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    Things Are Progressing

    Thank you. "American Kenpo," is essentially the martial art created / modified by Edmund Parker Sr., or one of the variations derived from it, such as the Tracy's Kenpo, Kenpo 5.0, etc... Some simply refer to it as "Kenpo Karate" instead. As I mentioned elsewhere, my own instructor trained...
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    What Good are Forms?

    What is your position, not just your opinion? I'm also not quite clear on the difference between "position," and "opinion." Be that as it may, I'm also not sure I can add anything beyond what has been well stated by others, but am of the position that forms have definite value in the...
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    Wearing a Taekwondo gi and belt outside appropriate or inappropriate

    Only if they've earned them! Besides, have you ever tried to walk in spurs? Especially down stairs?
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    Sport Fighter

    Not so much, at least in my experience, because I've never seen anyone take on a different role or persona. Likewise, the outcome is unknown and unpredictable. I would think historical reenacts are closer to actual LARPers.
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    Martial Arts and Weight Loss

    So far you've received some decent advice. I hope you'll find the advice I'm about to give as sound. Don't go on "a diet." Modify your diet in such a way that it is one you can maintain over the long term. When I started trying to lose weight last year, I went from 246 lb. to 213 over the...
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    Sport Fighter

    I believe this summarizes my opinion on the matter at least as well as I could. If someone referred to me as a "sport fighter," I wouldn't be offended if they didn't mean it in a derogatory manner. If it were meant in a derogatory manner, I wouldn't be offended so much as annoyed that someone...
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    Question on martial artists

    Interesting thoughts, I found myself nodding as I read it. I do realize, though, that casual acquaintances will pigeon hole me regardless. I believe it is human nature to do so. You may not agree, but from my perspective, so long as I don't allow those who need to not pigeon hole me in a...
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    Question on martial artists

    This question, and the subsequent responses, has been quite the fodder for thought, and even introspection for me. I would say that, purely in my opinion, one becomes a "martial artist," when they move past the point of simply taking lessons, or having a passing interest in it. Once there is...
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    Are modern arts, no longer martial

    That was painful to read on a variety of levels. For a person who writes as a passion, he is really bad at it. I was trying to figure out if English was a second language to him for much of it. I believe I could pick it apart, paragraph by paragraph. but then I think, why bother?
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    Things Are Progressing

    So, I thought I should update here. I went over the problems I've dealt with in my other thread in the General sub forum. I won't rehash that here. As for the tournament, I wasn't able to make it due to my injury. It was still sore enough at the time that I knew that if I took a blow there, I...
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    No worries! It was there, and worth discussing!
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    To be honest, my comment was more about my wife being supportive, motivating me and being awesome than about the actual quote! :) Regarding your comment, however, is the fact that "average" is vague in the statement, in that it can be a measure of many different things. Ability, desire...
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    Sort of on topic, and it allows me to brag about my wife a little. Yesterday, when I shared the news about earning my black belt, within a few minutes she had sent me this:
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    Some Good News in a Summer of Bad

    Thank you both!
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    I would agree, wholeheartedly. I would add, though, that one can do everything correctly and still fail. While it may seem counter-intuitive, as both a lawyer and a medic I have had that simple fact brought home to me on several occasions. For me, it was both important and difficult to take...
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