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    I have been thinking really hard about ending my training in tracy's kenpo. I don't feel like alot of the techniques are useful or realistic. I was thinking of sign up for Jeet Kune Do , Any advice?

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    I have few questions I would like to ask you.

    First, How long have you been training?

    Second, have you talked with your instructor about how you feel about the techniques? Sometimes all it takes is a the instructor to explain the same tech in a different way to really understand the technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyou316us
    I have been thinking really hard about ending my training in tracy's kenpo. I don't feel like alot of the techniques are useful or realistic. I was thinking of sign up for Jeet Kune Do , Any advice?
    I agree with Takai about talking to your instructor, although I do know where you are coming from. Maybe instead of switching arts you should consider switching styles within your art. Ed Parker's American Kenpo may make a lot more sense to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyou316us
    I have been thinking really hard about ending my training in tracy's kenpo. I don't feel like alot of the techniques are useful or realistic. I was thinking of sign up for Jeet Kune Do , Any advice?
    Go for it, just don't burn your bridges behind you. Most martial arts are dependent on a good instructor, maybe you have a poor instructor, maybe the JKD instructor sucks. If you find JKD more to your likeing, then have fun with it. Kenpo is a good art, but certainly not the only path up the mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside
    Kenpo is a good art, but certainly not the only path up the mountain.

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    This is definitely true. I love kenpo, at the same time I never turn down a chance to work on my Wing Chun Skills. I find them to be an excellent complement to my existing skill base.
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    ILl echo the sentaments already stated.

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    I agree with most here.

    Do what feels right for you. Most places offer a few free lessons to see if it is for you. Try that and see what comes from it.

    Good Luck!
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    Well, i have been taking jeet kune do for 2 weeks now and am loving it. It feels more real to me. There is none of the" this is what you do if some grabs your left hand with their right".

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    Cool! I think kenpo has much to offer, but there is much to be gained from other styles. Stay in touch with us and share if you feel like it. Always good to hear new approaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyou316us
    Well, i have been taking jeet kune do for 2 weeks now and am loving it. It feels more real to me. There is none of the" this is what you do if some grabs your left hand with their right".
    It boils down to personal preference in the end. I think it may have been more about the shool you were attending though IMHO. Kenpo and Jeet Kun Do share very similar ideologies (those that know thier history know why.) I hope it works out for you.

    ...BTW.... what will you do if someone grabs your left hand with their right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    It boils down to personal preference in the end. I think it may have been more about the shool you were attending though IMHO. Kenpo and Jeet Kun Do share very similar ideologies (those that know thier history know why.) I hope it works out for you.

    ...BTW.... what will you do if someone grabs your left hand with their right?

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    I think you should think long and hard on this one...jeet kun do and wing chung are fantastic martial arts that blend well with Kenpo and are very similar in many ways...As one said...to learn a martial art is to climb a mountain....different martial arts.....just different paths....they all lead to the same place....mountain top....enlightenment!
    Best of luck in your decision...keep trainin no matter what!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameypsaromatis View Post
    Cool! I think kenpo has much to offer, but there is much to be gained from other styles. Stay in touch with us and share if you feel like it. Always good to hear new approaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyou316us View Post
    Well, i have been taking jeet kune do for 2 weeks now and am loving it. It feels more real to me. There is none of the" this is what you do if some grabs your left hand with their right".
    It has been a long time since I studied Kempo, but I hope you won't leave. It is a great system, I miss it and am trying to find a school that teaches it.

    When I studied Kempo, our teacher was most interested in what works, than repeating some action that might never occur. We might have done the "if someone grabs your left hand with the right...", but 10 minutes later after practice he would surprise us with something unexpected and ask us how we would react. It would become a learning oppertunity and a discussion. By the end of the week, that "right hand with left" would turn into about 20 different attacks someone might try while grabbing a hand, and how to defend against each attack. It became a study of movement, of positioning, and of balance. I like to think of it like chess, where one move is discussed and all other possible moves are examined against that one move.

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