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Old 04-17-2007, 03:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Karate vs Kickboxing?

Which one is better to learn for Strikeing?


I was thinking about taking a Jiu-jitsu class (to work on my ground skills).

Then later on take either a Kickboxing or Karate class to work on my strikeing.



That way, I'd be covered in self defense or if I got in a fight either on the ground or on my feet. So which is better for strikeing, Karate or Kickboxing?

Whats the difference? Which is harder to learn? Which is cooler?
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Karate can be great if its the right style and your in a good class which sadly many of them are not but for Karate i would suggest...

Kyokushin
Goju Ryu
Shotokan

Keep in mind some strikes of Karate and so forth are illegal in MMA.

Kickboxing is very good aswell and great for MMA.

The difference is huge so i can't explain it much although Karate has many forms of standing while Kickboxing really has one and also Karate teaches many strikes(punches, elbows, kicks etc.) while Kickboixing is just kicking and punching but once again they are both great for MMA and its a hard choice.

Over all Karate is harder to learn not because its better but because theres much more to learn than in Kickboxing which is great aswell.

Which is cooler? its a very hard choice for me because they are my 2 favourite stand up arts but i suggest you go try them both out for a lesson or 2 and make your mind up...if they are both great classes then it will be a very very hard choice but be careful of mcdojo's.
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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All that is offered in my town is Kenpo Karate.

As for Kickboxng, just American Kickboxing is offered.


I am not learning for MMA, but more for self defense. And to make myself into a badass LOL!
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Kenpo Karate can be good aswell...

Kenpo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

American Kickboxing is like full contact karate and contains bits of Kenpo Karate

Kickboxing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For self defence i would suggest Karate(wider range of attacks)
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Well how hard and time consuming would in be to train (at the same time) in BJJ and Karate or Kickboxing? Like for me I am REALLY interested in BJJ so that is a must. But on top of that maybe six months to a year after I start BJJ, I was thinking about simultaniously doing Karate.

Would this interfere and contradic my training in BJJ? Or is it do able? (Just imagin I am a purple belt in BJJ and begin Karate as a White belt; During a sparing session during class I woop up some poor dude)


I think Im thinking TOO far ahead. I need to dip my toe into BJJ and see how I like it before I think any further.
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Well how hard and time consuming would in be to train (at the same time) in BJJ and Karate or Kickboxing? Like for me I am REALLY interested in BJJ so that is a must. But on top of that maybe six months to a year after I start BJJ, I was thinking about simultaniously doing Karate.

Would this interfere and contradic my training in BJJ? Or is it do able? (Just imagin I am a purple belt in BJJ and begin Karate as a White belt; During a sparing session during class I woop up some poor dude)


I think Im thinking TOO far ahead. I need to dip my toe into BJJ and see how I like it before I think any further.
Don't get to excited...Karate sparring is standing up and so if Kickboxing.

And yes of course it is do able and its a great idea unless classes clash, if not then its great idea...loads of people practice 2 or more martial arts.
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You should do Muay Thai, Maybe kick boxing or Kuykuchin.

Muay Thai is simmalar to boxing but muay thai focuses strongly on knees elbows clinch punches and kicks.

This is muay thai.

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for self defense i would say kickboxing, you will spar more and most people in a street fight will not have a karate stance most of them have a boxers stance with hands really low, and by learning kickboxing you can capitalise on that weakness, muay thai would be better if its offered near you, if not kickboxing ftw!
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if you're training for MMA don't learn Karate over Kickboxing. Both have their pro's and con's but KB is better than Karate overall. And like stated earlier, try to focus on a MT style of kickboxing
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Well how hard and time consuming would in be to train (at the same time) in BJJ and Karate or Kickboxing? Like for me I am REALLY interested in BJJ so that is a must. But on top of that maybe six months to a year after I start BJJ, I was thinking about simultaniously doing Karate.

Would this interfere and contradic my training in BJJ? Or is it do able? (Just imagin I am a purple belt in BJJ and begin Karate as a White belt; During a sparing session during class I woop up some poor dude)
I'm taking Karate (Shotokan) and BJJ right now. Theire completely compatible, and theres no striking in BJJ and no ground work in Karate. The farthest to the ground I ever go in Shotokan sparring is taking the opponent down and punching him while he's down, that gives 3 points. I usually have BJJ for two hours, and then an hour and a half of karate right after. The BJJ is my warm up, and theire both completely doable independently.
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