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  1. Phoenix44

    Not really a beginner, but I guess this is still the right place to ask.

    Walk, swim, ride your bicycle, stretch, go up and down stairs. Do workout videos on YouTube or TV. Watch Dancing With Myself on TV and dance along (Its fun)
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    Too old?

    I started at 41. Shodan at 46. I'm 66, still training, but now I do tai chi. (Got tired of hitting the ground!) Good luck.
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    Leading senior citizens to the "Dark Side" - Right or wrong?

    I think its kind of unfair to imply theres no value to tai chi for health, or that its somehow wrong. The movement of the forms improves balance and decreases the risk of falls in seniors (thats research, not my personal opinion). For some people, thats all they want or need. Tai chi...
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    Very, very discouraged - It seems Taekwondo is not for me

    Thank you for your explanation. My view comes from the fact that in more than 25 years of training and teaching, Ive never encountered a TKD dojang here on Long Island, where theres a martial arts studio in every strip mall, that DOESNT compete in tournaments. But Ill be happy to re-explore...
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    How do you handle burn out?

    Change instructors, try a different MA, train less often, train differently, take a break for a few months. I think you have to figure out what you mean by burnt out. Are you bored or not making progress or injured or tired of hitting the ground or pressured for time, or just plain exhausted...
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    Beaten by a white belt.

    Never underestimate the last place team. 仄領儭
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    Very, very discouraged - It seems Taekwondo is not for me

    I agree with the others. I think the instructor has the problem, not you. Im 66, female, and I didnt start martial arts until my 40s. I ran into more than one instructor who said, Women cant learn to punch. My attitude was, and is, if YOU cant teach a woman to punch, Ill find an...
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    Teaching assertiveness from a young age.

    While I think the topic is interesting and important, I also think you made a lot of generalizations that are based on personal experience. Passive kids are not necessarily taught to be that way by their parents. In sparring, people do not necessarily "back away" because they're passive...maybe...
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    Fall Risk

    Speaking from the perspective of an old person, I'd say both. I'd prefer not to fall, so I train for balance: maintaining balance and recovering balance. But, sometimes there's ice on the ground, or you misstep, or your son rides his bicycle a little to close to yours, and then you'd better know...
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    Beginning again late in life

    I agree with those whove recommended the internal martial arts: tai chi, bagua, xing yi. I mean, do you REALLY need to risk getting busted up and not being able to train at all? Find a good tai chi instructor who teaches tai chi as a martial art. Youll get a different perspective on self...
  11. Phoenix44

    Domestic Assault in Public: A Case Study

    Yes, I would get involved. I would call 911.
  12. Phoenix44

    Need actual help. Truly need some Knowledge / Input...

    I actually thought this was a serious matter, and based on 25 years of experience as a martial artist, I did have a few suggestions for you. But then I got to the end of your post, where you called me an "***hat liberal." Maybe someone else can help you. Maybe someone with expertise in another...
  13. Phoenix44

    Wake Up... Breakfast!

    If I'm in a hurry, PBJ and coffee. I eat in the car. (I confess, I kind of like to eat in the car). Leisure? Maybe corn flakes and skim milk; strawberries and yogurt; pancakes; oatmeal. And the New York Times to peruse.
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    Americans woefully ignorant about religion, study says

    Why am I not surprised?
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    99.9% of female martial artists fail in self defense?

    Well, I'm not sure what qualifies him to make a commentary on 99.9% of anything, but I'm sure that the same would apply to most men taking martial arts.
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    Tai Chi on Long Island?

    Yeah, that's pretty much what I said...but somehow, I'm an ageist, while you're just "not recommending class to someone looking for an easy class with no real physical [and MENTAL] challenge." Strange how these things are. I'd appreciate not being called an ageist by someone who has never...
  17. Phoenix44

    Overweight MA instructor sues, loses, for being fired

    Fired TWICE from two different centers for being fat? I'm guessing that's baloney.
  18. Phoenix44

    a good way of lossing weight

    Weight Watchers. Good principles of nutrition, easy, and you can eat whatever you want, as long as you account for it. And it's sustainable. Any "diet" will work in the short run, but if you give up everything you like, you won't stay on it for the long run.
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    The real answer to getting rid of illegal aliens

    It's a fallacy that prices would "shoot up" if Americans were hired. The prices should go up very little, and here's why: Labor costs are only part of the cost of a product, I've heard some quotes of 15-20%. Suppose a head of lettuce costs, let's say $1.00. And let's say the cost of labor...
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    Eyeglass frames for MA training?

    Rec-Specs. I've worn them for years. http://www.sporteyes.com/recspecs.htm
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    The real answer to getting rid of illegal aliens

    Nobody's proposing "amnesty," in the sense of open the doors and everyone's legal. What Bush and McCain proposed was basically this: For those already here, they must register, pay a fine, get on the end of the line for citizenship, and learn English. And it's a good idea. But in my...
  22. Phoenix44

    Failed Terror Attack In NYC.

    Just out of curiosity...who exactly is the "them" that you want to pay back like Bush would? Iraq? I'm in New York City right now, and last I heard, they found one guy that they believe is involved.
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    Canadian Civil Libertarians Defend Coulter

    Well, you might want them "rounded up," but it wouldn't be for "hate speech." You're perfectly free to call the president an idiot, and you wouldn't be "rounded up" for it. That comment refers to Bush's personal idiocy, and not to any racial, religious or gender stereotype.
  24. Phoenix44

    Tai Chi on Long Island?

    Since you don't know me, please don't accuse me of ageism. First of all, I'm not young. Secondly, I've taught "hard" martial arts to people much, much older than I am now. The "grandma" comment was a paraphrase of a car advertisement!
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    Do You Believe We Are Living In Hell?

    I've been to hell. I don't think this is it.
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    Canadian Civil Libertarians Defend Coulter

    I disagree. Saying you're against same sex marriage is a viewpoint. Calling John Edwards a "F@&&0T" as Anne Coulter did, is hate speech. Disagreeing with the Israeli policy of building new settlements in disputed territory is expressing your viewpoint. Saying that Jews "need to be...
  27. Phoenix44

    Is Kung Fu "on the decline"?

    Yes, I do think MMA is hurting traditional kung fu. I joined a kung fu school about a year and a half ago because, after years of Japanese martial arts, I was looking for something different. As the months went by, the school began to change. The weapons classes disappeared, they introduced...
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    Should I stick with my Kung Fu school?

    I'll give you my 2 cents, for whatever it's worth. 1. I agree with those that say that 8 months is probably too early to develop any real confidence in a street defense situation, especially if you have no prior fighting experience. 2. I agree that you should look at the upper ranks...
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    Canadian Civil Libertarians Defend Coulter

    As I understand it, Coulter was specifically told that hate speech is illegal in Ottawa, and that she could be arrested for hate speech--not for her conservative views. There's a big difference. But it's the CCLA who are the liberals. I can't stand Coulter myself, but I defend her right to...
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