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Martial Art discipline/dojo recommendations for Boulder, Front Range

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Carey S · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 80


I've been considering taking up a martial art, to complement climbing. (Especially since my motivation to climb regularly has lessened and my desire to pull on plastic even more so.) It seems that there are many benefits; balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, mental discipline, that would all help one's climbing. After doing some research, including the forums on here, I think a strike based or grappling based form would best serve my primary goals of flexibility and general fitness. Krav Manga or Ju Jit Su both seem appealing, though KM seems less prone to give one joint injuries and seems highly effective as a fighting form.

Any success stories and or recommendations for schools in the Boulder area? Also, much can one expect to spend monthly on something like this?

Thanks, Carey

Rick Blair · · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 268

Denver Buhdist Temple Judo. Judo is all about getting your center of balance as close to your opponents as possible. It's a Judo club, not a dojo, so cost wont be a problem.

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,460

Everybody knows the Dojo is @ The Spot Bouldering Gym! :)

Carey S · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 80

Hahaha, how could I forget that, Cor? Thanks for the recommendation, Rick.

Daniel Joder · · Barcelona, Spain · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

How about Boulder Karate in the strip mall by King Soopers at 30th and Arapahoe in Boulder? Brad, the owner is a big 14er guy--close to having done all of them twice (and a bunch in winter)--and a good guy.

llanSan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 130

Is not martial arts, is not pretty but I will suggest Boxing if there are good boxing trainers.

-Improves breathing (in strenuous situations).
-You get mentally tough. and learn to keep calm (which is a must in climbing).
-Improves aerobic capacity.
-Your fitness level will improve faster than doing anything else(not even crossfit compares).
-Next time you fight someone you will feel your opponent is moving slooooow and will surprisingly find many open spaces to throw punches.
- Next time you witness a street fight, you´ll see how bad people move and will imagine all the opportunities they had to punch each other.
-Climbers have good basis for boxing (don´t know why, this is personal experience. maybe most same muscles are used in both sports).

-The worst the installations of the boxing gym, the better the gym (fact).
-If you can´t stand a couple of punches in the face, this is not for you.
-Avoid uppercuts before you learn to throw them (this type of punches hurt your wrist when you don't do it right).
- Buy your own golves or your hands will stink.(imagine the smell of climbing shoes in your hands).
-If you figth some one who knows jiujitsu you are Fuc@/&%$#.
-For the fist periods, don´t train climbing and boxing in the same day. (You will feel improvement in your fitness but when you go climbing you will feel that you are not climbing better that when you started boxing, this is because the boxing is hard and you end exahusted but not pumped.)
-You will have to get used to be sore.
-You must learn to bandage hands to box in order to protect your hands. Never got My hands injured while boxing but remember that you are throwing punches and an injured hand means no climbing.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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