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Offline Cernlion

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Any Martial Artist here?
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:49:16 AM »
Well the title gives it away, any one practice martial arts here?

I've been doing Escrima for about 5 years, though I don't really have lessons any more as my reasons for practicing have changed from when I first started.

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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011, 01:13:49 PM »
I haven't really since my youth.
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 02:09:17 PM »
hey whats up.
i have been studying brazillian jiu jitsu and krav maga for about
six years.
started training about three weeks after my flood in 05.

i am currently working on earning my purple belt...its a long ass road.

i love martial arts,and working out.during my treatment a light went off in my head,that
made me realize right then that this would play a huge role in my recovery,and life in
general.

awesome.
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 03:14:49 PM »
I trained several martial arts for a few years as a child, but I only took capoeira into adulthood. I've been playing for 20 years and I couldn't imagine life without it. One of my teachers describes it well as "good food to eat."

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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011, 05:34:35 PM »
I always thought that since I'm such a natural bad ass that it wouldn't be fair for me to train in martial arts, because then I'd be the baddest motherfucker of all time.

But upon closer examination I have come to realize that this is all a farce, and that not only am I not a bad ass - I am extremely lazy to boot. This is one of those situations where I would love love love to be IN shape, but getting in shape continually proves too much for my pathological laziness. I am close friends with Achtwan, who I have watched grow tremendously in his recovery - in fact it was he who introduced me to iboga - and the way he embraced the disciplines of martial arts I know has been a keystone in his process. It has made him healthier and happier and not half the grumpy ass that he used to be. Maybe one of these days I'll grow up enough to emulate him - or at least get a grip on this horrible laziness that wants me in my pajamas 24/7....
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2011, 09:41:39 PM »
now for a corny ass cliche,that like so many others is true.

"a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

"its not the destination,its the journey"

brother you want to be in shape,just not get in shape.

your humor always makes me chuckle,and i get it.
but an active role in your fittness is part of the whole.

if you met your goal of being in shape,what would you do then?
stop because you are in shape?

its a journey mang!
there is no destination per say.
ok,too much blue god,mmmm.....losing my train of thought.

love ya man.
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 09:45:44 PM »
btw,hoping i can put in enough work this year to be damn close,if not worthy
of a purple belt by the big 4 0...............another year.
hopefully.
raise your fears and cast them all away...

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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 04:07:13 PM »
Never to late to start up again GD

Thanks for sharing achtwan, I've done a little bit BJJ myself and really enjoyed it, but overall I just focussed on escrima. Good luck with the purple belt test!

Here's a couple of escrima videos, see if they're your cup of tea Calaquendi ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlN9f5bKKIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpc2MrDcLe8
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011, 08:27:57 PM »
if you met your goal of being in shape,what would you do then?
stop because you are in shape?

I never really thought of it that way before...such a simple notion, it's somehow elusive. Hmmm....food for thought brother.

Thanks for the links Cernlion - that looks pretty cool. Is it all to do with weapons? I think if I were to invest time/energy/money in to a discipline that I would look into Krav Maga. It seems to suit my 'needs' from the little I know of it. Heavy duty calisthenics and  practical self defense all rolled in to one.
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 09:57:46 AM »
It really depends on the individual style or system, but the general rule of thumb is start with weapons and move on to empty hands, but it doesn't always hold true. The basic movement will be the same - thought adjustments will be made whether it's impact weapon, edge weapon, improvised or empty handed.

I'd say if you've got a good feeling about KM go for that, another art that might interest you is Systema (Russian)

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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2011, 01:05:45 PM »
Thanks Cernlion!
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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2011, 03:14:33 AM »
I Used to do kick-boxing.
Just bought a punchbag/stand for indoors to practice kicks and punches on it. I might start up classes again, but its pretty expensive and im not as flexible as i used to be.

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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2013, 05:07:44 AM »
When I was in NYC in 2011 I got stoned with this guy from Florida and he started talking about martial arts (Brazilian jujitsu, I think it was). He was really an asshole but intelligent at the same time and it was like I awakened to a new dimension in life through that exchange. I subsequently looked up martial arts on the internet and was intrigued to learn that there were "external" and "internal" martial arts. The internal fascinated me especially, and I started learning tai chi the next year in Japan. It's a style called Cheng Ming and is more inclined towards fighting and such compared to most popular tai chi styles. Right now I'm thinking of exploring some other styles though.

Have any of you any tai chi experience?

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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2013, 10:43:08 AM »
I learned the Chen-style 18 form last year and have continued to perform warm-up exercises and silk reeling in the morning.  I'd like to take some more classes, further develop and even get into the defensive aspects.

Aikido also looks interesting.  I am pretty sure that tai chi and aikido are where it's at for me. 


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Re: Any Martial Artist here?
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2014, 01:51:31 AM »
I've left my Cheng Ming system tai chi dojo after 2 years... thinking of getting into Chen style...