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  1. Drobison491

    Training in S. Korea

    So it looks like I'm going be living in S. Korea for a year or so near Gunsan-si. I'm not a TKD/TSD guy, but it would be foolish not to take an opportunity to train while I'm there. Has anyone trained in the area or in S. Korea in general before, and do you have any advice when visiting a dojang.
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    What Kind Of Martial Arts Do You Do?

    Obligatory stint in TKD (20ish years ago), a year stint in a kajukenbo offshoot (5 years ago), Uechi Ryu for the past 9 months
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    New karate kid tv series

    yeah but he was a jerk in the movies too. Stealing girlfriends, picking fights, using illegal kicks, it only makes sense the carry that into the show
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    How long has it been...

    we had to move to a park since the dojo shut down (my instructor rented time from another school) but we never stopped doing contact work. But if someone doesn't feel comfortable they are able to work on Kata instead of contact drills
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    Doing forms with eyes closed

    My instructor had me do this for the first time a couple weeks ago with Kanshiwa (our second Kata) it was eye opening so to speak. seemed like I was better able to focus on the techniques, even though my internal compass was off and I ended in a different position than I started.
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    constant relocation and training

    Great perspective, I can always pick up my current style again when I get back to an area with a good school. I guess initially I was to caught up in "what style" more than simply training. Looks like I may be headed to Korea for a year, I seriously doubt there are Uechi Ryu schools there...
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    excuse my ignorance only 4 months into this. I'm being taught to stay pretty ridged in the upper body, so when I execute a circle block its solely an arm movement, the elbow stays close in but moves in a small circle in conjunction with the fore arm. the for arm reaches out to meet the attack...
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    its primarily an arm movement, being a beginner (during Kata/Bunkai is slightly more fluid for the beginner) I was taught to complete the step, execute the block then complete the next technique so between those two we would freeze the body and move the arm. The advanced students typically...
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    oh I still feel very new, but not as lost as month 1
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    so this thread has been silent for a few months, but I figured I'd give an update. I've now been training for 4 months and I'm finally beginning to feel more comfortable in the stances and with the circle block (main reason for the start of this thread). My instructor recently promoted me...
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    Training out doors

    That's how it was in VA, NC, and SC. spent 20 years between those states so I'm pretty happy to be back in a desert.
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    Training out doors

    If I was on the east coast training outside would be hard for me, but my allergies are considerably less here in the the desert. That's a pretty awesome idea actually.
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    Training out doors

    eh my instructor is twice my age, and I've been doing this military thing for to long so sir comes natural. he'd be fine if I used his first name, its just weird to me
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    Training out doors

    From what my instructor has told me they do a kneeling bow in the beginning/end of class. and we do a standing bow before formal exercises (kumite/bunkai). but that's about it. I call him Sir or Mr. "Last Name": depending on the situation but that's just how I was raised.
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    Training out doors

    Its been pretty nice here in New Mexico. Especially since I've been relegated to an office position, its nice to have the hours outside
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    Training out doors

    What are peoples preferences, training out doors/more informal or training in an actual dojo. I'm now roughly 3 months into my Uechi Ryu journey, and thanks to the Rona and our governor having some of the strictest restrictions in the US, I've only trained out side. That being said its...
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    Not denying that at all, especially at that distance and taking into account what weapon I had, who I was with.
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    worth noting that you do not always have the obligation to retreat.
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    Agreed. Hell, after seeing the way some of the "trained" shooters I work with shoot, I wouldn't really want them engaging at anything more than 15m.
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    I thought everyone had hallways in their homes that were 100 yrds or more....hmmm may need to reevaluate my life. Seriously though, your right most people won't be in a situation where they need to engage at 100 yrds or most likely even 50 yrds. As I said the article was talking about...
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    Just a snippet from an article I read. I included the link for the full article as well. Does my personal-defense shootout prove anything? Actually, it does not. A statistician would tell you there is insufficient data. All we really have here is a suggestion that the conclusions are...
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    Guess they can't steal your stuff if there is nothing left. Pretty effective...from a certain point of view
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    I'm a big fan of the Keltec KSG Just don't have a spare 800 to drop on it at the moment
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    Setup AR-15 for Home Defense

    I'm actually a fan of the shot gun for 2 main reasons. First, it requires less precision to be accurate. So if i had to use it in the middle of the night and still groggy it can still be effective. Additionally, If I wasn't home, the wife can lock herself in the room, point it at the door and...
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    Asking To Test

    I've been doing some reading about different Uechi-Ryu schools and for some of them its expected that you ask to test fro 9th to 6th Kyu, which can be conducted by any black belt. The first formal test is for 5th Kyu (green belt) which seems to be designated by your instructor. Keep in mind...
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    That would be awesome to attend one of their seminars
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    constant relocation and training

    it's pretty unique for sure (from my limited perspective). I struggle getting my elbows tucked in far enough, keeping my shoulders down, and having my elbow go straight back. I'm not a huge dude by any standards just need a lot more mobility work
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    Conceptually it makes sense, but being used to more linear/sharp blocks, it feels like i'm just throwing my arm around lol. Small world. I haven't heard much about Mr. Campbell and only a few (interesting) stories about Mr. Mattson.
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    My instructor is Steve Vosa. He trained under Bob Campbell and George Mattson. He's said that at the height of the circle to slightly reach out towards the eyes and then bring it back in to the ready guard. So it's not supposed to be a flat plane. Though I can see the benefit of using the...
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    Uechi-Ryu Circle Block

    I'm pretty sure it's called a wauke. The concept is simple one. It shouldn't be hard to duplicate. Lol yeah stepping took a minute, I still step to wide at times.
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