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    Gichin Funakoshi! How should he be looked at as far as TKD History?

    On Social Darwinism and martial arts: Isn't it irresponsible (or worse) to teach technique without also working on the character and judgment to use it responsibly? I think it's a parallel to the idea that an armed society is a polite society. If more people trained in TMA, I'd expect to see...
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    2 on 1 easier than 1 on 1?

    If the two contain and work to drive the victim into the partner's attacks, having twice as many weapons can be brutal. This teamwork isn't often enough trained for people to people to get experience with skilled partner-attackers. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    What should the criteria be for an 18 year old 4th Dan?

    QFT! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    What should the criteria be for an 18 year old 4th Dan?

    It reads like the 7th dan master sees a valuable addition to the world of masters, and it looks like his thinking is well founded. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    Gichin Funakoshi! How should he be looked at as far as TKD History?

    To me this is like the DNA ancestry question. I think we're all related, and the value is in the mixing. Anyone who claims to be a purebred anything is fooling themselves. I identify myself as a Taekwondoin and an American. The fact that I'm genetically and martially a mutt makes me stronger and...
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    What is your main focus?

    My focus is body control and athleticism/health. At 52, I want to improve my brain and body. I have to be intelligent because I injure a little more easily and recover more slowly than when I was younger, but by spending time both teaching and training I can raise or lower the intensity level to...
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    What should the criteria be for an 18 year old 4th Dan?

    I have met young people with the maturity and depth of knowledge to justify this rank. It's rare, and it only happens in a situation with excellent upbringing and the guidance of an excellent master. I don't think it's correct to say it should never happen, though I understand there being...
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    How many of the old crew still post on here

    Still around, Terry. Hope you're well. Carl Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    what will you do

    If I can't get away, hurt him until he's stopped or I can get away. Details depend on what's open. I train so I can use any/all body weapons in numerous ways to put someone down... and I pray I never have to use them again. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    Please ad another stripe to the tigger

    Congratulations sir! Heal up and keep going! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    Conditioning the hands & feet

    I think 'extensive' breaking without 'extensive' conditioning would be unwise, but I don't think occasional breaking is bad if done within reason. I don't have the historical knowledge that my seniors do, but I think such conditioning comes mostly from the karate world. From a practical point...
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    A little worry

    Hi Manny, If you have to do the turning kick, I'd bring it down a little, closer to hip level. You could do side kick depending on where your foot is injured. I would stay away from any painkillers stronger than ibuprofen if they might dull your focus and mind. Pain is a test of your focus and...
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    The last partial examination/test

    Good luck Manny. We all get reminders that there's always more to learn. Keep training sir. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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    What's wrong with competitive Taekwondo/MA?

    I wonder whether this is really about the reality that sparring type activities in general take on rules and limits (for safety or entertainment) that necessarily separate them from the realities of personal defense. Sport TKD, sport boxing, wrestling, BJJ, MMA, etc.--all of them separate...
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    how to master high kicks?

    Maybe you should. It's a good place to start. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
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