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    Bad instructor. What to do????

    Maybe I'm dense here, but are you referring to your final comment? The one about the UFC. Is that why? Was that your main point? Or was it because I teach kids? Do you believe kids have anything to gain in the training of TMAs? Or should it just be for adults? Are you an instructor...
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    Bad instructor. What to do????

    Agreed True, and I have sat on tests where under those schools rules those students are allowed to test and passed, they earn their rank under that schools rules. Under my school generally the student learns to perform their forms, kicks , and they can fight. However they also spend time...
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    Bad instructor. What to do????

    I wouldn't be happy either if he was given a black belt. But I wouldn't be upset if he earned his black belt. Why? Just FYI, I speak as a teacher of mostly kids in American TKD and I have some also in the my FMA program. But if the kid knows the material and can perform it to the schools...
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    Questions for those who started their own system/ style

    Not wanting to make my last post to long my FMA program is called Presas Arnis. Short history I got started in the FMAs back in the early 80's through Guro Inosanto and through JKD Kali, I then met Hock Hochheim and through him the Presas brothers Remy and Ernesto. I studied with each of them...
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    Questions for those who started their own system/ style

    While I have created my own way of teaching/curriculum for my two main arts, and have mid way created my 3rd. Currently I am on the rewrite of my 2nd main art. So I don't mind sharing and I'll try and keep it brief. I teach what we call American Karate but that's for marketing purposes, it's...
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    Training in your native language vs. the art's language

    I agree, I tend to do the same for the name of drills and forms. Yet some people get upset when you use Hubud lubud instead of Hubad lubud (both refer to the same drill). I once asked GM Remy Presas about the terms Hubud lubud, and Sumbrada (both FMA drills). For Hubud he got a strange look...
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    Training in your native language vs. the art's language

    In the style of American of American Karate/TKD that I came up under, I learned the Korean terms for ready position, attention, bow, and the names for the blocks and forms. But a roundhouse kick was a roundhouse kick, a reverse punch (a cross punch) was a reverse punch and so on. Later on...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    I disagree with you here. Speaking from my own experience as a teacher and a martial artist. I can easily over load the students by teaching them more and more techniques and how does that help them if they don't have the skill sets developed to execute them? In the long run what good is it...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    True, but in my programs it is a bit different. In the TKD program the student demonstrates a pretty rigid set of techniques; basics, kata, one steps, sparring, self defense etc. etc. It easy to look at the person and see improvement because you are looking at how well the person fits in the...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    I agree I use stripes as a way to see quickly what a student has learned or been shown, is one student has several stripes that are different from other students then I know I need to go back and spend a little more time on that material to get others caught up. Like wise the stripes are a...
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    Stripes, Stars, & Buttons

    I teach a program that has two separate martial arts; American karate/TKD for kids (starting at 6 yr old through teens) and Modern Arnis (10 yr old -adults). Both are based on a 10 step system and the belts are given for each rank. White is given in the American Karate program while it is...
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    Styles dying out

    Thanks
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    Styles dying out

    I don't think the battlefield arts like jujitsu were intended to be used instead of carrying a weapon. Rather they were a last resort in case you didn't have any weapons available (for whatever reason) in the heat of a battle. Karate changed when it came to Japan and the Japanese I think took...
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    Styles dying out

    Back door comment? I'm sorry I don't understand. Back door? There was hand to hand combat training but it was very basic, and used only as a last resort, when your weapons were lost or unavailable. After WWII the US military started training their people; SAC, and others, by bringing over...
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    Styles dying out

    Kendo maybe. I have no proof for this because I have no experience with Kendo. However I heard some seasoned martial artists tell me that Kendo ka get to their prime in their 40's-50's. In early 1990 (?) I attended a workout (video'd and took photos) with the Dallas Kendo club where I had a...
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    Styles dying out

    If I'm not mistaken the Cebuano Myth book talks about this in that they did the research by going out to the remote coastal villages to find these masters who many were very advanced in years. Often to find out they couldn't really show anything (not that they weren't real) due to age. These...
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    Styles dying out

    I believe that styles die out over the years, generally because the head instructor/founder/ or whatever has passed on and there was..... 1) No one good enough or serious enough to take up the torch (so to speak) and carry the art forward. 2) The art or system was no longer needed and it died...
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    Learning when a school or instructor is not available.

    This will probably get me some disagreements or negative ratings but since he asked. LastGasp You sound like you are very serious in your determination to study the martial arts, that it is more than just a passing whim or flight of fancy. So for the sake of discussion and to answer your...
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    Learning when a school or instructor is not available.

    When you find something of value you don't want to lose it. So you work hard to keep it. Your experience isn't the first time I've heard of instructors cutting deals to help people that are strapped financially in order to take classes. As an instructor, I believe taking a chance on a...
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    Saw my first real example of a TKD parent, and it wasn't pretty

    I agree I get what you mean but...... parents do have a vested interest in who tests and who doesn't. It's their kid and generally they are paying the tuition. That said they aren't the teachers, assistant instructors nor the owner of the school, so while they might have a vested interest...
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    The Presas Brothers vs Dan Inosanto

    To be honest I think and this might get people PO'd at me, but I think it is several things. 1) Cult of personality, both followers of Dan and Remy generally are fiercely loyal to them. At some point long ago (I believe it was probably back when Remy first came to the states in the mid to lat...
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    Saw my first real example of a TKD parent, and it wasn't pretty

    I agree that parents not allowing their kids to experience failure is wrong. Belt exams are different in my eyes. Granted I have a small school so I can conduct my exams on board I set up or by myself, meaning I don't have to run multi school exams. However I believe in making the students...
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    Learning when a school or instructor is not available.

    Obsidan Fury I'll be the downer, the dream stealer, nay sayer, but my main question is what do you really hope to learn from all of these different styles? What do you hope to accomplish with all of that training and basic level knowledge of several very different styles? I personally don't...
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    Saw my first real example of a TKD parent, and it wasn't pretty

    Seriously? Was this before or after they had started taking classes?
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    Saw my first real example of a TKD parent, and it wasn't pretty

    Was this a belt test only for the school, or was it several schools testing at your school like an organizational exam? First off the behavior of the boy and his dad is totally wrong, and I'd gladly have them leave after that. In fact it wouldn't be because the dad wanted to leave, it'd be...
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    Help required!

    Sorry my bad, I reading this on my phone and didn't see "this" as a link. My bad.
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    Help required!

    What video?
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    The Presas Brothers vs Dan Inosanto

    I got interested in the FMAs through a Dan Inosanto seminar in 1982 and followed the JKD kali method of and on through seminars and a short time in a class till the early 90's. In the mid 90's I met and started training (through seminars and camps) with both Remy and Ernesto and followed their...
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    Experience in a SD seminar

    Now I'm curious as well add me to the list I'd like to read about the seminar.
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    Jean-Yves Theriault shows his school

    Nice video of Jean Yves. I was having a conversation with a student of mine yesterday about Kickboxing, MMA, etc. etc. and of course Jean Yves came up since he was such a good fighter back in the old PKA days. It was interesting to see the arrangement and variety of weapons on the walls, since...
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