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    Congratulations to Grand Master Earl Weiss

    I'd like to congratulate Grand Master @Earl Weiss on his recent promotion to IX dan by GM C.E. Sereff and the USTF. Pax, Chris
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    Cross polination of Okinawan/Japanese styles - Split from:Bodan

    Now THIS is interesting. Do you have any information on these co-training session(s)? Does Jigen Ryu have an empty handed component to it so its practitioners would have some common ground with the Okinawans? Or was it more a matter ofthem showing sword techniques and the Okinawans sharing...
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    Guns don't kill people, democrats do. Pax, Chris
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    Lee, Kyu Hung resigns as KKW President

    GM Lee, Kyu Hung resigned as KKW president as of December 31, 2013. He was elected president in October of last year after serving as interim president for a couple of months. Pax, Chris
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    Grand Master Nam, Tae Hi

    Nam Tae Hi (1923-2013), who was Gen. Choi's right hand man for many years, as well as the co-founder of the Oh Do Kwan (the ROK army Kwan where Taekwon-Do got its start), died on November 7, 2013. His performance in an army demonstration in front of President Synghman Rhee was so impressive that...
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    Trouble with posting format

    For the past month or so I have been having trouble with my posts. Specifically, I have been unable to get the "return" function to work properly. This means all of my posts are limited to a single block paragraph. Anyone have any idea what could be causing this? I haven't had a similar problem...
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    Traditional Japanese robe (NOT a kimono)

    Can anyone tell me the name of a traditional Japanese robe that I think begins with the letter "K"? It's not a kimono. IIRC, it had sleeves that weren't as flowing as a kimono's and was worn by both men and women. For the life of me I cannot think of the name, though I just saw pictures of it...
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    I was just wondering if anyone has heard of this. Apparently there are some koryu that include techniques (of last resort, I imagine) where you attempt to block an attack from a bowman by cutting his arrows as they are fired at you. Is this an actual "thing"? Is it a practice that is common to...
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    GM Mike Wollmershauser biography

    I was wondering if anyone knows of a biography of the late GM Wollmershauser. I had heard that his wife had been working on a book about him after he passed away a few years ago but don't know if it ever saw completion or was available for sale to the general public. Does anyone know anything...
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    A Couple Interesting Kicking Drills

    Stumbled upon this today. I used to do something similar but not with targets that small. Have fun :) Pax, Chris
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    An Interesting Article on Karate Punching

    Thought people here might like to read this article. I found it very interesting. Pax, Chris
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    The snow storm in pictures and video Article on the recent storms we've been getting in the U.S. with some very cool pictures and video. Scroll down to see the video of the building collapsing! Pax, Chris
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    Hojo Undo and Kotekitae in Shotokan

    I was wondering if anyone here could give me some information regarding the prevelance of both Hojo Undo and Kotekitae in Shotokan. I practice Taekwon-Do and Gen. Choi's encyclopedia (really all of the books he wrote since 1965) devote a good portion of their time to training aids (Dallyon Goo...
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    American charitable giving

    An interesting article in the WSJ about who gives what and to whom. Pax, Chris
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    Question about karate belts

    Hello, all. I am a long-time Taekwon-Do practitioner and have very limited exposure to Japanese styles. I have a question regarding stripes I see on some fairly senior karate practitioners' belts. In some Korean styles it's common to have one hash mark on the end of a black belt for each dan...
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    Sin Moo Hapkido Question

    OK, in light of the thread on GM Ji, Han Jae promoting three new 10th dans I have a question regarding Sin Moo and don't want to messy up that thread with off topic questions :) I was looking at the pictures that were posted and have a few questions regarding Sin Moo uniforms (I know, I know...
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    Embedded video problems

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question but I have had trouble the past week or so viewing embedded video here on MT. Anyone have any idea what the problem could be? I don't think there's a security level issue on my internet settings so any suggestions would be...
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    Smith & Wesson 669

    Is anyone familiarwith this pistol? I know itsmproduction was discontinued some time ago but I have the opportunity to purchase one and I was looking for opinions from people who have owned one or have handled one extensively. I am going to go shooting with it, but am also looking for input from...
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    What makes a good Jeja?

    I was just thinking of a conversation my instructor and I had last year before my promotion test. Part of the conversation was about being a good student. I've tossed the concept around a bit since then and was curious as to what people here think makes a good Taekwon-Do student. I have a few...
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    Enrollment Books

    Does anyone here use enrollment books for their students? I know both Hwang Kee (founder of the Moo Duk Kwan) and Choi Yong Sul (founder of Hapkido) did. What information do you record in these books if you use them? Just the name and start date of the student? All of the times they've...