On a Hypothetical Situation
BLACK BELT: If, for some reason, a doctor said you could no longer practice your current martial art, could you be happy doing a different art? What would it be? Chad Tower: Sure, why not? My goal is to age as well as possible and be functional as long as possible. If switching arts is what is needed, then so be it. Ethan Naylor: If I couldn’t practice tang soo do, my alternative art would either be yang- style or wu- style tai chi chuan or ki gong internal martial arts, along with getting the body back in shape using chi or ki. Aloysius Stopheles: I was deeply in love with aikido and really good at it. But I had a chronic wrist injury prior to aikido, and if you are familiar with aikido, you know that wrist locks are a large part of the practice. That was in 1995. I have been doing tai chi since. I love tai chi, but I really miss aikido. Arley Lange: Actually, after tearing up my knee in taekwondo, I was hesitant to ever go back to taekwondo. I don’t feel like my knees are steady enough for jump kicks. But I couldn’t stay away from the mat, so I switched to jujitsu. There’s no jumping, so it’s so much nicer for my knees. Chris Krueger: I would switch to drunken style. Not the kung fu, just the drinking part.