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  1. Flatlander

    Dropping the Trapping in JKD

    No. Yoda is a fictional character. I, on the other hand, am in fact quite real. Sorry, it was late, and I'm no scholar. Perhaps I meant the Mayan written language. Again, my apologies for the inaccuracy. Notwithstanding the imprecision of the metaphor, it seems to me that the point remains...
  2. Flatlander

    Dropping the Trapping in JKD

    I don't know, guys. Nobody has the right answer. My personal answer is based upon the following truths: 1) One cannot choose what is useful to them without first knowing and understanding the available options. Given that, one would be hard pressed to make an informed decision without...
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    the falling step

    Yes. In fact, if you're able, pull yourself even farther forward with the toes and ball of your lead foot. The entire purpose is to direct all of your momentum toward and through the target, with the momentum completely focused inside the fist.
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    Your emphasis on "empty"

    To observe or engage without preconception or bias. To disengage from the conscious self - to see things in their "suchness". When our preconceived notions, beliefs, emotions, fears and such cloud our perception, we are slowed, and must filter that which we sense in order to see truth. When...
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    how complex is the straight lead?

    LOL! Touche.....
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    Online training

    I have never taken an online or video course for martial arts training. I have, however, attempted to learn some golfing techniques from the Golf Channel and from a couple of books. They did give me some ideas - but the learning came from hitting golf balls, and having a knowledgeable person...
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    how complex is the straight lead?

    Sure, I can't disagree with any of that. The emphasis was on "plan", though..... But, I see your point. I've not progressed to the point where my left is anything other than weaker than my right. My right side is my strong side, and, though it should not get as much attention as it does, it...
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    Multiple Attackers-Fantasy or Reality?

    I think it's possible. Obviously, if the escape option is not viable, one would need to believe it's possible, wouldn't one? :lol2: Keeping in mind that I'd never try to predict specifics, I would certainly do my best to try to control the range, maintaining distance until a moment of my...
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    how complex is the straight lead?

    Of course it can be, as can anything. Why one would plan to, from a strong side lead, follow a fast and powerful straight lead strike with a weaker,slower cross is beyond me. Personally, I'd simply seek connectivity and move from there... However, the complexity of the straight lead really...
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    Oh no.. it can`t be THIS bad??

    I'm trying to imagine the purpose behind getting up in front of a group of people and doing such a demonstration. I'm also trying to imagine what the purpose behind learning to do such a group of movements might be. Interesting stuff. People manage to find some genuinely peculiar ways to...
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    how complex is the straight lead?

    It isn't complex at all, rather, challenging to do well if you've learned other ways of punching first. It's an entirely different way of generating power. Rather than a standard shoulder fired jackhammer, the body becomes a whip, with the punch beginning at the rear foot and finishing in the...
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    Texting to blame for crash that killed 5 teens?

    I'll chime in here with my opinion that new laws are totally unnecessary. There is very likely already a law on the books - here it's called "driving without due care and attention". It isn't a criminal law, and is punishable only by fine, but it exists nonetheless. These types of tragedies...
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    Parenting Question

    I think that I'd have to answer with an "it depends...." I view the idea of sharing 'parenting philosophies' much in the same light as everything else - it must be understood within it's proper context. So, how I teach my progeny about alcohol and other drugs will be within the context of...
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    Chicken and T Rex. Cousins?

    Perhaps. Full Story.
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    The Picture People Implode.

    This just doesn't make any sense to me. I can understand that closing locations rather than upgrade equipment may have been a viable cost saving measure. In search of profits, sometimes these things need to be done. However, the destruction of valuable equipment seems to kind of offset the...
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    Slavery In The Prison System

    And you are thus enslaved. It seems to me that the proposition of "prison labour" equating to slavery is not justifiable. In my definition of slavery, the slave has no choice in the matter. They are "enslaved" by circumstances quite beyond their own control. In the prison system, the...
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    php 101

    This link doesn't work...
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    So...Exactly what good is that knife in your purse?

    Absolutely. But, what happens when she's attacked without the knife? Damned if you do and damned if you don't. As has already been shared, nothing will take the place of diligent training, awareness, and common sense. All I was suggesting was that, if she's able to walk with confidence, that...
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    So...Exactly what good is that knife in your purse?

    I don't know... Like Andrew, I see a couple of different ways to look at this. Obviously, it makes very little sense for someone who doesn't understand how to use a weapon appropriately to be arming themselves with it. That point has already been made rather eloquently upthread. Having said...
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    Your default mental song?

    It varies. Because I have a four year old, I regularly end up with the theme from Toopy and Binoo in there. Come to think of it, I end up with various TV theme songs playing in my head. Lots of Night Court lately, as well as Magnum P.I.
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    It's almost here!

    We got 6 inches of snow last night. I hate snow, and winter, and all things associated with snow and winter. I long for spring, for the birds, the foliage budding, the flowers blossoming, the bbq smoking, the warmth, the sun, the longer days.....
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    WMDs found on Titan!

    OK, not really, I'm just being facetious.... Full Article.
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    Charges laid against comrade of fallen soldier

    I think that I'll join you. According to this source, Manslaughter is defined in Canadian Law as follows: So it seems as though this event certainly fits the definition. According to this article, "another soldier's gun went off", killing Walsh. So, it seems that, though there may have been...
  24. Flatlander

    I have committed a sin ...

    Georgia, you will be successful. Of that, I have no doubt.
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    Have you seen "The Secret: Law of Attraction" ...

    It's too bad that you didn't watch the whole thing, because you might have discovered that this isn't the real theme. I don't think the movie meant to point the finger at people for their own bad luck, however, I will suggest that a great deal of people 'suffer' in this world because they have...
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    clinch in a streetfight

    Though this might be the ideal, the ability to do so will largely depend upon the relative size and strength of the people clinching. I, for example, would not count on my ability to move people around while clinching. At 155, I'm not very well anchored. I'm the kind of guy that should nail...
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    Daylight Savings Time

    For all of you that dislike DST, move to Saskatchewan! We don't participate in daylight savings time here. There is annual debate that rages about whether we should do it or not, and the debate continues to rage, but we still don't change our clocks. Hopefully, we never do.
  28. Flatlander

    Meet and Greet 2007

    My suggestion? Unicycle. Imagine how much fun you would have. Or, you could saddle a giraffe. The hardest part will be finding a suitable giraffe.
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