Recent content by dortiz

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    teaching Hapkido to kids

    Exactly! If you are going to have kids program just make sure its at their level. You have plenty of material besides joint locks. Imagine coming out of a kids program and having awesome falls/rolls, strikes, kicks, Dan bong and staff as well as Large circle techniques, hip throws, grab escapes...
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    Has anyone studied under Grandmaster JiMong Choe?

    Can of worms but consider this. There are LOTS of great Korean Martial Artist that came from a generation born of very tough times. Many of them were surrounded by other great fellows who also fabricated levels of importance and history to build status or in my opinion "FACE". Thus 5000 year...
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    Another ATA 5 year old black belt

    The karate that has been introduced to Tokyo is actually just a part of the whole. The fact that those who have learnt karate there feel it only consists of kicks & punches, and that throws & locks are only to be found in judo or jujutsu, can only be put down to a lack of understanding Those...
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    Korean Martial Arts History according to Joo Band Lee - a newer story?

    There is no dishonor in taking a fighting style and making it way better and your own : )
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    Moderation Level

    Many other forums that were bullied by key folks regardless of their wealth of knowledge have dried up and dissapeared. Why? because after a while you can be right all the time but only you are left listening.
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    "Those are strictly in house certificates. It has always been my policy, as well as the policy of my taekwondo teachers, that you give the certification that you yourself receive. " Wow! Absoultely the best way to say how it should be.
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    A school without rank belts: would you train there?

    "bite, blind, stab or shoot, escape, etc." In my book those are most excellent techniques Sir : )
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    A school without rank belts: would you train there?

    Back to OP. I dont think it makes sense to wear a traditional uniform and not have belts. Worst case I could see the old school white Belt............then you get a black belt. But aside from the fees ; ) I also think the grading system was born of a need to put folks in classification based...
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    A school without rank belts: would you train there?

    "I have fought in both my regular clothes and my dobok, I did not notice or think about my clothes and it did not make a difference on way or the other." And the techniques you would want to have in your arsenal? Would you not want to make sure you tried them on different situations regarding...
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    A school without rank belts: would you train there?

    Its veering off topic but I really wanted to agree with Kong Soo Do on the issue of training in street clothes. Even simple kicks in shoes versus barefoot becomes important. Folks think no worries since shoes hurt more but forget about restricted movement. You must train as you will fight! Also...
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    What are my options?

    Zdom,Compare this, if you will, to how LEO and CCWers are instructed to use their firearms: stop the threat. Don't "shoot to wound" or "fire warning shots" or even "shoot to kill" — just continue shooting until the threat is ended. THEN worry about the attacker's wellbeing or not. Same...
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    WTF President : "New uniforms will further promote taekwondo"

    "I'm kind of used to it at this point, people getting all mad at being exposed to a concept or idea that they don't like, at the moment, but then later that same concept becomes generally accepted." I find people do this in general with everything. Even catch myself : ) Hopefully as Martial...
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    So just how many techniques does your hapkido program have anyway?

    "Unless, you are just counting variations on a theme and are essentially the same technique with a minor move added or deleted." Thats probably the real discussion. And then as stated above it becomes why claim more or less blah blah blah. Its about flow and transition and variants to all...
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    Korean Karate?

    I just had a Coke with wait it was an RC Cola. p.s. I have that book too.
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    What are my options?

    "I mean, he was able to get a 4th Dan from a legit organization while showing them absolutely no paperwork, only pure technique on the mat." To most folks this holds a lot more water. In an ideal world the skills say it all. Its nice to get official certs if you want to teach later and it...