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  1. Supra Vijai

    To defend myself, do I need to carry a weapon?

    Within our organization we recently went through a workshop on improvised weapons using everyday items. I can't (with our local laws), justify carrying a 5" wood dowel around with me any more than I could a knife; certainly not a gun. With that in mind, we looked at things like water bottles...
  2. Supra Vijai

    Start up costs in Kyudo

    Thanks for that, I've been in touch with the guy organizing it all down here and they are looking to launch in Feb 2013. Purely expressions of interest at this stage so I've put my name down. Will wait till it all starts up and take it from there :)
  3. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Al, I've got a damn text message conversation with one of my best friends on my phone that is up to over 1600 messages back and forth just by itself. Impressive number but doesn't mean there is much substance there! We just put everything in text as opposed to calling each other. I'm not...
  4. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Fantasy sells? I had a strange thought the other day that when it comes to MA, fantasy = sex. Everywhere else, sex sells. With being a totally cool, uber awesome warrior assassin, you can't beat fantasy!
  5. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Hey Edward, Yeah when it came time to pick a username for the forum, I got extremely creative - Supra is my first name and Vijai is my surname :P Calling me Supra will be fine, I really don't expect anyone to use the title "Mr." as I find it quite formal and I am neither at that age nor rank...
  6. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Ahh my mistake, I've clearly misinterpreted things somewhere along the line. Thanks for the clarification!
  7. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    As in, not limited to being a Koryu approach or the take on the mentality?
  8. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    (Very) slightly more seriously however, I thought this was more of a "Koryu" approach than anything. That said, the important thing to remember is that what is done in Japan is for the Japanese. They have the cultural background, the social hierarchy and the attitudes necessary to make this...
  9. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Not quite sure I count as a contribution just yet :P
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    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Thanks for taking the time to post a detailed reply. Interesting that something like Aikido would follow that approach of teaching. Were you learning in Japan? If not, I might say that particular school may not have been for you or their approach might not have been tailored for the audience...
  11. Supra Vijai

    Master Al Case' Matrix Martial Arts

    Hey Edward, Welcome to MT. IF you do decide to stick around, I'm sure there's lots of information you can gather and discussions to be had :) That said, quick questions: You say you are no martial [arts] vet, nor do you hold any degree in Classical Martial Arts. I'm taking the latter part to...
  12. Supra Vijai

    Start up costs in Kyudo

    Thanks for that, I have sent an email off to the group asking if they are active, where and when they meet and if I am able to visit a class. Hopefully I'll be able to clear it all up with them there if it goes ahead. With regards to the custom sizing, yeah I gathered that would be the case so...
  13. Supra Vijai

    Last post Archery

    Hey Sanke, remind me to catch up with you over the weekend or in class at least. I think I may have found a study group for Kyudo right here and was gonna ask if you wanted to check it out with me!
  14. Supra Vijai

    Start up costs in Kyudo

    Hi, I've just come across a place that may potentially be teaching Kyudo in Melbourne, Australia which is great because I didn't think we had it here! Their format as far as I can gather seems to be one of a study group under an experienced practitioner rather than a Koryu school but it's a...
  15. Supra Vijai

    Rookie In Modesto

    Hmmm... I get the excitement a kid gets from watching The Karate Kid or TMNT - hell, I trained my wax on, wax off for months and ran out to join the nearest Karate school back in the day - but the important thing is to realize that it's all fantasy. If you want to fight like Bruce Wayne does in...
  16. Supra Vijai

    Self-Defense - Closed room w/obstructions environment

    Yeah I know what you mean about not being one for the pub crawl scene. It's never interested me and last night was the first time I've gone out to a bar in a long time (aside from a social after work wind down thing), let alone multiple places in the same night. For all I know it might have...
  17. Supra Vijai

    Why karate kids are less likely to grow up to be violent men

    Replying a bit late but just wanted to say thanks Bill, an interesting read :) I especially like the recognition that some schools train thugs, not good citizens therefore one must be judicious because it acknowledges one needs to take the time to find a good art, school and instructor and...
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    Self-Defense - Closed room w/obstructions environment

    The way I understand it is you need to match your opponent, not try to "win" by aggression. Matching them can also indicate to them you are not as easy a target as they would have liked, which means they now have the very real possibility of getting hurt themselves. Mind you, we also focus on a...
  19. Supra Vijai

    Where do I go to spar?

    Yeah it's a fact that you get what you pay for - whether it's a knock off Iphone or a Rolex vs the Real thing or MA instruction. My current classes in my primary art are expensive purely based on a financial scale. $20 a class and a set annual membership fee. That said it's a 2 hour class, I get...
  20. Supra Vijai

    Where do I go to spar?

    You don't have to be rich to cross train, just need to be able to commit the time and the mental discipline to stick to things. Most places in my experience will offer a range of flexible payment options and packages to suit most everyone. When I tried Krav Maga, the cost was $15 a fortnight...
  21. Supra Vijai

    Where do I go to spar?

    Sigh... so even when I want to take you up on your offer of that guided tour of the UK, the universe conspires against us :(
  22. Supra Vijai

    Where do I go to spar?

    Aren't you glad I wasn't one of those annoying foreigners? :P Work wanted a few of us to head over but I'd miss too much training time here so declined
  23. Supra Vijai

    A Complete System: Is There Such A Thing?

    Yeah trust me, I wouldn't fit into a pair of skinny jeans anyway, what with my manly manly quads and all ;) Dress jeans as in nice, going out jeans as opposed to something to wear just casually but I find that I get very restricted in any type of jeans really. Suit pants on the other hand, even...
  24. Supra Vijai

    A Complete System: Is There Such A Thing?

    Midsection? Please... you try doing that in skinny jeans, cause I tooooootallly own me some of those :P Even in dress jeans though, personally, I'd go for the knee or the ankle if I want any ability to generate power. As for 10th Dan, I can think of at least one system that shall go unnamed...
  25. Supra Vijai

    Recommended readings?

    Yeah, I've got that one on my list. Not sure how applicable it will be living in Australia with a very different legal system to the States but still think it'd be interesting to go through
  26. Supra Vijai

    To defend myself, do I need to carry a weapon?

    The topic of appropriate force is being covered extensively in this thread so this link seems appropriate. I've also just posted it in another thread I had started a while back re: recommended readings. Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence (Paperback) The following...
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    Recommended readings?

    Just posting back here to say thanks once again for all the suggestions. I have (I think) an impressive list of books ordered now and hopefully on their way soon! I'll post up some pictures of the bookshelf when it's looking a tad less empty JKS, Just wanted to ask if you'd seen this new one...
  28. Supra Vijai

    To defend myself, do I need to carry a weapon?

    Yeah look I agree with throwing up a hand as a defensive barrier if you have that room and reaching behind your back with the other. For one, it sends all sorts of visual cues and if done properly, is not going to be taken as a sign of overt aggression from your part. Any assault that happens...
  29. Supra Vijai

    To defend myself, do I need to carry a weapon?

    I'm fairly sure we are saying the same thing. I mentioned appropriate force multiple times in that post and my posts since on the topic. If you feel in fear for your life and are able to, certainly deploy your firearm if you are legally allowed to do so. I also have no qualms with a stick being...
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    To defend myself, do I need to carry a weapon?

    That one sentence right there means I maintain my belief that you have completely missed the point of defense. Winning has no place in a real world violent encounter. It belongs on the mat, in the octagon or a ring. On the streets, it's a case of: you should be prepared to survive. There's all...
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