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    Didn't know you had written a book, Gene. I'll...

    Didn't know you had written a book, Gene. I'll pick one up as soon as I overcome my addiction to J. Crandall's Bagua translations.

    Best from Brooklyn!
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    "The purpose of all martial art is an end to...

    "The purpose of all martial art is an end to fighting." - Shizuo Imaizumi
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    that was lol awesome. can't wait for the book.

    that was lol awesome. can't wait for the book.
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    I have an unfinished basement in a row house in...

    I have an unfinished basement in a row house in Brooklyn, with a yard. I walk Bagua circles around the fire pit and train with the bokken indoors.
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    I remember Yan Ming used to joke, "I've been...

    I remember Yan Ming used to joke, "I've been training 2000 years!"

    He thought it was funny everyone asked him his age and "how long" he was training.

    My current teacher celebrated 50 years in...
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    I was walking down the street with my son and I...

    I was walking down the street with my son and I met a guy who just opened a fresh martial arts school and was passing out fliers. He couldn't have been over 40. I introduced myself and he said his...
  7. I think it's more likely that Da Mo was...

    I think it's more likely that Da Mo was attributed as the founding father to increase the prestige of shaolin. This is pretty typical...institutions pick a saint as a sacred, but not literal,...
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    Downturn

    The martial arts that have transformed themselves into successfully sponsored sports continue to dominate the market, and the explosion of MMA leagues hasn't helped any of the traditional arts so...
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    What a great fight! Rarely do we see a contest...

    What a great fight! Rarely do we see a contest of honor like this one, with both opponents refusing to brawl and insisting on using actual techniques to both please the crowd and dish out...
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    lol. too cool, daddy-o. guess I should...

    lol. too cool, daddy-o.

    guess I should glance here more often. the aiki world keeps me busy, but I still rock the CMA
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    I liked it too. Could even see a sequel.

    I liked it too. Could even see a sequel.
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    Another Great Shaolin Read

    You should check out this book on shaolin that was just released:

    The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion and the Chinese Martial Arts (Hardcover)
    by Meir Shahar

    It may seem a bit pricey,...
  13. As a long time practitioner of CMA, and a public...

    As a long time practitioner of CMA, and a public supporter of Aikido, I invite anyone who is interested in trying aikido to come visit us and try a class free of charge any monday night:
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    It's sad, about this kid. I was one of yan...

    It's sad, about this kid.

    I was one of yan ming's students for about 2 years, around 97-99 I think....I was on the original "demo team" or whatever.

    I think the conversation I had with a...
  15. Looks more like judo than aikido as there is no...

    Looks more like judo than aikido as there is no focused initial attack.
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    Another classic is "Sword of Doom". It's about a...

    Another classic is "Sword of Doom". It's about a samurai who goes insane.

    Tokyo shock has been releasing the Zatoichi TV series on dvd, and they are well worth it. It runs 100 episodes at 50 min...
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    You've become "that" guy :). There a guy in...

    You've become "that" guy :). There a guy in every office like that...always injured from sports or martial arts.
  18. MMA is also more about creating professional...

    MMA is also more about creating professional athletes than most CMA. It's like boxing...there are hobbiests and professionals tied to huge pro league. Although some CMAists are certainly...
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    Nothing could be better for CMA than the...

    Nothing could be better for CMA than the inclusion of wushu as an olympic sport. The inclusion of TKD and judo have propelled those sports to international fame and success.

    Rather than...
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    I have read it now (it's at the local b & n). ...

    I have read it now (it's at the local b & n).

    I'm glad he published it.

    I think people will be pretty polarized about it. On one side will be his "disciples" saying how incredible it is...
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    All of these articles are the same. The old boy...

    All of these articles are the same. The old boy still says the same buzz lines.
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    There would be no problem if Yan Ming wanted to...

    There would be no problem if Yan Ming wanted to be respected simply as a martial arts teacher. The problem is that he, and many other "monks", demand that we see them as more than that.
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    Those two should get married.

    Those two should get married.
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    Yan Ming is an actor, a performer, a teacher, a...

    Yan Ming is an actor, a performer, a teacher, a lot of good things.

    But saying most of these guys are monks is like saying the guy in the goofy costume at disney world is a real dog.
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    It doesn't matter what the content of his book...

    It doesn't matter what the content of his book is. The cult of personality that revolves around him will ensure at least a modest success.

    And all of his ex-students will get to roll their eyes...
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