Recent content by Andrew Green

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    The aikido thing

    A lot of martial arts schools try to be everything to everyone, and that's why they get in trouble. If I hand you a ham & cheese on whole wheat and advertise it as meat free, gluten free, dairy free & pork free... people are going to call me out on it. Sometimes the contents can be just fine...
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    Kind of, I mean they are using weapons and have contact... so it's got that going. I suppose in some sense the rules about hits and health and death aren't all that different from the point fighting "one hit, one kill" stance a lot of "real" martial arts schools take. You'd probably be better...
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    They sure take their black belts seriously

    All the same problem, when you get too far away from reality and into fantasy you will draw strange conclusions as to how things should be done. In their mind they probably are making the kata more realistic by changing the pace and making them less rigid... :rolleyes:
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    If you could ask an ancient martial arts warrior...

    Sort of, calculators are now something that we always have with us. So mental math has become less relevant, but on a higher level mathematics has progresses. Todays top mathematicians have solved things that were not solved 30 years ago, and have access to a lot more knowledge at their...
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    They sure take their black belts seriously

    I'd hesitate to call that sparring... This is more like LARP fighting. They've likely decided that the side kick is the most powerful and devastating kick, so the best thing to hit is that. But not wanting to hospitalize each other with this devastating kick they pull them so that they don't...
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    Question for new students

    First of all relax, good chance you trying to maintain death grips on partners gi's and it's hard on the fingers. You're new and learning, not in competition. First rule of training is protect yourself, letting go of a grip or tapping early to prevent suffering the next morning is always a...
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    Biggest Issue When You Started A School

    No, it's a lifestyle for me, and a handful of others. For most it's a fun hobby. If you want to market only to "lifestyle" sorts of practitioners you'll likely have a empty school.
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    Biggest Issue When You Started A School

    This is absolute crap. I say this as a former kid and as someone that teaches a lot of kids. What we do can have a very major and positive impact on children, more so then on adults in many ways. This is like saying if you want to be a teacher only teach University, only teach kids if it's...
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    Biggest Issue When You Started A School

    Most people leave, regardless of their age. Not all, but most. We are the weird ones that stayed.
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    They sure take their black belts seriously

    That's the thing, sparring, even hard sparring, unless you are at a certain stage in getting ready for a fight is not about trying to hurt each other. Bas could completely dominate over most people without hurting them, but you'd know he's kicking your butt the whole time. Just line in...
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    They sure take their black belts seriously

    This is really simple, you spar... Throw on some shin pads, 16 oz gloves and headgear if you like and go at it. Even going at a hard sparring level no one is getting hurt, and it is very obvious who has skill and who doesn't. People that do striking arts and don't do contact sparring tend...
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    A new idea

    Before you could even think of doing this you'd need to build your own thing first. No one is going to look to you to teach them how to run their business until you have built your own highly successful one first.
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    Boxing or Muay Thai

    Ignore all that and do what you like. Boxers will tell you boxing is a better choice, Muay Thai fighters will tell you Muay Thai is. In the end it's just a matter of what you want to do and it's like trying to say soccer is better then basketball... do the sport you enjoy.
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    Mc dojo's and how to identify them. need help

    You are worrying about things that don't need to be worried about. If things start smelling like BS then leave, if the business practices seem unethical leave. If you are having fun and learning something stay. This whole McDojo witch hunt idea has done more to hurt the martial arts as a...
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    Biggest Issue When You Started A School

    Marketing is not usually someones first problem, first problem is getting their class floor solid. Having the capital to make the place look nice and not like it will be gone 6 months later. Basically getting all the things internally working properly. If the internals aren't polished...