Punch (or Kick or Grapple) Your Way Into the New Year
Fight Co has you covered for many types of fighting styles. If you’re thinking about taking up a martial art and have decided that 2017 is your year, here are some things you might want to know about different practices as you try out what works best for you.
This sport is intriguing not only for its relatively brutal training but also for its ritualistic aspects, which have not been stripped away for Western practitioners. Music, prayers and acknowledgements, and the process of ‘sealing the ring’ prior to a match help its devotees get their head in the game. The sparring is a full-contact affair. We carry the top brands of Thai boxing gloves.
Judo and Brazilian ju-jitsu
If you are uncomfortable being in extremely close quarters at all times with another person, you should probably look for another art. You spend a great deal of time rolling around on the floor trying to understand all the subtleties of leverage and advantage. If you grew up wrestling with your brothers, this could be the sport for you.
Tae kwon do, karate
The differences between these two, other than the specific execution of similar moves, is down to percentages. Both are rounded disciplines with strikes, blocks, punches, and kicks. TKD tends to favour a higher percentage of fast, high-placed kicks, while karate is very rooted, with low stances and more punches, blocking techniques, and low kicks. (Remember that nasty kick to the knee in the original Karate Kid?)
Notes about sparring or rolling
In the beginning, it’s perfectly OK – even advisable – to pull your punches and kicks, especially if you’re sparring someone at your level. When you go full-bore, everyone tends to get hopped up and this can result in unnecessary injury. You won’t have complete control over your targeting, timing, or range for a little while, so focus on practicing the techniques you’ve been learning and stay in control in your early days. When you spar, you have a partner, and when you fight, you have an opponent. Don’t confuse the two.
Ask yourself if you are someone whose ego is going to be bruised from taking hits. If so, that’s a trait you’ll want to work on, and your coach probably won’t hesitate to tell you so. Sometimes you do the hitting, and sometimes you take hits or get taken down. Don’t take offence and come back out full of fury. One of the greatest lessons martial arts teaches us is how to get hit and get back up without a bad attitude and with, perhaps, even a semblance of grace.