Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
I came across this forum and browsed it, expecting it to be moderately intersting. It already has exceeded my expectations! That's why I joined. =D
I'm both a fan and a practitioner. When I was nine, I practiced traditional Tae Kwon Do the martial art (not the olympic sport version, where they couldn't keep their hands above their belts). I found myself leaning more and more towards hand techniques, as time went on. Later on, I began practicing a nameless mix of karate, boxing, aikido, judo, and escrima which played out kind of like... kickboxing with knees, elbows, sweeps, takedowns, and the occassional (somewhat) dirty escrima tactic.
Then I found my way into aikido and ninjutsu, and some sword arts. I didn't stick to aikido long; it's not really for me. The ninjutsu was cool, but again not for me. Somewhat recently, I've begun practicing pure judo, which has helped my takedowns (the weakest part of my grappling).
Contrary to my younger years of weekend warring, I now train five days a week, and I plan to replace some of my less efficient classes with San Shou and a submission fighting club within this coming month.
Anyway, enough blabbing. The jist of it is, I'm a somewhat competent striker, and an adept grappling newbie. I'll be seventeen in a month, and I plan to participate in amateur MMA when I'm of age. And I like getting insights from other practitioners. So far, I've come across some very good ones on this site. =D