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    Learning when a school or instructor is not available.

    I drive an hour and a half one way to get to my dojo. If the school and the training you find is quality far away but not so great nearby (my situation) I would say just make the drive. Maybe you can only go once a week to learn new stuff and train with people but just train a lot at home.
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    How often do you stretch?

    I have a Julian Michaels yoga DVD that I do sometimes. I guess that's kind ofnlike stretching.
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    Jeff speakman

    Also, if I did find myself threatened by someone with a knife, I'd rather know how to disarm and subdue them and answer for it later than be cut to shreds.
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    Jeff speakman

    lol I'm honestly not sure, I haven't reached that level in the training yet.
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    6 month review of Krav Maga

    Which moves in kenpo are you referring to? I know that not every instructor and school follows the same "curriculum" The school I train at now is constantly revising stuff so that it works better or is more efficient. I guess it just depends on who your instructor is and how stuck they are in...
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    How did you get over the awkwardness of close contact/grappling?

    But ya I'm going to take your advice and ask in the women's forum :)
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    How often do you stretch?

    I guess stretching is something I never do enough. What is your stretching routine like? Do you stretch every day? For how long? Do you do it first thing in the morning or in the evening?
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    How did you get over the awkwardness of close contact/grappling?

    You've really never felt awkwardness when grappling? I can't imagine being so comfortable that close to people
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    Jeff speakman

    I'm learning kenpo 5.0 right now and I'll say that to me, it seems very grounded in reality. Much of what Speakman altered or added to Parker's system was through collaboration with people like Trevor Shermon, who hold advanced degrees and specialize in areas like ground fighting or weapons...
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    I need some advice regarding fear.

    Why was an old lady just walking by while these guys were training?
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    Training On My Own Now

    If I were you, I would try a second MA to study now. It's not like you will be giving up your black belt or throwing away everything you've learned. You could take some time to expand your skills and find a school that values the same things as you. It seems to me that many schools out there...
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    6 month review of Krav Maga

    From the videos I've watched online, krav maga looks really efficient and straight to the point. Are there any katas? Do they give names to the moves their teaching? If you're familiar with Ed Parker kenpo, does krav maga teach "techniques?" in a similar way?
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    How did you get over the awkwardness of close contact/grappling?

    Do you think this is a female specific thing? I'm asking in all sincerity, no offense taken.
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    How did you get over the awkwardness of close contact/grappling?

    I already do handstands quite a bit. They don't seem to help with the close contact scenarios lol
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    How did you get over the awkwardness of close contact/grappling?

    I always "freeze up" and almost panic when I have to practice getting out of take down scenarios in class and I don't know what to do about it! I don't practice a grappling system but am learning some techniques about how to respond to attempted take downs. I find it is far worse when I'm...
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    What are some signs that an instructor is just in it for the money?

    lol no, this student has learned all of his material for his next rank but he attends irregularly and when he does come he often can't perform the material well enough to test if he remembers it at all. There are three of us who all started around the same time about a year ago and we've...
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    What are some signs that an instructor is just in it for the money?

    Hi everyone, I'm wondering what your thoughts are about an instructor's intentions. I'm not so much referring to a McDojo but to an instructor who comes off as disingenuous or too "business." I know that not every sensei can be expected to teach out of their garage and charge minimal fees, just...
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    Will this work-out WORK OUT?

    I love your routine but I don't think a 15 yo should be fasting on a regular basis. Wait until you're finished growing.
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    What would you suggest?

    I would decide based on your visits and first trial classes of the dojos near you. Someone here may suggest one of the arts you listed like TKD but their experience of it could be completely different from the experience you would have at the dojo where you live. Good luck and welcome back to MA.
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    What do you call this punch?

    A circle will never beat a straight line
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    Do you know your Kenpo lineage?

    Anyone know of Gilbert Velez?
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    I just wanted to give an update that I've managed to get back to training on my own regularly. I made it to a couple of classes too. The dojo that I joined over a year ago takes about an hour and a half for me to get to. So I knew full well when I signed up that this wasn't going to be a class I...
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    I believe what you've said is true. And yes, I got back into MA at the same time I stopped drinking, about a year and a half ago. I did manage to train this morning and although there are 3 bottles of wine in the house (not mine) I stopped myself from having those few glasses at the end of the...
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    I agree that I likely fit into the second category. Also, I did say that MA is one of my only passions, but not my only. I'd say it's probably my favorite thing to do though. I did manage to train this morning and I feel better than I have in a while. I've known for a long time that if I don't...
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    No, I am training this morning! But not before coffee...
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    I just woke up and am planning on training this morning. Even if it's only for 30 minutes... I think I just need to get the ball rolling and regain the progress I've lost the past month....
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    Oh I'm sure that any number of people at my dojo would do this... if I could get myself to reach out.
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    I want to say that quitting has never occurred to me. MA is part of who I am in my core. I mostly feel like I am betraying myself with drinking again. I think deep down, that is what has been killing my motivation to live positively and in a healthy way.
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    No I never regret going to the dojo, it actually is one of the only things that makes me "feel alive." It's kind of like the feeling you get when you leave church... if you're a religious person.
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    What do you call it when you can't get yourself to train?

    The thing is I do want to do it and it's my happy place.
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