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    Ring vs battlefield versions of MAs

    This quote sums up my opinion. If you take away all the deadly tools available to the battlefield trained soldier and play my sport I will win. Not exactly surprising. Now take a fully armed military unit and have a similar sized group of experienced MMA fighters go at it in an actual...
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    What Else Is There?

    I left for similar reasons and I found that the reality is that if there are people involved there are politics. Some of what you describe is not politics but underhanded business practice. They are different things IMO. I looked for places that had no contracts, no child care like services...
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    Doubts about your own art?

    I had doubts and I started looking at different arts and finally I was at a class and realized I finally found what I was looking for in a martial art. Explore your options, make the best choice you can in your area and run with it. ~Rob
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    How Many Kata are necessary?

    Like any art the quality of instruction trumps all. I don't think the number of forms (within reason) matters. I knew about 25+ forms in Tang Soo Do after about 8 years and really had not learned anything about them but the movements. They of course taught me some body mechanics but I really...
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    Union thuggery and Hurricane victims...

    There are some unions that need crushed but I don't think the Electrical Workers is one of them. I don't see enough data to form any broad opinions from this article. ~Rob
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    Towns in Sandy's path did little to prepare for floods

    Being from New York State this isn't surprising, people don't comprehend or accept what hurricane implies, hurricanes are things that happen in to New Orleans (where I live now). They are bad storms to most people up their. My family is like this. People down here who have never experienced a...
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    Obama supporters who don't support obama policies...

    This demonstrates the ignorance of Americans in general, not just Obama supporters. I personaly know many devout Republicans who would fall for the same trick. Many people I know, Democrat or Republican, could not tell you what SOPA stands for, what the Patriot act changed, who passed TARP, or...
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    Screw PETA

    When I was a kid these losers pushed to stop the fur industry where I lived. Their plan to raise awareness was to raise about a hundred raccoon and sell them for pets. Later after the money ran out they put down a hundred raccoon. The very animals they were "saving". Now the fur industry is...
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    Fort Hood...not benefits to dead and wounded...

    The military will not implicate itself as being incapable of weeding out terrorists from its ranks. ~Rob
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    Baguazhang applications

    Our Kune Tao Teacher is a huge fan of Baguazhang, it was his first and probably his primary style. We have been walking the circle for a bit and he showed us just a couple apps. What he showed us was closer, often body to body, than the first video but similar. They are some of the most vicious...
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    Grossest thing you ever saw in martial arts? (in person)

    I saw a kid hit his shin with a sword, it was sharpened and made a nice gash all the way into the calf muscle, he apparently didnt quite realize it right away and took a a step or so before falling over. Another sword incident, some genius thought it was wise to let his teacher (I assume) chop...
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    Obama's 2008 campaign promise scorecard

    Some of the compromises and stalled should be promise broken in my opinion, overall it seems better than the slants you get with fox news and cnn. ~Rob
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    If it was George W. Bush in office...

    So does the left, they both do. It seems like if you disagree with the left they label you as champion for the rich and part of a hate group. The right is no better like you said. The parties have become so polarized that they are absurd. ~Rob
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    Tae kwon Do in the school systems questions

    I know some instances of home schooled children that use Martial Arts to fulfill a gym requirement. They might be an additional audience. ~Rob
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    TaeKwonDo sparrring: Does it resemble your forms?

    I wasn't taught that it was preparation for a punch either (at first I was). I have noticed the apps in Silat, Kung Fu, and TSD are very similar, especially in the upper body. The base is different in each art and it changes things like where a person lands from a throw, whether the head or...
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    TaeKwonDo sparrring: Does it resemble your forms?

    I have seen many of the same or very similar techniques in TKD forms as we had in TSD and even Shotokan forms. One set of forms seems to have some nearly identical forms, like Won-Hyo and Pyong Ahn Ee Dan (Hinan Ni Dan, Pinan Sho Dan). Would the applications be that different? I have never been...
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    TaeKwonDo sparrring: Does it resemble your forms?

    It seems like many places neglect teaching students how enter, get really close, stay close, and cause damage while being nearly body to body. This is where the forms as I have been taught are really effective, close is where proper structure and body mechanics make all the difference. Point...
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    TaeKwonDo sparrring: Does it resemble your forms?

    In Silat our form stances are actually quite similar (a little lower) to how we spar as are the origin of our attacks. When I took kung fu we had a tournament and we performed forms, when we sparred we had to fight from our form. We had to understand that form enough to use it. Obviously we did...
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    Shocking Secrets behind Martial Arts and Yoga!

    There is actually quite a bit of meditation mentioned in the bible in both the new and old testement. Not sure why it is so unpopular in christianity though. You would think this guy would know this being as versed in the christian faith as he claims to be. Seems to mirror his knowlege of...
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    Thoughts on this

    From my perspective the target demographic are individuals that want to walk at the edge of the law. I wouldn't chance it, you will probably be paying for a lawyer right or wrong. Not only that, but I think the last thing I would trust not to chop off my fingers is an $8 folding knife. We do a...
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    Asking About A Promotion

    It shouldn't be. At the two places I train now both instructors stated thier lineage in converstion without me asking. One of the reasons I left my first school was becuase a teacher lied about his promotion. The wierd thing about it was the person who actually promoted him was legitimately...
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    Overweight Karate Instructors

    I have had instructors who had hip replacements, knee replacements, damaged vertebra, one was also very old and I think they taught well even with those limitations, so I think someone extremely overweight could as well. That being said, unless there is a medical or life altering issue, a...
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    WTF is this

    They claim to be from Chung Do Kwan on their web site too, but this is nothing like the Chung Do Kwan guys I worked out with. This is very creepy looking. I just watched their Pyung Ahn Cho Dan, it looks like an old movie being played just a little too fast. My TSD instructors heads would...
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    Studying a new art and remembering the last one.

    I have studied Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, and now Silat/Kunetao. Rather than the forms, to me it was the footwork and body mechanics that were important. In each art there are very similar techniques or at least you start and end in similar positions, especially in the upper body, but the core body...
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    What US movie would trigger this event?

    People choose to act last I knew. People in Egypt are no less capable of choosing not to riot and kill people over a movie or Danish cartoons then we are in the U.S. They chose to act violently. That movie caused no immediate danger or perceived danger (like yelling fire in an auditorium full...
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    Movie reboots you would like to see

    I far more appreciate a new movie, not a remake, not a reboot, just something new. ~Rob
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    Tell Me About YOUR Tang Soo Do

    We didn't. Though not many there are people out there who trace their primary lineage to guys like Won Kuk Lee but didn't jump on the TKD band wagon and use the TSD name. I had more in common with Shotokan than I did most of the TSD schools/organizations I visited or eventually trained in. I...
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    We Are all belong to Government...

    The article takes the statement "We belong to the government" out of context, I didn't get that we are property of our government but rather are members of the social unit that is our government much like I am a member of the social unit that is my Martial Arts School, as the supporting...
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    My Kuntaw Yellow belt test.

    Not what I take, I didn't notice the "w" at the end, I thought it was a "u". ~Rob
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    My Kuntaw Yellow belt test.

    I take Kunetau, What lineage are you from, the big ones in N. America are Willem Reeders (Liu Seong) and Willem De Thouars. I'm sure there are more but I am not familiar with them. ~Rob