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#139821 - 05/07/05 01:32 PM Learning
yorik17 Offline

Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 66
Hi. I'd like to learn martial arts REAL bad, but I can't afford them. Four of my friends take them now, and I was the one who got most of them interested, so you can guess I feel a bit of jealousy. At the moment, I'm trying to teach myself Shaolin Kung-Fu, which 3 of my friends take. My BEST friend in particular (who I've been friends with for 8 years) has a bad habit of trying to show off in front of me and making me look like a pathetic "unskilled" fool when we spar in front of passers by. I sometimes try to do what he does when he does his forms or basic attacks and whatnot, and when I do he tells me I'm making it "look like sh*t" (pardon the language) right to my face and doesn't even try to correct me. I'd like to learn just the basics, cause maybe one day I'll take class. That and also at the moment I am trying to learn katana techniques and rope dart, but I can't find any rope dart ANYWHERE. Maybe someone could help. I learn well by word, since that's the only thing I can do. THANKS IN ADVANCE
~Yorik Kirmah The legacy will always live on... R.I.P. Jun Fan Lee

#139822 - 05/07/05 03:25 PM Re: Learning [Re: yorik17]
still wadowoman Offline
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Registered: 04/10/04
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Hi Yorik

You really can't learn MA without a teacher (and when I say teacher, your mate who's had a few lessons doesn't count).

How old are you? Are you old enough for an after school or weekend job? If so, you would be much better off working to pay for some proper lessons.
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#139823 - 05/07/05 07:32 PM Re: Learning [Re: still wadowoman]
yorik17 Offline

Registered: 11/30/04
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I'm 17. 18 this month. I'm old enough to get a job, but see, my dad has a self owned buisness (with no employees cept the family) He makes fishing lures, so there isn't a lot of income, and I have to help him out. I don't make any money doing it, but when he gets enough money to buy what HE wants he doesn't hesitate to get it!
~Yorik Kirmah The legacy will always live on... R.I.P. Jun Fan Lee

#139824 - 05/08/05 03:22 AM Re: Learning [Re: yorik17]
Kintama Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
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Sounds like you should work on 'killing' some 'bills' before you can train at Temple 'Pay Mei'.
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#139825 - 05/08/05 03:28 AM Re: Learning [Re: yorik17]
SANCHIN31 Offline
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Tell your buddies that showing off is a fools idea of glory. Do what Sharon suggests!! Good luck!!
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#139826 - 05/08/05 01:30 PM Re: Learning [Re: yorik17]
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Search the yellow pages and for schools in your area, often local community centres (community halls?) will have cheap or free lessons taught by hobby-ist Sensei. These guys are often good because they aren't doing it for the money. My advice is don't be picky, if you can't get Shaolin KungFu for example but they have Shotokan Karate on the cheap somewhere, take it up. Most arts are about as effective as one another, there's no best art.

Edited by Leo_E_49 (05/08/05 01:32 PM)
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#139827 - 05/08/05 07:18 PM Re: Learning [Re: Leo_E_49]
yorik17 Offline

Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 66
Thanks all. I'll give it a whack... Never thought of looking for schools that are cheap, but I doubt I'll find one, since I live in the boonies in WV, but still I'll try.
~Yorik Kirmah The legacy will always live on... R.I.P. Jun Fan Lee

#139828 - 05/15/05 10:15 PM Re: Learning [Re: Leo_E_49]
rockleewannabe Offline

Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 41
Loc: Canada
when your friend tries to show off, just revert to regular street fighting and put him into a lock whenever he punches, and just hold his foot and make him fall backwards whenever he kicks, that'll teach him not to be flashy and ineffective

it's a bad friend that tries to sacrifice others' for themselves
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#139829 - 05/15/05 10:32 PM Re: Learning [Re: rockleewannabe]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 6355
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And what "street fighting" school did you go to, wannabe?
How is an untrained person suppose to put somebody else in a lock? Nevermind, don't ansewr that.

yorik, follow the other sane peoples' advice and find an instructor, that is the only way you will obtain any decent skills.
As for your friend, he's not much of a friend if he likes to make you "look like a pathetic 'unskilled' fool" when you spar. Get new friends.
We should all take ourselves seriously...and then crumple that image up and toss it out the window.

#139830 - 05/15/05 10:56 PM Re: Learning [Re: JoelM]
rockleewannabe Offline

Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 41
Loc: Canada

I find it odd that you would have a disdain for the fighting that's motto is "whatever works", in terms of it's effectiveness...

I got out of them all the time, I haven't practiced getting out of them, I just make a snap realization of the kind of lock I'm in and think within a split second on how to get out, if my arm gets broken then I've failed, due to my own stupidity

street fighting requires no school, it's a form of fighting that's created from one's experiences within fighting

favourite time someone who Joe would think would've won lost was when the black belt went into a fighting stance, and the orange belt looked horrible in form, just went up, kicked him between the legs, black belt went down like a rock

stance and form means nothing much of the time, hence the term martial "art"

Joe you're far too cynical, a bad friend can learn to be a good friend

anyways, the best advice I can give is not to use the martial art he's proficient in when sparring, use whatever works, create your own technique's that counter his

martial arts helped my ability to fight greatly, but when I used it to fight someone with no skill in fighting in reality, well, I got dropped

so I resumed my personal fighting style which I learned from a measly book of wing chun, a year of taekwon do, and watching fights and being in them

I always cut the BS and get to the point in fights that matter

when sparring don't copy his moves, he just wants to feel special, which is also why he's showing off, just counter his, and if he wants to keep looking good he'll stop sparring you, or develop counter technique's of his own, and you develop counter technique's of your own and so forth

you'll be learning new ways of sparring constantly and for effectiveness mix and match your technique's so you keep him second guessing, old and new ones

TKD taught me how to control my legs, which has helped me a lot, but when it comes to real fighting, I don't follow a TKD stance or form, even the combinations and stuff are too rigid for reality, so I break them up and use them in conjunction with whatever other technique's I've learned to create the most effective set of movements for that time period that I have to attack or defend

basically I do martial arts, but I use a reality based form of fighting that has been proven to work from personal experience for dangerous situations, which CAN include parts of a martial art
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