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  1. Olde Phart

    What are some motivation, inspiration or life lesson speeches you discuss in your class as an instructor?

    I try to listen to each of you and respect your points of view, knowing full well that some of them should be "taken with a grain of salt." That being said, I find it difficult to believe that some of you, as instructors, can hear a comment in passing during class and can then walk away from...
  2. Olde Phart

    Quantity of Memorization

    Because of the respect I have for the both of you, I humbly bow out so as not to be caught in the cross-fire or be used as a weapon against either of you.
  3. Olde Phart

    What are some motivation, inspiration or life lesson speeches you discuss in your class as an instructor?

    Something I made to give to a few students I've known.
  4. Olde Phart

    What are some motivation, inspiration or life lesson speeches you discuss in your class as an instructor?

    I have been a pastor and a missionary. My wife and I have raised our own children, our own grandchildren, and are currently participating in the daily upbringing of our great-grandchildren. It has always amused me to listen to young preachers spouting off about how to raise your family . . ...
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    Quantity of Memorization

    The more I follow various threads on this forum, the more I am thankful for the school and instructor I have. I'm the oldest black belt (at 67) in the school. Working on 2nd, but it's getting to be a challenge. I'm learning that all that "black belt" means is, "Welcome to grade school, dude."...
  6. Olde Phart

    stuggling with kicks

    I know just enough about martial arts to know how little I know.
  7. Olde Phart

    stuggling with kicks

    Yeah, it's a LOT easier to kick 'em when they're down!
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    stuggling with kicks

    I agree about the "flashy-ness" of martial arts. In my dojang, students are all agog watching some of the more flexible ones doing the high kicks. But, if they won't let you hit the head during sparring . . .
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    stuggling with kicks

    I was concerned when I re-started martial arts at the age of 65. My instructor told me not to worry about flexibility, just keep on practicing. His main advice that got me over my worries? "A roundhouse to the knee will disable your foe and put them on the ground just like a kick to the head."
  10. Olde Phart

    Mirrored versions of forms

    True. the main differences are usually (in our forms) related to the joon-bee (start) and the finish.
  11. Olde Phart

    Mirrored versions of forms

    Mr. Skribs - Interesting question to start a thread, and even more interesting to read the responses. It seems the various responders all train (or, at least their forms do it) by working to one side. In the MA system I train in, ALL forms/katas/hyungs have mirrored movements within them. If...
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    40 years old taking his first courses and having bits of difficulties

    I bought a mat at the start cuz I thought it would help, but in the long run, the grandkids enjoyed playing with it more than i used it. Unless you're practicing throwing yourself on the floor and doing the arm-slap to absorb the fall, you probably don't need a mat. Carpet is fine. The dirt...
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    40 years old taking his first courses and having bits of difficulties

    Reading the responses, the back-and-forth, I would pretty much agree with the basic approaches given. One . . . you're never too old to start (or re-start) martial arts. Two . . . your only competition is yourself. If you're trying to compare yourself to those younger ones or those that have...
  14. Olde Phart

    First time as instructor

    Yeah, I've done the flinch thing, too. We didn't use a wall, but were free-standing. Actually, we weren't trying to combat a real "flinch" but it was blinking as the punch approached. Wanted us to keep our eyes open during a punch by our opponent. It was interesting. I guess the instructor...
  15. Olde Phart

    First time as instructor

    Now that y'ns have beat me up about doing things backward . . . what I was actually aiming for in this thread was some comments about YOUR early attempts at teaching so we could learn from what others have done.
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    First time as instructor

    My 75+ year old Grand Master used to take delight in having us do hyungs/katas to the opposite side, all the while counting at normal speed. It was hilarious . . . to him! But, I can see the point in it. What is to guarantee that the attacker will always come from the "correct" side? Most of...
  17. Olde Phart

    First time as instructor

    We'll be doing some drill and, say, be in a front stance. There's always someone that has the wrong leg forward. Someone will do a loud "stage whisper" and tell them to switch legs. Once the world is in alignment, we can continue.
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    First time as instructor

    In my dojang, we usually arrive a few minutes early for black belt class. The class before us is usually a beginner or intermediate class. Just recently, I was the only black belt hanging around and the instructor called me up to the front of the class to assist. The main problem I had at...
  19. Olde Phart

    I'm home from hospital

    To add a bit more . . . all you have to do to prove your worth and ability is to step up to a newbie and adjust their hand a bit or remind them to square their shoulders . . . hints that will aid them for many years to come. What worth does your ability and knowledge matter if you won't share...
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    I'm home from hospital

    You're absolutely right. And I have to take 2-3 breaks in an hour class. Triple bypass surgery about a year and a half ago. So? I'm there because my dojang is a family. I care about them and they care about me. I'm also the oldest student they have (at 67). My instructor tells me I am...
  21. Olde Phart

    Perfect practice verse high repetition sculpting?

    To add to my previous thoughts, I remember learning Spanish when we were missionaries in Mexico many years ago. We were planning on working with another, more veteran, missionary. He wasn't paying attention when he, himself, learned Spanish and he "heard" many words wrong and, therefore...
  22. Olde Phart

    Perfect practice verse high repetition sculpting?

    I think a lot of us agree to the basic thought that demanding perfection from the first footstep on the mat is not the way to go; and, making little adjustments along the way allows the student to develop at their own pace. Our black belt class follows a beginner class in our dojang...
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    I'm home from hospital

    Go slowly and be careful. There were a LOT of things I experienced during my recovery from bypass surgery that absolutely no one mentioned or warned me about. Not only is there a physical recovery, but there was a spiritual and mental recovery I had to go thru, too. You can do it. This is a...
  24. Olde Phart

    Repeated movements in the first form

    Referring back to the OP's original question re: why certain moves are repeated in forms, I can only relate thru the experiences I have personally. Early forms have basic moves that tend to repeat. To me, they are there for me to learn a pattern (gee, a block seems to be followed by a...
  25. Olde Phart

    Is bjj original

    Have enjoyed reading the thread thus far, but it almost sounds like a "chicken or egg" discussion related to which one came first. Similar techniques between the two just used with slight variations, and then you have the spots where they differ. I have noticed the same thing in our own dojang...
  26. Olde Phart

    Any older beginners out there?

    Ah, yessss. Balancing with neuropathy in the feet. Lots of moves require a bit of single foot balancing. I look like I'm tap dancing for a bit. And, then, there's the brittleness of bones. Just last night, we were doing standing rolls over a pretend "body". I'm now sporting a broken (or...
  27. Olde Phart

    Any older beginners out there?

    I'm 67 now, having started (re-started) late in life and achieved 1st dan a few months ago. Lordy, I feel like a white belt all over again as I am learning new stuff now. Lots of times I feel like not going to class. "senior-ity" seems to bring new challenges every day and I seem to be...
  28. Olde Phart

    My TSA approved improvised weapon choice.......

    Umm. I'm a little lost here. Help me out. From the OP we had a question about weapons we could improvise from or at least get on a plane with. I mean, the thread is titled MY TSA APPROVED IMPROVISED WEAPON CHOICE. Somehow, it has found a fork in the road and, rather than just picking it up...
  29. Olde Phart

    Why despite statistically regular spectator sports like Basketball Having far Higher Injury Rates, Are Most People Afraid to Play In Fighting Sports?

    Yep. Been in that situation many times. We'll have some hyung (form or kata) that is being taught and the "newbies" are having probs learning it. specifically, the actual action they are supposed to be doing. "Look" you say as you move their arm and re-shape the hand into the proper spot...
  30. Olde Phart

    My TSA approved improvised weapon choice.......

    Though I seriously doubt it would pass TSA inspection if I was flying, I carry a home-made walking stick when I do my exercise -walk around the outside of a local mall early in the morning. It tapers from an inch at the bottom to about a inch-and-a-half at the top and is nearly 6 feet long...
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