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  1. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    What is Kenpo? How do we define it?

    The back and forth with ATACX on the forums has brought this up for me again. Saying, "You'll know it when you see it" seemed a bit weak, but also true. Mr. Parker moved with blazing speed, through movements that encompassed circular paths, semi-circular paths, and straight ones. His moves...
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    The Santa Rosa Kenpo Ohana is coming up fast!!!

    We have an amazing line-up of some outstanding instructors, donating their time for totally worthy charitable organizations. Friday, September 18th, is the kick-off; likely see the largest turnout on Saturday the 19th, as that's the easiest travel day for people driving in from nearby areas...
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    Old password hack question...

    OK. So. I'm working on a number of writing projects, and on trying to manage a website for an upcoming event...on the site, I'm supposed to provide 24-hour turnaround when a sponsor for a benefit kenpo seminar purchases a spot. Problem? No PC. Solution? Friend loans me one of her extras...
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    Kenpo / Kempo Event In September, 2009

    An "Ohana" also means a gathering of folks to do a thing; a kenpo get-together. In order to raise awareness and funds for the Royal Famil Kid's Camp and the ywca, we will be holding an Ohana in Northern California, Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to have the...
  5. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    The Five C's in the 3rd State of Motion

    Attached to the 3RD STATE OF MOTION -- GASEOUS -- are aspects of movement that lead to TEMPORAL VARIANTS. These temporal variants might be best understood in language metaphor contexts, as decreasing the space between vowels or consonants. They are reductions in time, accomplished by altering...
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    Red Belt movie by David Mamet *WARNING!!! spoilers inside*

    Saw it recently in a limited release. It was cool to finally see BJJ in a film, but the acting, story, and character development left something to be desired. Particularly considering it's meant to be a character study, near as I can tell. Some non-sequiter stuff at the end. No idea why...
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    A Special Thanks!!!

    To the incredible guests and presenters who showed up for the Kenpo Ohana in Santa Rosa yesterday! Amy posted on another thread, so a summary of some of the day is already there in brief. Mr. Labounty gave a couple hours on some stategies for working the inside of a punch, and a drill for...
  8. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    Why would we care what Steven Spielberg thought about a Presidential candidate?

    Big news on the cycle is that Spielberg has decided to back Hilary. My thought: So what? Since when, and by what measure, is he an expert on identifying the qualities necessary to run a country? Keep in mind; I don't really have anything for or against Ms. Clinton myself; I think they are all...
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    The diary of Rutka Laskier

    I saw on Yahoo that the diary of a 14-year old polish girl headed for Auschwitz has been released. They're calling it the "Polish Anne Frank". If you get the chance, read it. Read it to remember to never forget. A friend of mine passed away a couple years ago. She was an elderly Jewish woman...
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    American Kenpo Legacy / Milestones Project

    When you drink from the well, remember the ones who dug it. Milestones are markers along the way; markers that let us know where we are, and which were placed there by those who came before us. I have an idea for a project, and would like the input and assistance of the kenpo community in...
  11. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    Music you would like to hear....

    I have a boot-leg recording of Freddie Mercury breaking into a soulful, piano version of Little Piggies by the Beatles during a string change at a concert; friggin awesome (similar in feel and style to "Love of my Life" off Night at the Opera). Then, this morning, a classic rock station played...
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    Chocolate really does poison dogs.

    I stopped believing this, because I've had dogs all my life...most of whom have happened on large quantities of chocolate cake or cookies, gotten the trots or a bit sick, then been fine. Nevertheless, better safe than sorry, I always keep my chocolate out of their reach. I adopted Freska from...
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    A Sports Kickboxing Goddess Moves on...

    I just read on another site that the amazing Lily Rodriguez has passed away on 1-13-07. She was as sweet as she was intense. A talented technician and committed athlete, the sister of Benny "the Jet" Urquidez will be sorely missed by those who knew her. Sleep sweetly, angel. No more...
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    My Dinner with Andre'...I mean, Rich Hale

    I recently had the pleasure of spending a little bit of mat time with Rich Hale. I had a good time training with someone who is as much of a dork as I am, but who moves well and has such a deep understanding of Ed Parkers Kenpo. Some standouts: Hales kenpo notebook: Rich spent...
  15. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    Twin Towers...with us still.

    I rented the video today, and watched it twice: Once without the survivors' commentary, and once with. I wept at points, as I did on that day just a few short years ago. The weight and reach of that disaster continue heavy on my heart, as even now the lives of those who were there, or related to...
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    Question for Belgian Aikidoka on the forum...

    In flipping through some old pictures, I find myself wondering about some old acquaintences. Do Leon Barbe (judo) and Georges Voerhelst (aikido) (sp?) still run Budo Club Samourai in Bruxelles? Does Alain Leemans (taijutsu, karate) still teach there? I found a website, but no info about the...
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    When does Peace breed Violence?

    When the boys come home. And bring more sophisticated tactics to those participating in criminal activities. Over the decades, I've seen that, when troops are brought back from assignment, not all of them return to lives of prosperity or honor. Some join the criminal element, and bring to...
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    SL4-ish palm heel...you'd think I hit him with a sledge

    It ain't no mystery that Doc Chapel takes a lot of guff for the SL4. It also ain't no mystery that I'd be in his crib full time if circumstances were different. I get what I can, when I can, and practice what I DO know, then use it to experiment with cleaning up whatever I can until I get to the...
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    A solid man has slipped away...

    Richard Kevin Glines, the first and only person I privately trained from white to black belt, has passed away after a short bout with AML leukemia. His loving wife, daughter Jessica, and son Anthony survive him. We met as sophomores at Fountain Valley High School, in Southern California. I had...
  20. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    A Cautionary Tale...

    A Cautionary Tale It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then -- just to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker. I began to think alone -- "to relax," I told myself -- but I knew it wasn't true...
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    On deleting or modifying material from Kenpo...

    This subject came up on KenpoTalk, under another thread, then jumped to a thread under Mr. Seabrook. The topic was essentially..."What, if anything, would you delete from AK, and why?". Naturally, many say "delete nothing", while others say "delete selectively". I opted for selective...
  22. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    Another reason to avoid fast food...

    OK. I overheard a training discussion today between a regional manager of a fast food chain, and the store managers he governs, regarding upcoming changes in food handling policies. Quality experience fopr the consumer, while minimizing profit loss through waste. A processes called "tempering"...
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    One mans critique of the IKCA tapes, unfavorable...

    WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS BIASED OPINIONS THAT ARE NOT FLATTERING TO THE CORE MATERIAL OF A KENPO SENIORS PRODUCT LINE. THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS ARE MY OWN ONLY, AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF OTHER KENPOISTS I HAVE TRAINED WITH, MARTIALTALK, OR ANYBODY ELSEEXCEPT, PERHAPS, MY...
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    Some good stuff that makes you wonder...

    An old buddy of mine e-mailed me this website, saying I should look at the clips. We trained together under a brit of "questionable" kenpo lineage...according to him, he started in Hawaii after viet-nam, decided he wanted to learn more, and so moved to Japan for several years to learn "Chinese...
  25. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    A great evening of superbowl/kenpo...

    Doc invited me out for the game. Of course, the usual SL4 suspects were there. It was good to see them again after a geographic dislocation. It was also good to meet Mr. Hale after so many years of hearing about him and seeing his footprints in the kenpo sand. We spent most of the game...
  26. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    A Christmas Poem...

    This was posted on the KenpoNet. Brought a tear to my eye; I wrote over there...if you can open your home to one of our kids who has returned but has no where to go for the holiday, it means a lot to those who made it back. Regards, Dave A Christmas Poem Twas the night before...
  27. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    Shoulders blow

    So, my right shoulder has always been a little gamey; torn infraspinatus, Lat Dorsi insertion, transverse humeral ligament, and a slap lesion in the glenoid labrum. But I managed to learn to live with it; to keep on kenpoing and wrasslin despite the injuries. Around April-ish, I decided to...
  28. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    Are we screwing with natures course?

    The planet has over 6 billion people on it currently. Prior to the 1950's, it had only had approximately a billion on it TOTAL since recorded history (estimated by sociologists). So, our taxation on resources is exponential. Nature has population checks in place. For prey animals, it's...
  29. Kembudo-Kai Kempoka

    "Dogs are easy" + "owners are idjits"

    There was a thread here some time back about self-defense against dogs, in which I insisted dogs were easy to defend against. Well, I had the chance to prove it the other day, and execution went flawlessly. It was me, versus 1 pitbull, 1 American Bulldog, 2 dalmations, and a German Short hair...
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    MA Geek Trivia...

    The bad news is I knew this one. Before the comic book "Richard Dragon: Master of Kung-Fu" came out, there was a book; a mini-novel, similar to some of the Lustbader plots. In it... 1. What was the name of the bad guy? (arch-enemy) 2. What martial art did he practice? I had the book when...
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