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#341233 - 06/27/07 05:45 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: MattJ]
Axiom Offline
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Registered: 06/27/07
Posts: 4
Loc: GA, USA
Hey there, friends. My name is Chad, and I've been in martial arts since I was five years old. (Don't get too impressed, the experience is all relative) I've studied Tang Soo do, Tae Kwon Do, and am currently practicing American Karate. Whazuuup?!

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#341234 - 06/27/07 06:15 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: MattJ]
HighKick Offline
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Registered: 06/27/07
Posts: 1
Hi, I've been studying Tae Kwon Do (traditional, not for sport or competetion) for a little over 4 years and have recently dipped into a bit of Hapkido.

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#341235 - 07/01/07 01:07 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: HighKick]
Brash Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 2
Loc: Cardiff, Wales
Hi, I'm Brash and I'm from Cardiff. I'm a Mod over at www.zombiehunters.org and one of the guys sent me this way when I asked about getting proper training. I'm 23 years old. 6'4'' and 255lbs. I have no formal MA training and I live and work in a pretty rough area. Just looking for some advice...

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#341236 - 07/01/07 01:17 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: Axiom]
TheReal Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 1
Loc: Florida
Hi my name Randy and I do not have martial arts experience but I would like to learn sometime for the spiritual aspect and philosophy behind the arts.

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#341237 - 07/01/07 04:25 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: TheReal]
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 8
Hello everyone,

Just call me the Boneman. I have a bachelors degree in criminal justice and an interest in forensic anthropology, hence the ID. I go all the way back to the late 1960's in the martial arts when I did my first studies with a veteran whod' studied what he called "jiu jitsu" during the years he was stationed in Japan.

I doubt he held a black belt, though the guy was pretty good, good enough that years later my demonstration of some of the techniques he taught me was called "impressive" by a sixth-dan in an Okinawan style of karate. They've never failed me yet, though I've added more than just a little bit in the forty years since those first steps. I got into that because the fellow was teaching his sons and some of their friends, of which I was one.

A few years later My family moved about 1500 miles away to a little country town. That is where a few of us from different styles got together and cross-trained each other to round out our training. As a result, I learned Korean and Chinese kicks from practitioners of TKD and kung fu. I also learned a bit bit of hand work from the kung fu guy and a shotokan practitioner. I've even had the opportunity to dabble in a kindred combat only style, isgoshindo karate, courtesy of a younger brother who studied that style. That was the brother who broke my wrist with that kick while sparring. It had been a few months between bouts and I didn't realize he'd learned to project his power that well and tried to stop his kick with a trapping move some kung fu practitioners would be familiar with. Bad move on my part!

Some years ago I did the Uyeshiba thing by joining a sect which is quite pacifistic. Unlike the Otomi sect, they discourage the practice of the martial arts, so I haven't practiced as much as I'd like. But I've decided to get back into practice whether anybody likes it or not. To that end I've also been looking around the net a bit and seeing what there is to see.

In my city only three arts are available, TKD, Shotokan (through the local college), and Aikido (also through the local college). I am considering joining that Aikido club, the laid-back nature of the art does have its appeal for a fellow in his fifties.

As my orientation is more combat than sport, I have more of an interest in practical self defense and folks will likely see me around that part of the forum more than anywhere else.

That is my story.

Boneman

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#341238 - 07/01/07 05:10 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: Boneman]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
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Greetings folks! Always nice to get some detail and background. We appreciate it.

Jump in and enjoy.
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#341239 - 07/01/07 08:18 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: MattJ]
underdog Offline
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Registered: 09/18/04
Posts: 1270
Loc: Mansfield, MA U.S.A.
Enjoy the forums. Welcome. Most of what you want should be found here somewhere.
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#341240 - 07/03/07 08:59 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: underdog]
dongtran Offline
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Registered: 07/03/07
Posts: 2
Loc: NJ
Hello, I am new to the forum. My name is Dong Tran, I have a dojo in Caldwell, NJ, called the Asian Arts Center/Tobukan (www.asianartscenter.com). I am the U.S. representative of the Goju-ryu Intl. Karate Kobudo Federation (HQ Naha, Okinawa). My sensei is Kurashita Eiki hanshi, the current president of the Federation. I also train in Yamanni-ryu kobujutsu with Oshiro Toshihiro shihan. It's great to see the interest in martial arts in this forum.
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#341241 - 07/03/07 09:19 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: dongtran]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6664
Loc: Amherst, MA
Sensei, I'm happy to be the first to welcome you. I have not met you in person, but a few years ago, looking for advice, I sent you an email asking for help. I found your words very wise, and have referred to them often in the past.

Welcome!

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#341242 - 07/03/07 02:15 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: harlan]
dongtran Offline
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Registered: 07/03/07
Posts: 2
Loc: NJ
Hi Harlan,
Thanks for the welcome. I used to train in Iaido with the late sensei Paul Sylvain in Amherst. Do you know them?
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