Elhan said:Aikido requires a lot of time. This is why I am thinking of studying it in conjunction with another art.
Elhan said:Sounds really interesting. My uni has Shukokai (apparently, although no details of it yet) and Shotokan Karate clubs, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Judo, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Taijiquan societies. I guess the best thing to do would be to check them all out.
Elhan said:What exactly does the Krav Maga involve? Apparently, it is a mixture of all the various martial arts, plus it has a few moves of its own, and has a specialised training system. According to many, it is the ultimate self-defence/offence system out there.
Aikido is another martial art I am curious about. It is supposedly extremely efficient if practised well, and has both defensive and offensive capacity, depending on one's level of training. How efficient is it against other martial arts as a stand-alone? Would it have to be supplemented, or is it good enough on its own? Does Aikido help tone the body?
Wing Chun Kung Fu seems interesting too. It has many aspects to it similar to Aikido, yet its a system entirely of its own, often hailed as the scientific fighting art. Is it as efficient and lethal as its rumoured to be? Does it require long training periods? Are its bases on technique more so than strength or agility? I have actually done a bit of Wing Chun, yet had to stop due to a time-table clash. I was impressed by it and its techniques, even if its 2-in-1 offence/defence system are a bit difficult to grasp at first.
I would also welcome all posters to enlighten me about their particular martial art. I would appreciate information as to what it involves, what its bases are ( I would prefer technique based martial arts rather than ones purely based on strength), its efficiency in defence/ offence, and how it compares to other martial arts, its learning curve and its core principles, as well as its physical and mental benefits.
Although I am not a woman myself, on behalf of some friends of mine, I would like to ask which martial arts are ideal for women?
Another question I have is as to what is the effectiveness of Pilates as a supplement to any exercise regimes imposed by the martial art, and general fitness. The method apparently improves flexibility, posture, breathing and focus. These all are important aspects of maritla arts. Would Pilates thus make a useful supplement?
I see. Though why would the Israeli secret forces and the Russian military use it then?kenpojujitsu said:Krav Maga: Every new style claims to be the "ultimate", Krav Maga is no exception. This supposedly Israeli combat art was created in the U.S. by a marketing company. It is no better than what is taught at the average strip mall karate mcdojo, which is where you will find most of the schools.
Since you are new to martial arts you may not be familiar with the term Mc Dojo, but it comes from "McDonalds". A McDojo is a place where you can go to get a black belt in a hurry without having to spend much time on silly things like training and practicing.
Thanks for all the info. Does Wing Chun include kicks and pressure points beyond force redirection? From what I've been told it focuses around deflection, yet it has both offensive and defensive techniques.Aikido - depending on what style and how you appraoch training, is hightly efficient and effective self defense. It is highly suitable for women, but is purely defensive - not offensive at all.
Wing Chun is highly scientific and efficient. Very far removed from Aikido. It was developed by a women and is very good for women.
Pilates is great exercise and supplemnt to a martial arts regime. Aikido does not tone the body. So if you choose Aikido, add the Pliates.
Yeah I can imagine it taking long to learn in defense. It should be useful for its mental and physical benefits though.arnisador said:Yes, Tai Chi would fit with just about anything.
Some places do still teach it as self-defense, but even then it takes a long time to gain proficiency.
I'll look into them next year, when beginner's classes start again. I am thinking of going with Wing Chun and Tai Chi.grenadier said:Glad to hear that there are all sorts of options available there.
Yes, by all means, please take time to check out each one, to see which one you might like best. Remember, if something doesn't seem right to you, then don't be afraid to simply walk away.
A combination of Shotokan Karate and Judo would be a great blend.