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  1. Fiction with characters who train in martial arts?

    I write a suspense fiction series with a blind protagonist who trains in aikido and koryu bujutsu. And I used to read the Ninja series by Eric Van Lustbader, but I do not come across many novels...
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    Wow, this post is from 2003. Now, eleven years...

    Wow, this post is from 2003. Now, eleven years later, I still use this same iai-to for training sessions. The blade still fits snugly in the saya (which is quite remarkable with the weekly iaijutsu...
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    Thank you, Hissho, for posting this video. I...

    Thank you, Hissho, for posting this video.

    I think what is interesting from a CQC perspective is the part on armed officers getting attacked by knife-wielding assailants with the inherent dangers...
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    That's a nice article, Kit.

    That's a nice article, Kit.
  5. William, I'm not saying you shouldn't slap him -...

    William, I'm not saying you shouldn't slap him - it's your prerogative to take whatever action you want to take, but don't be surprised if your slap isn't considered self-defense. And with your...
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    Always walk around your car and look into the...

    Always walk around your car and look into the back seat before you unlock your doors and get in.

    Check door hinges to see whether a door you're approaching toward you or away from you.

    Keep...
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    Sorry, double post

    Sorry, double post
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    Here is a link to a photo gallery of the opening...

    Here is a link to a photo gallery of the opening ceremony and part of the demonstrations [excuse the gratituous pictures of my son in the striped shirt and orange pants]:

    Picture gallery Budodag 8...
  9. You think that it would count in the courts as...

    You think that it would count in the courts as 'self-defense'? I don't think so - you may block someone's slap, you may hold them to prevent them from slapping someone, but as soon as you start...
  10. I think someone who allows some old miser close...

    I think someone who allows some old miser close enough to hit their two-year-old, especially after being forewarned, is an insult to parenting.
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    Bad? BAD? I was terrific! :D Part of my job...

    Bad? BAD? I was terrific!

    :D

    Part of my job is to make people a bit more paranoid. If the verbal message fails to come across, I have to venture onto other means of communication.
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    She wasn't making the progress I expected due to...

    She wasn't making the progress I expected due to her stubborn attitude - that disappeared after my example of her vulnerability. Sometimes you have to shake someone awake to get their motivation up....
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    Differs from pupil to pupil, but most people have...

    Differs from pupil to pupil, but most people have misconceptions about their self-defense skills. Do you want an example?

    This one is quite easy to do, but you can scare the hell out of people, so...
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    By showing them how ineffective their 'skills'...

    By showing them how ineffective their 'skills' are. I'm a former bouncer. Most people are not versed in actual fights - the adrenalin rush that blocks out everything, the sphincter-clenching fear...
  15. It's ground floor - we leave the curtain up when...

    It's ground floor - we leave the curtain up when we're just relaxing, but there are times when you don't want to be watched.
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    Like you, I instruct people in self-defense, but...

    Like you, I instruct people in self-defense, but the physical aspect is like a 'last resort' - after alertness, situational awareness, presentation and communication, de-escalation techniques and...
  17. Room info [off-topic]

    The mats are 1x2 meters, except the middle one which is 1x1 meter.

    http://halmvos.smugmug.com/photos/627473578_Z8SYR-XL.jpg

    The hanging red and green items are hammock chairs - the big ones for...
  18. This is the room I'm talking about: ...

    This is the room I'm talking about:

    http://halmvos.smugmug.com/photos/627476479_YfVTa-XL.jpg
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    Valuable contributions - good to read.

    Valuable contributions - good to read.
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    http://halmvos.smugmug.com/photos/614308497_ApFkE-L.jpg

    My son, Tycho Thelonious, will be three in November. My wife and I are both real proud on his independence and general fearlessness, coupled...
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    Well, in the dialogue he even calls the group a...

    Well, in the dialogue he even calls the group a gang. And I don't think they train for peace marches.
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    Hi Chris, Who will give the katori demo?

    Hi Chris,

    Who will give the katori demo?
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    Back then, these English students sought out Erik...

    Back then, these English students sought out Erik Louw in the Netherlands, because, in their words, there were no instructors in England. If they are there now, that's gratifying.
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    Hi Scott, Are Jay and Lancashire TSKSR...

    Hi Scott,

    Are Jay and Lancashire TSKSR instructors? The situation I'm talking about is quite a few years ago - perhaps they weren't active ten-twelve years ago?

    Cheers,
    Martyn.
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    My TSKSR instructor is also an aikido instructor,...

    My TSKSR instructor is also an aikido instructor, which is why I joined - to learn aikido. After about a year, I asked him what the 'kobudo' classes entailed. "Swordfighting", he replied. I liked the...
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