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  1. Ninjamom

    Haidong Gumdo

    Youtube is a great place to find the good-the-bad-and-the-ugly of just about anything. For viewing representative vids of the forms of haidong gumdo, may I humbly suggest: Ssang su gumbup 2 & 4: two forms from about the yellow/green belt level. These forms emphasize changing directions against...
  2. Ninjamom

    Haidong Gumdo

    Hi, Xue! Haidong Gumdo is a Korean sword art. The name comes from the Korean name for the ancient kingdom of Balhae (700-900 AD) that covered North Korea and parts of Manchuria - from China it was 'east of the sea', the meaning of 'haidong'. "Gumdo" is the Korean word for 'sword art', and it...
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    Haidong Gumdo

    The best single internet resource is Anthony Boyd's forum, dedicated specifically to all forms of this art. http://www.hdgdforum.com/phpbb/
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    A small victory against zero tolerance and for civil rights.

    Interesting note: SCOTUS ruled that the individual school employees and adminstrators could NOT be sued over this incident, because there was so much disagreement among the nine justices as to what exactly constitute fair, reasonable, and/or excessively intrusive.
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    The Somali Pirates

    Anyone see the movie, "Master and Commander"? Would love to see a 'merchant vessel' fully armed and loaded with marines waiting for the hapless pirate who dares to try n board.
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    can slow heart rate fact or fiction?

    I have a family member with hypertension who must regularly monitor blood pressure and adjust medication accordingly. With three minutes of explanation I was able to show how to reduce the resting heart rate and blood pressure, so that when they were measured, both showed a marked decrease...
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    Interesting Article on Referee Accuracy in Point Sparring

    Here's one that really struck me, from a few months back: http://www.physorg.com/news137416339.html
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    Ki is a hoax

    I just found a website (http://zhongwen.com/) that allows you to click on the radicals in a Chinese character to see what parts go into making the whole. Within a few minutes of clicking at random, I found some very intersting things: 1. A character composed of two elements, one depicting...
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    Ki is a hoax

    It is called the Fallacy of Equivocation: a word is used with one meaning in one place in an argument, then a different meaning in another place.
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    US Catholic Bishops Forbid Reiki

    Are you guys reading the same article that I am? I didn't see anywhere in the article where the Catholic church either forbade Reiki or called it demonic. They did say that it had no basis in science (which is true) and that it had no basis in the Catholic faith (which is also true). The Bishops...
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    Ki is a hoax

    Repeated for emphasis. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ What he said. But here is where I see the major difference, and why I have pretty much written off chi/ki/qi as a viable model for use in martial arts practice. Consider the following two situations, each using a different 'model' for martial...
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    Ki is a hoax

    We practice qi gong forms (standing and moving) in our advanced class, and all the stances and many movements in the sword art I practice are based on gi cheon. The more I've researched chi/ki, the more skeptical I have become, until I've pretty much written the whole thing off as wishful...
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    Kill Bill 1 and 2 in One Minute

    A college film project. Wish I had seen this, instead of wasting so much time watching both movies!
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    Ki is a hoax

    In fact, that body of research shows that there is no measureable difference between the results of actual TCM accupuncture by trained practitioners using chi meridians, and random pin pricks. Scientific double-blind trials of accupuncture for specific ailments/issues have shown benefit to...
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    The source of Chi, a Biological *and* metaphysical explanation?

    [COLOR=black] Close - the kind of examples I'm asking for are more like specific things that I can do. It's hard to explain, because if you tell me to 'use my ki', and none of us on this thread can even agree on what ki is, I am at a loss for how to go about using it. In other words, it...
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    Ki is a hoax

    I just found absolute PROOF of the ability to cultivate Chi!!!!!!!! Sorry, I couldnt' resist. :D
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    The source of Chi, a Biological *and* metaphysical explanation?

    Thank you, Michael. That was very kind and gracious of you to even consider that you might have offended someone and to seek to set the record straight. I fully appreciate your position, and your feeling of being insulted when your beliefs and/or personal integrity are challenged. My post was...
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    The source of Chi, a Biological *and* metaphysical explanation?

    Actually, if you want to talk about 'insulting and offensive', one thing that always bothers me in these types of discussions is that they almost always degenerate at some point to a knee-jerk reaction to questions and criticisms from some ardent ki-believer, with the upshot that we...
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    can slow heart rate fact or fiction?

    Slowing your breath and pulse rate is actually very easy to do. Sit very still, and control your breathing, concentrating on breathing in from your lower abdomen at a slow, steady rate, and exhaling at the same slow, steady rate. The deliberate slow breathing stimulates something called the...
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    US Open Electric Hogus

    OK, just an off-hand thought, but... What if they used a sensor-sock as more of a leg-covering on the leg above the ankle. Then the Addidas equipment could score any contact with enough force, but it could be programed to zero out and not score if the impact was with the wrong part of the leg...
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    My 3rd dan kendo test and a note to those who observe lent...

    Awesome,Daniel!! So good to hear - well deserved, and not at all unexpected!!!
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    Japanese Suicide Rates On The Rise

    The 'bushido' image of the samurai is still visible in a culture that sees suicide as an honorable option. Most Japanese insurance policies still pay full rate for suicides (something not the case anymore in the US), so financially-strapped Japanese men sometimes see suicide as an honorable way...
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    The source of Chi, a Biological *and* metaphysical explanation?

    You mean ... that....wasn't .... real?????????
  24. Ninjamom

    The morality of theft

    I saw that movie!! Tom Hanks, right? ;)
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    The morality of theft

    Again - future costs to whom?
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    The morality of theft

    Absolutely NOT. This is exactly 180 degrees polar opposite of what I just said - the whole point of what I said is that so-called 'benevolence' is entirely outside the legitimate function of government. WHATEVER the 'worthy cause', if YOU want to contribute to it, YOU may, but taking from the...
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    The morality of theft

    This is why taxation is only just, and can ONLY be morally defensible IF the taxation is for the 'common good'. Thus, a just government has no business in ANY social welfare programs, health care, retirement, wealth redistribution, or ANY of the other extra-constitutional activities first...
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    Soldier defies President.

    Re-quoted from US Code: [/B][/I] It couldn't be clearer - irregardless of the laws at the time of Obama's birth, the law as of 1994 and forward declares him to be a US Citizen at birth.
  29. Ninjamom

    Best Scientific Martial Art books ?

    "Stretching Scientifically" by Thomas Kurz, Stadion Press. Combines all the best research on strength and flexibility training from the old Eastern Bloc nations and newer research. 'Martial Arts After 40' by Sang H. Kim, Turtle Press (although I'm guessing here, but I suspect it is probably...
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    Soldier defies President.

    Actually, as long as one of his two parents is an American citizen, and that one parent has lived inside the US for at least 2 years since turning 14, the child is automatically a natural-born US citizen. Since his mother was an American citizen who met these conditions, Barak Obama is a...
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