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  1. The Master

    Why are you here?

    I lurk and ponder many things, as time oft leaves me lacking to formulate a proper communication for this medium, but ponder much I do. One of the recent ponderings I entertained was the question of why we are here. Now that question might seem better suited for another section, but please...
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    What do you see?

    My previous inquiry was well received so I will post another for pondering. Man is driven by several needs. The need for wealth, the need for recognition, the need for fame, the need for control, the need for power, the need for acceptance, the need to belong. Other needs are more primitive...
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    Do you, or Don't you?

    A question was asked in general among a group that I often debate with concerning a rather interesting and though provoking topic. The debate is of course, of no concern, but the question is. I'll ask it here and leave a few examples and wait for discussion before presenting my answer. If...
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    It's Raining Grand Masters.

    In my travels along this electronic highway, I often come across countless individuals who profess great merit, greater knowledge and even greater ability. Some examples include 1 individual with 10 tenth degrees in various arts, a founder of a "real fighting art" who also claimed ranks above...
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    Judo vs sport vs street vs combat?

    Judo vs sport vs street vs combat In 1902, Barton-Wright wrote: "Judo and jujitsu were not designed as primary means of attack and defence against a boxer or a man who kicks you, but were only to be used after coming to close quarters, and in order to get to close quarters it was absolutely...
  6. The Master

    Meditation?

    Taken from the writings of SGM Parker: I have some questions. How long should this meditation be? From the classes I have observed and participated in, it is brief, less than 5 minutes in fact. My own experience with serious meditation states that a longer time period should be observed...
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    Kenpo for Lefties?

    As written, almost all if not all of the techniques I have seen demonstrated are done with a focus on right handedness. Your lead is a right lead, your primary attack/counter is from the right. I have even been informed by a well known 5th that Kenpo is not done from the left. The standard...
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    Manners or Kenpo?

    Greetings and Solicitations, my students of the arts! Over the years I have traveled some, and attended functions in many places. I have formulated an interesting conclusion that I will share shortly. Some background is in order however. Most of the arts I have dabbled in over the years tend...
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    TCMA, practical, or art?

    In another thread, the modern day effectiveness of TCMA is brought into question. I'm going to pull from that thread here, to discuss that, to avoid tangenting that topic further. Some of this will be a rehash to set a foundation. There this was stated: and and Others have replied to...
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    Your opinion, she stinks.

    Your opinion, she stinks. I have traveled on these web boards for over a decade now, and long have the arguments raged over who is doing "it" right, and who is doing "it" wrong. Insults are slung, mud is thrown, and otherwise intelligent individuals behave like grade school kids at a food...
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    A Zen master said to a monk

    A Zen master said to a monk, You must see the universe in your cup. The monk looked into his cup, but didnt see the universe, so he threw the cup away. The Zen master said, Oh, poor cup. We think the cup is too small to hold the universe. Intellectually, we cant see how it could...
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    Kung Fu Vs ???

    Kung Fu Vs ??? In the spirit of my MMA Vs ??? thread, and as I futilely hunt around my medicine cabinet for something to take the edge off, I decided to put pen to screen again. After trying to write on my monitor I remembered the keyboard was there and so began this continuing look at "Art vs...
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    VS threads

    The question was asked, why post the vs threads I have? They are hurtful, spiteful, and not in the spirit of this site. They are meant to be funny, humerous, sarcastic and satiricle. No real offence is intended. Simply a chuckle, and a comment: VS are really pointless. There is no right art...
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    Kenpo Vs ???

    Kenpo Vs ??? In the spirit of my MMA Vs ??? thread, and as I futilely hunt around my medicine cabinet for something to take the edge off, I decided to put pen to screen again. After trying to write on my monitor I remembered the keyboard was there and so began this continuing look at "Art vs...
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    MMA vs ???

    So I was drinking heavily last night as I always do on nights that end in a y, and the thought struck me (left an ugly mark by the way, hurts too), how would mixed martial arts work against various things? So, lets start this out simple. MMA vs Ninja's. Now, ninjas have those cool outfits...
  16. The Master

    Some Filipino jokes

    Sainthood for Marcos -------- I heard recently that no Filipino saints have ever been selected and feel this is a wrong that must be righted. I know of at least one Filipino who has passed the criteria for sainthood (performing three miracles), Ferdinand Marcos. The miracles he performed are...
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    French Military History in a Nutshell

    French Military History in a Nutshell Gallic Wars: Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian. Hundred Years War: Mostly lost, saved at last by a female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First...
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    What is your highest tested belt rank?

    Long have I seen the arguments concerning rank on numerous discussion sites. Long have I seen the arguments concerning earned vs awarded vs cross ranking. Well, my opinion is simple. If you didn't sweat for it, it's not real. Someone saying 'You've been a 4th for 2 years, good job, here's your...
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    Whats the difference between all these bullets?

    .22 9mm .757 .55 45mm 38 special, etc. Is there an easy to understand guide for understanding the differences and compatabilities if any between different types of ammo?
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    TMA vs MMA Revisited, A different type of debate.

    We have all seen the never ending argument on which is better. The arguments of tradition vs effectiveness vs street vs cage. It's a never ending arguement. So why reopen it? Because, this is not intended to be that arguement, and I will thank those who can't get enough of it for staying on...
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