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    Normalcy Bias and Salman Rushdie

    Yes, these two psychological states show a weakness in the human psyche. Beyond these, however, IMO there is the more basic human trait of belonging to the "watchers" or the "doers." I think it can be seen individually whether one is in a group or not. A propensity for action vs inaction...
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    Do you use technology to improve your Martial Art's skills?`

    I'm of the same mind as Flying Crane, above, on this. The only technology I see as very useful is video to provide feedback for forms or sparring. Seeing yourself in motion is often an eye-opener and can expose many subtle flaws you're not aware as you do them in real time. High tech metrics...
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    Thinking ahead versus going with the flow in sparring

    Great video I haven't seen before. Lee almost exclusively relied on counters and stop hits. Even padded up his speed and reflexes are evident. He would have excelled in point karate tournaments.
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    World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Killed

    Imagine if we had to depend exclusively on our skills and brains to survive. Few of us would still be around. While helpful, those qualities need reinforcements like luck, grace or fate from time to time. If someone is in charge of that, I'd like to buy him dinner.
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    How can I ease my tension whilst practicing kata?

    I know this is very hard for a teenage boy, but it is absolutely VITAL that you share (certain) things ;) with your parent. Your health is at the top of the list. At 14 you just don't have the experience yet to judge what's important and what's not. You listen to your sensei, right? Why...
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    How can I ease my tension whilst practicing kata?

    Your age explains a lot (not your fault, we all were 14 at one time). Giving full info in your posts helps others understand and make relevant and more helpful comments. All new students are usually over-tense. Not a big worry now. Just work on the big movements and don't try too hard and be...
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    Thinking ahead versus going with the flow in sparring

    Good concept - Can hit the opponent before, during or after his attack is executed. In other words, anytime is a good time - proper timing is king - there are many ways to defeat the opponent. If memory serves, Musashi wrote of the identical concept with his "three shouts."
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    How can I ease my tension whilst practicing kata?

    Wow! There is so much wrong with this post. Some red flags: 1. The poster offers no info on age or physical condition. 2. Says he/she has unsuccessfully practiced relaxing for ONE/TWO DAY. It takes some two years to learn this. 3. Who made the link between the symptoms and being too...
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    What is this Stance Called?

    I was exposed to a number of his direct black belt students (of various degrees) and they were all tough, excellent technicians. But sadly, proliferation and commercialization often lead to lower standards and is seen in all styles. Ed Parker was a physical force to be reckoned with. Some had...
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    Thinking ahead versus going with the flow in sparring

    It's hard to preplan when you don't know what you're going up against. Sometimes you are lucky to have seen the opponent in a prior match and so can design a strategy tailored for him. Usually, when it starts, all you have to go on is his stance and posture to figure what kind of fighter he is...
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    Adopting a competitive mentality

    Another honest introspective question from you! I put myself into the same category, and it can be a liability in fighting/competition till you sort it out. At the same time, it's what makes you different from a thug. "A kind-hearted fighter?" Confusing on several levels. But Tony's post...
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    Another muscle torn

    I may be odd, but I have only done a little basic stretching throughout my MA career. I used to be able to easily throw a head kick but have lost that ability over the years. Don't miss it since IMO it's mostly good only for tournaments. Original Okinawan pre-sport karate (what I practice)...
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    World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Killed

    Lo made a fatal mistake. In sport, once you subdue the opponent the fight is over. Not so in real combat. The fight is not over till the opponent is effectively incapacitated, restrained or otherwise unable to continue to attack. Lo should have checked for weapons before releasing him to...
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    Anyone do weight training on top of MA?

    yeah, we have to deal with certain physical realities. this is more true in grappling and contact striking arts. it's less true in kung fu and karate that can be beneficial for most everyone, regardless of their condition as it can be done solo and with minimum stress on the body. just don't...
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    Anyone do weight training on top of MA?

    I don't understand this. Are you saying that you cannot get any better due to age, or that you have so much skill and experience that there is no room for improvement? I assure you, both statements are wrong. I have more than a few years, in life as well as MA, and over the past few years I...
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    20 tips for getting your 8 glasses a day...

    You guys are right. A couple of additional glasses to supplement the times one feels thirsty seems wise. Better a little too much than too little.
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    The eyes

    In my 50+ years of MA, this is one tactic I have never taught or practiced. I suppose it could work if you had the time to unzip and squirt the opponent in the eyes. Can't try that out now at my age - I'm lucky if I don't dribble on my shoes.
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    The eyes

    Good advice. If you're in a one-step range, you'd better be doing something. Controlling/changing the range can get the opponent off their game.
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    The eyes

    The Eagles said it best, "You can't hide your lyin' eyes." And watch out for those "Bette Davis Eyes."
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    What is this Stance Called?

    It means you're still missing several of my points. I've based my posts on the stance Gyakuto showed in the photo he posted when starting this thread. True, but to use the X-over step gives too much time for the opponent to counter (feint or no feint) unless we are talking about lower-level...
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    What is this Stance Called?

    You're a little off-track here. What you're describing is simply stepping in the bow stance to change distance as its main function. The topic is a specific stance (no distance change required) whose very nature provides function such as bracing against a pull and able to provide torque for...
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    20 tips for getting your 8 glasses a day...

    My main method of staying hydrated is a shocking, little-known technique (I think from Shangri-La or Tibet): I drink whenever I'm thirsty.
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    What is this Stance Called?

    Otsuka trained with Funakoshi in the 1920's and broke with him in the early 1930's. This, I think, was before most of the kata names were changed to the Japanese versions - about the same time Otsuka was making his own way. It's possible that he retained the older names of the kata to further...
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    Got some good news for a change

    Then work out like you can. If the doc says it's OK, there are plenty of karate things to do that won't tax your heart: study and experiment with bunkai, practice footwork, help junior students, slow motion kata.... With your experience, knowledge and dedication, you are still an asset to...
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    Should people post why they disagree

    That ominous red "thumb down" looks SO negative. It looks too much like a "dislike," so I have used it only for extreme cases. But disagreeing is not the same as not liking. Perhaps reworking the emoji or adding a couple more choices will allow us to more exactly express our reactions.
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    Aikido vs Burglar

    Regardless of one's opinion of aikido as an effective fighting system, it can certainly teach basic principles of evasion, calmness, balance and leverage. Just these skills alone can be useful with dealing with a drunk and allow him to defeat himself. In fact, IMO, a drunk's lack of...
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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    Doesn't this depend to a large extent on what the teacher wants? He is the one that equates a students' ability to a certain belt and is the sole arbitrator on this matter. As to a student not wanting a belt: What does he want? Ability? Then, again, the ability will equate to a belt as...
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    Too Many People Miss My Points

    Trust me, this does not only apply to spouses from another country. And it's not just limited to spouses. Misunderstandings occur in all walks of life: Work, love, school, social, teaching MA... Effective communication depends on both parties having the same frame of reference, whether it be...
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    Traditional vs Historical Martial Arts?

    This is a controversial subject in TMA that can be explored in many directions. I think we can agree that "historical" refers to how it was done in the past. But we must note that the past encompasses several periods of time, and the way some things were done over time evolved and changed...
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    Yagyu Shingan Ryu Canada

    I admittedly have no direct experience in koryu arts, but I have 3 yrs intensive training in Yamazaki Kiyoshi sensei's Iai-Tate-Do, Anaheim, Ca. This style of Iaido is influenced by Kashima Shinto Ryu which was designed for battlefield combat. Yamazaki sensei approached Iaido as an aggressive...
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