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#265928 - 06/23/06 10:36 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: Xibalba]
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Registered: 02/24/05
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Thanks Leo. Although it sounds cliche, I still feel like a beginner.




Who doesn't? I've yet to meet a good martial artist who doesn't think they've got the whole world of MA ahead of them yet.

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BTW - you must have started young! You started in TKD, right? How old were you? Did you ever feel burnt out from training at such a young age?




I started in WTF TKD in 1989 at age 4. Story was that my family used to drive past a community centre with a basketball court in our neighbourhood often and there was a TKD class there (TKD was one of the first MA to become properly organised in Singapore). I apparently asked what the guys in the white suits were doing on the court and my mum told me that they were martial artists. Then I insisted that I wanted to join the class every time we passed the place in the car until my parents agreed. (Slightly worse than hearing "are we there yet?" for an extended period of time)

I wasn't allowed to grade until age 6 because of the Singapore TaeKwonDo Federation's policy of not teaching anyone under the age of 5. I don't think I ever felt tired out back then (how many 4 year olds do you know who aren't totally hyperactive? ), although I don't remember it too well.

I was not a great TKDer by any sense of the word, I was average with not much particular talent. It took me 9 years to earn a black belt when most people took 5 years. They usually left after the 5 years were up, where as I had to stick around trying over and over to get to my 1st Poom. I was then a class assistant for a class of around 100 people at age 14 and had a brief shot at the regional tournament circuit but was KOed by the regional champ who was a 2nd Dan aged 20 with several years tournament experience (I think I was ahead of him on points at the time, so I could have won). I was a black belt for another 3 years (during which I earned a full 1st Dan at age 16) before I realised that I wasn't going anywhere. Then I took a year off to study for my final exams and go to university.

In terms of being burnt out, no I don't see why I should be. I can imagine life without MA and the thought is quite horrifying. I guess I could quit anytime I wanted in theory, but in reality I'm stuck here. Now I train to expand my understanding of MA in general (not just TKD) and also because it's great fun.

I tried to quit MA on several occasions (sometimes not going to class for up to 3 months ), to make time for other things in my life, but much to my surprise I've failed each time.


Edited by Leo_E_49 (06/23/06 10:47 AM)
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#265929 - 06/23/06 10:36 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: schanne]
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You guys trained for more than my whole lifetime
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#265930 - 06/23/06 10:43 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: Ayub]
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wow you guys have lots of years

me? 4 and counting. Yea pretty newbie, what can I say?
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#265931 - 06/23/06 10:19 PM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: Ed_Morris]
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Hoho, looks like we've got at least one member who's spent 40+ years training? Who's the dedicated person who did that?
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#265932 - 06/23/06 11:05 PM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: Leo_E_49]
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not me...I put down 21-25.

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#265933 - 06/24/06 02:15 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: Dereck]
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Though many years ago I wrestled in school I do not consider this martial arts.




Why not?
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#265934 - 06/24/06 02:41 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: Ed_Morris]
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21st year of training, looking forward to the next 20.
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#265935 - 06/24/06 03:14 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: shoshinkan]
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1980 - 2006, 26 years

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#265936 - 06/24/06 06:11 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: CVV]
srv Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 139
Loc: SA, Australia
6 years with plans for many many more.
I'm impressed how long some of you guys have been training.
I hope I'm still going 20 years down the track. That's definitely the plan.

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#265937 - 06/24/06 10:29 AM Re: Years of total MA Experience... [Re: kusojiji]
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Though many years ago I wrestled in school I do not consider this martial arts.




Why not?




Don't get me wrong, I believe wrestling is a form of martial arts as I do boxing. However for the purpose of this poll I did not include this in my number of years training as it was so long ago and the training was different. I was a teenager then and though it was a priority at that time it was not as over whelming in my life as my training is today. It was a season and when the season was over then it was on to another sport. Now my training is everyday whether it is martial arts, weight lifting or mentally.
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