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#341433 - 01/17/08 04:58 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: TimBlack]
Stephen87 Offline

Registered: 01/17/08
Posts: 2
Hi all, Im Steve, Live in North Wales UK. Been training in Wado Karate for nearly 4 years. Look forward to speaking to you all!

#341434 - 01/18/08 12:01 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: underdog]
Ethann Offline

Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4
Loc: Montréal
Hi, i'm Stephen.

While i have very little experience in martial art, I've always found them interesting. I took karate classes for a year and street self-defenses classes for a year as well, but never went any further. Now I'm looking to do something new since i have more free time and i will probably go with baguazhang. I find this forum very interesting, keep up the good work everyone!

P.S.: Keep in mind that my main language is french so I'm sorry if i offend anyone with bad spelling or if my sentences lack structure sometime.

Edited by Ethann (01/18/08 12:02 AM)

#341435 - 01/18/08 01:08 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: Ethann]
BrianS Offline
Higher rank than you
Professional Poster

Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 5959
Loc: Northwest Arkansas
Welcome everyone! Come on in and prop your feet up!! Great to see new people here!

The2nd ammendment, it makes all the others possible. <///<

#341436 - 01/18/08 04:38 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: BrianS]
MatsFondelius Offline

Registered: 01/16/08
Posts: 15
Hi, a long but still brief "Inro" about myself..!

Mats Fondelius , Since 1970 I've trained karate (with some “time-outs” due to moving & kids) in 4 different styles...
I started 1970 with Sankukai then Shukokai, Shotokan and now Wado Ryu karate.
Now I'm taking a "time-out" to become a Certified OCFM Self Defense Coach !!!

After moving around raising family I am now back to practicing Wado Ryu – however after joining the OCFM Platinum program +100% of my focus is on OCFM firsthand.
I have a vast network of MA Schools/coaches in EU, USA, and Brazil and other countries.

I live in Sweden at the present - but will probably settle down with my training partner and now also the woman of my life – my equal and True Twin Flame – Lúcia from Brazil. We have many options where to live: USA, EU or Brazil and we will take our time to find the ‘perfect’ place – suitable for both a “Temperate Penguin” (me) and a “Tropical Camel” (Lúcia)…

I Moreover I am training Tai-Chi, Qigong and have discovered the enormous power using your CHI/KI/Inner Power in MA as well as in my daily life.I haI have an "opened mind" when it comes to applications of MA and believe that I have finally found an approach to MA and self–defence that I find being amazingly close to my own experience of MA, views and beliefs in the “OCFM-training” – thanks Russell ..!

Other interests involve MA of all "categories", applied fighting and self-defence.
To enhance my CHI to grow even stronger for the benefit of me and my fellowman.
Healing power – here I’m applying Hypnotism, Body-electronics, PP-points, EFT, Energy-manipulations, Aura/photo interpretations and “Spiritual connections” (NOT as “spooky” as it might sound to someone that doesn’t know the full context...) and naturally my CHI.

On the more personal level I enjoy extreme skiing, sailing, surfing, scuba & skin diving, reading, GOOD movies, the beauty of nature and sacred places and of course my family and children!!!

About me as a person
My background is as everyone else in Sweden: born Protestant. I have my own thoughts about religions…
I get harmony and inspiration with positive people & outdoors in nature - exploring, hiking, skiing, scuba & skin diving. Sports such as martial arts (karate), badminton, tennis, etc. keeps me fit physically and spiritually.

A strong inner spirit, positive thoughts gives me power to achieve my dreams in life!
I have lived in USA from CA to NY & have seen “both sides of the coin” living in US as well as in Sweden and shorter periods in other countries - France, Austria, UK, Greece - I believe every society has a "flipside" - but being a pragmatic person I always enjoy the best life has to offer wherever I am!
I consider myself being a true believer in brotherliness and try to contribute to make things better in the world – practically it means my companies sponsor R&D in the ongoing research of finding cures for cancer. I also do charity work against poverty.

I have a lot of life experience both triumphs, grief & “knockdowns” that have made me both stronger, more humble and rendering a good insight of myself; together with being very open minded – I consider myself a stable grown up man equipped with strong self confidence being in touch with my true feelings, emotions and still recognising the boy within me.
Honest, determined, humble, unprejudiced, respect for my fellowman, stubborn with the ability to distinguish between what matters or not are also my trademarks...
I am also equipped with a great deal of self-irony/-distance, humour & empathy.
Creativity, entrepreneurship, a lust for adventures also ring a bell as well as getting cozy back home in front of the fireplace, watching a movie or having a candle light dinner - are all high peaks in my life.
Even though I am a stable, strong & confident man I’m also quite romantic and emotional…
I live my life by the Universal law of Love – lately published as the book & film “The Secret” – However I and a few friends around the ‘Globe’ have taken it one step further and have scrutinized and researched WHY and HOW the “Law of Attraction” really works…

My ambition is to live a Rich life were I can share my Positive Energy and “gifts” to people around me!!!

#341437 - 01/18/08 12:06 PM Introduction [Re: MatsFondelius]
tccw83 Offline

Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 2
hi, i'm thomas here
black belt in TKD & shitoryu karate.
quitted training for about 2yrs+

nice to know u people, hope to share our passion for MA in this forum
are u controlling the art or is the art controlling u?

#341438 - 01/19/08 09:45 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: underdog]
used2b Offline

Registered: 01/17/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Kentucky
My name is Jim and i trained for ten years. Started with Tang Soo Do, moved on to Okinawan Kenpo then Chinese Kenpo then found a mixed style of the two later styles. One severe injury made me think twice about training. Now i realise I quit for the wrong mistake.

#341439 - 01/19/08 10:43 PM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: used2b]
MattJ Offline
Free Rhinoplasty!

Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
Welcome folks. Jump in and 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

#341440 - 01/20/08 10:41 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: used2b]
Dedicated1 Offline

Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 399
Loc: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Welcome to the Forum, and it's never too late to start again.
If your in a "Fair Fight", your tactics suck.

#341441 - 01/21/08 09:16 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: Dedicated1]
Vennificus Offline

Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 206
Loc: The frozen realms of Kah-Nah-D...
My name is Adam. yes I whatch anime. The main reason being that I like swords. Alot.
now that that's out of the way.

I don't have any formal martial arts training, save the hours I spend practice sparring with my friend jordan (who I am very jealous of. He's got SEVEN swords, and I? I have wooden swords. Two poorly done ones.)
I'm trying to get into Tai Chi, but discipline may prove a problem. I barely have the will to practice what I know (nor do I have the room).
I draw swords for a laugh (
and I'm in my last year of high school (I'm gaining more dislike by the second aren't I?)
I like being a pacifist and begining sword fanatic at the same time.
I have many friends who are deep into martial arts, and most of them are involved with Ki/chi applications, an area of particular interest to me,
I am creative, but I'm more of a filler. Give me a bit of information, and using what I know, I'll try and fill in the holes. sure it's like the old europeans saying the world was flat, but hey, It's better to walk on sand than on naught at all.
I try to find a way to use everything in my dishwasher to disarm someone (nerdy am I right? The mugs are like butterfly swords and mallets mixed together)

I aspire to be a videogame desginer, specializing in the design aspect of (you guesed it) WEAPONS (yayyyyyyyyyy).

I joined these forums so that maybe I could learn something about swords, fighting, and how to better design weapons (cause let's face it, SURE you can use a twig of crabgrass to disarm someone, but It's not practical).
That and It looks like an interesting community to be a affiliated with.
Livestrong Johnnyboxcutter!!

#341442 - 01/21/08 09:33 AM Re: ** Introduce Yourself! ** [Re: Vennificus]
Dedicated1 Offline

Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 399
Loc: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Welcome to the Forums.
If your in a "Fair Fight", your tactics suck.

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