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    Krav talk...

    Nice discussion! I recently started training with a friend of mine, who is also a fellow Kenpo Blackbelt, in this organization. So far, from what I've seen, I like it. Yes, I certainly agree that there are good and bad out there, just like any other art. The Krav Maga Federation right in...
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    Is Carrying a Knife for Self-Defense, Illegal or Legal?

    I do realize that. Did I say something in my post that made you think otherwise?
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    Strike the hands ...or go straight to the head?

    I would say both options are valid. During some stick sparring that I've seen as well as participated in, I've seen shots just to the hands, I've seen a hit to the hand, followed up with a hit to the head, ie: abanico, and I've seen a well placed head shot.
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    Is Carrying a Knife for Self-Defense, Illegal or Legal?

    Lots of good advice already given. This is certainly a sticky situation, because as it's been said, things will vary from state to state. I would think, just like a gun, that things are going to be looked at on a case by case basis. Would a reasonable person pull a gun on someone because they...
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    The Disadvantage of Carrying Weapons

    Well said Bill and I agree. The interesting thing is, while many schools teach weapons, the retention part, as you mention, is often not taught. This is akin to teaching self defense, but not teaching de-escalation, or the legal side of SD.
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    Is sparring very effective?

    IMO, it's very important. It's the best way to test out what you've been working on. When we first learn something, we learn it in a slow, control setting, little to no resistance, etc. But when you start to spar, well, that is the best way to find out whether or not you can pull something...
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    How does one keep the outside world out of their training?

    Unfortunately, real life/real world issues are unavoidable and often hinder our training. It's happened to me many times. For me, the best way that I've found, is to just get back into it. Only YOU can make yourself train, so you have to push yourself, mentally and physically, to get back...
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    Fundamental pillars of self-defense?

    Nice topic. I didn't read through that other thread. However, I would say that while some arts are probably better suited for SD than others, I'd also say a lot of it comes down to how things are trained. Nothing says that you have to be chained to the methods found only in your school. In...
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    For those who don't care for ranks

    What types of complications? The only complications I can think of would be that someone is getting frustrated because they're not advancing. Is that what you're talking about? If so, well, I'll call BS on that, because the goal should be learning the art, and getting as good as you can...not...
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    For those who don't care for ranks

    Exactly! Neither did I. :)
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    For those who don't care for ranks

    Wow, you sure seem pretty fixated on rank. Belts, levels, colored shirts, whatever....all it is, is a method of giving the student a visual idea as to where they are. While it should also be an indication of skill, sadly, in many cases, it is not. I've seen some upper belts, ie: green, brown...
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    Don't tell them you know martial arts

    And IMO, the person who is trained, but can't control their actions, missed out on some valuable lessons. I came from a Kenpo art known for the 'over kill' in its techniques. If we have to bust up the guys arm, gouge his eyes, etc, all for a simple shirt, like I...
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    Don't tell them you know martial arts

    ^^^^ Yes! I agree with this! I'm of the mind that we shouldn't have to always walk in fear, ie: fear of a fight, fear of the aftermath, if you need to defend yourself, but as it was said, if you can walk away, well, may as well do it. Of course, each situation will vary. PG, the reality is...
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    why do elite level fighters drop their hands.

    Damn! That was impressive!! Never saw him fight before, and if I did, I honestly don't recall.
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    why do elite level fighters drop their hands.

    Sure. I won't disagree with that. JKD is known for it's various methods of attack, ie: Attack By Drawing, Attack By Combination, etc., so I can see how that applies. Like anything, each individual will need to find what works for them. If you're capable of pulling that off, great. Going...
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    why do elite level fighters drop their hands.

    Well, fortunately, I didn't pay to see that joke of a fight. LOL! Frankly, I'm not impressed with Mayweather. IIRC, Tank Abbot fought with that 1 hand low, 1 hand high, and was successful. But showboating like FM....well, hey, if you can pull if off, great. Personally, I'd rather not make...
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    Power VS. Technique - What's your opinion?

    Both are important, IMO, but I'd go with proper tech first.
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    Militarization of the police...

    People have a distorted view of reality. They should stop watching too much CSI, where everything is solved in an hour, and 1 person is hailed as hero. Anything SWAT related, and there's your 'militarization' phobia. Any big guns, people freak out. Nowadays, things are different than they...
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    Don't tell them you know martial arts

    Well, if you want to get technical about it, the same could be said about anyone who carries a gun for SD purposes. That said, I'll disagree with what you said here. I'm late to this party, so I might say something that has already been said, but I'll still toss in my .02. As it's been said...
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    5 Weeks In NYC-Which Style & School?

    5 weeks isn't really much time. There are some good schools in NYC, however, I'd suggest calling them first, explaining your situation, and see if they'd be able to accommodate you. To make the training a bit more worth while, you might also want to look into some private lessons. One thing...
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    MMA fighter kills intruder

    Anything has the potential to work, just like anything has the potential to fail. Despite popular belief, there is no magic art out there. I'm one of the first people to say that many useful things can be gained from MMA training. Of course, keep in mind, the average MMA gym, that is teaching...
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    Why do they not teach Commando Krav Maga or Jujutsu Krav Maga in the US?

    The IKMA group, let by GM Gidon, has ground fighting in it. The Krav Maga Federation, let by Rhon Mizrachi, also has ground fighting in it.
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    Shoes - Weapons or hindrances?

    In some schools that I trained at, I wore wrestling shoes. My current dojo, is very traditional, so no shoes allowed. However, I do enjoy training in every day clothing. Usually a big difference between kicking in a gi while barefoot, and wearing jeans and sneakers. Considering that everyone...
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    What Is Your Plan When The **** Hits The Fan??????

    And the bad guy knows this how? I don't know where you live, but nowadays, people will steal just about anything they can get their hands on, for some quick cash, usually to buy drugs.
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    What Is Your Plan When The **** Hits The Fan??????

    In most cases, yes, that's usually the case. However: Cheshire Connecticut home invasion murders - Wikipedia the free encyclopedia These people were not drug dealers. Just an innocent family, victimized by 2 thugs, with past criminal history.
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    What Is Your Plan When The **** Hits The Fan??????

    I read that article on FB, as well as on your blog. Good for the home owners. It's definitely a very good idea to take precautions, not only when you're out, but also inside your home. IMHO, your home is your home. Anyone who breaks into your home, gets whatever you dish out to them. I...
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    Why do they not teach Commando Krav Maga or Jujutsu Krav Maga in the US?

    Well, let's see....CKM has tons of controversy around it. I've heard good and bad things about it. There are places around the US, that do teach this, but like anything, buyer beware. Jujitsu KM? Umm....what's that? LOL! Many KM schools have incorporated ground work into their training...
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    How to complement my Krav Maga training?

    The vast majority of schools will not teach those things you're looking for. I'm talking about the legal stuff, the de-escalation, etc. Many schools teach what I call the 'during' part of the fight, which is the guy punches, grabs, etc, and you defend. Basically, just the techs to defend...
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    Do BETTER martial artists train ONE art or MANY arts?

    LOL exactly, and we've seen those people on this very forum. I've had people ask me how I could do Kenpo AND Modern Arnis. Simple: I wasn't in a rush. I wanted to learn the art, plain and simple. Whenever the belts, came, they came. It wasn't a priority.
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    How to be Self-taught?

    IMO, your time would be better spent training under a teacher, rather than trying to figure things out via dvd. I've said it before, I'll say it a million more times....nothing can replace a live teacher. People make the excuse of no schools around, no schools that teach what they want, etc...