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  1. MikeBielat

    Revitalized!

    Thanks TJ. It's no problem, I'm a forum veteran and have seen it all ;)
  2. MikeBielat

    Revitalized!

    I have never trained in taiji so I am not sure if any movements have changed any... It's not tai chi it's tai cheng like you mentioned. They explain the program best: "Dr. Cheng has simplified the effectiveness of thousands of years of of practice into a platform of exercises that gives you...
  3. MikeBielat

    Revitalized!

    Great question... It's definitely a Western approach to tai chi so they have a more "scientisty" approach to things. Tai chi is hundreds of years old and they didn't know what we know today. So this program optimizes things and maximizes the effects of your movements. I would love to actually...
  4. MikeBielat

    Revitalized!

    Thanks everyone for your replies. Xue, the DVD's are a bit pricy... (3 payments of $39.95) but it comes with a 90 day money back guarantee, like workout program does these days... I noticed first and foremost that the nutrition guide is delicious and allowed me to drop around 22 lbs in a 1.5...
  5. MikeBielat

    Revitalized!

    I have been a practitioner of Isshin-Ryu Karate Do for well over half my life. I have been constantly trying to maximize my stances to give me the most out of my punches and kicks but everything up until this point has all be "hard" techniques... Punching HARDER. Kicking HARDER. You get the...
  6. MikeBielat

    Gi / Uniform Embroidery

    I have been seeing more and more uniforms with kanji on uniforms. I am not talking about patches, I am seeing real embroidery for this. I'd like to have this done with one of my Ironman Gis and have it say "Isshinryu Karate Do" Like here: http://japaneseshodo.com/images/isshinth.jpg. Here are...
  7. MikeBielat

    Need help selecting good MA gift

    Handmade stuff goes a long way. I remember giving my sensei a framed martial arts inspired drawing of mine back in '96 and he still has it in his office today. I believe it was a Christmas gift however.
  8. MikeBielat

    Importance of Ethics in Selecting a Dojo

    Personally, I would stay away from any of the McDojo's in your area. Some instructors get 5 or 6 schools across the city and focus on $ over anything else. A ton of schools have affordable (or free) first class or 4 week trials. Try a couple out. See which one fits your needs. We have some...
  9. MikeBielat

    One-time SD seminars/short courses. A bit of a rant.

    From experience (non TKD)... I have taken a couple self defense seminars in the past and have retained most of what they have shown me. I even took an arnis seminar and still retain most of that knowledge. The difference here is that, I already was 4-5+ years involved in karate. The basics were...
  10. MikeBielat

    Blank Canvas - What would your 2500-3000 sq. ft. dojo have?

    Thanks for all the replies. If I ever did open up a studio (would be a long time dream come true) then knowing what others "wished" they had really helps so I could just get the square footage once and be done with it. Of course, there is quite the conundrum between maintaining the lowest rent...
  11. MikeBielat

    Blank Canvas - What would your 2500-3000 sq. ft. dojo have?

    For me, I would love to have a traditional dojo like in the movie: Kuro Obi (Black Belt) Hardwood for days. Clean walls. I'd probably ditch the expensive looking vase though! Especially if I taught kids classes lol. Or go with something more modern (still with some ancient roots) like the...
  12. MikeBielat

    Blank Canvas - What would your 2500-3000 sq. ft. dojo have?

    If you had the means, what would your 2500-3000 sq. ft. dojo have? Where would the pro shop be? How would you arrange the spectator area? Would you opt for a square facility or rectangular one? Speak your mind and let me know what your dream dojo would include...
  13. MikeBielat

    Trying to do a 540 spinning hook kick, help?

    PS. at the 8 minute mark of the video I think he gets into the chamber.
  14. MikeBielat

    Trying to do a 540 spinning hook kick, help?

    Start by spinning. Then jumping, then jumping and chambering, then jumping chambering and kicking... Pretty sure the guy in the video covered it in one of his other videos. It was one of the more basic ones like the other 540. (Thanks for posting that video by the way. The guy in it is...
  15. MikeBielat

    Trying to do a 540 spinning hook kick, help?

    I couldn't get past 360 because of: 1.) My arms didn't wind up enough 2.) My arms didn't tuck in right after 3.) I never turned my knee / chamber out to unlock the hips Fixing those three did the trick for me. I am currently working on perfecting the 540 kicks so nothing too fancy just yet ;)
  16. MikeBielat

    Kids these days... Question for instructors.

    Sorry for the delayed response. Recently had our third baby back in March and I haven't had as much time (or energy) to hang out on the forums. We have jr. black belts who are anywhere from 8-14(ish). When a child gets to those teen years then our master decides whether or not to put them into...
  17. MikeBielat

    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    Those are awesome. I have never seen those before. Ill have to look them up and get some info on them and get a little history.
  18. MikeBielat

    Punching Bag: How to hang in basement.

    I ended up finding a spot in my basement with adequate room around it. I bought a $15 wood stud mounting bracket for heavy bags at a sporting goods store. I found a section of studs that had 3 2x6 beams together and hung it there. We have higher ceilings in the basement so I had to buy 4 feet...
  19. MikeBielat

    Sai review: Worbington Steele

    I was just kidding Dale.
  20. MikeBielat

    Kids these days... Question for instructors.

    Thanks for the tips. We do have a wall of 5 and 6 foot trophies won from tournaments which kids are always staring at. I am not sure if we are doing local tournaments at our dojo. I thought it may be nice to get some cheap-ish medals and do a tournament for just our school. Have all the kids...
  21. MikeBielat

    Sai review: Worbington Steele

    My sai are awesome. They are the talk of the dojo even. They are very well balanced and actually very light which I was surprised by. Love them. I'd sleep with them under my pillow if my wife let me lol.
  22. MikeBielat

    Whoa a Photography Section!

    Sounds like a plan. Let me know and just shoot me an email when you are in town. Ill hook you up with a discount as well since you are on this forum. Take care.
  23. MikeBielat

    Whoa a Photography Section!

    Hello fellow photogs. I just wanted to share some of my work with you all. I shoot weddings and portraits here in Buffalo, NY and do some personal / commercial work as well. Been shooting for over half my life now. My websites are: www.buffalo-wedding-photographer.com and...
  24. MikeBielat

    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    Here they are! Let me know what you think...
  25. MikeBielat

    Just...how....why?

    Well that's a minute of my life I'll never get back.
  26. MikeBielat

    Time to buy sai, need advice...

    My Worblington Steele sais just came in. They are a beauty! I took out my old pair of $50 sais from AWMA or wherever. The chrome is all rusty and I can't believe how off balance and heavy they are. Ill post pics or whatever ASAP.
  27. MikeBielat

    Stick attack - take it on the bone or the meat?

    That is why I said it will suck no matter what. All I was saying was that we may not feel it as bad as someone else or this hit may not cause "as much" damage as it would affect an average joe. If I have no room to step back or to the sides and someone has enough room for a full swing coming...
  28. MikeBielat

    Stick attack - take it on the bone or the meat?

    I think like many said its going to suck no matter what. I do think that we should all be conditioning ourselves to minimize the damage. If we practiced and conditioned out arms (like I do in Ishin-Ryu karate) then we should theoretically have an advantage. I would therefore opt for the meaty...
  29. MikeBielat

    front thrust kick injury, opinons appreciated

    I was under the assumption that it wasn't the technique in question. I had technique drilled into me for 10 years and was super sore that first day back after an extended hiatus. My technique was fine, lack of stretching was not fine.
  30. MikeBielat

    My question.

    Teavana = Starbucks of tea. In fact, Starbucks just bought them. My friend will go in and drop $120 on tea like that at the place.
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