Friday, November 18, 2011

What has brought you closer to the truth, religion or martial arts?

Yes, I know that both subjects can be seen as one and the same... From my experience, martial arts has guided me toward a better understanding of all things and finally pushed me towards a more complete understanding of Buddhism. Now, I use both in conjunction to face all my challenges in life; so far it has worked well. Do any of you have any similar experiences you wish to share?|||There is no correct answer, really. It%26#039;s defined by personal experience, which is different for all of us. However, what I have found through my life in the martial arts, is that the answer is neither.

What brings you closer to any %26#039;truth%26#039; is knowledge of yourself. Finding religion, whether through practice, prayer, or martial arts; or vice versa, is just a euphamism for finding one%26#039;s self. When you know yourself, you%26#039;re able to handle life with calm confidence, and cut through the extraneous to find, as defined by you, the %26#039;truth%26#039; in any situation.

When you know yourself; capacity, strenghts, soul, and weaknesses, you can better form your resolve, which solidifies your ability to believe in whatever course you choose, and as such, handle whatever situation may come your way, with unwavering honor, pride, and soul.|||Hmmmm? What an interesting question ... I think that the truth is not all that related to either religion or martial arts. Both are meant to teach aspects of truth -- but one can learn through other endeavorers.

Don%26#039;t rule out just studying ... If you want to understand the nature of justice (for example) there is no better source than the writings of Plato. One of the Socratic Dialogs deals with the topic in great detail.

There is a lot to be said for what I would call Eastern meditation (Yoga is a favorite of mine). The Western method of reading, and discussion can be more precise. It does have its drawbacks but overall it is quite effective.

Hope this helps a bit

W. H.|||Neither...and both.

It is the individual that must look, see, ponder and understand.

For some, the religion may allow that process to flow smoothly. For others, martial arts is more direct (as the one poster joked).

While I prefer martial arts, I try not to forget that some find their %26quot;way%26quot; in tea ceremony, writing, fishing, etc. To each his own.|||But they are two sides of the same coin. Martial Arts seeks enlightenment of the body and mind. While religion seeks that same enlightenment of the spirit and soul. While im not a Buddhist I agree they work together making for a better understanding of many situations.|||I can%26#039;t Really say. My Martial Arts has Prayers that Adress one GOD. It%26#039;s Not %26#039;bout Truth Its About Bettering your Spirit, Mind, and Body. %26#039;bout being a better person

Im not to proud about religion most dont really change who you are. they just change you for about a hour maybe.|||Martial arts. At the end of the day, religion is just a bunch of people%26#039;s opinions. A straight punch in the mouth is a stone cold fact.|||Both, not nesscary religion as much as spirtuality.|||Rastagrappler, that was hilarious and true that the same time.|||Truth!! Never tried martial arts so truth

How did the actor Chris Cardona get his start in martial arts and kickboxing?

How did the actor Chris Cardona get started in martial arts and kickboxing?|||Not exactly what you are asking but this may help - I did Mountain Boarding in Buffalo, USA but then I started to train back into wing chun and it really improved by using this invention! Regarrds|||Here is some help.. - I found my wing chun training improved when I added some martial arts training. try the martialarm http://www.martialarm.comI used to train in Windsurfing in Truro, England but then got this martial arts machine which is not too bad.|||No idea since I never heard of him...must be a direct to video person?

Do you need to have previous martial arts skills to succeed in Okinawan kobudo?

I am thinking about taking a class at my school, but I don%26#039;t really have much martial arts training. Does it require you to have some skills before you enroll? I was in tae kwon do for a semester so I understand how martial arts work, I just didn%26#039;t want to pursue training in TKD.|||of course not, go for it man, you need to start somewhere beside you have taekwondo experience (won%26#039;t help much but its a basis)|||Hi there

Although Okinawan Kobudo is a stand alone art it has similarities with Okinawan Karate. You often find that the best instructors already have dan grades in Karate because Kobduo is naturally the next step for them. Having a background in karate helps because all the weapons have a series of kata to them along with kihon waza and partner work. Its the large forms that will take some getting use to if you have no prior knowledge of the pinan katas or kushanku. The first bo form is difficult to grasp without any concept of the kamae and body movement. But it can still be done so dont be put off. Having knowledge of the terminology from other japanese arts is also beneficial.

Hope this makes sense?

Best wishes

idai|||You should be able to learn kobudo without a lot of martial arts training. If you had a good background it would be a little easier. You would already know the stances that will be used in the kobudo training. I%26#039;m with Sensei S. I%26#039;d talk to the instructor. He is likely to work with you if you ask him.|||Okinawan Kobudo, depending on the organization you join, will require you to have some rank. It varies by organization. You have to ask them. |||that depends on the organization and the instructors.

kobudo is suppose to be a separate art. but some instructors wont teach you until you become a blue or purple belt.

other instructors and organizations will teach you

What type of martial arts promote 50% hand and 50% fight?

I have a very strong upper body and a strong lower body. I would like to know kind of martial arts that I can join that will allow me to use 50% hand and 50% fight.|||Good answers so far.

The styles you should be looking for in that department would be certain styles of Kung Fu (It%26#039;s really that you try to use your whole body as a weapon), Tae Kwon Do (The ONLY style I%26#039;ve done with 50/50 hand/leg striking is Moo Duk Kwan, but there%26#039;s bound to be others [I%26#039;ve heard some good about Songham Tae Kwon Do, but I don%26#039;t know about the ratio actually]), Karate (The one that is really likely to be 50/50, but would still depend on the school/style), Kempo (Usually more hand striking than leg striking, but again: Search the school, and the style), and more. I would suggest Muay Thai too, but I don%26#039;t think that is 50/50 actually

Good luck.|||Any.|||Any form of Karate. Shotokan, Shorin Ryu, Kokushinkai. Any Karate style generally promotes a 50/50 split.

Where as TKD promotes a more 70/30 mix feet and hands.

Most important though, find a school with a good certified teacher who knows what they are doing. 50/50 or not, if they are a bad teacher you will not learn well.|||Akido.|||boxing|||Tae Kwon Do|||definitley tae kwon doe its also a great work out|||i dont know what you mean by 50% %26#039;fight%26#039; since you said strong lower body imma guess you mean foot/legs/kicks

lol i wouldnt think taekwondo would be 50/50 more like 20/80(hands/feets)

try looking into some form of kickboxing: muay thai, san shou, american(however american kickboxing fights tend to have a kicking requirement so they may favor kicks a lil more), also some karates are pretty good like kyokushin karate, and some kung fus like wing chun

sometimes it just depends on your teacher though. where i practice thai boxing we focus less on kicks but the place i used to train had a heavy emphasis on kicks|||50% fight? if you mean foot, then most types of kung fu. And lolz at the person who said tae kwon do...|||50-50 would be Okinowan or Japanese Karate-Do or SOUTHERN style Chinese Gong Fu.

What type of martial arts promote 50% hand and 50% fight?

I have a very strong upper body and a strong lower body. I would like to know kind of martial arts that I can join that will allow me to use 50% hand and 50% fight.|||Good answers so far.

The styles you should be looking for in that department would be certain styles of Kung Fu (It%26#039;s really that you try to use your whole body as a weapon), Tae Kwon Do (The ONLY style I%26#039;ve done with 50/50 hand/leg striking is Moo Duk Kwan, but there%26#039;s bound to be others [I%26#039;ve heard some good about Songham Tae Kwon Do, but I don%26#039;t know about the ratio actually]), Karate (The one that is really likely to be 50/50, but would still depend on the school/style), Kempo (Usually more hand striking than leg striking, but again: Search the school, and the style), and more. I would suggest Muay Thai too, but I don%26#039;t think that is 50/50 actually

Good luck.|||Any.|||Any form of Karate. Shotokan, Shorin Ryu, Kokushinkai. Any Karate style generally promotes a 50/50 split.

Where as TKD promotes a more 70/30 mix feet and hands.

Most important though, find a school with a good certified teacher who knows what they are doing. 50/50 or not, if they are a bad teacher you will not learn well.|||Akido.|||boxing|||Tae Kwon Do|||definitley tae kwon doe its also a great work out|||i dont know what you mean by 50% %26#039;fight%26#039; since you said strong lower body imma guess you mean foot/legs/kicks

lol i wouldnt think taekwondo would be 50/50 more like 20/80(hands/feets)

try looking into some form of kickboxing: muay thai, san shou, american(however american kickboxing fights tend to have a kicking requirement so they may favor kicks a lil more), also some karates are pretty good like kyokushin karate, and some kung fus like wing chun

sometimes it just depends on your teacher though. where i practice thai boxing we focus less on kicks but the place i used to train had a heavy emphasis on kicks|||50% fight? if you mean foot, then most types of kung fu. And lolz at the person who said tae kwon do...|||50-50 would be Okinowan or Japanese Karate-Do or SOUTHERN style Chinese Gong Fu.

Which country is the best in martial arts?

Real answers only please? In almost all kind of martial arts and with high quality teachers (grant master of martial arts)

Can you mention some of them for information and obviously what makes them great!? And how they attained that level? Can a normal person attain such a mark?|||japan and china are the best places to learn martial arts...

Qungfu, Tai Chi kind of deadly martial arts were born there only....|||European union is becoming a top contender, they just have to join up with Russia|||The last part of your question is ridiculous:

%26quot;Can a normal person attain such a mark?%26quot;

Obviously the grand masters WERE normal people before becoming grand masters. They weren%26#039;t born with any super powers or anything.

Asia is a good place for martial arts. Aside from that, you could also check out James S. Benko:

...And of course, study the life of Bruce Lee.|||For sport-fighters probably the US with the explosion of the UFC.

For real fighters, probably the Philippines, or Thailand.

The rule of thumb is the poorer the country, the better the best fighters will be because they have had to fight to survive.|||Israel has one of the best fighting methods, if you want to know how to defend yourself. Krav Maga is hardcore, no rules fighting. I don%26#039;t know if it truely qualifies as a martial art but I%26#039;d rather fight against someone using karate or kung fu than someone using Krav.

This brutal fighting method was developed around 60 years ago when Israel was fighting enemies on a daily basis and on a street by street basis. Their enemies didn%26#039;t just want their land, they wanted the Israeli people dead and gone (still do).

I say that this is the best place for martial arts because it is the most relevent in today%26#039;s warring places. Every IDF troop is trained in this and it emphasizes winning, not dancing or posing.|||Japan ,China

Okinowa a island of Japan is regarded as main martial art centre in world

keep on looking!!|||its on asia.. specifically the countries of china..

What is the best martial arts for me?

I%26#039;m looking for a martial art that is mostly punching and grappling. My knees aren%26#039;t in the best shape so kicks need to be minimal. I%26#039;m leaning towards krav maga or aikido, but I want advice from people with experience in different martial arts.

I have 2 years of experience in kyokushin karate, but that was 7 years ago and I%26#039;m looking for something different. I don%26#039;t plan to fight or compete. I don%26#039;t want to know what wins UFC. I just want the best art for myself.|||I%26#039;d comment on Krav Maga, but I have not knowledge of it directly. Aikido I do have knowledge of so I hope my comments are helpful.

First off I%26#039;d say forgive me, but I question whether you never really understood front snap kicks. I spent about 6 years trying to hyper-extend my knees thinking that was the source of the power. I did that from age 8 to age 14. By 16, I had gotten a better idea but ever since I was 14, every time I bend my knees, I can hear them crack. I feel for you.

That issue, like it is for you, was one of the reasons that after I quit at 16 (long story) then came back to martial arts at 27, I didn%26#039;t go back to Karate. I investigated all sorts of different schools in my area and was left with awe when I visited my current dojo.

In my case, its Aikido, but the style doesn%26#039;t matter so much - its the school. Aikido for example has all sorts of opportunities for injury when training - its just less self imposed through repetition as Karate. In AIkido, the injuries are immediate, accidental and in some way related to your partner.

That said, I%26#039;ll mention one example. We have a student in our dojo that used to be a western boxer. He had a hip replacement and will limp for the rest of his life. Does that stop him? Nope - he%26#039;s on the mat like everyone else and yes, people do adjust in the sense that he takes ukemi a little different than everyone else but so what, he%26#039;s doing what he needs to do to keep himself safe - his physical issues simply dictate a difference as to what he needs to do and that by nature changes how technique needs to be performed to be effective.

I consider it to be a great learning tool to be forced to adjust. I also appreciate him pointing out openings (with a light pop to the ribs or whatever) I didn%26#039;t protect when he sees them.

I%26#039;d worry less about a specific style than I would about %26#039;hard%26#039; vs. %26#039;soft%26#039; and %26#039;linear%26#039; vs. %26#039;circular%26#039;. Rather, I%26#039;d visit as many dojos as I could and compare what your knees can handle vs. what the class is like... at that dojo.

Last comment... Aikido involves two types of situations that might not be acceptable for your knees. Suwari Waza - defense in Seiza from an attack from Seiza - and Hanmi Handachi - defense in Seiza from a standing attack. Seiza is all over the place in Aikido - if for no other reason that you will be sitting in it while Sensei is demonstrating, at the beginning and at the end of class.

On the other hand, I%26#039;m in the same boat as you and I%26#039;ve not had a problem with it.

There is no way around it really - to learn to protect and keep your body intact, you end up having to harm it. If you don%26#039;t, you aren%26#039;t learning as much as you can, it you do, you will pay the price over time. Ideally, it shouldn%26#039;t be that way, be we are human and we aren%26#039;t perfect.

Its not the styles we practice, its us that causes an injury we get - be it immediate or repetitive impact/stress related.

Edit - yupchagee - I%26#039;d say that in my experience, around half of the formal curiculum in my dojo at least are throws. Jiyu Waza could result in anything, but Randori definatelly has more throws than pins - when you are dealing with multiple attackers, to pin someone is to pin yourself and make defense against the other people trying to kick you in the head more difficult.

I also disagree with the idea that the throws are stressful on the knees. If anything, they are stressful on upper body joints when the throw is forced, but not on the knees.

The knees come into play when you are doing technique from a kneeling position. Then they get damaged due to repetition rather than stress in a given instance.

Not an absolute rule or course, but a decent generality in my experience.|||Krav Maga uses a lot of knee strikes. Probably not a good idea with bad knees. My guess is Aikido or Hapkido, which are grappling styles that mostly use joint manipulation rather than throws. Throws are likely to put more strain on your knees.|||jujitsu or pankration.|||I think both the styles you are considering will still be tough on your knees, Aikido is heavier use on the knees say than Aikijujitsu its for father or Ju Jitsu. Other styles you may consider are Judo where you are using your opponents body weight against them and less of your own. Maybe Tai Chi, now many will say Tai Chi is not for fighting, that is more or less correct, but it is GREAT for self defense once you have spent years studying it, you will move like the wind and never be touched. This will take a near life time to learn unfortunately but is great health for your body and knees mixed with Qui Qong or Reiki.

I would stay away from most the external arts for your knees and more of your body%26#039;s sake. I was a full contact fighter for years and in the end have hurt my body badly from all the external Ki I have used and have not counter balanced with internal Ki. That is why I personaly wish to learn Tai Chi and qu Qong together to focus that internal Ki (Chi) to heal the damage I caused with external.

I hope this helps you decide on a direction, when it comes straight down to it the style will only matter if the teacher is able to teach it well so you can understand it. All styles are equal, practioners differentiate.|||I%26#039;d do either muy thai or jujitsu. Muy Thai is a Big maybe if you think you can condition you shins and knee%26#039;s to be used it doesnt have alot of kicking. Brazilian Jujitsu sounds more your style. It%26#039;s heavily grappling oriented but it doesnt really used strikes only grapples. Also I%26#039;d stay away from Aikido although I havent done it myself I%26#039;ve fought practitioners and they arent really anything special|||Check out Shim Gum Do

You will appreciate it alot.

Are there any martial arts that involve grabbing a person and forcing them against something hard?

It%26#039;s hard to describe, but my problem is that I%26#039;m kind of weak when it comes to punching or kicking someone. But if I were to grab someone and like slam them against the ground or against a wall that%26#039;s where I seem to be strongest. I know the question seems a little vague, but are there any martial arts similar to this? I know Judo is kind of similar but not what I%26#039;m looking for.|||Martial Arts is about learning the art, so think of something you want to learn about such as Brazilian jiu jitsu which is grappling and ground fighting or what I personally enjoy Muay Thai, which is a more striking and stand up grappling art that uses hands, feet, elbows, and knees instead of just the hands as seen in Western boxing. .|||You want leverage, power, balance and mastery of momentum.

Some of the arts that can teach you just that are:


Wrestling (freestyle and greco roman)



These arts don%26#039;t specifically teach you to throw people into hard stuff, however the principles they teach apply in that situation.

In my experience you can learn a lot just pushing a partner around (in my case brothers and roommates) You can learn techniques, holds, and the inside bait and switch game.|||Jiujitsu comes to mind but it can transcend many martial arts. The ability to use your environmental surroundings as a weapon is a universal concept for many styles including jiujitsu. Judo is the sport form of jiujitsu so yes it would contain such tactics. Slamming someone to the pavement, against the wall, grabbing an attacker%26#039;s knife hand and breaking his elbow against a corner of a building, etc etc. These are some of the moves you%26#039;re talking about.|||Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title %26#039;O Sensei%26#039; or %26#039;Great Teacher%26#039;). On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.|||It seems like you want a grappling art, look around your local area and see whats available. However, don%26#039;t be put off striking arts too easily. Technique is a big part of power and an art with good body mechanics will give you a lot of power. If you are training for self defence you need to be a well rounded fighter rather than over specialised, dont ignore striking, grappling and good old escaping.|||The Bas Rutten Self defense system it%26#039;s not really a one sided martial art but extremely entertaining while learns to kick major butt.

He teaches you multiple techniques from his expanded Mixed Martial Arts mind and puts them together to come up with a video that allows you to do the most damage in a casual or bar setting. Plus it%26#039;s hilarious.|||Randy Couture style. Seriously. He%26#039;s got a background in Greco-Roman wrestling and has adapted it to MMA. Check out his fights. He grabs people in the clinch, then puts them up against the fence.

Actually any martial art with a strong clinch, such as Judo, Muay Thai, or wrestling would give you a good base in what you%26#039;re looking for.|||Wrestling and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu are all about taking your opponent to the ground but if you%26#039;re looking for practical self defense I really suggest you use a striking style.|||You are looking for a grappling martial art rather than a striking martial art.|||Judo

Brazilian Ju Jit Su

Ju Jit Su

Crav Maga |||Bujinkan?|||do a google search for russian martial arts, that involves grappling, holds etc. and lift some weights lol|||it is usually considered assault.

|||Look up a lesser known Art called Comrac Bas. It may be what your looking for.|||bjj

|||rape fu

How to improve my performance in martial arts?

I%26#039;ve noticed lately that I can%26#039;t really kick high and strong enough when I%26#039;m practicing martial arts, maybe because my leg flexibility is very poor.

So I%26#039;d like to know how to improve this. Should I just focus on doing stretches every day? Is there any other exercise I should do?|||First stretch, then stretch even more by swinging ( not kicking ) your leg up as high as you can. It may hurt but its good. Now try kick and only try high kicks fast and swiftly without tripping or falling down.

Once you do that stretch one more time (not that much)

You should be able to kick higher but remember to kick swiftly, not doing so will just make it weak and will also may make you lose your balance.|||I had this problem. I would stretch in the morning when I woke up, then practice my technique, then stretch when I was finished. This is because after you work out, your muscles contract, so you need to stretch again. Also, practice your teechnique, speed can only come once you have the technique correct and have enough flexibility and strength. Hold onto a wall, and practice your technique. In a side kick, I would hold onto a wall, chamber, then stick, chamber, stick, chamber, etc. Also do this while kicking above something like the back of a chair or desk to make sure you don%26#039;t cheat yourself and don%26#039;t chamber before you put your foot down. Don%26#039;t worry, flexibility and speed will come in time. Try theses websites:

Hope I helped and don%26#039;t give up|||Do some dynamics stretch for example: High Kicks, Straight High Kicks, side kick raise and Single leg raise.

You can do some weight training to increase your flexibility.

Good Mornings, Deadlifts and Hamstring Curls are great exercise for the hamstring ( Flexible hamstring is the best way to improve the High kick and the front Splits.)|||in tournaments and kumite a kick at the high of the stomach is perfectly valid.

i would focus on strength and putting your hip into it more, by pivoting on your supporting foot, kicking through the target.

also stretch a lot|||for higher kicks you need to be flexible i can do splits and its very useful to be flexible and for power check and see how your form is you maybe doing it wrong

What is the name of that martial arts technique that you jump to your feet from the floor?

I%26#039;ve seen this technique in many martial arts movies. I take Choy Lay Fut kung fu and wish to learn it. If any of you know what it is called, please tell me :D

and if you know how to perform it, please give me some tips :D|||Americanized from? Because it sure isn%26#039;t the Chinese term (liyudating). %26quot;Kipping%26quot; is a gymnastics term. The short name is %26quot;kip-up%26quot;, also called a %26quot;kick up%26quot;, %26quot;skip up%26quot;, %26quot;kick-to-stand%26quot; or %26quot;that martial arts technique that you jump to your feet from the floor%26quot;.

Have a strong core. Without a strong core, you%26#039;ll not be able to bring yourself up. Lie on the floor. Roll back onto your shoulders and pull your knees to your chest as you breathe in. Exhale and shove your feet up. As soon as you feel a lightness on your shoulders, arc your feet back down to the ground, almost where your butt was, and drive them down into the ground to force your hips up to standing position.|||%26quot;Kippup%26quot;, alternatively, the americanized name is %26quot;kick up%26quot;

Edit. stslavik, I said americanized name, not form; big difference. Go ahead and nit pick other people%26#039;s answer though if it makes you feel like a big man;)

In addition to stslavik%26#039;s guide, i recommend placing your hands on the ground above your head to add a little push off ability. This isn%26#039;t necessary once you get a hang of the technique but it does make it easier.

Also, I suggest kicking out at an imagined angle of about 45-60 degrees. Kick out too high and you don%26#039;t get enough forward momentum to right yourself. Kick out too far and you don%26#039;t get enough height to allow you to tuck your feet under yourself.|||its called a kip up

What type of martial arts should a police officer learn?

I am currently in college to become a police officer and i wanted to learn some style of fighting outside of the academy. My friend who is a part time teacher says that i shouldn%26#039;t do tai kwon do because that is easily blockable. What would be a type of martial arts i should study that is offered at classes.|||Ju-Jitsu, it is, in my opinion, the best there, especially for a police officer, law enforcer, and using violence only to fight violence when nessescary, Ju-Jitsu offers the best non-violent form of martial arts.. Twisting, immobilising and detaining your opponent, and possible with mininum damage but considerable pain.|||Most techniques in striking arts wouldn%26#039;t be allowed by police departments for officer use .

Best choices JUDO JUJUTSU AIKIDO or just good old fashioned wrestling.99% of altercations between officers and suspects end up being a wrestling match .|||If I were you I would look at a martial art that uses pressure points. Look up Dillman Karate International on the web, there is likely an affiliated school near you.|||jiu jitsu and judo imo|||You should consider Hapkido, It is a very rounded art covering all phases of combat be it striking, throwing, grappling,joint locking, and pressure points.

A good Hapkido instructor will teach you principles of movement and not just technique. You%26#039;ll learn to be instinctive, reactive and adaptive to what ever the situation calls for. In law-enforcment you%26#039;ll need to learn when to escalate and descalate uses of force. Hapkido training will teach you that. I%26#039;ve trained in Karate for 5 yrs prior to starting in law-enforcement, but it was nothing but striking. I learned very fast that I needed to find an art that coverd more phases of combat that would also reduce liability. I%26#039;ve been training Hapkido for the last 10 yrs and wouldnt training in anything else. Hapkido is taught around the world and used by many agencies. Good luck|||When it comes to physical defense, a police officer must be able to do two things.

One is subdue another person while infliciting as little damage to that person as possible.

The best martial art for this is old fashioned Judo; which focuses on re-directing your opponants energy and rendering them incapacitated and unable to attack.

The other thing they may need to do is take out someone fast and effective, damage not being relevant.

The best martial art for this is Jeet-Kun-Do; which focuses on fast, simple, and devastatingly effective means to destroy or eliminate your opponant.|||brazilian jiu-jitsu|||Aikido!

Good hand/arm locks and throws.|||Jiu jitsu / mixed martial arts would be best but go to a good dojo to learn it and don%26#039;t stop going, I have a couple black belts in a few different styles of jiu jitsu, and I%26#039;m so sorry but when I watch cops on tv I just laugh, it takes 6-8 cops to put a guy in handcuffs hahaha, that would not happen if they knew what they were doing, let me do it I%26#039;ll bet he will be more than willing to give me his other arm. I do study mixed martial arts and I would think a policeman who protects the community should be able to protect himself in all four ranges of combat, so don%26#039;t rule out tae kwon do, karate, brazilian ju jitsu ect, hope I was some help. good luck with your career.|||i agree with lmn78744, you should take up judo, judo is ment to take down the other person, and all the other martial arts is inflicting damage. i wouldnt advise jiu jitsu because jiujitsu is rolling around with the other person to get them into a lock, submission, or choke, you dont want that, especially with all that crap on your belt, the other guy might try to grab something like your gun. In judo one quick sweep, and youve dropped the person, enabling you to cuff him or something. Although there was a russian police technique that was offered... it was on one of yahoo%26#039;s video article about fake vodka in russia.|||ju- jitsu cos you want to be able to grapple and get them on the floor and mount to hand cuff dont do muay thai cos cops are only allowed to protect themselves not inflict major damage to a suspect because muay thai is brutal|||There should be differing training for the various departments. ll. A street cop has to be concerned with dealing with the common dummy, and so needs to be able to use a more non-violent approach. Whereas a Swat member needs to be more qualified in quick and lethal force. To train to be lethal to a common cop is a sentence to him/her as they will face lawsuit after lawsuit, whereas a swat member%26#039;s life or anothers or a citizen%26#039;s can be saved by the use of lethal force. So differing approachs within the same force.

Thats why there is various arts, some need to train with weapons alot, where others have little need. Weapons can be knifes, mace etc. And it is all a part of MartialArts if it is used in personal self defense.|||Judo %26amp; Karate|||judo has been the most popular in the past for law enforcement but that is being over taken by ju jitsu and you had better do something they teach you crap in your job as a cop|||for police officer some grappling n throw would b best,like jit jistu , judo.....but who knows even in worst case u need to punch n kick.....well muay thai is best martial art but i dont know whether it will b good answer for cops or not.....jit jistu will b great for u to control the opponent ,pull some one out of car,lock some one|||I believe that a peace officer shouldn%26#039;t be rolling around in the dirt so I encourage Aikido or Hapkido training for that line of work.|||well i think aikido and judo are the styles you need to learn especially since aikido also works on disarming but you need a lot of practice to be good at what you are gonna do and fast do a bit of karate just in case you find yourself fighting a proper fighter who might also be a criminal to understand striking|||I agree with Shannon on this one. Jiu-jutsu (Japanese style, not Brazilian) is one of the best a police officer can learn. It%26#039;s chiefly about compliance and joint locks that can be tweaked as far or as little as you want to...which is best for a cop since you don%26#039;t want to get in trouble for thrashing a prisoner even though he/she would probably deserve it. A simple lock or two can keep your suspect on his/her toes and get them under control safely, provided they aren%26#039;t on PCP or something of that nature.|||judo and jujitsu and possibly a little bjj but to put it into law enforcement terms as in you cannot pull gaurd when you have a gun he might take it and shoot you. all law enforcements should teach one of these arts along with a bit of krav maga for the beat cops you know. like everybody is saying do judo or jujitsu bro.

also i was wondering are they not teaching you self defense in law enforcement college??

What are the best types of Martial Arts centered around kicking?

I play soccer, so my legs are pretty strong and flexible. I have no prior experience in any Martial Arts.|||Shotokan, Taekwondo, various and sundry Chinese arts.|||Tae Kwon Do|||Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, %26amp; Northern Shaolin.|||Savate which is a french martial art which is almost entirely centered around kicking. TKD is also centered around kicking.|||Tae-Kwon-Do, Capoeria, regular Kickboxing and Muay Thai are among the few Martial Arts that focuses on the feet. Tae-Kwon-Do and Kickboxing are common martial arts that are easy to find locally, but Capoeria and Muay Thai are only available in certain areas and is just as hard as looking for a US based Shaolin Temple.|||Even though Tae Kwan Do seemes to claim as being masters of the legs, you cant claim a body part, if you want to do a martial art simply for sport or for show then Tae kwan Do or capoera are good choices but if you want to be a good fighter then do something else|||Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kyun (rare style)

Northern Shaolin (the hand techniques ain%26#039;t bad either)|||Muay Thai, Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin, Tang Soo Do, and (possibly) Taekwondo.|||Although you will probably have great kicking power, soccer players are known to be very inflexible in the sense of kicking high to the head. If you are inflexible, I would suggest Karate, Muay Thai, or another style that focuses on low kicks to the leg, knee and the body. Also, low kicks are more realistic in a real time fighting situation.|||Muay Thai is the best, not that garbage the guy before me listed.|||TAEKWONDO! But Capoeira is mainly kicking too, only there are more flips and acrobatics.|||Got to love the %26quot;MY STYLE IS BETTER THAN YOURS B****!%26quot; people... Isn%26#039;t that something you learn early in Martial Arts? To learn that no style is better than another?

All the Martial Arts listed have good kicking:

Kickboxing (American, Muay Thai, Savate), Capoeira, Tae Kwon Do, Taekkyon, Tang Soo Do, Karate (Usually a 50/50 punch/kick ratio), Kung Fu, Hapkido, and more. You have a lot of choices. The flexibility and strength factor you have will help you in all of them, but it%26#039;s always a toss up with high kicks: If you aren%26#039;t good, you can get knocked off balance in certain situations.

Of these arts, I%26#039;ve practiced Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Capoeira. Though all that I have listed (Which also includes some of the suggestions that people have already stated) are good choices. There are many that I haven%26#039;t listen that are good as well. The only styles you really need to watch out for in regards to this are certain grappling styles and boxing. Not that those are bad styles (I%26#039;m not saying that in any way), but obviously the kicking element is bound to not be there. Though a good kicking style with punching style is always nice. ^_^

I think you might want to research the different styles, and come to your own conclusion. Watch videos, and learn about how each style works with it%26#039;s kicking. Wikipedia and google are bound to help you.|||Muay thia, kick boxing, tae-kwon-do.|||Litterally translated, Tae Kwon do mean the art of the foot and the hand.... I have been involved with this form of martial art for the last 20 YEARS through my son who is a 4th degree black belt INSTRUCTOR. I also worked at the school where my son taught for about 6 YEARS (it%26#039;s how I %26quot;paid%26quot; for his lessons for a while)...and sat through many a class... Tae Kwon Do is an EXCELLENT martial art to learn--because it not only teaches self defence, it teaches discipline AND there has ALWAYS been a special commaraderie in the TKD family... There are THOUSANDS of very good TKD schools in almost every state and SEVERAL countries throughout the world. I know Russia is big on the sport as I was there with my son in 1995 when he competed in St. Petersburg, Russia.... He also competed with the US Air Force Team for a while and went on to compete in Brazil and several other parts of the world---so not only was this art good for his BODY, but it also showed him parts of the world he might not have seen otherwise...

If I wanted to start a martial arts academy, what degree would be best?

No specific martial arts. I%26#039;m just wondering if I were to specialize in such a field, what would be the best degree?|||first you need to train at a qualified dojo.

you should teach and work in a dojo for several years to get to know the business. a business degree would help to

you should be at least a 3rd degree|||I am biased in this because I am a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but I would say that is the best one to start. It will teach you respect, discipline, confidence, and will nurture your indomitable spirit. It has given me all of that, has kept me in incredible physical condition, and has also greatly impacted my work ethic/ study habits. As an instructor, I have noticed improvement in children%26#039;s ability to adapt to new situation, work in unfamiliar groups, better grades, happier, and better relationships with parents. It is may not be the most lethal of the martial arts, but I have never lost a fight, haha. Good luck- I hope this helped your decision!

|||If you%26#039;re talking about a college degree, I%26#039;d recommend a degree in philosophy. Otherwise, perhaps business or marketing.

Now, if you%26#039;re asking: %26quot;What degree blackbelt would I need to be to start a school?%26quot;

Well, that%26#039;s kind of a ridiculous question. Legitimate martial arts take years and years to get good at, let alone teach. See: Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Sanda...etc. Looking at it with the plan of teaching is odd - because your goal in a martial art should be excelling and improving. All of the above styles that I listed require a serious obsession in order to get, you%26#039;ll need to compete...a lot.

If you%26#039;re looking to start a McDojo with no alive training that focuses more on kata than say, sparring...well, that doesn%26#039;t really require a whole lot for a start, just money and advertising. Granted, if that%26#039;s what you%26#039;re doing - shame shame.|||The only degree you should have is a business degree. Other than that you need to have the skills in martial arts. Since you are asking this as an open style SKILLS are what are needed not strips of tape on a $10 belt. People tend to look at a persons waist to determine their skills. I always look at their skills and avoid their wast. Focus on a belt and all you see is someone elses view, look at their skill and you see your view. |||Ugh... Anime Kids... Everywhere.... Stop giving these ridiculous answers. You%26#039;ll never EVER be good at martial arts. You are all pathetic! Get over your weird manga books and try actually training...

Look, any type of degree will be fine. What really matters is the level of your skill. Not a belt a sash or a degree. Now I would recommend 2nd for show, but just because you have that degree does not necessarily mean you are fit to be a quality teacher. You cant teach if your not quality. You just can%26#039;t. It%26#039;s very depressing. Become a high level practitioner of what ever martial arts you want to teach then open you academy. Regardless of belt if your good your good. |||If you would like to be taken seriously please be at least a 3rd degree in a %26quot;single%26quot; system and do not make up a system.

3rd Dans are taken more seriously because they are more dedicated and have basically spent the same amount of time as a black belt to get there as they did as a kyu rank (beginner). I do not take anyone seriously under the rank of 3rd Dan that runs a dojo.|||Traditional Karate. You can teach Manners, Respect, and Self-Discipline while your at it. I have trained for over 24 years and have found that Karate has the best balance of the martial arts. UFC, MMA might be big hype right now but I can guarantee you that Karate has always been around and will be for a very long time. You can teach children as well as adults. I personally have USANKF National Champions from ages 5 to 55. My school is the only one ever to be on CNN News and we have been on there more than 1 time. then go to videos and type in Karate. You%26#039;ll find 2 of the 5 videos there. In more specific, I teach Shito-Ryu Karate. email me at if you have any additional questions! |||I suggest you put aside your notions of starting an academy and join a school to learn from a quality instructor.

Not only do you have to grow as a beginner into a quality instructor but you also need to grow up. |||Probably a business degree. The University of Bridgeport offers a BA in Martial Arts Studies as well|||I would say 3rd dan but that%26#039;s only because of the clubs that I%26#039;m aware of, they allow 3rd dans and above to begin their own clubs.|||first you need to become the Fist of the North Star then and only then will you be ready|||What do you mean?|||first

Martial arts school in Vancouver or Burnaby with reasonable prices, and involved in competitions?

I am looking for a martial arts school in either tae kwon doe, karate or a school specializing in forms/katas. The school must be involved in competiting, and have an affordable price. Any postings would be much appreciated.|||Well, the easiest thing to do would be to do a quick search in Google, etc. You would find a number of schools right away... but I will be nice and point you to one place I would recommend... (just teasing you)

There are 9 clubs listed for Burnaby alone. One of the teachers (Norma Foster) is highly respected by many and I have met her and found her very nice and very knowledgeable. There are many other good teachers within KBC as well, so goo dluck in your search!

What is some good music to listen to for martial arts?

I have taken several martial arts, and currently am addicted to Krav Maga. During our classes, we play a lot of blood pumping music and aggressive songs to get us in the fighting mood. I am putting together a collection of my own of songs like that. I%26#039;m open to all ideas, but make sure these songs are up-beat and will drive someone forward(maybe angry, aggressive), but not just scream.|||This is my training playlist and it seems to do the job for me

Theme - Knight Rider

Theme Songs - Rocky Soundtrack - Going the Distance

Trans Siberian Orchestra-Carl Orff

Carmina Burana - O Fortuna

Optimus Bellum Domitor

Chop Suey-System Of A Down

Movie Quotes - Fight Club - Brad Pitt Rant

Movie Soundtracks Songs - Rocky V Theme

jock jams - Mortal Combat Techno Theme

When Worlds Collide-Powerman 5000

Smack My ***** Up - Prodigy

Movie %26amp; Tv Themes -Gladiator Soundtrack Opening Theme

last resort - Papa Roach

Voodoo -Godsmack

Rocky I Soundtrack - Theme Song

system of a down - aerials

I Stand Alone -Godsmack

Fuel - Metallica

Headstrong -Trapt

Firestarter - The Prodigy

Papercut - Linkin Park

Face the Pain - Stemm

Even Flow - Pearl Jam

Godsmack - I%26#039;m Doing The Best That I Can |||Salutations,

I practice to a background of flute music, but focus on the sound of a little foutain waterfall, I bought for the space. A lot of the music listed already sounds like stuff I would listen to, but not practice with. Cheers|||Go pick up a copy of Slayer%26#039;s %26quot;Seasons In The Abyss%26quot; CD.|||down with the sickness-disturbed

i will be heard- hatebreed

cowboys from hell-pantera


harvistor of sorrow- metallica

jade-chimiara |||kung- foo fighting by carl douglas




=] =] =]

JaMeS pEaCe|||No music...

Focus on your process and execution IN SILENCE!|||Fearless- Jay Chou

Dragon Fist- Jay Chou

Wu Ha- Wilber Pan

Passion- Se7en

|||try prodigy

What is the most brutal martial arts form?

After training in several different martial arts styles, I feel like I%26#039;m not really learning what I want to know to protect myself in a street fight. I want to learn to fight dirty and use EVERY weapon in my arsenal to quickly devastate my opponent. Such as, eye gouging, biting someones nose off, ripping someones ear off and other tactics designed to quickly and completely destroy an opponents will to fight, rather than learning how to punch, kick and submit an opponent, which is pretty much what most forms of martial arts teach today. Any thoughts?|||not Aikido. its only fame is steven segal movies.

try RBSD.

reality based self defense

as it throws tradition away and gets the dirty out and ready. though even here there are dangers of posers.

you need to focus on target areas, and the gross motor skills needed to damage them.

I PM you.

edit: oh, you dont allow IM or email. can you email me as I have info for you.|||ai ki do i fyou do it properly or|||Any Southeast Asian art - Silat, Kun Tau, Dumog . . . a famous %26quot;sport%26quot; Southeast Asian art is Muay Thai.|||Try kajukenbo, it may be just what you are looking for.|||Look into Danzan Ryu Jujitsu|||Mexican JUDO. ju-do know what%26#039;s comming next.|||Pentjak Silat its Indonesian and if you know it you can take on anyone, its designed so you can effectively counter and kill people with a higher lvl of martial arts training than you. also you can utilize anything as a weapon in your surroundings... full complete 100% situational awareness..

the primary weapon of silat is a knife blade with a hole in one end so you can swing it around and slice, stab, cut, and gash.|||krav maga

google it

its sick|||krav maga has great self defense applications and Kempo Karate (depending on the dojo)..I%26#039;m training in a more traditional form of karate but we also learn a lot of self defense techniques that includes joint manipulation, grabbing certain areas of the throat, striking behind the ear (the knock out button), identifying and striking certain pressure points...we are also taught to bite, pinch, headbutt, etc. in certain ground defense situations|||Hopkeido.Ask anyone, its a form that teaches you to beat the crap out of someone.Once you start attacking, you never stop til they are bleeding or dying in front of you.THIS IS NOT A GOOD SELF DEFENSE FORM,AS IT LEADS TO A BUNCH OF DEAD PEOPLE.|||penjak silat, its brutal, basically teaches you the quickest way to do as much damage as possible.|||Not the most brutal, but is very brutal art. Kung Fu San Soo.|||Kenpo

What lessons have you learned from preparing for martial arts tournaments? How has it affected your life?

What important lessons have you learned through preparing for and participating in martial art tournaments? And how are you applying these learnings to your martial arts training and other areas of your life?|||I learned that if you train hard things normally go well..........

...............But then there is always the unexpected.|||the point tournaments teach no lessons they just create bad habbits|||It has taught me that I hate tournaments. But other wise my training has taught discipline, fortitude, perseverance and paitience. And not to mention Save a couple of lives along the way as well as my own hyde.

As a martial arts teacher, should I do more group classes or personal sessions to help students?

I love teaching tai chi chuan, kung fu and karate. I do not run the school from the gym, but from home facilities in West Midlands instead and it works well. However I do think I need more students but my worry is that group classes you have to do much cheaper and cannot give the personal guidance you can in a 1-2-1 session. If I reduce my hour fee (拢20) and do group classes is it going to be worth it? I wish I could teach for free but modern teachers of martial arts need to pay bills too! Right now I have two regular students who, because of their hard work and training are improving, and at a rate faster than what they would do in a group session. Ideally, I would like eight students but maybe I have to do group classes - but for that I must rent a hall. I am someone who has trained very hard for over 20 years and have a lot of knowledge to share, so do I do group classes more than 1-2-1 classes, or less?|||Teach group classes to beginners then personal sessions to students that:

1. have high potential to become assistant instructors.

2. are good open minded people that can understand what you trying to share.

3. also open to experiment eg. sparring with TaiJi/Kungfu|||Realistically you should do both. You can develop a larger core-group of students and offer private lessons as a additional benefit that will earn you more profit. And improve the student that much faster that%26#039;s willing pay a few bucks more for the private time. Some students do better in groups and some better in private. The advantage of group versus private is that the student will have a larger cross section of people to train with and to apply what they have learned under different circumstances.|||I would say group, then once they get better, get more individual.|||20 pounds an hour? damn.

the thing is that once you have these 2 at good levels, you can open up the group work and while you set the group up with routines, and control the mass, the good 2 float and help with those that are a little slower at getting it. shape them into your future aides. or reverse and set up the routine, have the good 2 out front going through it while you target the lesser mortals.

depends on what your curriculum looks like.

but damn, who would pay 20 an hour for kung fu?|||I%26#039;d go for both - You could always ream off those with a natural aptitude for it, and offer them the 1 2 1 classes.|||Teaching small groups of about 10 people always seems to work. Then you can still take time out for a bit of one on one and let the others train amongst themselves. Everybody can input into the group then and you can teach easier and control a small group.|||dotn over expense it otheriwse no 1 will come

its god that u r doing 1-2-1 but ive seen people who do 1-2-1 and get thire but whoped in sparring|||拢20 an hour is a rip off and you dont deserve to have more students. I pay $3.50 for an hour and a half group kickboxing session with a really good instructor.

And group classes are better because then you have more people to spar against. And if you dont do proper sparring then you really are crap and I spit on you.|||I%26#039;m not in any real position to advise you, but...

My son was very interested in attending a local martial arts group class. I%26#039;ve known the teacher for years and trust him and my son got along with him very well and respected and admired him. Unfortunately, when the group classes began the attendees were of such wide-ranging abilities, that those with less experience felt overwhelmed and those with more felt held back. Both groups were quite obviously bored. It will be difficult to get a large enough client base to be able to separate the groups more efficiently, especially at first, but to keep them as clients, I would highly recommend it.

What are the best ground martial arts I can combine with karate so that I can use karate in mma efficiently?

-how can i use shotokan in a mma fight?

-what are the best ground martial arts i can combine with karate?|||Try reading up about an MMA fighter called Lyoto Machida. He is undefeated in MMA and the UFC. He uses Shotokan Karate in all his fights and I have never seen karate used so succesfully in MMA ever. For his ground game he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which in my opinion would be the best martial art to add to your karate knowledge.|||do-ky-doo|||Siopao,

CroCop started in Shotokan. you will find it has helped you build a basic outline for stand up tecniques, like:

*teaching how to put the whole body into punch, not just your arms, has good kicks too. It depends a lot on your instructor. Shotokan

If you had a Instructor that allowed sparring that allowed full power punches and kicks then the training is much better then non-contact. However, with that said you MUST learn and combine Muay Thai,boxing to improve footwork, elbowing, kicking, kneeing and punching for MMA

The best ground martial arts you can combine: free style wrestling to improve positioning and maintain ground control and Walt Bayless%26#039; Combat Jiujitsu/ or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Sambo to improve your submission holds, and defense. With the right training and instruction you would be successful combining the all above with combine with karate

Take care,

Devin Willis

At our local LA Boxing gym is a good example of what makes a successful MMA training program. The fighters train Walt Bayless%26#039; Combat Jiujitsu/Muay Thai, and boxing. One fighter does combine his past Karate training and feels it has helped him|||judo and or LOTUS|||you will want to do BJJ, Sambo or Judo to supliment your stand up game, also as far as i know Shotokan practices non contact and that is alot different you will find to full contact, you need to do a few classes in a contact MA to learn how to take a hit and give a hit|||Jujitsu or judo would mesh well with your karate training. Brazilian jujitsu would also be excellent.|||There are several actually but it is finding the best teacher in your area that will prove more the difficult I think.

You can try Ju-Jitsu, Hopkido, Aiki-ju-jistu, Judo, take a grappling or MMA class, all these and plenty other arts would all be effective with Shotokan.

I have a Nidan in Shotokan but am a Shihan in Kenpo. I have no rank in any of the above but I am crossed trained in Aiki Jujistsu %26amp; Aikido as well as Iado (Sword drawing Katana)

Any of those I mentioned plus even more would be effective. One great thing about Shotokan is that they teach you if you have a good school to keep the fight on your feet and not the ground, because on the street if you go to the ground his buddies will be stomping on you as you are on the ground and so knowing grappling is very important so if you ever are taken off your feet you can quickly get back on to them

Now if just one on one then that is different you can worry not about anyone stomping on you while you grapple.

SO that is why having both is a good idea, as is learning circular martial arts %26amp; internal martial arts are and just as they also need to learn Linear as Shotokan is. They all combine to complete that Yin %26amp; Yang or Budo in martial arts to a dedicated practitioner that is not just a spots karate-ka but it is a way of life for them as it is for me.

Check out all the schools within our reach and check their credentials, certificates, lineage (though is only partially important so long as they know what they are doing) all these are things to look into and of course try a few classes at different places until you find the one you think best suits you and your Shotokan. each of us as you know have to make the style their own after you become ranked in it. That is what i have done and I think cross training is an excellent idea.

Just find a good teacher and school and one that you are comfortable at and less the actual style that it is so long as it is a primarily grappling art form.

best of luck.|||jui jitsu for ground work. popular and easy to find a place to train.


your gonna suck in MMA because training in karate, you won%26#039;t learn how to do take downs or take down defense.

In a MMA class, they spend 1/2 of the class just doing that.

another thing, jui jitsu isn;t gonna teach u ground and pound. you won%26#039;t practice getting punched from the groud or hitting from the ground.

good luck.|||i would personally prefer kyokushin karate if i were to do karate but as long as you are being taught practially then you are ok. kyokushin is used by some mma fighters such as georges st pierre and bas rutten

pankration=ancient greece mma, its pretty much mma without gloves so you dont punch to the head. and its probably going to be hard to find a place that teaches it since pankration is just starting to get practitioners. in other words you are better off finding a place that teaches mma and training there

karate is a striking art so to be a more complete fighter you are going to need:

takedown art: so you can learn to take someone to the ground, and defend being taken to the ground

ground fighting art: once you are on the ground a way to control your opponent to deliver strikes or submit them(and avoid being ground and pounded, or submitted)

takedown arts: freestyle, roman-greco wrestling, judo, san shou(chinese boxing is striking but they allow judo like takedowns but no ground fighting), muay thai(is striking which allows you to clinch and %26quot;neck wrestle your opponent%26quot;), sports sambo

ground fighting: freestyle sambo, brazilian jiujitsu, kosen judo, shoot/catch wrestling

***note that this is not a complete list its just a lost of the more popular styles, also most of the styles overlap some such as in brazilian jiujitsu you will most likely learn some takedown but you are more focused on ground fighting, and in judo you might learn some ground submissions and pins but you are more focused on takedowns|||jui jitsu|||Harimau pentjak silat and catch wrestling are probably the best....IMO

What is the most effective martial arts out there that is widely available in America?

I want to get back into martial arts so I can start going to bars and kicking people%26#039;s asses.|||The most effective marital art that is widely available in america will not be allowed to be used in a bar without proper justification.

The most effective art of mars (martial art- translation of the arts of war) would be a CCW permit so you can carry a firearm. Any martial artist who denies this simple fact is not a martial artist.

The second most would be a concealable weapon such as a knife or jutte or extending baton (where legal).

Training in unarmed martial arts as a supplement is a good idea if you are looking for true self-defence.

The simple truth is that a weapon art is the most effective martial art.

Unarmed martial arts effectiveness depends on the teacher. If you dont%26#039; know what to look for, then sportative martial arts are going to be %26quot;safer%26quot; when you are looking for a good school becuase there is a forum and outlet to clear out the bad schools.

If you wish to look for something you can see the quickest improvement in the shortest amount of time- then boxing would be your best bet as there are fewer techniques to learn. However it is one of those things that does take a lifetime to master. Also taking into account that the reality of fighting today is that the fight is likely going to go to or threaten to go to the ground and involve grappling. I would suggest you find a good judo, bjj, sambo, or pankration school (there are others). to cover this possiblity.

However if you are getting into that much detail to develop a well-rounded fighting game, you might as well train in a striking art that uses legs like muai-thai, san shou (san da).

Also remember you are going to need something to keep the bouncers out of your hair if you are going to be starting fights. For this I would highly suggest you strap some explosives to yourself so they stay as far away from you as possible- The arabs are the best to teach you this. Go to your local deli/grocery that is owned by an arab. they can likely teach you. You might have to go to a few until you actually uncover a sleeper agent- then again you might not....

Or you could just cut through the aggrivation of the whole affair and just check into gitmo right now.|||If all you want to do is get into brawls, then stay away from martial arts. You will only bring shame and disgrace to your instructor.

But if you insist, try Shaq-Fu.

*sigh|||what a great idea!

i suggest tae-bo.

billy blanks is rugged to the bone marrow.|||What you are looking for is Muay Thai. But that isn%26#039;t readily available. However in America, most Tae Kwon Do schools have been whored to death and are available everywhere. Not the most effective but they do teach you some nice flashy high kicks.|||Take up knitting.|||Go to a bar wearing a Chicken Suit, everybody will take you so seriously! No one will touch you!

P.S: MARTIAL ARTS ARE NOT FOR GETTING INTO BAR FIGHTS!|||Lets all remember that martial arts cant kick a bullets ***. So forget the bar seen. Find a system you like that%26#039;s the best one for you.|||If you want to kick peoples asses you are going to have to take two martial arts. These are what every UFC and Pride fighter learns.

Brazillian Jiu Jitsu/ Gracie Jiu Jitsu - This is grappling which teaches you to take advantage of joint locks and leverage. This is ground fighting and if you get people in the various positions this martial art teaches you to easily break bones and choke people till they are unconcious.

Muay Thai - This is kickboxing but in its most brutal form. Muay Thai uses every part of the body. Made up of punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbows this is also an art that conditions your body deliver bone crushing blows and also be able to take the same blows without even flinching.|||Listen to blutoblutarsky2.

How can I decide which martial arts school to go to?

I%26#039;m not trying to figure out which type of martial arts to do, but how can I find a school with a good instructor? I%26#039;m looking for one who is more old school %26amp; authentic.|||Perhaps you should try visiting the maritial arts schools you know like go and watch the instructors at work. Whichever one you are most drawn to or the style of teaching that stands out for you is the one you should select.|||research hun, research... take a few schools, talk to the instructor, find out the school lineage, research that lineage either online or in books/magazines. sit in on a few classes just to get a feel of how things run and if its right for you. talk to students after their classes and get some opinions on the instructor.

just try to get a feel for the school and its teacher. if it doesn%26#039;t feel like what you%26#039;re looking for keep shopping around...

good luck!|||You are a woman. You know that Wing Chun was created by a Buddhist nun? It%26#039;s the ONLY form of Chinese Gung-fu NOT stylized after an animal! It is brutal, and very effective! Jeet Kune Do stems from this art in some ways. I recommend true JKD because of the excellent footwork! Do some research and see what you can find.|||You have to go to the schools and hang out. Watch some classes and talk with people. Most old school teaching will have teminology for you to learn (japanese, Korean, etc), they will most likely have a brief meditation sesion at the begining of class, and they will not talk bad of other schools.

Most schools will let you take a free class (unless it%26#039;s Tae-Kwon-Do)

Have Fun!|||study under a grandmaster who is more traditional that would be more like it ok.|||Choose a few schools near you, go do 1 class, and choose which one you thought taught the best and was nice.

Tip: if you choose a school with a master or grandmaster of a higher degree you will get trained better. and you should know that I used to do taekwondo with a master who pretended to act nice but soon he became really cheap and by the time i got my green belt I had to move to another taekwondo but it was much better because he was nicer and he was a grandmaster|||Go to a few school and maybe try them, see what one fits you best.|||Brizilian Jiu-jitsu|||Many schools wll allow you to take a free introductory course to see if that school is for you. Others will have an introductory special like 2 months for a low cost. Call up the schools in your area and ask them if they have some sort of introductory special.|||Do you spar on a regular basis?

Do you practice against resistance -- another person or bag?

Do you attend class for more than 4-5 hours a week (answer should be at least 4 hours to 5 hours a week to about 12 hours a week)

Are you strectching and doing 15-20 min of warmups followed by 40 min to 45 min of instruction?

Are these warm-ups pushing you physically?

Are you practicing the same techniques over and over again with someone working with you to focus on footing, hand placement, and being very nit-picky?

Do you have open mat times? or times to come in and work with another instructor?

All the above should be yes...ANY no would indicate the school might have a problem while two nos would likely be a bad sign.

In addition consider the fees. Are there a lot of fees at the school? Weapons classes cost extra for example.

Do you pay more than $100 per person? Most schools should average about $75 per person while in the big cities (NY) closer to $125. High fees, excess fees is a mcdojo (like mcdonald%26#039;s) and normally a black belt factory where you get the belt but dont really learn self defense.

Dont get me wrong...fees pay the school. But a school tied to high fees and excessive belts (more than 10 grades) is a sign the school is pulling money out of your wallet for the wrong reason.

As to authentic...they are out school in new york was authentic and my school here in nevada is very traditional. Just have to look.|||Try find school that allows you to test technique for real such as in full spar or grappling. If it;s a striking school, they should do lot of pads work and bags work along with sparring.

If you go into school where you role play everything that have been prearranged, stand and punch/kick air all day whenever your instructor commanded you to, etc... Then you%26#039;re basically wasting your time.

Is choosing a career in martial arts a good idea?

I%26#039;m 15 and quite talented in martial arts (I have my 6th dan). It%26#039;s my true passion, but I%26#039;m trying to figure out if it%26#039;s a good career to get into. Is there many options? Are there any other options besides opening a dojo/school? Questions like that. Any comments/questions/suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.|||First things first, what martial art gives a 6th dan ranking to a 15 year old? Second, how often do you spar and how much do your opponents resist? How much do you compete?

If your answer is: %26quot;We don%26#039;t spar%26quot; and %26quot;We don%26#039;t compete%26quot; - then you%26#039;re living in McDojo land. %26#039;Talented%26#039; in martial arts generally means that you%26#039;re keeping up with people that have been doing it for years in a relatively short period of time (see: BJ Penn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).

As for martial arts and making a living...unless you%26#039;re a top 10 fighter, no, the pay is generally not so great once you decide to just teach. McDojo%26#039;s tend to make even less.|||6th dan at 15 wow you must be a really great fighter.

easy , go into the UFC

they pay well for the guys at the top, and if you have your 6th black belt at 15 you should be amazing...

|||Not really. It%26#039;s not like one of the top 10 professions on the job market. Other than owning a dojo or being an instructor, you can maybe be a stunt man or double for films.

How many people were practicing martial arts in each of the last seven years?

I am seeking to determine the trend of confirmed martial arts participation. Is the overall number of practitioners increasing or decreasing?|||We do track workouts per day, month, quarter, and year at our gyms. 9/11/2001 produced the lowest number of workouts in our 15 year history. But, by January of 2002 our numbers were back up to the average net increase of 5% from the previous year.

When the Iraq War started,.workouts per day dropped 25% where it has remained since. Our figures from one year ago to date have increased 5%, which is the normal growth rate. But, the initial 25% decrease in workouts per day has not recovered from the 2003 drop. (This is not 25% every year, but the initial drop. We measure annual performance year to date. So we took the 25% hit in 2003, but in 2004 the numbers were up 5% from 2003, 2004, 2005, etc.)

Oddly enough, new member sales are only down about 10%, renewals have remained constant. People are participating, just not as regularly. Participation is definitely down in our two markets by a gross figure of 25% over the past seven years.|||this is difficult to say because while it certainly seems from my perspective that the general level of skill has gone down, consider that in those 7 years I caught up to and passed what might be considered the skill level of the average practitioner, so they may actually be worse but more likely its just that I am much better than I was then.||| have a good idea but most of us have no idea what exactly you are talking about...

To get the answers you need, you must present the data collection question(s) much more clearly.

I woul dsuggest a few simple questions, such as: How many people are in your dojo/club? Is that more or less than 7 years ago? etc...

You are requiring people to make too big of a leap of logic...|||I would say that it is because of the constant shootings and whatever..........I have a black belt in karate, but I have not been in awhile like I should, but when I did we had tournaments and there was alot of people then.|||With MMA getting as big as it is, I%26#039;d say an increase for sure.|||Well you need to qualify your question some.

1. In the US or world wide?

2. I%26#039;m assuming that when you say %26#039;martial art%26#039; you mean to include self defense systems and fighting systems. MMA is NOT a martial art. Neither is kick boxing or Krav Maga for example

In the US I would imagine since the inception of the UFC and all that backyard wrestling crap and the Internet the amount of people practicing is up. How much is hard to say.|||Overall , the proportional number is the same.

Quantity wise, the number has increased, only because population has increased.

MMA as a sport has grown, thus people training MMA has increased.

First I want ask about what type of martial arts is suitable for women or female student?

First I want ask about what type of martial arts is suitable for women or female student? Why? Give some benefits or advantages from your answer.|||Aikido. Size and strength don%26#039;t matter much. There are no competitions, so you%26#039;ll never be worried about fighting %26quot;out of your league%26quot;. It%26#039;s a defensive martial art. People who join wanting to beat up other people get quickly frustrated with Aikido, because it takes so long to become proficient, so you end up with some of the nicest people to train with. You will never be pressured to promote if you%26#039;re not ready. You will never stop learning, and it will never be boring. And it%26#039;s a great workout!|||All martial arts are suitable for any gender and size. That%26#039;s why it was created in the first place!

My big suggestion to you is to think about what you want. What type of culture are you attracted to? Just pure cardio workout? Disciplined schools? A fun instructor?

You can%26#039;t learn the martial arts if you can%26#039;t understand your instructor. You may be even attracted to Capoeira because it%26#039;s more of a physical dance movement. Perhaps American kickboxing? How about Muay Thai? Hey, why not try out jujitsu (for women), wing chun, or taekwondo?

There are hundreds of styles out there and if anything, if you really want to find that %26#039;fit%26#039; for you, you will. Finding your martial arts to train with is a personal journey, so I encourage you to do a little research.

I had to to literally go through 15 different schools in my area just to find the right school to learn from. Then suddenly my favorite hangout place in a building had a martial arts place opening up. Ever since I joined, I%26#039;ve been going there everyday and enjoying it every time. Why? Because my instructor knows how to teach and actually smile (unlike the other schools I%26#039;ve checked out). If anything, how the instructor(s) run the school or teach to style is the most important.

It%26#039;ll come to you.|||I have studied Karate %26amp; Ju Jitsu. I am now in Krav Maga.

By far the best Martial Art for a women ( and man ) is Krav Maga. The reason for this is simple. Isreal use this art in there army. All Isrealie people have to join the army for at least two years including the women. They have devised an Art that incorporates - Karate - Judo - Ju Jitsu and there own brand of dirty fighting tactics. These applications are made easy for men and women to use and ensure that women have just as much advantage in a fight as men. The exercise alone makes you in great condition/shape. The techniques are easy to learn - Powerful and quickly bring down an apponent. Krav Maga does not have difficult words ( Japan/Chinese ) to learn and does away with silly things like bowing. The uniform is normal clothes! this makes it better for realistic fighting. They use multiple attackers and use weapons....... It is the most realistic Art I have learned.|||ok well im a 15 year old girl and i attend a karate lesson 4 times a week but started out doing only 1-2 times a week, girls can get very far in karate as there is no limits. i am purple belt in HIGASHI KARATE KAI. and i have won a few championships, you will benefit HUGELY from karate, even my mother has started attending 1 lesson a week and shes really enjoying it, GIVE IT A TRY!|||judo specially.

it also helps you to develop or maintain a harmonius body, at the same time it could provide a nice defense against men who are likely to use wrestling-like attacks in order to go for a rape-like situation against females.

What is the best way to market a martial arts school?

We%26#039;ve just opened up a new Martial Arts School. We now need to fill it with kids and teens. What%26#039;s the best way to get it filled up?|||You need to use an in your face direct marketing technique. Marketing 101 you are providing a service that is not a necessity, thus people will not come looking for your business. Your marketing scheme will determine the rise and fall of your business.

Some tips... find your niche age group I would say 6-12 years old. Go to schools, possibly during gym or P.E. and make a quick speech to the kids. You know how they are when they see something that they want. Use great visual examples, (ninja cartoon figures, movie figures, ect) that will appeal to a younger audience. If you appeal to the right age group, the parents will come with the money. Also by targeting a younger market, you have a better chance of establishing long term customers. Handing out flyers at schools is an extremely cheap and efficient way to market. There are a lot of other factors involved in your success, but I wish you the best.|||Word of mouth.

Ask your students for referrals.|||Give demonstrations in schools, colleges, shopping malls at exhibitions for sport health etc,

Posters in libraries, sports shops, book shops etc.|||Well, having lots of money helps, first-of-all. If you%26#039;re not well-funded, it can be a pain. I don%26#039;t even really think they make much money. I don%26#039;t think getting kids will be a problem, but teens might be. Parents love to have their kids do martial arts. Good luck, that%26#039;s all I have to say...|||put ads in schools or outside of schools, also put ads up in the malls, shopping plazas, n parks. u can even print an ad in the newspaper. good luck :)|||Nothing sells like a demonstration. Kids especially love to see it. They love to see the suits and if you break a few tiles all the better. Organise one in a community centre, school or at any community gathering and hand around application forms afterward. You%26#039;ll have %26#039;em queuing up.

How is it possible for there to be christian martial arts schools?

Isn%26#039;t martial arts, especially Asian martial arts related to Buddhism. If you teach martial arts with out Buddhist or eastern philosophy are you teaching just a watered down version. Also if you start teaching martial arts to christians will some be tempted to convert or follow Asian religions and doctrines instead?|||I didn%26#039;t even know there were christian martial arts schools. What will fundies come out with next?|||I know a number of Christian martial artists. Some of them do practice Zen and other forms of Buddhism. Since Buddhism is non-theistic, there is no conflict with Christianity (I know several Christian clergy members who are also Buddhists). The reason that I am not a martial artist myself is because, as part of my Christian beliefs, I am a pacifist. It has nothing to do with a fear of Eastern influences, but with my personal ethics. I do not wish to engage in combat with other people; hence, practicing martial arts would be a bit pointless for me (unless I did it purely as a sport, which I do not personally find interesting).|||The aim of all martial arts practice is to conquer the lower self, i.e. the selfish, egotistical and narcissistic traits in one character. That sounds very Christian to me.

As a martial arts practitioner one will have to adopt certain rules, e.g. rule of dress, bowing towards the opponent, etc. This is no different to having to adopt the rules of soccer if one wants to play soccer.

When evaluating something one should look below the surface and not judge and dismiss something based on mere appearances.|||Every tradition not taught in it%26#039;s place of origin by a master of that form is watered down. If I think of yoga then that is certainly one discipline %26#039;watered down%26#039; to meet Western expectations and beliefs. I do know teachers who have sought to be trained by such masters but not many. My sister is a Catholic 2nd degree black belt, I don%26#039;t believe it%26#039;s influenced her choice of religion. Me? I have assimilated my yoga practice and have actively sought Eastern teachers. I would still say I can%26#039;t grasp the discipline and lifestyle the way these teachers do.|||Can you integrate Christianity and Martial Arts? Yes because they don%26#039;t exclude each other in any way on a functional level. Does it require some fudging of Asian principles? Possibly, depends on how badly the teacher feels the need to %26quot;christianize%26quot; the original forms teachings.

Finally, I know of no Asian-based martial arts that are tightly woven with exclusionary religious doctrine if at all.|||Forms of fighting is just techniques to protect and to conqueor...I don%26#039;t see why something that came out of a religion has to represent that religion. If there%26#039;s was a Martial Arts called Nae, and Nae was created by Buddhists, and Nae%26#039;s goals were to calm the mind and increase physical reflexes, couldn%26#039;t a Christain want those goals while not being Buddhist and still being Chrsitain?|||You are taught philosophy, not religion. And what is wrong with being educated in another faith? That%26#039;s one of my hobbies - learning about other faiths - from people who are of those faiths.

Will some people be interested (not tempted) in converting - yes, it happens. But then, one has to have a strong belief in one%26#039;s own faith to not convert. Much of the philosophy of Buddha is very similar to that of Jesus. %26quot;Do unto others, etc.%26quot; fo example.

Many early Christians accepted reincarnation. Some still do. One can%26#039;t just ask a question about Christianity - as there are so many different kinds of Christians - we can hardly agree amongst ourselves.

If listening to a philosophy which is good - how much harm can that do? Go to the classes.|||Yes, Martial Arts is from Buddhism... Christian Martial Arts? What%26#039;s the difference other than the name.

What do you think are the best three martial arts to combine?

I%26#039;ve already been doing Judo for a few years and was thinking of getting into MMA. What other martial arts should be combined with judo? If you have another combination of fighting styles please go ahead and write down.|||If you are looking at something to complement your Judo then Muay Thai without doubt. I%26#039;d add to that either Jeet Kune Do OR Sambo/BJJ.

I have trained BJJ since 1988 but am getting jaded with it in recent years. Too much emphasis is getting put on BJJ competition work. In the 90%26#039;s it used to be equal training in gi and no gi work (especially in Carlson or Jacare lineage schools). That%26#039;s why I am edging towards Sambo recently.

It depends ultimately in what you want to do with the art. After almost 40 years training, if I were to start again, my advice to me would be to do Muay Thai, Sambo and Jeet Kune Do - HOWEVER, I%26#039;d want to make sure that the instructor of all three was good. A poor instructor teaches a poor martial art.|||I%26#039;ve had great success with my training. I train BJJ, Muay Thai, and American boxing.

My pro record is 9-0 and my amateur record was 8-1|||Look up Jim Harrison profile and you will see.|||Muay Thai, American wrestling and BJJ.

-rj|||You don%26#039;t %26quot;do%26quot; a martial art. You can practice, study, or teach though.

Just giving you a clue.|||muay thai (for stand up) and jiu jitsu (for ground submission). judo is great for takedowns but so is wrestling. i train mma with a background in judo, jiu jitsu and traditional boxing. it works for me.

What are some good martial arts for fighting?

Hey im looking to get into some martial arts. I would mainly use them to keep in shape but also if i needed them in a fight. What are some good martial arts types that are fun and would help me in a fight if i ever needed them. I am in good shape, so anything physically tough isnt a big deal.|||Here is a great Idea...Everybody has THE BEST MARTIAL ART....I%26#039;m a Thai Boxer and Brazilian JJ Artist...I believe that training in a Ground Art and a Stand up Art is a great way to become well rounded...

Study Jeet Kune Do...Bruce Lee%26#039;s Art...

Way of the Intercepting Fist...He took the junk out of many arts and created a CLIFTNOTES as you will into a well rounded Martial Art|||Any style will get you into shape. Martial arts does require physical exertion. As for fun I suggest trying to visit a few different schools of different styles. See if they will let you try out a class for free. Then make a determination then if you like it or not. As for defending yourself it boils down to two basic things. The quality of the instruction you receive and your training intensity.|||Any form of Martial Arts is good for kkeping in shape and for combat application. You just need to know what you want to do and how much time you want to spend on your training. The more you train the better you get the better your combat application skills. There is no simple answer to your question since the art does not make the fighter rather the fighter makes the art. Go with waht you feel is right for you I can%26#039;t state it enough what works for me may not work for you.

Hope this helps.|||Systema

Here%26#039;s a peek|||The only arts literally worth fighting:

American Kenpo



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Catch Wrestling

Enshin Karate

Freestyle Wrestling

Full-contact Karate

Goshin Jujitsu



Kodokan Judo

Kosen Judo


Muay Thai Boxing





Shoot Wrestling

Sub Wrestling

Anything else is just bullshido.|||If you really want to kick butt, if need be, I suggest:

Jui Jitsu

Krav Maga


Kung Fu (Shaolin or Wing Chun)

What is the best Martial arts program for children?

My son is 9 years old. He has slight trouble with his fine and gross motor skills. My husband and I would like to enroll him in a form of martial arts that can help work with the areas needing improvment. We would also like for him to be able to socialize and make friends from the class. What form of martial arts do you recommend and why?|||Kung Fu because it helps his motor skills a lot|||It%26#039;s not so much a question of style, but what the school and instructor(s) are like. Are they trained and educated enough to handle children of that age and with certain conditions appropriately? Don%26#039;t commit to anything too longterm, 6months to start with, then take it from there|||The style doesn%26#039;t matter as much as the school itself. Check out the schools and observe classes. Do not get roped into a long term contract.|||I think %26quot;Teenenger Mutants ninja Turtles%26quot; it麓s a funny T.V. show|||Almost any martial art would do great for your purposes. The school is what you need to check. I suggest a school that does not have 12 year old black belts, it sounds great to kids but its actually a rip off for parents. Talk to the teachers, explain what you expect, and ask them what their expectations are. Observe the classes, more then once if possible. Ask the teacher if they have experience teaching a child with problematic motor skill functions. Watch how the other kids in class interact with each other, and the teacher. Never enroll your child in a school that uses contracts, or charges extra for testing.|||Street Fighter 2|||Any martial art would be good. Just check around your area, visit schools and make your decision from there.|||The Art I study is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. I researched several different forms when my son was five and expressed an interest in training. I found Budo to be the best for him and myself as well. The style is authentic Japanese self defense. There is no competition, it is not a sport and students train and advance at their own pace (at least at my school). This art teaches self discipline, self control, balance, body positioning and such. Students are not taught to fight, more to protect themselves and how to avoid dangerous situations.

I hope you find a school that fits your needs. If there is a Bujinkan Dojo in your area and they teach kids classes, I highly suggest looking in to it.

Have a GREAT day!

Pennie|||karate or tae kwon do is the best bets both work more on balance and precision not fighting|||Basically it needs to be something he will have fun at.

I%26#039;d vote strongly against any style that calls itself %26quot;reality based%26quot; or %26quot;self-defence only%26quot;, as those styles are not really %26quot;fun%26quot;, more about fighting dirty and usually little sparring.

My personal preference for kids leans towards grappling based arts. Judo, Submission Grappling, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, etc. Those things tend to be what kids will do naturally, and pick up on quickest. Kids will, if left alone, almost certainly have a wrestling match happen at some point. ;) I teach Mixed Martial Arts, with a heavy emphasis on grappling in the kids classes, I%26#039;ve also taught more traditional martial arts in the past. Grappling is by far my favourite for when working with kids... and stick fighting :)

Other good choices for kids are the %26quot;Extreme Martial Arts%26quot; variety, many %26quot;traditionalists%26quot; will look down on that recommendation, but I disagree. It is acrobatics and gymnastics in a more %26quot;cool%26quot; format. Basically what skate parks are to 10-speed bike races. It will teach discipline, dedication, co-ordination and be really high on physical fitness.

But in the end what really matters is what he wants to do, if he doesn%26#039;t want to be there he%26#039;ll get very little out of it. Martial arts should be something that he wants to go to, not something you got to force him into the car to do.|||most martial arts are good for exercise, develop confidence, help motor skills, patients, socializing etc...however theres quite a few out there(teachers not particually the style) that arent good for self defense though. that being said you can go just about any place and get the above. plus quality really varies a lot depending on the teacher not the style

typically the most common arts for kids to do at that young age is taekwondo and karate. just stop by different gyms and talk to the instructor to see if it seems like a good teacher and has a passion for it and is not just there for money. also since this is for your son he needs to be the one who picks so he can enjoy it. most schools/dojos allow anywhere from one day to like 2 weeks of free classes maybe you should take him around and use those free trials and let him pick which one he likes most

but me personally i like krav maga because i see it as being very practical in self defense but im sure they dont teach kids that

muay thai/boxing i like because its has every effective and powerful strikes and you learn a lot quickly, however since its more sport fighting oriented many friends i know that did those at a young age didnt really learn any self discipline and end up fighting on the streets alot

i love capoeira because of the culture and its beauty. if you are looking to gain great motor skills that%26#039;ll definitely help you and for the rodas(ranking test) you go to a weekend meeting where everyone kinda parties, you get a nickname, and you spar to get your ranking. however its not really a great art for self defense|||Mama,

There are going to be alot of answers here that you can choose from, but I can tell you, that the best training he can receive for his situation, is Judo.

I do not teach nor ever studied Judo but because of its nature, I believe it would be best to start him off with.

It is fun. It teaches kids how to fall without getting hurt. The Judo matches are great because he gets to throw and be thrown. Kids love throwing themselves on the ground.

It lays down the foundation for other arts by instilling balance and developing rootedness.

If he wants to do something else, tell im that it will prepare him to be better at whatever other art he decides to learn later.

If there is a Jujutsu school in your area, they usually start you off with Judo or have a separate Judo curriculum.

Ed Parker%26#039;s Kenpo is also great. They have an excellent kids curriculum.|||Kodokan Judo.

The ealier the better. Start %26#039;em off at 6 years old.|||Most any martial art will give your son the benefits you are looking for. I do agree with an above poster that you should look more into the schools than the actual style (especially for children). Ask to watch a class so you can see how the instructor interacts with his/her students. I do get slightly nervous about children doing arts that do a lot of joint locks and chokes, because they don%26#039;t always know when to stop or their limits. (If the instructor is good it shouldn%26#039;t be too much of an issue, though). Definitely go and observe a few different dojos! Let your son come with so he can tell you which ones interest him, as he%26#039;ll try harder and benefit more if he actually likes it.|||Jow Ga Kung Fu. I have taught both children %26amp; adults.

The kids program is great. We teach them balance %26amp; co-ordination %26amp; then build on these to progress from white belt to black. We make the exercises fun %26amp; include

things like word of the day where the kids give examples of the definition. I have found the kids are so receptive %26amp; it builds their confidence ten fold. Often the children will surpass the adults!