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  A block is a block...and a strike...and a throw!
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 01:32 PM - Forum: Japanese & Okinawan Martial Arts - Replies (6)





Master Taylor brought this gentleman up in another thread. I very much like his philosophy in this video, "A block is a block...and a strike...and a throw". I agree.

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Lightbulb Self-defense training methodology
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 03:49 AM - Forum: Self-defense - Replies (10)

There has been much discussion on the differences between self-defense training methodology vs. sport training methodology. It isn't necessarily a this vs. that since an individual is free to pursue either as the focus of their personal training. The purpose of this thread is to go into the differences in training methodology. It isnt' to say one is better or superior to the other as each has a different focus and a different goal. So from the very beginning I want to make it clear that this isnt' an 'us' vs. 'them' thread. It isn't a we're great and you suck thread. It is only to discuss the SD training methodology in and of itself and how it differs from the sport model.

For the sport-only instructor/practitioner that has only the focus or goal of sport competition, this thread will probably be of little value. And there is nothing wrong with being a sport only instructor/practitiner as long as that goal is clearly stated up front.

For the sport only instructor/practitioner that wants to take a look at some SD options for possible inclusion into the training, this thread may hold some value for you.

For the SD only instructor/practitioner this would be a good thread to 'talk shop'.

For the purposes of this thread we can define self-defense as the strategies, principles, tactics and techniques to defend oneself and/or loved ones from and attack which can cause bodily harm, great bodily harm and/or death.

To begin with, most types of sport traing/competions revolve around some/most/all of the following considerations (be they TKD specific or a more general MMA).

  • Has a referee that enforces rules that both parties are required to abide by for the match.
  • The match is in a well-lit, dry, level, soft venue.
  • The opponent is unarmed.
  • The opponent is alone with no chance others will join in.
  • Some sort of safety gear is usually involved i.e. cup, mouth piece, gloves etc.
  • The opponent isn't trying to kill, maim or severely injure you.
  • You get a break in-between rounds to catch your breath, get a drink, get some advice or a pep talk.
  • If you've had enough, you can call a time out or tap out or simply quit and walk away.
  • There is often an incentive or reward for competing and/or winning such as rank advancement, a prize or maybe cash.


As a comparison, self-defense training is for situations;

  • Situational awareness i.e. be aware of your surroundings.
  • Factors such as avoidance, evasion, escape and de-escalation need to be taken into consideration and trained for where appropriate.
  • Where there is no referee enforcing rules.
  • You are likely alone and/or at some sort of a place or position of disadvantage.
  • There are no rules.
  • There are no breaks, water, advice or anything to assist you.
  • The assault can occur in a parking lot, elevator, side street, your car, your bedroom, in the woods etc. It will likely occur in dim light conditions in any type of weather.
  • The attacker may be armed, and should be assumed to be armed.
  • The attacker may have friends more than willing to jump in.
  • There is no safety gear, but likely a plethora of person-unfriendly objects like broken glass, traffic, walls etc.
  • The attacker is looking to cause as much damage to you as humanly possible in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • To quit is to die (or something possibly worse i.e. rape, love one killed etc)
  • The goal is survival, the method is whatever it takes and is appropriate to the situation.


When looking at the difference in training methodologies, consider for the student and scenario;

  • Do they always 'go for the knock-out', for points, for a submission? Is so, they've limited there response options.
  • Do they have the option and/or opportunity to avoid or evade the potential conflice. Or escape or practice an verbal de-escalation skills?
  • Do they have the option of using an improvised weapon?
  • Does there opponent have the option of pulling a weapon (planned or improvised)?
  • Does there opponent have the option of having his buddies jump in to help?
  • Is the student required to observe certain rules?
  • Do your students always train inside the Dojang? Are opportunities provided to train inside a vehicle, stairs, elevator, hallway, small room, on grass, on asphalt, on a sloping or wet or slippery surface?
  • Do your students always where their uniform? Are they familar with what it would be like to be wearing tight clothing, foot wear, shorts and a T-shirt, a dress etc? Tt is one thing to be warmed up and stretched out and wearing loose clothing in the Dojang. It is quite another to try it in a dress in high heels, a pair of tight jeans, with a handful of groceries, a duty belt etc when you're not warmed up and stretched out.
  • Have they ever trained in dim light conditions?
  • Have they trained with visual/auditory distractions?
  • Do we always use a closed fist when striking at the head while wearing gloves and padded helmets? A blow to the head with a fist in a SD situation may not be the wisest tactic. The chance of injuring the hand on someone’s head is fairly substantial even with a well-placed strike. That is why boxer as an example tape their hands and wear gloves. I'll say it again; the chance of injuring your hand on someone's head/face is fairly substantial. If this occurs, depending on the severity of the injury, it could very well limit your options for further SD. Anyone here ever try to manipulate a weapon with broken knuckles? Or a cell phone, or car keys? I've broken a knuckle before and my range of motion in that hand was limited for an extended period of time. Given that manual dexterity is already limited while under duress, you've just made it even harder by busting a knuckle or two, or spraining your wrist on someone's face. And there is no way to know ahead of time whether or not he'll actually be knocked out.

    This also doesn't touch on the possibility of blood borne pathogens the bad guy may be carrying. And now you've put yourself in a position of cutting your knuckles on his teeth or 'bleeding' him from the mouth or nose.


Is the student (or the instructor) well versed in the state statutes of force and deadly force? In consideration like bodily harm, great bodily harm and/or death? Subject factors? What a reasonable person would do in the same situation? Are you required to retreat in your state? Does your state have a 'Castle Doctrine'? An instructor doesn't need to be an attorney, but providing the resources for the student to check into it and touching on some of the topics during class time.

Is the student (or the instructor) well versed in the O.O.D.A. loop? Fight or flight? Flinch resonse? Adrenaline responses such as tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, loss of manual dexterity in the extremities? Considerations can include;

  • Even powerful strikes in non-lethal areas can fail.
  • A situation which starts out at less-than-lethal levels can quickly escalate.
  • A proper joint lock, at the appropriate time, 'can' immobilize even an EDP (emotionally disturbed person) even if strikes fail and if properly applied.
  • Be as patient as possible for the situation, look for openings.
  • The attack will probably take place at the most advantageous time to the attacker and the least advantageous to us. We may be tired, sick, distracted etc yet still be forced into a situation.
  • Some of these predators come in packs which backs them bold. And even being physically big isn't always a deterent.


Physical conditioning is also helpful during training, or at least encouraging it. Being physically fit can help us in several areas of a SD situation. It can also help if an injury has been sustained.

An interesting tidbit on Judo training; During WWII, Dermott 'Pat' O'Neill was the highest ranked non-Japanese Judoka in the world. He was also a member of the Shanghai Municipal Police Department with William Fairbairn. At the time, it was described as the most dangerous city/job in the world. O'Neill was eventually chosen to teach the First Special Services Forces (also known as the Devil's Brigade) which was a combination of U.S. and Canadian special forces (the movie of the same name was not an accurate portrayal). When designing what is now known as WWII Combatives, O'Neill (and Fairbairn who was a 2nd Dan under Jigoro Sensei) put no Judo into the system. When asked why, O'Neill replied that Judo was useless unless the enemy was wearing a Gi.

Now that was a bit of tounge-in-cheek humor on the part of O'Neill, but the point he was making was that Judo has a lot of sport techniques that require the opponent to be wearing heavy clothing for grip. If they aren't, or the quarters or conditions aren't what is needed then the number of Judo techniques that are possible become limited. Also, while many Judo techniques and principles are excellent for balance displacement, they aren't necessarily lethal which was often necessary on the battlefield or in special ops where stealth and quiet were essential.

Does this mean that Judo is useless for defense? No. Quite a bit in Judo can be effectively applied defensively against a resisting, determined attacker. The goal, for the defense minded Judoka, is to know the difference.

The same can be applied to TKD, or Karate, or any martial art that has both a sport and a self-defense component. For a competitor, who's goal is to win tourneys we need movements that fit within the rules of engagement. While kicks and punches are okay, it probably woundn't prolong your sport career to intentionally elbow strike the opponent, or use an intentional groin strike, or brachial plexus strike or head butt or eye gouge etc. For the defense-minded practitioner, limiting training to sport-geared sparring would limit ones total options as well. Again, the goal is simply to know the difference. One doesn't translate very well to the other. Each has there own specific training methodology and that is fine. The only time confusion or contention enters the picture is when one trains one way and believes it covers the other as well.

That is hopefully a good start for consideration/discussion. Be safe.

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Question How bad does not sparring effect you in a real street fight situation?
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 03:43 AM - Forum: General Martial Arts - Replies (5)

Been having an interesting discussion on another board on this topic. Here are my thoughts:


Quote:To begin, per the OP question, we're talking about a self-defense training methodology as opposed to a sport training methodology. As such I would suggest that sparring is less efficient than a scenario-based training methodology. Here are points to consider:


•Sparring normally requires a specific rule set and safety equipment. In other words, one person stands 'here' and the other stands 'there' and then they begin sparring i.e. attempting to hit/kick/grapple with one another. Sparring may be based upon points or takedowns. None of this is conducive to what is actually needed in a self-defense situation.

•I've never seen a 'sparring' session that allows for one opponent to attempt to verbally de-esculate the other. Nor have I seen a session allow/encourage improvised weapons, cover, concealment, escape & evasion or the use of barriers.

•The above is where a scenario-based training session shines. The 'trainee' of the scenario can go in 'cold' which represents a surprise situation (which is common since an attacker will chose a time/place that is advantageous to them and disadvantageous to you). It requires them to quickly evaluate the situation and determine a course of action, possibly while under duress and the affects of an adrenaline dump i.e. tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, loss of manual dexterity in the extremities, breathing control, starting from a position of disadvantage etc.

•Whereas a sparring session normally involves an artificial environment i.e. flat, dry surface in a well lit venue with a rule set, the scenario can be in any type of location or situation i.e. dim light, hallway, elevator, stairs, alley, sloping surface etc. This is more realistic and can be altered continuously.

•L.E. uses the scenario-based methodology for both weapons and Defensive Tactics with good results for a multitude of scenarios. It works well for lightly trained people all the way to highly trained professionals.






Above is the video that was offered by the MMAist on the other board. My response was as follows:

Quote:Okay, sparring as demonstrated in the video or in general. What are the good points? Well to begin, we have a training tool that allows you to use the basic skills that you have learned. That could include striking, kicking, grappling, locks and/or a combination of those things. So that is a good thing. Next, it allows you to use it against an opponent that is resisting your attempts to control the situation (for whatever the desired result). So that is also a good thing.

So sparring does have a couple of things going for it. Can we all agree on this point?

Now, here are, in my professional opinion, where sparring (as presented in the video and in general) is less than optimal for the purpose of self-defense and other methods are superior (for this specific purpose). To be clear, that should not be taken as a slap in the head for sparring. But if we're to have a frank, open conversation on the topic we need to look at the good as well as the bad (or ugly).

Using the video as a point of reference:


•They are in a controlled environment. Can we all agree that you are not likely to get attacked inside of a school as opposed to other venues? Can we all agree that you and your attacker aren't likely to be wearing safety equipment? Can we all agree that your attacker may not be standing in front of you in a starting position and waiting for you to also get into a starting position? Can we all agree that an attacker may not be abiding by the same rule set that you are using? Can we all agree that the terrain is likely not going to include a dry, level, flat, padded surface (and padded walls) in a well lit venue?

•There is no opportunity or attempt at verbalization i.e. opportunity to de-escalate the situation before it begins. Now not every situation will provide that luxury, but some will. And it needs to be addressed and trained for accordingly. Any fight that can be avoided is a fight that was won. Otherwise no one wins and everyone loses.

•The video demonstrates normal sparring i.e. you stand here and he stands there and you start boxing and dancing and looking for an opening. They go to a point, stop and then reset. This is fine for competition, but is not reflective of how a real fight progresses. There is no reset, break, tap out or time out.

•No opportunity is utilized to escape the situation or place a barrier between you and the attacker.

•No attempt is made to draw attention to the attack as it is happening. Attracting the attention of bystanders or the public in general is good for you and bad for the attacker(s) that don't want to be identified.

•The video demonstrates attempts to go for a submission. While that may be fine to calm down your drunk uncle at the family BBQ because you're trying not to hurt him, attempts to purposefully go the to ground in an actual attack is fool-hardy at best and detrimental to your life at the worst. In a real world altercation you NEED to assume weapons are present and multiple assailants are present until the attack is over. The video does not address either real world consideration at all.

•While the training demonstrated may suffice for an untrained attacker, I honestly don't like your chances against a determined (trained or not) attacker(s) who may be armed and/or under the influence of a drug.

•The video does not address taking the situation to a specific conclusion. This is paramount! As detailed by JKS, under duress you WILL react as you train. As I've said before many times, you will NOT rise to the occasion...you WILL sink to the level of your training. In short, how you train is how you will react under extreme duress. That can be a good or bad thing.

•The video does not address self defense applicable laws and legal uses-of-force. It is only you stand there, I'll stand here and let's start duking it out and then we'll stop, reset and do it again. That isn't real life.


Scenario based training addresses all of the real world concerns detailed above in ADDITION to the things sparring addresses i.e. full contact with and from a resisting attacker. So where sparring has a limited use for SD, scenario based training takes all that sparring offers and takes it up several notches to an entirely different level. Sparring is not the tool to address these other consideration. Thus whereas one needs to spar for competition, one does not need to spar for SD as their are other tools that incorporate what sparring has to offer and adds elements that sparring (as presented in the offered video link and in general) doesn't include.

I offered this in the SD area, I will repost the link here. It is three separate articles.

How to Spar for the Street: by Iain Abernethy

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Video IKSDA Basic 20, pattern & applications - w/videos
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 03:36 AM - Forum: International Kong Soo Do Association - No Replies

1- horse stance straight punch
2- horse stance upper cut
3- from fighting stance (left foot forward) step forward 45 degrees to the right - outside middle block - straight punch (double or triple)
4- stepping back - right arm down block - front snap kick
5- stepping forward - double inside forearm blocks - right hammer fist to groin - right back fist to face
6- stepping back - right outside middle block - front snap kick
7- stepping / slide left foot forward - left arm inside push block - right knife hand to side of neck - step forward with right foot - double punch
8- stepping back - crossing forearm X block (turn upper body slightly to the right with contact of X block) - left hand back fist - right hand punch
9- stepping forward into a high block (forearm should be at 45 degree angle) right elbow strike - right back fist
10- stepping back (slightly more than body turning past 180 degrees) left hand knife hand block - left hand knife hand strike to throat
11- stepping forward - left hand middle block (pulling-pushing attacking arm downward) right elbow strike - right back fist
12- stepping back - upward reverse elbow strike (as if someone has grabbed you from behind) turn 180 now facing attacker - right hand back fist - left hand punch (this can also be done forward or with a very slight modification)
13- stepping forward - left arm middle block (sweeping attackers arm downward) - right elbow upper cut strike - right knife hand strike to neck
14- stepping back - left arm middle inside block - left leg side kick to knee - left back fist - right punch
15- stepping forward - left arm low block and right arm middle outside block - right back fist - left punch
16- stepping back - double (left & right) pushing blocks - left side kick to knee or hip - right elbow strike
17- stepping forward - left outside middle block - left knee spike to groin or stomach - right elbow strike to back of head
18- stepping back - double outside blocks (someone attempts to grab your shirt with two hands) - front snap kick
19- stepping forward - left outside middle block - right knife hand strike to neck
20- stepping back - left inside block or right outside block - your preference) - roundhouse kick to knee/hip/kidney/head - your choice of target

The form is in the figure + pattern. From ready position facing forward, movement #3 forward, then movement #6 backwards. Movement #7 to the left followed by movement #4. Turning 180 degrees into movement #9 (right arm) then backwards into movement #16. turning 90 Degrees (right) into movement #5, then backwards into movement #14. Turn 90 degrees right into movement #19 then backwards into movement #8. This should bring you back to your original starting position.

This is just the first half of the form, with the second section as follows/same directions: 11 / 18 / 15 / 10 / 17 / 1 / 12 / 20 / 2 / 13.

A linear listing would look like this:

3
6
7
4
9
16
5
14
19
8
11
18
15
10
17
1
12
20
2
13

Videos will be added as they are completed.





As provided by Master Ray:

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Start from N center point

  • Defensive Stance – Right Foot Step Forward towards A - ( #3 ) Outside Deflection – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance – Right Foot Step Backward towards B - ( #6 ) Outside Deflection – Front Kick - 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Slide Left Foot towards C - ( #7 ) Inside Downward Palm Deflection - Neck Strike – Punch – Step Punch
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards A - ( #4 ) Downward Strike – Front Kick - 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Turn 180° Around Right Foot Step towards B - ( #9 ) High Deflection (circular) – 2 punches


  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards D - ( #16 ) Double Inside Palm Deflection – Side Kick – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Forward towards C - ( #5 ) Double Inside Strike – Hammer Fist low / Back Fist head – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards A - ( #14 ) Inside Knife Hand Strike – Side Kick – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Forward towards D - ( #19 ) (Chop-Chop) Outside Deflection – Neck Chop/Reverse Chop – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards B - ( #8 ) High “X” Deflection to side – Back Fist – 2 punches


  • Defensive Stance – Right Foot Step into Horse Stance facing A - ( #1 ) Outside Deflection – 3 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards B - ( #18 ) (Karate Kid) Double Outside Deflection – Front Kick – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Forward towards D - ( #15 ) (Cover Block) downward arm / side palm – Back Fist – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards B - ( #10 ) Inside Knife Hand Strike – Reverse Neck Chop – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Turn 180° Around towards B - ( #17 ) Outside Deflection - Knee Spike – 2 punches


  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step into Horse Stance facing B - ( #2 ) Outside Deflection - Uppercut Punch ( 3 times )
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Forward towards C - ( #11) Outside Deflection (circular) – Across Elbow Strike/Back Fist - 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards A - ( #12 ) Outside Deflection - Rear Elbow Strike – Back Fist – 2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Forward towards D - ( #13 ) Outside Deflection – Vertical Elbow / Downward Chop -2 punches
  • Defensive Stance - Right Foot Step Backward towards A - ( #20 ) Outside Deflection- Roundhouse Kick / Side Kick – 2 punches


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Video Open hand vs. closed fist
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 03:31 AM - Forum: Self-defense - Replies (10)

We had a similar discussion on this, dating back to 2006. I wanted to reintroduce the thread for additional/continued discussion since we've had new folks join since the older thread.

I'll toss my views out there for consideration to start the discussion. It all depends upon the target of the strike. For a soft body target, a fist can be used to great effect. Going further, using a one-knuckle punch can be extremely effective. On a hard body target, for example the head/face, from a SD perspective it is generally accepted that an open hand strike is the better choice.

  • Closed hand runs the risk of self injury i.e. boxers fracture. This will limit options concerning manual dexterity i.e. operating a cell phone to call for help, accessing and operating a firearm (both in firing, loading, reloading and clearing a malfunction), using a concealed or improvised weapon or something as 'simple' as using keys to lock a door or start a car. In short, it limits SD options depending upon the severity of the self injury.
  • An open wound i.e. cutting your knuckles on their teeth/bone structure now opens you up to blood borne pathogen. This is an extremely important consideration, and one that is often overlooked.
  • When properly used, an elbow strike is also more effective as it can generate more power. I include this under the open hand option as keeping the hand open whilst using an elbow strike increases it's power/speed/range of motion.


Couple of points to consider; First, professional boxers wear gloves (and hand wraps) to protect their hands. In sparring the opponent wears protective head gear. Even with this protection they still get injured in the ring. Professional boxers outside the ring have broken their hands in street brawls. Secondly, WWII combatives, possibly the most effective (and brutal) SD system around advocates the use of open hand strikes to the head/face i.e. the chin jab.

This doesn't mean that exceptions don't exist, but the general rule is for an open hand to the head/face, particularly when one is not wearing hand protection. As pointed out, elbow strikes are an exceptional tool and I'd personally rather use an elbow if applicable than a closed fist although I've used the edge-of-hand (knife hand) to great effect. The EOH to the brachial plexus (side of neck) can be an exceptional strike. I will also toss in the inside and outside forearm strike as I use an open hand whilst doing this strike as well (see Mu Shin Kata Movement #2).

Some videos to consider:









The incident that brought this subject back to mind was with my partner a couple of days ago. While I was busy elsewhere and unable to respond my Corporeal was attacked by a EDP (emotionally disturbed person). My partner responded to assist. Due to the level of aggression and the situation, my partner was permitted by policy to utilize closed hand strikes. Although authorized, it still wasn't the best option as he found out the hard way. Utilizing a closed hand strike, the punch slipped off the body and he ended up jamming it into a concrete wall. Since concrete walls don't have a lot of give he ended up hurting (and cutting) his hand. He went for Xrays but don't know the results yet. He is right handed and it was his right hand of course that he injured. Swelled up pretty good and he'll be lucky if he didn't break one of the meta-carpals. If he ends up in a soft cast that will mean light duty...which sucks.

Okay, floor open for discussion Smile

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  The International Kong Soo Do Association
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 03:26 AM - Forum: International Kong Soo Do Association - Replies (5)

The link below is to the International Kong Soo Do Association web site.  It contains information about the IKSDA, the Dan registry, articles, FAQ etc.

Any questions please feel free to contact myself or a MAC member here on the board.

The International Kong Soo Do Association

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Star Introduction thread - intro yourself
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 02:47 AM - Forum: Martial Warrior News, Introductions and How-to - Replies (14)

Began my interest in the martial arts back in 1975.  I've been blessed to study under some exceptional instructors in various martial arts, defensive tactics and combatives.  My bio is in my profile.

I teach Kong Soo Do Karate in west central Florida. 

I teach in-service firearms and defensive tactics to fellow Deputies in my agency where I've been blessed to be a Deputy for 24 years now.  Former Air Force where I served overseas back in the 80's. 

I enjoy discussing all aspects of the martial arts with folks particularly kata application (bunkai) and self-defense.

I run both this forum and a forum on Survival & Emergency Preparedness Smile

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Lightbulb Features of the new board
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 02:38 AM - Forum: Martial Warrior News, Introductions and How-to - Replies (2)

I will endeavor to make this an exhaustive list of the new features.

User CP

In the upper left of the main page you'll see a tab marked 'User CP'.  This is your Command Post.

Click into it and you'll be brought to your own area.  You'll see the following areas:

  • Manage your private messages.
  • Edit your profile.  Click on the 'Edit Profile' link and you can customize your profile with as much information as you'd like.
  • You can edit things such as your username, password, signature and avatar.  You'll find this a LOT easier than the last board.

Note:  When posting an avatar you can upload a pic or link to something on the web. 

Custom User Title

Take a look under my username above.  You'll see the word "Sensei".  That is a custom user title and you can set your own to what you want.

At the top left of the page you should see 'User CP'.  Go into that.  On the right you'll see 'Menu'.  Under that you'll see 'Your Profile'.  In that section click on the 'Edit Profile' link.  You'll see a lot of things that you can do here in your profile.  On the right side is the Custom User Title.  Type what you want to appear under your username in all your posts.  Click Update Profile at the bottom of the page and you're done.

Posting

Of course you have the ability to start a thread, or reply to someone else's thread.  When posting a new thread you'll see lots of options (many of which are also available when you are making a reply to another person's thread)
  • Post Icon.  This allows you to put a small icon in front of your post.�
  • Posting abilities.  You'll see above your message window a ton of icons.  You can make a word bold, underlined etc.  You can post a link.  You can post a video (select which media such as youtube etc).  Just put your mouse over the icon and it will tell you what it is. 

Calendar

At the top of the main page, on the right, you'll see the Calendar tab.  This allows you to post a public event for others to see. 

Portal

Also at the top of the main page, the portal will take you to a page that shows all the current threads and stats. 

Reputation

You will see this option on other member's posts.  You have the ability to give them positive, negative or neutral reputation.  Basically if the post was interesting to you this is a way to say 'thank you'.  You'll have the option to explain why you gave (or took) reputation.  This is a way for new members to immediately see who on the forum has really contributed solid content.

I want to touch on this new feature (we didn't have it on the old board). 

At the bottom of any member's post (other than your own) you will see several tabs.  From left to right you'll see;
  • Email
  • PM (private message)
  • Find
  • Rate
  • Reply
  • Quote
  • Report

The Rate tab is the reputation tab.  Click on this for any member and you'll see where you can give them positive, neutral or negative feedback.  You also have a box where you can let them know why you rated them.  It's a nice way to let someone know that they posted something useful/interesting to you.  Also a way to see members who have received a lot of reputation due to what they've contributed to the board.  You'll see at the top of each members post the following information on the right hand top corner:

Posts: 2
Threads: 0
Joined: Jul 2015
Reputation: 0
Warning Level: 0%

Rate the thread

When your in a thread (someone's post) you will see just above the OP (original post) a 'Thread Rating' with a bunch of stars.  If you find the thread is particularly interesting you can rate it by clicking on the amount of stars you think it's worth. 

For each thread you'll see a series of 5 stars under the Rating column.  If the thread hasn't been rated there will be no color.  Run your cursor over the stars and you'll see them light up.  If a thread has been particularly interesting/helpful for you then click on the amount of stars you'd like to rate it.  This gives other members a heads up that it's a good thread.  You cannot rate your own thread.

More than one person can rate the same thread.

This is if the thread is a good one and there are many members contributing good stuff, or you just want others to know it has good info in it.

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Big Grin Welcome
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 07-14-2015, 01:58 AM - Forum: Martial Warrior News, Introductions and How-to - Replies (1)

Welcome to the fifth incarnation of Martial Warrior!  And thank you to our MW member (and now Webmaster) Mark for helping to make this happen 

This new board has all the features of the old one PLUS a myriad of other capabilities.  I think you'll enjoy being here.  As this board gets underway I will be adding to it and developing it further behind the scenes. 

I will be populating this area with 'how-to' threads discussing all of the features.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a PM.

This is also a good area to introduce yourself to everyone.
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I'll use this section to update folks on any board news.

And finally, this is your community.  The quality will be determined by the members that contribute.  I ask that you participate as often as your able and invite your fellow martial artists to join.  

Welcome and enjoy Smile  

David

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