Category: budoblr

So a person let's call her Taylor she's new at my master's Kung fu studio and she claims to have earned a black belt in Taekwondo recently yet I inquired on how long did it take she says 2 years and immediately my BS detector is going off. Even in class when I see her she's doesn't function at a black belt level or any competent level like no technique, no flexibility, etc. I'm not being mean it's the truth. Idk do obvious scams and fake black belts bother you too?

Sounds like the classic case of someone falling for a McDojo…

Of course every student an instructor has isn’t going to be a grand success story, but I saw a lot of this too. I’m always weary of studios that claim you can “earn” your black belt in 2 years (with no previous training, mind you) because it is often a scam. Standards vary in studios, but a black belt is considered something quite prestigious. I hope this girl continues to train and sharpens her skills. Sometimes a lot of polish is needed, especially for students who come from McDojos.

But yeah, long response short: those things do bother me. It’s always safe to be skeptical when someone says they have a black belt.

Hi! Previously I was a keen martial artist and was soon to be a black belt but due to recent health problems I am taking a break. Would you recommend keeping up with classes by watching or completely leaving for a bit? It’s completely okay if you have no idea but I want another opinion than my own. Thanks for your time.

Sorry you have to leave for a little bit, I hope you have a fast recovery and can return to it soon!

I, personally, would watch to help mentally practice, which can help with missed classes and make up for it in a way. As someone who has had to sit out due to injury before, it does kinda suck knowing you can’t take part, but just observing a class is also very helpful.

Good luck to you! 

Going to try boxing at a local gym tomorrow. I’m excited to train in something again, even if it’s not a traditional art or Tang Soo Do. 

I’m hoping this will be a good place so I can get back into regular training! 🤞🏻

Can a kid be capable of killing an untrained adult with krav maga if they were 4'8 or 5'1?

It all depends on the skill level of the “kid” (do you mean a child?) 

If you mean an actual child, then I don’t think a child would be capable of killing an adult based on skill alone, I guess? Size and weight have to be considered, along with years of training, precision of technique, etc. A child could probably, if trained hard enough, incapacitate an adult or get away from an adult long enough to get help or something.

If this is a question based on the credibility of krav maga alone, then I think any martial art can be lethal if trained consistently enough 🤷🏼‍♀️

My college is about four hours away from where I’m currently living. I’m taking online classes to finish up the last few credits I have, then I’m moving up closer to my college most likely within the next year. 

I won’t be able to train at my college if there is a club there right away, but I do plan on going up to the campus again to get some more things sorted out, so I can check while I’m there! 

My heart says yes, but my crippling social anxiety says no. I just moved to this area like two months ago, and have only really met people from work so far. So I’m still trying to familiarize myself with the area.

But that’s a good idea, I’ll check to see if there’s any clubs in the area that offer training. 

I miss training and want to get back into it so bad, but there’s no way I can afford it anymore. I don’t know what to do with this blog, either, lately it’s just a grim reminder that I’m not actively training and won’t be able to in the future 🙁

Be yourself! If your instructors didn’t think you could do it, they wouldn’t have asked you to do so! 

If the class mainly consists of kids, keep it fun and light, and be super energetic so they don’t get bored (from my experience, kids get bored easily). Change things up so the routines don’t seem mundane, this will help keep the adults interested, too. 

Also, be sure that you’re receiving respect in return!

Best of luck to you! Hope the class went well!

I sure do miss training, but hearing about how my old studio has gone even more downhill and that more people are leaving, makes me skeptical to start again. The experience has left a sour taste in my mouth, and I don’t want to go through that emotional roller coaster again.

There’s a few studios in the new town I live in I’d like to check out, but cost is another factor that’s making me weary. There’s no Tang Soo Do schools around here, so I’d have to try a different art completely if I decide to actively start training again.

I just don’t know…

Yup! It does feel good, but sometimes when it’s done wrong it can be quite cringey? Lol, feel good about your skills!