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I haven't done much martial arts, other than what we did in the military (I was an MP and Intel Officer), but I always liked Ju-Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do. There was another one, where it is alot of grapples, holds and throws, but I forgot the name. Do you know?
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What is it like to know you can physically protect yourself? I am asking because I am not confident that I can fight well, I've never won a fight, or held off an attacker. I was thinking last week, seriously thinking about taking kickboxing or boxing training, or a martial art. My goal is to be more confident that I can protect myself. Part of it is that I have low self esteem that I can do it. I am in good physical condition.
I used to do some kickboxing when i was younger, i wasn't any good really, it was just for fun not for belts, besides i loved doing flying kicks (against the adults), i was good at those kind of things because i was really light so could propel myself without any effort. I took up kickboxing again not long ago, but i recently stopped going because i went away for a few weeks and have got out of practice. I'm not really a fan of fighting as a spectator sport though, but it is interesting to watch to see the skill of different techniques. I was a small kid and with two older brothers who used to wrestle me at home and practice their moves on me (lock me in my parents room and keep me there for ages throwing me on the bed) i never had much problem with fighting in school, especially because i was small and innocent looking so it was easy for me to win a fight against anybody who wanted to start on me because they didn't expect me to win. Also i wouldn't get in trouble because i was a good and quiet kid, and i never started any fights, i threw the first punch a few times but they started it. A good way to win a fight is to take it more seriously than the person you are fighting. Sometimes imagine they are somebody else or imagine they are trying to kill you, if you imagine they are trying to kill you be careful you don't kill them though- but the likelihood is they aren't trying to kill you so you will win.
I know boxing, a bit aikido, arnis and now I'm learning muay thai. I'm pretty good at those but the thing is sometimes it doesn't matter how good you are and how strong you are. I think at least for me the real important question is " Would I have the guts to protect my self against that person?". I rarely lose in a fight but when it comes to my perps I can't I become to scared to move some times. But the thing is the more you practice doing it and time you can be more confident.
LOL I had the same experience. I was the well mannered and innocent looking kid. When I get to a fight w/ other kids (they started it) I always won no one really expected that I know how to fight cause the say I was girly. But I have 2 other brothers that loves to get in to a fight they teaches me a few things to protect my self.
I'm not sure but I think its Aikido.
This is Basic Aikidio : wrist lock twist (I love doing this w/ my brother in law)
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Really, wow, that's so cool, i have always thought that it would be cool to be a gymnast, you must be pretty fit! i re-started kickboxing (and have recently stopped) because i wanted to make sure i stay quite agile and gymnasts are certainly agile and balanced.
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