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  1. Dirty Dog

    Your Enemy Is Training...

    You have? I have not. Can you tell us all what the acronym W.O.R.D. S.P.A.R.R.I.N.G. stands for?
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    Advanced Wing Chun Structure

    I hate to break it to you, but dragons are myth. They don't exist. How can you be taught to move like something that never existed? Or, equally true, any movement of any sort can be called "like a dragon" and you can't prove otherwise.
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    As it should be. Different people learn best in different ways. Different people teach best in different ways. Trying to dictate the HOW strikes me as more than a bit unreasonable.
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    Is there a martial art I can learn despite having balance issues due to injuries?

    Whatever the local market is. There's really no way to answer this question. Property costs and cost of living varies hugely from one city to another. Commercial schools will cost a lot more than non-commercial. Private lessons will cost a lot more than group.
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    If your X Kwan is still a part of the Kwan in Korea, then I can understand this view. However, if you're part of a group that has split off then it's not outdated. It's just X Kwan. Our org is the American MooDukKwan Taekwondo Association. Our curriculum is not outdated. It's just our...
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    JKD Question

    I don't walk around with a sword, but there are several within arms reach at the moment. Knowledge is good. Even if it's not something you use every day. Besides, fighting with swords is just plain FUN.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Maybe. There are lots of options. And yet they so rarely do. Why do you suppose that is? For the record, I've been in my current ER for 21 years. In that time, I've been actually struck with any significant impact maybe 6 times. Out of hundreds of people taken down. In practice, punching with...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    I've never worked in an ER that had PD assigned, not even the decade I spent working in the aforementioned most violent city in Colorado, and for various reasons (which I'm not going to get into here) I think it's not necessarily a good idea. Oh. I get it. So it's based on unreal and incorrect...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Sure. If they're barricaded, they're staying in. And if there isn't anybody in there for them to hurt, let them yell. Treated a guy for hypothermia one time. He'd barricaded himself in a backyard shed. The PD stuck a hose into the gap between wall and roof. It was February. In Colorado... People...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    True. I one time used a crash cart to stop a guy. We had just done a cardioversion and I was coming out, just as the guy bolted towards the ambulance doors. I shoved the crash cart out in front of him. Boom. Admittedly, the defibrillator being knocked off the cart and falling on the floor...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Sure. Sometimes. Because nothing is always. You use what is available. Again, the idea that you'd apply one lock and then just stop is... silly... If I take the hand that is reaching for my throat, use the arm as a lever to pivot them face first into a wall, it's remarkably easy to then take...
  12. Dirty Dog

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Nope. I'm in the ER. We are in physical conflicts more often than most cops. With no badge, no taser, no gun. Uh huh. And how many fights are you basing this on? And why do people think that when we've applied a stand up lock that we then just stand there, rather than transitioning?
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Not so much, since you're talking about untrained fighters. I am involved in a physical confrontation on a regular basis. At least once every couple weeks. Untrained fighters mostly forget that they have two arms and two legs. At least briefly. Because untrained... And before they remember, I...
  14. Dirty Dog

    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    Errrmmm.... while less common than empty hand, I've treated quite a few people after they got whacked with various forms of sticks. Yes, but there is test cutting, which is sufficient for learning that chopping with a sword won't work terribly well.
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    Sure it should. Stick fighting can be super effective. My only points were 1 - YouTube is a lousy teacher. 2 - Sticks are not swords and are not really used the same way.
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    Forum Update April 2021

    Since we're adding response emojis, can we get a facepalm? :)
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    So if you're wrong enough for long enough you can circle back around to being right? If he's doing what you're saying, he isn't doing a kendo move. He just THINKS he is, because he doesn't realize he's doing it wrong.
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    Is there a martial art I can learn despite having balance issues due to injuries?

    It's going to impact any physical activity of any sort. That just means you have to find workarounds. Go check out schools in your area and sign up for whatever seems like a good fit.
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    Last Poster #7

    Only if it comes with the ability to never get a ticket.
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    He's still posting about using a katana and a stick the same... so I sort of doubt it. And even a longsword is more deadly when used for poking instead of chopping...
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    My reply was specifically to a post about the katana...
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    II dan certificate lost - United Tae Kwon Do Union

    Regardless, the decision on whether to let him teach will be based on how he is doing in that school, and a belt from another school should have zero impact on that decision. I've taught for a couple years now (possibly longer than you have been alive), and in my experience, students that come...
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    Last Poster #7

    It is a whole LOT of no fun. I hope things go well for them.
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    II dan certificate lost - United Tae Kwon Do Union

    Not necessarily, because there are differences between systems. Doing a front stance as it is taught by the KKW will be considered wrong in a MDK school. If you want to teach, and the instructor thinks you know enough to teach newer students, then your belt is irrelevant. If you want to teach...
  25. Dirty Dog

    Last Poster #7

    I haven't really noticed any side effects, but it does seem like иногда люди не понимают меня. I sort of feel ripped off. After all the vaccines and radiation I've had, I should have at least ONE superpower by now.
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    II dan certificate lost - United Tae Kwon Do Union

    Or you could just not worry about it, go sign up with your daughter, and train. There's a pretty good chance the school you sign up with will have a different curriculum anyway. And how much of the curriculum do you remember after some 35 years? Which would you rather be, the guy in the black...
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    All of what you're describing is using a stick as a training tool. And sure, that works. But if you're using a boken or shinai to train, you're still using it (or should be) in the way you'd use a sword. An impact weapon is most effectively used when the impact puts the energy INTO the target...
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    Actually, the belt ranking system was instituted for Judo students by Kano in 1886. It was...

    Actually, the belt ranking system was instituted for Judo students by Kano in 1886. It was introduced in Europe by Kawaishi in 1935 when Anton Geesink was still wearing diapers. But since the belt system here is a representation of how active you are on MartialTalk and has nothing whatsoever to...
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    Actually, no. This is a fine example of why YouTube is not a particularly good learning tool. Because the deeper you look into it, the LESS similar sticks and swords are. At the most basic level, a katana is used with a slashing or slicing movement. A stick uses a hacking motion. If you're...
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    Utility of an Independent Instructors Only Organization

    Couldn't agree more. The Kwan can feel like family. The KKW not so much. In case of fire, I'd be grabbing my MDK certificates before the others. I've done all of my KKW and MDK promotions with GM Kim, GM Castor, and GM Valdez. But because the MDK certs were signed by people I actually know...
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