Thread: Recommend a Martial Art
01-06-2005, 02:55 PM #1
Recommend a Martial Art
Hi, Im 21 years old and wanna start some sort of martial arts, starting my research and wondering if u guys can help...
I want something practical, good for self-defense but not some little program, I want something serious that I can grow with and master over the years, that's why I wanna make sure I start one that's right for me.
Also, I live in Toronto, if anyone wants to recommend good places around here that would be really appreciated.
01-06-2005, 03:11 PM #2New Member
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If you want to spend years training to be deadly (and look graceful in the process) try kung-fu. A northern style like T'ien Shen Pai or a southern style (Hun-gar). Good teachers are hard to find but should be around $80 (USD) a month.
If you want to learn how to fight take Jujitsu. It's real combat situation style fighting. You'll learn a lot fast. I've taken Tae Kwon Do, Kung-Fu, and Jujitsu. They're all good. Kung-Fu is by far the hardest to master. Good luck.
01-06-2005, 03:50 PM #3
Any type of grappling is the ****. judo, Jiu-jitsu, vale tudo, submission grappling. any school that teaches any of these will work.
01-06-2005, 05:01 PM #4
I agree with everyone above...when I look at any art I look at application in real life and that includes grappling and ground fighting. Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Judo, Hapkido, etc are all good as far I am am concerned. Also, i have heard a lot of people speaking highly of Aikido; apparently this one will keep you busy for years and years and it is very graceful.
01-06-2005, 05:37 PM #5
Been doing research for like 3 hours now....dam there's a lot to learn,
I found a nice type of Kung Fu called Choy Li Fut Kung Fu, anyone have any experience with it? I actually found a non-profit organization that gives free lessons in Toronto.
Wing Chun Kung Fu also looks really good...Ju Jitsu's lookin pretty good too...decisions decisions
01-06-2005, 05:44 PM #6
Well considering 90% of fights end up on the ground, I would consider taking a martial arts which specializes in grappling and throwing such as Jujistsu or Aikido. Both are very good arts and I have studied both. I have a second degree blackbelt in Wing Chun Kung Fu, and I am currently studying Aikido. Look for effectiveness in actual fighting situations, and how effective they will help you in that situation when picking an art!
01-06-2005, 05:47 PM #7Originally Posted by Sicilian30
So for real-life situations, u would recommend Jujitsi over Wing Chun? If theres only a slight difference id prefer Wing Chun cause it seems more interesting to me...what do u know about Choy Li Fut Kung Fu?
01-06-2005, 06:16 PM #8Originally Posted by Anteros
01-06-2005, 06:23 PM #9Swellin Guest
Given the opportunity, I would study Akido or Hwa Rang Do. Akido will keep you busy for the next 30 years. Hwa Rang Do was the martial art of the ancient Korean Knights. It would be my first choice. Niether of these are "street fighting arts," rather they place more emphasis on the person and their spirit.
I'm old enough that fights rarely come my way, so i am more interested in something that gives me a mental and an emotional outlet, rather than just a physical outlet.
01-06-2005, 07:43 PM #10Originally Posted by Sicilian30
And I agree with you Swellin to an extent, Ive never even been in a fight, but I do want something that will help me release aggression with sparring etc, and that will be more likely to protect me just in case.
thanks for the replies
01-06-2005, 08:00 PM #11Originally Posted by Anteros
01-06-2005, 08:15 PM #12Originally Posted by Sicilian30
I guess Ive narrowed it down to Hung Gar, Wing Chun, Jujitsu, or Aikido...I read that most places will let u observe a couple of classes or even participate...think itll be the key to finalizing my choice...either way, cant wait!
How long did it take you to get that far in Wing Chun Sicilian, if u dont mind?
thanks for the help everyone
01-06-2005, 09:04 PM #13
thanks mma...borderline cults??...thats messed up
01-07-2005, 04:24 AM #14
wing-chun isnt that bruce lees style?? anywayz i studied lau-gar kung fu for a few years (kung-fu/kickboxing) now its just straight kickboxing for me......
01-07-2005, 09:02 AM #15Originally Posted by AVAGO
As far as what style to study, I would have to agree with MMA as good MMA school is the way to go. You get trained in many different styles/techniques including stand-up fighting, close quarter combat, grappling and ground fighting.
01-07-2005, 04:06 PM #16
I just read up on Ninjutsu...sounds awesome...said it focuses on Judo and Jujitsu but u also practice with a lot of weapons which could be fun...
anyone tried it?
01-07-2005, 07:11 PM #17
i'm from t.o. as well, you want to learn some serious sh@#%^t. and get an amazing workout as well, there's a place on dufferin north of eglinton called Siam no #1 (781-3775) its muay thai or thai boxing their website is
01-07-2005, 07:21 PM #18
Mui Thai kickboxing is top notch. If thats not in your area Brazilian Ju Jitsu would be my choice.
03-04-2005, 07:37 PM #19New Member
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03-04-2005, 11:38 PM #20Originally Posted by Distorted1987
That's why everyone has recommended Jiu-Jitsu!
03-05-2005, 12:12 PM #21Associate Member
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Allright Here Is What U Do....u Start Training In A Brazilian Jui Jitsu School... U Take Brazillian Jui Jitsu Which Is A Ground Style...which As People Said Most Fights Go To The Ground And That Is True...and With This Style U Can Break Arms, Legs, And Choke Someone Out(my Favorite)...another Thing U Should Look Into For Striking...(since Bjj Has None) Is Mui-tai Which Is Tai Kickboxing And Is A Devistating Striking Art Which Knees And Elbows Are Used....u Should Know Both These Styles And Practice Hard..and U Will Be Happier, Healthier, And If Anyone ****s With U U Will Be Fine.....also If U Get Good Enough U Can Participate In Pan Am, Ufc, K1, All Options Are Open...but Definatly Brazilian Juijitsu And Mui Tai
03-08-2005, 06:17 PM #22Originally Posted by Sicilian30
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