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#138871 - 05/05/05 06:22 PM All Please Read
JoelM Offline
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Thank you for coming to the Martial Arts Talk Forum. Here is just a little guidline for everybody.

  • Follow the forum rules.
  • Trolling, profanity, personal attacks, and rude behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Please use the forums search function before submitting new topics.
  • If you have an issue with an individual contact a moderator. If you have a problem with a moderator contact another moderator and/or the site administrator.
  • If your topic belongs in a specific forum on this site, it may be moved by a moderator to its rightful place.
  • Prohibited areas of discussion: The following areas of discussion are strictly prohibited; Religion, Sexuality, Politics, Racism, Nationalism.
  • Advertising: Is not allowed except in the form of members promoting personal MA events or seminars. If you wish to advertise on this site, contact the webmaster.
  • Art bashing will not be allowed or tolerated. If you had a bad experience with a certain art, specify, but do not assume that all of the art is the same as what you experienced.
  • There are to be no "X vs. Y" threads on this forum, they are pointless and only lead to flame wars.
  • No not post the same question in multiple forums. Choose the most appropriate forum and make your question/comment there.

Thank you and enjoy the forum!

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#138872 - 05/05/05 06:29 PM Re: All Please Read [Re: JoelM]
JoelM Offline
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Additional advice:

  • Do not ask which Martial Art is the "best." There is no best art, it all depends on the instructor, student, and training methods.
  • Before asking if "this school if ok" or "what art schould I take," do some research of your own. Look through the yellow pages and find out what is in your area. Call or stop by to get information on that specific school; observe or participate in a trail class; compare with others around and see what you like. Be wary of long-term contracts that you can't get out of.
  • Once you have done those things and still have questions or problems, then make a post on here to get help.
  • There is no "too old" or "too young" or any specific age you should or should not start martial arts. The best time to start is NOW!
  • If your question starts with: "What is..."
    Then start here and enter the subject of your question:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/


Other moderators, feel free to add anything you wish. Members, if you feel something should be added to this list, please contact a moderator with the information.

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#138873 - 05/10/05 12:31 PM Re: All Please Read [Re: JoelM]
JoelM Offline
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Quote:

  • If you have an issue with an individual contact a moderator. If you have a problem with a moderator contact another moderator and/or the site administrator.





  • There is a button at the bottom of every post to "Notify Moderator." It works a lot better and faster than putting a post in a thread that says "Moderator, lock this thread please."

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    #138874 - 06/05/05 10:30 PM Re: All Please Read [Re: JoelM]
    JoelM Offline
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    Some abbreviations may be used in general discussion that may be confusing to others, here we will try to help with the confusion:

    BJJ- Brazilian Jui-Jitsu
    JJJ- Japanese Jujutsu (spelling may vary for jujutsu)
    AKK- American Kenpo Karate
    TMA- Traditional Martial Arts
    MMA- Modern Martial Arts or Mixed Martial Arts
    OMA- Oriental Martial Arts or Okinawan Martial Arts
    JMA- Japanese Martial Arts
    FMA- Filipino Martial Arts
    CMA- Chinese Martial Arts
    IMA- Internal Martial Arts
    TCM- Traditional Chinese Medicine
    TKD- Tae Kwon Do
    JKD- Jeet Kune Do
    SD- Self Defense
    MT-Muay Thai
    KM- Krav Maga

    If you would like an abbreviation added or modified, please send me a message either through email or through this forum, do not add your own posts. Thank you.

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    #138875 - 07/02/05 10:46 AM Re: All Please Read [Re: JoelM]
    MattJ Offline
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    Kintama has provided a pretty comprehensive link for Beginner's Martial arts questions. Please read this through before posting questions that have already been covered here.

    This answers the top 50 basic questions or so we get on the forum about Martial Arts...save the link!
    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/martial-arts/newbie-guide/

    also, a guide and index to more in-depth questions commonly asked: another keeper!
    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/martial-arts/
    _________________________
    "In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

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    #138876 - 09/03/05 12:58 PM Re: All Please Read [Re: MattJ]
    MattJ Offline
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    Let's get to know each other.

    Feel free to post your thoughts and opinions (keeping Forum guidelines in mind )! Many of you lurk for a while to get used to the unique flow of this site. Good idea. However, keep in mind that this is a public forum. We want to hear from you. So speak up and be heard!

    And fill out your profiles! It is interesting to know who we are all dealing with here. Give us a brief history of your martial arts experience and let us know from where on this planet you are from.

    It's your forum. Enjoy!
    _________________________
    "In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

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    #138877 - 09/09/05 11:55 AM Re: All Please Read [Re: MattJ]
    MattJ Offline
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    Please read this as well from Kintama -

    This is important for all of us to be aware of...but especially those who have their own web sites.

    when you build a web site or write a post here that either references material, or provides copies of material, you need to be aware of the possible consequences and ramifications. There are different levels of consideration ranging from moral correctness to outright illegal action.

    here are some ways to avoid possibly infringing author's rights which all of us need to take note:

    scenario 1: you do a google search for a kata, find a website which has an mpeg, find the address of the mpeg itself and post the link in a forum.
    possible problem: maybe the author of the clip was intending for people to navigate his/her site and present the clip in a certain context with a write-up explanation etc... by providing a direct link to the vid, you are (possibly) denying the authors intent of which context to present their material.
    solution: if you wish to reference someone's video or any material, provide the domain address of the web site and perhaps provide the page address or give intructions on how to navigate to the vid of interest.

    scenerio 2: You snag a piece of text off a web page and paste it into a forum post or put it up on your own web page...at the very least, reference the quote - if it's substantial, ask permission.
    possible problem caused: again, a google for this information will come up with your site...maybe the author didn't want that or the info is out of context...or maybe they wouldn't care...who knows, it's better to check.

    scenario 3: a website requires a 'registration' before downloading material, this is used for a number of reasons of which will be mentioned at the time of registration. you may or may not have to pay for material, but it doesn't matter - it's almost always intended for single personal use. which means after you download it on your hard-drive...don't upload it back on the internet. you can print it for your own consumption and reference, but not make multiple copies and pass them out in the dojo. you probably won't get caught, but it's morally wrong. however, redistributing in electronic form is just as much a moral injustice, but larger in scope of a problem for the author... depending on circumstances, it may be determined your intention is to profit directly or indirectly and that is downright illegal.

    If they (the e-material owners) are reasonable, they will see that you are not charging or making profit from these files...however, it can be argued that you ARE indeed profiting if you have any kind of sponsership (ie Ads on your site).

    Most owners of material would ask you to remove it.
    Some owners wouldn't say a word to you and let you leave it up there...then on one shiny spring day, you get a letter to appear in court...

    Here's what I didn't know until recently...an earlier thread someone was having trouble getting a free pdf article...I helped them to get it by providing a link to a COPY of the document. I thought it's no prob, I didn't change the contents, and I'm not making money. wrong. it WAS a problem. The author kindly asked me to remove the link, so I did....then he told me to do 50 push-ups and maintain shiko-dachi for 30minutes and he'd forget the whole thing...kidding...he/his wife were nice about it. He explained some things to me which led me to find out more...this is what happens when you innocently make a copy of material and put it back up on a different site:
    By providing an alternate copy of the article from another site, people doing google searches would find it and download it, bypassing the author's site and removing the article from the context in which it was intended. what was happening was some people illegally distributed the article in mass quantity...since they were bypassing the intended site, they were bypassing the sponsers...therby denying the author the only means of compensation and/or site visitation for a given free article.
    bottom line: It's not fair to the author.

    I didn't know that, but I do now
    -Ed
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    #138878 - 11/20/05 10:31 PM Posting pictures and video [Re: JoelM]
    MattJ Offline
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    #138879 - 11/26/05 05:19 PM Using Quotes [Re: MattJ]
    JoelM Offline
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    Registered: 07/26/04
    Posts: 6355
    Loc: Georgia, USA
    Using quotations is an effective means of replying to specific parts of another person's comments. It is also a very simple process.

    If you wish to quote part of another's post, simply click on the "Quote" button at the top-right corner of the post. In your reply field you will see their post with [quote] at the beginning and [/quote] at the end of the text. Simply type your response before the [quote] and/or after the [/quote] and all will be well.

    You can quote the entire post or a select part of it. You can also break it up into many smaller quotes to be more specific in your replies. You can do so by typing the [quote] and [/quote] designators around the smaller sections and typing between the quotes.

    If you have improperly used the Quote function, your post may be edited by a moderator for the sake of clarity.

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    #138880 - 12/14/05 11:48 AM Quoting in segments [Re: JoelM]
    JoelM Offline
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    Registered: 07/26/04
    Posts: 6355
    Loc: Georgia, USA
    Scenario: You are posting a reply in a thread and want to answer 2 or more people's questions at once.

    This is what it should look like in the text box before you submit your post:

    [quote]
    This is the words of person one.
    [/quote]

    This is my comment to person one.

    [quote]
    This is the words of person two.
    [/quote]

    This is my comment to person two.
    .
    .
    .
    etc


    Thanks, Ed.

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