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Old Wed, Feb-27-08, 14:00
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I've just began taking Tae Kwon Do classes. It's extremely challenging both physically and mentally. I absolutely love it! My two sons also take and thing mom is completely cool for taking it as well. I have done things I never knew my body was capable of. I really shocked myself. Anyone else take this or another form of martial arts?
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My 8 year old has been doing Karate for almost a year now, and the changes in her are incredible. She is so much more flexible, strong and disciplined. I couldn't be prouder.

I've toyed with the idea, but thats my gym time, and I'm not ready to give it up.
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Old Sat, Mar-01-08, 08:24
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Yes, It really does build alot of self confidence, young and old(er). It's quite a workout too. I've done 3 classes this week and have already learned tons and worked muscles I didn't know existed.
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My son (7) and I both started Kenpo Karate back in December, and we absolutely love it. His class, because of the young ages, concentrates more on sparring and kicking and punching, but mine concentrates more on actual down-and-dirty self-defense, along with the traditional forms and techniques.

Although I was in decent shape before I started, it's taken a while to get my legs in shape for the kicking. I've never done it before, and my tendons and muscles in the hips are still touchy. So I've been doing alot of stretching and leg lift kinda things to, and it's been helping.

How long are your Tae Kwon Do classes? Do they have you doing alot of just plain working out, like pushups and sit-ups?
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Old Sat, Mar-08-08, 05:46
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Beth, the warm ups consist of the pushups, situps, jump'n jacks, jogging, etc. The rest of the class is kicking, punching, combos, forms. The classes are held 4 nights a week plus Saturdays, and we are only required to attend 2 per week but can attend as often as we like. My oldest son is in the adults class with me. We initially started 2 weeks ago and have been to 7 classes so far and are going again today. Doing this has also broke a stall I'd been in for a month. Yeah!
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LA - that sounds great! I really enjoy the karate, but the instructor doesn't do much, if any, warm up. I do jumping-jacks myself during the time that everyone is coming in, visiting, and getting changed, but I'm the only one. I'm the oldest, 40, and believe you need a good warmup before you stretch, especially as you get older.

The instructor himself is young, and stresses the whole idea, the "mind, body, and spirit" aspects, so we get alot of lectures, but I think miss out on too much "body". I think in the more advanced classes they do more pounding on each other.

He has a kick-boxing class too which I might try once my legs feel 100%.
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