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  1. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    Thank you. "American Kenpo," is essentially the martial art created / modified by Edmund Parker Sr., or one of the variations derived from it, such as the Tracy's Kenpo, Kenpo 5.0, etc... Some simply refer to it as "Kenpo Karate" instead. As I mentioned elsewhere, my own instructor trained...
  2. DocWard

    What Good are Forms?

    What is your position, not just your opinion? I'm also not quite clear on the difference between "position," and "opinion." Be that as it may, I'm also not sure I can add anything beyond what has been well stated by others, but am of the position that forms have definite value in the...
  3. DocWard

    Wearing a Taekwondo gi and belt outside appropriate or inappropriate

    Only if they've earned them! Besides, have you ever tried to walk in spurs? Especially down stairs?
  4. DocWard

    Sport Fighter

    Not so much, at least in my experience, because I've never seen anyone take on a different role or persona. Likewise, the outcome is unknown and unpredictable. I would think historical reenacts are closer to actual LARPers.
  5. DocWard

    Martial Arts and Weight Loss

    So far you've received some decent advice. I hope you'll find the advice I'm about to give as sound. Don't go on "a diet." Modify your diet in such a way that it is one you can maintain over the long term. When I started trying to lose weight last year, I went from 246 lb. to 213 over the...
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    Sport Fighter

    I believe this summarizes my opinion on the matter at least as well as I could. If someone referred to me as a "sport fighter," I wouldn't be offended if they didn't mean it in a derogatory manner. If it were meant in a derogatory manner, I wouldn't be offended so much as annoyed that someone...
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    Question on martial artists

    Interesting thoughts, I found myself nodding as I read it. I do realize, though, that casual acquaintances will pigeon hole me regardless. I believe it is human nature to do so. You may not agree, but from my perspective, so long as I don't allow those who need to not pigeon hole me in a...
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    Question on martial artists

    This question, and the subsequent responses, has been quite the fodder for thought, and even introspection for me. I would say that, purely in my opinion, one becomes a "martial artist," when they move past the point of simply taking lessons, or having a passing interest in it. Once there is...
  9. DocWard

    Are modern arts, no longer martial

    That was painful to read on a variety of levels. For a person who writes as a passion, he is really bad at it. I was trying to figure out if English was a second language to him for much of it. I believe I could pick it apart, paragraph by paragraph. but then I think, why bother?
  10. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    So, I thought I should update here. I went over the problems I've dealt with in my other thread in the General sub forum. I won't rehash that here. As for the tournament, I wasn't able to make it due to my injury. It was still sore enough at the time that I knew that if I took a blow there, I...
  11. DocWard

    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    No worries! It was there, and worth discussing!
  12. DocWard

    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    To be honest, my comment was more about my wife being supportive, motivating me and being awesome than about the actual quote! :) Regarding your comment, however, is the fact that "average" is vague in the statement, in that it can be a measure of many different things. Ability, desire...
  13. DocWard

    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    Sort of on topic, and it allows me to brag about my wife a little. Yesterday, when I shared the news about earning my black belt, within a few minutes she had sent me this:
  14. DocWard

    Some Good News in a Summer of Bad

    Thank you both!
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    I would agree, wholeheartedly. I would add, though, that one can do everything correctly and still fail. While it may seem counter-intuitive, as both a lawyer and a medic I have had that simple fact brought home to me on several occasions. For me, it was both important and difficult to take...
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    But some of the best guitarists play sloppy! :) But yes, I get your point. When someone starts talking playing guitar and speed, I am reminded of Debussy's comment that music is the silence between the notes. It can be taken a lot of ways. Come to think of it, it can probably be analogized to...
  17. DocWard

    Some Good News in a Summer of Bad

    Thank you. I agree my mother-in-law has always taught me how to be graceful under pressure, and continues to do so. My wife is teaching me to keep moving forward through pain and adversity. She's taught me much, much more over the years. I'm trying as best I can.
  18. DocWard

    Some Good News in a Summer of Bad

    I had the options of stripes for my brown belt, but since my instructor doesn't wear stripes, I don't see that I need to. There is a red stripe on the black belt on my certificate, though.
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    Some Good News in a Summer of Bad

    Thanks, it is appreciated, and I'm trying every day to help where I can, and to be there for them. Thanks. I appreciate that!
  20. DocWard

    Some Good News in a Summer of Bad

    For those who thought I had dropped off the planet, I thought I would let you know I'm still here. It has been a very challenging summer for me, to say the least. Trying to jump back and forth between jobs and still find time to practice my martial arts was difficult, but not out of the...
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    What separates a good form practitioner from a bad one in your art?

    I believe what has most impressed me about this thread is that a person posted asking "How," and it took exactly two responses to shift to "Why," and the majority of the responses since have been dedicated to that "Why." As for those who answered the "How" portion, thank you. As I am working on...
  22. DocWard

    Be careful

    Thank you for taking the time to come and explain the details. I will admit that even as a retired medic, it was disturbing to read. Obviously, your docs know more than I, but from everything I do know, yes, you are lucky to be alive. Out of curiosity, you mentioned withdrawals from the neural...
  23. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    I did a sparring class today. A black belt and another brown belt were there. My instructor was joking asking if I were going to test today. I'm not there yet, but it does make me feel good. Very good session, we went at it hard, and for once I didn't run the morning before, so at the end, I...
  24. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    I have always considered kata to be yet another training method. Choreographed, yes, performance art, definitely not. For me, they are a way to help build muscle memory, to learn how techniques flow and can be combined, and a way of "storing" techniques in my memory. While I know many eschew...
  25. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    I hadn't really thought of it until just now, but I agree, wholeheartedly!
  26. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    Very well stated, thanks. I think you have elaborated quite eloquently upon what I had stated simply.I suppose I can split the "well" into two different parts. My first goal being that the kata clearly be based upon those principles inherent in Kenpo as I understand it. Ideally, if done properly...
  27. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    The instruction was to make it "structured on the Kenpo style." Given that, I am working to create a kata that doesn't utilize specific named techniques, but techniques that any Kenpo stylist would look at and say "sure, that looks like Kenpo."
  28. DocWard

    Stand for a Heavy Bag?

    Thanks, I appreciate it!
  29. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    Yes, yes we do! And thanks again for the advice. I will give it a try.
  30. DocWard

    Things Are Progressing

    Excellent advice. I'm a bit over halfway through, and the first part flows very well for me. Much of it came to me almost spontaneously. I can close my eyes and envision myself performing it. Then I hit a wall. I am confident once I get past the creative block, it will flow as well, though.
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