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2) What is a Martial Art?

3) What kind of Martial Arts are there? (the descriptions of various arts are in section 16, which is in parts 2 and 3.)

4) Which Martial Art should I study?

5) How do I choose a School?

6) (a) This guy says that his style will make a Full Certified Warrior & Killer out of me in 3 months- is it serious?

(b) What do I do to become the deadliest person in the world ?

7) Should children study Martial Arts?

8) I believe/don't believe in X. Should I train Y?

This FAQ is not intended to be a Martial Arts Bible, but to give some help to those that are looking for a place to start, or those more experienced that would like to know more about some different style, have a particular doubt, etc.

Please note that this is not the Absolute Truth(TM) but rather an attempt to give clear and basic information about this group and the martial arts. Your suggestions, opinions, and additions are welcome; send e-mail to For an idea of what plans there are to correct and update the FAQ, there is a by-no-means-exhaustive tentative list of round tuits at

Here are the items in the original "charter" as they appeared in the request for discussion before the group was formed:

1) A new group proposal for the discussion of all aspects of the martial arts, both by martial arts practitioners and the general public interested in knowing more about the martial arts community.

2) Increasing public awareness of the commitment of martial artists to public service, for example the D.A.R.E. program, its use in rehabilitation of prisoners, recovering substance abuse users, rape prevention, and increased quality of life for the handicapped.

3) Personal experiences, anecdotes, myths, and folklore pertaining to the martial arts and information on the existance or location of a specific item, style, form, system.

4) Postings of events, competitions, demonstrations, and seminars.

5) ANY/ALL bigotry, grudge challenges must be E-mailed!

Rank does not mean authority in rec.m-a, for rank without wisdom means nothing. There may be wisdom in the words of a child, and even a 5th dan can be a fool.

Please do not post binaries (pictures, etc.) in the group. A better way is to post the binaries in a binaries group, and post a message in rec.m-a calling attention to the binaries post.

One more thing. Please don't post the question "What is the best martial art [for self-defense]?" (or similar) in rec.martial-arts. That question has become a chronic irritant in this group, and there is no simple answer to it; some would say it has no answer at all. There are reasonable procedures for how one should go about choosing an art/school here in the FAQ, and in another rec.martial-arts periodic post, the Newbie Guide. Read them first, then consult the group if you have more specific questions.

1.1) What's with all of the off-topic posts? (rec.martial-arts)

The Usenet is famous for topic drift, when people make small asides in their responses, and other people make full-blown responses just to the aside.

Further, it's as much a newsgroup "where martial artists meet to talk" as "where people meet to talk about martial arts." If someone is looking for a (verbal) fight, they feel confident that someone on rec.martial-arts will oblige them.

In other words, it's a fact of life everywhere. It even happens on newsgroups devoted to topics ostensibly more deeply involved in seeking 'spiritualy perfection' than martial arts.

1.2) How do I post? (rec.martial-arts.moderated)

Simply post to the group as you would any other. The difference is that your post in routed by e-mail to the moderation team for approval. You can submit posts directly by e-mail by sending them to

1.3) How do I contact the moderators? (rec.martial-arts.moderated)

Send technical complaints to

Send policy complaints to

1.4) What is the procedure for approval or rejection?

Shortly after you submit your post you should receive an e-mail message acknowledging receipt. The post is then examined by the robomoderator and possibly a human moderator.

If your post is rejected you will receive a note explaining why. If your post is approved you will receive a note indicating that it was posted.

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