I want to take a new Martial Art?
Question:I recently stopped doing Tae Kwon Do because (the place where I was at) I didn't feel like I was learning practical things. So i stopped and decided I would do something else for self defense. I heard Karate is really good and I will probably take that. The only problem is that my parents decided I have to wait to get my license (September). The Karate place I was looking at is really close and cheap price wise. So I have a few questions for people who know stuff.
1. Is Karate usable in real life?
2. Does Karate have joint locks, pressure points, and plenty of blocks and strikes?
3. About how long does it take to become a black belt if I go around 3 times a week?
4. What should I do for training from now until September to prepare?
2. yes there are joint locks to learn. you might have to progress a little further than yellow belt to get up to that level though. and yes, you will learn plenty of blocks and depending on the style of karate, there is a more of an all-around approach to striking. TKD tends to focus more on kicking than anything else.
3. again, it depends on the school. some schools have a 6-9 belt system. schools may have different requirements than another school. 3 times a week is a good way to learn and make sure you practice. i do have to say that it isn't all about getting a belt. especially if you want to learn practicality. learning how to apply what you learn correctly isn't a belt issue.
4. i would do cardio exercises, run, swim, jump-rope, etc. i would also do core exercises to improve you abdomen strength. and i would do any weight training possible.
push-ups are great!
Karate is usable in real life but only "DEFENSE"!
Remember after you have killed someone with your new skills, the judge will ask you, "did you try everything to AVOID the fight"?
You know your good when you just walk away.
Every Black Belt will tell you it takes courage to walk away without hurting someone.
You soon will be a weapon, remember that.
All styles are good, as long as you put a 100% into it.
Oh ya, stretch.
> Joint locks and pressure points are essential so that you can determine the weak spots of your opponent. Once you perform a joint lock or slightly hit a pressure point, you can avoid prolonging a fight if you do not want to fight in the first place or you are simply defending yourself. Blocks and Strikes are definitely included.
> I admit that it is very hard to move up in rank in Karate. but it mostly depends on how hard you train. Higher belts in our dojo have been training for 4 or 5 years, for 3 times a week.. and they are now brown belters.
> No need to prepare for anything. Just show that you are really willing to seriously train and learn. Tip: you have to forget some of the techniques you learned in Tae Kwon Do because they are TOTALLY different. Sure, some of the kicks are the same, but the execution and the point systems are so not.
Well, good luck. I'm sure you'll have fun in Karate. I sure did.
3. At a good school it should take at least 5-6 years. At least. Though as someone else pointed out belt doesn't really matter.
4. Condition your body. Interval training (sprints and the like) are good. Do some tae bo. Though absolutely worthless from a martial aspect, the conditioning is good for a newbie martial artist. Look online for some bodyweight exercises.
Physical locality and price are poor indicators of a good school. So maybe you should shop around until then.
I studies Shotokan karate for 5 years, got my brown belt. It's ok. Someone else mentioned Eskrima. It's good, i studied it for a while. I've also studied submission wrestling and Japanese Ju jiutsu. I was also a US Marine Corps close combat instructor for 2 years. (green belt instructor) Of all of those, the last three are the most practical. Almost all real fights end up in very close range, if not on the ground. So hard styles like karate and TKD are so so. The closest thing to Marine Corps martial arts you'll find is Krav Maga. It's Israeli. I met some Israeli soldiers once, who showed me some stuff. Pretty impressive.
Anyway, more power to you, and remember its not the style the makes the fighter, but the strength of his will, and his committment to training hard and properly. Good luck!
2.Yes, unless its some "hybrid" style.
3.Depending on the system 3 to 6 years.
4.Practice what you learned in tae kwon do. (kicks, punches, blocks,etc...)
1. True karate is usable in everyday life, in more ways than you can understand before you enter it.
2. Karate uses all of the things in question. Torite, Bubishi, and striking are all parts of traditional Karate.
3. The amount of time you take lessons will not decide how long it takes to learn a system. Some great martial artists are able to learn a system in a year, others take 10 years. Either way, if you make it to the top of a mountain, there you are. It took me 3 years of intensive study (Daily practice in additional to 4 lessons a week) to understand Isshinryu Karate. (my style) It has 8 kata, which I'm still discovering new moves from every day. Karate is like this. It is very deep.
4. You can start working on flexibility, weight training and jogging (or some other cardio exercise). While these things are not necessary to karate, they will assist you in your study, and help you to learn quicker.
It's awesome and will get you in the best shape of your life. If you are in NY, NJ, PA, CT or FL I would highly suggest you visit one of their schools.
Even then, not all schools will be able to teach you every concievable situation you may find yourself in. I take three martial arts and a yoga class, and I find that they each can teach me something useful for a real life situation.
If you have doubts, you could always look on you tube for videos on martial arts. However, be careful as some noobs or bad schools will put their filth here as well.
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