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  1. dancingalone

    Is American Kenpo Fake?

    Me too! I actually got a mild case of shingles when I was in my early forties. It happens. I was fortunate to not have any nerve pain. Just that weird splotching on my right bicep. I definitely need to get in for that vaccine.
  2. dancingalone

    Utility of an Independent Instructors Only Organization

    If you have gone independent entirely, you don't really need the trappings of added rank, do you? Just keep 3rd dan as your terminal rank and go on happily practicing and doing whatever you are doing. If you would like to continue gaining rank, your instructors can find a compatible sabum to...
  3. dancingalone

    If you could practice any Kenpo style...

    None of those. :) I'm really a Goju-ryu karate guy but I have the utmost of respect for kenpo. We all mostly started off the Chuan Fa tree at some point. I'm a fan of what Ed Parker said about pure styles (no such thing).
  4. dancingalone

    If you could practice any Kenpo style...

    If I were a younger man and had the free time, I'd pick up some of the ideas from Choki Motobu's system of Okinawan Kempo. If you mean more of the Hawaiian kenpo/kempo systems I like EPAK and some of the Kajukenbo styles.
  5. dancingalone

    SKK over NCK?

    Cerio kenpo never hit critical mass. It was always a New England/Canada thing only. Meanwhile, Villari did a good job of popularizing his system in the USA and his students and partners expanded it to Florida and California and random spots in between. This far from Nick Cerio's death, his...
  6. dancingalone

    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    Sounds like you have to unlearn what your body has naturally learned to do from other activities outside of karate. This is a common problem with adult males that come into the art with a lifetime of doing other things. Maybe from bodybuilding or from a physically demanding job. Consider...
  7. dancingalone

    Tang Soo Do: you can go your own way.

    Well KSN Frederick Scott is not in Soo Bakh Do, but he rose up under HC Hwang according to his biographical entry on Tang Soo Do World. His schools DO teach the Chil Sung forms which are supposed to be among the jewels of SBD. I've seen a few in person. They do them well with the typical...
  8. dancingalone

    Austin JKD

    Ray Parra is also expert in kali. Would be a good choice if you are interested in stick and knife work.
  9. dancingalone

    Patterns with high kicks that students can't do

    I may be mixing you up with someone else, but why do you care so much about defining what is or isn't "XXX"? Especially when that line of discussion is invariably subjective to a great extent. Not everything needs to be in a book and no one knows or has experienced EVERYTHING. Personally, I'd...
  10. dancingalone

    Patterns with high kicks that students can't do

    This is a bizarre thread. A red belt, no offense, arguing with a long time TKD practitioner that trained with General Choi, about what is or isn't ITF curriculum. Only on the internet.
  11. dancingalone

    Kote Gaeshi, Katate Tori or V-lock...

    Another common beginning 'error' is a lack of awareness of Uke's attacking capability. Students need to move in such a way as to neutralize the chances of being punched (for example) once they have some experience. That alone is one of the key parts of understanding aiki because you also...
  12. dancingalone

    Should I continue Taekwondo after transferring from ITF to WTF?

    1) When you have a black belt (or three) under your belt (heh), you'll realize this is a whole lot of worry about nothing. You will inevitably change how you thing and approach everything as you gain in experience, skills, and yes, age. Nothing is static. You might even move onto another art...
  13. dancingalone

    Where can I go to study a martial arts away from home?

    I suggest giving them a call. COVID may have temporarily changed their procedures. WAH LUM® – Kung Fu & Tai Chi
  14. dancingalone

    Where can I go to study a martial arts away from home?

    The Wahlum Temple in Orlando accepts live in students as I understand it. Look there first.
  15. dancingalone

    Kote Gaeshi, Katate Tori or V-lock...

    There are many ways and many drills. One of the most fundamental I favor is to revisit the happo undo stepping and turning exercise and do so with the arms and hands "alive feeling". You can also play with a partner and take turns pushing and pulling his arms while going through variations of...
  16. dancingalone

    Kote Gaeshi, Katate Tori or V-lock...

    The big one from an Aikikai aikido perspective is not moving from the center. One way to explain this is the beginning student allows his body to separate and he moves his arms and hands independent of his center mass. The arms can be early or late in relation to the body. This of course has...
  17. dancingalone

    Trying to balance out specialized classes

    The school I am thinking of has a competition team. The comp team just works sparring and poomsae. They don't do any of the self-defense, etc. So they don't test for the house dan which has a lot more material. I don't think there is any real money ulterior motive there.
  18. dancingalone

    Asking To Test

    Sure. But you understand the difference? I let anyone test, because it is egalitarian. That way if they really feel they are ready but for whatever reason they haven't been invited, they can invite themselves. It rarely happens, but I think it is a good safety outlet/quality control measure...
  19. dancingalone

    Asking To Test

    Because it is a long test with some exhaustive measures to show the candidate has achieved some significant milestones. It's difficult to pass. Also, I usually bring in some additional judges just to mark the occasion. I do not need to being a 7th dan myself in karate, but it is nice to grow...
  20. dancingalone

    Trying to balance out specialized classes

    I know some people that have both house dans and KKW dans in their school. The KKW rank has less material but might require some travel to be tested by an examiner with the appropriate qualifications. It seems confusing to me, but I suppose some people might see a reason to use such a system.
  21. dancingalone

    Where Did Everyone Go?

    The forums definitely used to be more strongly moderated. It seems more like a free-for-all right now with people from different styles freely crossing over into karate, for example, and offering their opinions on why karate should or should not do. We used to reserve the General Talk forum...
  22. dancingalone

    Are the sweeps used in free sparring in any kata?

    Cool. I had some friends that trained with Kim Soo in Houston. He's from the Kang Duk Won. Do you still do the Chuan Fa forms like Escaping into the Mist, etc., ?
  23. dancingalone

    Why is this done?

    Yeah, I agree, it's hokey. With that said, the people I have seen doing this are very clear that they are reverse-engineering. They don't claim it was passed down to them from an unbroken lineage dating back 150 years, yada-yada.
  24. dancingalone

    Why is this done?

    It happens in karate too. People reverse engineer ground escape bunkai for Naihanchi kata. I just say "Ok, then" and move on. I have my doubts that the people that came up with Naihanchi practiced ne-waza in the same sense that a BJJ or judo player do, but it's not that important to me. If...
  25. dancingalone

    What exactly is the difference between "modern" and "old-school" Taekwondo?

    This is only my opinion. 1) Safety 2) There was a desire for TKD sparring needed to separate itself from generic karate and become its own sport. And it has - the ruleset causes players to fight in a certain way. You still need to be an elite athlete to compete, but you do need to train a...
  26. dancingalone

    What exactly is the difference between "modern" and "old-school" Taekwondo?

    I am a dinosaur, but when I read that sentiment, I generally think people are referring to really old sparring from the 1950s to 1970s or so. The kind without protective gear and where the sport hadn't evolved yet to where kicks were preferred because of the higher points awarded. Basically...
  27. dancingalone

    Are the sweeps used in free sparring in any kata?

    Sip Su? You do Tang Soo Do or some variant? Arguably, you have some Gichin Funakoshi lineage though in a roundabout way. But yes, I imagine we have similar approaches to kata applications. It is the detail that matters. People that don't train in the method can look at just the kata...
  28. dancingalone

    Where Did Everyone Go?

    Hi, Granfire. I remember you from the "before times". Are you still kicking? I worked out a few years ago with some people that belonged to Dr. Kimm's org, and I recall talking about Hanmudo a few times with you and wondered how you were doing. Sadly I think many of the people I used to...
  29. dancingalone

    Where Did Everyone Go?

    Well, point taken. But, I'll be honest. At my age and years of experience in karate, I'm not exactly looking to have my views changed by a young buck newly enchanted with <insert new art or method>. I know a lot about karate and have learned from some of the best. Haven't used it much in...
  30. dancingalone

    Where Did Everyone Go?

    I just joined a Facebook karate group. It seems much more active and the broad majority of members use their actual names on their accounts. I like that. At least there is some knowledge there of who people are and whom they train with.
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