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  Happy New Year
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 12-31-2016, 06:22 PM - Forum: Martial Warrior News, Introductions and How-to - No Replies

A very warm, safe Happy New Year to everyone  Smile

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  Defending from Confined Spaces
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Question Size or skill?
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  Back workouts
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  Tactical pen
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  Against a bigger attacker
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  Bo Staff
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  A Korean Fighting Art
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 10-02-2016, 12:32 PM - Forum: Korean Martial Arts - Replies (1)

A Korean Fighting Art

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Master Spencer was kind enough to send his book to me to review.  I found this to be a well thought out, comprehensive presentation of Korean Karate.  It has a plethora of pictures and photos throughout the book which I find to be a big plus.  I have several good martial arts books that only have scant photos or sketches that really leave a lot to be desired when trying to convey a technique.  This book however does a good job in the photo selection.  Well enough that you could teach a specific technique and then the student could use this book as a reference later on outside of the school.

One of the things this book reminded me of was my first Uechi Ryu/Pangainoon book written by George Matson.  Commonly referred to as the 'red book' it was sort of the book for the art.  This could be viewed in the same vein.  Since this book covers Korean martial arts history (giving the appropriate nod of respect to the Okinawan arts), warm ups, basics and then into some of the actual training.  Good book to hand a beginner that walks into your school.

Thank you Master Spencer for the opportunity to read/review your book.  Well done.

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Question Most brutal art?
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 09-26-2016, 11:54 AM - Forum: General Martial Arts - Replies (11)

On another board, the question was asked, "what is the most brutal martial art".  My answer was WWII combatives.  Another poster answered, "If you are into martial arts to be brutal and vicious then you are in it for the wrong reasons".  I disagreed and responded with the following:


Quote:I'm not sure I can fully agree with you. It depends on your focus. For example, if you're sport-oriented then being brutal to your sparring partner or an opponent is definitely not very cool. On the other hand, if your focus is self-defense then you need to have that as the mind set from the very beginning. To clarify, not that you go out of your way to 'be brutal' or just try to hurt people 'just because' but rather if you're in a situation where all of your non-force options have been taken away and you are forced to use force then the attacker's safety is no longer a concern. You have to have the mindset that you will do whatever it takes to accomplish the task of your safety (or the safety of another). At this point there is no holding back, no pulling punches. As I'm fond of saying, minimal force is not necessarily minimum force. Every situation will be different and the minimum force in one situation may be a stun-n-run while in another it may be deadly force. Once needs to be able to successfully navigate both scenarios with tools that will accomplish either.


What are your thoughts?

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