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  1. kidswarrior

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday, Mark!

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday, Mark!
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    In over my head.

    Having worked with gang members for awhile, I see some good suggestions here already, e.g, some kind of productive pastime (paid or hobby) and strong mentoring. But unfortunately, that is sometimes not enough. Over the years, I've seen gangs back off a kid for two reasons. 'Going christian' is...
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    Is Kung Fu "on the decline"?

    I can only speak from my experience, having no broad knowledge of what's happening out there. But for my little club, I've lost several beginning students (six months or less in our school) to MMA gyms. The interesting thing is, though, that I usually find out later they lasted even less time in...
  4. kidswarrior

    "Knowing" a Form

    Me too. Then I try to teach it, and find I don't really know it at all. ;)
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    Forms: A total fighting system?

    Interesting question. I have 11 by black belt, with more in depth understanding required in four of those. One of the four can be their choice. The breadth is to expose students to different ways of moving and fighting, not just letting them settle early on for what they like or don't. But then...
  6. kidswarrior

    Hey Sheldon, great thread on after-50. I'm doing OK, tough times and all, but that's nothing...

    Hey Sheldon, great thread on after-50. I'm doing OK, tough times and all, but that's nothing new. Hope you're well. -Mark
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    For those over 50

    That's the one. Thanks, Terry. :asian:
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    For those over 50

    Anybody read the book called (I think... I have it but not here) Martial Arts after 40? Wondering if it's worthwhile to put everything else aside and read it now?
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    For those over 50

    Interesting replies. Also edifying to know there are so many others in the same boat. I can barely remember 50 :D but here goes. As others, have broken many things and torn many others. Even into my mid-50s this was a nuisance, yet I still felt youthful enough that the affliction always seemed...
  10. kidswarrior

    Temporarily Bowing Out....

    All the best to them and to you. That's a very difficult situation, even with the best possible outcome, and I applaud you for taking it on. :asian:
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    67 yr old man uses his Bus-Fu to kick punks ***

    Makes good sense. I've seen too much of the predator mindset to see it quite this way. A couple months ago, a 5'5" kid who weighs about 105 pounds attacked one of our teachers, former college football player, who is 6'3" and 230. This is just one of many examples I've seen through the years...
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    67 yr old man uses his Bus-Fu to kick punks ***

    Having worked with teens on the fringe the last twenty years, I see a lot of truth in this. The only thing I wonder here is, it seems your sisters may have been pretty evenly matched. That sorta takes the bully element out of the equation, it seems to me (not to insert myself into your family...
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    67 yr old man uses his Bus-Fu to kick punks ***

    This is what I see, too. Yeah, far better to avoid, but if push comes to shove, well...I detest bullies.
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    67 yr old man uses his Bus-Fu to kick punks ***

    I'm still waitin' to see the kid put his foot up that ***. :lol: Maybe after he comes back from his ambulance ride...? Seriously, yeah it'd be better to let this kinda foolishness go, but sometimes you're mad as hell, and can't take it anymore.
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    Martial Arts Associations/Foundations/Federations/etc.

    Stop sugar coating it. :lol: :lol: :lol: I wanna know what you really think. :D Seriously, there was a time I cared about this stuff, but it's long past. It's like comparing what school you got your degree at. Useless in predicting how successful one will be in the field.
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    Could be I'm old and been at this too long

    I think maybe the difference is between those of us who can't live without it, and those just passing through. You don't put in the longevity to become a dinosaur unless you're the former. :D
  17. kidswarrior

    Hello Brother Marlon. Just sent you an email.

    Hello Brother Marlon. Just sent you an email.
  18. kidswarrior

    The brawling roundhouse...

    True dat. Hadn't realized how much my ancient boxing training has played in keeping me safe till I read this.
  19. kidswarrior

    The Mother of all Postures?

    You may want to go a little further than mags and check out Phillip Starr's book, Martial Mechanics. It's become a staple referent in my practice. Good pics and better explanations. Also, P.S. was a member here at one time. May be able to contact him with some of your questions.
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    A demonstration gone wrong ... but a good end none the less.

    'As long as one teaches, one learns.' But it's a rare teacher who can be transparent while learning in front of the class. :asian:
  21. kidswarrior

    Hi Marlon. Hope your family is well, and kempo studies are progressing as always.

    Hi Marlon. Hope your family is well, and kempo studies are progressing as always.
  22. kidswarrior

    I know this is uncool for me to say but...

    It was just another day, Tim. We can only live the day in front of us. Haven't met anyone yet who didn't have regrets, and yet haven't met anyone who could rewrite a single day in their past. It's just the human condition.
  23. kidswarrior

    Xingyiquan

    Mike Patterson. Played DT for USC, now Nose Tackle for Philadelphia Eagles. Go Mike!
  24. kidswarrior

    Hi Marlon, good to see you on the board. I always get something worthwhile from your posts.

    Hi Marlon, good to see you on the board. I always get something worthwhile from your posts.
  25. kidswarrior

    Kempoinfo.com

    I use it all the time. Thanks, Matt.
  26. kidswarrior

    Multiple attackers in a parking lot...

    Me too, geezer, and I work with the kids who dish this stuff out. :uhyeah: Yes, to all of your observations. It's becoming the norm, and kids see nothing amiss about it -- even if they're the victim. In those cases, they just shrug and explain, Got caught slippin'. It's one reason young people...
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    Instructors: Negative loss of your 1st/Senior student?

    I see what you mean. I'd probably not call that leaving, per se. More just leaving the nest. If they come back for 'holidays', I'd still count 'em as family. :D
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    Instructors: Negative loss of your 1st/Senior student?

    Yep, every instructor will experience this at some point. I try to counter it by not investing too much emotionally in any one student. This may also serve to keep their ego in check. In my experience, once any one begins to believe he or she has some power over my program, they become very...
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