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    Flying Crane

    Congratulations Michael. I think that you have already contributed much to the Tracy system of kenpo through your intelligent thoughts on these forums. Now, I know that, as a student of Dr Sumner, you are equally physically proficient in our system. Jim
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    Review and thoughts, please

    If you are looking for traditonal kenpo in the Tracy System then Mr Perez will fill the bill. I know that he has received training from one of the seniors in the Tracy system (Pat Munk) which should, in and of itself, be a pretty good endorsement. He also seems to be moving in the direction...
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    History of Tracy's Kenpo

    Yep. There are multidimensional forms of communication that transmit information differently to a reader and are dependant upon that reader's background/experience/perspective. Allusion, metaphors, and meter are some examples. Anyone that uses allusion, for example, is "constantly risking...
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    History of Tracy's Kenpo

    I read it pretty much as you did. Of course, it all depends on your background/perspective as to whether or not it is offensive. It was a different time. Laws that are now commonplace, were not on the books then. (For example,consider the current criminal laws against steroids. They were...
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    new member

    Welcome. Check out Mr Tracy's website. He has a four dvd series specifically on basics. They may still be on sale. --stances. strikes, blocks, kicks, --they're all covered. Jim
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    kenpo supercamp

    I'm working the weekend of Dr Green's warrior weekend and can't attend. Hopefully, next year. Jim
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    kenpo supercamp

    I just registered for the Kenpo Supercamp that will be held in June in Chicago. There are several seminars planned and I am really looking forward to a few of them. Mr Tracy will be posting hotel information on his site soon. Jim
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    Mind Like Moon, Mind Like Water

    Mr Tracy has planted a seed. Here's a commentary by Dr Ted Sumner that may help the seed germinate: "What does the Moon do? It reflects light from the Sun into the darkness of the Earth. Light is always symbolic of knowledge and wisdom. Darkness is always symbolic of ignorance. So though...
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    Mind Like Moon, Mind Like Water

    I think that if, one day, you can unite the warrior with the scholar, then you'll have your answer. It can only be spoken of through figurative language hence such phrases. Jim
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    What are some of your favorites?

    Attacking the Circle Rolling Evasion I look at these two techniques as being foundational to the kenpo system as I understand it. Jim
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    the Chinese Swings

    Although I have never used Chinese Swings in a real confrontation, I have used them in go kumite. When overrun, I simply stepped to 6 with a crossover, spun, and then cleared the area with the strikes. I have also been dropped with those strikes once. I do not allow blind strikes during jyu...
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    taiji and kenpo

    The different mind set and energy level between Tai Chi and Kenpo, for me, originate at the feet. When I move my feet in kenpo it is with violent intent. When I move my feet in Tai Chi, I am understanding the earth. Two completely different mind sets and energy levels--and yet strangely...
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    Handshake Attacks, Gift in Return, Gift of Destiny, Broken Gift

    That's what I call understanding the attack. I teach the same thing. I also show my students "how" to shake hands, i.e. with the left leg forward and the right hand extended. If someone extends their left hand then be ready (unless, of course, they don't have a good right hand). Jim
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    Now Learning Tracy's Kenpo!

    Will Tracy does write about how Ed Parker's mormon beliefs influenced his kenpo -even going so far to say that some of it became ritualized into American Kenpo. However, when you say that the mormon beliefs influenced "their" kenpo I am not certain that you can make that inferrence. For...
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    Now Learning Tracy's Kenpo!

    Kenpo can be addictive. Be very careful, you may get hooked for life. ;) Jim
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    Kempo/kenpo and yoga

    The Way, whether it be through the tea ceremony, flower arranging, etc., is so simple and yet so profound. For example, Haiku is a very short form of poetry. It's rules are so easy to comprehend that children can write it. Yet Basho, whom many consider to be the greatest haiku poet to ever...
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    question about five swords

    Well, you're right that the classical inward block should be done to a 45, i.e. 10:30 and that it is the strongest of the inward block variations. However, if you step into 12:00 and execute a classic inward block, you will not be able to block at the brachioradialis muscle/radial nerve UNLESS...
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    taiji and kenpo

    Well, when you speak of Tracy's Kenpo today you are speaking about Al Tracy, not Will. Will Tracy is no longer physically capable of teaching Kenpo, although he teaches Tai Chi. His Tai Chi Chuan is different from what most of us know that adhere to Al Tracy's curriculum. We do the Cheng Man...
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    Learn 7-17x faster with private lessons?

    Well, I can't speak for the EPAK system (any variants) but I can say that that statement is true for the Tracy's curriculum. The beauty of private lessons are that you (the student) can go at your own speed. That's one of the reasons I initially began kenpo. I was hungry and wanted to learn. I...
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    Long Form 1 Video Comments Please

    One lesson that I have learned from attending large seminars like the GOE is that some masters do things differently from others. Each has his or her own reason. My reasons are sometimes based upon what feels right to me based upon my experience and developed instincts. Poet Ralph Hodgson said...
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    Long Form 1 Video Comments Please

    One reason for a downward block and a push down to originate from a high position is to cover any possible low fakes. There are also timing and coordination issues involved. When I practice this form I generate my downward blocks from the inward block position (circular, of course). When I...
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    Long Form 1 Video Comments Please

    That's an old video of Trevor. It had been up on the San Jose site and Trevor got alittle beat up (like his squeegee upward blocks) He took it in good stride and in humility. He seems like the kind of guy that will keep practicing and getting better and better. My version of long 1 looks...
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    Gathering of Eagle's 2007

    I pretty much see things like Dave Hopper. I'll also add that I have learned alot by watching how seminar leaders teach. For example, I have been to many seminars. I have never seen two people work together as smoothly as Joe and Addy. He never has to reposition her, ask her to step up for the...
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    The Vice & Delayed Sword

    I think that Doc's analysis of the attack is right on. What good is knowing a self defense technique if you do not understand the nature of the attack? If I understand correctly, Doc serves warrants. What that means is that he is "grabbing" people in some fashion every day that he works...
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    Kung Fu Kata...

    James Wing Woo is responsible for: Book Set (aka BunGi, aka Panther Set) 5 section punching set 18 section punching set Tam Tui 2 man Tam Tui Tai Chi Chuan Tiger and Crane Wai Wong is responsible for: Wong's Family Hand Set Doi Wai is responsible for: several weapons forms And I think that...
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    Tracy Kenpo

    I remember thinking the same thing myself one time after viewing some video of an internationally known American Kenpo master. I was really disappointed in what I saw on video. That changed when I got a chance to see him move in person and to uke up for him. I was told, at the time, to not...
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    Gathering of Eagle's 2007

    Yep, there will be 5 of us coming up from little Canonsburg, PA. This is my third GOE. I consider the first two to have been pivotal in my kenpo development. Looking forward to renewing friendships and meeting some new people that will go down as a part of Kenpo history. Jim Hanna
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    The Early Years

    and they wore those little white gis that were two sizes too small. LOL For more information you should visit Will Tracy's web site or visit the San Jose Kenpo web page. Mills Crehshaw has posted there and has addressed the training and what kenpo was like before Mr Parker brought it to CA...
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    The Early Years

    I also am not from the very early days. Mr Tracy has told stories though. For example, when a student walked into the dojo, the first thing he did was toss his rolled gi across the floor and then do a front roll onto the floor in order to get to the locker room. They did alot of work on rolls...
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    The Vice & Delayed Sword

    I teach my students that the first thing to do when attacked is just move. I don't care which angle you move to, just move. You do not have time to recognize that you are being attacked, analyze the attack, run through your mental inventory of self defense techniques, choose one, and then...
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