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#298948 - 11/03/06 04:21 PM Martial Arts- life changing
rageace Offline
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Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 114
Loc: England
I have been studying Martial Arts for over a year. I started with Tang Soo Do, and still train in that, disapointingly I am only 8th Gup... I also did some Judo and hope to be returning to it soon.

I have found that I spend alot of time watching Martial Arts videos on the internet and reading books. I'm very eager to learn and have a real passion, I just wish for me to study martial arts wasn't a struggle.

The winter is setting in and the nights are dark, and now I have a big problem, do I continue to do my Martial Arts class. My family don't have a car, and usually my mum or dad would come and meet me or my siblings, but the nights are getting darker and the place is more violent so I have a big decision to make. Do I postpone, do I give up (as I have been considering anyway) etc. My instructor has offered to give me lifts to the top of my street but I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage.

It is a battle for me each week to go and train, and to make the decision and this is just one way that Martial Arts have changed my life, although this seems negative.

Martial Arts, other than the obvious positive benefits have given me significantly more control and a different attitude, my first impressions of people are different to how they were a year ago.

I wondered how martial arts have changed your life, for the better or the worse. They take up alot of time and energy but I find the rewards are well worth it.

Sorry if this seems like a rant, I am interested in your opinions
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#298949 - 11/03/06 09:41 PM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: rageace]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
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Loc: Amherst, MA
Balance is important. I bet if you polled most folks here, you would find that most don't train as much as they wish they could, or think they should. Integration into your life is key. Even it means only one good class a week...train at home. MA isn't just about rolling in the dojo. Find ways to cultivate/strengthen yourself in any environment. Most of all...to practice.

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#298950 - 11/03/06 10:04 PM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: rageace]
eyrie Offline
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Registered: 12/28/04
Posts: 3106
Loc: QLD, Australia
Therein lies your problem:

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I have found that I spend alot of time watching Martial Arts videos on the internet and reading books. I'm very eager to learn and have a real passion, I just wish for me to study martial arts wasn't a struggle.





For starters TOO MUCH TV and INTERNET...

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The winter is setting in and the nights are dark, and now I have a big problem, do I continue to do my Martial Arts class. My family don't have a car, and usually my mum or dad would come and meet me or my siblings, but the nights are getting darker and the place is more violent so I have a big decision to make. Do I postpone, do I give up (as I have been considering anyway) etc. My instructor has offered to give me lifts to the top of my street but I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage.





EXCUSES EXCUSES...

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It is a battle for me each week to go and train, and to make the decision and this is just one way that Martial Arts have changed my life, although this seems negative.





LAZY LAZY LAZY

Don't ask my opinion..... you won't like it.

Training one or twice a week is not like riding a bike. You can't just pick up where you left off last week. It doesn't work that way. You need to be doing this EVERYDAY, EVERY MOMENT... if not with your body, with your mind - IF YOU WANT TO BE GOOD AT IT.

How bad do you want it? Obviously not badly enough. Surely you don't want to be another one of the 99% "wannabees"...????

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#298951 - 11/03/06 10:11 PM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: eyrie]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
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Loc: Amherst, MA
You missed your calling in life, Eyrie. You should be a Personal Motivator.

I think the deadly thing about the electronic medium, vs. reading books, is the addiction to short term and shallow gratification. Movies, tv and internet...hook you on a low level...but can never fully satisfy by going to the depth of learning that comes from physical experience.

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#298952 - 11/03/06 10:12 PM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: harlan]
eyrie Offline
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Registered: 12/28/04
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Loc: QLD, Australia
I have 2 words for you harlan....

TONY ROBBINS

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#298953 - 11/03/06 11:16 PM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: eyrie]
WildBill Offline
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Registered: 12/08/04
Posts: 523
Loc: B.C. Canada
I`m not gonna vote...just reply. I would say MA have had a big part in some of the more lasting and significant changes in my life...for the better..and some for the worse.

Any one who trains for a few years will go through periods where it becomes a "struggle" just to stay motivated too train. Its hard work, and when things are progressing slowly its easier to give up.
I hope you won`t though, by pushing ahead you can only gain, you can not loose any thing. While if you stop you will quite likely regret it later.....or perhaps wonder where it could have taken you.

I am finding a new balance myself right now. At 43 and with a few injuries my fighting days are pretty much over. I have gone back too shootfighting, instead of Muay Thai. I`ve gained a few pounds as well, not a huge amount but it bothers me. I make excuses like the extra wieght is ok when I`m grappleing...if I get tired I can go too the ground.

I miss the hard sparring of the MT, grapplers mostly are afraid of hard contact it seems...not all of them but a lot are.

Any way for the better..my over all health is greatly improved. I can most certainly defend myself better than your average Joe..if ever there is a need. I am more confident, bigger guys or "bully" type personalties no longer intimidate me much....well actually they never did often any way as I was the "bully" some of the time. I am not that at all any more, another positive credited to MA. I will never agin question my own courage...something I did my whole life fighting in the ring ended that. (even after the peirceings etc. at sundance I still felt I was a coward somehow) I have been violence free for a few years back too back now...(exept for MA, to me thats sport, not the same at all as the street)I no longer live in fear of my own anger/temper and that alone makes it all worth it.

On the down side...my neck, shoulders, and joints hurt a lot at times, well actually nearly all the time. These are injuries from fights, some from MA my neck is for sure, some from the "bad ol days", and a life time of hard work and poverty.

Is it worth it? For me it is, for my son and what I have seen him gain...it is. I think I probably would not deal with the pain as well without the MA any way.

If you choose to quit you may never find out what you gave up.
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#298954 - 11/04/06 12:27 AM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: WildBill]
kyokushinkai Offline
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Registered: 05/27/05
Posts: 327
Loc: Prince Edward Island , Canada
You answered if yourself. AT the end of your post you said you find it rewarding, and enjoy it. Isn't that wortht he walk? Or if your instructor has offered a drive its because he likes you coming to his class. If he offered its not taking advantage.
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#298955 - 11/04/06 12:32 PM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: kyokushinkai]
rageace Offline
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Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 114
Loc: England
Your advice has really helped, I remember when I used to practice ALOT, not in class but at home and your 'constructive criticism' has helped. I have started my light weight and fitness training, practicing my techniques, and for the 2 sessions I have done, just half an hour or so, I feel much better. Hopefully I will be able to keep this routine up, I am beginning to understand that Martial Arts isn't just about the colour of your belt (because I can buy a black belt from the internet), but about MY skill. I am doing Martial arts for myself, like I'm sure nearly all of us our.
Thanks guys you rock
I hope I can help others like you lot have helped me
Rageace
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#298956 - 04/16/07 08:05 AM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: rageace]
menina Offline
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Registered: 03/20/07
Posts: 82
Loc: Spain
MA completely changed my life. I am happy. It is like being in love. I always have energy for that. The word "effort" doesn't exist anymore because I take pleasure in doing anything for Taekwondo.

It is a passion, I even dream about that. I am always in a good mood. No doubt: I am in love. And because love works like that I think nothing can take me apart from taekwondo and our relatioship is the strongest.

Do you understand what I mean?

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#298957 - 04/16/07 08:49 AM Re: Martial Arts- life changing [Re: menina]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 4117
Loc: California
I always have a hard time answering this question. I can't remember a time when I hadn't studied martial arts because I started when I was four. In this sense, MA has never changed my life because my life has always been about MA, in another sense, MA has influenced my whole life and way of thinking...

I don't see what the big deal is, honestly. If you want to study martial arts, go study it. If you don't care about MA, don't study it. No big deal. Actions speak louder than words. There are those of us who had to trudge miles through snow and ice to our Dojos and back, uphill both ways! You're not the only one who has difficulty getting to your Dojo.


Edited by Leo_E_49 (04/16/07 08:54 AM)
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