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  1. Happy-Papi

    Sharing my son's experience catching a bad guy.

    Hi guys! I have been out for a few months but here again to say hi and to share my son's experience last January 11, 2014. I just copied and pasted this from my Facebook and here it goes... I didn't post the whole story on FB but the story went like this... My son and his classmate saw a guy...
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    Hello Brothers and sisters!

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    Shaolin Monk harnesses Qi to drill his head?

    The power of Qi... Watching this made me felt like a total newbie!
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    Hi! Welcome :)
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    The Title of Martial Arts Master

    You nailed it! Yes I think that my role is in coaching because that is basically what I have been doing. Instructors never asked me to teach from scratch and I often get the task of handling their most advance students and instructors. Not that I'm better or skilled than they are but I guess...
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    The Title of Martial Arts Master

    We had a visitor from abroad who handed out his calling card and before his name was his title (master, shihan, sensei,etc...). He noticed that the kids were giggling upon seeing his title "master" and asked the kids why they are giggling. The kids answered "sugoi" (wonderful, superb, wow!)...
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    Is FMA the only viable stick art??

    Maybe someday when I get drunk, lol! ------------------------------------ This may be out of topic but for those who might be interested with Tribal MA and would like to get some idea... Personally I find the techniques in the movements (dance) very different from katas because it looks more...
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    Is FMA the only viable stick art??

    This is just based on my personal experience so please take this with a grain of salt since I didn't learn FMA from organized schools... I gave several demos and lessons to Japanese MA guys who has experience with Hanbo but their main art was Karate, Judo, Aikido, Naginata and Kendo and some of...
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    I agree with you. Yes the teaching method is very different in MA and SD. Sad thing is that many non-MA practitioners often think that MA and SD are the same. In my country (Philippines) back in the days when I was young, there are no dojos that I know of who advertised SD only so it was...
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    I've heard about people who were desperate to learn MA due to their situation. One good example that I know is a guy back in high school who wanted to learn MA because he was always being asked money by or being bullied and thought that if he learned MA fast that he can easily kick the bullies...
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    Karate and Shortened lifespan?

    I don't know much about the karate since I'm not a real karate guy but since my son is doing karate and sometimes I teach at dojos other martial arts, I do meet lots of senior martial artists. Comparing senior karate guys to ordinary senior guys in the same age bracket, normally the karate guys...
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    Punches vs Open hand to face for self defense.

    I'm talking in general and not on the face only. I use both but I notice that I tend to use open hands a lot probably because of my training where sometimes our opponents are wearing helmets, mask and body armor. Sometimes it is so hard to find an opening because of other equipments that are...
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    Well, Hullo!

    Hello! Welcome :)
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    Meditation's Effect on You?

    Wow, thank you! I didn't know about the Shaolin way but will try it... My forehead and crown often has the tingling sensation and have probably learned to open and shut them down because sometimes the sensation is quite annoying. My biggest question is many gurus teach how to open them but...
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    Why did you choose FMA?

    First I really didn't knew that I was being taught FMA because my original FMA teachers were ordinary grandpops who was tending my father's land. They taught me every summer when school is off where I had to go to the province to help with the work. Then after that I got some paramilitary...
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    Knife fighting skills for unarmed combat.

    Yes this is also very true that "like any exercise, not being able to actually injure, cripple or kill the attacker changes the nature of the drill as well". Practitioners who uses real knives will tend not to go all the way since both don't like to get hurt. Though training like this have...
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    Knife fighting skills for unarmed combat.

    I totally agree with you and it's nice to know that you have trained with live blades. Another big reason I see why many practitioners get scared with blades is that they don't really use blades that much in their everyday life especially practitioners who are living in the city where everybody...
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    Gun Rights and Martial Arts

    Back in the days when I was training in Traditional FMA and military CQC, all my teachers and seniors told me that MA should only be our last option. They said to discretely use MA to eliminate our enemies to capture their gears, food and medicine if weapons and stocks are unavailable. This has...
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    loud in class

    I think I learned something new here. My father trained me in karate at a very young age and moved to another dojo before I reach my teens but never knew that it's disrespectful to be louder than my seniors. Years passed and now there are times I go to dojo or do private lessons (in Japan)...
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    Stupid intro threads...

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    beginer need help

    Hi There! All of the martial arts you have mentioned are great fighting arts and it is all up to you to decide. Don't worry much about if you have a small wrist because as you train, you will automatically learn how to effectively bring out punches that will not damage your wrist. Even though...
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    Disabled newbe

    Dear Sluggo, This is the first time I have learned about MS and read some wiki about it. Obviously I am no expert but please let me share with you my experience back in high school in hope that this might help in some way. I moved to another school during my 3rd year and got grouped up with...
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    Put off by the yelling?

    Coming from CQC and traditional FMA we don't yell and try to be very silent as much as possible. Even when we choke we try to wrap our legs and clasp the nostril and mouth to prevent feet clatters, squeals and cries. It was hard for me not to sound off when practicing at first but I got used to...
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    Philosophy in the martial arts

    My seniors said, "Patience is a good virtue but it's a luxury that we don't have" :)
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    ok,guy and gals ,Is 49 to old to start judo?

    Hi jwmims, I just called a friend who is a judo instructor for your question and he said that they have 2 new members who are in their mid 50s. Their sons are his students and the dads decided that they should join in. One of the dads has a black belt in judo during his Jr. high school days and...
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    Bo Staff

    It's all twisted and mixed but the good thing is that these MA newbies got the names organized somehow, lol!
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    Bo Staff

    Please let me share this... When I was teaching FMA-CQC at a Japanese dojo, several Japanese MA instructors had a hard time getting through with a group of foreigner guests who are total MA newbies. They were talking about the staff. In Japan we call a stick "BO". Short sticks are "michikai bo"...
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    can a kid beat a man?

    Naaa, my son is just an ordinary kid :) My son was ill tempered when he was in his elementary and Jr. high school but when he turned high school I never got rumors or complains about him fighting. He started to stay away from fights during his last days in Jr. high school when he got his BB in...