I have recently come to a point in my practice where I have realized that in order to progress in my martial arts I probably need to focus my attention on one aspect of my training (one style). There is just not enough time in the day. I am sure other people have experienced this, how did you deal with it? Having said that, what reasons should I use in determining my criteria (what questions should I ask myself)? I am relatively sure ba gua is for me. Also, how much should I focus on just the one style (only train in that one? cross-train, etc.)? I know this kind of a novice question, but it is where I am at right now. I appreciate your feedback (I have a pretty thick skin so blast away if this is an idiotic question).
In order to really progress in the martial arts you need to forget about styles. You need to look at the essence of it all. What is it that makes good martial arts regardless of style? Study the principles, the body method, the training method, and the strategy.
1. Why do I want to practice martial arts in the first place? (health, real fighting ability, culture...)
2. Which methods of training best suit my goals.
3. Which teacher/school that is close enough for me to actually attend is best prepared to teach me what I want to learn.
4. How much time and money am I willing to dedicate to the achievement of my goals.
Once you can answer these questions, then you can begin to research which particular "styles" are relavent, whether or not you need to cross train etc.
Thank you both very much for taking the time to give me some good, developed ideas and directions to go in. I know it might not seem like abig deal, but the direction helps.
5. which martial art will bag the most chicks.
That would be Tae Bo, Bob.
5. which martial art will bag the most heterosexual chicks.
or Ashtanga Yoga ( ok it's not a martial art, but some sacrifices are worth making...;-)
how about karobics.