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  1. bluemtn

    A statement has me wondering...

    In class tonight, my instructor said that in the past, you used to be able to "visit" other dojangs while vacationing (as an example), but things are changing. Why is this occuring, do you think? Do you allow the occasional person to come and work out, even if they aren't affiliated with your...
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    What would you do- a light- hearted approach...

    to "outsiders" comments when you tell them you're into martial arts. Ok, so here it is. No matter how hard we try, the inevitable always happens, and you'll get wierd comments from people who just don't get you and what you do. Right? For example, a few days back I got into a conversation...
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    Sorry for the dumb question...

    I'm seriously considering voting 3rd party this year, for a number of reasons. The problem I'm coming up with, I hear that a lot (or all) votes of the party (if they lose) will automatically go towards the republicans standing. The question is, how true is this? Is this just a myth?
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    An update!

    I've been doing TSD for 3 months now, and am thoroughly enjoying the classes! The instructor actually takes the time to correct anything that I might be doing wrong, as opposed to standing there saying "looks good. Next!" like I've experienced in the past. I recently passed my gold belt test-...
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    Remember- concrete hurts!

    Okay, in my new classes which are held on very limited matting, there's a phrase sometimes used: instructor- "What are we standing on?" Class- "Concrete!" Instructor: "What happens when you fall on concrete?" Class: "It hurts!" Well, I'm finding out that it not only hurts when you fall...
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    A little something to cheer up your day...

    I don't know how to do this any other way, and I really like the song and the video was funny, I thought.
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    A question...

    What is Soo Bahk Do? I see it often used in conjunction with TSD, but could never see anything explained... So now, I'm scratching my head, wondering. For one thing, I don't always see it advertised with every TSD dojang in my general area. Can someone clear up the "mud" a bit, please?
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    Driving 101- What your teacher never taught you

    Now, I realize not everyone has taken a driving course, but I'd like to see what what is the funniest, weirdest, or scariest thing you've caught someone else doing while behind the wheel. Please remember to keep things clean...
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    An issue with software, or is it me?

    Ok, I have this brand spanking new computer. It works 1000 times better than the one before, but I have one little issue and I hope there's a way to work through it... The problem is, is the parental controls on this thing! I go and look at something like my "Friend Requests," but it says...
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    How do you...

    Get rid of your jitters just before testing? Now, I know how I do it, and they work well for me, but I'm curious as to what works for everyone else! Not everyone is the same, and some methods might help the newbies to the martial arts, that pop on here...
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    How do you view tae kwon do?

    How do you view tae kwon do? Do you view it as a sport, or a martial art? Can it be both? Are some schools only for sport (not a bad thing, in my opinion)? Being more focused on sporting aspect of it, to me, isn't a bad thing. That's kind of where I want the thread to stay at, please...
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    What do you love about TKD?

    What do you love about TKD? For those of us that have been in it for the long haul, what made you stay for so long? What makes it so special to you?
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    What's the first thing...

    That went through your head when you first took that step towards taking up a martial art? If you were nervous, what made you nervous? What was difficult for you at first? What's difficult for you now? Did you know what you were getting yourself into? Ok, so basically I'm asking for your...
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    North and south...

    I've had this question buzzing around in my head for quite some time, and now I know EXACTLY where to post this... So, we have arts like TKD (just to name one of many), but I pick TKD because it's in the olympics. I know (or am quite certain) that the Korean team is all from S.K., Right? So...
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    Nerves in sparring...

    Ok, you'd think that I made it as far as I have, that I'd be over my fear by now. Right? Well, my problem at the present is sparring someone that is a good bit taller than I am, and they throw in something like a crescent kick or high hook, round (the not so easy to blocks). I do pretty good...
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    How

    Have you evolved as a fighter? I started out kind of rough with sparring- always attacking, missing with my blocks, and not a lot of "arsenal". Now, it seems like I've gotten a lot more patient- I let the other person come in first, block and counter, and my blocks and strikes seem to be...
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    Aches and pains... Oh my!

    I just recently started in a new class: Ba Gua! Well, I'm also doing TKD still (obviously), but my legs were sore after the new class. They weren't so bad that night, but I had TKD the following evening. To make things worse, my instructor had the entire class do all of the forms from white...
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    My first ba gua class!

    Ok, so last night was my introductory class! I think the sensei said it's yin- but she said it all fast, and my brain was still trying to process all she said before hand, plus the way she pronounced it threw me off... It was great, in my opinion. We started off with rhinocerous (unicorn)...
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    A rant...

    You want to know what really gets my nerves flaming? It's posters (not here, but another forum/ website that I rarely visit) that act like TKD isn't good for anything. The poster said, "I signed my child up for X art, because if he took TKD and got a black belt, he couldn't defend himself."...
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    The best food to throw

    Has anyone thrown food, other than pie or cake, at someone? I've thrown a little bit of fried chicken meat at someone once. It was only the skin that had some meat to it- no bone. I thought it was funny how it stuck to the intended victim- who was a girl, so she naturally flipped out (I mean...
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    Most memorable seminars!

    Ok! What's the most memorable seminar you have been to, who held it, and what stuck with you? What made it so memorable? If there are any dislikes about one, what is it? Would you go to another one like it again- if there is one? I'll start with mine... One of my instructors hosts (or at...
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    Wanting some dirt...

    At the dojang that I attend, we do Pyong An and Kuk Mu series... My question is on the Kuk Mu's. Has anyone heard of them? Is my school the only one that does them (half- joking here, guys)? I know that the Korean millitary either does or used to do them, and I knew an instructor from another...
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    What have you done in the name of charity (funny/ embarassing)?

    This is in response to revealing HKPhooey's identity- not that dressing up as a bunny is embarassing... I was wondering if anyone had to do anything either funny or (relatively) embarassing for a good cause?
  24. bluemtn

    Has anyone ever....

    Had one of those days where every song you've EVER heard, just goes through your head? I mean, literally- one starts and finishes, and another just pops right in. I swear- it's like I swallowed a radio sometimes. If it has happened, how do you stop it? What songs were running rampant?
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    How often do you change out your old dobak?

    I was wondering, what is the ideal time to change it out? I've been doing TKD for a few years now, but after numerous washings it's changed. It's changed by either shrinking, getting irremovable stains, or worn spots. In other words, do you start replacing them after a certain length of time?
  26. bluemtn

    Parent's and their kids (stories)

    I had a strange thing happen to me at class tonight. While I'm not an instructor, I'm asked to help teach the lower belt levels when it's needed. Ocasionally, parent's will thank me after their class for helping the youngster with a particular problem area, and that's it. I've gotten used to...
  27. bluemtn

    What a pain in the ummm... neck! :)

    Hi everyone! It's been longer than usual (for me) since I've been on here- it's been a hectic week! Now I have to vent, so please be understanding. Has anyone had those days where it's just BAD? I mean absolutely nothing goes right for you- if it weren't for bad luck, you'd have no luck...
  28. bluemtn

    Help!

    It's 4 am est, I'm supposed to be at work at 8 am and I can't sleep AT ALL! I have bouts of insomnia made worse by being hot and sweaty when I try to sleep (like now), and it also doesn't help that every song I've ever heard decides to go through my head! I have the theme song from "Wonder...
  29. bluemtn

    What is your favorite?

    What is your favorite thing about your art? is it sparring? Self defense? Weapons? I like all three of the one's I've listed. If you like other things, type it in your reply!
  30. bluemtn

    Strange things that happen...

    In response (kind of)to Techno's "only can happen to me..." thread, I decided to start one where everyone can list some of the strange things that's happened to them. For example- you found yourself in a position completely out of your norm, people's reactions to something you said/ did, etc...
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