Newbie needs some pointers

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by shoryuken63, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. shoryuken63

    shoryuken63 New Member

    Hi i am looking for a MA style to start with to lay a good foundation for a background in multiple disciplines. I was wondering what are good styles for that purpose and how long should i stick with it before moving on.

    If this helps i am 5'7" weigh 155 lbs and was a high school wrestler for a year and football player for all of high school.
  2. Playful Giant

    Playful Giant Banned Banned

    It sounds like you need an art that you can stick with and learn foundations.

    Wing chun and karate both have excellent bases and stancework. Ninjutsu is also good
  3. shoryuken63

    shoryuken63 New Member

    what type of karate would you suggest?
  4. Transcend

    Transcend Valued Member

    i would suggest Goju Ryu...a little bias coming from a person that has only studied Goju karate but i believe it is very well rounded.
  5. shoryuken63

    shoryuken63 New Member

    what are other disciplines that compliment Gojo Ryu? Also, near my home there is no one that practices this form- is there another similar style that i could benefit from? Thanks for all the info.
  6. Anderslam2

    Anderslam2 New Member

    use your environment. especially if your getting ganged up on.
  7. Reg

    Reg New Member

    I think you already have a pretty good foundation with wrestling. All you need to learn is a striking art, and in my opinion, Muay Thai is one of the best.
  8. Playful Giant

    Playful Giant Banned Banned

    British Kyokishinki. Any karate will get you strong but I think Kyokishinki has all round skill and technique
  9. Tribalweapon

    Tribalweapon Valued Member

    what is available to you?

    Your wrestling background would probably give you a slight head start in the grappling arts.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2005
  10. Kyouretsu

    Kyouretsu New Member

    I think you should see what is available to you... what is available in your region. Go and watch a few classes... see what you think interests you.
    With your background in wrestling... you would probably be fairly comfortable with some of the grappling forms... but see what you think looks interesting... that you will be able to train and learn close to where you live. There is no point in picking your art and then finding out that you cannot train that in your area!
  11. shoryuken63

    shoryuken63 New Member

    is there a way to find instructers that arent listed in the yellow pages?
  12. TheCount

    TheCount Happiness is a mindset

    It depends what you are looking for. Karate with Kobudo involves hand to hand and weapons, Jiu Jitsu as well sometimes involves weapons. As for a good foundation...? If your looking for effective and useful, Boxing, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, CQC and the likes. A lot of martial arts involve a lot of hand flapping which is an excellent basis for getting hurt by someone 'Wi a mean riight hoook'
  13. Yohan

    Yohan In the Spirit of Yohan Supporter

    If you want to pick a style to practice, follow these simple steps:

    1. Go to
    2. Type in your city and state, and the words martial arts in the box, in the following fashion:

    "Huntsville, AL" "martial arts"

    3. Pick between 5 and 10 of the availiable schools and post links to their websites/information on MAP. We will help you weed out the fakers.

    If you are looking for a style that will lay a good foundation in many arts/principles/styles, ninjitsu, kali/escrima/arnis, or MMA would all be good choices for you. Usually, these styles include:

    Standup and groundfighting
    striking and grappling
    weapons work
  14. shoryuken63

    shoryuken63 New Member

  15. Yohan

    Yohan In the Spirit of Yohan Supporter

    Seems nice - if he teaches the kali/arnis/escrima, and muay thai in his jeet kune do, it should be a great class. Go check this one out without a doubt. If his students look good, and the instruction is good, it would be a good one to check out.

    His hapkido class would probably be good. I bet the guy is real good, but he's obviously awarded himself rank - he's not legit, but if his classes are good, it would be a good choice.

    Hapkido includes striking, locking, throwing, pins and other stuff.

    I wouldn't even go here.

    Ditto - high mcdojo potential.

    Looks more fitness/family oriented then fighting oriented. If you are a testosterone junkie and want to learn to fight, I wouldn't do this either.

    Looks worth checking out - good styles. Muay thai, karate and submission wrestling. If they are any good, it would be nice. Although they don't do the shootfighting much.

    Looks decent - might be worth checking out. Nice gym, slight mcdojo potential, but hey.

    Just tae kwon do, but no flash and dash, so it might be nice. If you are looking for well rounded stuff, TKD is not it. They do all striking, mostly kicks, and a lot of places focus on competition, not fighting.

    All physical fitness, probably no fighting benefits here.

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