How to Find Local Training Partners?

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by Volodya, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Volodya

    Volodya White Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Hi there, I am studying the IKCA Kenpo online curriculum and need a training partner. I just don't have time with work and three kids to commit to a dojo. Does anyone know of a portal where I might find martial artists in the Northern Virginia area who might want to get together and train? Doesn't have to be kenpo; in fact, would be interesting to practice with someone from another style. Thanks!
     
  2. drop bear

    drop bear Sr. Grandmaster

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2014
    Messages:
    15,699
    Likes Received:
    3,536
    Trophy Points:
    308
    Facebook
     
  3. Kung Fu Wang

    Kung Fu Wang Grandmaster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    6,311
    Likes Received:
    1,528
    Trophy Points:
    263
    Location:
    Austin, Tx/Shell Beach, Ca
    Local MMA gym.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. jobo

    jobo Senior Master

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2017
    Messages:
    4,447
    Likes Received:
    553
    Trophy Points:
    263
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    this really, the easiest way to find ma, is to join a club, you dont have to attend regularly, in fact popping in to club once a month might be a good reality check on your progress. Make a few " friends"and,see if any one wants to meet up for a bit of practise
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. Headhunter

    Headhunter Senior Master

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2016
    Messages:
    3,224
    Likes Received:
    1,132
    Trophy Points:
    253
    He said he can't comit to a dojo why would an Mma gym be any different
     
  6. gpseymour

    gpseymour Sr. Grandmaster

    Top Poster Of Month

    • Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    16,438
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    As a place to find someone willing to meet up to train. More likely (I'd expect) at an MMA gym than most TMA schools.
     
    • Dislike Dislike x 1
  7. Headhunter

    Headhunter Senior Master

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2016
    Messages:
    3,224
    Likes Received:
    1,132
    Trophy Points:
    253
    Yeah well the guys been learning kenpo online probably not the best idea to jump in with an Mma guy when he's not even done partner work before let alone sparring.
     
  8. gpseymour

    gpseymour Sr. Grandmaster

    Top Poster Of Month

    • Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    16,438
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    It would give him a chance to find out his limitations. MMA guys aren't necessarily going to eat him alive. If his training is only online, even a low-ranking Kempo partner isn't going to be much help unless they spend a lot of time working together (which he doesn't want to commit time to).
     
  9. gpseymour

    gpseymour Sr. Grandmaster

    Top Poster Of Month

    • Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    16,438
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    Honestly, getting to a dojo once a week will get you much further than you're likely to get working solely off online material. And your chances of finding a good training partner near your own level go up dramatically when you know people training at the same dojo.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Disagree Disagree x 1
  10. KenpoMaster805

    KenpoMaster805 Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Messages:
    272
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Oxnard California
    hmmm go to FB and find ya a kenpoits from your city
     
  11. Kung Fu Wang

    Kung Fu Wang Grandmaster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    6,311
    Likes Received:
    1,528
    Trophy Points:
    263
    Location:
    Austin, Tx/Shell Beach, Ca
    How to Find Local Training Partners?

    You may try the following approaches.

    1. Go to a MA school. watch their class. At the end of their class, walk to a student,
    2. Go to a fitness gym. Pick up a body builder,
    3. Go to a beach. Find someone who trains MA on the beach,
    4. Knock on your next neighbor's door,
    5. Talk to your father, mother, brother, sister, wife, girlfriend, ...
    6. ...

    and ask if that person likes to be your training partner.
     
  12. gpseymour

    gpseymour Sr. Grandmaster

    Top Poster Of Month

    • Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    16,438
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    @Psilent Knight, what part of this were you disagreeing with?
     
  13. gpseymour

    gpseymour Sr. Grandmaster

    Top Poster Of Month

    • Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    16,438
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    @Psilent Knight, did you have a problem with this one, too? Something specific, or just felt like dropping some non-comments in the thread?
     
  14. oftheherd1

    oftheherd1 Senior Master

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Messages:
    4,464
    Likes Received:
    734
    Trophy Points:
    263
    For those who don't understand Volodya's wanting to primarily use an online resource to learn MA, it may be because of living in the Northern Virginia area. Northern Virginia borders on Maryland and the District of Columbia (Washington DC). I do as well (sorry Volodya, I have the same time constraints as you) and I work in DC. My drive in the morning is 45 to 60 minutes on a good day. In the afternoon, returning home, it is sometimes the same, but usually 15 to 30 minutes more. And that is being able to use the express lane (3 or more people in the vehicle or whatever the time's monetary toll is) to avoid the heavy traffic in the main line.

    Of course, it is the individual's decision to work and live here. If you work in DC, the closer to DC you chose to live determines the cost of your domicile. So you come to this area for the greater pay, only to discover that pay is eaten up by other costs. And a lot of time goes to travel to and from work. I work an 8 hour day, but you have to add another two hours for travel. Ten hours. Some people aren't so lucky, and must work more than a ten hour day, without extra pay, just to keep their job.

    @Voloya I understand your dilemma but it is yours to work with. And you have gotten some good advice to try. Some of the advice will work better than other advice, and perhaps some not at all. You just have to try.

    I don't normally agree with online learning. But I understand right now that is probably all you can do. Have you looked for any Kenpo schools close to your home or work? Does your work have a gym where you might find a practice partner?

    Good luck.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. gpseymour

    gpseymour Sr. Grandmaster

    Top Poster Of Month

    • Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    16,438
    Likes Received:
    4,679
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    I'm quite familiar with the DC area - I've worked with clients up there quite a lot (I love a little Ethiopian restaurant in Arlington), and you're right. In a lot of ways, it's like finding a school in the greater NYC area. If it's more than a few miles away, it's almost a non-starter for regular attendance, depending upon other commitments.
     
  16. Tony Dismukes

    Tony Dismukes Senior Master

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2005
    Messages:
    4,997
    Likes Received:
    3,569
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Lexington, KY
    About 20 years ago I was in-between dojos and I put an classified ad in the local free weekly looking for training/sparring partners. I suppose the modern equivalent would be Craigslist. I found a few guys to work with intermittently until I got back into a regular school.

    Realistically, though, unless you are really lucky with this approach you are unlikely to find training partners who give you a more convenient training schedule than a regular school would.
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page