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  1. MadMartigan

    Lineage vs Testing

    Is one of the main purposes of the belt testing system through an organization to circumvent issues inherent within the lineage system? Many arts (wing chun for instance) place a great deal of value on lineage while almost never using a belt system. Others (like Karate and Taekwondo) are often...
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    Post Your Best 'No True Scotsman (*Insert MA Style here)

    So after reading the 'no true scotsman' phrase several places on this site; I finally looked up what it meant. For reference: This gave me the idea. Let's hear your best martial arts related 'no true' saying. It could be about your own MA, or a funny outsider observation. * Note: This is...
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    Cultural Influences on Black Belt Timeframes

    Taking a conversation that started elsewhere to it's own thread. My response: Then @andyjeffries reply:
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    Black Belt Exchange Program?

    Ok, hear me out. This idea literally just came to me 10 minutes ago, so it's not fully thought through. A resounding majority of us on this site believe there is great value in cross training. A lot of us also believe that other local martial arts teachers are not our enemies (I've met the...
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    Should Juche Be A Pattern?

    From that inflammatory title, let's set a couple ground rules. There are other threads discussing the history of the Juche pattern (why it was developed, the politics of it all, etc). My intentions are not to get into any of that. 1st, let's look at the pattern up for discussion: Now I don't...
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    Continuous vs Point Sparring

    Story time. Many years ago, I (a young tkd 1st dan in my early 20s) was good naturedly continuous sparring with a karate black belt. The obvious contrast in styles and experience was that he was a better puncher than me; and I was a better kicker than him. After we had been going for a while...
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    Memorization in the Traditional Martial Arts

    As geezer pointed out in another thread. I too find this topic interesting. When it comes to pursuing your art at the higher levels; how important is memorization? This can be in the form of memorizing written history, or increasingly complicated self defense or sparring sequences. I'll go...
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    Your Enemy Is Training...

    I know some may vehemently disagree with this, but let's have some (respectful) fun. We've all seen some version of this mantra a thousand times: 'While you sit on the couch, your enemy is training '. I have to say, this notion is such a pet peeve of mine. It gets used as a marketing tool, or...
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    Looking for Your Post Black Belt Journey Stories

    This subject came up on another thread; but wasn't the topic being discussed. I am very interested in hearing from as many Traditional Martial Artists (TKD, Karate, etc) as possible on their learning after earning their 1st Dan. - Besides new patterns (hyung, tul, kata), what were some of the...
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    So let me start by saying, this is in no way intended to be inflammatory. I am very interested in the discussion and hearing various views on the subject... and why you feel that way. In TKD (and most traditional 'kick/punch' MA) the road to the higher Dan ranks is paved in grueling sweat and...
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    Utility of an Independent Instructors Only Organization

    Curious to hear some thoughts on whether organizations should be more focused on instructors, rather than collecting memberships of all said instructor's students. I come from an Independent TKD background (our old Chang Hon style master left the martial arts... leaving no link or record of...
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