone and winning (which i also do), also i do freestyle wrestling and in my area, throws aren't too popular so when i hit up a...
    jose008 jose008 13-15 Aug 30, 2012

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    It's the only art other

    than anime I would go to a museum and see. All types of martial art is beautiful. I started taking karate before I started high school but my mom couldn't take me any more. I only made to advanced white belt. Since I've wanted to take up wushu ( which I believe is the most...
    Hnation Hnation 22-25, M Jul 2

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    One Tough Cookie

    from the time when i was small, i felt drawn to martial arts. it always looked fun to me and i liked the idea of being self-reliant. martial arts has always played a big part in my life and in my thoughts. i love the movement-- the harnessing of physical and mental power. martial...
    HeartofHearts HeartofHearts 31-35 4 Responses Jul 15, 2009

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    Kyokushin For Life!!

    I have been in Kyokushin Karate and am officially apart of the Worldwide Karate Federation. I am a red belt and have been doing it for 1 year and a bit. I have the nicest trainer, he is very understanding. I have met many awesome younger children and they always tend to make me...
    TheSimpsons8 TheSimpsons8 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    K1 - My Life

    I'm a person who truly loves martial arts. I have been reading ,watching and studying so many styles .However one style catched my attention ...I don't know how many of you here are in love with K1 but personally I loved it from the second I've discovered it . I used to train 5...
    neoko neoko 26-30 Jan 22, 2010

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    Muay Thai

    I've done Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Freestyle, Aikido, Vale Tudo and most recently Muay Thai.  My brother is a Kung Fu instructor, so I've learned a bit of Wing Chun and Tiger Crane, although I've never attended formal Kung Fu training. To be honest I'm getting a bit...
    Pricey Pricey 26-30, M 61 Responses Jul 15, 2008

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    MMA

    Ive been competing in taekwondo for about 4 years. And decided to quit the academy I had started at recently because they were not the same as they once were. So now that I have quite and not had a fight in over two years I get pretty bad mood swings. It was a huge part of my...
    TadaAsatoorian TadaAsatoorian 22-25, M Jun 21, 2013

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    The Ninja Training Camp

     I recently moved into a friend’s house because an apartment I was planning on getting fell through. He can’t really afford the house, so he also really needed a roommate to help out with the expenses and things. He is a very good friend of mine, and the person...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 27, 2009

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    Martial Arts To My Rescue And More !!!

    Unlike my brother, I'm weak and I can't depend on him all the time to come to my rescue. So I was determined to proctect myself. I started learning martial arts although I couldn't continue going to the classes regularly due to other circumstances. I tried to practice as much...
    ajithanandh ajithanandh 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 3, 2013

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    How I Started My Life Long Love

    I have been doing martial arts since I was...in the 4th grade. I started out in Karate, but I decided to follow my father's footsteps and learn Gung Fu. It consumed me and my thoughts. I practiced day and night. Pain was the biggest motivator. If I didn't hold a stance...
    UpOnDaRoof UpOnDaRoof 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 27, 2011

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    Can somebody please give me some kind of

    martial arts lessons, just simple ones, in preparation for this martial arts class imma be taking soon so I'm not entirely lost haha
    CheeseBomb500 CheeseBomb500 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    The Urge For Battle

    One of the reasons that I realized that I loved martial arts when i was younger was the fact that I enjoyed the opportunity to fight. Well, spar to be more specific. I still recall a memory in which I sparred with a highly skilled MMA instructor in Jersey City. I was losing badly...
    InfiniteArgus InfiniteArgus 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 29, 2013

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    I wish I could do Kung fu or.

    .Capoeira is another great one that combines self defence and dance ! So awesome :D
    007innerchild 007innerchild 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 21

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    Its just something thats a part of my life,

    i dont do it all the time, but i do train often, i got 5 years in MMA, started at a young age, but stopped due to an injury, now im self taught :D
    image2fite image2fite 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    cam444 cam444 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 10

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    Way Of Life

    I have been a student and a teacher of the art of self-defense.Martial arts is not just those fancy moves you do or how strong you are, it is about how you use it. Martial arts cannot be learned from a book, you need to experience it yourself, learn the ways and be one with it...
    LoverBoyMike LoverBoyMike 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 9, 2013

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    I have been doing martial arts

    for about a year and a half, I absolutely love it. I chose to take it up as away of helping to cope with my anxiety, sure enough the training proved to be very helpful in that area, I feel I have become more confident and secure with myself.
    TheAiryFaery TheAiryFaery 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    Will be doing martial arts

    for 21 years in November. Love all types of martial arts. My main discipline is taekwondo, hapkido and judo. Doing cajonkarate now. Combination of boxing, jiu jitsu and judo.
    Deeperthinker Deeperthinker 31-35, M 3 Responses Jun 29

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    It Is The One Thing I Will Never Give Up On, Because I Know It Will Never Give Up On Me.

    This is a true story. It's very close to my heart and emotional for me to tell, and I know I will eventually cry as I type this. I am a 16 year old martial artist. I have been doing all sorts of martial arts since I was 5. I started at a small teykwondo studio, and fell in love...
    Loveisalive Loveisalive 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 17, 2011

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    Mma.

    I've only started doing Brazilian JiuJitsu and Muay Thai for around 6-7 months now and I'm waiting for my third stripe before I'm allowed to do MMA. I started out because I wanted to get stronger, physically and mentally. I thought that if I got stronger physically, I would too...
    movingtalismans movingtalismans 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 18, 2012

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    So I have always wanted to make my own martial

    arts dojo and finally got to the point where I think GOD wants to build a Christian martial arts dojo. I don't want one of those Christian dojos where they teach you self defense but the attcker must be hitting you with a certain punch. I want my students to be able to go on to...
    DavidHamilton1 DavidHamilton1 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 3

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    I first started practicing Shotokan

    and i felt in love with it. Maybe because at first it felt like all those video games that i used to play when i was a kid, but with time i discovered a new world. The wisdom behind martial arts and especially karate-do really amazed me, that's why i consider martial arts as...
    Ralphael Ralphael 18-21, M Jul 27

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    This picture was back in 2009,

    my very first martial arts club I joined. Very fun and many memories. Did 200 push ups and sit ups everyday haha because I wanted to be the best.
    LoverBoyMike LoverBoyMike 18-21, M Aug 18

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    Who At Fault Here

    My older brother challenge me to fight him. I first tried to back down but he insisted that I fight him. So I made him wear a chest protected on for it would be harder to break any bones. To shorten the story I beat him up and he couldn't land a punch or kick on me. The way...
    DavidHamilton1 DavidHamilton1 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 25, 2013

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    It's My Getaway.

    Everyone has their own way of getting away from the world, of clearing their mind and just enjoying something. I love martial arts. Although it's great to know how to defend myself, looking like a helpless teenage barbie, to look at myself in a bikini and see my two pack turning...
    Loveisalive Loveisalive 18-21, F 8 Responses Jul 16, 2011

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    Taekwondo

    When I was almost 10 years old I started training at a TaeKwonDo studio. That was my life and my passion! I put all of my being into my martial arts! When I first got my white belt, I told my dad that I wanted to get my black belt before I turned 12...well, the awards ceremony...
    katie729 katie729 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 19, 2010

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    World Tournement

    In March im heading off to New York for the preliminaries for the world team or something. If I place in the top two for my division (3rd degree mens division) then in July 2013 I get to go to Los Angeles California for a shot at the world team! Gotta represent the U.S.A!
    ShadowOkami ShadowOkami 16-17, M 5 Responses Dec 19, 2012

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    I know taekwondo since i was 6,

    but i was doing balet back them. but not long after, i found that my interests wasnt in ballet. I'm doing taekwondo since i was 8. i may be not the best, but I'm doing it on my own will. I goes up to quarter finals in an international open cup, and get medals in other...
    roseinsurvival roseinsurvival 13-15 Apr 7

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    My Martial Arts Experience

    I fell in love with boxing (if anyone even considers it a martial art) the first time my friend drove me up to the gym and taught me. He was my friend, but I saw him as my older brother who mentored me and helped me. As i was hitting the bag, I felt alive and felt free. It was...
    marx5 marx5 22-25, M May 8, 2013

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    14 Years

    i have been doing martial arts forever. i have spent time training in different styles and i love them all. I live by martial arts and training for my next belt level. I love to learn new moves, new techniques, new forms and mastering the next set of weapons. My biggest...
    Blackbelt21 Blackbelt21 22-25 1 Response Jan 2, 2013

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    Creative Self-defense

    one time i thought i was going to get mugged... or worse (raped)... i was walking at night after 10pm-- this big guy wanted to talk to me... long story short-- he wasn't taking "no" for an answer-- or making it easy to ignore him... i was gearing up because he was speeding up and...
    HeartofHearts HeartofHearts 31-35 8 Responses Jan 4, 2011

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    Am I Fit For Martial Arts?

    I have been thinking about signing up to Martial Arts.  I have heard several things about it.  Only positive things.  I got curious and wanted to explore my options.  And I would love to see, if this is something for me.  I love to move my body and be mentally challenged...
    FaroesePearl FaroesePearl 26-30, F 12 Responses Nov 19, 2011

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    Natural

    I have always been a natural at fighting and martial arts when I was very young I had friends who fought constantly when we were only 6 years old and I joined karate when I was 7 and continued to do until I was a blue belt, but I stopped because I believed that I should focus on...
    bj7390 bj7390 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 26, 2012

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    I Wish

    I would love to see this one day. Imagine if there was a world tournament like the one you see in the dragon ball z series. All styles are allowed to fight but you cant kill your opponent.
    Jan 13, 2013

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    I took karate back in 8th grade.

    I was one of the best in the class. I'm up to a purple belt now. 💜👊
    laubrown1 laubrown1 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    Related Experiences

    Does anyone use samurai sword or any other type of close range weapon. Also i do taekwondo, anyone else do something.
    closingt1me closingt1me 13-15, M 2 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    Is their a lot of feet to feet contact in karate? And is it AWKARD or feels cool or epic?
    ONEPIECE749 ONEPIECE749 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 31

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    I am a Martial Arts instructor! I cant think of any other thing i would do.
    ninjadentistinspace ninjadentistinspace 16-17, F 7 hrs ago

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    Kickin' It is coming on with a new episode tonight. I love watching Kickin' It. It is a martial arts sitcom on Disney XD and I love that the actors and actresses that are martial...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Aug 4

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