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FeralFrettchen
White Belt
White Belt

Joined: 07 Apr 2022
Posts: 5
Location: Long Island, NY

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 4:44 am    Post subject: Hiya! Reply with quote

Greetings all!

I guess you could say Iím an old timer (is 38 even considered old by todayís standards? Haha!) whoís been bitten by the karate bug. I am unfortunately limited to practicing in my home study due to an intellectual disability but I am trying to learn and study a few different kata on my own as best I can. Right now I am concentrating on Matsubayashi-ryu - following along with Shoshin Nagamineís wonderful book and any old videos of his original students performances and bunkai I can find on YouTube. I really love the use of natural stances in this style and the elegant movements. I am also quite interested in the arts of Uechi-Ryu and Goju-Ryu.

My own history with karate is, I guess, a short one. I was signed up to a Ninjutsu center back in the late 90s, which I suppose is what you would call a Mcdojo? (Iím still a little confused on what exactly that is!) I was signed up for a trial session but because I had an undiagnosed health condition at the time I fell to the ground and blacked out for a few seconds by the end of class from all the rigorous exercise! Howís that for a first impression, eh? Anyway, even if it wasnít true karate I had a lot of fun with the (very) little time I had there. I always regretted not being able to pursue any sort of martial arts because I truly do love it. Even if I can never exceed the rank of white belt or take a professional class, I hope I can share and participate in the wonderful discussion of martial arts with everyone.

Thanks for reading my lengthy post. Itís very nice to meet everybody!
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 15853
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF, FeralFrettchen; glad that you're here!!



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ashworth
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Joined: 13 Nov 2006
Posts: 677
Location: UK
Styles: Shotokan, IJR Karate, Iaido, Kobudo

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum! and well done you for pursuing martial arts! good luck with your studies
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Joined: 01 May 2001
Posts: 28346
Location: Los Angeles, California

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, FeralFrettchen. Glad to have you.

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bushido_man96
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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
Posts: 29453
Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF!
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FeralFrettchen
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Joined: 07 Apr 2022
Posts: 5
Location: Long Island, NY

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.
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DarthPenguin
Orange Belt
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Joined: 03 Dec 2021
Posts: 233
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Styles: Shotokan, Judo, BJJ

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2022 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome. Sounds like your learning is all about self betterment and a desire to improve, which tbh is the main thing anyway! Best of luck with the learning!
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Wastelander
KF Sensei
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Joined: 18 Oct 2010
Posts: 2636
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Shuri-Ryu, Judo, KishimotoDi

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2022 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum!
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Tyler
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Joined: 16 Mar 2022
Posts: 53
Location: Narita,Japan
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Kobudo

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2022 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Feral Frettchen!

Glad ot hear you are taking up Karate again!
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aurik
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Joined: 08 Nov 2016
Posts: 292
Location: Denver, CO
Styles: Shuri-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu

PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2022 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum! I'm also a Uechi-Ryu practitioner, and if you're interested I can point you to some pretty good YouTube channels for learning Uechi Ryu. Good luck on your journey. Keep in mind that the only person you're competing with on this journey is yourself, so as long as whatever you do today is better than what you did yesterday, you're making progress.

Good luck!
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