Well, I did it.

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After a free week trial membership, I plopped down the big money for a full year family membership to a new local martial arts school. WHile spending money I ordered my daughters uniform (called a "gi") and a couple school t-shirts.

I'm really stoked, my daughter has gone about 5 times, and keeps asking to go every night (they don't limit the number of times per week you can go like most places do) I have gone twice and plan to go tonight and tomorrow, my wife has gone once and our 3 1/2 year old starts this weekend.

I'm totally stoked, it's very exhilerating to do. I have only done kickboxing so far, but also plan to take Kenpo (a discipline of Karate) which my 6 year old takes...very fun stuff, and a great workout.

I'm stoked!

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Cone Poker
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Since: Apr 07, 2002


Mar 03, 2005 10:46 am

awesome, martial arts are great for toning the body, teaching discipline and all that good stuff, and it's even better than you're so excited

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 03, 2005 10:52 am

Thanks Loki, yeah, I'm stoked, it really is a rush pounding on your partner while they are holding the pads. It's a great aggression release. I am considering it half physical therapy and half anger management training.

I have always wanted to do it, but it's not cheap to do, this guy is a competing, and very successful black belt, and a member of the local community as well. It's a great price compared to the competition too.

At this point in my life, I gotta start stepping up and fulfilling some of these ambitions I have always had and never acted on for a variety of reasons. I feel very empowered on a few levels.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Mar 03, 2005 11:01 am

Good deal. My 3 kids have been in karate (tang soo do) for two years. It's a once a week program for 13 weeks. We took this session off due to the house fire, but will continue next year.

They love it.

I was working with someone in Setia Hati (Indonesian, derived from Pentjak Silat) for awhile, but I can't get the instructor to start a class.

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Mar 03, 2005 11:03 am

Damn, that's sweet. That's one of those things I've always wanted to do too, but never got around to it for one reason or another. One thing to watch out for with this kids are instructors that are too intense. My little cousin started karate (or something) when he was like 4, but put up enough fuss to quit after a couple months cuz the instructor was very scary. Really intense, and really strict with lots of yelling, and freaking the kids out. But if your kid is enjoying, that's great!

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Mar 03, 2005 11:05 am

Quote:
I am considering it half physical therapy and half anger management training.


lol, i got my Yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do and entered a regional tournament. i was 13 or so and i remember the rush i got was very similar to beein' on stage. long story short i walked home with two trophys 3rd for 'forms' and 2nd for sparring, i still have 'em somewhere. yeah it's good stuff....then i got a drum set, havn't looked back since. hehe

peace

wyd

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 03, 2005 11:06 am

very cool, I think it does a kid good, not only for excersize, but this is getting to be a tough world, and I want my girls to be confident in themselves and not scared of meanies.

This school teaches Kenpo, Kickboxing, Ju Jitsu (sp?) and was sparring and no holds barred in the late evenings. The teacher fights no holds barred contests, I have seen some of his tapes and wow, he's GOOD. He is really good teaching the kids, good positive and correction reinforcement...and THAT is a skill not everybody has. Yeah, Coolo, I hear ya, if he'd be yelling or too hard with the kids we'd have left, I'm glad he wasn't cuz that mighta wrecked my whole buzz considering the prices of him compared to other schools locally.

He is much harder on his own kids than the others tho ;)

house fire? Like your house? wots that all aboot?

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Mar 03, 2005 11:21 am

pjk, that sucks. No one wants a house fire. I thoughts go out to you man.

db, my older cousin trains at a gym in portland doing mixed martial arts stuff (no holds barred). They have at least one UFC champion that trains/instructs there, maybe 2. That stuff is crazy. My cousin has demonstrated on me a couple times, and thank god he wasn't trying to hurt me, because that stuff is redonkilous. Very interesting to me though.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Mar 03, 2005 11:23 am

Yeah, on dec 19th last, a chimney fire toasted my house. That's why i've usually been in the past tense when mentioning my gear. Everyone got out OK (twas 1:30am, -6 and blowing).

We've got good insurance, so we're going throught the process of planning a new house, and getting our contents listed. I sure do miss being able to putz in the studio though.

It funny, I had all my studio stuff out in my band room in the garage, but with winter getting colder, i moved all my studio gear into the basement. The garage lived, the house/basement did not. Oh well, we're getting there.

added bonus: without a fire room / wood room in the basement, I'll be able to create a kick-butt studio. I'm working on the plans now, maybe i'll post them for you guys to take a look and comment.

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Mar 03, 2005 11:26 am

Sorry to hear that, that really sucks.

Very glad everybody got out OK, count the blessings on that!

Prince CZAR-ming
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Mar 03, 2005 11:29 am

We do all the time. It's one of the key points on getting through this in positive spirits.

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Mar 03, 2005 04:08 pm

I've always wanted to take Aikido. Maybe I will now........well when ever I move back to civilization.

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Mar 06, 2005 07:43 pm

as a follow up...don't take class two nights in a row for the first couple weeks...

argh...

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Mar 06, 2005 08:02 pm

yeah i think the first few weeks when starting something active is the hardest, then its all down hill

we recently decided to get a YMCA family membership, my daughter loves to swim and im so out of shape its really bothering me physically and mentally.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 06, 2005 08:41 pm

Yeah, I knew I was risking it going to Kenpo on Friday then Kickboxing on Saturday, but I knew I was gonna take Sunday off so I figgered what the hell, I'll try.

My thighs and calves are really sore today, mostly my thighs. But I am going to do some working out tomorrow and back to class on Tuesday.

Even though it hurts, it feels really good.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 10, 2005 01:10 pm

guys, it hasn't been but a few weeks, and not much of a diet change (a little, not much) I have lost 5 lbs and after the typical workout before training isn't killing me anymore, but is just a decent workout. My legs are stronger, I am buring fat and building muscle and the net result is -5 lbs...in just like 3 weeks or so.

I am finding the pops and snaps my body has acquired over the years are not happening as much as they used and I have a lot more energy now.

And the best part is, it's till fun, we still enjoy it and are learning some good stuff. Making some new friends and getting some serious excersize.

Really quite stunned at the moment...I had Kickboxing on Tuesday and Kenpo last night and ya know what, I AM NOT sore today...this is awesome!

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Mar 10, 2005 01:23 pm

Sweet! Man, I'm a couple days away from getting out and playing some basketball. I went from playing 3 times a week, to literally no excercise, overnight, when I tore up my ankle in Ocotober. Basketball is my original release (before music) and playing or thinking of playing pretty much keeps me sane. Plus I've put on 7 or 8 pounds, in 4 months and I feel disgusting. What I'm saying is...I need some god damn excercise, do you hear me!!!!!!!

But, I'm planning on lacing up on Saturday morning (if I'm not too hung over) for the first time since October 28.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 10, 2005 01:36 pm

I hear ya, b-ball is a great psort I played it from 5th grade until the day I graduated, not much after that tho. The rare occassion I get to do that I love it. Good workout, serious cardio, serious teamwork and skill needed. A great sport indeed. To bad the professional league made it into show business and wrecked it all.

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Mar 10, 2005 02:11 pm

I wouldn't say the professional league wrecked it all. I still like watching my Warriors (prolly 80% of the games this year), even they lose all the time. There are some individuals I have a healthy dislike for, but there are a bunch of individuals who are just plain fun to watch too. The athletic ability of the pros is rediculous, and I admit, some are ya-holes, but some have good heads on their shoulders, just like any other "major" pro sport going right now.

But regardless, this beer's to getting in shape!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 10, 2005 02:18 pm

well, yeah, there are still some good ones, but I think basketball has become probably one of the worst sports in the professional leagues for commercialism and blatant marketing beyond skill.

There are some players, Shaq comes to mind, that really are not that "good", but just big and pushes people around and rules get not only bent but broken for him cuz he puts asses in the seats. The dude travels every time he touches the ball...but he is by no means the only, just the one that springs to mind.

Cone Poker
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Since: Apr 07, 2002


Mar 11, 2005 06:55 am

dB - this thread made me do something I have been wanting to do for years (before it was all the craze) and that is join a yoga class, so I did. Now I'm just waiting this one last hour I have at work until I can bolt and go do my morning yoga before heading to bed.

hehe if anyone wants some hardcore anger management and excercise you should come down to texas and get into a line battle with me... it's tons of fun and will leave your body screamin the next day... and it's addicting. heres a preview
http://www.landcrest.net/photos/2003/Amtgardclan2003c.jpg


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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 11, 2005 06:58 am

Now THAT looks fun as heck!

Congrats on signing up for the class and fulfilling a goal. Feels good doesn't it? I have Kenpo tonight and Kickboxing tomorrow, in sticking with my 4 day a week schedule I am trying to get into the habit of.

The instructor gave me some tapes of Gracie Jui Jitsui, that looks fun too, once I get into some sort of shape I am going to try to get that in somehow as well.

Cone Poker
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Mar 11, 2005 07:19 am

One of the biggest reasons for me not getting into an actual yoga clas before now was that I was embarresed about my lack of flexabilty, but then I just sucked it up and was like "everyone sucks when they start" and when I hit the first class last night I was like "what was I worried about?" since I was the most flexable person taking the class. Granted they were almost all elderly people, but stil eased my mind. I was surprized at so many elderly people doing it though. Yeah it does feel good fulfilling a goal, now if only I could quit smoking I'd be in good shape. I quit drinking (for the most part, still have a rum and coke everyone once in a while) so that rocks.

My advise is that if there is something you have been wanting to try and have the means to, go out and do it... like dan and I found out it makes ya feel all tingly inside

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 11, 2005 08:17 am

Congrats on slowing the drinking, I know thats been on your mind lately, glad ya did it...or are doing it, thats great.

I have noticed my lack of flexibility during warmups as well, but then, thats why we do this stuff, to improve I guess...it's kinda weird how quick it is to see noticable differences. It's only been 2-3 weeks and I am already loosing weights and already notice more capacity in my lungs and strength in my muscles...obviously lots more to be improved, but some basic improvements come pretty quickly if you work at it.

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Mar 11, 2005 11:19 am

I tried yoga one time, and it was so relaxing, I actually fell asleep in several of my poses! Despite being horribly inflexible and completely inexperienced, the instructor said I was one of the best people in the class and encouraged my back. I think it's cuz I have a knack for being able to clear my mind and focus on nothingness. I never went back. I have made a point of stretching over the past year though, and I'm much more flexible than I used to be (still need a lot of work). I try and stretch when I watch tv, so usually I stretch for about an hour a day 5 days a week. That line battle thing looks interesting, is there a goal to the game.

on a side note, Shaq is one of my most loathed players in the league (due to my perception of his attitude). But with that being said, I think he is way more talented than most people give him credit for. Sure he can bully people, but he has more finesse than people think. He's a surprisingly good passer, has a decent jump hook, and can actually dribble the ball if he has to. The only thing I think he really gets away with is spinning with his elbow out in the post. He creates all the contact (often in a dangerous way), and the defender 9 times out of 10 get called for the foul.

Cone Poker
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Since: Apr 07, 2002


Mar 11, 2005 11:26 am

coolo that pic was taken from a midevil/fantasy combat game I play and that particular shot was of a line battle, all those are is a neverending battle which starts with two teams evenly divided (or as close as possible) and then they rush in, and at the end the team who won sends the first dead person to the other team, so eventually the better team will have less people, and it keeps cycling.

we also have one on one tournements, castle battles (we built a real castle) and a yearly war which boasts about 700 people on the field at once.

and then there are quests with specific goals (find the princess, slay the dragon, and return his head type thing) which are fun but I much prefer to straight up line battles... they're so friggin fast paced it's great. And this game is completely safe... only injury I ever took was a broken nose cause by me blocking a shot wrong and I been playing 7 years.

for more information on the game as a whole go to www.amtgard.com.

NOW ONTO YOGA!

I went to the class last night and did alright, I have done yoga before and it showed, but I still needed a lot of work, and I went today also when I got off work thinking that I would be sore, but oh now, I was limber as could be... I'm gonna start doing this every morning

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 11, 2005 11:28 am

Don't get me wrong, Shaq has skills, I think he has the highest shot percentage in the league inside the paint. Finesse, well, that is arguable I think, I see him as a thug in the lane due to his size.

The NBA still has great players, you have guys like Kevin Garnett who just want to win, when I saw him on ESPN almost start crying over their bad season, man, I felt for the guy, that was authentic passion and love for the game.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 11, 2005 09:59 pm

Hey, my school is just starting their web site, so I figured I'd pop a link in here cuz I know if a link is on HRC, Google will find them and index them quickly.

www.americanfistlaw.com is anyone wants to check them out. The school rocks.

If anyone is interested, the "Fist Law" in the domain comes from the word Kenpo, Kenpo means "Law of the Fist".

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Mar 13, 2005 11:15 am

i just started this past week riding my stationary bike 20-30 minutes in the morning and night. So in a few weeks ill be able to go out and hit the trails. i love mountain biking!!

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Mar 13, 2005 11:44 am

I'm happy to note that Operation Basketball, was a tactical success. However, we did stumble on to some information which will require more exploration to completely understand.

In other words, I played basketball Sat. morning, and I didn't injure my ankle (yay), but I didn't have the strength or stamina that I'm used to playing with (but we all know it's gonna take some time to get that back). It's like I was playing in slow motion at times, and I could barely get off the ground when I jumped. Oh well it was fun. I'm back on the train!!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 13, 2005 03:57 pm

yeah, xtc, I used to mountain bike a lot, it's a blast, my Specialized Stumpjumper with Roxshox is hanging in the garage and has been for a couple years :(

coolo, congrats, good on ya, the stamina will come, but then, you know that :-)

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Mar 29, 2005 03:00 pm

Last week I started a new, more stepped up schedule to my training. I am now taking Kenpo and JuiJitsui both on Wednesday's and Friday's and stil Kickboxing Tuesdays and Saturdays.

JuiJitsu is quite a workout, I did my first one last Friday, one hour of Kenpo (not as physically demanding as JuiJitsu or Kickboxing) then one hour of JuiJitsu. Makes for quite a workout.

For those interested, JuiJitsu is more grappling and ground fighting, training is very hands on, hand-to-hand combat type of thing, it's very demanding and a very high impact and cardio workout...plus, it's great to learn, since 95% of all street fights wind up on the ground VERY quickly...

So, I am sticking to it and even stepping it up...I'll tell ya, since starting this my body isn't popping and snapping like it used to, I am sleeping better and feeling better...plus, learning how to kill people. :-)

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Mar 29, 2005 03:09 pm

Quote:
plus, learning how to kill people. :-)


lol

will you be my body guard when i get to P-Diddy's status, i'll pay very well!

that's cool that you're dooin' this stuff, you have inspired me to be more active in my daily life...

cheers

wyd

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 29, 2005 03:14 pm

Quote:
you have inspired me to be more active in my daily life


Wow, that's super cool dude, good for you! I am loving it myself. 4 times a week I get to work up a good sweat, burn some fat, build some muscle and just feel good...it's very cool...my natural addictive personality has finally led me to something productive to be addicted to...

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Mar 29, 2005 04:06 pm

yeah i've been dooin' situps lately (when bouncing down tracks, or importing/exporting audio) hehe it's perfect. i gotta keep my pot-belly-in-the-making in check. it's starting to stick to me more than it used to.

Jack of all trades master of ___
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Mar 29, 2005 04:11 pm

dB...I think in tribute to WYD...

If you ever drop your instructor or an opponent in like a "practice fight" or whatever you do...

After you drop em, say "whosyourdaddy?"

Hold 'Em Czar
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Mar 29, 2005 04:14 pm

lamo!!!!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 29, 2005 05:08 pm

I might just do that!

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Mar 30, 2005 10:53 pm

Ah, dB. Rule number 1. Defense, good.
Offense to kill, bad.

However, rule number 2. Defense to kill, OK!

Gald your enjoying it. Maybe I'll havta come down and watch your instructer smack ya for saying, Quote:
whosyourdaddy
. :-)

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