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I want to learn a martial art.
I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?
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Tae Kwon do
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I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?
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Muay Thai for stand up and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for ground.

I think Jiu Jitsu would be best for you. Muay thai will break your nose. You dont want a broken nose your a lady.
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I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?
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I would take up boxing for women. Martial arts take years of practice and commitment (and money)

Waste of time,
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Judo - it is soft, but very effective, teaches great skills. Later you can add combat training to the skills you learn here. Judo teaches you how not to be hurt when you fall, how to stand, how to use your enemy's weight against them to throw them around like a rag doll, and it teaches you how to use your mind to make your arms ten times stronger than you thought possible, without pain too.

I learned Judo from a book at the library, when as a child, and I have been in three fights where it helped me defeat them. I kid you not. Judo is awesome.
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Thanks, all. I'm really wanting to do something and get into it. Judo or Tai Chi sound more my style than the other ones. I guess I'm looking for physical discipline and mental benefits--maybe even the philosophy--more than I want to "fight."
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Rex Kwon Do!
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Tae Kwon do
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Fucking waste of time!
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Why do you want to learn a martial art when the best type of fighting is going to bar, gettin wasted and have a punch up. It is great
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I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?
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For practical self-defence, as a woman, you will have to overcome your natural aversion to doing evil things that really work.

If you are attacked on the street by a male thug, for example, don't hesitate to bite, hard, any part of him that comes within reach.

Also, attack his throat, eyes, and testicles. RAM a thumb deep into an eye-socket.

Can you do that, rather than submit to rape, or worse?
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Thanks, all. I'm really wanting to do something and get into it. Judo or Tai Chi sound more my style than the other ones. I guess I'm looking for physical discipline and mental benefits--maybe even the philosophy--more than I want to "fight."
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Aikido is very effective imho as you learn to use others power against them. I practice a different martial art but I think aikido is very effective especially if you're not that strong. However, if you want it for the physical discipline I'd look at karate, tae kwan do and muay thai.
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jeet kune do
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Before taking up any martial art it's a good idea to get your body prepped for the strenuous exercises to come. A good martial arts school will start you off slow anyway but if you show potential you'll move in to the advanced training sooner. I'd suggest taking a basic martial arts course in karate to get started--if you want to try something different later then you at least have a working knowledge of self-defense.
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It is not about the art or Discipline ..But rather in the teacher..and his or her experiences when they were taught.. Look hard for an instructor that is in it for the teaching and betterment of his students and the Art..(and your skills). There are many money schools out there..Find one that is not and the rest will take care of itself...
It Only Hurts If You Care...
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Aikido
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I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?
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hello my lady friend,

i would suggest Wing Chun (legend is that after destruction of Southern Shaolin temple in China a lady monk taught this to another lady).

i feel that any martial arts, with dedication, will allow one to develop the skills and consciousness to defend themselves, but Wing Chuns whole design seems a little different from the rest.

it seemed to be designed for people who do not have or want to rely on brute strength, also the best of all the traditional and different schools of chinese martial arts that really stresses simplicity.

a bit about even making the fist:



it was also called a "cinderella" kung fu, the simplicity and the power, all from a grounded passive stance (of relaxation - calming the mind as well) is really remarkable. it's hard to explain, but i can see how a woman teaching this and displaying it is also remarkable. it really does seem like a softer power, and definitely does not seem to be about outer strength, but using softer inner power. ladies seem to have a different kind of power than what males usually think of that word, and the history of it and seeing it action is really cool to me.

a little more on the punch:



also some more coolness from wikipedia article that really stood out for me (this martial arts also reminds me of Tai Chi alot):

Relaxation

Softness (via relaxation) and performing techniques in a relaxed manner, is fundamental to Wing Chun.


..

* A tense, stiff limb provides an easy handle for an opponent to push or pull with, whereas a relaxed limb provides an opponent less to work with.

* A relaxed, but focused limb, affords the ability to feel "holes" or weaknesses in the opponents structure (See Sensitivity section). With the correct forwarding these "holes" grant a path into attacking the opponent.

* Muscular struggle reduces a fight to who is stronger. Minimum brute strength in all movement becomes an equalizer in uneven strength confrontations. This is very much in the spirit of the tale of Ng Mui.


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Wing Chun techniques are generally "closed", with the limbs drawn in to protect the central area and also to maintain balance. In most circumstances, the hands do not move beyond the vertical circle that is described by swinging the arms in front, with the hands crossed at the wrists. ..A large emphasis and time investment.. .. emphasizes positioning to dominate this centerline. The stance and guard all point at or through the center to concentrate physical and mental intent of the entire body to the one target.



Wing Chun practitioners attack within this central area to transmit force more effectively, since it targets the "core center" (or "mother line"...referring to the vertical axis of the human body where the center of gravity lies). For example, striking an opponent's shoulder will twist the body, dispelling some of the force and weakening the strike, as well as compromising the striker's position. Striking closer to the center transmits more force directly into the body....


Punches
Strength and Impact. Wing Chun practitioners believe that because the elbow is behind the fist during the strike, it is thereby supported by the strength of the entire body rather than just a swinging fist, and therefore has more impact. ..on being able to generate "short power" or large amount of power in a short space. A common demonstration of this is the "one-inch punch," a punch that starts only an inch away from the target yet delivers an explosive amount of force....
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check out this theory of the wing chun punch:


thanks for the opportunity to share.
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I totally agree with wing chun,it is a very solid style and you can follow it up with Buk sing/Choy le fut , or for more internal/mind energy/ martial art try xing yi(awesome style) or thi chi quan. Good luck, stick with it and God bless
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check out this theory of the wing chun punch:


thanks for the opportunity to share.
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oops, last one didn't post:


the whole idea of dominating the "centerline" intrigued me. the arms, while relaxed does seem like 'feelers' to deflect anything coming at the person through the center... and the dominating the centerline, and deflecting it outwards really gives me the idea that one dominates the center, opponents will usually have to resort to more swinging kind of punches... but having your own arms in the center, it does feel like "even though they punch first, your punch arrives first.." or something like that.

here is a scene from Ip Man (violence warning):


This movie shows Wing Chun and really shows the aspect of awareness and dominating the centerline. i know its just a movie, but it shows the form very well, like the hips forward thing, and opponents punches kind of getting shrugged to the side. I think this movie is based on Bruce Lee's teacher (or the head instructor of his school, and didn't seem well known during that period - there were alot more well known established, popular schools). Also, of course being a movie is very exaggerated for thrills i imagine, but the quirkyness of this martial arts still showed through for me.
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Check out Capoeira or Russian Systema. Both are awesome!
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wing chun or other forms of kung fu mixed with tai chi chuan would foster supreme hand/foot combat skill. deadly arts/weapons arts could be supplemented with ninjutsu
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I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?


Muay Thai for stand up and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for ground.

I think Jiu Jitsu would be best for you. Muay thai will break your nose. You dont want a broken nose your a lady.
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Jiu Jitsu might not be the best choice either. She would get groped whilst rolling around on the mat, or possible have a wayward finger accidentally pressed into an orifice. I'd suggest something like Krav Maga, Kenpo or Wing Chun.
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Re: I want to learn a martial art.
I've been training in Tae Kwon Do, Kraz Maga and recently Judo.
They "ALL" offer some particular self defense/physical conditioning benefits but I can honestly state that from what seems to be your reasoning for learning martial arts, I would suggest Judo.
The bottom line is finding a good, reputable local martial school. I would visit the schools in your area and get a feel for the teachers, students and overall atmosphere.
For example, I really enjoyed Krav Maga but I absolutely despised the cocky, hot headed instructor.
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Thanks, all. I'm really wanting to do something and get into it. Judo or Tai Chi sound more my style than the other ones. I guess I'm looking for physical discipline and mental benefits--maybe even the philosophy--more than I want to "fight."
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women warriors are hot!!! ;)



hf
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I'm 33, female, and in good health and OK shape, but no athlete. I have been wanting to learn a martial art, but I'm afraid they might be too hard. I like them for the emphasis on mind and body. Anybody have experience or could point me to how/where to get started?
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Just know some killing techniques , which are simply logic of the body. Upgrade your strength/cardio , be healthy and you'll have everything you need.
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Aikido
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clappa
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The Tao of Kung Fu #4 - "Peace is prized above victory."

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Try Hari Kari........
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Re: I want to learn a martial art.
Take a Kung FU class!

do your home work find the best style for your body type.

IF you post a picture of yourself I can help more.

I need to know your body type.

I've been teaching MA for 30 years now.
I've done many different styles.

I teach karate and TKD.
But I take kung fu...
I use to be into ninjitsu but then I found out NINJA really means someone who HAS KILLED.

It was fun and I learned many things from it.
My fav trick is throwing baby powder in someones face then beat them up!

When the cops sho up it's a funny story!

-peace

White powder and punches baby!!
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Re: I want to learn a martial art.
check out this theory of the wing chun punch:


thanks for the opportunity to share.



oops, last one didn't post:


the whole idea of dominating the "centerline" intrigued me. the arms, while relaxed does seem like 'feelers' to deflect anything coming at the person through the center... and the dominating the centerline, and deflecting it outwards really gives me the idea that one dominates the center, opponents will usually have to resort to more swinging kind of punches... but having your own arms in the center, it does feel like "even though they punch first, your punch arrives first.." or something like that.

here is a scene from Ip Man (violence warning):


This movie shows Wing Chun and really shows the aspect of awareness and dominating the centerline. i know its just a movie, but it shows the form very well, like the hips forward thing, and opponents punches kind of getting shrugged to the side. I think this movie is based on Bruce Lee's teacher (or the head instructor of his school, and didn't seem well known during that period - there were alot more well known established, popular schools). Also, of course being a movie is very exaggerated for thrills i imagine, but the quirkyness of this martial arts still showed through for me.
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We all saw what happen when wing chun got in the cage. Not saying wing chun is bad.. I did it for 5 years and won many fights with it.. But I don't think she will get to this level of fighting. Look for real wing chun fights.
Real karate fights real kung fu fights.. They end quick or look really funny.
I won many fights just from one front round house kick. And a punch.
peace
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Tae Kwon do


Fucking waste of time!
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+1

I studied Shoto Kan Karate in my youth. We used to beat the Tae Kwon Do class routinely.
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Tae Kwon do


Fucking waste of time!


+1

I studied Shoto Kan Karate in my youth. We used to beat the Tae Kwon Do class routinely.
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MOst TKD classes just take money and don't teach how to use it.

I took Chang MOO kwon style in Korea and it was much different.

We beat up all the karate and kempo guys.. It's not the style it's the person using it.

I can teach someon just a round house and a palm strick and they will beat up black belts easy..

-peace

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