Starting again without a studio

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  1. mgotangsoodo

    mgotangsoodo White Belt

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    As a kid (before college) 20 years ago I trained at a TSD MDK gym in Central NJ, I was able to achieve my first Dan before heading off to college and losing touch (and gaining a freshman 20). I now live in Colorado and there aren't any studios within a reasonable distance from my home but I'd like to find a way to pick up my study again. I still have my old Gup manuals and "Soo Bahk Do Tang Soo Do" by Hwang Kee as reference material but no teacher/instructor/trainer available. Has anyone else had some experience picking up on their own? Do I look for a non-MDK affiliated studio, do I look for a similar style, or do I look for something completely different? I'd love people's take on this or some advice.
     
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    Why not open your mind to the possibility of learning something completely new? I'd look at what schools are available in your area and figure out which one suits you best regardless of style or affiliation.
     
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    This. If I were starting training today, I wouldn't probably worry about what art. I'd start visiting schools and just keep visiting until I saw one that seemed "homey" to me.
     
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    I'd look around too. While you can work on getting back into fighting shape, technique, etc. on your own, nothing can simulate working with a partner, especially a resisting partner.

    If you're in the Denver area, check out Enshin karate. I've always wanted to try Enshin to see if it lives up to my expectations of it (which are very high), but there's no dojos around me.
     
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    Where are you? There are TKD MDK schools in a number of places in CO. Since I happen to train and teach at one of them, it's quite possible I might be able to point you in the right direction.
    Which forms did you learn? That will tell me a lot about the school you trained in.
     
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    I'm in North Denver. I don't recall the names of the forms. My instructor was Master Linda Morey in Gilette NJ and I periodically trained, while preparing for my Cho Dan, at Master Hwang's studio in Springfield, he also presided over the testing.
     

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