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    I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I like the skates she is wearing.

    Posted in: Winning move

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    I'm going to try this drink.. curious about it.

    Posted in: Juice up

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    Yosano said, but noted that ‘‘the situation surrounding Japan’s economy is not necessarily bad’’ amid bright signs seen in the U.S. economy.

    In other words, we plan to leach of the US economy!

    Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy

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    Look like Nutria to me.

    Posted in: Staying warm

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    Under that scenario apec, you're right but I mentioned using brains to avoid them situatons, and doing a recon of an area before bringing family or loved ones to strange places, back alleys included. I'm a 7th dan in Karate/Kobudo..39 yrs under the best masters Okinawa has/had to offer, but understand that not everyone can live and train all their life to do them things. It would be nice if everyone can get a year or two of some type of realistic training. You're right, nice to know how to adapt a common tool (ie broomstick or pencil) to use to defend yourself if in a bad jam.

    Posted in: The Essence of Budo

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    The bottom line is one should stay away from the "spiritual" and "peace in the world" martial arts teachers. If the training doesn't look like it will start out with basics and work up to more realistic defense practice, then walk out and never look back. Life is too short to waste time with someone elses agenda, you get married, have kids, have to work a lot, save money, pay off a house and all kinds of other stresses bother you so giving some manipulator businessman your valuable money and time is a shame. Better off teaching yourself by buying a heavy bag and learn to slaughter it with combinations and a few basic kicks. Concentrate on a few techniques rather than confuse yourself with a lot and you'll be better off. Stay away from guys holding swords, like the book cover photo and stick with open handed techniques because that is what you'll always have with you. Scope out areas like restaurants etc alone first, do a recon before brining a date or your family and make sure the "threat" level is low. Most people can avoid problems if they use their brains and don't be too afraid to walk away.

    Posted in: The Essence of Budo

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    Ha ha.. the only good martial art is one that allows football-hooligan-do type of attacks in the curriculum so they can adapt their defense against it. The best style in the world isn't anygood if it doesn't gear itself for any type of attack the students and teacher can think of. Adapt the traditional movments to deal with them attacks. In Okinawa the annual Uechi ryu tournament didn't allow punches to the head, but, if you weren't protecting the face and got hit in the face, you lost. Not like Kyokushin where they don't even bother protecting the face.

    Posted in: The Essence of Budo

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    the last thing you´d want to call a Kyokushin competition is "realistic". In fact, it is laughable, because of the "no head punch" rule

    They should do light contact to head face area and the style would be much better.

    As far as I'm concerned, the sportification of Japanese arts hasn't really done much for them

    True but the time required to learn most chinese martial arts is prohibitive to many. Not many people have 20-30 yrs to learn martial arts. The most impressive Chinese style is wing chun as it is practical and takes only 4-5 yrs to learn well. It should be used against all types of attacks to make it more well rounded.

    One shouldn't worry about learning all forms of fighting, but should learn to apply his style to all types of attacks.

    Posted in: The Essence of Budo

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    I agree. What are you studying now zenny? I don't believe in unnecessary sadism, but working up to absolte realism is necessary or TMA will continue to unfairly be criticised as second to brawling. The spiritual talk in the above book is another reason for an apparent weakness of TMA. It is too easy to get side tracked into spritual elements and demonstration type of practice and when a TM artist eventually gets destroyed on the street at night because they weren't use to continuous attacks, TMA gets a very bad name. Reality shows though, that it is just the opposite as almost all proven MMA fighters have their foundations deeply rooted in TMA such as Judo-Jujutsu or Karate. (they just weren't wearing the do-gi)

    Posted in: The Essence of Budo

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    Actually Aikido is a very useful martial art especially if the training was more realistic. How do you make the training more realistic? By attacking more realistically. For instance the punching attacks are more like a person would chop you with a sword (there is a historical reason for this) and should be more geared to a person trying to punch you, kick you or tackle you. Also the grabs in Aikido are not as hard as they should be. Grabbing should be as hard as possible so the technique must be perfect for it to work. The attacker should resist as much as possible during the entire phase of his grab/immobilization and strike the defender with his other fist! In this way, the aikidoist can learn how to apply the technique in the most urgent method making aikido as powerful as it was in the old days. Just loosely gripping the defenders wrist and awaiting his "good enough" technique does noone any good. Aikido shouldn't be practiced with cooperation and should be practiced as if attacked by someone very strong, fast and mean. This applies to all martial arts.. anything else gives traditional martial arts a bad name.

    Posted in: The Essence of Budo

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    woundedsamurai1, well put.

    Posted in: Hatoyama blames bureaucrats for his failure on Futenma issue

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    I think Hatoyama may well be mentally retarded. Wouldn't be the first PM of Japan to be inept, and won't be the last by current trends and looking at the line-up of people who feel they deserve it.

    Not many mentally retarted people become Prime Minister and become fluent in another language and achieve a PhD in Civil Engineering in a foreign university (Stanford)..

    Posted in: Hatoyama blames bureaucrats for his failure on Futenma issue

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    The US had nothing to do with his failure. ahhh, right.

    Posted in: Hatoyama blames bureaucrats for his failure on Futenma issue

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    Hatoyama said Japan in the long run should defend itself without any foreign troops in its territory, but would still need to rely on its security alliance with the U.S., its most important ally.

    I think he is right on the mark!

    Posted in: Hatoyama blames bureaucrats for his failure on Futenma issue

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    uh...shouldn't that read "former prime minister hatoyama"?

    Moderator: That has been corrected.

    It wasn't necessary to correct, we in America refer to all ex-presidents as President ie, President Carter, President Clinton etc..

    Posted in: Hatoyama blames bureaucrats for his failure on Futenma issue

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    She's saying, "Look! pretty colors!"

    Posted in: Super Ball

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    frungy, maybe he got scared and couldn't relax knowing he was doing something illegal.

    Posted in: 2 semi-automatic guns, 37 rounds found at garbage treatment plant

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    So what, some Yakuza left it there or someone got it somehow and got scared of having it and left it there.

    Posted in: 2 semi-automatic guns, 37 rounds found at garbage treatment plant

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    I like that Becky! Everytime I see her on a magazine or where ever, I have to look at her for a good 30 seconds!

    Posted in: Becky and GReeeeN record theme song for Universal Studios Japan

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    I noticed that some people seem to have this life philosophy of not caring about anything that takes will power or physical determination. They may study to get a degree, but won't loose weight. They feel their health is the doctors responsibility and expect a pill to solve whatever problem that arises.

    Posted in: Smoking, obesity are why U.S. lifespans lag a bit

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