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The answer to "I need a martial art for self-defense" is usually "take a look at what's available and go for the one that spars the hardest". Without knowing what's available in your area, it's hard to provide proper counsel. Some style do have better track records than others, though, so we can make general suggestions. However, you ...


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You are a 16 year old male, tall, and physically in very good shape and improving all the time. Your primary motivation for training in a martial art is to gain practical skill at defending yourself against bullies in your neighborhood and at school. And pretty much any Eastern martial art is out of the question, because your parents might see it as ...


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Honestly, I recommend tai chi (no impact, lifelong applicability), bagua (super fun, good in crowds) and hsingyi (pure striking, equal training of left and right), all of which can be learned in the Chinese system at a single school. Best part is that much of the practice involves forms, so you can train wherever you are, whenever you feel like it. Tai chi ...


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I had a similar situation with 20, 30 and 40 years students of a significant master. When the master retired, no one was qualified in the entire scope of the art possessed by the teacher, who had done it full time from the age of 5, such that different advanced students had different specializations. Those students sought out the "martial uncles and ...


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I meant to reply to this before. I think most of the details have been covered, but I just wanted to posit two possibilities for a "legit" method of promotion for you: Promotion after testing by your relative peers - While generally a higher rank is bestowed by someone of a higher rank than yourself, once you hit the upper dan levels of a martial ...


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Honestly, you can do whatever you want. Your system attaches meaning to a rank. Outside your system, this rank is meaningless. Systems commonly assign rank by dictator or committee. You could do it by drawing of lots, popular voting, or who can pass a standardized test. The dan system is a simply a parallel to the common structure of education. Just as in ...


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This actually happens quite a bit. I don't have statistics on how often it happens, but there are a ton of martial arts schools headed by people who essentially started their own school and declared themselves a 10th dan grandmaster. They may have something worthwhile to teach, or not. But because of the competitive nature of martial arts schools, few of ...


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I'll go through the styles in order to give you an idea of what to expect. I would recommend trying several styles before choosing one so you find the right fit for you. Taekwondo: This style is a Korean offshoot of Japanese karate (Shotokan I believe?). It is famous for its high kicks. You will need to be flexible to do well in competitions. Wing Chun: ...


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