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  1. championmarius

    How do you buck somebody off of you?

    +1 for what Empty Hands said, I believe what you're looking at is a bridge. Bring your knees up, feet tight to to, and push up with your hips. You can aim straight overhead, or to the left or right, depending on circumstances. It's not the easiest move out there, its almost all muscle strength...
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    How to relax while striking?

    slow down. I mean really slow down. as a drill, take a technique and work it at maybe quarter speed, tops. Its easier to spot tension points and consciously relax them. I find this to be the greatest tool in the training regime available. You can spot technical errors, posture problems, breath...
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    Bolt on arts

    My view might have been skewed, having my foundation in one of these bolt on arts. It was always stressed that anything else you needed or wanted would slide right in, or out of it (Tracy Kenpo). It was a mindset we were constantly aware of. We did alot of inschool crosstraining, different...
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    Are pressure point strikes practical?

    I distantly echo Tellner and Xue's sentiments. They don't work on everyone, and the points do move around alot form body to body. It's worthwhile to know where the more common ones are, but don't put the cart before the horse. If you happen to catch one, bonus! But don't hold out waiting for...
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    A Lifetime In the Arts.

    To take the questions in order. 1: I would say yes and no, it may only take a few years to learn the art, but a lifetime to make it yours. Constant revision, development, refinement, introspection etc. The art you learn is never the art you know. 2: I don't believe so, I feel that looking at...
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    Too deadly for competition rant

    Just to add, I do train the more lethal techniques, but I also maintain a firm foundation of less lethal basics, because not every SD scenario justifies lethal force. Also in the tool box is "sport friendly" stuff too. like the spinning stuff, and a big chunk of the judo/jujitsu. Stuff thats fun...
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    Too deadly for competition rant

    The moment someone utters those words, I put as much distance between myself and them as possible. If they are so uber powerful that they can't "horse" around, then they are a ticking time bomb, ready to esssplode in a shower or "teh rainbow roxxorz". Fools. If you can't horse around without...
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    Training Philosophies

    1: Absolutely! To me it means that you will revert to the things you have trained, and the things you have trained the most. I train/teach in a kind of backwards approach. I focus more on the offensive battery, reasoning that under pressure, these movements will the be what the body defaults to...
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    Your opinion is needed

    It may have alot to do with the balance thing, but your right hand is all over the place. It seems to be a counterweight? Otherwise, like Terry said, chamber chamber chamber. A Quick dirty kick is alright to have every once in a while, just don't let it become the dominant weapon. But only a...
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    A very intriging question

    I think it stems from overt commercialization. And Sheeple. People dont' want self defense, or a martial art. they want something that looks like a martial art. They crave the self approval and false recognition of peers. They need to appear to be involved in self defense or martial arts...
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    Considerations?

    I think the Truth is as subjective as the interpretation we see now. As posited, a particular GM laid out his system, technique by technique. All very solidly thought out, perfected and canonized. But what makes those techniques work, universal Truth?, or a uniquely biological quirk that his...
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    Passing Judgement on other styles...

    That's my personal goal. I have been guilty of dismissing something out of hand, but I try to at least see it/try it before I give it a thumbs down. I guess I am not very picky, I'll try anything once. If it seems halfway workable, I'll try to figure it out and extract what I need/want from it...
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    Army+Keysi+Kyokushin Question

    I'm with Terry. Tis probably not (read here I know its not) a good idea to go to BCT with the noodle full of notions that you know MA better than what they'll teach you. There's no faster way to earn a ticket to painville. Just go, learn what they teach you, its halfway decent for how long you...
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    Thoughts on private lessons

    I live on private training, both giving and getting. I've dropped some serious coin to spend a few hours absorbing info from some wonderful guys, I've also gotten away with a song or traded knowledge. For what I teach, I just try to get enough to cover the gas to get to the student, and maybe...
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    Thoughts On These Products

    A 5 or ten pound sledgehammer will do the exact same thing. We used a five pound held at arms length then lifted by the wrist. Does wonders for sword work. My wrists are like wrought iron. As an aside, my father had to undergo physical therapy for his Carpal tunnel surgery, with nothing but a...
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    Has anyone read this airline self defense booK?

    It smells and looks almost exactly like the "develop super powers" type ads you find in the back of martial arts magazines.......YMMV I, out of curiosity, looked at the free chapters. Real rudimentary stuff, nothing earth-shattering or mind-blowingly new there. Hard to justify the 47 bucks...
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    Kubaton, Flashlights, Pens and Other Small Impact Devices

    My keys live on a paracord lanyard, makes a wonderful little surprise flail. I also religiously carry a stainless steel Parker Jotter. wonderful pen, and doubles as a wicked impact weapon. I had a nice Maglite mini, until I misplaced it, haven't gotten around to replacing it yet. But I do tend...
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    Favourite Haymaker Defence.

    Well, I mean if he's gonna gift wrap it for me, then I guess all I can do is reciprocate by sending him for a little flight... ala Morph4me style. Or give 'em a good pop in the ol' gob to remind that an object traveling along a straight line is much faster... kinda simplistic, but hey. why...
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    would you be more interested in western MA if...

    Ironically, As I understand it, the unarmed arts were not emphasized because they were not effective...for the period. With a great majority of the fighting populace armed, what practical use was grappling? It was taught, usually after or alongside armed combat as a last resort. Fiori de Liberi...
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    Rate your pain here

    An even slightly hyper-extended elbow falls into about the 13 or so. I can't even fathom how much it would hurt if done intentionally... I got rolled into a rather solidly locked juji-gatame, click, like that, instant pain, like shooting stars behind the eyes, bolts of lightning into the spine...
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    To Generalize Or Specialize, That Is The Question?

    Siding with Flying Crane. I have what is affectionately known as "S.O.S." (Shiny Object Syndrome). I tend there fore to dabble in alot of stuff that just looks kewl, or intriguing. But I now wonder about the possibility of subconscious specialization. All of the stuff I have dabbled in, I still...
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    Can you sum up yur study of MA in one sentence?

    "The Man who is constantly in fear, is every day condemned." Its the why, and the motivation to get up after every fall, every takedown and every humbling defeat. I will not be condemned by fear.
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    MT Meet & Greet - Buffalo NY - July 18, 19 & 20th 2008

    Gadzooks. Almost forgot to get off my benchwarmer and fire the paypal... IT shall be done with all possible haste... nothing like waiting til the last minute huh?
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    Hair and clothing for martial artists

    I wouldn't necessarily say that martial arts has affected my fashion. It just kinda meshes. I feel most comfortable wearing cargo pants/BDUs, a tee shirt or polo and steel toe, steel shank boots. I carry a lot of crap on my belt and in my pants, I couldn't do it without those handy pockets. My...
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    Shoot/Don't Shoot With a Cultural Twist

    I'll admit, I felt the test was a bit... skewed. I think I know why, in my case. I was scanning for objects in hands, then focusing in on it. I had a hell of a time making contrast between the hands of the blacks and the items as opposed to the hands of the whites... My times: Black...
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    Is teaching for free a bad idea?

    Its a tough call to make. If you don't need the cash, but would like some commitment, have them pledge, or donate, money to a charitable organization or cause in return for services rendered... Or charge a fee, with the knowledge that all funds gathered will be used to pay for a group trip to a...
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    Proper Kicking

    I use a whiplike wave motion with the roundhouse, and a very exaggerated step with the front and front push kicks. My roundhouse is a trailing leg kick, I roll the hips and let the torque/counter-torque of the torso and hips drag the leg out and around. The muscles are kept only tense enough to...
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    more questions for the experenced

    I would say that my training style has done so many 180s that it could classify as a gyroscope... Right now, I feel most comfortable with a very relaxed improvised structure. I start with something and let it go where it will, what folks ask, what situations present itself etc. No session is...
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    To/for the more experenced

    I try to spend a few hours a week tweaking and working the old stuff and seeking out new ideas and things to work on. I am lucky to have a brother who is willing to go as hard as I am to develop and push the boundaries of our skills, so I seldom have to work on my own. Admittedly, I spend very...
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