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  1. DennisBreene

    Putting the black belt on a pedestal

    The belt I tend to notice is the tattered grey belt. To me it denotes someone who has been active for many years. Individual abilities and school criteria aside, such dedication to training over the years is worthy of respect.
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    What Is a Kata

    My introduction to kata was in Tang Soo Do (so properly I guess I should refer to it as Hyung) when I started in the 1970's. The explanation was the fairly traditional history of having a practice method that could be utilized solo and in secret. The explanations of techniques were rather...
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    Coming Back to Martial Arts Training After Serious Injury

    Great article, I would only add that this advice applies equally to serious illness, and the older you get, the longer any recovery seems to take. So be kind to yourself and don't rush it. When recovery is not going to be complete, remember that every art has an individual component and...
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    Would you attend a benefit seminar north of Boston?

    Boston is about a 2 day trip. Depending on the date and my circumstances, I would be interested. If I can't make it, I'd still like to contribute. Please keep me posted.
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    Favorite Bands/Musicians (Top 10)

    In no particular order: Tommy Emanuel The Rolling Stones Simon and Garfunkle Brandi Carlile Blood Sweat and Tears Eric Clapton John Mayer BB King The Eagles Robert Cray
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    help - Getting a person to see the value of promoting my *FREE* class

    That is a very reasonable approach. As is joining other local organizations that you may be eligible for. Would you qualify for Chamber, Rotary or other service organizations? This could put you in touch with other local leaders and increase your influence. In another approach, the master...
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    When the unthinkable strikes your school

    When you consider the many things that martial artists are not. I guess omnipotent and omniscient are near the top of the list. So, it's reasonable to withhold teaching things to someone who is obviously a danger to others. But, barring any clues that this is so, I don't think an instructor...
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    Write a letter to Vladimir Putin (four words at a time)

    , you political hack/whore
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    FMAT: punyo question

    As I've only trained in a style that uses the punyo, I guess I'm limited to discussing the pros as I see them. The punyo allows me some measure of hooking, much like I could use an empty hand to grasp. In addition, I like the ability to fight in close with short strikes that the punyo provides.
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    remaining calm, with a clear mind, when engaged in stressful confrontation/activity

    We all have our individual thresholds to respond something that causes stress. We also have varying levels of empathic response; the tendency to feel and internalize the emotions of someone we are interacting with. It is helpful if you can learn to recognize when you are reacting to someone...
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    Martial Artists with Depression

    While most of us face a number of stressful situations on any given day. That does not constitute clinical depression. Clinical depression is a medical condition that results in depressed mood, physical symptoms and ideas of self loathing, hopelessness and helplessness. It also carries a 10%...
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    Just how dangerous is that bully?

    As I have talked to friends in martial arts, the number of us who were bullies when young has impressed me. I don't know if it is really different that the general population, but many of us still have some level of visceral reaction to being bullied. So even though our average "school yard"...
  13. DennisBreene

    What fiction book are you currently reading?

    Anna Karenina
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    Last Person Thread #4

    We're gonna see some big floods this spring.
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    Next Poster Game - 2.0

    nope Granfire
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    Word Association

    train - midnight
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    11 movies a martial artist must see.

    I agree. Enter the Dragon was one of the best of the 70's.
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    Length of Time Training=Not an Accurate Gauge of Skill

    I don't think anyone disagrees with that point. My impression is that that time is one important measure, but even you qualified time with "intense, hard training". So while probably the most important factor, time in training is clearly not the sole factor.
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    Length of Time Training=Not an Accurate Gauge of Skill

    Personal bias here, but I'd be suspicious I was seeing a McDojo if there was regular frequent testing and a high pass rate regardless of skill. My impression is that revenue is more important than the quality. TD makes a good point about hours trained. But as with the OP there are many of us...
  20. DennisBreene

    Bjj. How to get limber for an old man lol

    A reference you might find useful is Stretching Scientifically by Thomas Kurz. It has a broad array of techniques and definitely modifies the approach with age. It also does a decent job in explaining various neuromuscular interactions that affect stretch, including appropriate strength training.
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    Word Association

    nitwit -whatnot
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    Do you think you are protecting your children by not getting them vaccinated?

    Sorry but diseases such as measles, rubella, chicken pox and diphtheria, are not like shaking off a cold. Even the healthiest in the population can be stricken with the disease and fall prey to devastating complications. Some diseases like influenza, pneumonia, shingle, do have their most...
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    Word Association

    sharp - wit
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    When faith just isn't enough!

    You'd think that just occasionally one of these idiots would realize that God gave us both reason and faith. Apparently just not so much of the former.
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    Do you think you are protecting your children by not getting them vaccinated?

    There will always be people who feel there is no acceptable risk when it comes to their children and I can understand that emotional response. My hope it that providing accurate information about the nature of the risks involved will persuade some people that the greater risk is in leaving your...
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    Do you think you are protecting your children by not getting them vaccinated? "HPV and Cancer Several types of cancer are associated with HPV: Cervical cancer: The most common HPV-associated cancer. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV. Vulvar cancer: About 50% are linked to HPV. Vaginal cancer: About 65% are linked to HPV...
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    Do you think you are protecting your children by not getting them vaccinated?

    To give some idea of the impact of these diseases, I'll add this article to the data pool. "In the U.S., roughly one in five people who develop measles require hospitalization for one or more of these complications. Widespread introduction...
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    Do you think you are protecting your children by not getting them vaccinated?

    I think that you may be mistaking a perception by the public for a fact. Vaccines take years to develop and I doubt the total number of available vaccines is much more than a dozen (a quick fact check just yielded 18 available vaccines for the public in the US)...
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    Do you think you are protecting your children by not getting them vaccinated?

    To follow through on that thought; the contemporary Pediatrics article is proposing much more aggressive enforcement of vaccination.. At what point does the parents right to choose need to be overridden to protect the population at large. Clearly, major outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella...