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Old 10-22-2006, 04:57 AM   #1
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Gents,



I've got a little problem here.



I need one-on-one practice, not just the heavy bag and rope boards.



My former instuctor is nowhere to be found and no longer teaches at any rate.



The karate schools frown on what I do- Muy Thai, and something that looks kinda' like a mixture between Seagul and Bruce Lee, with some Jailhouse Rock thrown in for good measure.



I cannot practice with the karate guys, because their instructors do not appreciate the "lack of discipline" in what I do. By this they mean I am not rigid. As well, my black belt rank doesn't transfer, mostly because of the excuse that I rank as "first instructor" instead of "first dan." I type out black belt on here and other places so I don't have to go about explaining what first instructor entails. It's not fair when free sparring with the true white belts.



Again, I cannot practice with the boxers here, because they, well, just box. No groundwork, nothing.



My training partners have either disappeared or are, in one case, dead.



I've searched the surrounding counties without luck.



I've been hoping to find a student my age (29 in November), but the students applicants are either young or much older. Senor citizens approach me for non-firearm training and I've trained kids, but nobody my age has come forward.



I need to do some of this dynamic stuff and am at a loss.



Any ideas?



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Joshua,

Have you tried any of the technical community colleges in your area? One of our local colleges used to teach Okinawan Kenpo a little over 20 years ago, they may still do it for all I know. I realize that's karate, but possibly some other martial art is taught in the colleges these days.



I used to spar with my friend in high school who was taking this Kenpo. I'll have to say I learned quite a bit, but never took lessons myself. I got tired of being around this guy, he was always "showing" me the latest thing he learned, in front of others, at school. Naturally I was his guinea pig. Last I saw of him he was taking his black belt exams when our freshman year of college started. He was very good.
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:53 AM   #3
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Hi Newsflash,



Thanks for the thoughts. I flippantly suggested a while back that the college I go to needed a self-defense class. They told me to submit a proposal.



My life was turbulant then, and is even so now, but should be settling down shortly. I believe I will put that proposal in when I know exactly what's going on, and hopefully it goes through.



I didn't want to set myself up as a teacher as I believe in one-on-one attention in the mixed arts, but it's better than nothing.



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just find a good teacher and go in there with an open mind and ready to learn. it is reasonable to expect that you would need to put your previuos experience on the back burner, at least during class time. in some traditions it would actually be considered disrespectul to mention your experience without being asked. but any good teacher will see it and will be able to accomodate you, especially these days with the rise of MMA where so many martial artists are crossing disciplines all the time. but really imho, sometimes in order to really learn you must be prepared to forget what you know.

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