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    Has MMA surpassed traditional MA in its effectiveness

    Back to the original post, "Has MMA surpassed traditional MA in its effectiveness? In it's all encompassing, unqualified form the answer to the question would be a resounding, "No." I watched MMA go through it's labor pains and was competing in it at a very amateur level before it even had a...
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    Southeast Asian Grappling systems?

    Indeed, grappling is grappling to greatly simplify. The only real differences are cultural, ethical, personal or sportive (i.e., background and goals resulting in the unconscious or conscious rule set limiting the movement and applications).
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    Southeast Asian Grappling systems?

    Interesting material above on related arts; however, in answer to the original post, Indonesian Kun Tao Silat certainly has grappling-- empty-handed, knife, stick and utilizing flexible weapons. I've been training in it for years via Kun Tao Silat de Thouars. In fact, several years ago when my...
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    What do you carry in your car? for protection?

    Me-- anything I may need for self-defense is already on me.
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    Yin-Pai Bagua

    What he said.
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    Coming up: Serak training in DC metro area

    Excellent, best wishes to you all. The next time I'm sent to D.C., I'll be sure and look you up.
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    Threat or Menace?

    "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."-- Samuel Johnson. "Hell is full of good intentions or well intended desires."-- St. Bernard of Clarivaux (1091- 1153) Needless to say, I don't like it. There are a myriad of reasons why the system would be more expensive to operate and...
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    Polymer framed Browning Hi-Power

    Now that truly makes no sense at all. One of Glock's major claims to fame is it's polymer "chassis" which is extremely resistant to water and dirt as well as it's lightweight. While I think the polymer Hi-power is silly and ugly for the most part (minimal daily maintenance takes care of any...
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    Fun to watch... but not taijiquan

    It appears to be a very intricately embroidered purse made out of a sow's ear, but sold as silk.
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    Looking for knife fighting footage

    Yep, that's most "knife fights" many folks never hear about.
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    A French Video Clip on Pencak Silat!

    Hmmm, he seems to have good kenpo.
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    Looking for knife fighting footage

    I forgot to add above, and for some reason don't see the edit feature right now, that knife fights between two knowing and willing participants do happen, but that is a rare thing. In each instance that I've seen the results of a knife fight, both participants were sliced up pretty badly.
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    Video-- Seni Silat Gayang Lima

    Ah, here's another one. In this one I can see more departure from what I'm most familiar, but still interesting nonetheless.
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    Video-- Seni Silat Gayang Lima

    I'm sure many folks will see some very similar basics here. I understand that there will be a great deal of crossover within silat, but this Malaysian system just made me smile with familiarity even if it were at the basic level with only a few things. I've seen many silat and kun tao...
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    Grappling yes or no

    Groundfighting and grappling is a must to have in any comprehensive martial system. Aside from the advantages listed above, it is nearly impossible to learn how to avoid being taken to the ground and remain standing (i.e., have a genuinely good base and evasive movement) without learning how to...
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    Looking for knife fighting footage

    I agree with Mark Barlow and Doc D. The vast majority of knife situations are knife attacks, not knife fights, and those attackers have no interest at all in engaging in a fight. They wish to stab or slice repeatedly with no opposition. If they think there may be a fight, they won't engage...
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    Willem DeThouars has come to his senses

    Thanks, Wes, I was hoping you'd see the thread.
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    Willem DeThouars has come to his senses

    Uncle does not currently have a website of his own. If he does decide to have one himself, or authorize one through someone else, I'll certainly let everyone interested know here. I'm sure some of his other students lurk here and will corroborate. It's not a big secret or anything of that...
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    Silat Practioners questions?

    The only art I practice and train now is Kun Tao Silat De Thouars. I received teaching credentials in other arts before starting silat (i.e., Cinco Teros Escrima, Cheng style Baguazhang, Muay Thai, a small family style of kung fu). They all helped in some small way by exposing me to physical...
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    Silat and children

    I teach my sons and one of their best friends. My sons started when they turned 13 years of age, the friend was 16 and already a blackbelt level martial artist in another art who continually asked if I would teach him for over two years. Other people's children would have to be vetted by me...
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    Do you carry a blade on a regular basis?

    I carry a pocket knife everywhere it isn't a felony, and have since I was 7 years old. (When I was in school, so did everyone else, and it wasn't a crime. Not once was anyone stabbed or cut.)
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    Michael Janich Tactical Knife System!

    Looks like solid, basic arnis/escrima/kali to me.
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    Is Self Defense A Human Right? The UN Doesn't Think So.........

    That paragraph is a thinly veiled framework for fascism-- nothing more, nothing less.
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    Cecep Arif Rahman DVD trailer

    Outstanding movement! No question one of the best I've witnessed via video for a variety of reasons. It's not the speed really, although that's excellent; I've seen many fast people in various arts that were on the same level there including some silat folks. It's the way he keeps and...
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    Good ways to strengthen legs and to improve kicks

    Hello, From your description it appears that you may need to work on your flexibility as well as your strength. Be sure to stretch only when your muscles are warm. Tired is even better. You get more bang for your buck that way and reduce the risk of injury by quite a bit. The old school way...
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    Wanna join this Bak Mei school?

    It looks like good, old school kung fu to me. But I'm old and remember training that way, too. Still do, in fact. Although, they could use some better footwork and body mechanics while sparring regardless of style, but hey, that's what sparring is for, to find out your weak spots for real...
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    TITLE Grappling Dummy/Heavy Bag!

    Excellent, I've been looking to replace my heavy bag with one of these, the 140 lbs. version. What size did you order? My former heavy bag was 150 lbs., but after many years, tears and patches it was laid to rest last week. Please let me know of your impressions.
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    MT vs Savate

    Back in the late eighties when I trained Muay Thai, we would often cross train with some Savate people and they would often train with us as well both picking up new ideas and ways of training. It was great fun.
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    Silat Variations

    Heh, I must admit it is a bit confusing, but the most forthright thing I could say about it. I was hoping the post and explanation reflected reality a bit, and if it's a bit confusing it may after all. I'm glad you understood it at least.