Reason to train?

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  1. Runs With Fire

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    I am interested on getting different peoples aspects on why you train? What was it that you started martial arts for in the first place? Has your perspective or what you hope to get from the arts changed with time? I ask because I am finding my personal philosophy taking shape in a slightly new direction.
    I am always asking myself why. I suppose to ensure I have a vision; a purpose being fulfilled.
    For myself, I can't find a legitimate, honest reason then I should either change my philosophy or my action.
     
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    As you are posting in the TSD section rather than general martial arts, am I to assume you only want TSD people to post?
     
  3. Runs With Fire

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    I had Tang Soo Do on the brain, but I wouldn't be too picky.
     
  4. donald1

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    when i train, i do it for several reasons; to to get better, to rememember the forms better, better in shape, figure out how i can use the forms in a real situation and what some of the parts of the form could also be
     
  5. Runs With Fire

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    Why do you want to get better? Please excuse my bluntness. What purpose does it serve if I may ask such a question?
     
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    by this i mean forms, i practice forms at home when i am not at the dojo. practice and remember what corrections and tips that the instructor tells you and apply to training making habbit of doing it right.
     
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    When I first started it was to do something with my young son that would interest him and give him good physical development and life skills. He stuck with the training for five years before leaving for other pursuits. Eventually I left as well, for other reasons, but always intended to return.

    The reason for restarting? Unfinished business, physical fitness, friends etc.
     
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    First, foremost and obviously, self-improvement.

    The Keysi Fighting Method and training thereof has helped me through some tough times, directly or indirectly. Besides the obvious benefits of learning how to rough it out and the conditioning I get from it, it's about the philosophy that I can always keep going - that the limit's only my own self-imposed ceiling on my development and my technique, and that I can set any goal I want, no matter how lofty, as long as I'm willing to sweat and toil to get there.

    :)
     
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  9. Runs With Fire

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    Well said
     
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    When i first started to study the art's I studied at the first school that opened in the area. I had heard about martial arts and the physical and mental discipline involved and wanted to experience it. After a short time I realized my instructor was out of shape and had little mental discipline and was in the arts simple to make himself seem important and to make money.
    I changed instructors and would at times which hick 75 plus miles a night to study with a gentleman whom I had heard of, eventually moving to his town to study.
    My perspective on the arts has changed over time as now I do not look upon Black Belts with awe but rather wait to see what they can do and how well. I see to many schools that where started by under black belts who claim to be high ranking black belts and nobody in the public checking there credentials and no one in the arts shutting down there frauds.
    I still believe in some of the stuff that science can not prove but I have felt the results of.
    I keep studying because I have still more to learn.
     
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    I started karate because it looked like fun and my best friend was studying it.

    After eventually quitting (high school distractions) I got back into martial arts because I wanted the personal challenges of studying a martial art. Then I started getting seriously into the self-defense side of things, and now these days I do it because I find it fun to challenge myself and learn new aspects of the arts that I study. I think if you stay on any path for a length of time your reasons will change as you do.
     
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    I started training because a couple of my friends already were and I could see the effect that it had on them. My initial aim was to lose some weight, get fit and be part of a group. I suppose now my reasons for continuing training are the same. Keep fit, keep making new friends and keep pushing myself to discover more of the art inside and outside of the dojang.

    Now I try to set myself two or three yearly goals which means I'm never too far away from achieving something. It seems to work for me!

    I had to take a year out recently which made me realise how much TSD meant to me and the bond that I had with everyone at my club. That was worth sticking with it alone.
     
  13. Xue Sheng

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    Because I like to train, but if you ask my wife it is because I am "Martial Arts Crazy"

    I was a big kid and therefore the target of bullies and their friends so my parents sent me to Jujutsu

    It has been over 40 years so it has changed a few times but in the beginning it was just to stop getting bullied but now it is mostly for health and to feed my addiction to it

    Not knowing anything about you all I can say that as life situations change, school, job, family, etc. you and your philosophy changed. A quote from Muhammad Ali that I am rather fond of and I think is applicable is

     
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    In short words, my philosophy has changed from my life centered around me to what I call the reason for human existance, the light of truth: "Ad Dare Servire" "To Give" and "To Serve".
    As I follow my path, I must help the people along the way. Instead of just taking from martial arts and my school, I want to give and and to help where help is useful and accepted.
     
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    Transk53 The Dark Often Prevails

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    I too believe that some things are beyond the realm of science. Call it a feeling if you will, but science is always current. Still no reason to readily dismiss because you say, there is always more to learn. Discovery maybe a metaphorical mine field, but still fun.
     
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    thats whats cool about martial arts, you can train for 5... 10... maybs even 20 or more years and still learn something new :)
     
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    heck Donald1,, 20 years was such a long time ago. I'm well over twice that in study years and still learning
     
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    Amen brother....
     
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    Well not at the point of getting my free bus pass just yet, but in the future I hope that I will have learnt enough to realise it did not matter when I started.
     
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    how many years have you trained? :) :beaver:
     

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