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#317618 - 01/24/07 07:48 AM The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts...
Xaith Offline
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Registered: 10/12/04
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Loc: Indiana
My instructor is fond of saying that "The number one rule of martial arts is..." replacing ... with a variety of statements, sometimes toungue-in-cheek. He'll say the rule, then follow with "If you haven't noticed yet, there's a lot of number one rules for martial arts."

I was wondering if anybody out there could offer a few of their own "Number One Rules"

Here are some I can think of off hand:

-Don't stop to admire your own work.
-Get out of the way first.
-Bend your knees.
-Hit them more than they hit you.

and...
-Bring exact change


Edited by Xaith (01/24/07 07:49 AM)

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#317619 - 01/24/07 08:22 AM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: Xaith]
schanne Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 4370
Loc: Woodbury NJ
During class Im constantly yelling hands up and more power!
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The way of the warrior does not include other ways... Miyamoto Musashi Schanne

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#317620 - 01/24/07 08:24 AM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: schanne]
harlan Offline
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'Use koshi.'
'Never lock your elbow.'
'Always...two hands/arms moving in a technique.'

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#317621 - 01/24/07 08:26 AM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: harlan]
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Breathe!

You'd be surprised how many people forget that part.

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#317622 - 01/24/07 01:19 PM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: Zombie Zero]
Xaith Offline
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Registered: 10/12/04
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Loc: Indiana
Remembered a couple more.

-Enter with pain.
-Keep your hands up.

Quote:

Breathe!

You'd be surprised how many people forget that part.




Yeah, that's a good one. And I don't think I'd be TOO surprised, It's always funny when a form is punctuated by gasps for air. If only I didn't still have to remind myself occasionally.

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#317623 - 01/24/07 01:56 PM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: Xaith]
olga Offline
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Registered: 08/29/06
Posts: 174
Loc: northern virginia
"Take your training seriously. It is not a game."

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#317624 - 01/24/07 02:20 PM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: olga]
Zombie Zero Offline
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It's a journey, not a destination.

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#317625 - 01/24/07 06:20 PM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: Xaith]
JKogas Offline
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Don't take your training TOO seriously. Or yourself.


-John

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#317626 - 01/24/07 06:29 PM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: Xaith]
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Test it - does it work?
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#317627 - 01/24/07 08:29 PM Re: The number one rule(s) of Martial Arts... [Re: MattJ]
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"Bend Your Knees!"
"KIAI!!"
"Stop breathing like that!!" (Long story)


Our AKK Grandmaster's Favorite First Rule of Fighting:

"DON'T GET HIT!!"
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