I liked capoeira a lot, but my wrists did not. Are there any other martial dances? Or schools that take a martial art like tai chi but do something dance-y with it?
posted by curious nu
on Dec 17, 2012 -
Looking for good, critical books and resources on martial arts and fighting. I prefer them to be academic enough to have survived peer review, but will take what I can get. Anything martial arts related would do, I'm interested in understanding martial arts and fighting in a more general sense. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee
on Dec 8, 2012 -
So... A friend of mine's predicting martial law here in the UK by Christmas. As a thought experiment, how does somebody in the western world prepare for martial law? Are there any examples of western countries where this has occurred in recent times? What happened? What advice is there?
posted by humblepigeon
on Jul 15, 2012 -
What is this mid-80's martial arts movie with two kids and terrible editing? It's not "No Retreat, No Surrender". [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts
on Apr 5, 2012 -
I want to learn how to fight, whats the best martial art for that given the classes offered at my school? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Which martial art is best for my specific interests? Thoughts on Shaolin Kempo and other forms much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by citystalk
on Jul 10, 2011 -
Are there any particularly good martial arts dojos in the DC metro/Northern Virginia area? [more inside]
posted by wooh
on Jun 29, 2011 -
I have poor balance, compromised 3D vision and tend to daydream a lot. Today, I suddenly found myself sprawled across the sidewalk, with many bruised and bleeding appendages. My first thought was of a friend who broke BOTH wrists in a similar situation - yes, I did "instinctively" use my hands as "brakes," and ended up getting cleaned up and patched up in the ER...but fortunately, no broken bones in my case. But this could have SO easily happened.
I need to develop more useful instincts as regards falling, and also work on improving my balance. I've heard that martial arts training, in particular aikido, can be helpful. Am a bit hesitant to involve myself in something which might incur further injuries before consulting the hive-mind.
posted by dorgla
on Nov 6, 2010 -
I have an opportunity to study Aikido that is in the style of Koichi Tohei. I have had very little experience with Aikido in any form. I would like to learn it based on readings and watching others. I am not sure if it is a viable form of self-defense but if it is, that would be a definite plus. Anyone have any opinion either way based on experience in Aikido or other arts?
posted by snap_dragon
on Jun 24, 2010 -
What was the name of this movie? Martial arts-themed/action (think JCVD-style). Cheesy scene description - the only one I can remember - inside. [more inside]
posted by aberrant
on Nov 19, 2009 -
Is it possible to practice and brush up on martial arts? I can't afford a dojo and only have my wife to practice on (!!). I know...rather sad. But she is willing to learn so I teach her. Can I polish up my previous learning? I have 3 years in karate 2 years in small-circle jujitsu (wrist lock flowing techniques, and not the Brazilian stuff...which would be great, though)...and a smattering of Aikido. I am not looking to be Bruce Lee or the best cage fighter. I am wanting to perfect what I do know. Is it silly to watch youtube videos and books that I have (excellent reference by Marc Tedeschi etc) to refresh myself as well as practice teaching my wife? What are your thoughts on training in a vacuum if you will? If you have any training ideas or opinions I am open for your knowledge or criticism. I don't want to waste my time.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jun 6, 2009 -
What is the best entry level martial arts program for a quiet, kinda serious, very strong and flexible (can almost do the splits both ways) 6 year old boy? He LOVES anything that has to do with martial arts and Asia (movies, toys, cartoons etc) but I'm confused about the various schools and their strength and weaknesses. I don't want something like "Rex Kwon Do" but I also don't want something that is so watered down that it's just tumbling in a karate uniform. He has a couple of friends who are in Taekwondo but I'm not sold on those programs for him. HELP... Thanks!
posted by KTrujillo
on Aug 1, 2008 -
Can you help me become familiar with what and who is up-and-coming in martial arts movies? Am interested in recent movies that are less reliant on wires and CG, and in younger actors who didn't just learn martial arts to make a movie, but are truly gifted in the area. I don't mind subtitles! [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo
on May 7, 2008 -
If I was a teenager in the 70s, what style of martial art would have seemed the most badass to me? And why?
posted by Astro Zombie
on Feb 9, 2008 -
What's the best way to photograph a kid's judo tournament and have pictures ready for the parents right after awards are presented? [more inside]
posted by chengjih
on Dec 31, 2007 -
I've got a friend with an adopted son. The kid has some adjustment problems from his early treatment and adjustment here. She's looking at using meds to change his behavior. I think that's not a great idea and she should look to enrolling him in martial arts classes. They are in San Diego. Can anyone recommend a program in that area? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Dec 14, 2007 -
Can anyone recommend any martial arts learning opportunities (camps, workshops, lessons, etc) in Asia that an 18 year old would enjoy? My nephew in the US is a karate brown belt and he would like to travel to Asia when he graduates from high school this year. I am trying to help him find some interesting travel opportunities which relate to karate. He loves karate and has been searching for something to do in Japan or India for Summer 2008 but we haven't found anything yet. Thanks for any tips.
posted by RoadTripPlanner
on Sep 25, 2007 -
Martial Arts Filter: To make this short and easy, do any of the MeFites in their collective wisdom have any good suggestions on where a 27 year old with no martial arts experience should look to begin learning such in the D.C. area? I not quite that interested in jujitsu, but all other forms I'm wide open to. Any advice you all might have, I certainly appreciate. [more inside]
posted by Atreides
on Oct 29, 2006 -
I have practiced Shito-Ryu karate for about 3 years but my dojo has closed. I'm looking for recommendations for a new karate dojo. I know I won't find another Shito-Ryu dojo in my home town, so I'd consider switching to Shotokan or even perhaps to something else (kung fu or TKD?), but it needs to be close to my home in Burien.
Anybody have a recommendation?
posted by jhendow
on Jul 28, 2006 -