Karate?

I want to start taking up Karate. Only martial art near me really. I'd be a white belt at 20 years old. Too old? I already got my high brown belt in TKD so, some experience.

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i mean you could spend your time and money doing worse things. I think it's fun and sparing turns into a hoot.
    if you really care about self defense carry a gun but if you are there just to learn karate you'll do alright.
    t. sensei

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Who gives a fuck what belt you are. It's not about the belt, it's about learning and getting better. You choose how good you'll be.
    Also I'm pretty sure I use to do karate in that very gym in picrel lmao

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Look into who is training you. Karate is, y'know, it was one of those martial arts that ended up going mcdojo.
    I only continued karate into 1st dan black belt, knowing it wasn't actually that useful as a martial art, because the instructor of my instructor was a former powerlifter who I liked immensely, taught a style with an established pedigree, and didn't oversell what was being taught.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      if its the only dojo near him he might not be in a big city, and in my experience the bigger the city the more mcdojoy the instruction. Like that detriot tactical doofus.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a good point.
        OP, if the small city in question happens to be Grande Prairie, the instructor has a power rack and good plates in the dojo basement and you're welcome to use em.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why don't you just learn wrestling or kickboxing

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The most learned martial art in the US is probably wrestling. Ironically, in my experience you almost never see an adult folkstyle/freestyle gym though lol.

      Most people who learn it, do so in middle school and high school. Boxing would be the better bet I guess for this reason alone.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I think boxing overtakes wrestling for most learned, but it is just harder to beat someone who can tie you up and keep you pinned.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          There are a ton of boxing gyms for sure especially in big cities, but just think about all the elementary, middle, highschool, and colleges with a wrestling program.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Best place to find wrestling as an adult is an MMA gym. They're usually packed with ammy wrestlers.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        if you want to do karate, just do kickboxing or muay thai instead. Actual good karate has largely been superseded by these two. Occasionally you might find a legit gym.

        why do people say this. there's plenty of gyms that offer wrestling classes several times a week. not as much as bjj but still

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What style of Karate?
    The one I studied (SKA Shotokan) was a bunch of levels of white belt, a few of brown, then black. No colors. That is a western "innovation". SKA.org might be a bunch of lunatics, though.

    Anyways, TKD sucks in a streetfight. High kicks that look good for scoring tournament points, but no power or connection at all behind them.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think any kind of intensive cardio is good, especially doing something that can be a hobby you actually can enjoy. Like others warned, I’d research any place you go to to avoid a McDojo, but go for it.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Karate
    do a real sport

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any style that isn't kyokushin, seidokaikan, ashihara, enshin or kudo is meme. Even the aforementioned are questionable. However, they all train hard contact at least (in theory)

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Uechi-Ryu, if you want to be a literal walking tank. i tried those pot lifting training with water, its harder than it looks

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I'd be a white belt at 20 years old. Too old?

    No, I started at 20 and now I'm 20 years in. If you wait any longer, you'll wish you would've started last year, etc etc.

    Also, a bunch of internet warriors are going to call karate garbage because that's what is the popular thing to do now. Just ignore the memes, these people only exist to tear you down.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      (it's garbage)

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >this kills the grappler

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That's not a karate kick + she does MMA training where you actually spar unlike karate children + i do kickboxing and bjj + you're skinnyfat

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >that's not a karate kick
            >a roundhouse kick is not a "karate kick"
            have a nice day

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Coping old man bbecause you wasted 20 years in useless pseudosport.
              Just looked it up and Holly never even did karate, google says it's boxing, kickboxing, MMA and BJJ. Continue to cope

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Karate teaches round house kicks you fucking dent skull

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                so craazy that you're throwing this fit and you probably never actually hit anything other than a pad or a piece of wood (silly lol) with a roundhouse kick in your dance class. You need to go to any kickboxing gym and you'll quit after the first sparring session to a guy with 5 months experience
                and Holly still never did karate

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >rousey gets clipped with kick while not grappling
          >somehow this disproves 95% of the time grappling wins against a striker

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >McGregor gets wrestled into a submission every time he faces a competent grappler
            >This doesn't disprove striking

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >too old
    Of course not! There are more than likely adult classes near you. The problem is finding a quality school. Karate is an amazing Martial Art that isnt given near as much credence as it used to have. Aim for the most ball-busting, traditional school you can find. Makiwaras and clay pots are a good sign. Even if you dont have anything like that near you Shotokan will still teach the basics. Just dont go around thinking youre a badass, because while Shotokan can be fun, most of its instructors are dorks who are incapable of teaching you real fighting techniques. Like I said, aim traditional and youll go far.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Your high brown in TKD is worthless. No one in a real martial art gets close to black belt at such a young age.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Utterly useless. Learn kickboxing or muay thai instead. Practical in real life and better gains.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I mean it's better than nothing, but it's not exactly a realistic fighting style unless you're at like a hardcore school in Okinawa

      I know a guy who is into MMA and was a bouncer
      He spent his early years on Karate and Aikido and he's pretty adamant they were wasted years
      He's doing Judo and BJJ now btw

      This. Karate is fucking useless. Its a way to get kids into contact sports if anything, but no more.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I mean it's better than nothing, but it's not exactly a realistic fighting style unless you're at like a hardcore school in Okinawa

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Boxing and Kyokushin Karate. Combine both for a really good striking style

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I know a guy who is into MMA and was a bouncer
      He spent his early years on Karate and Aikido and he's pretty adamant they were wasted years
      He's doing Judo and BJJ now btw

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Aikido is only good for redirecting momentum anything else its shit. However, combining it with Judo or Jujitsu can be pretty effective. Karate is usually good but its MAJOR flaw is no hits to the head, lucky it can mix excellently with boxing. Andy Hug made good use of head kicks and hits

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Aikido is for LARPing. If you want to redirect force boxing/muay thai/judo/wrestling all do it far better

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >redirect force
            >boxing/muay thai
            U okay there? The anon said momentum not force

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >parry
              >counter
              >sweep

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Aikido is only good for redirecting momentum
          So are judo and jiu jitsu except the way those do it actually works unlike aikido which gets shit all over even by 6 month white belts.

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