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Balance between conditioning and common sense

Hi all.

I've been trying to find some science about repeated impacts to the face and head, and the long term implications of such.

There's a fair bit about boxing, and American football comes up a lot too. I get that. There's two examples of sports where very substantial wallops to the head are fairly routine.

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Real history books

Hi all.

I've come to realise that over the years, I've read all the wrong books. I've reached the conclusion that everything I thought I knew about the history and politics of martial arts is in fact a big pile of the stuff that makes the roses grow.

Which kind of brings me to a question. Can anyone recommend any decent books that give a more truthful version of history, or that at least debunks some of the more well established myths?

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Is this normal?

My life long enthusiasm for martial arts has been severely compromised lately.

I trained years ago as a kid and then as a teenager, but left it alone for years, returning in my late 30s.

I've tried a number (not a large number) of different styles at different clubs over the years.

Apart from the martial art itself, the main attraction was and is the sense of continual self improvement, the sense of extended family etc.

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Training for 1st dan test

Hi all.

I'm not quite ready to test for 1st dan yet. I have a number of things to sort out both mentally and physically first.

One is my fitness and general toughness, or lack thereof. My next test is not for 1st dan, although I'm not that far off. But I don't want to struggle through it. So I want to train for 1st dan now.

I don't mean in terms of techniques. I know that's just a case of continuous improvement through diligent practice.

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What is 3k karate?

It's probably a daft question. But I've come to know from reading many articles that 3k karate is seen by traditionalists as some kind of commercial inferior westernised and sanitised version of karate. But until recently I'd never even heard of '3k karate', and still don't really know what the term means. Google seems to suggest it is kihon kata and kumite. But I don't get what's wrong with that, if that's what it means.

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Looking after your feet

This is something that a lot of people seem to overlook. When we train martial arts, we really put our feet through their paces. Often training in bare feet on a hard surface, routinely shifting our entire weight plus the acceleration and braking of a kick passing through a small area of one foot. Landing from a jumping kick, or kicking pads, fellow students, or hard objects like breaking boards.

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Looking for a club in Cumbernauld or Glasgow

After years off due to injury, family and work I am looking to start training again and I was hoping that someone would know of a club in Cumbernauld or Glasgow that uses lots of Kata bunkai training. It is easy to find clubs that do the usual Kihon, Kata and tournament Kumite, but I haven't been able to find one that does a lot of Bunkai. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

Thanks in advance

John .

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Does anyone own the jacket with arms for a Century Bob dummy - Any good?

I have the opportunity to get one of these for my Century Bob. The main reason is for practice of arm manipulations and locks when practicing alone. Does anyone already have the jacket and can they comment on how useful and durable they are?

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Short self defence/protection course

I have been asked by a youth group that I work with to put together a Self Defence course, it has to be relatively short probably over just three hour/hour and half long sessions.

I have been asked to take a lead on it because of my experience in Karate however given the time constraints I think the focus will be more on awareness etc than actual martial arts type aspects. As a general rule when teaching Karate I tend to put these discussions in as we go along and have never set to thinking how I would teach/train these aspects in isolation.

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Starting a small club/practice group

Hi all. A few of my fellow trainees and I want to start a little practice group. It would largely because by invitation only and it's not a formal dojo kind of thing. It would be a weekly get together for a few of us that want to really practice beyond just doing enough for the next grade. Trouble is, I seem to be struggling with finding a suitable venue. They all seem to have all manner of different rules. I'm just wondering if there's any advice on finding a venue, and also what is a reasonable price for hall hire.

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