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    Rmur mill about Poomsae

    To throw my 2c in, I have more years in tkd than Exile but given the quality of his posts since I have been reading this board, I would bow to his opinion on most matters. In relation to the original post, I have been...disappointed... with a lot of the official kukkiwon changes of late. If...
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    martial art as a hobby ?

    If you are paid to do martial arts, then you are a professional. If not, then you can classify it in whatever manner you want. People don't like words, such as "hobby" or "amateur", because there is a connotation that it means "I have no skill" or "I am not serious about this". I like to...
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    am i to old

    Ian Mckellan, who is 68 or so, has started taking Muay Thai lessons. Age should not be an excuse for bettering yourself.
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    Vaccination to Prevent Cow Farts in the Works

    Is this the end of evil ki?
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    Report: U.S. 'preparing the battlefield' in Iran

    Recently I have been wondering if Bush, McCain (et al's) constant confusing of Iraq with Iran in media interviews is a slip-up or deliberate means of associating one with the other.
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    Japan Imposes "Fine On Fat"

    It's true, though not as severe as it sounds. Some Japanese companies took the same approach to their employees learning english some years ago. I am personally all for it.
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    Something changed...

    I agree.
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    Something changed...

    Not disagreeing with this BUT there are basic things that even an observer could pick up. If the instructor says "begin with a kick of the front foot" and a higher grade does not, it does not matter that the black belt knows what they are doing - they are not doing what the instructor asked...
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    temp healing?

    Yes but before smilies there was common sense ;)
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    temp healing?

    I was taking the piss....now ssshhhh he might actually do it!!!!!!!!!!! Was that not obvious?
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    temp healing?

    Drink your urine.
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    A well-liked professor addressing lawyer-bashing

    Exactly :) People should take their work seriously but not themselves...otherwise they are ripe for parody :D
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    Tendonitis?

    I would see a physio and find exercises that you can use to strengthen and condition muscles and surrounding ligaments (when not causing pain).
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    Karate VS. Tae Kwon Do

    I would agree with this. Aside from politics, individual interpretation and language, they are essentially the same. All that matters is the quality of tuition that you have access to.
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    Bush never lied to us about Iraq

    Bush didn't lie...he just "exagerrated" the truth right? Bottom line is that the buck stops with him - the president (and his adminstration) assumes responsibilities for the country's decisions. You can't just hold up your hands when things go bad and say "it's not my fault" or "we were misled"...
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    Malik Obama says his brother will be good president for the Jews

    I care more about correcting stupidity than I do about American politics..... Muslim does not equate or equal to terrorist. If Obama were Jewish would that make a difference as well?
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    Don't listen to the liberals - Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research show

    Oh it is from the Daily Mail.....maybe it is just....taking the piss?
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    Don't listen to the liberals - Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research show

    I don't know if Orwell would be appalled or gratified at this ...propaganda.... 'The Road To Wigan Pier' is a book written by Orwell, so to quote it as his own words is...well you know.... Also, Orwell was commissioned to write the book by the Left Book Club, which funded fiction with...
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    Something changed...

    Do play Devil's advocate, the 2nd Dan could easily be doing an exercise wrong e.g. kicking of front foot when the exercise is back foot or something. In this case I don't see any problem with anybody, regardless of grade, correcting a senior (many dan grades get lazy with listening to...
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    Eye contact

    This is a much debated subject. I think it depends on what you hope to accomplish from the situation, as well as the distance you are from the opponent. If you are outside striking range, the eyes can indicate when an attack will come. If they are inside striking range, peripheral vision is...
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    Is the US evil?

    Could you elaborate? I'm just interested because most things I read would suggest the opposite of this statement.
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    Stretching without warmup???

    Kicking high is more about technique than flexibility. If you train correctly you should have no problem kicking high without warming up or stretching prior.
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    Tae Kwon Do obsolete for Self Defense

    What about facing someone high or drunk? Or outnumbered? You'll need more than two eyes to stare down a gang. With CCTV now in place and all that, I would just adopt a passive pose e.g. hands up (which protects the head) and then floor an aggressor if they don't back down. When footage is...
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    Is the US evil?

    A typical dictionary definition of "evil": adj. 1. Morally bad or wrong; wicked: 2. Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: 3. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: 4. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: 5. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: n. 1. The...
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    100-100 percent martial artist

    Well that depends if you count a 360 bitchagi as different from a bitchagi....I would count it as the same kick only with a step beforehand....or a variation as opposed a different kick. Can't you do stepping with hand techniques as well though? There are more hand techniques because of the...
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    Hair and clothing for martial artists

    Long hair isn't necessarily bad for self-defence - if it makes you look more....tough....than it might intimidate others from attacking you. On the other hand it might encourage people to be more agressive. I suppose it is bearing in mind the threats of your environment in relation to your...
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    100-100 percent martial artist

    What is often overlooked when discussing taekwondo is that there are many more hand techniques than kicking techniques. What an individual instructor wants to cover is their prerogative... What about running away or chasing someone? Feet are pretty important then. What about climbing a wall to...
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    Something I recently noticed and need some advice please

    Previous posts (especially Exile's) are spot on. There is a difference between power, muscle size, strength, and strength-endurance. They can interlink but it depends on what the task you want to achieve. If you want strong kicks, you kick a bag and can use strength exercises as...
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    Is the US evil?

    Quite possibly. Or possibly not. The idea of evil sparked my interest though, not the poll. I find it an interesting idea that "evil" is a debated (biased?) perspective.
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