Which is better (marital arts)

60 Pandaren Monk
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I'm sorry, but i'm iching to hear what you guys think, whether it's from a personal experience or what you think. I really hope i'm not breaking any forum rules, and I hope I wont get reported. Just really want to know. OK, so which one of these marital arts in your opinion, is best....

TaeKwonDo: Although an ancient and once secret Korean art of weaponless self-defense, Taekwondo is now a Korean sport in which either two persons practice methods of unarmed fighting or one person can exercise for both physical fitness and self-defense. Taekwondo is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world.

Karate: Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual

Kung-Fu: Kung-Fu, which originated in the Shaolin Temple in China over 4,000 years ago, is considered to be the oldest Martial Art in the world. It is a highly effective method of self-discipline incorporating breathing techniques to those used in Yoga, body conditioning, ancient exercises, and various methods of fighting techniques. The Kung-fu style uses powerful, graceful dance-like techniques, with considerable emphasis on leg techniques, arm techniques, and mental discipline.

If you didn't know what these marital arts are, I posted the function of them. Let me here your guys perspective!
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90 Human Paladin
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When it comes to practicality, Kung Fu has styles that are more likely to have an observable impact on a fight. Granted, anyone untrained in combat beyond the "x-factor" is going to be at a disadvantage against someone that has training, but of those three there are enough styles of kung fu that are "competent" to remain relevant in martial arts competitions.

Other than Kyokushin kaikan, I don't actually know much about karate. Judo has a lot of things that are taken for other styles and the fluidity of Aikido is popular. TaeKwonDo is by and large valued foremost for the appearance of its forms over their efficiency.

I think Hapkido was always the Korean style I liked the most.
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There are so many different versions of martial arts it's somewhat mind boggling to go through them all. Personally however, I would say your best bet is to play to your body's strengths. If you're short and can't kick very high, a martial art that involves high kicks probably isn't going to work well for you without a lot of focused, dedicated training. Likewise if you're not very acrobatic taking up say capoeira isn't going to work either.

So since I don't know what your strengths are I can't suggest anything, although karate is perhaps the most widely practiced so that might be a good starting point.
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60 Pandaren Monk
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Well I am doing Taekwondo. Feel free to laugh, but i'm 15 years old, and i'm a white belt.. I started it this year. actually this month xD. Anyways, I stayed to see the sparring classes and black belt. there where these 2 boys, at looked like they were 10 years old. And they were kicking like they were masters. Of course they were 2nd degree black belt. but I was amazed at how powerful their kicks where. I mean, I felt bad for the punching bag! They were so powerful and were so controlled with there bodies. So. After seeing that, I knew I loved TKD, just wanted to see what you guys like and your personal experiences!
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88 Worgen Rogue
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Bushido. Bring a sword to a fist fight.

In all seriousness... I'm going to echo Kauth and say Kung Fu being the one most practical in self-defense and such. Quite a few styles revolve specifically around incapacitating a person in the swiftest and most non-lethal way possible (but can also quite easily be turned to lethality if needed).

Plus - you might bring the psychological factor that will help win fights - you look like you know some awesome Kung Fu style, you'll already be putting your opponents on the wrong foot.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kook_Sool_Won

That's my honest favourite for my characters, when I've had ones that needed to be trained for fighting - in the most.. non-fighting way possible.

Otherwise, I might say Kung Fu too.
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90 Human Paladin
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Well I am doing Taekwondo. Feel free to laugh, but i'm 15 years old, and i'm a white belt.. I started it this year. actually this month xD. Anyways, I stayed to see the sparring classes and black belt. there where these 2 boys, at looked like they were 10 years old. And they were kicking like they were masters. Of course they were 2nd degree black belt. but I was amazed at how powerful their kicks where. I mean, I felt bad for the punching bag! They were so powerful and were so controlled with there bodies. So. After seeing that, I knew I loved TKD, just wanted to see what you guys like and your personal experiences!


Why would anyone make fun of you for doing TKD? If you're doing something you love, then awesome. Keep doing it and have a blast. It'll keep you in shape and keep your confidence high.

Grats.
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90 Tauren Warrior
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My husband and I regularily make earnest efforts to listen to one another as well as be generous, thoughtful and understanding.

Or did you mean martial arts?
Because practicing hapkido or jujutsu is a wonderful way to warm up for other stuff.
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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The best marital art is definitely the Kama Sutra.

Ok, I'll get over the hilarious typo in the thread's topic. It's a very touchy subject to most people who have ever practiced any kind of martial art due to bias and superiority/inferiority complexes but... 'specialists' (and I'll use the term very loosely here) consider Krav Maga ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga)) as the most efficient self defense fighting style currently being taught. For those who are not familiar with it, it's a modern day created Israeli collection of techniques from several different backgrounds expertly mashed into a single school. It is heavily based around incapacitation and countering with practical use in mind and due to it's nature it has a low strength requirement if used with self-defense in mind. I really dislike it's form but I will not contest it's usefulness.

I personally trained karate when I was young for a few years and I've been training kendo for the last 7 years or so. Karate really helped me shape up and develop my body, which for a teenager was pretty awesome but once I moved due to college, I decided it had served its purpose and decided to try my hand at kendo since one of my new friends belonged to the national team and knew this great dojo very near to where I had moved to at the time.

TL;DR version: Krav Maga is best self defense, karate helps building up your body, kendo is fun as hell even if impractical.
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90 Tauren Monk
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04/04/2013 05:32 AMPosted by Greyes
The best marital art is definitely the Kama Sutra.


Game. Set. Match.

04/04/2013 05:32 AMPosted by Greyes
TL;DR version: Krav Maga


Did you just watch Archer a couple weeks ago. Karate is the "Dane Cook" of martial arts . . .

Each have their weaknesses and strengths. It's essentially like sports; it depends on your body type/temperament. For some people, golf would be their best sport. Others, rugby. Others, basketball. (Hint: rugby is the sport of the gods.)
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90 Human Paladin
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It's really annoying how much mythology goes into making Krav Maga into something amazing. It's basically the Bobby Hill of "self defense", in which you [learn] how to groin strike and eye gouge. These are very effective, but I don't think many people want to condition themselves to do these things as in nearly any non-lethal combat situation they deny pretty much any rule of combat.

Yeah, there are myths about how you can rip wind pipes out and break arms with a twist of the wrist, but you know that stuff is never trained so when it's actually go time it probably isn't relied upon. It's like saying Desert Eagle is best firearm because people can say it's used in Israel. Okay.

If you want to use things not on the list, then for a complete workout pretty much 9/10 times people will say Muay Thai. Conditioning, potential for crossover to real life combat, and effectiveness it generally wins out. It doesn't require a lot of room to be utilized and it deals with quick, powerful strikes.

Plus, Sagat.
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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Idk your area or your body type so it's hard to say. If it's recreational TKD isn't bad. If you're looking into self defense, karate and judo/jujitsu are the most pratical IMO.
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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keep in mind people that he's 15. If he's anything like my parents, they'll just dump him into the cheapest, closest dojo they can find. So usually that means karate or TKD
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90 Pandaren Warrior
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The Martial Art is only as good as the one who has mastered it.

All Martial Arts are Equal.

Now, there is a Style called "General Oxpalm Strategy".

That is best Martial Art.

*Waits for Horde and/or Alliance who travel Thunder Isles to post.*
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90 Pandaren Priest
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It's really annoying how much mythology goes into making Krav Maga into something amazing. It's basically the Bobby Hill of "self defense"

That's my purse!

I don't know yew!


I've always subscribed to the Dale Gribble school of emergency self defense. It's worked wonders for me thus far.

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Edited by Aurinaka on 4/4/2013 10:10 AM PDT
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90 Tauren Shaman
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Auri beat me to it. >:|

I've always been curious about Wing Chun after watching the Ip Man films. People claim it's every bit as effective as Donnie Yen makes it look, but then again it could just be movie magic.
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90 Pandaren Priest
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Auri beat me to it. >:|

Moohahaha
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90 Tauren Monk
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*Waits for Horde and/or Alliance who travel Thunder Isles to post.*


I've seen you on IoT and your "martial arts." You don't use your hands. You use swords.

YOU DON'T EVEN ROLL.

Cheater.
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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It's really annoying how much mythology goes into making Krav Maga into something amazing. It's basically the Bobby Hill of "self defense", in which you [learn] how to groin strike and eye gouge. These are very effective, but I don't think many people want to condition themselves to do these things as in nearly any non-lethal combat situation they deny pretty much any rule of combat.


It's not really mythology if the skills to perform said feats can be learned and executed properly with no more then a few months of training. Krav Maga is something I would never try myself or even consider a sport. It is, as I had mentioned before, a collage of separate techniques meshed into a single entity. All it needs to do to be very effective as self defence is to hone these few key movements to the best degree you can.

Do you know why people do actually want to condition themselves to react to threats with extreme prejudice? Because, like everyone, they are afraid and knowing you can hurt anyone who attacks you and escape is all that gives them the courage to walk home at night or no be constantly afraid anytime someone with a rough look and a bottle of liquor comes into view.

I will not defend Krav Maga as proper martial art nor will tell you it gives room for combativeness or sportsmanship. I will just say it is effective as a self-defense mechanism and as a confidence booster.
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