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Old 06-04-2006, 05:53 PM   #1
Mitchell Brown
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I am looking to start martial arts and I was thinking that I would like to take up something that gives me fighting skills, wouldn't end up with me being severely hurt or injured, gave me discipline and more courage, as well as giving me better fitness, muscle tone and bulk.

Any advice? I was thinking shotokan karate was the way to go, but I thought I would check here before confirming.
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Old 06-04-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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Muay Thai

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Old 06-04-2006, 06:54 PM   #3
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Mitchell:

May be helpful for the experienced MA folks here to know a little more about how you may use your skill. In a former life I was well-trained in Shotokan and an obscure form of Kung-fu, but if I knew more about the kind of 'situations" I would face I may have opted for wing-chun (a few uncomfortably close encounters) or krav maga. I recently learned that a classmate began competing in open MMA fighting. Will you go this route? BJJ may apply here.

There are some pretty extraordinary martial artists in this community (and you may wish to post in Cross-Pit as well). Think about giving them a little more detail and prepare to be amazed.
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:31 PM   #4
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Mitchell, I seem to remember that you are fairly close to Sydney CBD right?

If so there are a few good MMA places around and if you let me know exactly where you live I can probably point you in the right direction.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:24 PM   #5
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If you're in Sydney, at least check out The Inner City Combat Club. They are a Senshido affiliate (www.senshido.com)

http://www.clive.com.au/

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Old 06-04-2006, 08:39 PM   #6
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Boxing is great for fitness and muscle tone. It's also good for discipline especially if you get a trainer.

Still if you want to use more than your fists, and want something that's close to real life situations, I'd go with Matthew and say Muay Thai! :wink:
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:39 PM   #7
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Yeah sure, I live in in the North Western suburbs - Epping area. Close to a train line so if it's CBD or innerwest it's no problem.
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:50 PM   #8
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Mitchell
My advice for what its worth is Boxing,the conditioning works(interrelates) well with Crossfit and the timing and distance skill you will develope can tranfer easyily to other MA should you ever want to move on.

What Uni are you at?
Syd Uni has a good Boxing and Trad Wrestling Clubs as well as Cheap Judo.
For value for your Dollar you can't go past some of the Uni MA/Boxing Clubs.
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Old 06-05-2006, 12:30 AM   #9
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Moving to the CrossPit section...
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:43 AM   #10
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Mitchell, you might want to consider updating your profile, particularly with respect to location . . .
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