Why do you train?

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by Grass hopper, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Grass hopper

    Grass hopper Valued Member

    We all train our respective martial arts for a different reason. Some do it for fitness, some for self defense, some for the culture and some for fun! Our motives for training effect our view on he arts greatly, my question is why do you train?

    For me, I started training for the self defense. I was a closeted socially awkward high school freshman who wanted to feel safe. It helped me tremendously and on more than one occasion saved me from having to fight.

    Now that I'm out in the real world, i train mostly for fun. I like that I can defend myself better than the average guy, and I really like he fitness but for the most part it's just fun. I go hang out with cool people, make friends, throw people around and get thrown and we all have a laugh.
  2. Dean Winchester

    Dean Winchester Valued Member

    I'm socially inept so it helps being able to punch people in the face when I say the wrong thing.
  3. philosoraptor

    philosoraptor carnivore in a top hat Supporter

    I just want someone to cuddle :[
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  4. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    Fighting skill based almost entirely around real world situations

    The fact I enjoy it immensely is a pure coincidence...honest
  5. DrunkenMasterBE

    DrunkenMasterBE Valued Member

    I train it for all the reasons you said
  6. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    Like most people I grew up watching ninja films and thought it would be good to learn an MA 'cause then I would be invincible. :) I liked the history and cultural stuff too. I started with judo, really regret not sticking with it, but my family moved house (country) and there was no judo about.

    I took a bit of a break and got back into training, quite honestly, to help me out a bit in the trouble I was getting into. :eek:

    These days, and after my second and rather long break, I train for fun and fitness and nothing more. it's one reason why I took up capoeira, it's just so much damn fun. The history is quite interesting too, and you have the musical aspects. I also have no interest in Asian culture or history (SE Asia is different. I also do FMA), so prefer to look at other arts.
  7. LemonSloth

    LemonSloth Laugh and grow fat!

    As a kid, I started for a few months because I'd seen all the Karate Kid type movies and thought Karate would be great. Stuck it out a few months until my health became really bad and left, but found it far more fascinating than the movies had shown me.

    Then I took it up again about six years later as an adult. Initially because I was a socially inept and wanted to feel like I could fight off any potential attackers. Given the situation I was in with extended family at the time, it was more realistic a threat than it should have been.

    Now I enjoy it, I feel a great deal more confident, it's physically incredibly challenging, it gets me out the house and it stops me spending most my time playing the xBox. Any potential SD understanding is a bonus if I have developed any understanding.

    Plus sometimes I get to legally punch people.
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  8. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    i find it extremely fun and oddly enough i have a more or less 50% more serious version of dean's answer: i am completely socially inept, but MA as a social activity is mixed with face punching in between (and directly leading to, on occasion) the laughs, so it's all good :D
  9. StooXex

    StooXex Valued Member

    I started so that my kids wouldn't be able to beat me up!!

    Now I do it because it's fun, for keeping fit and because the sight of someone going flying onto the mat is really amusing.
  10. panderso

    panderso Valued Member

    Started wrestling because I wanted to do something tough in high school. Started taekwondo because I wanted unarmed combat skills to help me as I went into the Army (ha, shows how naive I was back then...). Continue in various arts for most of the above reasons... self defence, fitness, and fun.
  11. Kave

    Kave Lunatic

    I train because it is fun, and it stops me from getting too fat. Also I like the fact that it takes 100% of your attention, you can't spend time worrying about life's little problems when you are busy trying not to get punched in the face.
  12. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter

  13. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    Haha...I was SO close to posting that myself. Naughty boy.
  14. E-Rocker

    E-Rocker Valued Member

    Because I'm addicted to it. Literally. There have been many, many times when I've wanted to quit training, but I just can't do it. At least, as far as addictions go, it's a relatively healthy and productive one.
  15. Grass hopper

    Grass hopper Valued Member

    i know how you feel, i occasionally joke that "i picked the wrong hobby, nobody ever pulled a groin muscle or broke a nose knitting"
  16. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    Looking at some of the recent discussions on MAP :)ninja1:) i'm not sure about that.
  17. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter

    Serious answer: At first I liked the idea of leverage and stuff in bjj, and I was aggressively minded anyway, but now its just a thing I do. It seems a bit meh to say its a part of me but that's how I feel. My gym is a 2nd home and training is when I'm at my happiest. Can forget about all the other crap and just work up a sweat and learn new things and test yourself. It really surprised me the first time I watched clips of me competing and seeing just how much I smile when I'm doing it. I just love it too much to step away.

    And what everyone else said. I'm another shy quiet person who can't do conversation so training gave me a way to socialise with a common middle ground
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  18. LemonSloth

    LemonSloth Laugh and grow fat!

    So looking at some of these responses...are we getting into MA because we're socially inept, anxious individuals who get a high off doing something macho? Or just massive nerds who like to be physical?

  19. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.

    Dad (a Sifu himself) dragged me into it for culture and SD. He feared racial abuse when we moved to London. I didn't notice a difference, I didnt actually take it seriously cos I was a child and was playing around.

    Got taken off the "Fu" for academic studies and found Muay Thai and Vale Tudo. I did that definately for fitness and SD.
  20. Giovanni

    Giovanni Well-Known Member Supporter

    me, there's just something visceral about the competition that i just can't find anywhere else. when i was in aikido, it was all mental and i tremendously enjoyed being a modern peaceful samurai...in my mind. but now that i'm into grappling, there's just nothing like going up against another human being, either in class or a competition. before i step on the mat i pretty much go through every emotion possible. and making it out of the competition alive is just a tremendous feeling.

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