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October 22nd, 2017
What kind of martial arts?
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#11

nondual

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Join Date: 01/24/2013 | Posts: 397

 Definitely boxing.

But really it comes down to what you are most interested in.

And also it might be helpful to look around and see what quality gyms are available in your area.

But for me my decision for boxing came when I was training with this Sifu in traditional Chinese kung-fu and he kept talking about the importance of philosophy/theory in learning kung-fu. I said "Sifu, I already 'know' that stuff, I just want to learn how to fight." (Having studied both Western and Eastern philosophy at school and in my own time)

And he told me that if fighting is all I wanted to do that I should consider taking boxing lessons. He said it lightly as a joke thinking I wouldn't switch but I did. He lost a student that day, and boxing's helped me a lot, with fitness, confidence, self-defense, etc.

The sport, also known as The Sweet Science, is apparently the hardest sport in the world according to ESPN. So something to think about. ;)
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#12

empathy

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Join Date: 09/14/2013 | Posts: 11

go to different schools and then see which training you like the most. When you want to be present and be comfortable with danger, then choose a training where you do sparring, not just technique. Often you can see by the trained people how good the trainer is ;-)
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#13
Taoist Manipulator

Taoist Manipulator

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Join Date: 09/16/2013 | Posts: 567

Internal Martial Arts

That's my preference for now. Looks chode and girly on the outside, but it's deadly.







Caveat: The last two vids above are ads for Tai Chi DVDs, but I like their demo nonetheless.
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#14

tbonehellyeah

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Join Date: 08/08/2012 | Posts: 13

 jiu jitsu is the best imo because 90% of fights end up on the ground
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#15
natlex

natlex

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Join Date: 08/25/2009 | Posts: 1481

I do Muay Thay I'm  not sure if its the best but it definitely  helpsw ith confidence, inner game and loving life. It will probably be very helpful in a street fight but  hard to knowuntil it happens... Hopeuflly never.
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#16

pleasenomoreohgodwhy

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Join Date: 09/16/2013 | Posts: 5

 I have done Aikido since Jan 2010. Like everyone here, the quality of your style depends on the instructor. I got an instructor that trained at the origin dojo and was in the particular style that was best for me. The guy that invented this had five post war greats and the person my teacher learned from was taught by one of those greats, specifically chosen by the creator. Look for that kind of lineage when going for an instructor and look as how serious his students are. Thats a great indicator of a phenominal teacher.

I've trained with guys that have done judo, bjj, and krav maga. All good arts. Its always about application. Just like why you are here. You can't get good accidentally.
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#17
cloud1337

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Join Date: 01/09/2012 | Posts: 50

 wing chun is horrible imo. If you really want a TRUE no bullshit martial art, go with jiu jitsu. Arguably the most crucial aspect of MMA. Muay thai for some striking. But jiu jitsu by itself is MORE than enough to be a badass motherfucker.
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#18

7Charlie

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Join Date: 09/19/2013 | Posts: 12

I recommend attending different schools to see which art really clicks with you and choosing an art that can be applied in real combat efficiently.

My personal favorites are Tai Chi and Ninjutsu but all martial arts are good, just need to find a good teacher :)

Charlie
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