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RW
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:59 pm    Post subject: Self training karate? Reply with quote

Hi there!

You know my story: got a 2nd degree brown belt in shito-ryu karate, quit when I was 18, then didn't do any martial arts until a good 20 years later, got a belt in some mcdojo style of kempo (it wasn't a mcdojo until I had my brown belt, but by then I felt I was too far along to quit so I decided to get my shodan anyway), and I was also doing some muay thai.

Then COVID hit and I stopped all my training. You'd have thought COVID would be over by now, but here we are. I really don't want to risk going into a closed space where a bunch of people will be within handshake distance of each other and exhaling, so going back to any dojo or MMA gym is a no-no for the time being.

I still feel the itch of practicing martial arts, and since I am really disappointed in the kempo stuff (did I mention they change their "kata" every couple months as the instructors see fit? lol), I decided I want to try to train shito ryu again, only this time by myself.

I know self-training is far from ideal, and that it doesn't count officially. But I already have the background (brown belt, after all) and I just want to stay active and remember the kata I once used to know.

How can I go about this? I'd like some sort of guide to re-learn the shito ryu curriculum.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2022 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My go-to has always been books, but you can probably find some great resources on YouTube, as well.
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Zaine
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2022 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: Self training karate? Reply with quote

RW wrote:
I know self-training is far from ideal, and that it doesn't count officially. But I already have the background (brown belt, after all) and I just want to stay active and remember the kata I once used to know.


Says who? Don't let anyone tell you how to do something that you love, especially when you already have all this experience. I self-trained with videos and books when I was looking to get back into karate with a dojo. It helped me finish up the curriculum that my teacher had when he stopped teaching.

I also would do some research into books. Blackbeltwiki could be a resource, but it's a shot in the dark as to whether the Shito-Ryu kata videos on there are the ones that you would have practiced or from some branch that wasn't yours.
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RW
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2022 5:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Self training karate? Reply with quote

Zaine wrote:
RW wrote:
I know self-training is far from ideal, and that it doesn't count officially. But I already have the background (brown belt, after all) and I just want to stay active and remember the kata I once used to know.


Says who? Don't let anyone tell you how to do something that you love, especially when you already have all this experience. I self-trained with videos and books when I was looking to get back into karate with a dojo. It helped me finish up the curriculum that my teacher had when he stopped teaching.

I also would do some research into books. Blackbeltwiki could be a resource, but it's a shot in the dark as to whether the Shito-Ryu kata videos on there are the ones that you would have practiced or from some branch that wasn't yours.


Oh, I didn't know about black belt wiki, this is great, thanks!!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2022 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started in Shito-Ryu at the same age and got just as far. Then I went off to college, and hooked up with a Tang Soo Do club. Forms were pretty much the same. I went through the black belt ranks and moved on to other things from there, but all these years later I still do those forms. Have fun with it! And if you get stuck, have a question, now we have YouTube.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2022 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we have youtube and online schools using facetime technology, which even includes testing!

but nothing can replace the feel of training hard with your classmates, you share the floor and sweat.
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