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Those Otaku who are interested in getting into, are into, or are simply passionate about martial arts. Perhaps you've been watching anime and playing video games and became interested in martial arts that way, tell us your story, let us know where you practice.
I am out here on the West Coast in Los Angeles and for a few years now I've been teaching 'Bokken Do' or, Way of the Wooden Sword. Don't bother looking it up, you won't find it.
After years of wishing to be involved in the martial arts and not being able to afford lessons, I took what little I knew from the first few free lessons around town and began utilizing it. I have made good friends with many professional instructors who have and are still helping me along the way. They are supportive of my efforts to create a 'poor man's Kendo'. Without the rules of Kendo or the gear, I believe Bokken Do's techniques and form can be utilized with steel, but I have little to no desire to find out.
I have no desire to teach techniques that I know for sure will kill someone, but I do have interest in teaching techniques that will work to put at by or bring down temporarily if need be a threat.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and would be interested in learning Bokken Do my lessons are free but my classes are not set in stone. I have a life, I work for a living, but I'd love to hear from you.
Make sure you post to tell us about yourself and your interest in the martial arts
Oct 04, 09 at 9:09pm
Hi there, I was looking around and happened to stumble upon your post. Funny enough, it was anime that piqued my interest in Martial Arts. I was pretty young when Dragon Ball Z started airing in the states, but I used to watch it and imitate what I saw. A few years down the road when Rurouni Kenshin came along, I became interested in Kendo, but didn't have access to lessons, so I would just go into my yard and swing sticks around, once again imitating what I saw. I'd love to talk to you about your Bokken Do, my friends and I are all self trained with bokken and I'd be interested in picking your brain a bit =]
sorry if this is all a bit long and boring btw ^,^;
Oct 18, 09 at 2:56pm
I've always been into martial arts growing up. Took Boxing when i was 13 and i still practice when i get a chance and when i'm REALLY bored i try to make it better like making myself less open to kicks or attack below the belt.
Oct 24, 09 at 5:25pm
Hello....when I lived in NY I took Shorin-Ryu Karate for if I'm not mistaken was 4 yrs....I've been out of practice for about the same time and am being pulled back into the world of Martial Arts by my friend who is a Thai Boxer
Nov 01, 10 at 5:41pm
I absolutely love Martial Arts! ^^ Ever since I was little, I’ve been really interested in martial arts and I began taking Tae Kwon Do when I was nine or so. I got bored after two years due to the repetitive moves so I quit shortly after I became a black belt at eleven. I lost interest in martial arts for a while and fell victim to gaming addiction. But k-dramas got me back into martial arts when I was 14, so began to get back into it. Of course now I was a lot busier with high school so I didn’t really have time to take any formal martial arts class but I was really interested in Shaolin Wushu. So at 15 I began studying it on my own through videos and books and learned quite a bit. Recently I’ve been really interested in Wing Chun recently so I’m going to attempt to learn that also.
Nov 01, 10 at 7:02pm
I've been interested in Aikido for some time now, but no dojo for it exists within a reasonable driving distance from me (~4 hour round trip to the nearest one...).
I've gotten just enough learning from an MMA buddy of mine to possibly last a bit in a fight, but I don't like fighting so I'd prolly back down quick.
Nov 12, 10 at 1:49am
i took butokukan karate for the longest time my brothers and i were at the top of the class always coming home with 1st place trophies and a grand champion trophy ever now and then after tournaments, stuff happened and i quit but i do plan on goin back before the end of the year, 2 of my brothers got there black belt its time for me to get mine and start training my nephew haha
Apr 25, 12 at 4:56am
I'm in the Los Angeles area! :O
Teach me your ways~
I had a weak grappling and MMA background but then another form of high impact training got in the way (running the marathon). All I've retained from the two years of mixed lessons is stance and kicks. I suck at the boxing part because I'm afraid of messing up my knuckles and then I can't play piano or draw anymore.
But what really keeps me yearning for more is the adrenaline rush. :D
Another big reason I had to quit was because my parents disapproved of close contact with older guys. But I'll be a legal adult in a few months, so what the hey.
I thought I was going to have the arrogance problem upon first learning stuff, but I actually had the opposite thing going on and had to come out of my shell. It's really hard to be confident in this kind of stuff when your mom sees blood pooling in your feet after two hour long sessions kicking at things. :P
But the conditioning for the marathon, I think, will really help me overall when I can come back to combat sports.
May 04, 12 at 9:30pm
I know Taekwando and Jujitsu.
May 10, 12 at 8:04am
3rd Degree Black in Taekwando i dont study anthing now. I took up martial arts cause I wanted to be a Ninja Turtle. then a power ranger. then I played way to many fighting games and said i wanna do that! and i started XMA or Loopkicks if you havent heard of it youtube it. So yeah I learn most of what i know from videogames and old Chinese Martial arts movies and anime. i know all you tradition heads are gonna be like you can't use that in a real fight! but i care not because im not one to go getting into fights thats why i studied taekwando from 3rd to 6th grade. Now I'm a fight choreographer for independant Martial Arts Films in hopes of hitting the big screen. And also it blows peoples minds when I cosplay videogame Characters and can Actually pull of their in game moves. See my Photos for my Tekken Lee Chaolan Pic
Jun 23, 12 at 2:22am
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