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    Is WTF ANY good for self defence

    Paul_D exactly right, this thread went back 12 years! Shouldn't there be a shelf life on these threads?
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    Taekwondo Class

    I guess to be accurate I should have said the Kukki-TKD schools I have been in instead of WTF but I think everyone knows what I meant. There is one that on a gup level does not necessarily require any sparring but most students do, the red belts and the black belts usually separate at the last...
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    Taekwondo Class

    My experience in the four TKD schools that I have trained in is that at the white belt level you will work on a lot of basics leading up to forms. Also you will be introduced to step sparring to learn distance, timing, control, and the application of techniques. That in turn prepares you for...
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    Taekwondo Class

    Warm ups, kicking drills, more kicking drills, still more kicking drills and then finally forms or sparring. Did I mention a ton of kicking drills?
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    New to Wing Chun - Is This School Legit?

    geezeer, The Plano school is also hosting Emin Boztepe this coming weekend 04/21-04/22, here is the informtion: He will be at West Plano CrossFit for a hands-on seminar that is open to the public. Sessions will be Friday 7-10pm and Saturday 12-3pm. You can go to their website to get phone and...
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    Isshinryu Pinan Katas?

    Thank you Hammersmith for that information!
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    New to Wing Chun - Is This School Legit?

    ailCeejae, I realize that you have already signed up at the school in Ft. Worth but I wanted to bring to your attention a school in Plano, Plano Wing Chun and Escrima for Self-Defense under Sifu Graham Weedon. Sifu Weedon is a very innovative instructor and is certified in the EBMAS...
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    When Is a Turning Kick not a Turning Kick?

    Sorry, I should have made it more clear as to the kick I was referring to. In Korean it is Dollryuh chagi or Dollyo chagi, I have seen it spelled various ways. In Japanese Karate it is a Mawashi-geri, When I was in an ITF affiliated school several years ago we always called it a Turning...
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    When Is a Turning Kick not a Turning Kick?

    In almost every TKD class I have ever been in, both ITF affiliated and Kukkiwon affiliated what in Karate is called a Roundhouse Kick is called a Turning Kick instead, with the exception of a couple of schools that have Moo Duk Kwan heritage. Those schools used the Karate/Tang Soo Do term of...
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    Karate Class Choices

    Now that I have found a good dojo maybe I should humble myself and concentrate on my training and not so much Internet forums. I don't mean to be rude but I probably will not be posting all that often but I really do appreciate all the helpful input on this thread however my inner voice is...
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    Karate Class Choices

    I know that he trained under Ken Davies of the SKIF. As I have only had brief( but very interesting)conversations with him so far all I can tell you that he is Scottish and that he also holds a black belt in Hapkido. I do not know anything about the lineage of Sensei Matthew Schampers, except...
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    Karate Class Choices

    Well just in case anyone is still interested, I delayed making a final decision while I focused on other areas of my life but finally did sign up with a Shotokan dojo here in Plano that I am enjoying very much and the instructors are really great! It is the Texas Association of Shotokan Karate...
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    Isshinryu Pinan Katas?

    The interesting thing is that these videos are from Peaceful Valley Martial Arts, a school in New Jersey under Arcenio J. Advincula's organization, Isshinkai, while the school in this area is in the IKWA head by Tatsuo Shimabuku's son Kichiro Shimabuku and so these two schools in different...
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    Karate Class Choices

    I want to back up a little on my remarks above about Soke Kristensen. While it is true I have heard similar remarks about Soke Kristensen from two different martial arts instructors in two different conversations when discussing martial arts and martial artists in this area please note that...
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    Karate Class Choices

    Well you would not be the first person to tell me this. I do have a lot of respect for the instructors that I have met from this school that teach here in the Plano dojo. Funny you should mention this, I just came across their Website a couple of days ago and it did perk my interest. I do...
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    Karate Class Choices

    Thank you sir! Just posted the thread.
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    Isshinryu Pinan Katas?

    A local Isshinryu school teaches a couple of Pinan katas to beginning students. Texas Isshinryu Karate Kai Homepage- Home of World Champions and Hall of Famers - Coppell, Denton, Flower Mound, Frisco, Grapevine, Plano, and Trophy Club, Texas, Karate Classes in North Texas, 900 W. Wall St...
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    Karate Class Choices

    Looking at their Website, it looks like that will have four Shiais this year which are all one day affairs and then they have a Gasshuku which is a three day event. The owner and chief instructor is Soke Robert A. Kristensen who is in the Isshinryu Hall of Fame and serves as a board member...
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    Karate Class Choices

    I appreciate the responses so far. Tez - Yes I really wanted to like this Wado-Ryu dojo but just cannot get past some of their rules and rank requirements in my mind and I just wonder if I am being too particular in my old age. Oh well, that is on me. They are not just some fly by night...
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    Karate Class Choices

    I think I might be interested in taking a Karate class. Most recently I took some Taekwondo from Master Gregg Tubbs and it is a very good class and he is a first rate instructor/coach but having just turned 59 I may want to find something a little more balanced that don't involve all the crazy...
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    Taekwondo Doesn't work on someone skilled

    You know this goes back to what I have posted before. People get involved in martial arts for various reasons. Some more for the "art" in martial arts and then some more for the "martial" in martial arts and then some are in it for the sport. However if you are looking for some magical...
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    training in korea?

    I don't know why but the above link does not work for me, trying again, SANGROK World Taekwondo Academy
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    training in korea?

    I am surprised no one has suggested the Sangrok Academy yet. http://www.sangrokgym.com/
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    ITF Taekwondo/ quick question

    I made green belt ( think I was 6th gup working on 5th gup, don't remember for sure) in ITF Taekwon-Do back in the early 90's under Master Oscar Jimenez in Midland TX. I dropped out due to travel distance and the amount of working hours I was putting in my job ( I was living and working 60...
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    Please help to understand

    Manny, are there any ITF schools or even Tang Soo Do schools in your area? If you don't mind me saying so, I think you might find enough familiarity with either of those choices to be comfortable with and get the traditional practices you want. If either of those two are not available maybe...
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    Why train Taekwondo?

    FWIW I am 58 years old. I am on the verge of starting over again. I trained at a school through most of the spring where the instructor and owner is the head AAU team coach but I stopped training in June due to work projects and vacation. I decided to start again time permitting but with a...
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    Why train Taekwondo?

    I think people train for various reasons. Some for more of the "martial" aspects and some more for the "art" of martial arts. And then there is in TKD, especially in Kukki-TKD the the sporting aspect of it. I know some very good athletes who once they made black belt were no longer interested...
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    What Are You Looking For in a Martial Art?

    TrueJim, good reply!
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    What Are You Looking For in a Martial Art?

    People train in martial arts for different reasons. Some are looking more for the "martial" in martial arts and some are looking more for the "art" in martial arts. Other seek some kind of balance and then some are in it just for the sport competition. Myself I am in it for the exercise and...
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    Picking a martial art?

    Of course it is more about the instructor and the what and how he/she teaches. Having said that I have observed some really good classes that I think over time with a lot of training would provide someone with the knowledge and ability to defend themselves if it came down to a situation that...
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