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    Dungeons and Dragons, a return

    So much this!
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    Dungeons and Dragons, a return

    Back in the 80's Chaosium made it easy for people to publish settings using their Basic Roleplaying system, so there were Thieves' World supplements, some stuff from Midkemia Press (the gaming group that created the world where Raymond Feist set his Riftwar novels) and others that I'm...
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    Dungeons and Dragons, a return

    Yeah, my older cousin introduced me to D&D in 3rd grade. I had no idea how to GM and was terrible at it for years, but we had fun anyway. To be fair to my younger self, a fair number of the professionally published modules were kind of terrible back then too, and the whole hobby was in its...
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    Dungeons and Dragons, a return

    It's fun to see how many on this board play D&D. I was introduced to D&D in ~1979 in elementary school and have kept it up ever since. I've played a huge number of different RPGs over the years and hundreds of hours of D&D during that time. These days I mostly GM Chaosium's Basic...
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    Optimum Physique without need to meet weight class?

    Function determines the optimal build for a given athletic endeavor. Genetics determines how closely any individual can possibly approximate that optimum. Knowledge, effort, and circumstance determines how close any individual can come to reaching their personal genetic ideal for a given...
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    Optimum Physique without need to meet weight class?

    Before Covid I owned a small strength training gym and because I do martial arts a lot of my clients were martial artists of one sort or another and many of those practiced BJJ. Without exception, every single one of them told me that strength training made it a lot easier to submit people. I...
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    Fiction MA Books you'd recommend

    Steve Perry (Sci-Fi writer, not Journey's ex-frontman) is a Silat practitioner and has trained in a number of other arts I believe. A lot of his books do a good job with fight scenes. I'm not sure if they qualify as martial arts books, they're mostly science fiction, but they might hit the...
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    Reducing my sugar intake.

    That's awesome! I think reducing sugar is really beneficial. I'm glad that a cutting back approach is working for you and I'll keep your ideas in mind the next time someone asks me about reducing their sugar intake. Sweetened drinks are the thing that most people tell me they really struggle...
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    Body method

    This is how the Hapkido school where I trained generated power, not quite as exaggerated as that video, but the same concept. I found it to be very effective for that purpose.
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    Advice for losing double chin

    Perhaps it's a change in posture then. I've never instructed anyone to train just the anterior muscles in the neck, so if I'm doing neck work with a client I am also working the posterior muscles, etc. Many of my clients had very head forward posture related to computer work. I may very well...
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    Steven Seagal and Jesse Emkamp

    The Geezer Teaser: https://www.vulture.com/article/randall-emmett-movies.html https://nofilmschool.com/geezer-teaser-definition-examples
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    Question - Karate?

    While this may be mostly true, there there are a lot of Koreans who still have extremely hard feelings about the Japanese forced mobilization of Korean citizens, the Japanese use of Korean "comfort women", etc. during WWII. So, yeah, nationalism is a large part of it, but not necessarily in the...
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    Question - Karate?

    I find it fascinating that you live someplace with any public, storefront, Silat schools, much less 3! I studied Silat briefly in Seattle and I'm pretty sure that there were only 2 different guys teaching Silat in the entire greater Seattle area and both were garage schools where you kind of...
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    Censorship

    I've blocked one person permanently and that's it. He was nuts and has since been kicked off the board. For a long time I didn't think I'd have a reason to block anyone but I genuinely believe this guy had real issues and he was semi fixated on me in one thread. Really he was fixated on Jobo...
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    How to still have fun in competition through your old age

    I agree that it shouldn't be used in a vacuum. When my instructor had us do these sorts of drills in Hapkido it was just a piece of the puzzle, primarily used to practice applying/countering joint locks and throws. I think this can be a useful tool to have in your tool chest. Similar to light...
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    How to still have fun in competition through your old age

    We did a lot of this sort of thing at my Hapkido school and I think it was really valuable. I agree that it's a great way to practice against something like real resistance with a greater degree of safety. Either for those who need/want to really minimize their risk of injury or as a bridge to...
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    WIPE OUT!

    I agree with what people are saying here. Sleep is important, recovery is important, and following a routine that you're happy to do for the long run is especially important. I think that _Simon_ in particular had a lot of good things to say, but I want to add that I while I agree that high...
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    Which workout will give you better health benefit?

    I think the difference between the two is highly individual and mainly a matter of preference. In my opinion, intensity is much, much, more important than duration (for general health improvements and athletic performance both), so whichever of the two motivates someone to train harder seems...
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    The Miraculous Power of Fasting

    How long it takes depends on the markers you're looking at, how much glycogen you've got stored in your liver, and how active you are during the fasted period. 12 hours can be enough to enter a fasted state and 24 may too short, depending on the individual. This isn't the best article I've...
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    Weight Lifting & Krav Maga on same days?

    This can't be said too often, life stress can have a huge impact on results and recovery.
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    Weight Lifting & Krav Maga on same days?

    This is a situation where documentation is valuable. You'll really benefit from taking notes about how your weight training is progressing and how you're feeling in your KM classes. If you find that you do not see consistent improvements (weight, number of reps, better form, etc.) then you are...
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    TKD as a secondary art at a school

    My understanding was that he felt that boxing jarred his head around the most, and maybe was the most concerning in terms of long term wear and tear and CTE, but in terms of really getting his bell rung, to the point he was sure he was concussed, it happened a lot more in BJJ than elsewhere.
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    TKD as a secondary art at a school

    I wonder how accurate that perception is and if we have any data. I asked a friend of mine (black belt in BJJ, and has done a lot of Muay Thai, boxing and MMA) what he thought about concussions and he said that in his experience BJJ was worse than Muay Thai for head injuries, though maybe...
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    Me, Weights, and Kung Fu - Training update

    Sounds like you're working hard. Just make sure you know the signs of rhabdo if you're going to work that hard with that kind of volume.
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    The ratio of slow twitch to fast twitch muscle fibers that an individual has is mostly genetically determined. Training can have a small impact on the proportion of type IIa to type IIb fibers and perhaps some smaller impact on overall muscle composition (last I looked the research wasn't...
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    Grip strength is easy. Of the exercises I do with regularity, both pull down and seated row directly inroad the hands and forearms. A number of other machine exercises do so less directly, but meaningfully, when you work with heavy loads to full, momentary muscular failure. I did pull down...
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    I wasn't trying to comment one way or the other about whether highly skill dependent exercises were better or worse than very easy to learn exercises. Just pointing out that skill improvements can look and feel a lot like strength increases and the longer it takes to get proficient with an...
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    If you're getting smaller and you're getting stronger it isn't because your muscles are shrinking. You're either losing fat, reducing inflammation, or quite possibly both, but if you're losing healthy muscle tissue you aren't getting stronger. If you really are losing healthy muscle it still...
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    I guess I think limiting your training to upper body only is super specialized (or perhaps more accurately, hyper-focused) training. In general, most people who just work the upper body are trying to achieve an aesthetic that appeals to them. They aren't interested in functional strength, or...
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    Sure, it's true that muscle mass is not 100% fast twitch fiber, but as I said in another post, that's mostly irrelevant on the individual level. You've got the genes that you were born with and we haven't gotten gene therapy anywhere near a point where that's going to change any time soon. You...
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