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#378496 - 01/10/08 10:26 PM too many arts ?
kaelcoster Offline

Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 18
Hey guys and girls,
just wondering what you think of training in and teaching multiple martial arts and when is it too many and begins to compromise the others?
As i train in and teach Taekwondo, have trained in Muay Thai for the last couple of years and am really getting into it now, training fulltime and planning to teach it, and i just began doing brazilian jiu jitsu.
Also my taekwondo instructor has a 2nd dan judo and was hoping to do some judo with him to get better at fallng and rolling etc because i thought it would complement bjj relly well.
So yeah was hoping to get a bit of a discussion happening and get your opinion!
Kael Coster

#378497 - 01/10/08 11:15 PM Re: too many arts ? [Re: kaelcoster]
BrianS Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
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Loc: Northwest Arkansas
How do you train in MT full time and train in TKD while doing BJJ and wanting to do judo?

That's like eating all of your meals at once.

Where do you find the time?


just wondering what you think of training in and teaching multiple martial arts and when is it too many and begins to compromise the others?

I think you have way too much going on here.
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#378498 - 01/11/08 12:51 AM Re: too many arts ? [Re: kaelcoster]
fileboy2002 Offline

Registered: 11/13/05
Posts: 999
Loc: Chicago, IL
I have to agree with BrianS--that is one heck of a schedule. When do you eat? Sleep?

#378499 - 01/11/08 10:10 AM Re: too many arts ? [Re: kaelcoster]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
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It's a lot to do at once, but no reason you can't.
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#378500 - 01/13/08 06:47 PM Re: too many arts ? [Re: MattJ]
kaelcoster Offline

Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 18
hey sorry i exaggerated. I teach taekwondo 2 nights per week (mon+wed) and i train in taekwondo with my instructor 2 nights per week (tues+thurs) I'm doing a sport coaching in martial arts course through the international college of Kenshusei in kickboxing/muay thai which fulltime is classed as 8 hours per week. So i train in kb/mt 5 days mon-fri per week from around 12-2, i'll do the lunch time classes in muay thai and a class in boxing also, and try to kick the bag after lol. I just swapped one of the boxing classes for a bjj class offered on a wed from 12-1 and got hooked so got a few privates in it and am looking at giving up a day or two of kb/mt and going to the bjj instructors academy and doing more bjj. If i do i'd stay behind and work on my muay thai on the bags there to make up for it. So that's how i fit in the tkd, mt and bjj. And as far as judo, i was just going to ask my tkd instructor to give some of us some judo drills to practise instead of doin wtf sparring.
Make sense??
Here's the web addresses if you're interested, i do the mt kb and boxing (and one bjj class) at and just starting the bjj at So yeah it's only around 5 hours per day training/teaching and that's all i do. You guys prolly work 8+ hours right? So it's easy to fit in :-) for money i teach tkd obviously and do bartending/security on the weekends.
Hope that cleared things up a little lol.

#378501 - 01/13/08 06:51 PM Re: too many arts ? [Re: kaelcoster]
Bushi_no_ki Offline

Registered: 05/03/05
Posts: 1669
Loc: POM, Monterey CA
Talking about four different arts at once is still a little much. I would hold off on the judo for a while, or go judo, then bjj. Learning different styles to compliment what you already know and train is good, but take some time to do it. I've been one to crosstrain, but I did have to live life outside the martial arts.

#378502 - 01/13/08 07:05 PM Re: too many arts ? [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
JAMJTX Offline

Registered: 12/01/02
Posts: 585
Loc: Fort Wayne, IN
You are doing too many when you are either getting tha styles confused on your head, no longer improving or advancing in either one or burning out from over training.

#378503 - 01/13/08 11:29 PM Re: too many arts ? [Re: JAMJTX]
kaelcoster Offline

Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 18
thanks for the feedback ! Well i've been doing taekwondo since i was 8, am 19 now and just started my own club. Have been doing muay thai/kickboxing for almost two years, will be qualified to teach in 6 months, and have just started bjj. If i don't do the judo is that too much ? Am i trying to get good at too many styles? Also what are you're thoughts on them complementing each other ?

#378504 - 01/14/08 03:57 AM Re: too many arts ? [Re: kaelcoster]
General_Neo Offline

Registered: 11/19/07
Posts: 70
Personally i think it is a good idea to do many different arts so that you can flow from one to the other..or possiably incorperate them into one fighting style..changing your style to suit your opponent.
Also i long as you stick to the rules and bounderies set by each MA whilst practising it in your dojo then you will be fine...

Take care..and be safe...

Im not in this world to live up to your expectations and youre not in this world to live up to mine

#378505 - 01/14/08 06:04 AM Re: too many arts ? [Re: General_Neo]
jasperdaman Offline

Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 367
Loc: Australia
Jack of all trades, master of none. I would say maximum two arts to compliment each other and give you some progress. A stand-up art and a grappling art. TKD, Muay thai and kickboxing are all stand up. BJJ is grappling but more ground oriented whereas judo is also grappling but more throw/clinch orientated. I would pick one of each of these and train like hell...

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