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#50632 - 12/28/04 12:26 PM cross training

i would like to combine another martial art with the karate am currently doing. but i ain't sure which is better, judo or bjj? and then is worth the effort doing kunfu and or wetern boxing,or maybe kckboxing? in other to be an all round fighter

#50633 - 12/28/04 04:39 PM Re: cross training

First off, Olulu ..never put the phrase .."I don't know which is better, (insert MA here) or (and here)?" in any post on this forum, it's just askin' for trouble.

Taking another MA to compliment your own is never a waste of time, and it all comes down to what kind of person you want to be. To be an all around fighter, where maybe a UFC type scenario is concerned ...Ground fighting is crucial, so yes BJJ would be a good bet (Bet, not better!).

Western boxing would also help you in many ways. Hand speed for one, stamina and footwork for another. Not too mention the ability to take a punch.

Kung fu as well would be immeasurable help, but others can elaborate on that style more then myself.


#50634 - 12/28/04 08:42 PM Re: cross training

i would take the time and effort, and add kung fu, or jkd, so you have more useful applications for street fighting, kung fu is a great and very useful art, you will like it, look into it. wing chun, and jkd are very good arts. boxing will just turn you into an average fighter, if you want a more sophisticated art that works wing chun and jkd are what you want. But there is no such thing as the best it's too broad of a statement.

#50635 - 12/28/04 10:12 PM Re: cross training

Can I suggest you try something a little softer and more circular - to balance your hard, linear training in karate?

Maybe even look to the internal arts of Tai Chi, Bagua and H'Singi.

Before you dismiss these as "too soft", think of how it might compliment your overall training (and being).

To bring a truly devastating attack you must be able to switch from total relaxation to focussed external energy.

I believe the internal arts have helped me immeasurably as a fighter (and current powerbreaking champ).

Good luck.

#50636 - 12/28/04 10:25 PM Re: cross training

Kempo is about as soft as I get, just kidding, I love the Kempo arts and all martial arts. I loved my Kempo training.

The internal arts you talk about really are more of a "walking meditation" to me but I will, and have, tried everything.

In fact, never judge a book by it's cover. I once saw a Tai Chi man throw a TKD guy like a sack of potatoes.


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