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Originally posted by _Heretic
I was involved in a thread in which the subject of martial arts came up, and we were really interested in talking more about it. I saw a thread a while back on what people thought the best art was. I didn't respond because I dont think there is one that is the best as that is subjective.
But I did notice many people had all sorts of wonderful stories. I also saw another thread in which the best art to study for survival situations.
The response for both these threads were great and I saw there were many enthusiast and even teachers chimed in. There seemed to be an interest and if your like me you can talk about this subject for days.
So I thought I would create an open ended thread to just talk about the arts and share what ever you wanna share on it with no restrictions, no topic to stay on but martial arts, so we can share experience without having to worry about hijacking my thread.
Right now I practice basic Qigong, some Tai Chi Yang form, but a main focus on Baguazhang because I have spent most of my time on the hard arts till about a year ago. I am almost done with the 24 step forms and I have the basic positions down but I really suck ATM but have a lifetime to perfect it. But I doubt I will ever compare to Qiu Hui Fang. When I saw her do her 24 forms I was blown away as my source videos didn't even touch this.
I came from the harder arts, various arts from Hung Gar to American Freestyle karate.
I basically have a formless mutt art of my own which I think is natural for most artists, and have messed with the internals sporadically in my youth, and have really enjoyed the soft styles and will be sticking with them for quite a while
My Kung Fu story is a long one and to just type out my history and all I know would be insane. Don't get me wrong I dont consider myself a master of anything other than what I practice at this time, an I am certain I will never stop learning
Whats your favorite art and why?
Originally posted by sdrawkcabII
As I've said before, Muay Thai is a joke compared to Muay Boran(the birth-style of Mai Thai). Why learn something that doesn't teach you the essentials of ruthlessness. If you learn Muay Boran, you can easily choose to tone it down for your opponent's sake, or the law. But any Mai/Muay Thai Kick boxer going against someone using Muay Boran, or Jujitsu will lose their life...fast.
Originally posted by Badge01
Have you ever met grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi? Where did you train, if you don't mind my asking?
BTW did you know Capoiera is a favorite art of the Brazilians who do BJJ? They mainly use it as a type of calisthenic, but it helps to develop good body control, or so I've heard.
Originally posted by Death_Kron
reply to post by Matrix1111
I quite like Aikido myself although I have never trained in it. As you said the problem with Aikido is that it isn't very useful for striking but again as you said if you complemented it with a striking art then that wouldn't be a problem.
Steven Segal makes Aikido look great
[edit on 18/8/08 by Death_Kron]
Originally posted by CoffinFeeder
Your best and most useful move? learn how to kick someone in the balls properly, and stay in good enough shape to make the most of that 5 second head start you just gave yourself and run like hell.