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    Shawn Tompkins.

    Head trainer at Tapout Gym in Las Vegas dies at age 37. A fighter close to Shawn Tompkins says the renowned trainer passed away this morning. Veteran lightweight John Gunderson today told ( that Tompkins "didn't wake up," but he was still unclear on the details...
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    Variation of the axe kick?

    Hello all, I have been searching for a website or someone that can help me with a version of the axe kick. I have always been a huge fan of the axe kick, using it as my "ace in the hole" throughout my entire time in the martial arts. I have been happy with more simple variations(standing...
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    Side mount help?

    Hello all, the problem I am having is my escapes from side mount. I have one wrestler in particular that is extremely difficult to escape from. He has several years of JJ experience, a solid base, gets super tight, is friggin crazy strong, and is stopping all of my escape attempts. Any one have...
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    Back in the hunt.

    I am just venting here. As of this morning, I am back in the hunt..................For a job. I was fired for unsatisfactory job performance and insubordination. I am not sure how this could be, as I generate 95% of the income for my department and I bust my butt. I work as a personal...
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    Sgt. Jared Monti

    An Army sergeant from Massachusetts has been awarded the Medal of Honor three years after he died trying to rescue wounded comrades during a battle with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama called the family of Sgt. Jared Monti of Raynham this week to inform them of the...
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    Ed Freeman

    Ed Freeman You're a 19-year-old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the...
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    Missing GI Reportedly Sold to Militant Clan

    Not sure if this is where it belongs, but here it is.
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    My Granny.

    On Saturday June 20, 2009, my Grandma left this world. She had a large hand in my raising. She was surrounded by family and friends at the time. She was one tough ole gal and she lived a hard life. Her legacy will live on with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren...
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    You could have heard a pin drop.

    I am not sure if this should be in here or somewhere else. So, if it needs to be moved then please do so. I got this in an e-mail form my brother-in-law. YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP When in England , at a fairly large conference, Dr. Condi Rice was asked by the Archbishop of...
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    Your sparring in class?

    I am sure this has come up in the past in other sections, but I am to lazy to search for the thread. I was watching my little beginners spar last night and I got to wondering how others conduct their sparring. Equipment? Rules or lack of? Level of contact? Safety precautions? Technique...
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    Shawn White.

    It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my nephew Shawn White. Shawn has lost his fight with a rare and very aggressive form of lung cancer on 4/15/09 at the age of 19. Shawn slipped away in his sleep while surrounded by family and friends. Shawn was diagnosed on...
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    Eat on the head or out of it?

    This is just plain scary.,8599,1882569,00.html Just don't eat the chocolate ice cream.
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    I thought this was funny and thought I would share. Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida . > > > >Not me. I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win...
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    Kata w/o Bunkai?

    I was reading another thread and an interesting topic was mentioned in passing. The poster said that they place little to no emphasis on bunkai/application of their kata. This got me to thinking, do we Okinawan/Japanese karate-ka place to much emphasis on bunkai? I must admit it has me thinking...
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    Kansas city tea party planned

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    Soldier defies President.

    I am not sure if this has been posted or if any of you have heard this, but here it is. OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL Soldier doubts eligibility, defies president's orders 'As an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this'...
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    My father-in-law told me about this and I thought it would be a hoot to share it with you all. I am not sure if it should be in here or in the comedy section. Enjoy?
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    Three Contractors

    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then...
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    Jim Park?

    I have been tryingto find an EPAK school in the Southern KC area and I have come across a guy named Jim Park. I have tried to contact him, but I have not heard back from him yet. Do any of you happen to know him? Do any of you happen to train with him? Or know him? He is a 2nd Dan and...
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    Dividing up the country.

    I was not sure where this should go, but it came from my HG instructor and thought it should be shared. Dear American liberals, We have stuck together since the late 1950s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each...
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    GSP, a cheater?

    I just saw this and thought it needed to be posted.,138156
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    Info request.

    I just got back from checking out the somewhat local Hapkido school and I have a few questions for you all. 1. Do any of you have any experience with the Midwest Hapkido Federation? Opinions on them? 2. Do any of you know anything about Steve Gravino? He is the instructor at the school in...
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    Give me the heads up here.

    I pm'd a member asking something similar to this question. First a little background, I have been training since childhood and I have moved to BB rank in several styles(6th Dan is my highest). Now I have been kicking around the idea of taking up another style, not for the rank, but for the...
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    A little terrorist info.

    I thought you all might find this interesting. Scares me to death wondring how many they do NOT know about. Please take with a grain of salt, as I find the source to be in need of scrutiny.
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    Cerebral Palsy:additional instructor insights wanted.

    Yesterday I picked up a student who has mild CP. His parents came to me as a personal trainer and MA instructor looking to get the child some one on one help. His doctor has left it open as to what we want to do with him and has only stated that he needs to build his balance and his core...
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    Holster trouble.

    I am having trouble finding a good holster for my Tarus 24/7 9mm. I have checked around with little to no success. Do any of you have this firearm? Do you have a holster you like? The only one I have found so far is the Fobus, but it has very low reviews. What do you all think? I...
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    RIP Bro.

    Jeff Mersman-U.S. Army Was killed last week when an IED was detonated in close proximity to his unit. Also killed were 5 other members of his unit. He was shot one year ago and refused a medical discharge. He is a true defender of freedom.
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    WSD physical techniques.

    Hi all, I am working on my curriculum for my women's self-defense program and I am wondering what physical techniques you teach in your seminars or classes for WSD. I currently make use of pinches to sensitive areas, knees, elbows, palm heel, foot stomp, eye gouge, and ear popping. What...
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    Casey Gibson- R.I.P. bro.

    A fellow local Paintball Player and great guy. Yesterday Casey Gibson (18 years old) from the Klub Kidz was killed in an auto accident near Purcell, OK. I don't have all the information on the funeral yet. "About 4 p.m., Gibson was a passenger in a northbound pickup on Interstate 35 in...
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    Fitness focus?

    After reading through some other threads, I got to thinking about how much emphasis each of us places on physical preparedness when it come sto our MA training. So my questions are these: How much emphasis do you place on physical fitness in your school and in your own training? Do...