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      Rafa La Bamba
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      Learning a new sport
      Sep 07, 2008 07:28:11 pm
      Right I've never really gone through proper football coaching since I was little boy but that wasn't for very young either. Football came naturally to me, as I felt I was always quite a lot better than the average person who played the sport. However football is my sport but I wanted to learn some new sports.

      I've learnt table tennis with a mate. He taught me the sport and I ended up kicking his but game in game out after a good few months of playing it. Anyway he gets trained the sport now and would kick my ass. I haven't played it for years but only on the odd occasion for a little knock around. It's a boring sport though.

      I've tried to play tennis and I'm not actually too bad at the sport. I have a lot to learn but I think it's another sport that I'll get much better at if I get trained at it.

      Anyway the new sport I'm learning right now - Boxing... and it bloody hurts! It's by far the toughest sport I've come up against. Not even a week into it either but I'm sure it'll come. I went to the boxing club 3 times last week and just learnt a bit of the basics. Can be very frustrating and it's a lot harder than it looks. Today I sparred with my mate who's been boxing on and off for a good 4 years now. He gave my head a good knock around and even though I had a face guard on and he didn't even punch me that hard, it's still a knock on the head and it's tough to take at first. But anyway, barely a week into it and I'm enjoying it but I've just got to realise that it's a fun sport but it's a sport that hurts more than most :D

      There is another sport I'm interested in doing and that is rowing. It makes you extremely fit!

      Now my part is told, is there any sports apart from football that you are learning or have learnt?
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #1: Oct 08, 2008 08:06:26 pm
      Snooker!!!!!!!! I learned from watching t.v!!!!!!! :tv_happy:

      A sport i would recommend to anybody is Gaelic Football!!!!! Its physically demanding, some good hard hitting, easy to understand and great
      craic (fun)!!!!!!! Maybe its because i'm Irish???? :food-smiley-005:

      It's also good if your one of those people who turned off football because the players get payed so much!!!!! We play for the love of the sport!!! One Sunday you could play in front of 80,000 people and the following Monday you can be in work telling your mates all about it!!!!!!!! (Thats if you have a miser of a boss who wouldn't give you the day off)
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #2: Oct 08, 2008 10:35:01 pm
      Snooker, not too bad at it as it happens. Decent safety player and long potter. Best sport to play in an alehouse especially if there's a few quid on the table.
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      Reply #3: Nov 13, 2008 08:22:08 pm
      Poker! (It's on Sky Sports so it's a sport! ;))

      Love playing poker! None of those "I'll raise you me watch and me Nan" type of nights, just throw a tenner in the pot and play away! The more you play the better you get, once you're over the initial confusion of the rules.

      Casino nights are good for poker, really tests your bottle if you've got a few quid on it and will make you a much better player. Poker nights in alehouses are good too, although the ones I go to usually finish about 4am so pacing your ale is also key in that genre of the sport! Me mate sets one up, usually once every month or so, and we all go down to his tennis club and blag each other. He usually wins though, jammy get! :D

      I don't buy into all the mad million dollar games on the telly though. I think watching people play cards on the telly is a sign of someone running out of things to do! :D
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #4: Nov 13, 2008 08:27:45 pm
      Love a good game of Texas myself.

      The money I have (n't) won in games is extra-ordinary.
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #5: Nov 13, 2008 08:29:32 pm
      Both snooker and poker are games I enjoy.  I have made a century break (a few years ago now, tho) and I play poker with mates and online.

      Cricket is a great game to play - don't worry if you get bored watching it, I was the same until I played competitively.

      I used to play a lot of squash, too.  Great exercise but murder on your joints (in your legs, not the spliff kind).

      If these are a bit energetic, go down the pub and attack the dartboard.
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #6: Nov 13, 2008 08:50:39 pm
      Darts is decent too. Somehow, I improve my game the more pissed I get!  :-\

      I love playing Snooker. My highest break is around 20-30 though. You really need to hammer it, playing regularly. Me and me mates had a snooker league going for around 6 months, playing every Sunday. You notice the improvement when consistently playing. I'm sure if it were 2 games a week I'd have easily passed the 50-60 break mark by now. Haven't played for a while though sadly.
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      Reply #7: Nov 13, 2008 09:51:08 pm
      I play Badminton, Tennis, Squash, Table Tennis, Darts, and I love a good game of cards.

      I love Volleyball, don't really play very often, but that's something I'd like to get more into.
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      Reply #8: Nov 13, 2008 10:09:15 pm
      I play rugby 3 times a week at the moment. Other then that snooker is another sport i like and i'm alright at. Highest break of 82, annoyingly close to a century.
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      Reply #9: Nov 13, 2008 11:53:26 pm
      If you want something that takes most of your pay check you can start racing karts, or all of your pay check and start racing cars. It relies more on natural talent and practice than being taught or trained. I've raced karts for five years and its a lot of fun, just as long as you don't get into big, national events. It does take a lot of time to become any good and also requires a lot of physical effort, it does get tiring.
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      Reply #10: Nov 14, 2008 12:56:32 am
      I'd stick with learning boxing. It is harder than it looks but when you get used to it then it becomes a great thing to do, especially when the adrenalin kicks in.
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #11: Nov 20, 2008 06:19:16 pm
      I gots my coaching badges in badminton :) i could teach you that :D
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #12: Nov 21, 2008 01:11:12 pm
      i played golf at top amatuer level, still play off minus 2 now, but hardly play because of family.  played in Final open Qualifying and went European Tour school, but was a sh*te putter. (all in my head), won County Championships and Midland events. best score was 7 under par. now really only interested in my kids learning new sports.  daughter not really bothered, but my 5 year old is Footy mad and is pretty good at it!  Also seems to have the knack of golf!
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #13: Nov 27, 2008 05:50:12 am
      I have played a fair number of sports over the years besides football but where to start  :f_doh:

      Well being Canadian I played hockey (ice hockey as you call it) all my life and not to be big headed about it played at a good level and got a try out in a Major Junior team (would be the equivalent of trying out for u-18 team of a top level football club) in Quebec but never made it so after missing my chance as it was a u-20 league and rule of thumb is you have to make it by 18 or your chances really drop I enjoy the rest of my hockey playing while in school and now play once a week on Sunday mornings with friends.

      In the summer I played baseball when I was younger in little league. Played for 3 years but really had bad experiences with my coach who was a bit of a arsehole. My first year the team sucked as we were all new to the game and the coach was really nice about it. The second year as unexpectedly got really good so he pushed us a bit harder and we lost our only game of the season in the semi-final of the play-offs. The next season he was able to rig the drafting system so we got a bunch of other kids who were really good to play on our team which meant some of the players who were okay who have been with the team for two years were pushed to the bench. That wasn't fun but I could live with it as I wasn't the best player but to make things worst he was quite bitter and would get mad if we didn't win every game and I remember one time we beat a really poor team by only 1 run and he ripped on us. We won it all but after that season I quit because that real sour my experience and also footie I was playing was more serious so I needed more time. I play for fun because my friends are really into it.

      Tennis I played and enjoyed but once the town stop looking after the tennis court it simply went to sh*t and was unplayable.

      Golf I love playing but I don't have the time or money to get a membership at the club and play the coarse enough to make it good value for money but do play on weekend when I can.
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #14: Dec 09, 2008 01:50:31 am
      Archery is a good sport to learn.... my mam still thinks I'm cool
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      Reply #15: Dec 10, 2008 01:25:33 pm
      Ju-jitsu is a great sport for both men and women even get the kids involved it will teach them diciplin,I used to enjoy it untill I had a serious knee injury playing footy but it is great for fitness and keeps you supple,go on and give it a go.
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #16: Jan 01, 2009 01:21:59 pm
      I play many sports and am quite good at them, including cricket,Aussie Rules football but over the last 6 years have taken up golf and have loved it ever since. Such an enjoyable mind game that always makes you work.
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      Reply #17: Jan 15, 2009 12:01:01 pm
      Not to sound arrogant at all but most sports come to me naturally except golf but that isnt a sport at all ;) I'm very sporty so i guess that helps and watching on tv gives me an idea already of how to play the game.

      Only ever had real coaching for tennis and cricket but i find that it kills the fun in the game.
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #18: Jan 15, 2009 12:17:08 pm
      I play quite a bit of hockey, but not for a team, just with some mates.

      I like to see myself as the female, Fernando Torres of hockey!! :P
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      Re: Learning a new sport
      Reply #19: Feb 06, 2009 01:14:28 pm
      Served my time as an apprentice jockey.Was just under 5stone then!!!Am now 12st 9lbs ha.(pity they don't race shire horses eh. :laughing-smiley-014:
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      Reply #20: Mar 27, 2009 06:46:55 pm
      I had been learned Australian football for one year. From 2007 till 2008. You must be very fit for this sport.
      I learn darts sometimes.
      And for any reasons I can play very good field hockey.

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