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15 June 2011 @ 4:16pm]

My name is Colt Meier and I am a graduate student at the University of Houston studying Clinical Psychology. I am involved with advising the researchers in the first two studies that I am advertising here. All 3 studies have been approved by the IRB and involve informed consent.

-The first study is for partners of FTMs who remained with their partner through transition and are still with him.
-The second study is for birth assigned females who are planning on beginning testosterone treatment in the near future in order to help their physical appearance more closely align with their gender identity.
-The third study examines the experience of pregnancy in gender variant birth assigned females.

Please feel free to distribute these as you see fit.

Thank you,
Colt Meier, MA
University of Houston

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Tae Kwon Do as FTM [Sunday
04 April 2010 @ 11:56pm]
I did Tae Kwon Do when I was younger, I don't really remember why I stopped. When I went to uni I trained a bit again but couldn't afford tp keep going. I intended to train as best I could on my own but life got in the way. I then checked out a small independent place but I got transphobia from the second I walked in the door so didn't bother going back. I'm kinda out of shape now but starting T has given me a kick to start exercising again and TKD is pretty much the only exercise I've ever enjoyed. I loved it, I think I still do and really want to train again but I have some questions. This place seems a bit quiet but I hope someone can help.

I'm ITF and all my certificates of gradings and licens and stuff are in my female name. Am I likely to have issues getting it changed without needing to out myself to the instructor? Or am I likely to have issues at all? I'm in the UK, I have a male passport ect. but I've yet to be able to change my birth certificate. I'm not too fused about competition at this point, it'll be quite some time before I'm up to scratch anyways

How to guys deal with binding while training? I'm yet to get it down, I bind with an underworks double front. My things tend to work their way up, it's almost like I'm wearing a push up bra but slightly squished. I tried working a way to use medical tape to hold them in place but it isn't helping. I need them to stay somewhat in place to feel comfortable training, even if it isn't totally flat since I can hide a bit of bump.

Then there's breathing, I notice a difference between running for the bus while binding and while not. A full work out could be problematic. I really don't think there's much that can be done about it but any thoughts?

cheers in advance for any help
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Yeah! :D [Tuesday
02 September 2008 @ 3:37pm]

Hello all;

I just want to caper about and generally be happy... 'cause i came out to my Ba gua zhang teacher as trans (f2m) last week! And he was fine with it, and has been very respectful with the name and pronoun changes i've made. He even asked if i wanted him to announce it to the entire class! (I said, thanks awfully, but i'd rather go around and talk to ppl one-on-one) And he is VERY traditional Chinese, so it's been a massive relief that he's been so accepting. Yay! :D
Oh, and all the students i have gotten around to talking to far have been great too. The most grief i got was from one old gentleman who said "masculine pronouns? So what, i have to call you mate, or cobber now?" But i've known him for a bit and i'm pretty sure that's just his dorky way of taking the piss.

Yay again! I'm so happy.
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training in toronto [Tuesday
05 August 2008 @ 3:11pm]

i am a 25 years old transman in the beginning phases of the transitioning process (preo-op, pre-t pills, pre-therapy) living in toronto, canada and have been looking for queer/trans positive martial arts spaces. does anyone know of any?

25 May 2008 @ 12:56pm]

I'm moving in August, and I'll be switching dojangs. This would be the perfect opportunity to start training/presenting male, but there's a catch: the Master of the new dojang is friends with my current Master, and they've already talked about me. Talked using female pronouns.

Now, to the best of my Master's knowledge, I am female. I never once considered coming out to him, because he would not take it well. He is not awfully bigoted or anything--more of a "live and let live" attitude--but he wouldn't understand and probably wouldn't even make an effort.

I want to just come out to the new Master, but I have no idea how he'd take it--I've never met him before. I don't want to start at his gym female and then have to come out after everyone's used to me, but I also don't want to tell him I'm trans and have him report disggustedly back to my Master.

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Training [Wednesday
13 February 2008 @ 5:17pm]

Hi guys, I'm 24 and have been training a few different styles for the last 4 years. I started with Combatives (aka realistic self-defence, hand to hand combat), then I did european boxing.. but now I am training a complete martial art system called 'koyru uchinadi' (I recommend it), I train with this guy just once a week doing this stuff, it isn't enough really so I go to a wrestling class and boxing class too just to keep on my toes (or on the ground) so to speak. But the thing is the wrestling classes and boxing classes are really macho, and they keep referring to me as 'She' and as a girl (plus I'm the only non-bio male), but I am scared to 'come out' because I really don't know how they'll react, I'm sure they won't be aggressive, but there is a lot of trust and companionship that goes along with this training, and if they freak out I think it will really affect my training with them.
I am on T but the effects are slow and you can't tell the difference yet, should I just wait untill its kind of obvious that I'm 'changing' to tell them, and maybe then it will be easier for them to except? or should I just do it now?

Also, I don't have anyone to just train with, like in the park or at home, apart from this one guy who can only do it once a week. have you got any tips on meeting people who want to train? especially transguys? any of you guys live in LONDON?

----- Check out www.Koryu-Uchinadi.com -------

Muay thai [Saturday
26 January 2008 @ 10:23am]
Hey everyone! I'm Joe, I'm a 23 year old FTM and I've been training in Muay Thai for about 2 years now, I've had top surgery about a year and a half ago. I train with the guys at the gym as a male because they seem to hold back when training with the females there. I would love to compete, but not sure which sex I would have to compete with and worried what the other fighters might think if they discover that I'm actually a female, what should I do?
does anyone know if "T" is considered a illegal substance in competition? I've been wanting to take T but worried that if I do I won't be able to compete, especially if I have to compete with females.

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11 January 2008 @ 8:40pm]


barrie3 suggested that I join this community.
My story is that I have been training in ITA TaeKwonDo since I was 8, and I'm 24 now. I hold the rank of 5th degree black belt and certified instructor. Since coming out as trans (FtM) and starting hormones, my instructor has asked me not to train for a period of time until he "knows more about the situation." He's really like a second father to me, so I will respect him, but I am DYING to get in there and train again. I've never ever taken a break before, so this is killer.

I wanted to post two pictures of me from my career in TKD. The first is me at age 9 with my yellow belt and four green stripes, then my more recent (still pre T) photos from this past summer. There are a few more photos and more information about me and my transition on my website: www.staceymeier.com

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Transitioning while Training [Friday
11 January 2008 @ 12:47pm]

[ mood | worried ]

I posted a near copy of this note in transgender and ftmichaelsuggested that I join here. 

I train in Kuk Sool Won. I'll be testing for my brown belt in the next couple of months. I've been doing this for about two years. After reading this community, it seems as if most people are FTM, but transitioning is difficult for anyone, so any answers will probably apply. Thanks!

I sure hope more people will join this group. It sure is a great way to keep fit, not to mention it's definintely less safe to be a transgender than just about any other minority!

Here's the original post. >>>

I’m into martial arts, and I’m almost to my brown belt. At the same time, my HRT is just starting to have a real effect. Still, I’m not anticipating being out anytime soon if at all (though I’ve heard that it gets awkward, and this is probably an excellent example of that).
Nonetheless, I believe I’m going to have to tell my instructor sometime this year. Last night we were doing ground fighting escapes. Between that sort of thing, throws onto the carpet, and sparring, my chest gets pretty sore. Let’s face it, the estradiol makes my chest hurt, so any pressure causes pain.
I also have the disadvantage of loosing upper body strength, but since we do some strength training, it may show as my strength not increasing. That may be perplexing to the instructors who keep track. I haven't noticed it much yet, but everything I've seen on the net says that there is a reduction in upper body muscle/mass leading to decreased strength (which is just fine with me!). So I'm anticipating it.
Finally, as I develop more, it will become more noticeable even through a UnderArmour compression shirt and a do bahk (uniform). Two days out of the week are focused on throws and ground fighting, both of which require a fair amount of body contact.
My instructors are really cool, and one of the assistant instructors is a lesbian. So it’s not like they aren’t okay with people’s lifestyle, but a lot of people have problems with crossing gender lines.  
Has anyone dealt with this? When have you told your instructor? What about the class? Has there been any bad reactions?
I’m worried that people would start to freak out with the close contact if they knew or could tell. 
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new to the comm [Thursday
10 January 2008 @ 10:20pm]

Hello everyone. I'm Rhue...I'll be 18 in a week. I've been in WTF taekwondo for 4 years and counting; I earned my first dan last March. I've also cross-trained a little in MMA-style grappling, but I had to quit after a few month because of lack of funds. I'm moving out on my own this summer, and I know that the college I plan to attend has a Muay Thai-centered martial arts club, so I look forward to that as a new step.

Genderifically speaking I have a whole lot of labels that can apply: androgynous, butch, FTM, femme-FTM, genderqueer. I've coined the terms "transdrogynous wonderboy" and "heaping bowls of queer", both of which I use on a regular basis. I am pre-everything, and I don't know that I can see T or bottom surgery in my future, though a mastectomy is definitely in the works.

I'm not out to anyone at the dojang in any capacity (I'm bisexual, too) and honestly I don't think many of them would take it well. The Sahbuhnim is very conservative; not an outward bigot, but straight-laced (no pun intended). I think some of the other black belts would be okay with the sexuality part of the equation, but I'm almost certain no one would "get" the trans angle. It's not a huge deal for me, really; I guess I kind of ignore that they ignore it. Since I'm not terribly "out" in the rest of my life (I'm open about it but not unless you ask), I can't really expect them to call me "Sir" or whatnot.

Anyway. That's me in a three paragraph martial-arts-and-gender colored nutshell. I look forward to meeting folks in the same boat as me.
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intro [Wednesday
17 October 2007 @ 5:20pm]

hi everybody!
my name is nicholas, i'm 18 years old and i'm ftm.
i've always loved martial arts but i've only been able to train in karate (up to yellow belt) and kendo. i started training in kendo when i was 14 (did it for a year) and then had to leave because, of course, my parents thought it was too much of a 'boy's sport'...! now i started training again in a new city and even though i realize how weird and sad it is to have another sensei (when i still lived in my hometown i had the only recognised japanese kendo teacher in italy!), i still love this art very much and enjoy training as much as i did years ago.

so hi, nice to meet you all!

(barrie: i used a couple of tags because i saw none, hope you don't mind! )
(everyone: please never mind my english - i'm italian! :P )
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Share! [Saturday
04 August 2007 @ 4:21pm]

Has anyone been watching Human Weapon on the History Channel here in the US?

This comm has been dead for a bit, and with 36 members, I'm hoping to get it a bit more active. Please spread the word about it if you know anyone who might be interested! The more members, the better. This can be a great resource with more people!

Anyway, why don't we all share a bit of an update about ourselves and our training?

I got my red belt (one more rank before black) in June (ITF TKD). My rank form is quite cool and my instructor is making me compete with it before I can test for my next rank. If we find a tournament for me to compete in, it will most likely be the last time I compete as a female. I am working to get on T within the next month. This will give me a much-needed emotional and physical boost in my training, and I cannot wait!

My instructor is hosting a new training group of Sayoc Kali so I'm going to start studying that as well. (This style can be seen in the movie The Hunted with Tommy Lee Jones.)

So how're things with all of you?
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Kung Fu San Soo [Thursday
05 April 2007 @ 1:10am]

I'm Evan and new to the online ftm crowd. I noticed an intrest in martial arts. i studied Kung Fu San Soo for 13 years. I don't actively train with the scool any longer but still love it. I will post some pics in my journal as I get more familiar with how to do it. If anyone wants to share techniques or whatever that's cool.
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14 March 2007 @ 5:39pm]

I don't know how many people read this community/come across it, so I'm throwing this out there to anyone who wants to answer:

If you are out/transitioning while training, how has the martial arts community reacted to you? (Your school, your area, your instructor, your fellow students, your organization, whatever.)

Aikido [Sunday
11 February 2007 @ 1:32am]

I finaly started college, and Aikido to boot! woohoo!

We stated weapons practice in aikido today which was awesone. my jo is a little tall for me, but my Sencea said it was a very nice jo and seemed to suit me well. So i went with it. We started the 31, i think we got to 8. I decided to practice the moves slowly and carfully at home, and mamaged to scrape some paint off the celling.. so i'll have to keep that to outdoor play! lol

I really like aikido so far, but i am having problems understanding the japaneses words. I wonder how importent these words will be for belt testing. my Sencea seems alright, but she not as involved when we go off into pairs. I mean, she doesn't alays walk around correcting our form. Maybe its different in aikido, but when i took judo my Sencea was very good about showing us proper form and engraining the names of the moves in japanese. I do like her, shes very nice and is fairly clear about how to perform the moves.

I am curious about what other aikido classes and Senceas are like. Over all i am really enjoying myself, and look forward to class, so far my only complaint is i wish that we had class more then once a week!

i don't know if this community has tags but i'll put on in if there is.
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Judo Gee [Sunday
19 November 2006 @ 9:04pm]

Hey friends!

So hopefully i will acutally get to attend classes and the Aikido class this semester. I found my old Judo gee and have heard that some people use such a gee for Aikido. But heres my trans- related question...

Is there a difference in male/ female gees? i used this one back in the high school days, and alas since i have changed the gender. So will i beable to wear this w/o people saying to themselvess, 'why is he wearing a female gee?'!

it may seem like a strange question, and i daught that even if it is female shaped i wouldn't wear it, i'd just say a friend had it and never uesd it! lol.

anyway.. thanks!
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17 November 2006 @ 4:02pm]

This place has been dead lately, so for the sake of some activity, answer this:

What martial art(s) do you/did you/do you want to train in? What is your rank and how long have you been training? (if applicable)

My answer: I train in ITF Taekwon-do and have been for about 2.5 years. I'm a blue belt.
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training with a cup? [Friday
21 July 2006 @ 8:50pm]

Thank god this community exsists, as i would have no idea who to ask if it didn't! I signed up to take a Aikido class this fall thru my community college! I am soo excited!!!!

But i am curious about weather or not i should wear a cup? is that something guys do in Aikido? is it a personal choise? I am learly of packing, as i have heard horror stories about packies falling out! I am not overly worried about there being no buldge, as generaly I don't pack on a daily basis. But if cups are what guys wear, then i think i should do that too.. ya know?

thoughts? Thanks you!
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different froms [Monday
19 June 2006 @ 11:40pm]

I have the oppertunity to take a martial art class with the community college i am attending this fall. They offer Judo, Tae Kuwn Do, Jujitsu, and Aikido. I have done judo before and not really inderested in continueing that, jujitsu seems more like a aggressive approch art, tae kwan do seems a little to not me.. and Aikido seems more peaceful and gentle. Defending oneself gently, and such... i have just started my little serch on these types of training.. what are peoples ideas on this? and i on the right track... or so i seem totaly off beat?

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For those in NYC [Monday
19 June 2006 @ 1:21pm]

Hi All:

I'm a transperson and long-time martial artist (Goju karate, Yang T'ai chi, Phillipino Arnis.) I'm taking a break from training while I pursue Oriental Medicine study, but I want to plug my school and fabulous community. The Center for Anti-Violence Education (also known as Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts has been around since 1974. Our head Intructor is Annie Ellman. We began as a women's dojo and became trans-inclusive a couple of years ago.

Here's the link for the larger organization, CAE: http://www.cae-bklyn.org

Here's the page for the karate program (and we also have t'ai chi):

Wishing you all well *
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