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Feb. 4th, 2008 @ 03:15 am Looking for chi sau partners.
Current Location: Los Angeles, CA
Anyone here practice Wing Chun in the Los Angeles, CA area?
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Jan. 2nd, 2008 @ 02:53 pm (no subject)
Interesting Article on self-defense:

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Aug. 19th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm Kendo promotion
We, along with seven other students of our dojo, passed our Royyu test, the first of a long journey. It involved Rei - (respect, bowing), Chakso (wearing of the gi and hakama), ashi sabaki (foot work), ken sabaki (weapon handling), men uchi 2 and 3 kyo do (head strike), sayumen (diagonal head strike), sayudo (flank cut), zenshin kotai mukai sakai, and haya suburi (combination of the above).

After four and half months, I'm getting my licks in on the higher students from time to time. My strongest ooji waza (counterattacking art) is the kaeshi do (parry a head cut, riposte to the flank).

I got a muscle cramp in my left calf though and am have to soak in hot tubs. :P
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Aug. 12th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm principal based fighting
I teach fighting based on 2 main ideas - momentum/energy and position.Momentum is perhaps the most critical key in all of fighting. Whereyour opponent is relative to you and the direction of their attack ordefense (relative to your attack/defense).
For example, lets look at stand up striking. You can either interceptan attack with a block, redirect, avoid, or launch a stop attack. Thereare times, depending on what you wish to do and what is going on, whenit is better to block, times when it is better to get out of the way,and times when it is better to redirect. Position is the major variablethat must be taken into account. Note, when I talk about position, I amnot just talking about where you physically are, but also where yourbalance is. If your off balance, your not gunna be able to easily moveout of the way!
Grappling (Tachi-waza and newaza): Both you and your opponents momentumis perhaps the most critical variable that you must take into accountwhen defending and attacking. if you simply meet a forward force withyour own forward force (a direct clash), the stronger person is goingto win, be it on the ground or the feet. If you are stronger/faster -then this will usually work out to your advantage, if positions areequal. If you are in deficient, then your gunna be in trouble. If yourable to redirect or avoid, you then create opportunities to defend orattack.
I am very big on teaching my students to be aware of these principals.How does this manifest in the class? I tell my students that I am notteaching moves, but concepts. If you learn how to throw a strike, asubmission, escape, etc as just a move in space, your not learning howthe move works and works for you. If you learn how your weight,momentum, position affect how you can apply yourself - you no longerlearn a punch or armbar, but you learn how to choose your attack,execute it, and finish. All of a sudden, your not just doing an armbar,your learning how to isolate a limb and apply pressure via a fulcrum.

"your game for you, not mine for you" this is a bedrock of my school. Istrive to teach my students how to play the game they are able to play,not just adapt my game to their needs. Create situations where you canuse your strengths and minimize situations where you are weak.
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Mar. 29th, 2007 @ 12:15 am Sambo competition and clinic this sat at american university
9am--1pm. Free if you have a USA wrestling card, 25 bucks if you do not (you get a card with the entry fee).
This will be 2 small competitions and 2 technique clinics.
American University Bendor Arena.
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Mar. 24th, 2007 @ 05:49 pm resisting movement?
Someone showed me an interesting concept the other day. He told me he was going to try to move my arm, and that I should resist. When he pushed down I resisted by pushing up, and vice versa. However, he was a lot stronger than me, and it didn't work so well.

He then told me instead of actively resisting him, I should concentrate on simply not moving. So I wasn't fighting against his force, I was concentrating on keeping my arm perfectly still. Lo and behold, he was unable to shift my arm, and yet it didn't feel like I was putting any effort into it, especially when compared to actively resisting him.

This seems really interesting to me. Anyone know what this is called? How it works?
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Jan. 14th, 2007 @ 02:24 pm (no subject)
Lot of Vintage Aikido, Judo, and Karate books! check it out!

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Jan. 2nd, 2007 @ 02:35 am Documentary Help!!
Current Location: Montreal
Current Mood: accomplished
HEllo everyone.

Just recently discovered the beauty of this community on LJ. A bit about me, 22, live in Montreal Ca. Only recently started doing Shaolin Kempo. I'm at yellow belt and regret greatly that I haven't been pushed into martial arts at an earlier age. I have an amazing teacher Marlon, 4th Dan. Shaolinkempo.ca

I'm in the VERY early stages of making a documentary about MArtial Arts. It's Simply to big to covert, it's like trying to make a Doc. about Humans. I need more direction. More information. MOre Location. More history.

So far I've decided to include Aikido, Shaolin KEmpo, WFC, Capuera, Brazilian Jujitsu, possibly Parkour/Yamakasi. I would love to know what YOU think are some of the most important Arts on this earth. Tell me in detail why you believe it's one of the top. Stories you may have, Events that may be up and coming coming, Important people. Anything you feel I should know to increase the development of this film.

All you help would be very appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
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Oct. 26th, 2006 @ 01:21 am Hi everyone
Current Location: Shh....the president may be reading :D
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Hi, my name is Anthony. I have been studying the martial arts off and on for the past decade. I am interested in all aspects of the martial arts, and I joined this forum for its wealth of diverse experience.

I'm mostly self taught, though I have some lessons along the way. When I was sixteen, I had a friend who taught me basic Tae Kwon Do techniques. I also was a member of the Rutgers Martial Arts clud for a brief time when I was in college, where I was taught techniques from Kempo, Mui Thai, and Jeet Kune Do.

Currently, my younger brother and I train by ourselves when we get the chance in the martial art of Jeet Kun Do. Due to both lack of funds as well as lack of nearby instructors, we study mostly from books and videos. Currently, I am studying Jeet Kune Do's trapping and grappling techniques. I am also looking to improve my kicking techniques. While I have the basics down, I'd like to broaden my techniqes and perfect my application. I will likely start reading my JKD resources, and then will consult other styles as well.
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Oct. 22nd, 2006 @ 11:23 pm Im really bad about dissapering
heya again peoples, long time, no see. Though I guess thats my fault, huh.

Since the last time I was here, Im happy to say I tested and recieved my 2nd Dan Blackbelt. Maybe this will help me keep an open mind (cause collage is only helping me keep a sleepy one)

Lemme try to get back into the swing of things (where did I dig up THAT phrase from?), but hopefully, Ill be commenting some more soon.

anyways, thanks ya'll
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