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I agree with most of the others, in that if someone said, "You can't do that" I would look at them with a quizzical expression and be on my merry way. People have started their own martial arts because they were told "you can't do that" in what ever style they were practicing. In something like MMA you borrow from all schools. I am not really belted but ...


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Suddenly we are told we can't do that As mentioned by Wudang Kid, whaaaatt??!!! Nobody - absolutely nobody - can tell you to not practice any specific kata etc. Even if you are practicing a specialised form that someone has protected as their intellectual property, the most they can do is stop you from teaching it to others (i.e. they can stop you from ...


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It would really depend on what you look like at 61. If you're in really great shape, you have a much larger pool of martial arts to pick from. If you're not in particularly great shape (but still able to punch someone's lights out), your options are much more limited. Ironically, given your last sentence, Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do might actually be a good ...


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As far as styles "geared for" older people, I don't know any. I do not believe Tai Chi was created for old people specifically. But there are styles that older people can do, which is not to say they will do them better than a younger, more athletic person. AIKIDO Sounds like you want an internal martial art but dislike the flavor of Chinese martial ...


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First of all, I think you can shop around in your local area and try to find schools that share your mindset. Chances are there are some. You just have to talk with the instructors and see what the classes are like. I'm not exactly sure how karate has changed over the years to become more violent, as you noticed. To me, it looks like it hasn't changed at ...


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With The Wudang King's excellent answer I can determine that Karate is more suited for self-defense because the techniques that are taught in karate are generally mixed so their is an emphasis on boxing, kick-boxing, ground grappling, open hand sparring and many self-defense drill simulations that the instructors provide to mimic situations such as: a man ...


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I was way more relaxed when it came to using titles. My students called me by my first name ( wasn't much older than most of them). I felt that they needed to learn to respect me for what I could do and teach them to do, rather than my title. HOWEVER, I have absolutely no problem with schools that are more formal. To answer the question: The first thing to ...


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Over the years, I've met a number of very skilled and very unassuming martial artists. We could share a meal, a beer, and some laughs, but I could also maintain proper respect in addressing them by their title. For me, it was a non-issue. You just do it. They've earned it, so I respect it. When someone was promoted to a level that now warranted a new title, ...


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I've been training in Kyokushin for 15 years and yeah, if you like hard sparing you'll get you hands full. We still do some kata too as Kyokushin karate is based on Shotokan Karate, but they are waaayyy les pretty that the Shotokan one's. Still, don't forget that Kata training is an important part in the pratice of Kyokushin, even if Kyokushin focuses ...


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I've been trainging in Kyokushin Karate for 15 years now and what I've learned the most, is that even if you master your art, self awareness is always the first thing that will get you out of a situation that can turn bad. It's always better to avoid the situation than to be forced to deal with it. Don't forget : adrenaline rush, stress and other factors ...


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Dave gave a great answer. I would add for speed training : you can practice your techniques (punching and kicking) shadow boxing with light weights in you hands. Say 3-5 pounds. Don't forget to never fully extend your arms and legs when trainign with weights So you can do a couple of rounds of : one round shadow boxing with weights and then one round ...



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