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#212722 - 12/08/05 09:26 AM Looking for a Garage / Basement Crew
Hookkick99 Offline

Registered: 12/07/05
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Hello all. I am posting this around to different Forums, hoping to get some response. I am from Jersey, Woodbridge area to be exact. I've been trainning for quite some time now and as of late, due to a lot of shifting around of work and home related duties, haven't had a chance to find a good school to train in occasionally. Is there anyone out there that is doing the Basement/Garage workout crew thing? I used to have a regular bunch come to my basement, but had to kill it recently. I'm looking for a bunch of regular guys (and or girls, not to discriminate) who check their egos at the door and just like to have a good solid rugged workout in the Martial Arts. In my experience, a lot of the really good spots to train are the ones that aren't in the public view. Mostly because they're filled with Higher ranks that are mostly done with the typical standard class and are interested in training at a regularly "Higher" pace/level where everyone can bring something to learn to the table. I like a workout that will leave me sore the next day. That's how you know you had a great session. Are there any places like that left out there? Somewhere in or near the Woodbridge, NJ area. PLEASE.

#212723 - 12/08/05 11:56 PM Re: Looking for a Garage / Basement Crew [Re: Hookkick99]
Taison Offline
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I used to have a regular bunch come to my basement, but had to kill it recently

Well, I have to agree that by killing your sparring mates, you tend to run short of them. [I just couldn't resist, forgive me ]

Now back to the topic, I believe that it's better if you join a dojo. These "occassional" training doesn't make you better. Actually MA can be summed up with a formula:

MA Skill= [Devotion/Consistency * Time] + Physical Attributes
Now, if you take away consistency or time, you'll be missing a lot from training..

-Taison out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!

#212724 - 12/09/05 09:18 AM Re: Looking for a Garage / Basement Crew [Re: Taison]
Hookkick99 Offline

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Thank you for the insight. However, I apologize for giving the wrong impression. My definition of "occasional" is about maybe 2x a week. I completely agree with your formula. And definitely plan to quote you to others. It's just that the Dojos in my area (So far) adhere to a class standard of mostly "teaching" and not so much "trainning". Allow me to explain. In my opinion, "teaching" involves instructing one to learn a technique so to speak. "trainning" involves more of a "coaching" one to practice, repeat, enhance, perfect. You know, drills, situation pratice, sparring, etc. Involving a pushing of limits and so on. I feel that after you teach, you need to train. Unfortunatley, I've seen too many dojos indulging in the former and not the latter as much. IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT! Nowadays, most places depend on beginner students and kids classes to keep the bills paid. Not too many have the luxury to step away from the priority necessary to help shape and mold the newer student. I'm sorry I ramble. But I feel at a higher rank, being taught gets easier, but maintaining one's trainning gets harder. I just want to see a room full of browns and up just doing what is done best at a level that should merit the experience and, dare I say it....."Trainning" So I can jump in. It's a bit selfish, I know.

#212725 - 12/09/05 09:27 PM Re: Looking for a Garage / Basement Crew [Re: Hookkick99]
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I feel many arts nowadays fails to get their students perfecting their techniques.

When I did MT, it was 6 months of learning, 6 years of sparring and sandbag work. I may have not developed a new move but I'm quite confident of those I possess.

Ever seen a short guy who weighs 86 kg, jump around faster than a flyweight and deliver a kick to the sandbag that sounds like a gunshot?

I advice you get some type of supervision of some qualified trainer to supervise the training or you might injure yourself.

It is good to hear that you know that you're not getting in enough training and supplement training like this will help you "hone" your weapons. To be honest, I do this once a week with a few buddies. It hurts and it's fun. .

What you have seen, I assume it may be the dreaded McDojo!

-Taison out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!


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