Questions tagged [recommendation]

Choosing a martial art, tool, technique, teacher, or training partner.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
32
votes
13answers
19k views

What martial art should I start with?

Young male, not looking for anything specific, but I am a huge fan of MMA in general. (not just the UFC/SF) What would be a good beginner martial art for both fitness and relevancy to watching MMA/...
18
votes
7answers
2k views

What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?

For a bouncer, who is already larger, fitter and stronger than average, which martial arts training would you recommend? Which skills training, or other properties of the martial art, dojo and ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?

There are a number of Martial Arts-related documentaries and reality TV shows (Human Weapon, Fight Quest, Fight Science, Kill Arman, Deadliest Warrior...) from the last few years, but I have my doubts ...
11
votes
8answers
5k views

Martial arts for building self confidence

I am a heavy built 180 pound 6 feet 2 inches guy. The problem however is that I have very little self confidence in my own health and strength. I catch colds easily, and can't eat all types of foods, ...
11
votes
2answers
332 views

What is a good BJJ book for someone familiar with groundwork but not BJJ?

I am looking for a Brazilian jiujitsu book to understand how BJJ thinks about groundwork. As a judoka of some years, I already have some familiarity with joint locks, chokes, control, escapes, the ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

Etiquette when changing from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
9
votes
6answers
797 views

How to deal with unfair judges

I'm in Chung-do-kwan; we practice speed, precision, strength, focus, and balance. In last years tournament, I faced up against an opponent who probably shouldn't have even been in my group due to ...
9
votes
1answer
745 views

What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?

I know Escrima generally has minimal emphasis on forms, but that there are nevertheless some patterns associated with certain Escrima variants. Many more popular/formalized martial arts have books ...
9
votes
3answers
401 views

What is a good mat system for home MMA training?

I practice in WCMA and BJJ, which means I can spend a fair amount of time on the ground working on flows, take downs, clinches, locks, etc. I've been looking around for a decent mat system that I can ...
8
votes
9answers
1k views

What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

For some time, I've trained Modern Arnis (an Escrima Variant) and enjoyed this greatly, especially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I'm ...
8
votes
8answers
2k views

How a woman can teach martial art for men?

It's an honest question. I'm a black belt woman and I have only women in my class. I'd love to understand what happens with them or why men feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking martial arts ...
8
votes
3answers
578 views

Down a hand, looking for new martial art

A little over a month and a half ago I fractured a bone (Fifth metacarpal, AKA behind the pinky knuckle) in my right hand- an apparently fairly common injury known as a boxer's fracture. (Note: The ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

how to survive not doing hardcore Judo after losing your ACL forever

I am 37, 1.80m, >85 kg. I used to train Judo twice or three times a week at competition level (although I was not participating in contests, I was training hard with those who did). About two years ...
6
votes
8answers
21k views

Should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?

I am considering beginning to learn a martial art - so I am starting the research to determine which one fits me and my goals. Overall, should my body type influence my choice of martial art to learn?...
6
votes
7answers
10k views

What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?

I am looking to practice a form of martial arts which will be good for reducing back pain abd work stress while improving general body fitness. Which would be best to start with?
6
votes
3answers
347 views

Dojo not quite right or am I overreacting

So my son (9 yrs old) and I have been doing JJ for about a year and a half- first 6 months at Dojo B -prices seemed quite high but 2 of the instructors split off to start a new Dojo A (slightly ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Reality Based Self Defense Scenarios

Looking for something to spice up my training/fuel creativity. I need a resource with various reality based self defense scenarios. I'm willing to buy a DVD or two, even attend a seminar, but not ...
5
votes
7answers
9k views

Is aikido a good addition to Karate? Or shoud I go for jiu-jitsu? [closed]

First a little background here, I've done Karate for 7 years and quit some years back because of reasons I won't discuss here. In either case I have all this experience build up and recently met ...
5
votes
5answers
6k views

Looking for cheap cutting material for tameshigiri practice

I am looking for an online store (preferably) or a store with a physical location in northern New Jersey (if possible, otherwise central works too) that sells either tatami or beach mats (they can be ...
5
votes
7answers
1k views

Which Martial Art for sport for a young person with stiff body?

What is the best martial art for me? I'm 25 years old and have a stiff body (stretching my body is really, really killing me, I cannot touch my toes while sitting straight). Some people around me ...
5
votes
3answers
170 views

What are some supplimental training techniques which improve the practice of martial arts?

I'd like to find some specific physical training exercises to directly benefit my practice of martial arts (both unarmed and weapon). For example, I recently discovered weighted Indian clubs and ...
4
votes
5answers
1k views

How can I keep my feet clean during training?

So here's the issue: I love kickboxing, but I absolutely detest being barefoot. I hardly ever walk barefoot around my own (clean) home, let alone the (relatively dirty) mats at a gym. That's probably ...
4
votes
3answers
198 views

Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I'm 43 and got myself a spinal cord injury 16 years ago that keeps me in a wheelchair most of the time. I can stand and walk with crutches and have some decent (for a quadriplegic) upper body mobility ...
4
votes
4answers
294 views

Relatively safe standing throw/grapple/manipulation techniques?

I'm looking to learn specific techniques that can be used in a variety of self-defense situations, but generally are "relatively safe" on your opponent. Not sure if I have to justify myself on this ...
4
votes
2answers
189 views

Are there any still surviving schools of Jujutsu?

I've trained at a couple of "traditional Jujutsu" clubs, but as far as I can tell their syllabuses seem to have been inspired by early 20th century judo, perhaps with a bit of aikido thrown in. Are ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

Which book to start learning Jeet Kune Do

I have both of the following books and I want to know which one is better to start with. I am absolutely beginner and unfortunately there is no class for Jeet Kune Do in my area. Tao of Jeet Kune Do :...
4
votes
9answers
4k views

Help picking a martial art (avoiding head strikes)

I am looking to start a martial art. I am 42 years old and I prefer striking rather than wrestling/grappling arts (for many reasons, such as being able to practice at least some of it on my own or ...
4
votes
3answers
226 views

Old student looking for a new style

Could anyone recommend a martial art to study that a middle aged person with a permanently sore lower back can do for fun & workout? My karate days are over (can't kick as well now after injury)....
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

I am a member of a gym for 7 months and do strength based exercises 5-6 days a week (in the evening) along with 10-15 minutes of cardio. I have decided to join a mixed martial art facility near my ...
4
votes
7answers
4k views

Martial Arts with arthritis

So I've always been interested in martial arts since I was young but since I was 4 years old I've had arthritis. The key points to note are as follows: My arthritis is under control, however I'd ...
3
votes
3answers
276 views

How to address this issue with my sifu

I have 7 years practising Wing chun, it took me 5 years to get an "intermediate" rank ( officially we don't have ranks at all just people who have more experience/skill than us), when we train ...
3
votes
4answers
732 views

Are there martial arts known to synergize with Judo?

Intro Following a bit of studying, I have found that I am interested in learning Judo, as it matches my life philosophies of being gentle but not defenseless. However the schools of Judo accessible to ...
3
votes
1answer
171 views

Ageing and Competition - Step back or Power through?

This probably applies to many arts - but my particular experience is Tae Kwon Do. I love competing - and have been lucky enough to compete around the world in the adult black belt categories. The ...
3
votes
5answers
230 views

Martial art to start with very little background of boxing

I am 24 years old guy with very little background of boxing (I bought heavy punching bag and watched tutorials on youtube and practiced at my own). I want to learn a martial art to a better level (...
3
votes
1answer
639 views

Learning Kung Fu - Resources [closed]

First of all, I know it's best to find a school, but it's impossible to find a traditional kung fu school where I live. (There are a several Wing Chun schools, but I'm not interested in Wing Chun). ...
3
votes
1answer
76 views

Is there a martial art that emphasizes small unit tactics?

I recall reading many years ago about an attempt to organize a martial art where, for example, a team of (say) five members would fight a similar team, with all members participating in the battle at ...
3
votes
0answers
275 views

Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose? [closed]

I would like to choose a martial art for self-defense. I learned Karate when I was in middle school, but I don't think I'm good at punching or striking with power. I think I have great body ...
2
votes
3answers
652 views

Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I am a 43 years old software developer in vaguely reasonable shape (can do 20-ish pushups, can run 5km in 30min and not grossly overweight). My long term fitness goal is to be able to say in a job ...
2
votes
4answers
345 views

Will Power Training affect your grappling skills?

Will Power Training affect your grapple skills if you combine it with BJJ or another grapple art? Many say it's better to focus on BJJ, instead of combining it with Power Training. They say you will ...
2
votes
6answers
656 views

What are some good low impact martial arts?

I have been training on and off in various martial arts since I was a teenager; now I'm nearing 50 and my body is certainly not what it used to be. I trained for over 10 years in tae kwon do and I'...
2
votes
2answers
132 views

What would be the set of martial arts that would be most useful for self defense (and in what sequence)?

I would like to learn how to defend myself in real-life scenarios. In order to do that, I decided to learn the following martial arts in the order I outlined. I would like these martial arts to be ...
2
votes
2answers
174 views

Meditative yet effective martial art

During the quarantine I have started doing some Tai Chi before going to bed. It really helps as a form of meditation and I love that it has a fighting aspect to it as I am fascinated by the parallels ...
2
votes
1answer
995 views

Adapting from karate to jiu-jitsu

Background information: I will start university in September and I want to continue practicing martial arts. I've been doing shotokan karate for 8 years now and I have a black belt exam in December. ...
2
votes
3answers
806 views

Trying to find a martial art that fits

I'm 22, I did 2 years of wrestling in school, and I played football, and started some home boxing training (taught by my dad's friend who is a D.I. in the army) that I've been doing since I was 13. ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Technical differences between Muay Thai and Muay Boran

I started watching fighting sports with this recent grow of the UFC and MMA. I picked Muay Thai because it looks the funniest for my standards, it's explosive and not static so it would be my first ...
2
votes
4answers
304 views

What kind of martial art if I'd like to defend myself but don't want to hurt others? [duplicate]

For years I've had thinking if there's a martial art that teaches and maybe exclusively focuses on defence techniques without extremely hurtful bone breaking or organ damaging counter attacks. I'm ...
1
vote
4answers
239 views

Closest discipline to “just beating each other”?

Mandatory disclaimer: I know, and respect, that martial arts are not about just stepping into a fight and that there's a lot more to it. On the other hand, I know pretty much nothing about the topic, ...
1
vote
2answers
123 views

Best way to get started in martial arts without classes or instructors? [duplicate]

Of course classes/instructors would be best, but without resources like those, what's the best way I can get started? For example, are there any resources or training guides that can teach how to ...
1
vote
1answer
110 views

How do I choose a suitable footwork for me?

I am amateur who basically only uses my fists and I want learn a foot work (note: currently I don't know any footwork) so please recommend a footwork which helps me become swift
1
vote
1answer
160 views

Recommendations for quiet punching/kickboxing bags

DISCLAIMER: I realize that this question is similar to Punch bags in a rental apartment However, this does NOT answer my question. While both ask about punching bags in an apartment, that question ...