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    Martial Talk Named 2d Worst MA Forum!

    This is another reason why I have such little use for the mainstream media... William Safire, writing in The Rocky Mountain News, today calls Martial Talk the second worst martial forum on the Internet. In his annual review, Safire ranks Bullshido as the absolute worst, writing that it is," a...
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    Youngest Grew Up A Little Today

    My 11 year old earned her first level Junior Black Belt in Goju Ryu today after years of study. The rank isn't so important as the maturity, focus and power she is beginning to show. Knowing that both family and dojo place a high value on academics as well, she came home with an honor roll...
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    Sympathy For The Devil

    The media has carried reports that Scotland is about to free the only individual convicted in the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie. This atrocity resulted in the murder of 270 people in the passenger jet and on the ground. The individual, one former Libyan agent al-Megrahi, is said to have...
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    A White Belt, Once More

    Started a new martial art class today. Its been a long time since I had a white belt in anything, and I was thinking beforehand that maybe I was a bit old for starting something new. Instead I found myself really enjoying the challenge. I'd had some very painful foot problems last Winter, which...
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    New York Levies Internet Fee on Each MT Visit

    David Paterson, Governor of cash strapped New York State, said today at a press conference that if you're silly enough to believe this april fools you deserve higher taxes. :angel:
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    Paul Harvey.... good news?

    I read today of the passing of Paul Harvey at age 90. There already is a thread in the Hall of Remembrance, but that is not the place for a debate. I wanted to start another thread here to see what people thought of the man, to include critics. Being on the road for years, I tuned in on the car...
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    No Barricades!

    In olde European times, when threatened by outside invader or local tyrant, the famous call to arms would be heard," Aux Barricades!" The call for the masses to fight, however, only works when there are citizens who can and will fight. Sheeple, by contrast, merely baaah and turn to the sports...
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    Opium War.... or not

    Afganistan has been a major source of the opium used in the illicit drug trade. The Taliban was said to have profited from narcotics peddled to our youth. Let's look at 2002....I recall reading at the time that, with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in full rout on their little donkeys, our troops came...
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    So now the Belts and Post Totals are Going at MT!?

    I'm sure many of the rest of you reacted the same way I did when you got the news that now we are all being set back to white belt and our post totals reset to 0. Wasn't taking the reputation stars away enough? Now - poof - a thousand posts are gone just like that! Its like somebody feels the...
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    Richard Jewell, RIP

    He was the security guard who spotted the bomb at the Olympics and courageously saved some lives - only to be wrongfully and publicly smeared by the federal government as being (hint-hint! wink-wink!) the bomber! Hounding by the media, inevitably, followed. Actually, the killer was Eric...
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    Beer + Pretzels: The Original Divine Winds

    Note: This is a offshoot of the popular Western Sword vs Katana thread. Rather than hijacking or diverting that, I thought to start this one here and test the waters for interest. It is widely known that the Mongols tried to invade Japan twice; on each occasion their fleet was ravaged by...
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    Anyone Practice Soaring Crane Qi Gong?

    I have just started learning one of these forms this Summer. The instructor says there are 5 forms, or elements. So far, I have found it a little different from anything I had seen before. Does anyone know of any books or DVDs that would be useful references? Many thanks - I am only a...
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    Beer & Pretzels: The Russian Front

    Recently finished "German Defeat in the East 1944-45" by the superb author and researcher Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr.. The book makes it clear that by this time the Russians were able to attrit the Germans into the ground all across the front. Once the Russians managed to learn and execute...
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    Is It Just Me?

    Buzz: This is no time to panic... Woody: This is the perfect time to panic! From the Movie "Toy Story" Buried in a small article section in yesterday's paper here, and carried in relative obscurity on CNN Friday, one finds the story that members of foreign extremist groups have been applying...
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    Beer & Pretzels: Leonidas as Commander

    Anybody interested in a beer + pretzels debate on whether the King Leonidas in the movie "300" is a good or bad model for a modern commander to follow? Beer + pretzels means: kinda serious, but let's have some fun...... this is a movie character, after all. Maybe we can even lure Hubbard into...
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    Why do New Agers Make Our Blood Boil So?

    You want to get folks here to go zero to sixty in 2 seconds, just mention those who practice Tai Chi not as a martial art. This is assumed to be a terrible blasphemy, and blame for the heresy is variously laid on Cheng Man Ching, Yang Cheng Fu, America in general, a New Age conspiracy...
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    New Yang Rank System

    Thanks to Eastwinds directing me to the Yang Family internet site (see videos thread), I learned the Yang Family has instituted, and is now testing for, a formal rank system. There are 9 ranks: 3 eagle ranks for beginner, 3 tiger ranks for intermediate and 3 dragon ranks for advanced. Any...
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    Chainsawing Yang Cheng Fu

    An article in the current (May 2007) issue of Kung Fu Tai Chi manages, in my opinion, to capture both the best and the worst of current writings on our art. As I was discussing with EastWinds yesterday, this is a prime example of writing with an agenda. By this, I mean a writer who has...
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    Yang Cheng Fu said WHAT?

    On another thread (Yang and Chen are Different, Post 27), one of the major figures of Yang style Tai Chi, Yang Cheng Fu, was quoted as saying," That is it. It cannot be improved upon. To change one thing would be to lose the essence of the form." Without in any way intending to question the...
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    How do you define a "mcdojo"?

    A funny term used around here.... but do we mean the same thing when we use it? What aspects/defects of a dojo would, in your view, earn it the unflattering description "mcdojo"? Can any good come from them - especially in a community with limited MA instruction available? Not looking for...
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    Modification to Chen Man Ching's Tai Chi Form

    The first Tai Chi form I was taught was the 37 posture form popularized in the USA by Professor Chen Man Ching. As most know, this was a 'dehydrated' version of the much longer original Yang form. Not only were many repetitions eliminated, but some moves were deleted entirely. If others here...
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