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    Hiatus over.... Back on the Mat

    In the summer of 2018 a bunch of stuff happened. It wasn't all bad. But it ended up leaving me in a position where I had a buddy who could, and was OK with, being the main instructor at my place (Wasabi). That had previously been my position so I could take a hiatus for an indefinite time so as...
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    Catastrophic Chain-reaction Injury Story

    Yesterday, my wife & I were headed into Houston from our place to meet with some friends for dinner. We took an Uber so she could relax and have a second drink if she wanted it. We were picked up by a relatively big guy named James, in a Ford Explorer (Just background info, not relevant to the...
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    How did you get here? What path did you take?

    The "What makes your Primary art Primary" thread got me to thinking, generally a bad idea but hey. We've got a LOT of high-end, longtime practitioners of various types and methods on here at MT. It is sometimes fun to get a bit of somebody's history by piecing it together from a nugget here, a...
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    Real Aikido Street Fight, maybe

    I just ran across this video... the guy featured in the video seems to know what he's doing, and the fast tempo of the action does indeed make it seem "real," but what do you all think? Staged? Stage-ish? A bit scripted, maybe? I can't quite tell. Also, the comments below the video are...
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    Supplementation.... with Ketones

    I wanted to know how many of y'all know about this ketone drink thing. My lady wife's got me drinking these things.... well, she's had me at it for about 2 months now. Procedure is simple, and way easier than my protein shakes -- grab a packet, get a shaker-glass, dump 4-5 ice cubes in there...
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    Getting in Fighting Shape... for Summer

    Last time to the Doc I cam in at 6'3" and 248 pounds... about 20 Too heavy for me, and I'd prefer to drop 35. So, on to th diet plan I go, I think. My wife has had me drinking those exogenous ketones lately, which makes the low-carb thing a lot easier to... uh... stomach. It seems to be...
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    Fiction MA Books you'd recommend

    I seem to be running out of good fiction MA books. In looking for new fiction books with martial arts being used by principal characters, and therefore such are described in the action sequences -- I can't seem to find good, new authors. Obviously, I'm not looking int he right places. So...
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    Recommendations... and why?

    OK, here's the situation. You've got a close friend who has young kids. You and he live in a generally suburban area just outside a large urban area so you have access to lots of things within reasonable driving distance and both you and he make enough cash to live reasonably well. The...
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    Collusion -- BYOBS

    Please forgive me if this has already been hsared here on another thread. Collusion in Aikido: A Gentlemans Agreement Taken Too Far by Stanley Pranin It's Stan Pranin's drafting & experience. I've noted this same problem when I visit other aikido schools, and even other arts with...
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    Close them Off vs. Open Them Up

    Generalized You vs. Opponent scenario, terrain is open and not an issue. What is your tactical preference between the two choices of: A) Closing the opponent off from you, meaning you are trying to get behind one of his arms so that you are directed "at" him/her, while he/she is pointed "away"...
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    injury catalog? Why do we do what we do...

    Last Tuesday night after class I was talking with one of my students. He shared with me that he's having to wear a neoprene sleeve on his left elbow, as he'd taken a fall poorly the week before and it was bothering him quite a bit now. I asked him about it and it turns out I'm the culprit that...
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    Opinions on Lenny Sly's Aikido Combative concepts?

    Lenny Sly is apparently a longtime aikido person, getting intot he youtube arena with a group near to Chicago, I think it is. He's got a lot of videos online talking about coming out of traditional aikido feel & practice and returning to a more personal combat art format (I'd call his stuff...
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