I'm not particularly fond of being touched, hit, or thrown. I carry a walking stick which I know how to use, but a club, a "sharp" thing or a thing that goes bang - I know how to use all of them. I never have gotten into a fight to lose - I don't intend to start a this age. No such thing for me as a fair fight - fair is "I" win - you lose.
Cool Roseann... My lack of funds is why I am not active myself.
LOVE the shmellows Heather.
I agree Roy but living in NYC limits my sharp things and the ones that go bang as most are illegal. The technique above was used on a drunk first sergeant that was trying to start a fight with a guy that would have killed him. I didn't want to actually hurt him but needed to prevent the fight so a submission technique worked well...
I studied Aikido off-and-on between '85 and '00. Schedules & moves got in the way mostly. Last time I quit was when my months-long battle with appendicitis started. Schedule & money got in the way since, but I'd like to go back some day, maybe do it father & son.
1st year at uni we did some kind of Kung fu for 6 months ... Being constantly flung vertically upside down as I was the smallest by far ( then, but I'm a huge muscle monster now lol) for demonstrations every week really pissed me off so I left limping in agony
Shihan Arel was a powerful man. 5'2" and he was in the Corps. (pause a moment and consider that) Was in Okinawa and started his study there.
I remember one all day lecture and work out series he did. Walking up to six foot tall guys and with simple pressure points really got their attention quick. I talked to one guy after and he was still amazed. Said no one had ever dropped him that fast.
I've heard of "McDojos" but have never been in one to my knowledge.
In my first, the Sensei was initially very casual about testing, telling us just to come to him when we felt ready. After a couple years or so of nobody coming forward to be tested he just observed us all for a bit, then surprised us with new ranks at the next yearly class banquet. I went from nothing to 5th kyu out of 10 in one night. After that he instituted regular testing, and I went up another rank, but soon other things got in the way. Since then I've studied under three others, but never long enough to get to testing.
I used to train in what would be more accurately described as Combative Arts. The base of what I trained in was Modern Arnis, but there were other Filipino stick and knife fighting arts incorporated, as well as small circle jujitsu.
I was never interested in testing for rank or anything, and the guy who was leading the training wasn't in it to make money...he had a good paying day job as a Corrections Officer. I paid him, but not much. I probably did about 4 or 5 good solid years, then went back to it off and on for about another year. I did a lot of one on one training with my instructor and also assisted him when he'd teach seminars and stuff.
Fortunately I've never had to get physical with anyone in a violent encounter. I've surprised more than a few people who tried horsing around at work or whatever. I suppose I can't say what violent encounters I've avoided either through awareness or the way I carry myself as a result of my training.
I took American Kenpo for 6 yrs, Studied Uechi Ryu for 3 yrs, a few months of ju jitsu and a very short span of aikido before a road block in my life forced me away from the class.
Yes I have had to use what I have learned over the years on several occasions after not practicing my discipline of being a better man and turning the other cheek.
There is also no greater incentive to predict and avoid a physical confrontation than the knowledge and a** whoopings you get when you train in any discipline. It makes you realize you're not going to get lucky just because you can though a pretty good punch.
Like they say...you never rise to your expectations, you fall to your level of training.
4 years of Taekwondo and Hapkido, 3 years of BJJ, 4 years of Northern praying mantis kung fu (Peng Lai). I loved the kungfu the most - the fluidity, the speed, the history. Fondest memory was the 2-man drills - this video is Shrfu Kevin Brazier, he taught out of Tampa Fl.
Nearly six years of judo plus a tiny bit of karate. It was beneficial at company picnics when the guys thought it would be fun to throw the young blond coworker in the pool...they ended up in the pool while I generally stayed dry. :)
I found the JCVD monologue as a text in English, : )
"This movie is for me. There we are, you and me. Why did you do that? Or why did I do that? You made my dream come true. I asked you for it. I promised you something in return and I havenít delivered yet. You win, I lose. Unless, the path youíve set for me is full of hurdles where the answer comes before the question. Yeah, I do that. Now I know why. Itís the cure, from what Iíve seen here. It all makes sense. It makes sense to those who understand.
So, America, poverty, stealing to eat, stalking producers, actors, movie stars, going to clubs hoping to see a star, with my pictures, karate magazines. Itís all I had. I didnít speak English. But I did 20 years of karate. ĎCause before I wasnít like that. This, this is me today. I used to be small and scrawny. And I took up karate. Hence the dojo, hence respect, thou shall believe people who say, ďOss!Ē. Itís Samurai code. Itís honor. No lies. So this guy in the US, itís not the same thing. No one says ďOssĒ to you. Sometimes people in show business say, ďWeíre gonna fuck him.Ē I believed in people, in the Dojo. I was blessed and had a lot of wives. I always believed in love. Itís hard for a woman with three kids to say, ďWhich one do I love more?Ē A mother Ö if you have 5, 6, 7 or 10 wives in a lifetime, theyíve all got something special, but no one cares about that in the so-called media.
What about drugs? When you got it all, you travel the world. When youíve been in all the hotels, youíre the prima donna of the penthouse. And in all the hotels the world over, traveling, you want something more. And because of a woman, well because of love, I tried something and I got hooked. Van Damme, the beast, the tiger in a cage, the ďBloodsportĒ man got hooked. I was wasted mentally and physically. To the point that I got out of it. I got out of it. But, itís all there. Itís all there. It was really tough. I saw people worse off than me. I went from poor to rich and thought, why arenít we all like me? Why all the privileges? Iím just a regular guy. It makes me sick to see people who donít have what Iíve got. Knowing that they have qualities too. Much more than I do!
Itís not my fault if I was cut out to be a star. I asked for it. I asked for it, really believed in it. When youíre 13, you believe in your dream. Well, it came true for me. But I still ask myself today what Iíve done on this earth. Nothing! Iíve done nothing! And I might just die in this post office, hoping to start all over here in Belgium, in my country, where my roots are. Start all over with my parents and get my health back, pick up again. So I really hope nobodyís gonna pull a trigger in this post office. Itís so stupid to kill people. Theyíre so beautiful. So, today, I pray to God. I truly believe itís not a movie. Itís real life. Real life. Iíve seen so many things. I was born in Belgium, but Iím citizen of the world. Iíve travelled a lot. Itís hard for me to judge people and itís hard for them not to judge me. Easier to blame me. Yeah, something like that."
I read somewhere once, they usually have to speed up the martial arts fight scenes in movies. In the case of Bruce Lee, however, the man was SO fast, they actually had to slow some of his fight scenes down so you could actually follow the action!
I see much emphasis on the fight scenes in the cinematic examples above, but for my money you have to go with something like House of Flying Daggers for a really beautiful martial arts film. I think it would appeal even to the non-martial-arts-fans here. :)