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    Who is the most Impressive martial artis that you have personaly seen

    In no special order John Stover ( my first instructor and the one I was with the longest) Joe Lewis Dr. Ron Chap矇l AC Rainey Bill Chun, Jr. Larry Isaac Dr. Dave Crouch Cliff Stewart Ryan Angell
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    Sacred Cows in the Martial Arts

    Because if you're quoting who I think you are, he seems to get bent too easily about comments on his stuff, and I'm not trying to offend anybody or start a feud. You probably know the video I referenced. Watch it with honesty and ask yourself if the execution is good. I saw problems with balance...
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    Sacred Cows in the Martial Arts

    Watching the video of the person (who I believe) is being quoted reveals that his stances--every one demonstrated--needs work, especially in the balance department. And yeah, the feet need fixing.
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    South Korea has a large number of Christians, and I imagine when they move here, they remain so....
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    Sacred Cows in the Martial Arts

    "Neutral Bow, You Must have a perfect neutral bow.Your toes HAVE TO BE PARALLEL or you will be cast out of the club and excoriated because you didn't have you freakin toes parallel. The neutral bow may be uniqueish to Kenpo but it's just one of many stances, and besides, if you waste time...
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    Sorry about that full inbox, sir, I neglected to delete some old messages!

    Sorry about that full inbox, sir, I neglected to delete some old messages!
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    Master Bill Chun, Jr

    I'm not a student of Master Chun, but met him at a kenpo/kempo ohana in 2009. Since then, I've communicated with him through email and phone conversations several times, and he's always very willing to talk with me about pretty much anything, and is a very nice, humble man with a lot of knowledge.
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    Opinion of USSD

    I have visited two and have seen people who seemed to be having a hard time standing up and moving without falling down. I was also given the commercial hard sell and the usual BS. If I were you, I'd go elsewhere. Anywhere else.
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    Me too. I contrast this with Dr. Chap矇l's method (as well as the method(s) I originally learned) and at least to me, this one doesn't seem optimal.
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    I should've prefaced that by saying "from what I've experienced and understand". Since I haven't been in every Japanese school. Just going by the ones I've been in and been taught. But definitely saying "Kee-yah" irritates the hell outta me.
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    Me too, but not if they actually say "Kia". Kiai is supposed to start with a vowel. Or at least be something other than the word people think is kiai. But I get sidetracked. I wanna know about "Break Stance. Actually, I've read the descriptions and seen a video a while back, but would like to...
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    Okay, I see that one. Now, why the Break Stance stuff? (And maybe a brief synopsis of it, for those who haven't encountered the video or read anything)
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    Chris, why did you choose to use Chinese words like Sifu, Sigung, etc.? And for those who haven't encountered the "break stance" method, could you go into it a little?
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    Debut of Christian Kempo!

    When you get your voice back, could you elaborate, sir?
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    Clip of Soke John Stover with Bram Frank and Bobby Taboada

    John Stover was my first instructor.
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    Trianing for Sparring

    Nobody gonna mention the classic backfist-reverse punch (or Jab-Cross/straight right)? For defense there's always the inward or outward block or parry followed by a reverse punch. And if your opponent is circling away from you with in an open stance, throw a ridgehand or hook over his shoulder...
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    Lack Of Power In Techniques

    This is something that irritates the hell out of me too. Yet plenty of these guys (and women) think they would actually be able to defend themselves.
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    Lack Of Power In Techniques

    There should be no such thing as a compliant dummy after the initial learning of a particular technique or sequence.
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    Shaolin Kenpo Castro's not Villari

    I understand what you're both saying, but I'm not talking only about the application of the movements, I'm talking about the movements themselves. The stances, blocks, strikes, etc. The actual mechanics of the body. Again, my opinion, you are, of course, free to learn as many forms as fast as...
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    Shaolin Kenpo Castro's not Villari

    I would suggest you if you'd be bored, you haven't really learned what you think you have. Again, no offense intended.
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    Shaolin Kenpo Castro's not Villari

    Well, I've been a black belt for 24 years myself, and can learn forms pretty quickly myself, but I think the rate she's learning is a little fast and I wonder about the true understanding she's gaining of what she's learning. Many people just learn the movements, and often even fail to eecute...
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    Shaolin Kenpo Castro's not Villari

    Seems like you're learning too many forms, too fast, in my opinion only.
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    Should Kenpoka be Breaking Boards?

    I never broke many boards over the past 31 years of training. A few years back I was training with a small group in another style and one night they were breaking. I sort of think as a test to get an idea of my focus or something,they asked me to break first. So I reverse punched the board and...
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    The Direction Of Ken(m)po

    "Jitsu" or "Jutsu" doesn't necessarily refer to grappling, locking, throwing, etc. It can be compared to "do". Jutsu systems (Karate Jutsu, Jujutsu, etc.) usually focus on "real-life" hand to hand combat, while "do" or "way" systems are more focused on a way to develop strenght of character, or...
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    The Direction Of Ken(m)po

    Gloves and bags are great, but if you only practice boxing punches to the exclusion of "traditonally" focused bareknuckle punches like the good old reverse punch, you're doing yourself a disservice. Knowing how to defend against boxing-style punches(I say "boxing-style" because just because...
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    What kind of kenpo?

    True in a few ways, and at the end of the day, if it works effectively, that's a good thing. However, a neutral bow stance is a neutral bow stance. The same is true for all basics, and if they're done sloppily or without being sound from an anatomical perspective, in my book, that's "bad".
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    What kind of kenpo?

    For me, it boils down to whether or not you learned proper basics in the first place, and the responsibility for that lies with your instructor, initially at least. To me "bad kenpo" ( as well as "bad kempo" and whatever else) involves more talking than doing, people rushing through technique...
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    What kind of kenpo?

    I'm sad to say that yes, indeed there is a bad kenpo out there. Or two or three.
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    who gave ed parker his black belt ?

    That's what I assumed too, sir.
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