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03-31-2005, 16:28
Had to make the title sound stupid.

So, what martial art(s) do you study (formally), where and what belt/rank are you? I'll start.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Alliance Marietta (although I admittedly haven't been in quite a while) - White belt

03-31-2005, 16:38
Yoshinkan Aikido- Yondan

Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu Iai- Menkyo Okuden

I have Yudansha rank in Karate and Judo as well, and a second-degree black belt in TKD (which was essentially 'bought' from a McDojo, when I was young and dumb and thought it would improve my resume).

I currently operate a small private dojo in Western New York.

03-31-2005, 17:02
Isshinryu Karate & Kobudo

Rokudan (6th Dan)

Vice President of the American Isshinryu Karate Assn.

04-01-2005, 01:02
Black in shootfighting, arnis and kickboxing, and purple in BJJ.

04-01-2005, 01:08
Blue in Judo and 1.Dan in S-h-i-t-o Ryu Karate.
Sorry I have to write it that way, without the - we have only ****oryu

04-01-2005, 04:38
9th Kyu in American Goju-ryu Karate. (I will be listening more than I talk). I'm in the middle of an 8-week road trip for work, and because I do that a couple of times a year, I'm advancing a little slower than the rest of my class, but nothing has motivated me to train like this has. There's noting like knowing my brother and sister karateka have to wait in pushup position until I finish my repetitions to motivate me.

04-01-2005, 07:04
Over the years I've studied a pretty wide variety of martial arts. TKD, Bujinkan-ninpo taijutsu, JKD concepts, Kali, MTK, Judo, Jujutsu, aikido, boxing, wrestling and a few different styles of karate. I have a few black belts and a few yellow belts and a lot of white belts. I've learned something useful from each style and some fluff from each. So I figure I've still got a lot of looking and studying left to do.
And I'm not getting any younger. ;f

04-01-2005, 09:01
Shodan in Shintoyoshin Jiu-jitsu.


04-01-2005, 10:21
Nidan in Wado Ryu Karate

04-01-2005, 13:52
Godan (5th Degree Black) in both Kenpo Karate and Oikiru-Ryu Ju-Jutsu...

04-01-2005, 15:38
Been studying Shotokan (nidan), Tae Kwon Do (chodan), Shuri-Ryu (ikkyu), and Wado-Ryu (shodan).

Mntneer357, are you training over at the Columbia School of Karatedo with Kyoshi Abele?

04-01-2005, 15:49
Have studied Goju-Ryu, Kenpo, and BJJ.

I ended up leaving all the arts and just started training. Was involved in Muay Thai for a while and then started doing NHB. Great fun!

Now I just work out for the exercise and don't step into the ring anymore. It hurts too much! ;)

04-01-2005, 17:57
3nd Kyu [purple belt] in Kenbukan Goju-Ryu. Took me sixs years to get this far.

04-01-2005, 18:48
I am a Shodan in Isshinryu Karate. It is very interesting to see how other styles handle certain situations.

Glad to see a forum like this get started.


04-01-2005, 20:50

04-01-2005, 20:56
5th Dan in Tae KiDo [Moo Shin Do]. Also have training in Aiki Jujutsu, Shaolin Chin Na, Hapkido and Krav Maga.

04-01-2005, 22:16
I have a purple belt in TKD,green belt in Judo. I have been doing Submission wrestling for the last 2 yrs. No belts are given in that class. Dont care about belts anyway.

04-02-2005, 01:17
I have a blue belt from Tanaka's of fame in ****o-Ryu Karate (excellent instructor, not especially fired up about the style).

A yellow belt in Krav Maga through the Stvanger Hogskolen ISS sports club in Norway. Instructor was Wingate Institution certified. GOOD STUFF.

A green belt in Hapkido via the Martins at ABT. GOOD STUFF.

A few years, no belts, in Northern Shaolin (no offense but I view this largely as a waste of time for a self defense style).

A year, no rank earned, in Wing Tsun. GOOD STUFF.

My training has served me well and saved my life twice.

I would like to continue with Hapkido and/or Krav Maga


04-02-2005, 16:53
4th Kyu in Chendokan Aikido (Purple Belt).
Green belt in Kudokan Judo

Anyone interested can check out the website to the school I go to.

04-02-2005, 18:01
Shodan in Daito-Ryu Jujitsu.

- Chris

Joshua M. Smith
04-03-2005, 23:21
Aikido based CQC, instructor (no belts).

I've also studied Thai boxing and karate. Thai boxing has served me well; karate has not.

In the end it's all the same I reckon.

Josh <><

04-03-2005, 23:51
Black belt in shaking my fist angrily in the air...

Chartruse belt in feelings hurting.... ;f

04-04-2005, 00:31
1st Dan kudokan Judo, White belt in Aikido. I played Arnis all my life.;f

04-05-2005, 14:57
blue belt advanced in American Freestyle

04-06-2005, 12:50
JKD concepts, BJJ (Gracie) Kali. Most of my training was with Progressive Fighting Systems under Tom Cruse. I have been blessed to train with some of the best in the world at what I wanted to learn, it has served me well.

05-02-2005, 00:07
Currently studying Kendo with Miyata-sensei in Oakland - he's the highest ranking Kendo sensei in America.

Plus, nidan in ching ching pow, ;f

05-02-2005, 00:36
MMA, consisting of BBJ/Muay Thai/Greco-Roman/stick fighting. Our school has its own belt system just for our students.

05-03-2005, 17:51
I am a relative newbie with martial arts. I only have about 6 years training. I did united goju ryu karate for about 5 and have been doing penjak silat for about a year and a half. I wish I had started those years in silat though.


05-03-2005, 18:37
I don't mean to sound like an ignoramus (hell I am not even sure that I spelled that right either!) but what exactly is penjak silat ?

It almost sounds Philipino but again I am not claiming to be too smart either. Educate me.....


05-03-2005, 21:29
Indonesian and nearby islands IIRC correctly. Antother interesting and little known style is Bando, from Burma or nearby, IIRC.


05-07-2005, 19:09
Tang Soo Do.

05-08-2005, 22:23
(1) Jeet Kune Do: Instructor, Level 1 (JKD Unlimited, under Burton Richardson)
(2) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Purple Belt (Nova Uniao, under Charuto Verissimo)
(3) Former Aikido instructor, though I no longer train in this art

05-09-2005, 21:09
Fedaykin, I'm assuming you've trained with B.J. Is that dope, and how is he in real life?

05-09-2005, 22:04
Both B.J. and Charuto are great guys and fantastic instructors. They have a very positive and relaxed attitude about teaching, so you have a great time every time you train with them, even though they are tapping you twice a minute ;f . I don't get to train with B.J. very often, since he's on the Big Island and I'm on Oahu, but I train with Charuto regularly. B.J. is an unreal grappler; he got his black belt from Charuto in under four years!

Also, congrats to Charuto for winning his fight at Rumble on the Rock this weekend!

Temet nosce,

05-09-2005, 22:11
His loss to Trigg was crazy, I thought for sure that triangle was sunk. I mean his head was turning red.

05-10-2005, 02:27
Yeah, his triangle is vicious! During my purple belt test, Charuto tapped me with it even though I had an upright posture with my arms framed on his waist. I haven't seen the tape of the test, but I'm pretty sure my face was the same color as Trigg's ;f .

Temet nosce,

05-15-2005, 23:49


05-16-2005, 01:29

some silat

05-18-2005, 16:03
WTF Taekwondo
5th Dan
25 years

Nice clip bunkerbuster.

What's up with the "re:taekwondo" reference in previous post?

05-20-2005, 12:13
Aikido, 5 years, never tested for ranking (don't care about rank)

05-25-2005, 02:44
8 or 9 months
Yellow belt

05-25-2005, 09:13
correct me if I am wrong but kuntaw is different from kuntao, correct? Kuntaw is from............the phillipines?

05-25-2005, 20:14
Originally posted by wl2pwr
WTF Taekwondo
5th Dan
25 years

Nice clip bunkerbuster.

What's up with the "re:taekwondo" reference in previous post?


you are probably qualified for olympics!


06-23-2005, 10:29
First time at this part of the GT universe. Very cool.

My tag says it all...except that it doesn't.

Unranked, but started in *****oryu karate for three years as a kid.
Wrestled in HS and intramurally in college and the Army.
Judo all through college, Army, civilian life.
Some JJ/BJJ.
Coaching folk- and freestyle wrestling, with occasional competition attempts...

And may I say, WOW, some serious experience here. Nice to know this place exists, and just down the street from my favorite gun board!

06-23-2005, 13:08
3rd Degree Black belt, Sandan in both Kodokan Judo and Goshin Ryu Ju Jitsu. Some other traning in some other styles but no belts, Vee Arnis Jitsu, and Sambo.


06-23-2005, 20:37
TaeKwonDo, along with Weeping-Style Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, under the instruction of a 5th Degree Senior Black Belt with TaeKwonDo America.

Been studying for 3 months. Yellow Belt.


06-24-2005, 17:53
first post ever.
orange belt tkd.
1st dan choi kwang do very longtime ago.
shodan shotokan.
brown belt in ashihara but school closed.
not training right now looking for new good school in metro detroit area to curse with my duck out of water style.


07-19-2005, 15:01

07-19-2005, 15:48
Mainly Filipino Arts (no belt designation)
Ama Guro Filipino Combat Arts
Instructor and student Modern Arnis under Datu Shishir Inocalla
Instructor and student Filipino Combat Systems under Tuhon Ray Dionaldo
(Sayoc Kali, Pekiti Tirsia, Modern Arnis blend)
2nd Degree BB TaeKwondo

07-19-2005, 18:17
Martin Fisher:

I got to do a seminar once with Tom Cruse. Excellent. Also got to train with Dan Insanto once, and Burton Richardson multiple times.

Eventually transitioned to Muay Thai. No real belts in that one, but did hold the WKA US Superlightweight title briefly, and represented the US in Austria (poorly, unfortunately.)

Currently I'm about 25 pounds over my fighting weight, all muscle, working on my black belt in deconditioning. Ugh.

Oops, hadn't decided whether to say "all flab" or "none of it muscle" and apparently got my wires crossed. Wish it were all muscle...

07-25-2005, 14:51
Brazilian Jiujitsu
Boxing/Muay Thai
Close Quarters'Combat

Still cut under the eye from my last MMA fight.....and loving it.


08-02-2005, 00:17
Marksmanship 15 years
Tang Soo Do 7 years
MMA 2 years
Archery 2 years
Fencing 2 years
Judo 2 years

08-02-2005, 01:13
TaeKwonDo - 5th Dan

08-09-2005, 16:42
hapkido-2nd dan
haidong gumdo-yellow belt

08-09-2005, 20:08
Haidong gumdo, isn;t that a korean sword based art? Beleive it or not of all things there is actuakky a korean sword martial art being offered here in Anchorage right now.


08-09-2005, 20:22
Gumdo is Korean sword. I haven't been doing it long but so far its pretty cool, stances take some getting used to, but so far I like it.

08-15-2005, 23:16
Hi everyone! Nice forums! I'm 31,started in goju at 17 for 2 yrs and restarted at 21. Currently Nidan and still learning. ;a

08-16-2005, 10:48
Welcome Sanchin!!!

08-17-2005, 07:57
I just started training in Shorinji Kempo ( I am but a meager white belt)


09-13-2005, 16:28
Traditional Isshinryu Karate-Do & Kobodo. My rank is unimportant.

09-21-2005, 22:30
Originally posted by hkd
Gumdo is Korean sword. I haven't been doing it long but so far its pretty cool, stances take some getting used to, but so far I like it.

My friend was a big haedong Gumdo. Where as, i learned Kendo from University.

I did not go far enough to know the big difference.

10-04-2005, 03:35
Taekwondo, boxing, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu
DEFTAC Philippines / Gracie Barra Phils.

Kamusta to all Pinoys in this forum!

10-16-2005, 11:37
4-kyu (Green Belt) in kodokan Judo. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA judo club. Been doing it about 2.5 years. Started out looking for a fun work-out class, discovered judo and connected. We're a sport judo club and compete up and down the west coast, mostly Washington and British Columbia.

This begs the question familiar to all judoka: Judo - martial art or martial sport? We don't use striking techniques and I think I would have to get lucky to get ahold of a bad guy armed with a gun to throw him. Maybe I could handle a dude with a knife.

On the other side of the coin, it's full contact, full motion, gotta move and use your head as well. Pretty good stress training...does competition like that have benefits outside of tournament?

Anyway, it's a lot of fun. Once I "master" Judo, I would like to move into Jiu-jitsu and Aikido.

OBTW... to me, martial arts means more than karate or judo. It means "military arts" which includes shooting and every other weapon out there on the modern it the mean streets of Fallujah/Ramadi/Baghdad or the mean streets of Toldeo, Philadelphia, Detroit, LA or any other major US city.

Me personally... I am just starting, with a long way to go. I try to read every single post on GT and file away anything that might increase my odds of survival. Thanks for your inputs! :)

Cheers, Slurpie

10-17-2005, 16:17
Vale Tudo
Muay Thai
Freestyle wrestling
Submission grappling

I guess I could've said MMA, but you might not have understood...

10-17-2005, 16:50
Rex Kwon do

Training to be a cage fighter

Pretty good with a bo staff

come down here and see what happens if you try to hit me.

I have the strength of a grizzly, the reflexes of a puma, and the wisdom of a man.

10-17-2005, 17:55
Did lots of TKD back in the day. Have a smidgen of Japanese jujitsu and boxing experience. Now I do Muay Thai, judo, and Brazilian jiujitsu, Vale Tudo concepts don't ya know.

10-18-2005, 13:34
Hi everyone. Shaolin Chuan-fa since September 1976. Instructor since 1986. Chief instructor in Portland, Maine.

10-18-2005, 13:40

10-18-2005, 13:50
I am exceptionally well-trained in the traditional martial art of Mexican Judo.

"Judo know if I have a knife... judo know if I have a gun... judo know..."

10-18-2005, 13:57
In the immortal words of Mr. James Brown:

"I don't know karate, but I know karazy"

10-18-2005, 21:53
Hello all!

I've just taken the plunge into Krav Maga. Love it. I can barely walk to the El after class because I'm so worn out...and it's not like I don't work out otherwise either.

great forum by the way..useful posts.

10-22-2005, 00:47
I'm a second dan in Youn Wha Ryu. And Head Instructor @ Chester Martial Arts in Southern IL. Our main web site is

10-22-2005, 22:28
After thirty plus years of study, I find myself still a beginner.


11-18-2005, 18:52
I persnoally hope I never make it to black belt. I like not knowing what's coming next class!

11-18-2005, 21:39

After awhile you realize the black belts don't mean you're not a beginner-if you're doing it correctly. :)


11-18-2005, 21:44
I guess but I will be testing for Brown belt soon and all I see whenever someone makes black blet is that they somehow forget the joy of learning the art.

11-18-2005, 22:09
Too true-often they forget that they are STILL *learning* the art, and start thinking they have LEARNED the art; that might be the fatal mistake of the majority of martial artists.

The best martial artists I've known were beginners with twenty or thirty years of experience...


11-18-2005, 22:22
Originally posted by larry1096
The best martial artists I've known were beginners with twenty or thirty years of experience...

"Shoshin"- the "beginner's" mind.

I think Larry's statement (echoed by unknown millions of people) expresses this concept in a way which is simple enough to understand, and is "close enough" to the intended concept.

However, there's a little more to it- and this is where some people fall off the wagon and consider themselves "experts".

The martial arts are, like all of life, an exercise in continual growth. Being that we live in a society where people consider themselves "grown" at age 18, and think of "development" as a description best suited to children (and child references are sometimes taken as demeaning of adults), the statements "always a beginner" or "always a student" are a (very healthy) break from this cultural mindset alone.

It's more accurate (and more honest) to say that we are continually in a state of growth and development which never ends- we take in experiences, learn from them, use them as a basis to build more experiences, etc. etc.

In that sense, we are perpetual students.

Some firefighter friends of mine have an expression which I think is probably more apt:

"You can have 30 years of experience on the fire department, or one year of experience 30 times over."

The former is a person who continues to learn, develop, and grow over time. The other is stuck at a beginning stage his entire career.

11-19-2005, 12:42
Well put, Roundeyesamurai!

Yes, you can stand on the path for twenty years and have twenty years 'experience'; but it really only counts if you're walking.

Or at least crawling....:)


11-19-2005, 15:51
crawling...I think I may still be at the "just sitting up on my own" phase of martial arts training.

12-14-2005, 10:34
Hello - just noticed this forum on GT.

I started Kenpo at a local Tracy's Karate in '92. Met an excellent Jiu-Jitsu instructor in '94 (around the time that UFC fighting had started impacting many martial arts schools) and I spent the next 9 years on the mat in a variety of locations and schools. I haven't hit a bag (or anyone else) or choked a neck in about 2 years now.

12-24-2005, 16:33
Have dabbled in various other arts, but am certified 1st dan in WTF Tae Kwon Do.