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What would be a good martial art for me?

I've recently been thinking that I would like to take up a martial art of some kind. My goal is not so much to learn to fight as to improve my physical fitness and self-confidence, and develop discipline, confidence, and mental clarity. The physical and mental goals are equally important; what should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Dec 15, 2014 - 21 answers

Places to hit things in montreal

I'm looking for a gym in montreal where I can hit things. I did karate for many years, did circuit kickboxing after that. I've been inactive for months and find I mostly miss hitting things. What are good places to do that? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 answer

tips for a full-contact kickboxer competing in sports karate

I'm a full contact kickboxer/MMA student looking for training tips for competing in karate point sparring in January. (Light/moderate contact, continuous and stop/start, NASKA rules.) Would love input both from other full contact fighters who've done point fighting, and from pure point fighters. [more inside]
posted by whydub on Nov 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Any defense against legal technicalities used to arrest or harrass?

In the moment of encounter with an authority who is making a legal claim that is a technicality or perhaps over-reaches of an intended law, is there any defense? Are you stuck until you get in front of a judge? [more inside]
posted by notatron on Sep 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Friendly martial arts in Portland?

What are some martial arts or self defense communities in Portland, OR I might enjoy becoming involved with? [more inside]
posted by thug unicorn on Jul 12, 2014 - 2 answers

a spikely joint

I've been having knee pain recently resulting from physical activity. Will it get better with time, or do I have to choose between accepting it and taking a long break? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me decide which martial art to pursue.

I think I'd like to take up some kind of martial art for both self-defense and exercise reasons. There are some quizzes online, but I don't really know how to answer a lot of the questions, given that I have never done this kind of thing before. I'm located in Houston, TX so I imagine I have a lot of options. More details on me and my preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Mar 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Most Resilient, Comfortable, Long-lived Kung Fu Shoes?

After repeated shoe drama, I realized the shoes that have been best for my feet and the rest of my body with the fewest re-supply issues have been Kung Fu shoes and their sisters, the "Chinese Maryjane". Now I want to find the very best ones for my needs, and am eagerly hoping someone here has the answer for me. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Jan 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Japanese document in "Sherlock"

At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on PBS.org, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Area Woman Wants to Learn to Hit People

I'd like to take up a martial art, and there are a bewildering variety of them. Help me choose one and figure out where I can study it in my area. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Nov 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Find me the best martial arts choreography of the last 8 years

Okay, so I used to share a house with this guy who would often bring home lots of good Asian cinema (of all sorts, but this question is about martial arts movies), but I moved across the country back in 2005 and I've been getting a hankering for some well-choreographed fighting. I haven't been paying attention to what's come out lately, so I don't know much of what's out there. So I'm looking for the best and cleverest fight choreography from Asian cinema, from 2005 on. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Nov 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Kids doing the splits in martial arts and dance.

In Chinese martial arts and dance (in China) it is traditional to have kids try to do the splits (the sideways, or lateral kind). The kids will try to push their legs apart as far as they can, and then the teacher will come along and push down on them to get them further apart, causing the kids to grimace in pain. Is this bad? Or is this good? I'm sure that Americans (like me) will balk at this in a strong reactionary way, but I'm also sure that there are countless people who have had this done to them in martial arts and dance classes as a child (outside of America). Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, all those amazing Chinese gymnasts, etc have certainly undergone this kind of treatment. Jackie Chan is still going strong. Is this "American reaction" unfounded? [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars on Aug 29, 2013 - 22 answers

What was I doing in my first kungfu class?

So I finally bit the bullet and went to a kungfu class. Things moved quickly and I struggled to keep up with the others, who are more experienced. I was determined to search on you tube when I got home and practice. The trouble is, I can't find what it is that I was doing. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Aug 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Where in MPLS can I learn to throw a punch?

Just moved to Minneapolis and would like to continue my martial arts training. I was doing shotokan karate for about three years and would like to pick up where I left off, but I'm open to other forms if there is a particularly good school you'd recommend. Any suggestions of places to look into or where I can find out more about my options? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Jul 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Martial Arts for Weight Loss

My wife and I are thinking about starting a martial art to get in shape. Help us figure out what type of martial art we should do and where specifically we should do it in the Washington, DC area. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jan 29, 2013 - 31 answers

Push Hands or Sun Style Tai Chi in SF Bay?

I'll be in the Bay Area, staying in downtown Oakland, for two weeks and would love to practice with some other groups. I do Sun style and Chen Man Ching, but the group I study with in Portland has people from many different backgrounds. So I'm down for everything. Not that I'm necessarily good at everything...
posted by nímwunnan on Jan 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How to create an effective flyer campaign?

How can I start and maintain an effective flyer campaign for a martial arts group? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Aug 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me sew a bamboo martial arts gi.

I want to use bamboo fabric to sew a custom martial arts gi. Help me find fabric and plan this out. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Jul 31, 2012 - 9 answers

New to Jiu Jitsu. How do I get good?

New to Jiu Jitsu. How do I get good? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

I'd like to spend this year working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started?

Working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Kung Fu and the Bellybutton Master?

Kung fu/martial arts fans - please help me find this movie! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Nov 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Avoiding injury in Judo, exercise?

Avoiding injury in Judo, exercise? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Oct 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Where can I find a list of the clips Ric Meyers has shown in his annual "Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza" Comic-Con panel?

Every year at Comic-Con, Ric Meyers puts on the fantastic "Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza" panel. I went to Comic-Con every year for many years, and this was always my favorite bit. It always gave me great ideas for old and new martial arts films to go watch. I haven't been able to go for the past few years, and while I can't go see the panels, I'd like to know what he showed. Does anyone know where I could find a list of the movies that were featured during the panel for some or all of the last 5 years or so?
posted by ErWenn on Jun 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Will martial arts help me?

Did studying a martial art get you in shape (from a very bad starting point) or help improve your confidence and ability to deal with people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 - 28 answers

Best movie martial arts fights of all time?

What are the best movie martial arts fights of all time? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Jan 18, 2011 - 53 answers

Whitewater kayaker seeks wintertime outlet for aggression - AKA - recommend a martial art (in Pittsburgh)

I want to try a martial art, but I'm overwhelmed by the huge assortment of styles that are out there. I have an idea of what I'd like, but I don't know what it's called, or how to find a good place to take classes. I've read a lot of the previous threads on martial arts, and they've helped me identify what I'm interested in, but I haven't gotten a good enough sense of which style matches what I'm looking for. [special requests inside] [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic on Jan 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Freefall fighting

Say you were going to create a martial art for fighting in zero gravity. What would it look like? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Dec 7, 2010 - 20 answers

What options does my Argentine boyfriend have to move back with me and find work in the United States?

What options does my Argentine boyfriend have to move back with me and find work in the United States? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Which martial art is for me?

Based on my physique and specific desires, I'm wondering which martial art would be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by gman on Nov 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Martial Arts Philosophies?

Point me to the best resources (books, articles lectures) on the philosophies of various martial arts, particularly taekwondo, as they relate to non-violence, self-defense and peacebuilding. The more primary the source, the better.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Nov 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Learn Martial Arts like in the Matrix

Best way to create virtual Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructional software? [more inside]
posted by growli on Nov 1, 2010 - 6 answers

hand-to-hand combat---in space!

How would people fight in microgravity, either in an enclosed space with walls to push off of, or completely free-floating with nothing except each others' bodies? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Oct 24, 2010 - 36 answers

Lasik surgery for a martial artist or prescription goggles?

Lasik surgery vs prescription sports goggles? [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Oct 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Extracurricular activities for the karateka.

What exercises will help me be a better martial artist? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk on Oct 4, 2010 - 18 answers

Random questions about Hapkido

I am taking lessons, primarily for fun, in a relatively obscure Korean martial art called Hapkido. I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Sep 6, 2010 - 15 answers

T.O. fitness fun

Martial arts or dance classes in downtown Toronto? I'm more interested in quality/atmosphere than any specific activity. [more inside]
posted by scribbler on May 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there a style of martial arts to help me get fit and defend myself fast?

Need advice on martial arts - both for fitness and self-defense. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on May 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Aggressive panhandling--does it work?

So what's the deal with aggressive panhandling? Does it work? I have been experiencing a lot of it recently and some of it has scared me. I don't so much need self-defense advice; I just want to understand the phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 - 36 answers

Lifting/martial arts in Chicago?

I'm interested in getting involved with either Olympic-style lifting or martial arts in Chicago. Do any good places for either exist in the city? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Best single self-defense move?

Someone is in your face and out of control, obviously about to attack you. You have a few seconds left to take the initiative - one surprise move to neutralize the threat. What is it? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Mar 17, 2010 - 85 answers

Feed my workout routine!

I've gained a lot of fitness over the last few months. I want to take that fitness and do something useful- I want to do something that's fun and will make me want to work out more, but also have it be a bit of a workout itself. Help! [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Mar 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me become a Jedi.

So I'm looking to get some exercise. I'm pondering iaido and kendo dojos in Santa Monica and West LA. Which style and what dojo would work for me? [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles on Jan 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense.

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Oct 28, 2009 - 53 answers

Styles of martial arts

Looking for advice on different martial arts styles (specifically: aikido, ninjutsu, pekiti tirsia kali, bagua, or wing chun). [more inside]
posted by elisynn on Aug 26, 2009 - 20 answers

I (want to) know kung fu (movies)!

What are the best, can't-miss-em, #1 funtime classic wuxia movies? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jul 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Who Punches The President?

does the president of the u.s. receive any self defense training? and, if so, what sort and from whom? and are there any good articles or books on that subject?
posted by artof.mulata on Jun 11, 2009 - 32 answers

Challenging Martial Arts Studio in DC area

My brother's looking for a challenging martial arts studio in the DC, Northern Virginia area. He's really good at jiu-jitsu, but he's most interested in any studio, no matter what the style, where the difficulty level is extremely high. He doesn't care about getting belts or competing, just about learning through through losing, essentially. Any recommendations?
posted by Football Bat on Mar 31, 2009 - 5 answers

What is a good martial arts school in Chicago?

What is a good (criteria inside) martial arts school in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Mar 17, 2009 - 8 answers

.....BOING!!!!!!

What is the highest ever jump done from standing? And how do people train to jump extremely high in martial arts and other jumping disciplines?
posted by Not Supplied on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Does Brazilian jiu jitsu give as good a workout as muay thai

Martial arts filter: Over the course of eight months, muay thai, along with eating right made a phenomenal change for my body. In your experience has Brazilian jiu jitsu, or any grappling-based martial arts done the same? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jan 15, 2009 - 5 answers

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