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    "Pasa!" kiyap?

    My instructor's kiyup is "hatche" and other higher rank blackbelt students say "basso". I've always wondered but never asked the origin. Anyone know?
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    Hurt Back and Belt Test this weekend

    I had a massage session Friday and discovered that the problem was my glut (sp?) and not actually my back. It just FELT like my back due to the location of the muscle and other parts. I was able to get the muscle to relax a little with some Tylenol and aleviate the pain with Ibuprofin...
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    Hurt Back and Belt Test this weekend

    Here's my story. I have had back problems on and off for the last 4 years - I'm almost 41. I am testing for my second Gup (Red Belt) tomorrow, Friday June 20th for four hours and again Saturday for four - six hours. Yesterday I did something - don't know what - and hurt my back (again). So...
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    TKD Jr. Olympics, Detroit MI -- Anyone else going?

    My school will be sending about 20 students. They have participated in the JO's for years.
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    How long did it take you to get to the TKD belt rank you have now?

    So how many belts are you from white and how long until you will become 1st degree black belt?
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    How long did it take you to get to the TKD belt rank you have now?

    I've been in WTF TKD for 3 1/2 years and will test for my second gup (red belt) June 20th and 21st. I usually attend three classes per week and help instruct another two classes per week. When I started, all I wanted was to get the next belt so I was one belt closer to BB. Now I just enjoy...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    Final Update: Schools out for the summer and there were no further incidents. The three problem kids will be seperated into different "pods" next year and none will be in my son's pod so they will have no contact. So for now, there is no longer a threat. When school begins again in August I...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    OK - here's a followup on what happened today. I met with the Dean of Students who informed me that these three kids have a long history and are well known to teachers and staff to be trouble. They took the threat seriously and even called in the police. The officer asked why we had not...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    I was reading through his text messages (yes I do this and have no moral issues with it what so ever) and saw a message from a friend of his saying that he heard Mike and friends (Mike is not his real name) were going to jump my son. After a few back and forths between my son and his friend I...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    Here's an update on the situation. The bully has been telling students that he and two other boys are going to jump my son. One-on-one is considered a fair fight. Three-on-one and he has no chance. So I called the Dean of Students and left a message requesting an emergency meeting tomorrow...
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    Sparring with Instructor

    My very first sparring match as a white belt was against a second Dan that is my age but about 75 pounds heavier (I'm 150 soaking wet). He kept telling me to not come straight in but to turn side up. After he told me this three times, rather than showing me gently why not to do this, he threw...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    Our school is very self defense oriented. And I'm certain my son knows how to use most of the techniques effectively. He was indeed surprised by the first push. It came right after the bell rang when all the kids were leaving the classroom. But he saw the second push coming and saw the...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    I told my son that he can use the minimum force necessary to defend himself in the future. I also reiterated that I will support him 100% if this is the case. I also let him know that beating the crud out of someone or physical harm such as broken bones are not considered minimum force and...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    Thanks for everyone's responses on this. As for going on a killing spree, I probably should have mentioned that this school is about 5 miles as the crow flies from Columbine HS. I'm not sure it makes a difference but it hit VERY close to home so our school district is probably a little hyper...
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    Dealing with a school bully

    Last Friday, my 13 year old 7th grade son was bullied at school. Several weeks ago he stumbled upon a fist fight in the boys bathroom and reported it to a teacher. Both boys were suspended. On Friday one of the boys that was suspended cornered my son after class and shoved him into the wall -...
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