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    Kicking

    I do an exercise where I do as many kicks as possible, as well as possible. If I know a make a mistake, I reset and start from 0. I am aiming to get 50 kicks back. I can't put the leg down lower than knee level unless doing a low kick, and I try not to repeat the same technique after itself. I...
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    Having a hard time finding a place for Kenjutsu in Washington

    I know the feeling! I used to practice over at cherrydale before it went for profit. Was a good organization for practicing kendo in a century old firehouse.
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    How not to blink

    Why not blink just before the cut? Wouldn't that offer the most clarity? I see how it would be beneficial, especially in meditating and mental control, I relax my eyes and let them receive everything without focus, from a technique I learned in Baguazhang. The only time I've gone past 2-3...
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    Jian and Katana

    Do you think the two different sword techniques could be synthesized? I do.
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    Should all head strikes in a self defense situation be considered deadly force?

    I've asked myself this before, when I read a similar article when a kid slugger punched a ref over a disagreement. The kid was huge though, and the man middle-aged, and died of the injury. I ask this- who throws a head strike, in a realistic setting, without the hope of it knocking someone out...
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    how to deal with fear in a street fight

    Fear is something funny in martial arts, and there are a lot of different fears. Many are afraid of those who are intimidating; people with reputation, or a size or body-type which seems unovercomable. It's kind of like when I see people sparring for the first time and they test each other out-...
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    Is there a point to learning how to knife fight?

    Sorry if it seems exaggerated; if a knife has been pulled, than hasn't the fight been, and our survival? If someone pulls a knife on me I am making assumptions. They either want to kill me or not. I don't put an in-between as an option. Not concerning my safety. Knives, to me, are the...
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    How different are the Wing Chung lineages?

    Actually, for about 30 years after their contact Vertical punches were a mandatory style of Chung Do Kwan TKD before they were reverted back to horizontal in certain schools. And I am not talking about which style is better. Just that two different styles had an impact on each other. Jeet Kun...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    Chris, I answered you before. It is so I can be corrected, when the information is constructive. I am glad for you explaining your sentiment though.
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    Student striking with far too much power

    Lot of replies and I have a short amount of time to answer them, I'll try to be as succinct as possible. Bad habit of looking where hes aiming, chain punching to that same spot, and leaning too far forward. It was to ward. When I practice with people, say 5 on 5s, promise sparring, or light...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    No, no, that was a personal attack friend. I am just used to them on this board now, so no worry. I am not sorry my philosophy in martial arts comes off to you as lunacy, but those whos thinking we do not get can come off that way. I am deeply committed, to my view of the martial arts. I'm...
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    Sparring against a TKD guy.

    There are other options to negate the TKD kickers strategy. For example, most TKD people can only fire one kick at one time. And even then, they oft require a reset. TKD will oft lead with 3 types of kicks; front kick, round house kick, or side kick. For one you can always tell when they are...
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    How different are the Wing Chung lineages?

    I would not take too much pride in lineage. Even us Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do practitioners can trace our lineage back to Ip Man, and we aren't even a Chinese art! lol In fact, let me demonstrate; I was taught by Master Khan who was taught by Master Lee who was taught by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee...
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    Is tradition important?

    I like what my girlfriend does. She respects the idea of tradition, rather than trying to blanket conform to it. She wears her first gi, and the white belt issued with it. I used to ask her when she was going to go to a school to test for black, and she answered me that she'd be a black belt...
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    Is there a point to learning how to knife fight?

    How to knife 'fight' no. Either avoid the fight or bring a gun. Knowing what to do if a knife is pulled on you, is another thing. That is effective. knives are frankly in my opinion the most dangerous weapon on earth. Anyone can pick one up and adequately use one. They can be applied with any...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    Much in life, and in the mistakes we make are nonsense. You are correct, I was throwing it about half speed, but with enough power behind the technique that he and I both concur had I even knicked him, his jaw would have shattered. The real aim of my kick was to startle him to kick it up a...
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    Is tradition important?

    Chris, you completely contradict yourself there. If the kicking philosophies differ because of philosophies, and these philosophies grounded on the teachings proceeding it, than the tradition of a system or style is dictating the philosophy. Get over yourself on calling others ignorant of what...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    And yes, it is strange to be an officer of a club at one college, while actually attending another.
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    Student striking with far too much power

    I am Vice President and acting President currently. Professor Abushadi on NVCC faculty is our superviser. Since we are just establishing the rules, codes of conduct, etc., and because the room is the NVCC martial art room (mainly used by the club, but also the location for where the shotokan...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    Let's just say the stark terror of killing or really badly hurting a friend, and going to jail made me act fast enough to basically kick myself. I remember the block well. Basically a downward angled block with a fist, which I used to effectively slam the hell out of the instep. But I am honest...
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    Is tradition important?

    Every new martial art, if it works is authentic. Every style has its own tradition- the set of expected norms that make that style that style. I can give something of an example- when I switched from Chang Moo Kwan, to Chung Do Kwan, I noticed they did their roundhouse kicks differently. I...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    To Jks, you are right in your example. That is generally to what I was referring to, that in certain arts that is what happens. Doesn't mean it's right or wrong, but some techniques to learn are dangerous. Striking to nerves can deaden them, not landing correctly can tear knees, and so on...
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    Great Martial Arts Compilation

    Too many to count. Good sir, that gave me a right guffaw. Thank you.
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    Great Martial Arts Compilation

    Was it after a kiai?
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    Student striking with far too much power

    Naturally, but I mean it moreso in the spirit of what a teacher is willing to go to lengths toward, in training their students. Do we let them dangle and weather the waters, or cut the rope and let them drown? This could be the case with this person eventually. Understand I have never knocked...
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    Great Martial Arts Compilation

    Thank you Himura for your writing. I feel like I'm actually having a discussion now. I quote myself out of fear in the future being blamed for taking credit for things I do not duly deserve, when in actuality those things originated with me. That wasn't my motive in this, I just hoped by being...
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    Student striking with far too much power

    A lot of really condusive replies, and I'd like to thank yall for that. In the drill it was just one-two cross punches to the target when the incident occurred. The video was moreso a demonstration of how hard he can go, but I realize in hindsight it doesnt exactly convey that too well. It was...
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    Great Martial Arts Compilation

    If people do not enjoy the thread, it is neither here nor there. And ah, my quote is just a reiteration from the book of 5 rings. There is no single 'correct' style, and every style represents martial arts as a whole. 'I sometimes wonder if you're like this in real life, and whether you speak...
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    Great Martial Arts Compilation

    @Gnarlie What's wrong with enjoying a quote you wrote you enjoy? I have... hundreds I've written but keep to myself. And what is speaking aloud at all, if you aren't actually quoting yourself. Think of it less in terms of self-indulgence or importance, and more about scholasticism.
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    Great Martial Arts Compilation

    I enjoy quotes, and since this is the largest forum for martial arts, it seems according that perhaps it contain this. I figure if everyone posts their favorite quote related to martial arts, and a favorite quote from a martial arts teacher of theirs, this will be something worth time and again...
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