Has anyone used the Tracy home study course?

Discussion in 'Tracy's Kenpo' started by Marshallbd, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. BJTipton11

    BJTipton11 White Belt

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    Though they are much more pricey I would consider getting these:

    http://kenpokaratellc.com/instructor-series-dvds/

    They are much better in both video and instruction quality. Steve Finn is based out of Lexington, KY and one of Mr. Tracy's top instructors.

    Here is an example from one of the DVDs.
    http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showthread.php/100473-Delayed-Sword-Tracy-s-Kenpo
     
  2. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise MT Moderator Staff Member

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    Video's can be a good reference tool but not worthwhile if you do not have a regular instructor. Find a good school near you with an instructor you will enjoy! Good luck!!!
     
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    Well, it worked for me. I started in the late 70's, moved away, got into TKD because there was no Kenpo where I lived. Got back into it by an ad in Black Belt mag in 93. But I would also go across the state to get lessons, fine tuning, and test. I still continued to go visit others, and invite others down to help me. Plus I've attended several camps, and have worked with GM Tracy five times. What made it easy for me what that I held a 3rd Dan in the ITF by the time I got re-involved, so the transition back into Tracy Kenpo was easy for me.
     
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    TaiChiTJ Brown Belt

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    Bingo. That is the only way. Nothing will ever replace live physical interaction with knowledgeable peers and teachers. It is crucial to try something that you think will work, and experience its failure. Then you get to analyze why, and true learning results. Good Luck!
     
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    I know most of the responses to your question were negative, but mine is not. Having used a training tape or 2 from the Tracy Organization. I have to say they were very user friendly. I was able to follow along, and understand the material quite well. I think having previous kenpo experience helped me, and will help you, especially having a qualified instructor to assist you in the training. All this being said, does not mean I believe all "training" tapes are truly useful for actually "learning" material cold, but there are some out there(like the Tracys) who offer a very useful product for those who are so inclined.
     
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    spawn2031 Yellow Belt

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    Necro bump!!

    I can say myself from being in Tracy's Kenpo a long time ago, they do have some exceptional training materials. I dont think any one of them by themselves would suffice but the videos combined with their technique bible can give you a very very good grasp on what is going on with each technique. I am kind of in the same situation as the OP here except that I almost got my brown belt before having to quit, but here I find myself years down the road, wanting to finish my BB and being in a somewhat rural area, swimming in a sea of TKD. Nothing wrong with TKD by any means and I am enrolled in a local school but I keep finding myself dreaming of finishing where I left off in Kenpo. Personally, I am going to contact Tracy's headquarters and see if there is an instructor that is close enough that I could go a couple times a year for tightening up my moves / belt test and one that would be interested in being able to do video private lessons via live webcams. Most certainly not the ideal way to go about it, but between the videos, bible and live web lessons (hopefully) this will be enough. I hope the OP has also found something that will work for him... Tracy's Kenpo just gets in your soul.
     
  7. Shawn Veenstra

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    Another Necro bump..

    Currently I train at a local school doing private lessons (brand new place only a couple students).I have also train at an online dojo. I also bought the Al Tracy instructor series DVDs so between all of these I have excellent training and can give a review of both sides.

    Currently I use the videos and online dojo as a reference, if I'm practicing and get stuck I'll pull a video and watch it. Videos I would say are a must have tool when I start my own dojo I will create videos (or sell Al Tracys) for my students to use.

    Online/Video training is excellent for someone that wants to dabble in it to see if they want to stick with it or if there is no other options for schools near you. I have been doing online through a place called Virtual Kenpo for a year now. I have since found a local person I train with so I can actually attest to both methods.

    Online/Video Pros

    -Inexpensive (Most are $20 or less per month)
    - Can Access anywhere anytime
    - Great for introductory

    These Pros are from Virtual Kenpo where I train I can't speak for the other schools
    -Responsive Instructors (Can send a message or video any time and within 1-2 days they will review it)
    -Online Community (think almost Facebook esq)
    -Private online lessons
    -Free Weekly Group Sessions

    Cons
    - No "fine tuning"
    - No Partners (unless you have a willing person)
    - No true "Schedule" so you have to plan it yourself
    - Might practice something wrong get used to it, then have to break that habit
     
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    Welcome to Martial Talk, Shawn. :)
     
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    Dark Sovereign 193 Blue Belt

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    Welcome Shawn even if I joined later then u XD123
     

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