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    Martial Art and Mental Disorder

    I'm in a painful situation. I've been suffering from bipolar disorder (a condition characterized by severe and frequent mood swings and in some cases suicidal ideation and psychosis) for years. I started karate four years ago at the age of 14 and it helped me immensely. I love every aspect of...
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    Brown Belt - What do you expect?

    Hi I started Karate less than 4 years ago and I have my brown belt test coming up in about a month. I should be happy, but I'm not. I don't think I'm ready for it. In other words, I don't think I deserve it. It's a new stage. It's the last coloured belt (before black I mean) and I can't help...
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    Team Kata

    Here I am with yet another problem! Well, not exactly a problem, but something that gets me thinking a lot. My Sensei has decided to put me in a team with two others. One of them is my best friend and I get along okay with the other girl, but I think she's too selfish to work well in a team. I...
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    Can someone be a good surgeon and a good MAist at the same time?

    Hello I need advice again and I'm counting on experienced martial artists on MT to help me in making a really tough decision. I'm a 17 year old (18 in 2 weeks) karateka. I started my MA journey little more than three and a half years ago, but it has become an inseparable part of my life...
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    World Martial Arts Brotherhood

    Today I came across a page in Facebook: 'World Martial Arts Brotherhood' which apparently is a 'non-profit organisation'. I was interested, so I googled the term and found what I thought was a link to the official site. It led me to a login page which said 'Membership is by invitation only.' I...
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    How important a part does MA have in your life?

    Hi all I suppose the thread title makes it clear enough, although it's really tough for myself to answer the question, because Karate isn't a part of my life at all; it is my life! It has changed everything about me to some extent and it's had a great part in shaping my personality. I can't...
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    Please Help: Speed, Balance and the Jumps in Kata

    Hi all Right now I could do with some help. I've been training in Shotokan Karate for 3 and a half years and I recieved my purple belt 6 months ago. Most young martial artists like to get their black belt in the shortest time possible, but I don't. I want to be able to keep my balance properly...
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    Hello from Iran

    Hi all. My name is Narges. I am 17 years old and practice Shotokan karate in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I am glad to have found this forum, because I still consider myself a beginner and I love to learn things from more experienced martial artists. The spiritual part of MA attracts me more...
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