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  1. #31
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    Unfortunately, I'm not that interested in soft-style training. Not that I don't think it's effective, rather I just don't see myself enjoying it as much.
    Not that this thread is about me! Just continuing with my obsessive-compulsive thread hijacking.

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    Adios.
    K. Mark Hoover

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    You needed to quit mcdojo TKD anyways.

    Study a new, street efective, internal style, like MT/BJJ.
    strike!

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    Originally posted by Merryprankster


    Actually, yes, in the grand scheme of things, MA's, regardless of what you do, are pretty trivial in this day and age. Nice to see that somebody gave the good ol' college try at the CMA condecending arrogance thing though. GOOOOOOOOOO TEAM!

    Are you enjoying it and having a good time? If not, nothing wrong with a break.
    Uno if you use a BigggrrR sPoon' Yah might get the crap outyoO Wheatie's!,

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    Originally posted by yenhoi
    You needed to quit mcdojo TKD anyways.

    Study a new, street efective, internal style, like MT/BJJ.
    exactly what is the big deal?. violence will always be out thier...why did you take up MA in the first place.
    like buddy mentioned he learnt the piano...what happens if you get your ass beat tommorrow and you became scared in your daily patterns...you will be right back at the gym..so just get a new hobby...i dont know why MA was ever a hobby for you anyway, Your prolly just bored; Go rent a Movie or something!.

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    Rogue,

    I'm a bit of an analytical person myself, and I appreciate the way that you went down the list of what you were NOT getting out of your current MA. Although I haven't stopped training Taiji, for the past year I've been focusing a lot more on western fencing, as I felt a need for an art with a much heavier emphasis on the sport/competetive side.

    From reading a lot of your posts, I know you're pretty knowledgeable about a lot of different martial arts, and maybe you should consider a different art. There's such an incredibly wide spectrum of things emphasized by various arts, from the purely sportive arts, to stuff like Kyudo, that's much more geared towards the subtler things. I think it's all about finding the art(s) that give you the balance you need. I would suggest deeply analyzing what you DO want (including things like amount of time per week required, mental, physical, spiritual benefits, short term and long term goals, type of people and environment you'd be around, etc)----maybe you won't find that in a martial art, but there's so much widely diverse stuff out there I think it's very possible you would.

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    Ironically, I'm thinking of getting back into TKD. As far as kicking is concerned. I've learned to do some good new kicks, but my old TKD kicking skills have become very rusty.

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    uhh just clearing things up...

    Posted by me:
    "2 Your family will know that you are a soldier and there is never going to come a time when you give up on them."

    Replies:

    "That was a bit heavy handed, don't you think?"

    "Not to mention backward - if you read the original post, he's quitting martial arts to be with his family MORE."


    * My meaning in that statement was that im sure his family respects that he trains hard to protect them. One thing i like about the martial arts is that people take up the responsiblity to protect not just themselfs but there loved ones as well.
    It was NOT meant to read that rogue was a 'quitter' and may give up on his own family.


    The guy is a bit of a fool but the rapper eminem makes a great line in one of his songs...
    "My baby knows that her daddys a soldier, nothing can take her from me"
    This is also the way i like to think about it.
    Up and down, forward and backward, left and right, its all the same. All of this is done with the mind, not externaly.
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    I agree with Taoboy. Take a break and check out a new style that you think you are weak in(I know you did not say this exactly Taoboy.). It does wonders for your humility.

    I have been burned out myself and could not really get into the Northern Longfist thing as it was just a rehash of different ways to do what I was already proficient in.

    I have taken a long break and might join a new style as a raw beginner but it will be interesting.

    In the mean time, why dont you buy a 40 pound weight vest and train with that! I am only half-joking. LOL!

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    Howdy guys. Thanks for all the advice, most of it is even good!
    I'd say my title "quitting martial arts" was over the top. I should have said "Dropping my training" or something like that. This afternoon I told my instructor I was going on hiatus, he told me he's taking some time off in January to go study with someone outside our system. It's non-traditional. Go figure.

    For the record, I'm still going to train. I have plenty of cardio and weight work to catch up on. I'm still going to practice, but I'm going to concentrate on my many weak spots. I am not leaving KFO, and I will still buy KFQM at the news stand. And yes Ryu I was thinking about doing JKD for a few months. Or maybe BJJ just to get some basic ground skills again.

    In your case, I wouldn't even suggest private lessons. You really KNOW your style - there's little a teacher can show you. Only you can make the next step.
    HKV, thanks for the compliment but while I know what my style contains there's still much work to do to get it down in a usable form. When I say private lessons I'm looking more for a coach than someone to show me the secret killing techniques of Ashida Kim. There are a couple of teachers I'm going to seek out and see if they fit the bill.

    Keep on smiling everyone this stuff can't be that serious!
    I quit after getting my first black belt because the school I was a part of was in the process of lowering their standards A painfully honest KC Elbows

    The crap that many schools do is not the crap I was taught or train in or teach.

    Dam nit... it made sense when it was running through my head.

    DM


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    Ky-Fi,

    Not to hijack the thread, but where are you fencing? That place on the north shore or the boston fencing club place in watertown?

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    Hey Ford,

    It's the 3MB Fencing club right in my hometown of Beverly. It's an interesting mix---a lot of kids and a few serious adults. The head instructor was on the US national team a few times, plus there's a former Russian pro that coaches, who berates me every class: "you hef veddy nize speed, vedy nize....bud your lunges are incoddect (shaking his head) no no no....."

    Really top notch instruction, though. Definitely a humbling experience to start a new art from scratch, ---getting your a$$ kicked weekly by c0cky 16 year-olds can really make the blood boil!! I'm going to try to compete starting next year.

    By the way, I went in to see Reverend Tim a couple weeks ago at the Hong Kong. Oh my god, I was splitting my sides laughing. He has this new routine about his wife recently giving birth, and the repercussions---one of the stories ended with his wife walking in on him while he was masturbating to a recording of one of his own comedy bits (He panicked when he heard her coming and only had time to shut off the computer monitor with the porn on it) . The closing line was " That's the difference between a wife and a girlfriend----a girlfriend would have yelled "oh, you're sick!!", but my wife just shook her head, closed the door and left".

    Hey, skydiving sound pretty cool--I've always wanted to try that. There's a couple people I work with that have done that---isn't there a place out in Central Mass?
    Last edited by Ky-Fi; 10-10-2002 at 02:51 PM.

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    LOL! That's too funny. I'm hoping to get to the Hong Kong sometime this winter.

    That's cool about the fencing too. Maybe I'll check the place out. My girlfriend lives in Peabody, so it would be pretty close by. I've been thinking about trying to find some sword art other then the usual Iado/Kenjutsu stuff.

    The skydiving place you're talking about is in Orange. A few of my friends have been there. The place I went was out near Los Angeles when I was visitting my bud in Cali. The guy my friend was with was the guy who did the stunts for Point Break, Charlies Angels, and that new Austin Powers with the dude parachuting into a Porsche. I'm finishing up in Peperrel, Mass. They're close the NH border. It's such a huge aedraline rush.

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    Ford,

    in order to not hijack this thread any further , I'm responding to you in the "Other Related Arts" forum.

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