Recent content by Mark Lynn

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    Bad instructor. What to do????

    Maybe I'm dense here, but are you referring to your final comment? The one about the UFC. Is that why? Was that your main point? Or was it because I teach kids? Do you believe kids have anything to gain in the training of TMAs? Or should it just be for adults? Are you an instructor...
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    Bad instructor. What to do????

    Agreed True, and I have sat on tests where under those schools rules those students are allowed to test and passed, they earn their rank under that schools rules. Under my school generally the student learns to perform their forms, kicks , and they can fight. However they also spend time...
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    Bad instructor. What to do????

    I wouldn't be happy either if he was given a black belt. But I wouldn't be upset if he earned his black belt. Why? Just FYI, I speak as a teacher of mostly kids in American TKD and I have some also in the my FMA program. But if the kid knows the material and can perform it to the schools...
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    Questions for those who started their own system/ style

    Not wanting to make my last post to long my FMA program is called Presas Arnis. Short history I got started in the FMAs back in the early 80's through Guro Inosanto and through JKD Kali, I then met Hock Hochheim and through him the Presas brothers Remy and Ernesto. I studied with each of them...
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    Questions for those who started their own system/ style

    While I have created my own way of teaching/curriculum for my two main arts, and have mid way created my 3rd. Currently I am on the rewrite of my 2nd main art. So I don't mind sharing and I'll try and keep it brief. I teach what we call American Karate but that's for marketing purposes, it's...
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    Training in your native language vs. the art's language

    I agree, I tend to do the same for the name of drills and forms. Yet some people get upset when you use Hubud lubud instead of Hubad lubud (both refer to the same drill). I once asked GM Remy Presas about the terms Hubud lubud, and Sumbrada (both FMA drills). For Hubud he got a strange look...
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    Training in your native language vs. the art's language

    In the style of American of American Karate/TKD that I came up under, I learned the Korean terms for ready position, attention, bow, and the names for the blocks and forms. But a roundhouse kick was a roundhouse kick, a reverse punch (a cross punch) was a reverse punch and so on. Later on...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    I disagree with you here. Speaking from my own experience as a teacher and a martial artist. I can easily over load the students by teaching them more and more techniques and how does that help them if they don't have the skill sets developed to execute them? In the long run what good is it...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    True, but in my programs it is a bit different. In the TKD program the student demonstrates a pretty rigid set of techniques; basics, kata, one steps, sparring, self defense etc. etc. It easy to look at the person and see improvement because you are looking at how well the person fits in the...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    I agree I use stripes as a way to see quickly what a student has learned or been shown, is one student has several stripes that are different from other students then I know I need to go back and spend a little more time on that material to get others caught up. Like wise the stripes are a...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    I teach a program that has two separate martial arts; American karate/TKD for kids (starting at 6 yr old through teens) and Modern Arnis (10 yr old -adults). Both are based on a 10 step system and the belts are given for each rank. White is given in the American Karate program while it is...
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    Styles dying out

    Thanks
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    Styles dying out

    I don't think the battlefield arts like jujitsu were intended to be used instead of carrying a weapon. Rather they were a last resort in case you didn't have any weapons available (for whatever reason) in the heat of a battle. Karate changed when it came to Japan and the Japanese I think took...
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    Styles dying out

    Back door comment? I'm sorry I don't understand. Back door? There was hand to hand combat training but it was very basic, and used only as a last resort, when your weapons were lost or unavailable. After WWII the US military started training their people; SAC, and others, by bringing over...
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    Styles dying out

    Kendo maybe. I have no proof for this because I have no experience with Kendo. However I heard some seasoned martial artists tell me that Kendo ka get to their prime in their 40's-50's. In early 1990 (?) I attended a workout (video'd and took photos) with the Dallas Kendo club where I had a...
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