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The thing is, generally when it comes to martial arts, there are no shortcuts, you either commit, or you become one of those black belts who get their ass kicked. And that's exactly why our approach is to weed out the people without the resolve to commit long term.
You see, fighting is not only about throwing punches, and punching is not only about throwing yours arms around. I started as a kid, on like 11-12 yo, and i can tell you it took me 10 years just to grasp the complete concepts of punching according to our style.
So if you just want to get some quick notions of how to brawl and make yourself less vulnerable on the streets, you can do just about whatever, at least 90% of the men today are slobs anyway, but whenever you come across one of the 1% who take their craft seriously, you'll have work to do man.
And honestly, altho i've made the lifestyle choice and regardless of how many martial arts i dabbled with troughout the years, i do define myself as a Karateca, and i'll be the first to tell this: It doesnt really matter wich martial art you choose, because your outcomes are strictly a function of your efforts. There's no magical training program that will make you unbeatable, only hard work and discipline gets you there. So if you pick up muay thai and devote yourself to that and train hard, hell yea, you're gonna kick the ass of a bunch of so called "black belts".
On our dojo you don't even get a shot to apply for a black belt unless you have 20 K.O victories to your name, but every dojo has their own system, and i can tell you we're not more than a dozen for all these 40 years my master have been teaching. So dojo's who are more concerned about $$$ will give black belts around like candy, and that's their thing to do i guess. I hope that gets my point across more clearly, peace bro.
Way2Hung wrote: Hi there rebel, no offense taken man!
On our dojo you don't even get a shot to apply for a black belt unless you have 20 K.O victories to your name, but every dojo has their own system, and i can tell you we're not more than a dozen for all these 40 years my master have been teaching.
I don't know how relevant the info would be, since we're located in Brazil, and traditional styles are pretty small in numbers here, additionaly the dojo doesnt really have a name hah! We train under sensei ***removed for privacy***, wich in turn answers to sensei ***removed for privacy***, who's the highest grad currently at 8º dan here in Brazil, our okinawan counterparts would be the shobu-kan school. Cheers!
I definitely would recommend Krav Maga and Muay Thai. I've done both, and they're a lot of fun and easy to learn, assuming you have good instructors. Krav Maga will help you relieve a lot of aggression and also give you great networking opportunities since you always work with a partner, sometimes more. People who go to these places are usually friendly, so it's a great opportunity to also make new friends, improve your social skills, and potentially meet some girls.
I have to go with Muay Thai too man, did it for about 2 years and it'll get you ripped as a mother fucker, not to mention its one of the most brutal and in my opinion badass. As for effectiveness BJJ is probably going to win 9 times out of 10, try to throw a kick at even a lower level BJJ guy and you'll be on the ground in pain before you can blink...
Would grappling still be gay if your getting your ass kicked and you could easily take him down and subdue the situation? I wrestled in highschool and brought one of my buddies from the football to join the team he couldn't handle our practices. I'd love to start bjj and one day when I'm old have a black belt but I don't have the time. I don't think you see the competitive side of grappling. I did karate when I was younger too wouldn't go back. Look up grapplers quest on YouTube and see what this stuffs really about. Other then that boxing if you really wanna kick someone's ass mma is boxing kickboxing and when you get taken down witch you will bjj for ground game.
I come from a high school wrestling background and freestyle can definately be good cardio but you said no grappling so... id say muay thai. i know a couple of guys that do it and they seem to like it and its all striking
It depends on what the OP wants to gain out of training and where he would like it to lead, if anywhere.
I'm 145lbs and train in bJJ. The reason i chose this is because it IS the most effective martial art that can be applied to real life situations. If i am unfortunate and find myself in a fight, i have the sense of feeling that i know i have the tools i need to defend myself. And it doesn't just train you to fight/defend either, it teaches you awareness and positioning knowing your surroundings at all times.
I used to box at an early age, but felt like it wasn't for me. Like i say, it depends what you want to achieve out of your training.
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