Have you been formally trained in martial arts?

Have you been formally trained in martial arts?

Bignuf Bignuf
When we were young "Kung Fu" was big on TV and everyone was studying Karate, Kung Fu or TaeKwonDo after school. There were "dojo's" on every corner. Then it seemed to wane...fast. TaeBo, Krav Megra and some other "exercise" versions of martial arts have popped up, but we wonder how many people today have, or are, being formally trained in unarmed, hand to hand combat (or self defense, woman's defense....whatever you care to call it). We don't mean having taken half an hour course at a community center, we mean "have you actually studied and practiced over many months or years" to achieve a certain level of proficiency"?

If you care to say how far you have gotten, please do, but every "style" has different measures, so it is hard to do a poll about that.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I am a female, and I have taken formal martial arts training.
Bignuf , Bleu , Mwar , cburger , Lildrummrgurl7 , ARPKasso , Real or memorex
I am a female, and I have not taken formal martial arts training.
Dirtydiggins , deltalima , AliMc , EdenUser , Inkkythesquid , MissCandyland , bayosgirl , Robespierrethecat , darkr , Isola , FunFantasys , Living Doll , Gone (LD29) , Melissa Manning , Missmarc , NaomiRAWR
I am a male, and I have taken formal martial arts training.
married with children , Allstars316
I am a male, and I have not taken formal martial arts training.
GONE! , MrWishyWashy , Gunsmoke , BlooJay , hhh , dv8 , Martiniman
RonLee , Gone (LD29)
Total votes: 34 (33 voters)
Poll is closed
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I wish!
Bignuf Bignuf
Originally posted by GONE!
I wish!
All you have to do is "do it". Why wish? Sign up tonight. There are inexpensive classes at the local community centers, YMCA's, and all over the place, where you can get a taste from instructors doing it for the love of teaching, not the money. If you have an interest, you can always go much further.

Like the Nike ad says...just "do it"!!!
RonLee RonLee
US Military training.
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
No, but it would be great to know!
Bleu Bleu
I got up to my green belt (two strips). In my class we did "strips," and three strips got you to the next color. So it was white then green then brown then black. It was at a boys and girls club when I was like 12. I have forgotten all that training now.
Mwar Mwar
I'm training in Taekwando
EdenUser EdenUser
Would be fun but no.
Inkkythesquid Inkkythesquid
No, But I'd Like To/
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I haven't, but it would be fun.
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I haven't but I'd like to.
married with children married with children
some training.
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
No - it was not popular when I was growing up. We did get my son some training as a child. It was a good way for a young boy to get physical activity and mental discipline combined. Mostly a positive experience.
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I took a self defense class through my university that was based in kyokushin karate. We actually had a chance to test for belts at the end of the course. I could have earned my blue belt, but alas, the test was too early in the morning for a Saturday so I didn't go.
ARPKasso ARPKasso
I took Taekwando for several years as a kid, and then self defense training when I got a little older.
BlooJay BlooJay
Nope, never taken it.
Eugler Eugler
I really regret that I skipped kickboxing lessons at the age of 16. I really liked the training.
darkr darkr
No, but some self defense classes would be nice
Allstars316 Allstars316
Yes when I was a child I took it for many years.
misterazor misterazor
does watching bruce lee movies count?
Real or memorex Real or memorex
I had some lessons. I feel awkward touching strangers, however, so it wasn't very much fun.
Voir Voir
I studied Taekwondo for about a year then the dojo shut down and moved

I studied Muay Thai in college for half a semester

other than messing around practicing the moves with some old buddies I never took it further - mostly from lack of dojo's in the area

In Muay Thai I had a bad habit of hitting too hard for the people I was in class with so I always practiced with the instructor. It was like dancing whenever we moved into the full sets of movements
Living Doll Living Doll
I have no training, but I've considered looking into it before.
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I have not trained in martial arts, but I've got a few friends who have. I will fully admit, the reason I haven't is strictly from a lack of interest in anything resembling exercise ever. I know it's an unhealthy attitude, but it's mine...
ive always wanted to learn
Martiniman Martiniman
No, never taken a class, nor was I very interested in it.
Total posts: 26
Unique posters: 25