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Monday, August 31st, 2009

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What martial arts is best for tall people?

Im mostly interested into martial arts that are primarly used for disabling people. Since im 6′3″ Im wondering what kind of martial art would better suit my height and interests. I would appreciate the help.
No no no I mean I want disable people are in for a short while. Meaning I dont want to permantly injure people or kill someone

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, if you can find a teacher that is, or Tae Kwan Do. In China, the Shaolin temple branched off into two separate schools, north and south. Even though the techniques were the same, and the Shaolin is the Shaolin no matter what, the northern school trained more in kicking, while the south trained more in hand forms. As monks left the temples in their respective areas they taught what they knew best, hence the reason why southern Kung Fu styles have mostly arm techniques and little kicking, while northern styles have much kicking with little arm techniques.

When the second Shaolin temple was burnt down, actually, both Shaolin temples, some monks of the northern school escaped to Korea, where they taught their art there. Combining with a native form of martial arts, Tae Kwan Do was born. If Tae Kwan Do looks similar to karate, it is not because of the Japanese influence, so much as both arts descending from Shaolin.

Now, regarding your concern; the northern Kung Fu schools emphasized kicking because, the people of northern China are tall. People 6′3, like you, not at all uncommon. The advantage of a tall person, are long legs, therefore, develop kicking techniques, that was their thinking. Because many Koreans will grow just as tall as northern Chinese, their bodies were ideally suited to northern Chinese Kung Fu which they then simplified and modified as they felt was practical, and thus Tae Kwan Do was born.

Know that Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, and Tae Kwan Do, were created with tall people in mind. If you can find a Korean teacher, or a teacher who trained in Korea they will confirm this; the martial art is ideally suited for tall people because it was designed for them. Problem is because of your height, this will create leverage issues; be prepared for pain and agony in training, such as you have never dreamed. Its hard for a big guy to be agile, that is why pro wrestling coaches brutalize aspiring pro wrestlers. Its hard for a little guy to be strong, that is why bodybuilding coaches will brutalized skinny guys, to force the muscles to grow. In other words, you have physics to compensate for but, masters in the past have done it so with time and training you should be able to to if you are taking it up for the right reasons, namely, self improvement.

Another martial art suited for tall people is the Tibetan Crane Style of Kung fu, not to be confused with the Fujian style. The Tibetan Crane Style, emphasizes dodging a lot, so, if you do not want to seriously hurt anyone, look into it. Problem is, the Tibetan Crane Style, even the modern “simple” version, is a bitch to learn so, I hope you are either smart, or very determined, or hopefully both.

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