I am interested in learning and practicing a martial art, but I really cannot afford to go to the dojos in my area. Also, most of them are Karate, and for some reason Karate doesn't seem to appeal to me...
Any suggestions on what to pick, and how to learn it for cheap?
Really? I've never really considered it as I didn't think that a video would do much good...
Can anyone give me rundown some of the more popular martial arts out there? I am interested in something that will be practically applicable in case I need to defend myself or my wife, and also have some aerobic qualities...
Well watching some training videos would give you a overview and idea of what to expect. I don't expect you to learn the sports from them but get a good idea of what they do. I am taking one on one Krav Maga (actually CKM) classes and it is good for personal self-defense if that is your primary interest.
I'd recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I've practiced many different arts during my life and have found BJJ to be the most applicable to real-life encounters. It's an amazing aerobic workout as well. If there are BJJ schools in your area that also offer Muay Thai, that's one of the best ways to cover multiple ranges of combat.
I haven't studied Krav Maga, but I know that its philosophy is very straight-forward and reality-based.
Please be careful though. There are many schools that just open up and claim to teach those arts simple because they are "in" right now. Always question the instructors as to where they learned their art and how they keep learning themselves. Most importantly, look for a school that trains with a degree of aliveness. This concept is best described here http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2068450760833041053#
A good resource is bullshido.net. They keep a good record of good schools as well as the charlatans out there.
If you happen to be in Colorado, where I live, or Massachusetts, where I used to live, I'd be happy to give you some personal references.
With all due respect to James!, I'd steer away from videos. They can be effective complimentary training tool if you train with a qualified instructor. With a video, you don't get to train with a live person unless you recruit a friend. Even if you do, you don't have an experienced person there to see what you're doing right or wrong.
Good luck! I hope you find something good.
http://ramarts.com/ is the school in the area that teaches BJJ and Muay Thai. I don't know if they are any good or not, but I don't think I can afford their rates atm in any case. Maybe next year I will be able to work it in to the budget... but who knows?
Check you local YCMA's, community centers, etc. They usually have martial arts classes including boxing and they're relatively inexpensive. Don't underestimate boxing as a good viable martial art. Videos can only give you a basic understanding of an art but you need practical experience if you want to learn it for real. You wont benefit from it nearly as much as doing it with an experienced fighter/instructor. Of course a video is better than nothing. Even people in my classes get a dose of reality when we start punching a solid target. Punching incorrectly can hurt. Getting punched does hurt. Think of it like learning to shoot from a video. You may learn the basics but you wont be able to work out the reality of putting them together without feeling the rifle in your shoulder and the recoil of the shot or see the hole in the target at the other end.
I agree with everyone who said boxing. Boxing has been around since the beginning of time and since has proven its efficiency. No other sport will build up your cardio, strength, self reliance, and confidence quite like boxing. This is the reason why most military schools and Ivory league schools teach boxing.
If you live near a city big or small you can usually find a real old school boxing gym or like others said a YMCA, for cheap money. I live near 3 smaller size cities and I know of at least 9 in the area, all under 50 dollars a month (average being 30). You also don't need much equipment to start, a pair of training gloves, hand wraps, and boxing shoes and most gyms will have equipment you can use for the day.
Now a days with the hype of the UFC everyone wants to get into some sort of martial art or MMA training class. I trained in Krava Maga and Ju Jitsu a while back and found it just isn't practical like boxing is. Nothing stops a attacker or mugger like a punch. The truth be told, there just isn't enough room for someone to throw one of those high kicks or its to dangerous to roll on the ground and go for a submission. Also, martial arts are complicated. You see a opening and your mind has to think "should I kick, knee, punch, elbow, grapple, or etc". In boxing you think, ok which of the 4 punches should I throw.
I admit I am bias, but I truly believed boxing is the greatest sport ever.
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