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    Ever heard of this?

    Yup. Same principle at work and valid ... with caveat. All conditioning methods are painful. Period. The only way to build up the bone (or muscle, for that matter) is to break it down a little bit. The physical conditioning/strengthening actually happens in the resting period between workouts...
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    A Lifetime In the Arts.

    Here's how I look at it personally. I think it's vital to have a "core" - a solid foundation in one system. I think it's useful, though, to have supplemental training. If you look at it from the level of principles then everything draws on the same principles. How they apply those principles...
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    Functional Edged Weapons Defense with Mike Casto

    Flyer & Registration I will be teaching a workshop on blade defense in Kendallville, IN on February 8, 2009 from 2PM - 6PM. Cost: $40 Location: Quality Martial Arts (Back Entrance of Kendallville Computers) 136 S. Main St. Kendallville, IN Flyer & Registration
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    Balance Disruption with Guru Mike Casto

    I'll be teaching a workshop on balance disruption on Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 2PM - 6PM at Louisville Martial Arts Academy in Louisville, KY. Cost is $45. This will be my last hurrah, so to speak, in Louisville before I head for Arizona. I'll be teaching various workshops en route to AZ...
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    Blade Handler

    LOL! When the clip started I thought, "Hey! This looks familiar!" Lo & behold at 3:27 there I am on the right side of the frame :) I remember that day well. It was the first time I met Steve and Chas in person (though we'd known each other online for years). It was a couple of days before a...
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    Canyon shots

    Awesome. Love the canyon - and northern AZ in general. I especially love the area around Sedona. That's why I'm moving to that area in February :D Mike
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    Open Mindedness

    I think open mindedness is great. I don't someone who jumps from system to system is necessarily open minded, though. More often than not they are simply confused or unwilling to commit to the "dirt time" it takes to actually get good. I think open mindedness is the willingness to look at...
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    A statement has me wondering...

    I haven't had any negative experiences, per se. I have had some "WTF?" moments but not necessarily negative. Once while visiting a school where a friend of mine trained the instructor started bad-mouthing my instructor. Not blatant insults just insinuations. I told the guy, "Look. I'm here to...
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    A statement has me wondering...

    I'd second these pointers. They have served me well - though I never tried to put them into words and probably wouldn't have done as good a job as Nolerama did. Mike
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    A statement has me wondering...

    Back in the late 90s I traveled a lot for work and everywhere I went I found people to train with. I trained with a Bujinkan group in Birmingham, a few FMA practitioners in San Francisco, some Combat Hapkido groups in Colorado ... and I could go on. I still regularly visit schools I've never...
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    Good Bouncer Stories

    LOL. Yeah, I had the door man, Rodney, try to kick me out one night. I'd been working there for several months but he & I had never met before. He was covering for John, the door man I usually worked with. When I came in I introduced myself to him but he didn't catch that I was the bouncer. At...
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    Good Bouncer Stories

    One night - pretty slow - the door man, John, asked me for some pointers and we discussed some simple restraining methods. Later that night one of the regulars comes up to me, slightly tipsy, and says, "So, I saw you working with John earlier. Interesting stuff but I could counter any of it...
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    Please don't tell me to search again...

    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by a "lunge" punch but I assume you mean a straight line punch - what I would call a jab or a cross. The conclusion I have reached and why I continue to use that as my primary training tool is that a straight line attack is the most common thing to start a...
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    Workshop - Balance Disruption with Guru Mike Casto

    When: Friday, November 21, 2008 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Price: $25 Participation Fee Location: Louisville Martial Arts Academy 3600 Chamberlain Ln., #136 Louisville, KY 40241 Balance is an important factor. It's the platform we rely on to gain leverage - whether for striking, throwing or...
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    Grand master jerson "nene" tortal

    LOL. I've trained with him several times - and will train again with him on Saturday in Muncie :) I would agree with our assessment (very good martial artist and man). Mike
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    What would you do- a light- hearted approach...

    When in that situation (specifically regarding the "register hands" discussion) I have told people flat out that it's an urban legend. In cases where they have a "friend" who had to register I tell them that (a) their friend is pulling their chain or (b) their friend got scammed by whatever...
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    Whats a black belt to you

    Depends specifically on the system and/or instructor but in general I equate a 1st degree BB with a high school diploma. It is an accomplishment - and an important one from one perspective. For someone who keeps training in MA, though, it's just a stepping stone. From that perspective a 3rd...
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    Balintawak Footwork

    I think there's a difference in our definitions of the term "triangulating." What I mean is that, for instance, as Angle 1 comes in I "triangulate" to the attack by squaring my shoulders to the line of attack and blocking with a vertical stick, middle to middle then countering. Generally...
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    Balintawak Footwork

    My experience with Balintawak has been pretty much completely from GM Bobby Taboada's lineage. We draw from it primarily to teach students good body mechanics and stick control before we move into other areas mostly influenced by Lacoste/Inosanto blend. I have no formal rank within Balintawak...
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    The big hook punch

    It also has to do with things like tunnel vision and conditioned responses. If I throw several straight shots (i.e.: jabs & crosses) in a row then my opponent is probably looking for another straight shot and the hook is very likely to catch him off guard - this is especially true if I've...
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    your moving and your the instructor

    Interestingly enough I'm about to be in this exact position. Specifically my situation is this: I have one guy who is a 2 - 3 years from full instructor. Since everyone else is several years behind him he could certainly run the class and he could continue his development under me by coming to...
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    The love of words!

    Oops. I thought I was making up the word "lexiphilia" (from the root of "lexicon" and the suffix -philia). Shoulda known better :) Turns out it already exists (and does, in fact, mean "love of words") but the proper spelling is "lexophilia." Mike
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    The love of words!

    Love of words: lexiphilia It's like necrophilia but legal and far less messy :D Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll have to check out this site, though, sounds interesting. Mike
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    Question regarding rank?

    Here's the way I personally see it: Instructor = I have students Master = My students are instructors Grandmaster = My students are masters Same progression as: Father = I have children Grandfather = My children have children Great Grandfather = My children have grandchildren I look at things...
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    Triple I.M.P.A.C.T. 2008 & Tai Chi Workshop with Sifu Rick Barrett

    Triple I.M.P.A.C.T. 2008 is just around the corner. This year Guru Mike Casto, Guru Ken Pannell (Guru Mike's Sikal instructor) and Shihan Billy Jack Worsham (of Shen Chuan) will be presenting. This event is always a good time - a lot of camaraderie and fun packaged with a lot of top notch...
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    A somewhat embarassing encounter between a student and instructor.

    Not really that bad. You'd never met the guy before so how could you know who he was. My instructor, Ken Pannell, was in a store once. A security guard noticed his martial arts t-shirt and started talking to him. Finding out that my instructor trained in Kali and Silat the guy says, "Oh yeah...
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    Intelligent film / movie ??????

    Some that come to mind that I didn't see mentioned yet: Jacob's Ladders (some effects but a damn good story line, too). Manchurian Candidate (I think both versions ['62 w/ Sinatra and '04 w/ Denzel] are worthwhile). Ghost Dog. Seven Samurai (always a worthwhile movie). Unforgiven (one of Clint...
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    A Different Perspective

    Absolutely. When I moved from Okinawan Goju-Ryu to Sikal it seemed like a huge paradigm shift for me at first. I knew it was right for me because Sikal literally felt like coming home; it was like I'd been searching for Sikal during my previous 17 years of martial training/experience and had...
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    What does having a blackbelt mean?

    As others have said, it means you have met certain criteria within your own school/system/art. In some schools this means you've paid X amount of money and attended Y number of classes. In other schools it means you have exhibited a basic proficiency with the material. In other schools it means...
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