Masonic Martial Artists

Discussion in 'Hobbies and Special Interests' started by Ian Niswonger, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Ian Niswonger

    Ian Niswonger Premium Member

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    Do you practice Martial Arts? What style do you practice and where do you practice at?
    How has Martial Arts changed your life?
    How has Masonry impacted your Martial Arts and vice versa?
     
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  2. NY.Light.II

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    I hold a Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. It's helped me with fitness and mental discipline.

    In terms of a Masonic connection, I'm not yet a mason, so I can't speak to that. However, there is a group here in NYC that calls itself the "NY Chinese Freemason Athletic Club", although it doesn't seem to bear the hallmarks of any regular/recognized body of freemasonry.
     
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  3. Warrior1256

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    I attained Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu. It taught me to have more respect for others.
     
  4. JanneProeliator

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    I have black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu, Scandinavian Defendo and Taekwondo (2.dan Kukkiwon)
    I just had a conversation with a brethen at our lodge this week about similarities in martial arts and freemasonry and how it is important to go trought the necessary steps to become master in both. You can't skip steps.

    Any one else find similarities in ma and fm?
     
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  5. Warrior1256

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    Agreed!
     
  6. JanneProeliator

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    Warrior1256 When I had my own a Taekwondo club in the city of Tampere back in early 2000's we shared a dojo/dojang with sensei Willy J. Ortiz of Shotokan karate.
     
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  7. Warrior1256

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    Cool! My grandson also studied Taekwondo for awhile. Really a fast paced art.
     
  8. Center

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    Muay Thay, Wing chun and Thai Chi. More than 2 decades. Last month I found in the UGLE library in London know thyself the beautiful book from Michael Schiavello the UFC speaker. In the intro he speaks about the relationship between martial arts and freemasonry

    What I learned more from martial arts as semi pro fighter has been focus, discipline and embracing fear.
     
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  9. Ripcord22A

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    WB Schiavello is not a commentator for the UFC, he currently works for DREAM MMA and prior to that was the AXS TV fight commentator with Bro Par Miletich....he is however a member of this forum

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  10. JanneProeliator

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    There is ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships coming up this september in Finland. Are any of the brothers form this forum travelling east (literally) to watch the tournament? I'll be there and it would be awesome to see ya'll.
     
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    Aikido
     
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  12. Warrior1256

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    Great!
     
  13. otherstar

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    I have an orange belt (was 1 month away from getting my yellow belt) in Chayon Ryu Karate, but had to stop because I could no longer afford lessons for myself and kids (and the kids were losing interest). One of the instructors just happens to be a member of my Lodge too (I was inactive in Masonry when I studied karate) and he just got his 5th Degree Black Belt this year.
     
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  14. the_widows_son

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    I am a Certified instructor in Jeet Kune do, Krav Maga, and I am a Red Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu. I was teaching on base now I give private instruction. Masonry reinforces for me discipline,fortiude, and attention to detail within my Martial arts.

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  15. Joe Ellis

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    Yes, I am a 7th Dan Black Belt and have chaired three National Govenring Bodies for karate in the UK. I teach/examine all over the world and have been practising karate for 42 years. My karate website is via https://kentkarateschools.co.uk and I am Chair to a UK martial arts National Governing Body - https://nakmas.org.uk - Osu..!
     
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  16. Center

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    like your autism campaign @Joe, martial arts teaches a lot.
     
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  17. Joe Ellis

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    Thank you
     
  18. Howard Giang

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    I had an informal training in Wing Chun Kung Fu without my Dad's knowledge or wish. I have never used Wing Chun in real life, so I don't know how effective it is to another technique. My Grandfather was a Wing Chun practitioner in China. He taught both my Dad and my Uncle. My Uncle went against my Grandfather's wish that not to use martial art to hurt people except for self defense only. My Uncle was out of work in the 50s-60s. He needed work to support his family, so he enrolled to become an ultimate fighter. There were many deathly fighting sports such as dog fight, chicken fight, kick boxing, various martial arts, illegal gambling, drug prostitution and more at the time in Vietnam especially to entertain French soldiers and foreign tourists. My Uncle died from sustained injury from many deathly fights that he had endured. The more matches he fought the more money he can earn, and also he probably thought Wing Chun was superior to other martial art styles and wanted to prove it just like Bruce Lee was. Anyhow, my Dad never taught me Wing Chun or the Chinese language and forbid anyone to discuss any martial art fighting techniques or style in the house. Until these days, I still don't understand the reason why. I don't have a good knowledge about my Dad's background except an overview from my Mom. My Dad went to Europe a few times after WWII especially to France. It took him about a month to get there on a French Commercial Ship or/and Navy Battle Ship. My Dad can speak French, and I don't how he learned the language. I still don't know why he went to Europe. For that reason, I still have not been to Europe.
     
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  19. Center

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    Outside any judgement about using or not a martial art, I practiced WC for more o less two decades. Is really effective at my advice if you have a fighter mentality and studied versions more street oriented. Said that to be really effective in a fighting, an hypothetical one, I suggests to have at least 5 years experience also on muay thay and Boxing, otherwise you risk to miss the timing, and do not understand the power of the combinations.
    Said that all the martial artists say that is not the style but the warrior that do the fighter. If Tyson would have done Tai Chi, just to quote a martial art that today USUALLY has less martial application, would be a really strong warrior as well.
     
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  20. Howard Giang

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    Thanks Center. Great suggestion. Your decades of martial arts training is impressive. I consider you are equivalent as a master or sifu. I had informal training purely for self defense, but I believe the art of winning is not to have one. The idea of having a whole bunch of brothers will definitely discourage bully from thinking about it. That is one of the reasons, I want to join Freemasonry.
     
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