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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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Exclamation Fight Back Against Rape - With Fear!
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 09-22-2016, 01:39 PM - Forum: Self-defense - No Replies

Fight Back Against Rape - With Fear!

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  Pre-Emptive Attack Sequences
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 09-22-2016, 01:28 PM - Forum: Self-defense - No Replies

Pre-Emptive Attack Sequences

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  Knife Defense
Posted by: sidekick - 09-20-2016, 03:44 PM - Forum: Self-defense - Replies (5)

As of late, we're starting to see more knife stabbings / assaults (8 in Minn last week and there was another multi victim not that long ago but details escape me at the moment). Now we've all seen and perhaps engaged in some training in this area, but for the most part, the training was / is lacking, at least IMO. 

From my perspective, knife attacks / threats come in 3 categories. Number one, the knife being held stationary and is used as an intimidation tool as someone who is attempting to rob you. They are most likely in very close proximity or have actually grabbed you with their other hand and demanding your money. In this category, some of the often trained in techniques could / should work for a disarm, but "some" is the operative word. Number 2 is the guy looking to attack and cut you and is coming from a distance as opposed to number one. Will any of your defenses now work?..................most likely only a very limited few and at that, it depends on the individual attempting to use them. Will you get cut?...........very high probability that you will, because a blade in motion is extremely dangerous, but it can be defeated with good training and a lot of common sense. Now number 3, the never saw it coming, either from the front or the back - better known as the jail house shank. Regardless of who teaches anything that they believe will counter this type of attack, their fooling themselves and you if you think you can do anything against it. Now i will somewhat place a caveat on this and it very much depends on the type of weapon/knife/shank being used. If it's a good sized knife then you will be seriously injured or killed, but if it's a shank type - small blade or just a pointed object (screw driver or the like), then if from the frontal attack, you could respond and defend to a point were you could stop the attack and hopefully get some assistance.

Now the biggest thing I have observed, in every training video I've viewed, is the lack of taking the head of the attacker out of the equation. The head/brain is the bodies control mechanism and if that's disabled, then so is the attack. In all 3 categories, with the exception of being attacked from behind, if you counterattack the head while attempting to defend, you stand a very good chance of staying alive. Will / can you get injured? bet on it, but you can greatly minimize the degree of injury, with the right mindset and training.

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  TKD forms - Tageuk
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 09-20-2016, 01:22 PM - Forum: Forms - Replies (7)

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  Punches and hand strikes
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  TSD self defense
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 09-20-2016, 01:17 PM - Forum: Tang Soo Do - Replies (5)

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  The 10-31-10
Posted by: Motivation - 09-17-2016, 02:58 PM - Forum: Body weight & Band Training - No Replies

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  Combat Hapkido
Posted by: Kong Soo Do Karate - 09-17-2016, 01:16 PM - Forum: Hapkido - Replies (5)

Discussion is welcome.  If you want to talk about a specific technique please indicate the time stamp on the video so we can see the portion you're discussing.  

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