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Old 05-13-2008, 04:23 AM   #1
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Total newb question. My wife said she wants to join a school. So I am trying to research different styles in our area. One right down the street from us offers aikido, jujutsu, boxing, bjj, capoeira, kali/silat, karate, kickboxing, kung fu, judo, mma, muay thai. Basically our goals will be self dicipline, a good workout and being able to efficiently defend ourselves.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:59 AM   #2
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If it were my wife, and i wanted to feel the most confident with her being able to defend herself, i would more than likely go with a blade oriented system such as Kali/Silat. IMHO it makes for better awareness, sensitivity, addresses a more realistic approach to combat, and is effective no matter what your age, size, shape, or gender. I would also add in elements of Kino Mutai, Muay Thai, and BJJ, but blending them into the Kali mindset of combat, not sport.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:05 AM   #3
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By the way, I probly shouldn't have used the word "defend" sense that's a victum's word. I once heard a Kali man say something to the effect of "I don't defend myself, I attack people that attack me first"
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:28 AM   #4
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Thank you for your reply, I emailed the sensai I know they offer 2 free classes, perhaps we can try kali/ silat and muay thai.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:33 AM   #5
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I study both Escrima (Kali) and Wing Tsun (kung fu). Escrima is fairly direct in it's approach to self-defense. Also, it's not just a bladed system, it's a weapons systems. So, we're trained to see any object as a weapon.

I'm a smallish woman (5'2" and around 130lbs). I feel most confident when I have some sort of weapon in my hand.

Another system that I am intrigued with but have not had a chance to try is Krav Maga.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:46 AM   #6
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I would recommend jiu jitsu and/or Muay Thai and/or boxing or MMA...and I'm a pretty small woman too and trained in Filipino martial arts (knife and stick) pretty extensively. Most of it won't work when it matters. And I don't see walking around with a ton of weapons and feeling really paranoid as effective self-defense.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:54 AM   #7
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Thank you, my wife is small as well 5'5" 125 lbs so I appreciate your opinions.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:00 AM   #8
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I wouldn't say that it's necessary to carry around a ton of weapons to defend oneself nor is it useful to be paranoid.

However, it is useful to see that anything you have in your hand (whether it be a stainless steel coffee mug or a pen) can be used as a weapon. I would say that if you find a Filipino style that emphasizes learning how to effectively use weapons (and your body) versus disarming, you might want to at least give it a try.

That said, it's also not just the style but finding an instructor that your wife likes and wants to learn from.
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There's alot of debate that begins happening among practitioners when you try to exchange the terms and systems of Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis...Kali being the first named indigenous system of the Philippines, while Eskrima and Arnis were coined after Spanish arrival. To tell the truth the art wasnt even called anything, it was tribal and passed down in families...didnt even have a name. Kali came from blade work, but the ideas / methodologies do translate to stick, cord, projectile, and empty hand ...yes, very true concerning not just being a bladed system, but seeing everything as a weapon.
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Yael, i would agree with alot of fluff being in FMA, but that goes for any art...i would not go as far as to say that ALL FMA would not work when it really matters. I'd say that both you and i know of people, as well as certain systems that would more than hold their own when it really matters As for carrying around a ton of weapons, or being paranoid, well, i don't indorse that eaither. Like Xuan Mai Ho mentioned, awareness is useful...a stainless steel mug works, just as a pocket knife, tactical pen, and / or kobotan pepperspary could go a long ways. I wouldn't be above firearms training eaither, if for no other reason than to learn about the weapon.
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