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Iain Abernethy's picture

Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to members new and old! Please post a few lines to introduce yourself to all other members!

It would be great if people would make their first post their introduction. It’s only polite, after all :-)

All the best,

Iain

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Jordan Giarratano's picture

Ego in Karate and the Dojo

"Punches and kicks are tools to kill the ego." 

I love this Bruce Lee quote so much I had it printed as a sign and it hangs on the main door of our dojo. 

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Early BBC report on karate

Alan Whicker reports on karate for the BBC; at a time where it was not a household name … how many falsehood, myths and misunderstandings can you spot!

All the best,

Iain

PS My personal favourite has to be, “Compared with Judo, karate is like comparing murder with a ladies’ tea party”. No ill-informed sensationalist reporting from the BBC then? ;-)

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Finlay's picture

5 vs 5 MMA

A lot of you already saw this I am sure. However, it is interesting how much things change from the one on one fights

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OnlySeisan's picture

LARPing and martial arts, where is the line?

One night me and my wife were watching a classical ju jutsu demonstration and my wife turns to me and says.

"This is like LARPing."

If you don't know what LARPing is, it's Live Action Role Playing. Basically people dress up like fantasy characters or even historical figures and beat each other with foam weapons. Think orcs and elves as well as knights and vikings.

My knee jerk reaction was just to say "it's tradition and respect for a cultural heritage." Though both practitioners were caucasion and not in asia.

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Dale Parker's picture

Archery

Does anyone have any experience with Bow and Arrow?

I have an old solid piece recurve bow, and the upper limb is starting to twist.  Anything to be done with it? 

Or is it time to hang it on the wall and get a new Bow?

Thanks

PS - Iain, if this isn't an appropriate place or topic, do as you will with the post.

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RMS86's picture

Bringing New Adult Students

Hi Everyone,

I've been trying to think up some strategies for getting some older students to start training in my dojo. The little ones are adorable but not having enough adults makes me nervous about what direction the school is going.

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Ian H's picture

A laugh and a lesson ... blindfold boxing.

I saw this the other day on someone's Facebook page, and had a mild laugh.  It looks like a lark.  But when I look closer and with more intent, I notice what the two contestants do ... or rather, what they DON'T do ... when they finally make contact with the other one.  They don't use their non-striking hand to maintain contact with ... locate, control ... their opponent.  

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Stuart HX's picture

Bach's music kata (sort of)

This is very reminisent of Iain's take on kata encoding (for lack of a better term). I'm not sure if there's anything to be learned here, but its very interesting: http://www.openculture.com/2013/02/the_genius_of_js_bachs_crab_canon_vis...

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Marc's picture

Gyaku-Zuki - back foot sliding or not?

Hi, I just had a conversation with some other karatekas about the correct form of gyaku-zuki.

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