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  1. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Rod Martin

    Hi Ron, Mark Arioto taught junior class in the early '70s. His brother Rich Arioto owns a dojo in Los Gatos. Ms. Stiesmeyer was my instructor after I got my Black Belt and helped me get to Sandan. She was amazing. I don't know Mike Williams. I think you mean Jeff Williams? Jeff Williams...
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    Looking for Rod Martin

    Hi Kirk, I will send you a private message.
  3. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Kenpo Ranking Question

    The rule is that you can promote people to two ranks below the rank to which you have promoted yourself.
  4. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Who will impact EPAK the most in the next 10 years?

    I am glad that there are many individuals experimenting and moving things forward. I am saddened that the majority of Kenpo is anchored in tradition and stagnant. This stagnation was exactly what I ranted about so often 10 years ago. Too much veneration of the past and not enough innovation...
  5. Old Fat Kenpoka

    What Makes Someone Worthy Of A High Dan?

    All of the discussion about time in the art and seniority and skill are irrelevant. There are only two legitimate criteria for high dans in Kenpo: age plus waist size. The formula is simple: Dan <= (age+waistsize)*2/30. So, if you were 50 years old with a 40 inch waist, you would be a...
  6. Old Fat Kenpoka

    "It's in there!"

    Think of it this way: stand-up fighting is to ground-fighting what walking is to swimming. The rules of physics apply the same way to walking as they do to swimming. All of the same principles and motions you use to walk can be applied to swimming. However, if you don't have someone...
  7. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Hi, I had not logged into Martial Talk for a while. If you want to learn to fight, I suggest...

    Hi, I had not logged into Martial Talk for a while. If you want to learn to fight, I suggest Fairtex Muay Thai in Mt. View on Middlefield or Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu on El Camino. USSD is the worst of the McDojos. All of the Kenpo, Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, and Karate schools in Palo Alto and Mt...
  8. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Suspend and/or Expel Student

    Right. I am talking about the people who got kicked out -- not talking about those who stayed and progressed. These behaviors were simply not tolerated.
  9. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Suspend and/or Expel Student

    No problem, you can go to the school with all the people we kicked out. :)
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    Suspend and/or Expel Student

    Seen people kicked out for not paying, not bathing, bullying, disrespecting, drugs & drinking (before class), and stealing stuff out of people's bags & clothes in the dressing room.
  11. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Looking for Rod Martin

    Hello Larry, Al: Sorry for the late reply. Rod Martin is retired and living in Northern CA. I sent you both Private Messages.
  12. Old Fat Kenpoka

    has anyone here survived multiple attackers , stabbing or shooting due to your MA training

    When I was high-school age I was attacked by two guys one of whom had a knife. I used my MA training to survive the attack. I knew one of the guys and knew that he was a stupid violent psycho. I also knew that the only people who would hang out with him would have to be even stupider...
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    What were you doing on 9/11?

    I was on an AA plane flying from San Jose, CA to Paris, France. I landed in Paris on Sept 11 in the evening (afternoon New York time), went through customs and got into a taxicab. The taxi driver was ranting about going to the ghetto suburbs and killing all the Arabs--I had no idea why he...
  14. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Please help me to find my martial art

    Seems like you will need to look for something without much contact. Tai Chi will enable you to gain the benefits of martial movement at a controlled pace with little or no contact. Many Tai Chi instructors also teach sword forms. I would suggest you try this first to rebuild your...
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    40 year old grappling virgin

    My words of advice as someone who started BJJ in my early 40's... 1) ALWAYS show up EARLY and STRETCH. You will need it more. NEVER come late to class as an incomplete warmup is likely to lead to more injuries. 2) If you have a career, family, job...then remember that you are...
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    Best Parker/EPAK school in Silicon Valley

    Santa Clara Kenpo is the best EPAK school in the Santa Clara County. A lot also depends on what you are looking for and where you are looking. "Silicon Valley" spreads out many miles and has some really long commutes. There is a lot to choose from in...
  17. Old Fat Kenpoka

    If Mr. Parker Was Still With Us.

    No doubt Mr. Parker would have addressed both the grappling and "alive" training issues as others have mentioned. In addition, there would be only one 10th Degree Black Belt in Ed Parker's American Kenpo.
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    Martial Art for a beginner with limited disabilities?

    I usually post on the forum that the art IS at least as important as the instructor. But in you case it may not be. And, your physical profile is not so different from many others. For instance, I have arthritis in my neck, a torn ligament in a knee, tendonitis everywhere, I am nearsighted...
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    Should a Black Belt begin a new art as a White Belt?

    An instructor is showing disrepect for his students' many years of hard work when someone comes in off the street and wears a Black Belt. Now, if the alien Black Belt comes from another style, wears the uniform and patches of the other style, making it clear that he is representing himself...
  20. Old Fat Kenpoka

    HELP. fighting style

    Each of those styles has its advantages and disadvantages in different situations. You should make your decision after visiting the schools in your area, chatting with the instructor and some other students, and watching at least 2 classes and maybe taking a few classes.
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    Kung fu school recommendation - San Jose, California

    Well, hello neighbor. I do not train Kung Fu, so I cannot recommend any particular school. I was considering it many years ago and did visit some schools. So, I can point you to a couple of schools in the neighborhood that might be worth investigating. Ben's Kung...
  22. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Kung fu school recommendation - San Jose, California

    Um, uh, San Diego is 450 miles from San Jose.
  23. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Kung fu school recommendation - San Jose, California

    There are tons of Kung Fu schools in the San Jose area--especially as you get closer to areas with large Chinese immigrant communities like Cupertino and Miltpitas. San Jose is pretty spread out. Can you give us a little more detail on which neighborhood or city you live/work and how far you...
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    MA's for the long term

    The third time I visited my Orthopedist to complain about my knees he told me. "Alan, you should take up swimming. Nobody hurts their knees swimming." I responded "Yeah? Nobody drowns in Karate class." The unfortunate reality is that as people age they bruise, tear, and break bones more...
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    Noob BJJ questions...

    Have you really seen an Aikido guy defend against 5+ attackers who were really and truly attacking? Or did you see an Aikido guy demonstrate techniques against 5 training partners who attacked in a pre-arranged way and then cooperated as the Aikido guy executed his techniques? There is a...
  26. Old Fat Kenpoka

    AKTS Innovations

    I trained a few times at John Sepulveda's school in 97-98. They had a Kickboxing class and sparred and did bag training with more of a kickboxing style than some other Kenpo schools. They also had an advanced BJJ student come in and teach BJJ classes a couple of times a week. At this time...
  27. Old Fat Kenpoka

    What does your art do poorly?

    Agreed. Depends on your branch of Kenpo and on your instructor. Tracy's schools and schools in their lineage teach Book Set (Panther) and Tiger & Crane Katas where there is a lot of emphasis on breathing. My school, which was not affiliated with Tracy's did these Katas and we also began and...
  28. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Help me choose!

    TRUTH !!!
  29. Old Fat Kenpoka

    Japanese Martial Arts Demonstration Clip!

    Ahso...your judgement of me reverts to Buddhist metaphor...OK, I'll go there... The tea in the cup served up here was cool. So I poured it out. Waiting for some hot tea. Do you have some? Or do you judge me incapable of tea-drinking because I rejected cool tea? My cup is empty and I await...
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    Japanese Martial Arts Demonstration Clip!

    Well, the clip did make me laugh. And don't give me that "show the proper attitude and the masters will help you nonsense". I am not a child and I am not a novice. I don't know why you feel the need to attack Duke Moore either. Perhaps there really is nothing to the old Japanese styles...