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"Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, and how we transcend it" - Audrey Lorde


"Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, and how we transcend it" - Audrey Lorde

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"Los amores juveniles son así. Obsesivos, absolutos: a todo o nada."
Abzurdah, Cielo Latini. (A través de delusiontime )

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"Be with someone that requires you to grow, makes you forget your problems, holds your hand, likes to kiss, appreciates art, and adores you."
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jypak375 asked: So how I started martial arts was I challenged my friend, but ultimately was defeated (he knew snake style). I asked to learn under him and he accepted me, it's been more than 4 years since and I studied the traditional martial arts. Now as I meet knew people I seem to be the only one how hasn't been formally trained, never focused on forms or advanced techniques, and never had a belt. So my real question is if my experience is good enough or is it important to have a Belt to mark my rank?



Ah man, I always feel like this is a trick question, but I’ll try my best to answer it. 

In my opinion, a student needs an official instructor in a traditional martial arts setting to learn techniques properly, same with the philosophy. But that’s just me, I’m a person that likes organization and structure and believes it is the right path on becoming the best martial artist one can be. But I do not believe that a belt or a rank makes one better at all. You don’t need a belt rank system to be a part of martial arts necessarily, I find it as a nice way to keep track of progress (plus getting promoted is really exciting).

Now in movies we’re often shown students learning unofficial instruction with no belts and they become skilled in that way, or are self taught (examples: The Karate Kid and Chocolate). I’m not saying that instruction outside of a studio won’t work, because I’m sure it’s helpful for a lot of people. One on one teaching can be the best way of learning for some, same with being self taught by observation. Being formerly trained doesn’t automatically make a person a better martial artist or fighter. 

So to answer the question, I personally believe being traditionally trained is the better way to go when it comes to experience, but everyone’s different. As cheesy as it may sound, belts are not what’s important, it’s training and hard work (also thoroughly learning the techniques). I hope this kind of answers your question, sorry I went off on kind of a tangent lol.

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