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#283778 - 09/06/06 01:41 PM Art Recomendation For Beginner
Slaya Offline
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I'm 17, male, and have no experience in any means of "Kung Fu." I've always had some interest in such things but have never had the time to do so. I don't want to just learn basic karate like some Tiger Shomans thing. I was interested in Muay Thai but don't know where I can learn it located where I live. Also, I heard Tae Kwan Do is the best but I heard it requires prior experience which I massively lack. What martial art would you guys recomend I look into or take and where can I find them. I live in New Jersey and am looking for locations in Old Bridge, South River, South Amboy, New Brunswick, Wood Bridge. Basically around those areas. If anyone knows the area and a dojo or what ever please reply to me and help me out. I really don't want to drive 60 miles and blow my gas down the drain.

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#283779 - 09/06/06 01:50 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Slaya]
MattJ Offline
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One that's close!

You don't need prior experience at most schools.
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#283780 - 09/06/06 01:51 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Slaya]
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Taekwondo is best at kicks, definitely not overall. You do not need prior experience for it, however, if the person who told you that goes to the local TKD school it's probably not one you'd want to check out.

As for Tiger Shulman's, Laura D'Auguste trains there and she's one of the top female MMA fighters, I wouldn't let the name scare you.

New Jersey's definitely not my neck of the woods, so I have no clue what's there, but check out your yellow pages as well as online dojo directories. www.fightresource.com has some, and there are other directories around the net as well.

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#283781 - 09/06/06 02:11 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: migo]
Slaya Offline
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I really am not intimidated by people or scared by someone who can beat me down. I frankly could care less. Tiger shulmans just looks lame. As for the best kicks, I don't necessarily want to be twirling around like Ryu or something out of street fighter. I wanted Muay Thai cause I heard they specialize in power blows from the knees and elbos. As for the person that recomended me to Tae Kwon Do it was just idle chit chat over someone I was talking to online. I don't even know the guys name but he said he studied alot of martial arts ect.

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#283782 - 09/06/06 02:58 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Slaya]
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There is more to TKD that "Twirling round like Ryu". If you haven't experienced it yet, then how do you know what it is like?

Muay Thai is a good art too. It does incorporate elbows and knees.

You need to figure out what you want out of martial arts (e.g. self-defense, fitness, inner peace, to enter tournaments etc....).

Then, like Matt said, find out what is available in your area.

It'll be easier to advise you if you have some idea of what you want out of MA's.
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#283783 - 09/06/06 03:09 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Prizewriter]
Slaya Offline
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Quote:

There is more to TKD that "Twirling round like Ryu". If you haven't experienced it yet, then how do you know what it is like?

Muay Thai is a good art too. It does incorporate elbows and knees.

You need to figure out what you want out of martial arts (e.g. self-defense, fitness, inner peace, to enter tournaments etc....).

Then, like Matt said, find out what is available in your area.

It'll be easier to advise you if you have some idea of what you want out of MA's.




Self Defense and Fitness are the main things I want out of a martial arts, also a little more focus I guess but I don't think I really need any more focus. I know far more about Muay Thai then I do of TKD as you guys call it. Honestly though, what do you think is a better all around art? I don't plan to enter tournaments because well... I want this as like a hobbie, something to do when I get out of school and burn a couple hours per day or week. Don't get me wrong, I plan to take it seriously. I just mean I don't plan to be the next Jet Li ect.

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#283784 - 09/06/06 03:12 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Slaya]
migo Offline
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Quote:

Tiger shulmans just looks lame.




Eh, whatever. Good luck on your search.

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#283785 - 09/06/06 03:17 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Slaya]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
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Loc: Amherst, MA
I think that if you keep looking you will find something that makes you happy. I suspect a lot of people start out with a 'vague' idea, and can't really put a finger on what 'it' is that they want. Only by trying, being open to new ideas, and willing to move on to better ones, will you clarify your search.

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#283786 - 09/06/06 03:18 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: Slaya]
BrianS Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
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Loc: Northwest Arkansas
Since self defense is what you are after it will have to become much more than a hobby.

Hava a look around at the schools in your area,sit in on a few classes,and decide for yourself.
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#283787 - 09/06/06 03:18 PM Re: Art Recomendation For Beginner [Re: migo]
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Registered: 04/11/06
Posts: 45
Former New Jersian here, if you are looking for Ninjutsu/Bujinkan system the Musan Dojo in Rutherford NJ is an option. It is not to far from the Jets/Giants stadium. A little farther north than you may be looking. Here is a list of NJ dojos form Ninjutsu.com

Jack Hoban Shihan (recommended)
Red Bank YMCA, teaches Mon & Wed.
Living values.com or call for info.

Bujinkan Happo dojo
seniorteacher: Don Houle rankdan: 5
address: 108 Sparta Ave Stanhope, NJ 07860
traininginfo: Thursdays 7pm - 9pm Saturdays noon - 2pm
url: www.happodojo.com
email: dojo@oninohana.com

The Musan Dojo, Inc. - Robert Carcano
P. O. Box 59; 425 Paterson Avenue; East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Phone: (201) 804-0352 or e-mail: 75501.2450@compuserve.com

Tanuki Bujinkan Dojo
seniorteacher: Shidoshi Christopher Carbonaro rankdan: 7
address: Highlands, New Jersey
traininginfo: Saturday's 10am-1pm
Monday night classes are held at the Spartan School of Self Defense 7pm-9pm
url: wwwtanuki.vze.com
phone: 1 570 977 3596

I trained at Musan a long time ago when I lived in NJ.

Ken

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