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    Not really injury as such. As I mentioned in the...

    Not really injury as such. As I mentioned in the link, I have an 8cm aortic aneurysm that has been internally bypassed. So a rupture would not kill me but would certainly require cutting me open to...
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    36 years 9 months - and out

    At the end of August I finally retired from SK, with my last session being with Sensei Chris Dodd and Indar Pickton-Howell at Central London Branch. I could no longer take the risk of injury, even...
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    Well, here is the problem with that - what...

    Well, here is the problem with that - what happens when the teacher hits 35 or 40 and they just get their arse kicked because they are no longer as young and fit as they were? Time for the BJJ scrap...
  4. So, when it comes to martial arts you have to ask...

    So, when it comes to martial arts you have to ask yourself what is important in a leader/teacher. Is it being able to win 50 street fights or being able to create a global organization of millions?
  5. Actually, I am still with WSKO. However, I have...

    Actually, I am still with WSKO. However, I have nothing to lose worth losing with regards to SK, or rather, there is nothing that can be taken away that I would miss. All the benefits have long ago...
  6. Anyone care to comment on our Dear Leader's...

    Anyone care to comment on our Dear Leader's extravagant tastes, as befits the CEO of a large Japanese multinational corporation?
  7. Both sides are cordial to each other, and when I...

    Both sides are cordial to each other, and when I have time I intend to train with BSKF occasionally. Whether that will result in any attempt by WSKO to "punish" me is an interesting question. Any...
  8. Which need never have happened but for the...

    Which need never have happened but for the incompetence and infighting at Honbu. It is not an isolated incident in this respect.
  9. An argument over expense claims by the then...

    An argument over expense claims by the then (Japanese) Chief Instructor of the British Shorinji Kempo Federation. It's all on this site somewhere unless it has been "revised" from history. There was...
  10. I joined 35 years ago and am comparing the...

    I joined 35 years ago and am comparing the original aims and ideals of SK with what is happening now. The main source of those ideals was the founder, Doshin So. What has happened to WSKO in the...
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    Anyone with a bomb strapped to them, if not...

    Anyone with a bomb strapped to them, if not coerced into that position, will almost certainly not negotiate and will detonate the bomb upon discovery. The real problem is finding that someone has...
  12. Unlike a lot of people, I joined SK because of...

    Unlike a lot of people, I joined SK because of its religious and political aspects.
    However, those two topics seem to be constantly suppressed by the "unwritten rules".
    Not to mention the...
  13. Is this group so boring because anyone with something of interest to say is banned?

    I mean, how many times can one discuss the finer points of gyaku gote?
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    Another triumph from the people who brought us...

    Another triumph from the people who brought us the BSKF screwup. Is this clashing with their pie in the sky Olympic ambitions or maybe the Sky-TV deal they hope for?
  15. That's the only way I have ever been able to make...

    That's the only way I have ever been able to make something like that work in randoori. Of course, in a real fight most people are untrained and swinging, while the people who know something will...
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    Very nice, apart from the Soen or whatever it's...

    Very nice, apart from the Soen or whatever it's called. Have they chiseled off the swastika on the Niosan and replaced it yet?
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    How do you feel about Embu televised as sporting...

    How do you feel about Embu televised as sporting entertainment on (say) Sky?
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    It's about TV sports rights and $$$$. The...

    It's about TV sports rights and $$$$.
    The spirit of SK died some years ago.

    Dirk
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    Yes - I recall being at the Shorinji Kempo taikai...

    Yes - I recall being at the Shorinji Kempo taikai in Tokyo in 1985 where the podium was stuffed with politicians and businessmen. As each was introduced the assembled Kenshi did their gassho-rae (me...
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    The fact that prominent members like the...

    The fact that prominent members like the billionaire Sasakawa were still active until relatively recently suggests that maybe names change but the spirit marches on. I know that members of the...
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    Amur River Society

    Amur River Society on wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dragon_Society

    aka "Black Dragon Society"
    What happened to them post WW2? I know various members were still very prominent up into...
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    The power of taping razor blades to the sleeves...

    The power of taping razor blades to the sleeves and collar of your Gi
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    Anyway, this is more than 30 years old and...

    Anyway, this is more than 30 years old and history. A lot of what happens with regard to WSKO can be explained by assuming it is just a big corporation run as most are, by people who are promoted for...
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    As far as I know, Toshio never mistreated anyone....

    As far as I know, Toshio never mistreated anyone. As you know, senior kenshi who mistreat juniors get a reputation that spreads rather fast. I think it may have been 1982.
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    How many? probably around 80 to 100. As for why...

    How many? probably around 80 to 100.
    As for why no senior kenshi intervened, the answer is simple. The most senior kenshi of all did not intervene.
    My reaction then, and now, I find interesting....
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