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    Simon is correct with his assesment. I will say...

    Simon is correct with his assesment. I will say I have seen several American dojo who create the "rank" of sensei with their students but it is not a rank or even a title, so much, rather it is an...
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    As others have said, I was not able to meet mark personally, only here and some PM's. When I was diagnosed with MS he helped me with words of encouragement and some laymen's explanation of the...
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    I think the most obvious answer lies in the...

    I think the most obvious answer lies in the reason for the development of Shotokan.

    Funakoshi was tasked with creating soemthing for the Japanese school system. Okinawa, not always part of Japan,...
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    Steve Martin had a good way to deal with...

    Steve Martin had a good way to deal with over-population...death penalty for parking tickets.

    That being a bit extreme, the mindset might help a bunch of deadbeats get off their hind ends!:laugh:
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    There is a guy in Florida, Tampa areaI believe,...

    There is a guy in Florida, Tampa areaI believe, who recieved government approval and funding fort a martial arts based charter school. All of the faculty are MA students or yudansha and in addition...
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    In Illinois pepper spray is considered a food...

    In Illinois pepper spray is considered a food product and therefore perfectly legal to carry and use.
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    Seeing as two people have done this, I had to...

    Seeing as two people have done this, I had to point out, or at least ask...did they change how the 24 hour clock works? If not, than 15:30 is 3:30 PM, not 4:30, as stated by Cady and Mike.

    And...
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    I think that was in reference to cejames.

    I think that was in reference to cejames.
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    I have had students like this before. If they...

    I have had students like this before. If they want rank from you it must be done your way, plain and simple. If they go to a testing at another location and need your permission that is plain...
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    Sushi is not necessarily raw. It does not even...

    Sushi is not necessarily raw. It does not even refer to the fish but to the rice. Sashimi is the raw fish.

    An example would be ebi, the cooked shrimp on top of sushi rice.
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    Can't wait for Al Gore to blame it on global...

    Can't wait for Al Gore to blame it on global warming and the Bush Administration!
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    Well, I don't know the school or instructor in...

    Well, I don't know the school or instructor in question, but I do know the one intervied, Clint Green. He's a good guy. And there was something definitely out of whack with this teacher. My...
  13. What makes an art unique would be it's set of...

    What makes an art unique would be it's set of principles, whether fighting or other. Training systems end up merging aas do techniques. After all, a block is a block, a parry a parry, a punch a...
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    A VIP contest is another good way if we are...

    A VIP contest is another good way if we are talking kids. Have every kid hand out "FREE VIP" cards to at least 5 friends. The pass gives a free uniform and a free month of classes. There are ways...
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    Trevor, I probably did mis-read a bit. i was...

    Trevor, I probably did mis-read a bit. i was taking a break ffrom homework. I went back to school full time (finally using a vet benefit!), with two online courses as well as the ones in the...
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    Interesting theories. However, having had...

    Interesting theories. However, having had acupuncture many time, when done correctly there is no pain. So how is there competing pain stimuli? Oversimplified thought perhaps, but valid. It's kind...
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    That's the problem with Dusty...he's a zoomie! ...

    That's the problem with Dusty...he's a zoomie! :P

    But, I digress. We have to remember that belt for rank are a fairly new innovation. The belt was merely a way to keep the uwagi closed and...
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    Brother Jeff, If you are on the level ;) ,...

    Brother Jeff,

    If you are on the level ;) , You might take to placing those square pieces of paper under windshield wipers until you are plumb tuckered out!

    Seriously though, fliering heavily...
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    If the only reason you would not consider letting...

    If the only reason you would not consider letting him back in is that he took an indeterminate break that doesn't say much about the club, does it? Many people want to get the black belt and that's...
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    LOL @ Prince...that was good! But seriously...

    LOL @ Prince...that was good!

    But seriously now, there are those that would argue Shotokan is indeed an Okinawan system, because it was created by an Okinawan. Those people forget that it was...
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    WOW! And I thought sai came from Egypt where...

    WOW! And I thought sai came from Egypt where Nefertiri and Acksa Nomun were trained in them!

    Sorry, The Mummy Returns has been on TV recently! :D
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    My humble opinion...for what it's worth (about 25 yen!)

    If we look at Funakoshi developing something for the Japanese school system, we can see a bit of a correlation. At that point in time the Japanese was still a militaristic, ordered, society. ...
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    Bunkai

    We start everyone out with; if it looks like a puch, it's a punch, if it looks like a block, it's a block, if it looks like a kick, it's a kick. To wet their whistle and keep them interested I throw...
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    Ed, I totally agree with you in where you...

    Ed,

    I totally agree with you in where you learn the kobudo kihon. I also agree that you really cannot thow a weapon into an empty hand form and keep the form pure. It's impossible. However, as...
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    A tough situation

    One that happens all to often.

    Your instructor may not have the time to do split classes and a full schedule. It sounds as if that's all he has, two 1-hour classes per week. Perhaps if he had...
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