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I'd like to learn more about my fellow posters here. Are you martial artists? Did you compete? Tell me!!!!!!

Hi ladies & gentz,

Wanna talk about yourself instead of other fighters for once.
I'm very curious to hear what you train (is already in your profile).
But some more inside info, belts, tournaments, prizes etc. I'll start:

I started training in Judo at the age of 10 and made it to the blue belt. At 14 I switched to Shaolin Kempo, 100% style and boring after a few years. I flirted with Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Judo helped a lot). And later did Karate and Aikijitsu for 2 years and Capoeira for 4 years. Even trained a month in Brazil with the real deal.
People who say that Capoeira isn't a martial arts? I know better now.

Eventually I did Tae Kwon Do for 8 years, which was my thing. The speed and flashy kicks. But after my black belt I quit. No more challenges. I immediately started Kickboxing which I love now but always wondered:
--> I am a martial artist, but can I fight?

I hate fighting, but love Kickboxing/martial arts, so in June 2009 I organized the NSK.
= Dutch Student Championships, which was in Eindhoven, Hollland.
Found a lot of fighters and one opponent for me. Never been so scared. It was a big, mean looking (but friendly) Afghan guy.

I realized that if I won, I was a fighter, and could quit sometime, feeling happy.
If I lost, I'd be a martial artist, but not a fighter and never ask myself that question again.

I have very fast kicks and head kicks are easy for me. But I am defensive. My opponent was VERY agressive in the ring. He didn't give me the space I needed to do my kicks.
Luckily I have a good defense. But in round 1, he knocked out both my contact lenses.

Somewhere in round 2, I was dazed and turned out to have a brain concussion.
But my opponent also woke me up and I fond my spark. Without lenses, he was like a grey shape, trying to hurt me. And all I could do was hurt it back. So I ran in forward and punched harder than ever.

The best feeling I ever had, was throwing a hard punch. And to feel it land on what had to be a head, and see the shape collapse to the ground. Strong as he was, he stood up and I was still afraid.

In round 3 he tried to attack again, but the fear was gond. So I ran forward and pushed him in the ropes and kept punching until the judge stopped me.

I was damaged for 3 months, sick of the concussion, but the prize is in my closet.
Proud, proud, proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With my TKO.

Not sure if I'll ever compete again. It isn't worth the damage, however, the adrenaline is addictive. Now I give Kickboxing training to students in Eindhoven and love it. So, how about you guys?


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JonnieSunshine (664 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 08:37
Not sure if this kind of post/article is allowed.
But I just liked to share my "story" and hope others will do the same.
I tried this in the forum, but couldn't save it. Probably to big.
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 08:43
Hi Jonnie, interesting question you put out (although maybe it should have been more of a forum thread).

Personally I'm more of a martial artist I suppose. My form has always been pretty good (or atleast when I trained active) and I was good at Kata when I did Shotokan Karate. I've tried a couple of fights, but didn't really do that well.

(I'm making this article and Exclusive, since it's somethine you've written specifically for FansOfK1.com)
JonnieSunshine (664 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 09:07
Thanks Dennis.

Really, I didn't wanna make it as an article and tried to put it on the forum.
So I made it shorter and shorter, but the forum didn't accept it.
But that was one of my best moments of 2009 and I wanted to share it.

I hope others will do the same.
This is a small and fine community and I'd like to get to know you guys.
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 10:27
Cool topic Jonnie and I liked your video. You gave it your all and that's what fighting is all about. As you know by now, size and appearance doesn't always count.
I'll post my own experiences later on, but now... I'm gonna finish the last fok1 videointerview with Murat Direkçi :)

Looking forward to reading other posts!
JonnieSunshine (664 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 10:51
Thanks Rob.
Looking forward to the interview.
mehdiman (636 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 12:15
Nice !
I understand you so much. I have the same pb with contact lenses
torazulu (580 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 01:59
I have been in sport one way or the other whole my life, but sadly circumstances didn`t allow me to be a real fighter.When I was growing up, there were Boxing, Shotokan Karate and Wrestling.I didn`t like doing kata, and Boxing and Wrestling gyms were far away from where I lived, so I took up sport gymnastics (laugh all you want) from age 7-11.We were troubled kids and everyday brawling was common.At age 14 life turned me to Firearms-involved trade, and I become a firearms combat instructor at 18, so I couldn`t allow myself to brawl anymore (I would lose my license).When I went to the army there was a competitive Boxer in my squad (he is a pro today, albeit a lousy one he, he).Since only two of us were interested in after-combat-training training , I started acting as a punchingbag for him for 12 months straight, and picked up quite well, however when I came home and went to a boxing gym they rejected me for being "too old" at 20.I knew of Kickboxing then, but there was no gym in my hometown, so I took up Jujutsu instead, trained it for four years but I didn`t find it satisfactory enough.I then went for other things and other sports in life, until I relocated and found myself a neighbor with a kickboxing gym.At 28 it was a difficult start but boxing skills I learned helped quite a bit, and gymnastic training which I always kept me flexible. I was in good shape but again too old for a competition.Nowadays I train a lot with my kids, (8 and 10 years boy and girl), however there is one big regret that I never had a REAL fight in a ring with a real audience and stuff.I am not counting gym and its audience.But, I dont want to miss anything in life, so I am going to find me an opportunity to fight.There is a local MMA league forming, and I have been to few events, not very high level fighters, and after I sort some business matters out I am jumping for it!I think end of this year, beginning of the next one I will be ready.Result is not important, I just want to do that for the hell of it, and if I win I`ll sure post a video.And if i get beaten-up I wont tell...
Hera (343 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 07:57
I start training at the age of 12 Boxing traing about 2 years got 2nd place at regional youngster championship in 77kg+(I had 177cm height and weighted 78kg and i fought with guys which weight 100kg and was shorter than me xD). I broke my hand and I had to study then i had short break. I came back but i was kicked because i brawl with club mate in defense of my honour and pride (yeah i was young and furious xD) I had another break 1 year and started traning Muay Thai when i was 16 and on holiday I went with my class friend on Karate Shotokan Camp( my club in these times didn't organised camps) till 2008 2nd October I trained hard as hell Muay Thai 3 times a week from time to time Submission Wrestling I had occasion to train on holidays Karate Shotokan Camps and later Muay Thai Camps, Workout and jogging. At 2nd October when I was ready for Polish Chgampionship i Muay Thai I got my feet terrible injured and after my feet healed I lost my shape and I have to study for univercity exams(ofcourse I passed). After exams I trained not regularly because of my ex girlfriend later when I was traning more regulary I started univercity and started doing my driving license ,when my shape started little by little coming back I got ulcer on my neck (I also got ulcers on my stomach yeah I'm barely 20) and had break also I had to study. Now once again coming back steo by step to my shape and coaching from time to time in my Gym. Here is only one i have old short film from Karate Camp I had Kumite with some youngster ,but I'm showing it to introduce myself more like Jonnie :-) mot to show something. It was 2007 it was 1 year of my journey with "kicking Martial Arts :-).
h ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3URrtcHlnw
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-09 at: 02:07
Interesting to read this about you guys.

I am not a fighter.
Apart from training about 10 years of Judo as a kid, I trained Muay Thai for one year (about 10 years ago) and loved it. But I never had the ambition to step in the ring.
I moved to Brasil in 2004 and trained capoeira for a few years. That is a great sport, I loved it. Unfortunately, I dislocated my shoulder 2 years ago, and the shoulder isn't the same since that day. So I quit capoeira ....
Nowadays, I only run and play squash.
marcelt (319 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-09 at: 02:54
In 1988 a joined a sportschool because a little belly fat emerged. I did some fitness and got interested in the martial arts over there. I started karate and later on kickboxing. From karate I switched to taekwondo. Taekwondo was from then on my main subject. In 1990 I became a student of Korean grandmaster Kim Young Kook ans I am still his student. As his student I went to Korea 3 times to study various Korean martial arts I received my 1st dan in 1998 and am a 3rd dan black belt now. In 2000 I openened up a taekwondoclub with 2 friends a we have about 50 students right now.

My first kickboxing was in the late eighties, early ninties. Later on I had several periods of kickboxing training with small clubs in my hometown . In 2002 I joined Jing Wu , where a Chinese master taught sanda, Chinese kickboxing. In 2005 I joined Gym Haarlem for kickboxing and I still train there. In 2005 and 2009 I trained in Thailand in several camps to study Thaiboxing (muaythai) In 2005 I also trained at the famous Vos Gym. But it was hard tot go to Amsterdam all the time, so I could not keep that up. . I was instructed by Ernesto Hoost and Ivan Hippolyte. In 2006 I started following a teacher's training course for kickboxing teacher and got my kickboxng teacher A diploma in december 2006. . I opened my own Club called MT GYM in 2007 . There are 25 kickboxers in my club. One of them fights in the ring and will have his 4th fight in February 2010.
As a boy a did short periods of judo and jiu jitsu. I did a couple of years karate. A short period of Brazilian jiu jitsu. I started boxing a year ago and I am planning to start and train MMA in 2010 .
I did about 6 kickboxing fights with lowkicks but also with shinguards. I won three and lost three of them.

I do like to go to seminars. I went to a seminar of Ryan Simson twice and to seminars of Peter Aerts, Ivan hippolyte, Sahin "Kaas"Yakut, Mike Passenier, Jan Plas and Fedor Emelianenko. Next week I will go to a seminar of Remy Bonjasky! Looking forward tot that!
(539 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-10 at: 10:08
Thanks for sharing everybody, it is cool to hear about your training history and fighting experiences. ;)

I started kickboxing training at 28 ( 2 years ago), so I am too old for real fights, but I will fight at local tournaments and hopefully the national cup while I can. Actually I am traing right now for a small kickboxing event in february, so I am right in the middle of cutting weight to get down to cruiser class (-90 kgs). I am looking very much forward to this, and I hope to have a story to tell about my experiences afterwards, wether it goes good or bad, he he. My first goal is to complete at least a whole fight and just to make a good appearance, to give it my best ;)
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-10 at: 09:52
Cool stories! Nice to read what everybody is up to.
I've been training Kyokushin for quit some time now and competed in all sorts of tournaments. Kumite, kata, bunkai, teamkata. Kumite is of course the most exciting. I like the tournament aspect because you never know who you're gonna encounter that day and who you will see in the final...if you get there yourself.
I have a tendency to always be number 3 or 4. Being number 3 is all right because at least you won something, but number 4 is lame haha :)

To be honest, my best matches were the ones I lost. Well sometimes... What I'm trying to say is, I've won fights, but when I did I never had that satisfaction of pushing yourself to your limits...ok maybe on a few occassions, like in 2005 I became third in the national championship. But my best fights were the ones where I was outclassed, but I tried to make the most of it. You know...where you really had to fight and dig deep. For instance, I once fought the European champion of my weightclass, but I managed to stay up and make it to the end without too much suffering :P
In another fight I received numerous headkicks..the guy was just so fast and accurate. Plus he blocked all my kicks. So in the final seconds I tried something else and fired a kakatogeri (axe kick). It went over his defence and landed perfectly. The guy stayed on his feet and he won the fight, but afterwards he looked me up and complimented me on that kick. Which I thought was a cool gesture.
The past two years I've been struggling with a backinjury, but I hope to compete again as soon as I recover. It's fun to do and I like the tension. Plus you get an idea where you stand as a fighter.
Looking forward to reading more stories!
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-11 at: 10:33
Rob looking forward to seeing some videos of yours you seem indeed an experienced fighter so as Hera too, who started very young indeed! MArcelt seems to be very lucky to move in such royal circles I envy you i must say :) I love the video and the whole article of Jonnie and thank you for bringing up this topic i love to read on all of you here and i m happy really to be here with you guys. And it s great you make the distinction between martial arts and fighting yes it s really like that, noone can know this difference until it s tried. I love to read on all experiences.
I will be brief because i dont know how much i can write as comment to have it accepted :D I ve become and avid fan of martial arts around 12-13 years old on the effect of the Rocky films which perfectly give back all the sensation of fighting i think. then i become a big fan of Van Damme hehe and i trained and i read more and more on Japan. Today i m more or less a pro in Japanese culture i visited Japan and I was very dissapointed when i came to realize that most japanese dont care about martial arts, dont have any idea on Karate or Ninjutsu.. but it s life :)
what i trained in periodical order : Shirayan Wajramuthi ( i dont even know if it exists in real but by far it had the HARDEST most trying training of all) Kyokushin i tried too for a while, Wado Ryu was ok but not what i wanted, same goes for Ju Jitsu too. I m sorry i dont like the Gi :( by far my most memorable moments were in Thai Boxing. I must say in here that i dont like women fighting, i dont like even to watch them most women boxing fights are not good out of which i ve seen personally by far, i think women look funny when boxing but when i took part in freestyle wrestling competition i met women hard as nail :D In thai boxing i didnt have any fights but i experienced a lot. till today Thai Boxing is the one sport i really like.it s plainly effective.
I was invited last year to a friendly freestyle wrestling competiton where i had my very first fights in my life i lost them all but they helped me to learn a lot!!! I respect wrestling much more and i know now how hard that is,and i could fight some of the best really for which i m proud of. After that my body was aching so much i really couldnt move :) i d love to train the Brazilian Ju Jitsu and I am also interested in Krav Maga, i have a nice boxing bag, Thai boxing will always stay my favorite but i m out of shape of course i d love to get back to it soon though. And by the way is Capoeira considered a martial arts then?
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-12 at: 02:31
I don't think capoeira is considered to be a martial art.
But it's a great sport to practice. And it can be very effective.
(539 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-12 at: 09:45
As much as I have seen Capoeira sparring is a sort of "two people shadowboxing interactively", you respond to the other performers movement, but there is no contact. I think this has to do with the history of martial arts being illegal in the places Capoeira originated from, so they made it into a dance instead, to be able to still practice the moves. It looks quite interesting, and like in muay thai they play traditional music in the background while performing (very different sounding though, it is drum based). Quite cool. Fighters will of course use anything that is useful in their arsenal, so I have seen clips of people using capoeira moves (wheel kicking and spinning) in fights with kickboxing rules, sometimes with very spectacular results.
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-13 at: 11:08
besides here in Hungary Capoeira is now extremely famous, many indeed concern it as martial arts, however nice with the movements i have somehow never taken it seriously as a real fighting sport but it s great,with it s looks, it s culture, it needs much flexibilizy and much muscle, so it s nice to do no matter what we see it is :)
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-14 at: 02:29
Capoeira has its origins in the years of the slavery in Brazil (around 1700)

The slave-owners didn't allow their African slaves (mostly from Angola) to fight, or to train for fights (reasons: A: danger for injuries ... if they got injured, they wouldn't be able to work; B: for the security of the slave-traders)
But still, the slaves wanted to practice. So they did, secretly, at night. They made some inprovised music-instruments (berimbau, pandeiro). And when the boss came to take a look what they were doing, they said: "we are dancing". And they made it look like a dance.
This way, slowly capoeira evolved into what it is now. And that's why there is always music when people practice capoeira, and why it's so graceful and elegant. But it can be lethal.
torazulu (580 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-14 at: 08:09
I am excited to read your stories!What makes me sad is that a lot of you suffer from some kind of injures, and Hera, man you must do something about that luck of yours!I have been very lucky so far but also I think that many injuries are result of taking things too lightly, not warming-up properly and disregarding strength training (gym and weights).They are a life saver if you train seriously, and if you have more than 25 years.Another thing is pushing yourself too far.Listen to your body and adjust your training.I am writing this because I lost too many young sparring partners because of their injuries, mainly self-inflicted.They injure themselves , then don't wait to recover fully and make things even worse and then they quit sport completely.Life is long and you should do something in your 50-ies also.By the way I miss about 10 mm of my left middle finger, my head is all banged up, and I also have a bit of cool scarface, but all of that non-sport related (motorcycle, brawling, and stupid handling of a dangerous machinery).I wish you all good health!
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-14 at: 08:53
Yes i myself had trained with people still so young who really would rather let something brake in them but to give up. I talked with many especially with wrestling who had something seriously injured previously, also one friend of mine had trained long with his knee in terrible state ( thai boxing ) later on luckily he got it operated but he cant train now as he used to. It s so dangeorous and torazulu is right many people put themselves in that situation by their or their partners trouble , it s good to take care, sadly many realize it only after the injury has happenned
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-14 at: 10:23
And before I forget is a big THANK YOU for Jonnie to start this article because it s great to know you all ! I m happy i have a chance for it!
(539 posts)
Posted: 2010-02-09 at: 09:21
Now I have won my first kickboxing match. It was just a very small event, but still it felt great. It was above waist special rule kickboxing (no K.O to the head, but K.O to the body alloved) 3x3 minutes. I made weight allready the week before, so the preparations went very well, I could eat properly and focus on training my techniqe instead of loosing weight. Competing at 90 kgs is definetely the right thing for me, I felt much faster and more confident than when I fought a fight at 98 kgs. It was a clean and technical fight, and I could use my reach advantage to keep my opponent away, so everything did go as i hoped. He was a good boxer, and did get in some shots, but for the most parts i kept him busy with my front and middle kicks, using jabs and sideways movement to get away when he was getting too close. I learned a lot, and it was great fun. Now I am going to talk to all the guys in my club and in the MMA club and others, and see if I can convince more people in the 86-91 kgs class to participate, so that next time we can have a full tournament, at least a 4-man tourney. I surely want to learn more and compete more, as it was great fun.
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2010-02-09 at: 04:37
Congratulations Bárd!!! Sounds like you had a great fight and a real experience!
Thnx for sharing your story and hopefully you'll have a lot more fights in the future. Keep it up :)
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-02-10 at: 11:21
Well done Bård.
We are all soooo proud of you ...;)
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-02-15 at: 10:11
thats great to read Bárd and really congratulations!!!!
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