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    Learning much higher ranked forms...

    Over 5 years ago now, wow.. time flies, I studied bak sil lum. The system has 10 open hand forms. Theres a couple others that have somehow found themselves to be traditionally taught before a person learns the 10 forms of BSL but the system itself is 10 forms. Theyre numbered 1-10 but thats...
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    Second stripe

    Day to day, its not always easy to see the growth. The stripes are nice reminders of how youve stuck with it and continuing on the path. My last school didnt do stripes but my current one days. Im a fan as long as people remember (like the belts) that theyre an indicator of where youre at...
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    I'm not a karateka, not a judoka, not a boxer. I'm a martial artist.

    I just tell people I like to roll around on the ground with sweaty men. It gets the blood pumping.
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    After 70 years in BJJ Flavio Behring promoted to White Belt with Red Bar

    Youve got to keep in mind that rank beyond black belt is not about skill. Once a person makes black belt theyre considered an expert and inheritor of the art. Starting with the first stripe (first degree.. a little different from other arts), its about continuing to progress the art through...
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    Looking for a good punching bag.

    Siblings work well.
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    Hello from Okinawa

    I was stationed on Kadena from 2005 - 2009. It was my second duty assignment. Oh man did I love it there. I did a brief stint of Aikikai aikido when I was there but, like everyone else here, was foolish to not really take advantage of the opportunity in front of me. I did enjoy the diving and...
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    Weight difference causing problems

    That's how I like to focus and, I think, a lot of people gravitate that way after spending a little time in the art. In the beginning, the drive is the tap. It's not to say that I don't still think "awesome", when I catch someone, but I'm looking for what I did wrong in order to find out what I...
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    Rolling with spazzies.

    In the US, calling someone spazzy or spastic is a little derogatory. Its not something you call someone as a means of endearment, but after reading how you all use the word, holy crap is it a world of difference. Its good to know so I dont drop into a UK school and call someone spastic.
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    Weight difference causing problems

    With two guys with relatively the same amount of training, the bigger and stronger person is going to have an advantage. You're definitely a skinny dude... I'm about the same height but 3+ stones heavier than you. It's not always about knowing how to do a technique. It's when to use the...
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    Rolling with spazzies.

    I'd like to think I'm a pretty good blue but I still occasionally wind up in compromising positions from white belts who are aggressive. That white belt sometimes has a few years experience in wrestling. Do I have tools to deal with it? Yeah but it's a completely different training experience...
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    Rolling with spazzies.

    Yeah, that was just one example I've seen. People wind up doing all kinds of things when they don't really know what to do.
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    Rolling with spazzies.

    As a bigger guy, I think I'm more inclined to roll with the spazzies. I don't have as much fear of accidentally getting hurt... although it can still happen. I can understand the reluctance of someone who is 50 lbs lighter than me... or a female who might literally be half my size/100 lbs...
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    Inverted arm bar from the back

    It depends on your style. At this point you're still just drinking from a firehose but eventually you'll open up your guards and butterfly is a fairly common open guard... at least the "hooks" in it are.
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    Beginner Sparring Part 2

    We spar/roll every class and it's from day one. The beginner classes tend to be all 1 or 2 minute positional sparring rounds to try to reinforce the day's lessons. The advanced classes has a bit of positional sparring mixed with a bunch of free sparring afterwards.
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    Taking a break from Kempo...

    Welcome to the dark side.
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    Jin Jitsu in the park with fake black belt

    You don't just forget things like how to do an armbar or that you don't offer your neck in a takedown. I'm only an intermediate student of BJJ but I couldn't see any black belt in their right mind give him a purple belt. A purple belt represents a significant investment in the art and is a...
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    Jin Jitsu in the park with fake black belt

    I saw this video awhile ago and didn't put two and two together that it was the same guy. It's a shame.
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    Jin Jitsu in the park with fake black belt

    I don't know what that was...but about 2 min in I realized it was not BJJ.
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    Mayweather vs McGregor

    I'm not a McGregor or Mayweather fanboy or hater, so I don't think I have too much bias on it. I agree that's the goal...win under the rule set of the sport you're in. I think it just really highlighted the differences in the sports in the stand up game (let alone the grappling part).
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    Mayweather vs McGregor

    He won the first 3 rounds. He used his jab very effectively in those rounds. The judges gave round 4 to Mayweather but it and round 5 were pretty close. By round 6 is when Mayweather was opening up and it was going downhill for McGregor. The rules are so limiting in boxing that it was a little...
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    What to do if people train too hard

    Okay dude, you know more than every competitive lifting and sporting league in the world.
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    What to do if people train too hard

    That's just basic human physiology... the larger the frame, the stronger you are/your capacity to grow and carry muscle goes up. Look at any scale of strength and see how it goes up the larger a person is. They have weight classes in sports (including lifting) for a very good reason. I don't...
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    What to do if people train too hard

    I'm not sure where you got that statistic. You can look up pretty much any lifting (one form of measurement of strength) statistic and see a greater than 15% disparity between the two sexes at the same weight. Add in the fact that your average male is 5" taller and 30-40 lbs heavier and that...
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    What to do if people train too hard

    Jobo, you're being a little silly with this. I do BJJ and consider myself a pretty good blue belt and I can usually hang with small male purple belts (the next belt up) and female purple belts simply belt I'm bigger and stronger. Sure, a girl can hit the gym and get more fit but unless she's in...
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    Learning Aikido

    Logic checks out.
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    Learning Aikido

    It was total sarcasm. There's a video on the internet of him saying he taught him some kick... one of the most BS things I've ever seen.
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    Martial Arts Are Crap, Says The Man

    There's sometimes I hear folks from the U.K. And I'm like "are they even speaking English?" But then we do have a couple of dialects in the US that stretch it a bit. Wa'er ba'ul.
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    Learning Aikido

    He taught Anderson Silvia how to do a front kick.
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    Martial Arts Are Crap, Says The Man

    English was started by the Brits and perfected by the 'murikans. Hell, we can at least pronounce it correctly. Rs are a letter and need loving.
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    Class tuition?

    Old BJJ school I went to in Japan was $60/mo for 2x a week, $80 for 4x or $90 for 5x. Classes were M-F at 1800 and Tues/Thurs had a lunch time class. Now I go to a UFC gym which is $90/mo which includes unlimited BJJ/any other classes which is a great rate and so I go there despite not using...
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