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07 November 2007 @ 05:10 pm
Martial Arts And Other Stuffs.  
So, let's see... There were a couple things I wanted to do in the next couple of weeks. One, find Chinese classes (but Metro has those, so I think I'll drop by and see about registering tomorrow). Two, martial arts. Well, okay -- three, fix my car -- it's mostly done, at the cost of multi-hundred $$$, but most of that was for the tires. Which were dire and bald. But now that I have a heater again, and new tires, I'm ready(-ish) for winter. Yay, winter!

They didn't get around to fixing the speedometer, though, so I'll take care of that later. But at least now the car's safe(-ish) for winter driving.

Oh, yeah, the martial arts thing:

Let's see... Things I'm looking for...

Not too expensive -- I'm not made of money these days, and, well, financially things are kind of up in the air in the near future.

Not interesting in combat focus. It's not useful to me -- I've never been in a fight. And well, I don't think I'd really want to fight me already anyway. What I am interested in are the fitness and discipline angles. Sparring is fun, I guess, but I'd prefer that not be a huge emphasis.

Not interested in a cult.

Given a choice between linear and circular styles, I'd pick circular. It's prettier. There's something to be said for that. Given a choice between wide-open and close-in, I'd prefer something that doesn't emphasize holds and such (see above, and also above).

Not interested in tournaments at all. Been there, done that, I'm fine, thanks. Don't particularly care about belts, and if anything, I'd prefer no formal tests. But those are pretty ubiquitous, so, well, whatever.

I think that covers the highlights.

Of course, I'd also like to find a school where I like the people -- what that means is not terribly well-defined, of course, but friendly and serious without being intense (see cult, above) is good. And enough people. And a healthy mix of people. And, yadda, yadda. Despite the fact that my previous school failed many (in fact, almost all) of those tests, I liked the people there a lot, and I especially liked the sensei -- not as a person (not that he wasn't decent), but of course as a teacher (which is really, really important). Of course, it was a chain, things got political, the sensei was forced out, and the school (for all intents and purposes) died from within -- and it was all about money, money, money. So, well... I guess it was a mixed bag.

I think maybe I'd like to do Tai Chi, but I don't know where I'd find that, really.
In the mood: contemplativecontemplative
Greg van Eekhout: karate mangregvaneekhout on November 7th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm just going to put in another word for the Chinese Shao-lin Center schools. And I'm not saying they're perfect, because no school is perfect, but my experience with the Phoenix school was really very positive.

So, here're some features of the CSC schools:

No tournaments
Sparring is a part of class, but not the focus of class, and it's not about scoring points, but rather learning the practical application of the forms and techniques they teach you.
It's a diverse art, so there's a good mix of linear and circular.
Tai chi is part of the curriculum. My school had tai chi every Wednesday night, no extra charge.
And one thing I liked best about my school was that the people were fun and friendly and sociable.

So, if you have any questions specific to the CSC schools, just let me know. I can talk about this stuff hour days on end, obviously. :-)
Douglas Triggs: taodoubt72 on November 8th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, thanks. They're on my list of places to check out. Well, actually, so far, they are the list, so...

But I'm feeling lazy this week, so I'll probably drop by and check them out next.
Kyaa the Catlord: catpopekyaathecatlord on November 8th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
You should worship Felidominus. Chess.
Douglas Triggs: girdoubt72 on November 8th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
WTF are you talking about?

Gir demands answers.
Dustybigmog on November 8th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Ask Ken
Ken was going to introduce me to his Tai Chi instructor but with our schedules, it just never happened.
Douglas Triggs: blackdoubt72 on November 8th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Ask Ken
Huh, we never really talked Tai Chi. Perhaps I should bug him.
thjazithjazi on November 18th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Chinese class
See if you can't find a school that teaches the script from the start rather than asking you to learn the pinyin first. Pinyin is largely useless except to help you learn to pronounce the words properly. Also make sure that they have some sort of language lab facility where you can practice your intonations and pronounciation or that the teacher really makes sure that you can say things properly. So many schools blow off proper pronounciation and script and that will really wind up hurting you. Also look up http://www.amazon.com/Read-Write-Chinese-Simplified-Characters/dp/0941340112/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195360820&sr=8-2
Douglas Triggs: languagedoubt72 on November 18th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Chinese class
The only thing I actually care about is if they keep my pronunciation on track; anything else they don't teach me, I'll learn just fine on my own.

I can already read and write characters (in the general sense) just fine; learning the differences, etc., from Japanese is not such a big deal. And Chinese grammar is damn near trivial for an English speaker.

It's the pronunciation that's the thing.