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#431796 - 03/22/11 02:29 PM What martial art have you enjoyed the most?
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What martial art have you enjoyed the most? Might seem like an obvious question but what training have you enjoyed the most?

The way people talk about martial arts it sometimes sounds as though they are describing a chore. They talk about how the training is tough, but they need to do it so they know how to defend themselves.

I've also heard many people talk about "filling in the gaps in my training". I understand the reasons behind it, but do people always enjoy "filling in the gaps"?

There is also the argument that Art X is more "practical" than Art Y. Again, I understand the point. Just because an art is more "practical", does it always make it more enjoyable?

I've also heard a lot of people say "Aw man I love training in Art X. I haven't been in while, I must get back to it". I understand that a person may have legit reasons for not training (such as injury, finances, family commitments) but I've also talked to people who have the time, means and money to train in the martial arts they "love" but don't bother. I always wondered how much they really "love" them.

What training have you enjoyed the most? Why did you enjoy it?
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#431797 - 03/22/11 02:33 PM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: Prizewriter]
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Registered: 02/08/11
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Well I used to partake in a little Judo long time ago, the training itself constantly working with someone etc was more ''fun'' but I didn't gain as much from it as I have with Karate and thoughI have had a few different teachers for me it's really become about the teacher.

I've liked all of my karate teachers but a few simply stand out making serious things funny while keeping the work on them serious has made otherwise difficult training a lot easier and fun..

Though I've never had a problem with training itself.

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#431799 - 03/22/11 03:43 PM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: Prizewriter]
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Muso Shinen Ryu Iaido. The "bear" part of my handle is for the consummate lack of grace displayed when I commit it.

Aikido is basically for the exercise and company.

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#431800 - 03/22/11 03:54 PM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: iaibear]
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I've only done TKD, but, in my high school years, I did a year of wrestling. I liked both, but much of the enjoyment comes from the social interaction of the particular school, as opposed to the particular style.

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#431801 - 03/22/11 04:02 PM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: TaekwonDoFan]
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I should actually rephrase the question:

"What class did you enjoy the most?"

Thanks for the contributions people.
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#431802 - 03/22/11 05:04 PM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: Prizewriter]
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Registered: 02/26/11
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My school teaches tang-soo-do, and we also have jujitsu classes as well.
Even though I have had limited exposure to it, I'd have to go with jiu-jitsu.
Presently I am enrolled in tang-soo-do, which I like, but I was invited to participate in a few jiu-jitsu classes when an extra partner was needed so that everyone could pair up, and I must say that I enjoyed it more than the tang-soo-do.
Eventually I would like participate in both.
On occasion our school will have groundwork classes that the karate members can participate in if they choose to. I always make it a point to attend those classes because I think that combining the two makes you more well-rounded.
I guess I like the jiu-jitsu because it's more "full contact" as opposed to practicing moves against an opponent who isn't really fighting back.
Don't get me wrong....the techniques, drills and form work of karate are very important as well, and I learn a lot from them, but for me, nothing beats hitting the mats. It just feels right to me.



Edited by choonbee (03/22/11 05:18 PM)
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#431808 - 03/23/11 08:44 AM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: choonbee]
Ives Offline
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Registered: 04/25/05
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Loc: the Netherlands
I've had some training in Jiujitsu, Kobujutsu and Karate. Karate I like best. Some teachers offer classes that are really eye-opening. I'm lucky to train with one of the long-time practicioners within our organisation.
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#431810 - 03/23/11 10:22 AM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: Ives]
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Loc: York PA. USA
I love sparring the most, be it stand-up, groundwork or any combination thereof. I don't have a particular favorite art.
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#431815 - 03/23/11 10:18 PM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: MattJ]
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Registered: 01/13/05
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Loc: Cambridge UK.
I would have to say Eskrima. Something about hitting people with sticks that is very primal and satisfying. I also have a lifelong fascination with knives, and learning to use them as well as collect them is fun persuit.
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#431816 - 03/24/11 03:39 AM Re: What martial art have you enjoyed the most? [Re: Cord]
Mark Jordan Offline
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Registered: 06/09/10
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Loc: Burbank, California
I enjoyed and it was a privilege training in Jujitsu with Prof George Kirby. After receiving my Shodan in 1992 I then started to teach Jujitsu under Prof. Kirby and took over management of his dojo when he moved to Santa Clarita, CA.

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