A question of styles...Please do not answer if you do not really know what you are talking about.?
I want to take up martial arts, and am debating between styles. I was thinking ninjitsu, ju-jitsu, or also possibly Kung Fu. There is a place nearby that teaches Shaolin Styles of kung fu, but it is highly expensive and I hear that these are the absolute hardest styes to learn. What would be a good 1st style? I am 20 years old and I have been weight lifting for about a year.
I have over 12 yers of raining in Judo. I highly recomend Judo first than Jujitsu, wrestling and after that Muay Thai.
Judo is actually created from Jujitsu by a Jujitsu black belt. It has all of the same submissions but he added throwing and take down techniques.
Any school should let you attend a fe sessions to see if you like it before paying or signing anything. Right now they are charging so much because of the hype around UFC over the last couple years. Make sure they are open 5 to 7 days a week for you to go in. Alot that teach multiple arts only let you go on the designated days for that particular style. So you pay $50-$100 a month to work out 2 days a week for an hour. Stick with a dojo that teaches on style. Otherwise you can also run into a sensei who is a black belt in Karate and only a yellow belt in Judo trying to teach both arts.
Striking arts don't realy favour stronger bulkier guys. Where as Judo and Jujitsu are suited for guys with strong upper bodies and legs. Judo especially.
What ever you decide good luck and have fun
Ninjitsu-lethal ninja fighting skills, very few competitions, fighting is based on lethal attacks, very hard to find good nin jitsu schools.
Jiu Jitsu- submission based wrestling. take Jiu Jitsu if you are interested in effective self defense, competitions.
Kung Fu- I would say Kung Fu is not very viable with the amount of chain schools that do not have good expertise.
Shaolin- I have very little knowledge in this area but I do know that there are many many types of shaolin fighting styles, so go to the school and ask what they concentrate on, and what their principles are.
Remember this: Talk to the instructors about what they help you accomplish, what you want to accomplish, and choose what fits you best. Some of the schools concentrate of turning out champion martial artists, some on fitness, some on spiritual. Make sure you know what you are getting into and what you want to get into.
MY SUGGESTION: Jiu Jitsu-It is easy to pick up, but very hard to master. Jiu Jitsu has probably the most practical self defense application and involves many competitions. Usually, good schools will offer special instruction by traveling masters of Jiu Jitsu (gracies, etc), which there is no shortage of.
Don't try to base your decision on which style is toughest. Martial Arts are called disciplines for a reason. All styles require dedication, hard work, and lots and lots of practice.
If you are just trying to learn more about the styles, I recommend visiting Wikipedia for some background info, or visiting other websites.
Also remember, the decision you make isn't a final one. You may decide to begin practice in another style later. I myself am a 4th Dan in Taekwondo. However, I have always been interested in other styles, so I balanced out my up top fighting with some judo and jujutsu to learn groundwork, which I have been doing for about 8 years now. I also wanted to learn some soft style M/A, so last June I began taking Aikido. The downside is that I have no personal life, since I train about 30-35 hours a week. The upside is that I can constantly improve my Martial abilities, and am now a well rounded Martial Artist, not locked into one style.
from your choices i would take the kung fu, or ninjitsu. just be sure you're not gettin a watered down american version of these fine arts
First off, while Ninjitsu sounds great and all there really isn't any credible teachers of it. The art itself is now a watered down version and aside from a very few quality schools that teach you a hybrid martial art that is now called Ninjitsu those very schools are few and far between, and the things they show you aren't truly viable as you never get a chance to really do them to anyone at full speed, full force and in an adrenaline based situation.
Keep in mind there is a big difference between Jiujitsu (classic Japanese) and BJJ (Brazilian JuJitsu). Some people always assume people mean BJJ when they ask about Jiujitsu.
Classical Jiujitsu is actually a hard style, with strikes, weapon forms and defenses, throws, chokes and joint manipulations.
Judo comes from Jiujitsu, it however removed weapons and strikes (though there are strikes in Kodokan Judo just not focused on or taught) and concentrated on the throwing and matwork. The idea was to develop an art that could be practiced at full speed to gain the most benefit.
Kung Fu is great for what it is. It however takes years to truly master to be effective, but as far as physical fitness, centering yourself and the like it is great. It is a beautiful art. Shaolin styles of Kung Fu (or schools claiming to be such) make sure you have them show you true lineage. Many places claiming to be Shaolin have little to do with True Shaolin styles, but are a cross breed of Kung Fu that people call Shaolin, or call themselves Shaolin so they can jack up their prices.
Best thing is to check places near you, find some place you gel with, and that isn't trying to rip you off. There are a ton of threads on here to tell you what to look for.
I tried to stick to just the 3 you asked about, I hope that was helpful. Some other styles you may want to look into as far as effectiveness and availability are
Karate (Kempo particularly)
(even TKD as a good foundation)
Generally you can find a school in any of those pretty much anywhere. Some other great arts but less availability
Brazilian JiuJitsu (Or even a No Gi Submission wrestling place)
Aikido (more as a foundation)
Harder to find good schools of that, but as they are all gaining in popularity schools are becoming more prevalent. Aikido and Jiujitsu are both fairly old styles and sometimes it is pretty easy to find a decent school.
Well hope that all helps you. Good luck with your search for finding and art and school that fits you.
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