****, bro. Please be on my side when we're caught in a dark alley.I'm a third dan blackbelt in taekwondo under Grandmaster Sung Kim and train Brazilian Jiujitsu w/ gi, w/o gi, and MMA under Master Chris Chard and Muay Thai under Ryan "the lion" madigan. And I boxed golden glove since I was a little kid. Now going for KOTC. We do jits under N.A.G.A and I might be doing the Arnold's in ohio soon and than Pan-American tournament. What do you do Gun?
:lol: I don't know how old you are, but I feel like I need that just to get limber. It's that or yoga or extreme stretch workouts.Now Im thinking of starting Tai Chi just to get me moving again :banghead: but like mentioned thru out his thread , its hard to find a good teacher teaching the real art the way its supposed to be
Wow this is a great thread, I have a lot of catching up to do so I apologize in advance for bringing up old issues.not to knock BJJ, but its not a practical street fighting art (at least in my opinion).. Those guys get in the ring and lay on their backs getting pumelled for 20 minutes before winning some times.. This is not something i want to do int the streets especially if there are multiple attackers.
**edit.. what i really meant was.. it is not a good thinking to compare ring fighting to street fighting. Alot of kung fu techniques are lethal, and or are meant to destroy organs/bones/joints (not the same as joint locks).. this is pretty much no-go territory in the ring, but is fair game when your life is on the line (at least in Texas :irock: )
i dropped out of kung fu for that reason (with earlier and shorter-lived times with american karate and hapkido), and due to too many injuries and a run-in with the instructor who found no problem with unsupervised sparring. he felt sparring was supposed to be a full-contact brawl. i got my nose and ribs broken and i just fucking quit. i almost sued the instructor's ass.
and this leads to the main premise: yeah, most of these schools are all about the $$$. period. they figure in high turnover of students and volume. just like any retail outlet store. that is all it mostly is. what do you expect? this is not feudal japan or china in medieval times. this is hardcore capitalism. and martial arts are FOR SALE.
sure, there are devoted sifus out there. but you must prove to be hardcore yourself as a disciple or you WILL NOT become any good. and it does take some bit of natural talent, too. not just any ******* can pay per month, get belts, and be a kung fu artist. that is just not reality.
Where in SD is the Boxing Club? I used to live in SD.MMA is on the rise; wouldn't say traditional martial arts are dead but they certainly do not get the same time of air time.
We have Dean Lister (ADCC Champion 2003, 2005; Pride and UFC contender) and Mel Menor (Former K1 fighter, first American kickboxer to be invited by King of Thailand to compete in one of their ceremonies) at The Boxing Club in San Diego. I just did the cardio kickboxing tho for health, but it was maybe two or three times the pace you'd see at a regular gym, but I would say those are pretty good credentials. We also have fitness competitors and boxing coaches, so at least I'm not learning from somebody who got a fitness degree online.
Mainly lift weights now after being sick for a while.
The Boxing Club on Convoy Street (in Balboa) is where Dean Lister teaches. Mel Menor teaches at the gym in UTC; that one opened just recently. If you watch Pride, Dean can be seen w/ Mel in his corner in the opening round of the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix, where he lost to Ricardo Arona.Where in SD is the Boxing Club? I used to live in SD.
An invite by the King himself? That's very impressive.
I'm glad martial arts doesn't get airtime like MMA. I wouldn't want the 2 to be associated with each other.
I would say Muay Thai is hard to find because of how violent it is, those fighters are efen crazy. I love MMA but I am not into getting my face all busted up by knees to the face.I'm actually hoping for some real Muay Thai training and also Filipino Martial Arts. I have found ZERO traditional/authentic Muay Thai schools for the past 5 years in the Western Washington area . . . ok there was 1 but it was about a 3 hour drive (not gonna do that). Maybe I'll travel up to Canada.
Might as well take a sabbatical and go live in Thailand for a while. I've always wanted to take MT, but the good ones are truly hard to find. I'm sure there are secret dojos that only allow relatives of friends of class members of....you get the idea.I'm actually hoping for some real Muay Thai training and also Filipino Martial Arts. I have found ZERO traditional/authentic Muay Thai schools for the past 5 years in the Western Washington area . . . ok there was 1 but it was about a 3 hour drive (not gonna do that). Maybe I'll travel up to Canada.