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OT: The WarriorMonks

by kutsu (Priest)
on Jun 07, 2003 at 06:05 UTC ( #263923=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

As an avid martial artist, I always like to see who else in the community is, or is just interested in the subject, so I may know who to go to with questions or info on this subject. Hence this Meditation, asking the same question I've asked many, who here takes martial arts, what style, what school, and any other information you would like to give or just wonder about.

My main arts are Daito-ryu AikiJujutsu and Goju-ryu Karatedo.

Update: After much pushing, and lossing a bit of parano..who's following me?! ;). I posted my two main arts; though I've studied Nippon Ketsugo Kai as well.

"Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Jun 07, 2003 at 10:10 UTC

    I like train spotting.

    The other day I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of "37 517". It meant sitting up all night in the rain on an embankment just outside Crewe, but I took my copy of ``The Train-Spotters Complete Recognition Guide to British Desiel-Electric Trains 1965-1985'' and commited another 12-pages to memory while I waited. I also took my trusty thermos flask full of hot coffee to keep me warm. (Don't tell anyone, but I spiked it with a little fortified wine:-).

    Seeing "37 517" was fabulous. The best day of my life so far.

    I wish I could have got a little closer than 1/2 a mile, but that would have meant trespassing on British Rail Authority land (we don't recognise the new names. Stupid privatisation!), and that would be breaking the Ethical Train-Spotters oath.

    Never mind, I could see it quite well through my dad's Zeiss 4x10 field glasses provided I shut my left eye so the cracked optics didn't get in the way.

    I must have had it in view for a full 12 or 13 seconds before it disappeared behind the marshalling sheds. IT WAS BRILLIANT.

    Of course, the "37 517" is very similar to "37 509 S", "37 510 S", "37 513 S", "37 515 S", "37 516 S" and "37 518 S". I've seen all of these at least twice, and two of them three times. (Only Henry Winterbottom has got more sightings than me at my local club, but I still doubt him. His log book show that he saw three in the same week. Once twice! Now, I ask you. Get real. Right!).

    Of course all of the "37 5*" series are very similar, but "37 517" is special. The major difference between the rest of the "37 5*" series (traditionally that would be written as "37 5--", but * is much cooler.), is in the absence of the post-fixed specialisation designation. All of the other have a post-fixed specialisation designation of 'S' you see, but "37 517" doesn't.

    That's what makes it special.

    Although, strictly speaking, as the 'S' originally stood for 'Special', I guess that makes "37 517" not special. Hmm. Well it's special to me. So there.

    You can find out more about my wonderful hobby at my website here. I haven't converted the website to Perl yet, but I do maintain the electronic version of my log using some perl scripts. Of course, the Train-Spotters Society hasn't accepted my proposal to legitimise the use of electronic logs yet, so I still have to keep my hand written log up to date, but I'm sure they'll get around to it within the next couple of years. They don't like to be rushed into major changes to the Society rules.

    I hope you find this information interesting,

    Walter Ethelred Buckét

    (3rd runner up Eagle-Eyed Spotter of the Year. 1989).

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      Which Crewe? I live near a town of Crewe in VA that's an old rail town. Just closed the track between my town and Crewe. Supposed to be developed into a walking/hiking/biking path.
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        See RC005 :)

        Update: The embankment (arrowed) in question. Maybe:)

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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by benn (Vicar) on Jun 07, 2003 at 15:41 UTC
    I'm an avid marital artist - why, only the other night me and my wife...oh sorry dear - I was just explaining to the monks...yes - I'm coming now...yes I know dinner's getting cold...I'll be just two minutes...sorry - gotta go.

    :) Ben.

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by zengargoyle (Deacon) on Jun 07, 2003 at 07:55 UTC

    i'm a fan of aikido, both tomiki in college and seidokan a few years later (i prefer seidokan). i was more of a physics geek at the time so aikido to me is like the minimal energy expenditure path of opponents in motion. rarely is extreem direct force needed, subtle application of minimal force at the proper point can send your opponent flying about or leave them pinned in a position that they can't extricate themselves from without great pain.

    i've been meaning to find a dojo and get back in practice. every day i pass a martial arts store and i've been getting the urge to stop, buy a boken and loosen up my rusty moves.

    ai-ki-do is roughly:

    love / harmony / good / proper
    breath / spirit / energy
    way / path
    and tends towards the non-violent goal: it's best if nobody gets hurt.

      I've been using the aikidofaq for a while now, though in a jujutsu standpoint, very helpful medical stuff. If your looking for a school a good place to start is Martial Map, this is linked to US but it has other countries.

      "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

      Ahh. I was getting all set to have to explain aikido. I'm glad I don't, I wouldn't have done as well in my explanation.

      I also used to train in aikido, but since I moved to Tucson I haven't found a dojo I like. When I lived in Washington, however, I trained (off and on) for about five years. It was fun.

        Washington state? Which dojo? What town?

        What was good/bad/interesting about that dojo? I've been meaning to get into Aikido since my college roommate told me about his time in it. (There wasn't a good dojo near our uni.) I haven't put the time in to find a good dojo in this area, so maybe I'll avoid all that had work and ask you what you recommend. :)

        Perl programming and scheduling in the corporate world, as explained by dragonchild:
        "Uhh ... that'll take me three weeks, broken down as follows: 1 day for coding, the rest for meetings to explain why I only need 1 day for coding."

        I was getting geared up to say something explanatory about aikido as well, but after seeing the posts already present I know I don't have to do much of that. I guess I'll just add my common "short version" of a practical explanation of aikido: Aikido is the fine art of making your opponent look like an ass until he gives up and goes home.

        Of course, for the student of the art ("aikidoka"), it's much more, as been hinted at throughout this discussion.

        Interestingly enough, I find that there is a notably high incidence of aikidoka in the Monastery. I wonder what causes there might be, what similarities in personality types and personal philosophies, that lead the same people who become Perl Monks to pursue knowledge of aikido in such numbers. It seems to be a more common martial art for Perl Monks to study than the next two most common.

        I've been studying it off and on (alas, more off than on) for more than a decade. I find that my favorite classes have been those with a focus on weapons use (both learning weapons and learning to counter weapons when unarmed). I'm very much attracted to the manner in which aikido shares philosophical characteristics with Taoism (that metaphysical sense of the world my heart calls home), and I like the fact that aikido doesn't emphasize throwing one's weight around. It feels like a very peaceful, comfortable art, and I need more of that in my life anyway.

        Unfortunately, I haven't studied aikido formally for a couple of years. There's a dojo nearby, but I just can't really spare the time and money at this point to attend classes. I've also been pretty lazy in my off-hours lately, which further decreases the likelihood that I'll get down there to sign up for classes.

        In the past, I've studied around a half-dozen martial arts, not counting military hand to hand combat techniques, rifle and pistol marksmanship, or fencing (foil, primarily, and occasional sabre and minimal-contact shinai). Of the arts I've studied, those I haven't mentioned by name are arts I didn't find particularly interesting — I'll refrain from naming them so that I won't invite any "holy wars" over what are the l33test martial arts forms. Stuff I'd like to learn in the future, and haven't worked with (much?) in the past, includes (in alphabetical order):

        • iaido/iaijutsu
        • Jeet Kune Do
        • jujutsu
        • kenjutsu
        • Krav Maga
        • Tai Chi Chuan
        • Wing Chun

        I would also, of course, like to spend more time on aikido, marksmanship, and fencing, as well. I guess I'd better get to it.

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      I practise AIKIDO and have started 4 years ago. It's a good art for the body and mind. ;-P

      After this only music...

      Graciliano M. P.
      "The creativity is the expression of the liberty".

      Very nice node indeed, good to see there are other warrior monks around.

      I began practising a self defense system called Shot's Rain some months ago. It incorporates different techniques from the following martial arts:

      - Hwarang-Do
      - Krav Maga
      - Muay Thai
      - Judo
      - Aikido
      - Karate
      - and Boxing

      It all basically adds up to one hell of a work =).

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by runrig (Abbot) on Jun 08, 2003 at 02:11 UTC
    I play guitar, but only in self-defense.
Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by dws (Chancellor) on Jun 07, 2003 at 20:17 UTC
    Aikido and knitting.

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by zentara (Archbishop) on Jun 07, 2003 at 15:06 UTC
    I was trained as a "football defensive lineman". A good forearm blow, and clever pushing and tripping are my art. Oh yeah, remember to stay low.
Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by cciulla (Friar) on Jun 08, 2003 at 13:59 UTC

    With appologies to native Japanese speakers, my martial art was Heihou1, with heavy emphasis on:

    • Taipinguou2
    • Hausukuriininguou3
    • Bunretsukoushinou4
    • Raifuruou5
    • Keikiou6
    • Gureneedoou7
    • Guchiruou8


    1Art of War
    2Art of Typing
    3Art of Housecleaning
    4Art of Marching in File
    5Way of the Rifle
    6Way of the Machine Gun
    7Way of the Grenade
    8Art of Complaining

    P.S. I was an Administrative Specialist (MOS 71L) -- think Radar from M*A*S*H -- in the United States Army, where we're all infantrymen first...

      A better word(s), might of been senso gijutsu, but still think it's cool :)

      "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Jun 07, 2003 at 22:34 UTC
    I've been doing Ninjutsu for nearly 12 years (since I was 16). But now you know I'll have to kill you :)

      Togakure ryu ninjutsu, or some other ryu. If Togakure then simon.proctor kamoshirenai jihi no kokoro

      "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by Trimbach (Curate) on Jun 07, 2003 at 20:56 UTC
    Kendo, for a couple of years on and off, in college and out. Great fun, but a little bit more spendy than other martial arts to get into, because you're not just buying a hakama and keiko-gi, but also a full set of armor. I especially get enjoy watching the 6 and 7 year olds get after it. :-)

    Gary Blackburn
    Trained Killer

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by neilwatson (Priest) on Jun 07, 2003 at 18:58 UTC
    I studied Karate (Chito Ryu) for 6 years before I moved away. Haven't found a the right club since. Every club I've tried was the wrong style, bad instructors, or insanely expensive :(

    Neil Watson

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Jun 08, 2003 at 11:24 UTC
    I used to take aikido when I was in college but nothing very formal, just learned a little bit about the rolls and some of the basic elements. Also play ice hockey :-)

    Went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.

    "Ex libris un peut de tout"

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by AidanLee (Chaplain) on Jun 07, 2003 at 18:04 UTC
    I studied Judo for 3 years in college. I may go back to it at some point, as I enjoyed it, but i've plenty of other things keeping me busy at the moment.
Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by sauoq (Abbot) on Jun 08, 2003 at 03:01 UTC

    I wrestled in high school. Well, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades anyway. That, and a couple street fights as a teenager. Oh, and there was a drunken brawl with three guys when I was 21.

    I'm not sure how much of that you would call "art" though. (Except, maybe, for my t-shirt after that brawl; it looked like a red and white Jackson Pollock.)

    I almost forgot... I'm pretty good at Soul Calibur on my old Dreamcast when I play as Ivy.

    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

      I tried to take wrestling, but stopped after 50th, no that's against the rules, or was it "you put him in a headlock and he was gone in a few seconds" :).

      Soul Calibur 2, can't wait, has 3 secret characters: Xbox gets Spawn, Gamecube gets Link, PS2 gets Heihachi (with no weapon of course).

      "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by Elgon (Curate) on Jun 09, 2003 at 12:00 UTC

    Precision rifle shooting is my poison...

    I started shooting Smallbore target rifle at the age of 13 as a military cadet and graduated to Fullbore (Highpower or Long Range for USians) about nine months later. I've shot fullbore competitively every since to U19 and U25 international level and toured to the US, Canada, the Channel Islands and Germany. I'm currently trying to break into the senior international arena.

    Fullbore is probably best described as trying to thread a needle two minutes of arc (~1 inch per hundred yards) wide from 300 to 1000 yards away. I've never been particularly good at smallbore (maybe county level when I was on my best form) which is far more of an exact science than fullbore, which is very much an art. There is an enormous mental aspect to both forms of shooting, rather like practicing kata in the Eastern martial arts.

    I also did a little bit of Judo, Aikido and Kendo when I was much younger and competed at fencing for a while, but sadly lacked the dedication to carry any of them on.


    Please, if this node offends you, re-read it. Think for a bit. I am almost certainly not trying to offend you. Remember - Please never take anything I do or say seriously.

      What kind of rifle do you use, I remember watching some of this and rifles were a type I've never seen before

      "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

      yay! a gun-monk. some twenty or so years ago when i was a teenager i too was into precision marksmanship. had a 7mm Thompson Contender (5.56 NATO stretched to take a 7mm bullet), a single-shot breech loading pistol with a 4x scope. had to lay on your back and prop it up against your leg to get any stability, kicked like a mofo but would put bullets through the same hole at 100 yards.

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by Flame (Deacon) on Jun 08, 2003 at 04:34 UTC
    Well, I studied Judo for a while, my sensei thought I had a lot of talent and a great build for it, but I ran out of time to practice. (School got in the way)

    My code doesn't have bugs, it just develops random features.

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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by poqui (Deacon) on Sep 03, 2004 at 16:22 UTC
    I really like Tai Chi (or Taiji). I started with judo when I was 7, but only practiced that for about a year when I was injured (in a different activity) and had to stop. I didn't get back into martial arts until I started Tai Chi in '96.
    I practice the Modified Beijing Yang style, I studied with a couple of sifus; I have about 30 months of instruction.
      I don't mean to knock your style, but is Tai Chi really a *martial* art? All I've ever seen it used/taught as is low-impact exercise. I've studied it lightly (watched a video, tried to follow along), and I'm very curious how any of it could be applied to actually *fighting*. I think it's a beautiful style, but I'm just not convinced of its martial abilities....

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        A valid question, seeing the exposure most people have to Tai Chi.

        It depends on the instructor, and on the audience. Martin Kelly, my sifu at Self Care Arts, sometimes teaches at the YMCA, and with those folks (mostly older people) he will stress the health benefits of the exercise.

        But in his classes at his studio he will add the martial aspects of the movements too. The movements are the same, the attention is applied in the same manner, but the intent is different.
        Also, in a combat situation, the moves are performed at considerably higher speed.

        The reason the movements are practiced so slowly is because Tai Chi is an "internal" art, the body movements are not the most important part of the practice, the mind directing the flow of chi is.
Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by matija (Priest) on Mar 08, 2004 at 16:27 UTC
    I'm another aikidoka. I've only trained with AAI/AAA affiliated dojos so far, although I attended one seminar of "realistic aikido" (didn't like it).

    I've trained karate when I was a kid (elementary school), but had to quit after achieving 6th kyu due to time conflicts.

    What is funny is that Aikido works the way I imagine drugs work: when I started I was exhausted after one hour's training. The second year I attended both the beginner's class (again) and the intermidiate class. This year, I'm attending all the classes offered at the dojo, and I'd take more if they offered them (and if I could fit them in my schedule...)

      "realistic aikido"? Do you mean aikijujutsu? Either way it's nice to know another warrior monk.

      "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

        No, it's a separate school - I found links here and here.

        The school was founded by a guy from Serbia, and it's much more in-your-face than the Aikido I'm used to. Near to no ukemi, holds way beyond the point of pain, and most of the movement is straight into the attacker instead of going out of the line of the attack.

        As I said, I didn't like it.

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by jkva (Chaplain) on Nov 08, 2005 at 10:13 UTC

    Nice node...

    I've practiced Judo for 2 years when I was around 7.
    Since 3 years I've been practising Wing Chun... and it's great.

    That's about all there is to it...
Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by petemar1 (Pilgrim) on Jun 09, 2003 at 02:25 UTC


Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by CountZero (Bishop) on Dec 06, 2003 at 07:22 UTC
    Fencing for about ten years and in my spare time, forward observer for heavy artillery (which is very much martial and for those who still do it with binoculars a map and a compass --rather than with laser range finders and GPS--, is very much of a (almost forgotten) art.)


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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by insaniac (Friar) on Dec 30, 2004 at 20:33 UTC
    i practice iaido and jodo (at for about 3 years now. i also practice daito ryu aikijujutsu (more info at, but that's not a real club. it's more a studygroup of someone who stayed in japan for several years where he got his first dan in this art.

    a couple of years ago i also practiced all style jujutsu ( and when i was younger i also practiced shotokan karate for about 4 years.

    hm, lots of also's...

    to ask a question is a moment of shame
    to remain ignorant is a lifelong shame

      I use to spar regularly with some shotokan karatemen, powerful is proably the most fitting word. Most martial artists seem to have a lot of "also"s, I've studied Nippon Ketsugo Ryu Jujutsu (as was meantioned in root node), Goju-ryu Karatedo, Sei-fu Ryu Aikijujutsu, and Tai-chi Quan...and that's if I don't include seminars. Indeed when I wrote this I was most focused on Nippon Ketsugo Ryu, but now I am most seriously praticing the other 3 meantioned arts.

      I like the old saying: "If one is willing to teach, I will learn"

      "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

        well... i usually want to learn one art at the time... and only do that art for a couple of years.. otherwise, i think, you start mixing all the differents arts and you will loose the true meaning of the art.

        i mean: i really want to learn kendo, bojujutsu, tendoryu aikido, taichi quan, wushu... but first i have to finish my sword school (well, at least get past beginnerslevel ;-)) before i can learn a new system. it's about the essence, and i think you can't learn the essence on a few years... but that's just my idea about it.

        but... it's really nice to see how many warriormonks there are.. i've always called myself a warriormonk, long before i knew or ever heard about perlmonks (or even before i was doing perl)... just because i'm pretty spiritual, i have a strong sense for justice, and martial arts form my existence... or maybe i'm just weird ;-)

        to ask a question is a moment of shame
        to remain ignorant is a lifelong shame
Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by wolfger (Deacon) on Jan 01, 2005 at 13:20 UTC
    I've had an interest in aikido, kendo, and tai chi, but classes are expensive and I'm cheap. ;-) I play hockey, which is a form of martial art... I also fight SCA, which is a very loosely organized hodge podge of Western and Eastern swordfighting (spearfighting, polearmfighting) techniques. Check my home node for a picture...

    Linux, sci-fi, and Nat Torkington, all at Penguicon 3.0
    perl -e 'print(map(chr,(0x4a,0x41,0x50,0x48,0xa)))'
      Ahhh, SCA, I was in that a few years ago. I joined in Dragonsspine, did some fighting in Atenveldt in the early 80's (bastard sword and medium shield). I was known as Hrodthgar se Aedthel. I also did some heraldry and marshalling. Well met gentle sir.

      Somehow I always knew I was part of the Middle Kingdom ;). This is really interesting stuff, I've been looking for a place to learn Western Martial Arts. Having only started to learn the Spanish Fencing Method from my grandfather, who died before I could finish, and have been learning as much as I possibly can from the ARMA. Thanks for the info. wolfger, I'm definitely going to have to check them out.

      Update: Changed Eastern to Western...never try to post while looking for a new gi ;).

      "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

        You mean *Western* martial arts? ;-)
        Glad to have helped. Too bad the friends I had in Decatur, IL moved, or I would put you in touch with them...
        And thanks for the ARMA link...

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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by nothingmuch (Priest) on Oct 29, 2004 at 15:55 UTC
    I managed to bust my knees during 3 months of Capoeira. Couldn't run for 3 years. Yuck. My sister does it now, though.

    Much more impressive is the fact that my father was the israeli national champion of fencing, in the 1970s.

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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 08, 2003 at 10:26 UTC

    I watched all of the American Ninja AND Best of the Best movies twice. Does that count? ;-P

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by robot_tourist (Hermit) on Feb 17, 2005 at 16:07 UTC

    Does a yellow belt in Tai Jutsu count? I did it for about 4 months for my Queen's Scout Award while in 2nd year of university, but then did a year out, then was too busy in final year. Because I only did it for a few months and didn't get the gi, I never learned how to tie the knot for my belt :)

    I found one of the biggest benefits to be the physical training so I could run away from trouble if I anything ever happened. That was a couple of years ago now and the place I live hasn't many dojos of any type.

    How can you feel when you're made of steel? I am made of steel. I am the Robot Tourist.
    Robot Tourist, by Ten Benson

      I'll count anything :), what's a Queen's Scout Award by the way? If you can't find a dojo in your area, you might try ordering books and videos or dvds and learning that way. I've seen some decent martial artist who have learned this way, though it is harder and there is a limit to what is shown outside a formal school, and I know of many more people who have used this method just to keep in shape while learning something that might help so day, or at least keeps their interest more then getting on a treadmill every day.

      I can recommend Century for this, good service and fast delivery but little pricy, if you want to try it.

      "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

        Queen's Scout Award: you achieve something in a skill (yellow belt Tai Jutsu), do a few months of community service (church youth club), demonstrate some form of leadership for a few months (church Youth Fellowship), take part in an expedition (at least 50miles/4nights in unknown territory, but I did the Explorer Belt: 100miles walk/10 days in Northern Italy, <homer>gelato</homer>). It is equivalent to the Gold Duke of Endinburgh's Award.

        I'll try to do more in the future, but right now I'm trying to get some bass guitar skills :)

        How can you feel when you're made of steel? I am made of steel. I am the Robot Tourist.
        Robot Tourist, by Ten Benson

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by Mago (Parson) on Feb 18, 2005 at 06:58 UTC
    Kodokan Judo and the Yang Family style of Tai Chi Chuan (Wu Chao Hsiang)


      Two arts I have many friends in, and in fact tried to take but in both instances the closest classes were (at the time) several hours away. Though I have been thinking of taking Judo classes and possible participating in Tournaments, to improve my ground work, and if I took a Judo it would have to be Kodokan. Esp. since I now have a car and the 4 hour drive would be well justified :).

      "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by pernod (Chaplain) on Nov 01, 2005 at 20:09 UTC

    Old node, but I didn't see it until today :)

    I've practiced tae kwon-do for ten years, but after finishing my university degree I haven't found a club I like close to where I live. They all seem to want me as an instructor when I show up, which is not a part of my do, savvy? ;) And of course, I have some "alsos". Did aikido for two years, with some iaido and capoeira thrown in as a bonus. Never got any belts/grades/whatchmaycallit in iaido or capoeira, though.

    I find having one main style and learning other, complementary styles is nice, as you can transfer principles from one to the other. My aikido was a lot better for the balance and explosiveness from tae kwon-do, while my tae kwon-do is much better for the focus and disruptive elements of aikido.

    Marial arts are fun!

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