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#157304 - 06/17/05 07:15 PM What style to pick?
ta_kuan_dao Offline
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Registered: 06/13/05
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Loc: Memphis, TN
Hey, i'm new to these forums. I want to learn a kung fu style but i'm not sure what kung fu style would be good for me. I have a black belt in Taekwondo but i didn't like it as a style. I'm pretty heavyset with broad shoulders. I'm 5'9" and I currently weigh 204 lbs. (Though some of that is probably fat.

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#157305 - 06/17/05 08:43 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: ta_kuan_dao]
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Registered: 11/24/04
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Loc: Nashville,Tenneessee
You should try tiger kungfu. It is suit for bigger people since they can better control those smaller than you.

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#157306 - 06/17/05 09:00 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: Leapordsknowbest]
ta_kuan_dao Offline
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would that be shantung tiger?

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#157307 - 06/17/05 09:02 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: ta_kuan_dao]
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What you need to do is check out the schools in your area and find one that suits you. Try not to limit yourself strictly to Chinese arts. It's not the name of the style so much as the instructor and type of school.

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#157308 - 06/17/05 09:37 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: ta_kuan_dao]
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No, Fu Jow Pai(tiger claw). Your talkin bout the internal one but you can do that aswell. Just that that 1 is pretty hard to find an instructor.

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#157309 - 06/18/05 12:01 AM Re: What style to pick? [Re: Leapordsknowbest]
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there are only two chinese martial arts places in my area (Memphis) that i know of. One teaches tai chi chuan, bagua, and wushu, and the other teaches Northern Shaolin. I don't want to do wushu (i think it is supposed to be more aesthetic than practical.) and i heard Northern Shaolin is a big kicking style, kind of like taekwondo and in that case, i don't think it would work for me. The reason i'm not interested in other styles is because i'm not particularly fond of taekwondo and karate is too much like it for my taste.


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#157310 - 06/18/05 06:57 AM Re: What style to pick? [Re: ta_kuan_dao]
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Honestly m8, the best thing to do is firstly see what you have in your area. That is what I did when I was starting up, I went down to a few classes at each club to watch how they did things to see if it would suit me. I ended up going down to the one I decided on about 7/8 times to look at all the different classes they had on. It is prob a bit hard for people to suggest a style because they could suggest one, say Lau Gar kung Fu which im doing, and it most likely wont be in your area. Best going to actually look what they are like.

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#157311 - 06/18/05 08:19 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: cks_cropper]
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Definetly check out your area and see what the instructor is like, how hard they train and the other people that are training.
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#157312 - 06/19/05 04:08 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: ta_kuan_dao]
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Pick a style that teaches what you want to learn.I was in TKD for 5 years and left it because it focused too much on kicking,very little on punching and basically nothing on grappling.The style of Kung-Fu I am studying now teaches all 6 ranges of fighting and so I find it to be a very complete system.

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#157313 - 06/19/05 09:18 PM Re: What style to pick? [Re: Fangshendo]
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Northern Shaolin actually is the one known for long low stances. I don't know how to describe Wushu (in general terms) but don't let preconceptions mislead you. Check out the schools in your area. That's what it takes. If you don't like what's availabe in Chinese arts, go find something different. You might find that one of the Filipino styles fit you better. Or, a Karate might work for you, or a Korean style.

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