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  1. hogstooth

    Green belt test tonight

    good luck. Hope you do well.
  2. hogstooth

    You can't learn martial arts from books

    I agree that if an advanced student has the foundation in their own art then a book could help them. But this is not a replacement for learning one on one with a qualified instructor. Books can only show so much. If you have a good foundation in the arts then you use it to supplement your...
  3. hogstooth

    How useful are the teaching methods of some arts???

    Different teachers teach different ways. Some with hold information because they wait for the student to reach a certain maturity level. Others wait to see the character of a student. Then still others may never have been taught these techniques and therefore can't pass them on. I personally...
  4. hogstooth

    Okinawan Karate

    Thanks for your reply. This is the kind of evaluation I was looking for.
  5. hogstooth

    Okinawan Karate

    I agree with your assessment. It doesn't matter which art you study they all have valid techniques that work for self defense. I appreciate that you did not go to the "I study blank and it is better because". I asked this based on the posts asking which art is good for self defense and thought...
  6. hogstooth

    Ever been knocked out?

    I have been knocked out once and it wasn't during a fight. I actually did it to myself. I was building my deck and wasn't watching where I was going and smacked into a cross beam. It hit me right in the temple and I just remember feeling it, then nothing, then my buddy shaking me, then a...
  7. hogstooth

    three sectional staff

    don't try this with out proper instruction. I did the same thing. I thought they were neat and since we did not use this weapon I thought because I knew the nunchaku I could use this. I was horribly wrong and was to dense to know when to quit. After a run to the ER for a huge gash in the back of...
  8. hogstooth

    Rope arts/Hojojustsu?

    Wow Mr. E you are being pretty harsh. In your way of thinking why take up any traditional weapon. It's not like any of us are going to be walking around with a pair of kama's, Tuifa, Sai's or a Rokushaku Bo or Nunchacku. Or how about a chinese Dao or rope dart or better yet a naginata(that would...
  9. hogstooth

    Okinawan Karate

    In your opinion which of the okinawan arts is better for self defense and why. Now I am not asking this to get a war started between the different styles I just thought it would be interesting to hear different points of view because I have seen a lot of posts stating that "I am new to the MA's...
  10. hogstooth

    help get karate into the olympics!!

    No he isn't teaching in Loveland anymore. When I got out of the Corps I went back to see if he was still there and the dojo was closed down and didn't have his number any more. I was hoping since you said you knew him you might have a way to get intouch with him. There was one other Matsubayashi...
  11. hogstooth

    Weapon Of Choice

    It would help to know what you are studying. JMA, CMA, OMA, FMA. Honestly I like leaning and using them all but if I have to chose one from Kobudo it would be a toss up between Kama and Timbei/ Rochin. I like weapons that you can use for defense and offense, and if necessary have the ability...
  12. hogstooth

    Karate Kata's

    Forgot Passai
  13. hogstooth

    How much did our sensei's really know?

    I agree with your statement but I think it depends to what extent. If the original Kata was handed down with the bunkai then by changing it you essentially loose the original intent and turn it into something little more than a dance. With each teachers personal interpretation or their personal...
  14. hogstooth

    help get karate into the olympics!!

    I lost touch with Terry when I joined the Marines. Do you still keep in touch with him? I would love to see him again. I know Hanshi Grant but that was years ago when I met him. I think 1982 but he wasn't a hanshi back then. My father trained directly under Katsuya Miyahira Sensei while in the...
  15. hogstooth

    help get karate into the olympics!!

    Kobayashi Ryu. I also trained in Matsubayashi ryu for years in Loveland Ohio with Terry Peters Sensei until I left for the Marine Corps. I presently teach out of my house in Milford Ohio. Rent got out of control and my basement is only about 50 sq.ft. smaller than the place I was renting and it...
  16. hogstooth

    When Should Weapon's Training Begin?

    It really depends on the student. Like you we usually do not start training in Kobudo until Shodan. It really depends on the students maturity. One of the reasons we wait is because of the students maturity level especially with children. It is usually 4 yrs until we start training kids. It is...
  17. hogstooth

    Workout

    Oh, if you know what knuckle push ups are try that and see if that "pops" your shoulder. If you don't know what they are they go like this. get into the push up position and instead of putting your arms to your sides as if you were bench pressing keep them close to your body. I do these with my...
  18. hogstooth

    Workout

    Seek the advice of your doctor. My shoulder was giving me problems and later found out I had a torn rotator cuff (I think that is the right spelling). I was just pushing through the pain and one day it was so bad I couldn't lift my arm above my shoulder and couldn't reach back without hurting so...
  19. hogstooth

    Injuries!

    Broken nose, broken toes, broken and dislocated fingers, broken ribs, cuts, bruises and one concussion.
  20. hogstooth

    Martial arts: art, method, or way?

    IMO it is both an art and a martial tradition but more so I think of it as a "way" as in Do. It is a way of life and a never ending pursuit to perfect oneself. It is an art. I have seen masters perform kata that had a beauty to then that could be appreciated. It is also Martial in that you can...
  21. hogstooth

    On ego.

    It really depends on the definition. If you are using the term as someone having pride in their accomplishments without flaunting them, then I think it is a good thing. If you mean a braggard that can't fit his head through the dojo door then I think it is a bad thing. We have all seen the bad...
  22. hogstooth

    Rank recognition.

    I feel that it is a sign of respect but should not be expected outside of the dojo. I tell my students to call me by my first name if the are adults or by Mr. and my last name if they are children. I think that if you as an instructor are a good role model your students sometimes feel compelled...
  23. hogstooth

    Qualities of your worst teacher?

    Worst teacher was because he had an ego that wouldn't allow his head to fit through the dojo door. The students suffered because he was more interested in telling and showing you how good he was instead of teaching. He was however a really good fighter and could back up what he preached. But was...
  24. hogstooth

    Qualities of your best teacher(s)

    My favorite teacher was so because of his humility. He was the toughest guy I ever met but never bragged no showed off. He was always very reserve but he had a way about him that kind of let you know that messing with him would be the wrong thing to do. He was the type that made a big deal about...
  25. hogstooth

    Workout

    The best thing would be to join a gym but if that is not possible you can make your own equipment and train at home. Here is some of the things I did when I first got married and had no money. First you said you have a pull up bar, do as many as you can with your palm away from you and towards...
  26. hogstooth

    help get karate into the olympics!!

    No thanks. I do not want to degrade my art to a mere sport for points. I think it would tear down the art by making it nothing more than a game of patty cake. I am usually pretty tolorant of others views but this would be the end of what we all hold so dear imo. I will never vote for Karate to...
  27. hogstooth

    KATA: Is more better?

    I do not dispute your interpretation on this individual. You have your right to your opinion. But let me ask you this. Can you say for sure what the original intent of the hidden meanings of your kata are? How can you? Who can say what they really meant? The founders taught their art to their...
  28. hogstooth

    Ideal Karate Style

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with your assessment. Well said.
  29. hogstooth

    Making more time for Martial Arts

    Thats great. I wish you all the luck in the world on accomplishing your goal. God Bless.
  30. hogstooth

    Buying a Sword - Please Advise!

    I understand. A good blade costs an arm and a leg. Well I wish you luck in the future.
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