Martial arts training

by joelbear 19 Replies latest jw friends

  • joelbear

    I have been considering taking some self defense training for some time and with recent events this has moved up on my priority scale.

    Any suggestions on which type of Martial arts would be best for a complete beginner. I have never been in a fight in my life, have always talked my way out of trouble in the past. But think its time to prepare myself for more.



  • Naeblis

    I have taken Jiujitsu in the past and in my opinion it is the most "complete" martial art out there. Don't expect it to be like Jackie Chan movies. It teaches you (especially the street adapted ones) how to survive realistically in a fight. I really should get back to class.

  • TR


    Maybe take some gun courses and join a shooting club. I've been involved with target shooting since I was a little kid. My dad had my brothers and me take firearms safety courses and enrolled us in the NRA. Somewhere I still have my sharpshooter's jacket with all my patches.

    It's great fun to shoot, and great protection if trained properly. I don't know what the laws are where you live, but maybe you can get a concealed weapons permit. A nice little gun to carry is a .380, it's much smaller than a 9mm, and packs a bigger wallop than a little .22.


    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    —Edmund Burke

  • Ranchette

    I consider self defense off and on too.
    I never really figured out what to try.
    I absolutely love target shooting!
    I grew up around guns, hunting, and target shooting.
    Maybe I should join a gun club some day.

  • RR

    Before I became a Witness, I studied Tae Kwon Doe [Karate]for seven years, and also studied Wing Chung [Kung fu].

    Then the Witnesses told me it was wrong because of all the meditations and that I could leave myself open to the spirit world. YAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    But Tae Kwon Doe uses the feet a lot and Wing Chung sues the hands.

    Religion is man's attempt to reach God,
    Jesus is God's attempt to reach man.

  • Naeblis

    Yes Wing CHung is good too Joelbear. I took a combination Jiujitsu/Wing Chung. It was pretty damned effective.

  • joelbear

    Thanks all,

    I'm good with my hands. My feet are always up in the air.


  • Utopian Reformist
    Utopian Reformist

    Hey JBEAR:

    Naeblis is correct. He is pointing you in the right direction. I also believe in today's world, personal firearms deserve some consideration as well as martial arts.

    Most young criminals are already carrying illegitimate weapons. Although the majority of use is against rivals and opponents, it is prudent to prepare for the eventual encounter involving firearms.

    There are many styles that train one for "street fighting". The older more traditional martial arts (Karate, Kenpo, Tai-Chi; Tae-Kwon-Do, Kung-Fu) are probably not suited for today's urban environments.

    Thanks to the scientific and philosophical innovations of Bruce Lee in the 60's and early 70's, many respected masters and scholars have realized the need to COMBINE the merits of multiple styles and DESIGN a self-defense/fighting system that is customized for your own personal needs; body type; genetics; fitness level; strength level; height; weight; etc.

    I suggest you do some research and get some free advice. Along with any style or styles you choose, remember to include a good hearty fitness and strength program. You must be in good cardio-vascular shape to endure any length of physical combat. Also remember to consider investing in some equipment to augment your training at home, in private.

    But, the most important point to remember, in order to be capable and confident enough to defend yourself, it is going to require the best methods and techniques assembled from MULTIPLE styles to create a "fighting system" for yourself. Any advice you receive that differs from this may contain a promotional or selfish angle.

    If you need more help let me know!

  • LizardSnot

    I personally, trained in Tae Kwon Do and Boxing, but from what I've seen on the "Ultimate Fighting Championship", Jujistu rules!
    Tae Kwon Do won't do you any good if your legs are pinned in a grappling hold.

  • Billygoat
    I'm good with my hands. My feet are always up in the air.

    Ack! TMI, Joel, TMI!!!


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