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    William Durbin, Koga Ryu - Kosho Ryu connection?

    Apologies in advance for resurrecting a George W. Bush era thread. A student of Mr. Durbins recently began working at my place of employment. A martial arts colleague who had met this person before I did described the art to me as though it were something like Ryukyu Kempoin essence, a sort of...
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    Does punching vertically really decrease the chances of breaking your hands? How do you do so when you hit that way?

    Tensho was my absolute favorite in Goju. I loved it. I learned vertical-fist in my first style, Isshin-ryu, where the thumb went on top to "compact the fist and make it stronger" (!), and it was hard to lose that habit as I transitioned to Goju, then Uechi (also unique in its own way), and...
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    What nonfiction book are you currently reading?

    Just finished Bob Woodward's "Fear", and starting "Lost in Math" by Sabine Hossenfelder.
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    What martial arts book are you currently reading?

    I bought Matthew Polly's new Bruce Lee biography, but haven't started it yet--soon!
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    Last Person #5

    Pretty well, but very busy! Yourself?
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    Last Person #5

    Back from WNY where I got to have some decent pizza.
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    Jack Reacher books

    I read the first 5 earlier this year. Good descriptions of the close-quarters combat and overall decent writing, but I found the villains to always be the same caricatures--grossly overweight, cruelly evil for evil's sake, etc.--and the coincidences involved just too much to bear. Lots I liked...
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    want to learn FMA in the Buffalo, NY area

    He's in West Seneca...I'm one of his students and from the area, though I no longer live there. Can you narrow down what part of WNY you're looking in?
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    American Kenpo not a complete art?

    That's an odd criticism! A given instructor (or student) may want to provide (or receive) that from their martial arts experience, but 'complete' usually refers to whether the art provides a range of solutions for a broad range of potential self-defense situations.
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    The Presas Brothers vs Dan Inosanto

    Remy Presas is certainly the person who made the FMAs a "thing" here. Dan Inosanto has done a great deal too, obviously, including helping to prime the way via abetting eskima-style techniques appearing in Bruce Lee films and hence insuring an appetite for the system here in the States; but Remy...
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    Last Person #5

    Last day of classes for the quarter! We plan on checking it out. Was that a positive review?
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    Evidenced based SD knife evaluation

    Interesting. I'm always glad to see people trying to apply evidence and data to S.D. The author makes a good point: "Would a major car-maker hire you as a car-safety expert if you just added "Have been twice in a car crash" to your CV/resume?"
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    Favorite animal style

    I always found snake fascinating--though what I know of it is mostly from a Wing Chun instructor who emphasized the snake techniques within it.
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    Last Person #5

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    Last Person #5

    Our two come back to visit pretty often. So, we are not feeling "lonely" yet!
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    1st degree/dan black belt teaching??

    I studied it in grad. school in the late 80s in Prov., RI. Charles Earle was the instructor. Fascinating system. I would've liked to have continued, but it seemed at the time as though if you weren't in New England then you were out of luck on this art. It goes a bit to the difference in when...
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    Last Person #5

    Same as always--though now both kids are out of the house, an hour away in separate directions! Things OK with you?
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    1st degree/dan black belt teaching??

    It varies so widely--I've commonly seen anything from brown belt to 4th dan as the minimum to teach for a given org., with exceptions at both ends. Remy Presas encouraged even complete newbies to spread Modern Arnis after a single weekend seminar, for which one got a beginner's instructional...
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    Last Person #5

    Is this what you people get up to when I'm not around to watch you?!?
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    Are there any American knife fighting styles?

    I taught an intro-to-FMA seminar last night and a student of James Keating was there. He had some good stuff, though it seemed to assume you'd be using the kind of knife that raised the philosophical question of when a blade stops being a long knife and starts being a short sword (whereas I tend...
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    Paxtial Arts

    I'd be afraid to teach a school kid that for self-defense for fear that an eye injury--even just, say, a corneal scratch that results in something like a 15% vision loss--could lead to a large lawsuit. I'd figure it'd be the right time to be risk-averse.
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    Paxtial Arts

    I just learned of this system. Looks like Systema to me. I like the idea of someone developing a good nonviolent system for those who want it or need it--e.g., those who work with the mentally ill. It's true that teaching a school kid to poke out eyes for self-defense against bullies isn't very...
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    Is grappling better for female self defense than striking?

    Excuse a random anecdote, but this happened several months ago though the court case has just been resolved: Female kickboxer knocks out sex attacker who pounces as she walks home A woman kickboxer who used her martial arts skills to throttle a sex attacker has been praised by a judge[...]the...
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    Last Person Thread #4

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    Kyudo In Memphis, TN. Area

    Kyudo is very rare--I wish you luck, but it's hard to be optimistic!
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    Last Person Thread #4

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    Last Person Thread #4

    More turkey tonight!
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    What did Santa bring you?

    I got shirts!