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mkdaggy
White Belt
White Belt

Joined: 13 Mar 2017
Posts: 12
Location: MA
Styles: Shotokan, BJJ

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: Introduction Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have been lurking since March, and finally decided to introduce myself. I began training in martial arts (TKD) when I was a teenager in the early 80's. In college I was able to start training in Shotokan with a friend from school who was on the USA Junior team. I enjoyed competing in traditional tournaments in both kumite and kata, and attained 1st Kyu rank in the early 90's. I had always loved watching PKA kickboxing on ESPN, and decided to give kickboxing a try. Unfortunately, I stopped my training in Shotokan to pursue kickboxing more aggressively. During the mid '90s I fought 6 amateur kickboxing fights and a couple of boxing exhibitions. My last fight was at the Hampton Beach Casino in October 1995 where I scored a third round TKO, after being dropped in the first round - and getting a pretty cool looking black eye. I had hopes of fighting for an amateur title, but twice the fight was cancelled, and I decided to give up my kickboxing goal of becoming a professional.

I started weight training consistently after my wife and I bought a house in '99, and dabbled in judo, BJJ, Uechi Ryu, and Tai Chi for about a year with each style. A little over a year ago I decided to return to Shotokan. Although my first Sensei was no longer teaching, his Sensei was, and he remembered me, as we tested with him. I have been training hard, went back into competing in Kumite and Kata, and even did weapons (Bo) in one competition. Although I often wish I had never stopped training in Shotokan, I know I can only move forward. In my 20's I wanted to do so many different things, now closing in on 50 I feel my Shotokan training has become one of the most important aspects of my life, and I am so happy to be back in the dojo.

Thanks for reading!
Mark
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JR 137
KF Sempai
KF Sempai

Joined: 10 May 2015
Posts: 2304
Location: In the dojo
Styles: Seido Juku

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, Mark.

We can always ask ourselves what if. If I stuck with my original sensei, Iíd probably be 5th dan by now. I say that because the guy I tested for shodan with was promoted to godan a little over a year ago, and we were kind of like dojo twins.

Life got in the way, and I had other priorities, such as grad school, starting a career, meeting my wife, having our daughters, etc. Iím in a different organization with a different teacher, and started all over again. Itíll be 3 years in February.

Your experience seems to be excellent. Iím sure all of that stuff youíve done makes you far better than if you didnít do any of it. Itíll give you additional insight into what youíre currently doing and itíll help you appreciate where you are. Sometimes youíve got to step away from something to realize what you actually had.
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Zaine
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Joined: 31 Aug 2005
Posts: 1660
Location: Dallas, TX
Styles: Shorin Ryu, Long Fist, American Street Karate, Mantis, Schola Saint George (Fiorian sword fighting)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF, Mark! It's great to have you!
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Wastelander
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Joined: 18 Oct 2010
Posts: 2394
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Shuri-Ryu, Judo, KishimotoDi

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum!
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Bulltahr
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Joined: 08 Mar 2015
Posts: 578
Location: NEW ZEALAND
Styles: Shotokan, Seido Juku

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome MKdaggy, you have found a nice corner of the interwebby for MA practitioners....
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mkdaggy
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Joined: 13 Mar 2017
Posts: 12
Location: MA
Styles: Shotokan, BJJ

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks all!
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singularity6
Pre-Black Belt
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Joined: 26 Jun 2017
Posts: 958
Location: Michigan
Styles: Jidokwan Taekwondo and Hapkido, Yoshokai Aikido, ZNIR Iaido, Kendo

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, sir!
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 14205
Location: Houston, TX
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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DWx
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Joined: 17 Jan 2007
Posts: 6108
Location: UK
Styles: Tae Kwon Do & Yang family Tai Chi

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Mark
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MatsuShinshii
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Joined: 15 Aug 2016
Posts: 1423
Location: Kentucky
Styles: Machimura Suidi Rokudan, Ryukyu Kenpo, Kobudo, Judo

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KF.
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