Do karate or training karate?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Yoko Tokyo, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Yoko Tokyo

    Yoko Tokyo Member

    Japanese
    Hello!
    I do karate and take a lesson once a week on weekends.

    I always say as above when I need to introduce myself.

    But one American guy said, "That's wrong. You should say 'I'm training karate once a week.'"

    Which one is correct? I'm really confused.
     
  2. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada. I grew up in US.
    English (American).
    'I'm training karate' does not work--I'm taking training in karate does, or ...taking karate training.

    Is it possible that you heard "I'm training karate" when in fact he said, "...training in karate"?
     
  3. Yoko Tokyo

    Yoko Tokyo Member

    Japanese
    Thank you for your quick reply bennymix!!
    Training should be used as noun, I think.

    How about "I do karate once a week"? Does it sound natural?
     
  4. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada. I grew up in US.
    English (American).
    Fine. Yes.
     
  5. witchqueen

    witchqueen Senior Member

    Minneapolis, MN
    English (US)
    That's what I thought, too, but I googled it and it seems to be common not only for karate but for other types of martial arts, as well.

    "How often should I train karate?"
    "Should I train karate or krav maga?"
    etc.

    OP, who was the guy who told you this? A person who practices karate? Because I'm apt to believe him.

    The average person would say "do karate" or "practice karate" or "train in karate."
     
  6. Yoko Tokyo

    Yoko Tokyo Member

    Japanese
    Thank you so much for your help. I got that off my chest.
     
  7. Yoko Tokyo

    Yoko Tokyo Member

    Japanese
    If you don't mind, I have one more question.

    Which one is more natural, "I'm training in karate once a week" or "I train in karate once a week"?
     
  8. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada. I grew up in US.
    English (American).
    They are equally natural.
     
  9. Yoko Tokyo

    Yoko Tokyo Member

    Japanese
    Arigatou!!!
     

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