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    Thinking about changing schools

    So, long story. Bear with me. If you look at my post history, you'll see waaaaaay back that I was in a TKD school. I left because the sabunim was a (insert favorite anal pejorative here). Wanting to get back into the arts a year later, I started BJJ. This was a gym that was a part of a larger...
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    Pepper spray in a black belt test?

    Hello. After leaving my school of 9 years for personal reasons, I started looking for a new school. There was another in town that I gave a look. I spoke with the man who runs it. He answered all questions up front in a straightforward manner, no contracts, great facility. All of the...
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    I've got a situation...

    Not sure if this is the place, but here it goes. Please forgive the lengthy background: I am an assistant instructor at a local TKD school. I have been a regular student for over 7 years, and I have been helping out with instruction for 5 of them. For the past 2 years, I have been running the...
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    Tips on making a demo?

    I'm toying with the idea of coordinating a demonstration to entertain the residents at a nursing home that I work at. I would be working with the children to perform forms, breaking, and self-defense scenes. Only potential problem I see, is that I would need to make it at least half an hour. In...
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    Sparring the handicapped

    Last Saturday, my school held its annual tournament. This is a tourney which stays within our chain only, and is meant to bring all our different branches together. This has always been a fun experience, and I have been able to share good times with many students from our other schools...
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    Demo Music Problem. HELP!!!!

    Ok, my school is preparing a demo for our inter-school tourney this week. Normally, we've used hard rock and heavy metal, and have taken first place more times than any other school. Because of this, My sabunim has allowed my posabunim and the students free reign in demo planning. However, this...
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    Head brick break

    Hello, I am toying with the idea of breaking a brick with my noggin. However, I know that this brings on a lot of safety concerns. I am seeking information on these following concerns: 1. Angle: Which is the safest angle to approach this at? 2. Height: What would the safest height, in...
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    Hand striking to the head

    I just want to get a show of hands as to how many fellow TDKers train for striking to the head with the hands on a regular basis. If so, is it done with sparring? Helmet or no helmet? Open or closed hand? How hard?
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    No hablo englais...

    To start off, my school is located in a large town with a very scant minority population. It's not a very culturally diverse area. Recently, a youth whose parents immigrated from Mexico came in to our dojang wanting to sign up. One issue, though, is that he speaks very little english, and the...
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    Pardon me, you've got a stain on your...

    Ok, this is a general ettiquette question that I need to pose because it happened to me today. Today was a belt testing for my school. While I was board holding, I noticed that there was a brown stain on the hind quarters of the lady I was holding for (She was doing a step-on-air back kick, so...
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    Ever of hear of jags like these?

    Here's a little back-story, to start: At one time, my TKD school made up over half of the Wisconsin TKD Union. Our students accounted for more than half of the tournament attendance, and a disproportionate number of wins. Over time, many members of the WSTU wanted to start making changes to the...
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    Preachy TV Shows

    I saw this last night, and I gotta rant. I was watching Law & Order SVU. In the episode, a sniper pegs off kids while they're inside the school room. When they find the rifle, it has a folding stock, extended clip, and a flash surpressor. These were characteristics of what was considered an...
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    Spear-knife hand breaking

    I am planning on doing a spear-knifehand break (using the fingertips for the striking surface) for a tournament in November. I'm looking for different takes on how this may be accomplished, as well as any experience that people may have with it. My instructor gave me a method to start that...
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    Mentoring

    My branch of my school has a mentorship program for the junior students. Children who are junior black belt that plan on testing for 1st Degree Poom (junior first degree, for the non-wtf people) are assigned a mentor. The mentor puts them through constant excercise and training once weekly in...
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    Testing: The really good, and that which makes my mind bleed

    This last saturday, my school had a testing. I wanted to share two things on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum, and wanted to know if any other people in chain schools have seen anything like this. First, I'll share the good. A few years back, a gentleman in his mid-20s came in to...
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    Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Woman Walk without ethical debate

    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/041128/1/3ovex.html In this story, a Korean woman who was paralyzed for 20 years was able to take her first steps after stem cell therapy. The stem cells used in her treatment were found not from embryos, but from blood obtained through umbilical cords. Question...
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    Online Sai Kata?

    Hello, I am trying to gain an understanding of my favorite weapon, the sai. I purchased a book, probably very well known, "Sai: Karate Weapon of self-defense", by Fumio Demura. I am also looking to find any additional sai katas online, as I want to be able to move with the weapons. Anybody...
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    Concession the day after

    Ok, all politics aside, I would like to bring up a point simply for the purpose of discussion. I'm not talking about voting records, stances on issues, or who the person is. I'm talking solely about the concession decision. As it is, in Ohio, there are estimated to be at the very least...
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    I Miss You

    http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/191882 I know that now is the 12th. However, I watched it, and I cried. Over 3 years ago, over 3000 lives were lost in a senseless act. Watching this movie, it brought back what happened that day. I was working in a call center, and I remember hearing...
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    Makes me glad this disease doesn't exist...

    Mr. Smith wasn't feeling well, so he went to the doctor. After examining him for an hour, he pulled Mrs. Smith aside into his office. "I have some troubling news, Mrs. Smith. Your husband is very ill due to stress. It could be fatal, if things continue as they are. You'll have to do alot of...
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    And convince me, too

    I think that Kaith Rustaz was on to a good thing with his "Convince me, please" thread. Now, being a conservative, I would like to meet him in the middle as well. I would like to know what would make Kerry a good president. I would also like to make stipulations on this thread... I don't...
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    What women really want....

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    On the wagon.. and off.. and on again...

    I've got a problem, and I'm wondering if anyone else has had it, and fixed it. It revolves around my weight. There are times when I can stay on a diet, and a jogging regimen for a few months, then all motivation takes a nosedive, and the weight comes back. I'd rather keep all the weight off...
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    Point Sparring Strategies

    Hello all. I'm looking to start entering a few tourneys here and there, just for S's and G's. Now, I've pretty much been trained in continuous, non-stop sparring. I'm guessing point sparring might employ different strategies, and different approaches. Anybody out there have useful pointers, or...
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    Forecasting this year's election debacle....

    Well, the same thing happens as in 2000. This time Bush and Kerry are in a tie for the electoral votes in Minnesota. Not wanting to start another recount war, they go to the governer to ask what might be a less painful way to settle this. "Well," the governer says, "Tell you what. Both of...
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    "Thinning out" the fat martial artists

    First off, I'm sorry for the horrible pun. That said, I'm looking to get some opinions on what happened at my school's last testing. I was testing for 1st Degree with a few other people. I had a great test that really kicked my @55. At the end, though, I was called up to the Sabunim's table...
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    History of TKD's influences

    Hello there. Can anyone point me to a site that would give information on the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean arts that influenced the creation of Tae Kwon Do? I need to get some info for a presentation on these subjects. Thanks! :asian:
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    Help! My School's Becoming A Mcdojang!!!

    I have a serious problem. First off, I want to say that my school is part of a chain. My school is not representative of the entire chain. My instructor focuses on a militaristic, harder style of TKD, coupled with hapkido and hosinsul. Every year, our school wastes the other branches in the...
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    For those of you who love online strategy/rpg games..

    There's a new game called Kings of Chaos online. It's a free, turn based system. I'm interested in starting up an army of you fellow martial-talkers who like this kind of thing. The first link below is my link. Clicking on this one will recruit you into my army, and my army will be able to...
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    Gettin' in to heaven..

    Two nuns and their mother superior are killed in a car crash, and the end up at the pearly gates. St. Peter tells them "As you've lived your lives in service of our Lord, you'll probably get in. But, I do have some rules, so you're all going to have to answer one question." So he goes the first...
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