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  1. ap Oweyn

    FMA terminology: some thoughts about the old Spanish terms...

    I know this thread is a bit long in the tooth, but I've been off the scene for a while. So this seems like a good place to start in again. My primary FMA has been Doce Pares, which is itself derived from the Spanish. I'm no expert in Tagalog or any other dialect, so I'm not sure whether the...
  2. ap Oweyn

    Martial Arts History & Influences

    And how would it be concluded precisely?
  3. ap Oweyn

    Martial Arts History & Influences

    And am I to take it that I'm not in a position to shape the progression of the discussion then? I should just stick to where others have taken it?
  4. ap Oweyn

    Martial Arts History & Influences

    And I've been clear that I'm not talking specifically about koryu but extending those points to the larger context. Chris is fully aware of my lack of involvement with koryu, and my resulting perspective. As is anyone else who's read this thread. I guess I'm not really clear on what you're...
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    Martial Arts History & Influences

    Well sure. Chris is speaking from a koryu perspective. After all, he has bugei fever. ... Sorry. I don't have a dog in that fight myself, not being a practitioner of any Japanese art longer than three months (college class). But based on the thread title and the fact that this isn't...
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    Listing Your Instructors

    If the question really was just a quick "who were your teachers?" the answer would be pretty straightforward. I'd mention two groups (so... four people technically). The "full answer" would be a lot more complex though. There are other teachers I've had for less time who, nevertheless, had an...
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    Martial Arts History & Influences

    I feel like "new history" is a bit of a bait and switch though. Not on purpose, of course. But there's a big difference between knowing events from hundreds of years back and recognizing a basic stimulus-response reaction taking place right in front of you. Retaining information that you...
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    Martial Arts History & Influences

    That's not really true though, is it? That you need to understand the bee thing in order to also understand that smacking Scarlett Johansson in the face isn't a viable option? From a purely technical standpoint, "stop doing that because Scartlett doesn't like getting batted in the face" is no...
  9. ap Oweyn

    Can't find TMA school in MD, please help!!

    Ugh. Japanese arts aren't really my forte. Shame really. I've done most of my training in Maryland and have spent years and years in the Rockville/G-Burg/Columbia/Silver Spring area. Unfortunately (for you), my background is all eskrima, muay thai, JKD-type stuff. And there's plenty of that...
  10. ap Oweyn

    Why don't more Schools have Weekend Classes?

    The last actual bricks-and-mortar martial arts school I belonged to had Saturday classes. (And was located just outside of Baltimore, by the way.) And the more informal clubs I've belonged to in the time since also met on Saturdays. I'm actually extremely surprised to here that other schools...
  11. ap Oweyn

    The next level--teaching

    Take some time to clarify what you believe your role is as a teacher. I experienced a lot of frustration over the years because my teaching style wasn't matching up with what I wanted from the class. Is your job as teacher to convey information? To motivate training? Etc. Obviously, any...
  12. ap Oweyn

    I need some good standing-up shoes

    This is what I wear, basically day in and day out. And like Sukerkin, I was experiencing bad plantar's fasciitis. Haven't experienced it since (aside from those days that I end up wearing dress shoes rather than these). They're not...
  13. ap Oweyn

    stick and knife

    I used to train with James back when he was on the East Coast. He'd be an excellent resource for you.
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    How do you find Time & Energy for MA?

    It's a struggle. I have a full-time job, a wife, two kids, and various other commitments. My family comes first. The job is obviously a necessity. And that makes things tough. By the time I've gotten home, made dinner, eaten, and gotten the kids down to bed, it's usually after 8pm. And I'm...
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    How do you learn?

    Trial and error. In roughly a one-to-one ratio, in my case. :)
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    I think that's also one of the big benefits of weapon training in the first place. The tendency to "dig in" is stronger in empty hand, I think. Because you know that your ability to absorb that is higher.
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    Are you an MA nerd?

    I do all of this, yes. I also work on a community college campus, so I'm constantly hoping to find a new club or just random individuals practicing. Very occassionally, I find them. Man the criteria seem endless to me. Collecting the gear, watching the movies, building the libraries, taking...
  18. ap Oweyn


    Spent the first few months of my training focusing very heavily on the triangle footwork. But even after that, it's hardwired into everything else. When you're practicing abecedario, you're stepping into part of the triangle, or out on part of the triangle, or whatever. It occurs in every...
  19. ap Oweyn

    instructors/owners do your students

    I don't have a school. We usually train out of doors. Not really any cleaning up to be done. I have, however, had a student give me an unsolicited gift. He came back from the Philippines with some kamagong (hardwood) sticks and gave me my pick of the litter. Really appreciated that.
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    FMA Questions for beginner

    If you find forms in an FMA context, they'll often be called either "anyo" (as in Modern Arnis) or "sayaw." Regrettably, "sayaw" is sometimes also used to describe unrehearsed movements, similar to shadowboxing. "Kadena" is another term you might see used for that. Books could be written on...
  21. ap Oweyn

    How important a part does MA have in your life?

    That's the greatest answer ever given to any question ever. Hysterically funny AND genuinely relevant. Well played.
  22. ap Oweyn

    Personality and Martial Arts

    If there were a taekwondo dojang and an iaido dojo--all other factors being equal--it seems to me that the decision would be based on things like interest level in weapons versus empty hand, interest level in one culture or the other, interest in competing, etc. Now, you could argue that all of...
  23. ap Oweyn

    Personality and Martial Arts

    This I'll agree with (and I think I said as much). I don't think that you can take a personality type and match it to a martial art. Which was my initial point. The way you relate to a martial art is like the way you relate to a job or any other complex system. Personality shapes the...
  24. ap Oweyn

    Personality and Martial Arts

    I get the theory. I just don't think it particularly holds up in real life. I do believe that personality "types" are relevant and have their place. I use them enough in my work to see the utility of them. But the relationship is far more complicated than that. Just looking at this above...
  25. ap Oweyn

    New Disney martial arts sitcom

    The dad was Gil Gerard, of Buck Rogers fame. Coincidentally, his costar in Buck Rogers--Erin Grey--went on to become a fairly well known taiji teacher.
  26. ap Oweyn

    Personality and Martial Arts

    Meh. Haven't done Kiersey in a long time. But I'm a counselor, and I've spent a fair amount of my time doing assessments. I've taken all of them myself as well. So I'm fairly familiar with the basic gist of my personality "types." I'd definitely describe myself as a guardian personality...
  27. ap Oweyn

    Personality and Martial Arts

    At that point, I think you're butting up against the opposite problem. Before, we had too much specificity. "Style X lends itself to Personality Y." Now, instead, we've got a trait that doesn't really distinguish itself from any other new activity. "Wanting to learn new things" is a...
  28. ap Oweyn

    Personality and Martial Arts

    I think mapping martial arts to personality is always problematic, because we do so based on thumbnail sketches of both the art in question and the person in question. Any martial art is broad enough to engage any personality, as far as I'm concerned. There may be certain arts that initially...
  29. ap Oweyn

    MA and your movie watching experience

    I'm a big old Gruner fan, yeah. Have been ever since Angel Town.
  30. ap Oweyn

    MA and your movie watching experience

    Right there with ya, pal. I credit Isaac Florentine for basically resurrecting the "American" martial arts movie. (I know Isaac Florentine isn't technically American. But I'm talking the American film industry, versus the flourishing HK and Thai action scenes.) I enjoyed his early stuff with...