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Your plan does not account for messy realities of life, anyone you may meet, or anything you will learn along the way. Although most everyone has a preconceived idea of what training martials arts will do for them, these ideas often do not match up with reality. Arbitrary time scales Although you can request to be taught in a shortened one-year period, this ...


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You really do not really need to choose a different style of martial art for gaining martial effectiveness. What you generally need is a different way to practice Taijiquan. The big mistake is that most people unfamiliar with Taijiquan blindly believe half-truths, lies and fairytales of those practitioners of Taijiquan who have not either due to lack of ...


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I like the previous suggestion of Capoeira, because it does emphasize physical fitness, does not involve contact during sparring, and can be practiced alone. But as I said in one of the comments, I think it can be pretty intimidating for a beginner to begin taking Capoeira classes, because it does involve a lot of techniques that seem advanced. To someone ...


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The question is pretty broad, but I think I understand what you're asking. The main thing to realize is that footwork is absolutely essential to a good defense. Why? For the complete answer, read my answer at the following link first: Defence in martial arts in general The gist of that answer is that it takes time for people to react to anything happening. ...


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As suggested by an answer that was flagged as spam for excessive promotion and a comment, Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro is a solid choice. The book is organized around a progression of techniques: survival escapes guard guard passing submissions This viewpoint emphasizes, for example, that the first thing you should learn from the position where ...


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I usually don't like to answer questions like these, because they are mostly opinion based, but for the sake of giving you the information that you need, I will answer with as little opinion as possible. Well, let me start of with this. It is a resource that was provided to me in an answer to one of my questions. Essentially, it is a study of hundreds of ...


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Meditative with slow movements requiring balance Qi gong (chi kung) exercises from many Chinese martial arts have these elements, but taiji uses this style of exercise more than any other system I am aware of. Self learning a martial art over the Internet Forget about being able to do this. Success is not guaranteed even with a teacher in person for ...


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The questions asks which martial art to start with if the focus is on self-defense: Boxing, Taekwondo, or Judo. Well first, I'd like you to read what I wrote in my answer at the following link: why a perfect expert and trained taekwondo player or martial artist fear fights? Read that answer and read the links that it also listed. You might also want to look ...


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You're at the age when you're going to start getting injuries from hard styles. Here I'm not talking about sparring, but muscle pulls, joint problems, etc. (For this reason, hard styles are usually emphasized for younger practitioners.) If you're still open to Chinese internal styles, you might see if there's a good Bagua instructor in your area. Same ...


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I know I always throw it out as a suggestion when people are looking for martial arts, but Capoeira fits what you are looking for. While individual schools vary, in general it is very much about the art and culture (and music!) as it is martial movements. It's definitely good exercise, although it's also possible to do it more slowly, especially as you're ...


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I would personally recommend boxing kickboxing or muay thai, as you can practice on a bag it is a great form of cardio. However, in my experience, they do not highlight the "art" aspect of it as much as they do the sport. Aikido is something that you can look into as it is more spiritual that boxing but faster paced than tai chi. Lastly, consider ...


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The question asks what can be done if you want to use a punching bag in an apartment. What would that look like? The problem with using a punching bag in an apartment is that you'll create a lot of loud pounding noises and vibrations. Even if your neighbors are not trying to sleep and it's the middle of the day, it will feel to them like it's an intrusion ...


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This is not a question of style, but of human decency and staying within the bounds of law. Maximum damage instead of necessary force only is both immoral and illegal. Every responsible instructor will tell you that. Apart from that, it is impossible to design a useful training when focusing on maximal damage only. Either it will lack resistance or produce ...


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