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Spartacus Maximus
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Joined: 01 Jun 2014
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Styles: Shorin ryu

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 1:22 am    Post subject: Why did you come back? Reply with quote

Here is a question for anyone who has returned to martial arts after a long time for whatever reason: What made you decide to go back to martial arts? What motivated you?
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Spodo Komodo
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Joined: 24 Mar 2010
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Location: Derbyshire, UK
Styles: Wado Ryu, Shotokan

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its like malaria, you think you are ok for a few years and then bam! You find yourself side-kicking lamp-posts on your walk home and collecting your chocolate bar from the vending machine in horse-riding stance.

I tend to wander away from training due to life circumstances, moving away for a job, looking after family or nursing a serious injury. Inertia stops me from going back for a few years and I tend to have other things to fill my time but eventually I need to do something active and once you have done martial arts, the gym is a poor substitute.
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Spartacus Maximus
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Styles: Shorin ryu

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For whoever has gone back after a long time, did you start a different martial art or do try to pick up where you left off?
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Theochh
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Joined: 26 Jul 2019
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I never stopped loving Karate, the discipline it gave me and the etiquette it taught me helped me in so many ways. I trained in Shotokan Karate for 7 years or so and achieved the grade of shodoan. However, life changed for me, met a girl, got married and had a son, very run of the mill. What was strange / odd was that my wife was also a karateka and trained in Shotokan...it didn't stop there, my father law was a 6th dan instructor and ran his own club. That inspired me to return to training and pick up from where i left off. The saddest part was that I didn't return sooner, huge regret. The happy part is that my wife also returned to training and my son also trains with us now.
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