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    Jwing Ming Yang

    Thanks again. I have been writing a piece in one of the styles I practice on the applications of Qin na specifically to it and was referencing his Analysis of Shaolin Qin na book for some ideas. It was great to see the techniques on video.
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    Jwing Ming Yang

    Oaktree were there other links to his Qin na lecture?
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    Jwing Ming Yang

    Thanks for posting those. I was recently reading his analysis of Qin na and it appears his Uke (for lack of the Chinese equivalent) is the same as in the book. Great book though. You can easily incorporate the ideas into your own training.
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    The world is my dojo.

    I train(ed) outdoors year-round. Nothing wrong with that. Two days ago I worked out with a friend of mine in 2 feet of snow in Central Park. At the very least it shows commitment to what your doing. Good for you.
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    Philosophy or not?

    This is an interesting question, more so after reading through the posts. I have always defined "Martial Arts" as an organization of combative movement that expresses an underlying philosophy. But...after reading through some of the posts I guess "philosophy" needs to be qualified. So I would...
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    Questions about switching arts

    In a similar experience, I have studied a style of Jujutsu for years however recently I have been attending a Judo class to gain a different perspective on balance breaks. Some of the differences are so subtle, yet emphasized in one style over the other. It's these subtle differences that make...
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    Questions about switching arts

    Not forget what you learned but be open to what you're going to learn and that it will contain some differences that will be difficult to deal with. When I trained in a new art after training in my primary one for years, I found the biggest challenge was some of the things I thought were the...
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    What do you think is the most ruthless?

    The joint and bone breaks in Tai Chi I can see from watching some of the forms. I have not seen an overt reference to an eye gouge in a Tai Chi form, but I'll admit I've had limited exposure.
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    How good was Bruce Lee??

    Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by saying he was a purist? I would argue the opposite in the sense that he was all about introducing whatever worked into his fighting system (JKD).
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    What do you think is the most ruthless?

    I would say all styles have the potential to be utilized in a ruthless manner. However, some lend themselves to ruthlessness more than others. The idea behind a style like Aikido is peaceful. That's not to say it can't be used to inflict harm. However, there are styles I've seen in CMA that...
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    The Hobbyist vs. The Serious Student

    My point is "Huh?" doesn't help anyone to address what you do or don't understand. Anyway, the bottom line is in teaching I do not specifically separate SD aspects from the more philosophical ones (the art side of things). When I described a style of Martial Arts as "combative movements...
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    The Hobbyist vs. The Serious Student

    Is this a serious response? If you have a question about something I've posted state it directly.
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    The Hobbyist vs. The Serious Student

    1) In my experience a lot of people that dabble in MA are there for what they perceive will be a lesson in SD. Chris Parker's opinions on what constitutes SD aside (for the record I do agree with most of what he's said in prior posts I've read) I think that a lot of school's bill what they are...
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    Personality and Martial Arts

    As my teacher once put it, Martial Arts are "an outer expression of the inner self."
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    Is More Better?

    Personally I train under the "Occam's Razor" theory. I feel the most basic (simple) response is typically the most correct. That's not to say I don't know "a number" of techniques or forms, it's just I try to brake them down to a few basic concepts that I use.
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