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Re: “THRIVE ‌ Martial Arts

I think this article while is well written there are several aspects that are missing. The first being comfort level. Anytime you walk into a martial arts school, the first thing you should be is comfortable. If you do not believe that 6 year olds should be practicing breaking arms, this might not be the place for you. People look into a martial arts school for several reasons; fitness, discipline, control, confidence, and self-defense. A lot of schools offer a shot-gun approach and tell you that you will learn everything and learn it quickly. For anyone that has been in martial arts for years, will tell you there is no such thing. You must find the school that will be right for you for the long haul. Learning to effectively fight takes time, repetition in motion, understanding what to do in multiple situations.

When fighting when do the rules go out the window. When are things such as eye gouging, strikes to the grown, back of the head, etc allowed. If someone is joking you out or trying to break your arm, is it then ok, to break a finger or toe to get yourself out of a situation. This seems to be a primary problem with teaching inappropriate techniques to children and people that walk off the street. Should the instructor be held accountable for teaching things to people they barely know?

If anyone is serious about learning, here are some tips:
1) Do not trust anyone who has to put down another style to pump theirs, they have not studied or explored enough to understand benefits of other styles.

2) Do not believe anyone who tells you that they have the ultimate style, and you will be ready in a year or two for any situation. Martial arts takes time and patients.

3) Try free classes with a couple of locations and styles to find out what fits you best. Karate at dojo A, is different from dojo b.

4) Black belt is about efficiency with technique and about spirit. Sometimes too short, is a sign there are not traditions or standards, sometimes too long is about trying to show you have more standards than the other guys, but that is more than likely posturing.

5) In the west we use Mr. and Ms. showing signs of respect for people, in Asian cultures, titles such as, Sensei, Shihan, Master, etc.. are also earned titles of respect. If your instructor does not have one, this may show some lack of respect in the organization.

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Posted by foo on November 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM
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