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    Allan, I have read Ellis Amdur's book, "Old...

    Allan,

    I have read Ellis Amdur's book, "Old School" . . . his discussion of keppan in there is what prompted my question. You're right; the book is a good resource.

    I'd like to thank everyone...
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    You're right. Christians are very diverse in...

    You're right. Christians are very diverse in their range of beliefs.

    My question was trying to address Christians' shared core belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and the Old Testament concern...
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    Shinmon, keppan and Christianity

    Does the giving of a shinmon ("writing to a deity") sealed with a keppan upon being accepted for membership in a koryu necessarily conflict with Christian belief in Jesus as the Son of God? I've...
  4. an alternative view

    Found the following article giving an alternative perspective on some of the points raised in Mr. Howell's letter.

    http://www.daito-do.it/sito/images/An%20essay%20on%20Daito.pdf

    [The above link...
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    Thank you Jay. I confess to some envy of James...

    Thank you Jay. I confess to some envy of James Williams' training background: Don Angier, and now Kuroda and Vasiliev. Talk about a wealth of experience.

    The Expo sounds great. I'm looking...
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    David, thanks for posting. It sounds like a...

    David, thanks for posting. It sounds like a fantastic event. Got to put it on the agenda for next year.
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    Thanks, Mike. I'd read glowing reviews by...

    Thanks, Mike. I'd read glowing reviews by RMA/Systema students of Vladimir Vasiliev (mostly of Vasiliev's demos and classes), and then had seen your friend's review as well. I am just a little...
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    So how was it????

    Feedback from those who were there would be appreciated. I'm considering purchasing the tape(s) and going next year.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Feedback on Aiki Expo 2003?

    Who went and would be willing to share feedback here? I'm considering purchasing the tape(s) of the event when it becomes available, and also saving to go next year.

    Thanks.
  10. Thread: O Sensei

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    Ahh, szczepan, you must not be aware of the trip...

    Ahh, szczepan, you must not be aware of the trip that O'Sensei made to the Emerald Isle, where he studied with the wee leprechauns who were the original teachers of Takeda Sokaku (Aikido, you see,...
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    Re: Light projecting from eyes

    I believe Mary Heiny (later a student of Hikitsuchi Michio)described a very similar experience she had upon first encountering Ueshiba Morihei in 1965. I think this was in a book called "Aikido in...
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    Thanks for posting Stan Pranin's article, James. ...

    Thanks for posting Stan Pranin's article, James. Not being an aikido guy, I don't always see his stuff when it's fresh. I've always enjoyed his writing and respected his insights.
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    Thanks for the clarifications, James. My mention...

    Thanks for the clarifications, James. My mention of "Uncle Peter" was based on my imperfect recollection of an interview with Vladimir Vasiliev at...
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    This comment is not about Ryabko and Vasiliev's...

    This comment is not about Ryabko and Vasiliev's Systema in particular, but Russian martial arts generally. Russian martial arts emerged from multiple roots, some of which are undoubtedly very...
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    Not to kick a dead horse, but . . .

    Ron Goninan used to list Paul Wollos as his "technical advisor" for Shihequan. Given Mr. Wollos' ("Daito")responses on this thread, I wonder how close the relationship was, how "technical" the...
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    LMAO . . . Then you somehow forget to post the...

    LMAO . . . Then you somehow forget to post the good, simple and profound reason why.

    Mr. Vengel, your cryptic allusion to the serendipitous flash of insight you experienced is as frustrating,...
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    Hakko-ryu in Washington state?

    If any forum members know of any active teachers of, or experienced students of, Hakko Ryu in Washington state, please provide me with contact information (for a friend). PMs are fine.

    Many...
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    it is "tanking" . . . but with a training purpose

    Well, at least that's how it's explained by the guy who posted the clip. Bill Glasheen, Uechi-ryu's resident skeptic, apparently takes the explanation at face value in this thread from...
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    Here is a post at James Williams' bugei.com forum...

    Here is a post at James Williams' bugei.com forum by Arthur Sennott, who trains under Vladimir Vasiliev and teaches "Systema" in Massachussetts. What the video clip of Mr. Ryabko shows may be what...
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    I am working to make a good-faith effort at...

    I am working to make a good-faith effort at understanding the purpose of Mikhail Ryabko's demonstration on that clip. I would agree that the best chance for understanding what Mr. Ryabko is doing...
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    There are other branches of the "Russian Martial...

    There are other branches of the "Russian Martial Art" that do not rely on the prestidigitation of the "Master" and the hypersuggestibility of the students. Scott Sonnon's presentation of...
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    It may be real . . . or it may just be one more...

    It may be real . . . or it may just be one more thing to be marketed, by full-time martial arts marketers.
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    Question . . .

    I recall hearing, in the last month or so, about an Armed Forces study (perhaps the Army Rangers) relating to the apparent genetic component to stress response, i.e., that even though all study...
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    Thanks, Joe.

    Thanks, Joe.
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    John: Your Ph.D. friend in Moscow: what a...

    John:

    Your Ph.D. friend in Moscow: what a find! It would be wonderful to engage her mind for a few hours over dinner about Russian history generally, particularly with respect to the post-Soviet...
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