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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    Wow. Seriously people, this is starting to get comical. What I do with my time, however ineffective or ill-adviced, is my business. I have never disagreed with the notion that I would learn far more if I sought out a good instructor, but that is not what I want to do here. I'm not anywhere near...
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    The fundamentals of your style.

    I our organization / school (Jun Bee Kwan, WHGF), we have three defined ideal principles of which we try to adhere to when doing most of what we do when it comes to hapki type, or "soft", techniques (Hapkido also incorporates techniques that can be seen as more "hard" and direct). Ryu, or flow...
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    Yes, sir. You are absolutely right, and I totally understand now. It is not you who is giving me an answer to something else than what I asked, in a patronizing way. It is me who obiously asked the wrong question, and naively expected to receive answer to only the (horribly wrong) question I...
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    Not arguing at all. Just pointing out what I see. In fact, what I asked for was recommendations on good instructional material on historical fencing. What you decided to give me was unasked for "advice" on what you believe I should do with my time instead, in a rather patronizing way if I may...
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    This is an excellent example of what I mean when I say that you are making hasty assumptions based on a limited understanding of what I intend to do, and limited information on how I intend to do it. FYI: I have no intention of trying to "get a good understanding of the principles of a physical...
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    You are making a lot of assumptions about what I do and how I do things based on the few sentences I wrote, and it is also clear that you are operating with a different understanding of what I want to achieve than what I myself do. I have trained several different martial arts for a period of 25...
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    Greetings, from an undisclosed location...

    There are in fact five ninjas in that picture.
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    I think it all depends on what ones goal with ones training is. Yes, I spend a lot of time training BJJ and HKD, and yes, I know that one need to train a lot to be good. My goal when it comes to finding and viewing instructional videos regarding classical fencing is not to get "good", or to...
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    This is actually not an option. The only remotely relevant training related to this nearby, is regular sports fencing, and since my wife did that for several years, I have already established that it is not what I want to learn here. Besides that, I am already committed to BJJ and Hapkido, and...
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    How much of an advantage is a knife?

    Looks like an incarnation from the mind of the troll formerly giving birth to such classics as Mad_Dog and Crazy Eyes has decided to honor us with its presence again. :)
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    I have actually owned the Cold Steen 1917 Naval Cutlass, and while it had very nice fit and finish, and also seemed very solidly buildt, it had a very weird and unveildly balance, an uncomfortable grip, and felt a lit heavier than it was on paper. I have handled various historical sabers and...
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    Cold bluing a firearm

    My Marlin 1894C has some small areas where the bluing is worn, and I'm thinking of using a bottle of Skinner Blue which I bought once to fix it, but the instructions are a bit scarce. Yes, I am aware that cold bluing is primarily a cosmetic procedure, and don't result in the same rust resistance...
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    So just how many techniques does your hapkido program have anyway?

    I think much of this confusion is related to how you define "technique". If you for example understand the mechanics and basic principle of how the traditional s-lock (known as "nikkyo" in Aikido/Aiki-jujutsu) works, you can essentially enter into a variation of it it from pretty much anywhere...
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    A TKD perspective of Muay Thai

    I remember having read somewhere that Tony Jaa also studied Taekwondo when he was a teen, reaching 1st. dan, in addition to learning Muay Thai from his father. That would explain some of his more uncommon(for Muay Thai) kicks.
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    Pistol for backpacking

    Penetrating the skull is not the same thing as penetrating enough to reach the brain. The brain of a bear is positioned in a way that, unless the bears snout is facing downward, you have to penetrate a great deal of bone and other tissue before reaching the brain, if you take the shot directly...
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    Pistol for backpacking

    Have you seen the actual size and thickness of a brown bears skull, as well as the shape of it? To reach the brain, especially because of it's shape, you would have to penetate quite a bit of bone and tissue, and I would not expect most standard pistol ammo to be able to penetrate that much bone...
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    Pistol for backpacking

    As I would guess most people would have a rather intense adrenaline dump when being confronted with a beer, I would prefer a gun that would allow me to make fast second shots, while still being potent enough to penetrate a beers skull. As a smaller diameter bullet will penetrate deeper than a...
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    DRJJ, DRAJJ and Judo, to BJJ Evolution of a belief.

    I agree with threadstarters conclusion. I have trained both Hapkido, Judo, Aikido and BJJ, and my personal conclusion after getting a "feel" of the techniques, principles and focus of each art, is that Aikido and Hapkido, which are both (despite having a different mentality than the other...
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    How good is this Cold Steel basic saber instructional?

    Just noticed that Cold Steel has a basic introduction in saber fencing out on Youtube. Lynn Thompson does the introduction, but it seems Anthony De Longis is doing most of the actual instruction. For those of you who do any kind of saber fencing or similar styles, how would you rate the...
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    Why do many traditional martial artists look down on weighlifting (some even calling it EASY)?

    Yes, but that is a completely different question, and it still does not invalidate (or even contrast with) the original question. There is no logical contradiction between stating that most traditional martial artists insists on some weightlifting, and at the same time asking why many...
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    Why do many traditional martial artists look down on weighlifting (some even calling it EASY)?

    Didn't read the whole thread, but won't need to as I got the answer ready anyway. Why do many traditional martial artists look down on weighlifting (some even calling it EASY)? The same reason that many weightlifters look down on traditional martial arts, or why mma-practitioners look down on...
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    Interesting video from the 1983 WTF World Championship

    Not sure. Can't seem to find a list of the old ruleset anywhere.
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    Interesting video from the 1983 WTF World Championship

    Here's highlights from a match between Carlos Eduardo Loddo (Brazil) and Jeoung (South Korea): Something I imediately notice, is a much higher degree of punches to the body, than most competitions today, and even in the early 90's when I started TKD. And of course a lack of headgear.
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    More criminals getting choked out by triangles.

    I have a hard time understanding how that could be possible even in a non-reverse triangle, considering the placement of the inside arm. And even when setting it up, before you get the arm across, the groin is still seems generally quite well protected because of the distance between his jaw and...
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    Looking for a new Hapkido Association

    Depends. Could you supply any more info? What do you look for in an association? Why where you seperated from your old one? What is your linage? Etc.
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    Hello fellow martial artists!

    Welcome to MT! :)
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    Just my students and I practicing

    I'm still considering it. However, I would like to hear Instructor himself address my worries in this thread first.
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    Just my students and I practicing

    Yes, and it would even have been a valid analogy to my views if christianity were just another martial art. As it stand now, however, is is a strawman. A more valid analogy would be the following: "I love vanilla ice cream. I don't like religious proselytizing. For some reason, this shop...
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    Just my students and I practicing

    That said, I織m not really surprised at the reaction I got. It織s not the first time I織ve seen american martial artists with no respect whatsoever for atheists, or for the secular basis of the their own constitution: "If I織m elected president I will Tattoo an American flag with the words, In God...
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    Just my students and I practicing

    Which is pretty much exactly what I said above, as I cannot see that I have in any way said otherwise. As far as I can see, I have just explained my position on this, and stated clairly that if I want to buy the service that is martial arts training and instruction, I would prefer to not have...
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