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  •  I've sparred with Aikidists (?) (2+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman, steve davis

    And was impressed.

    As a Kung Fu guy, I can ensure you that they are not wimps! It is just a series of escalations....that DOES (or can anyway) end in disabling your opponent. When necessary.

    •  kung fu is some mean sh*t, dharma!! (1+ / 0-)
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      buhdydharma

      Have you ever watched some of the YouTube stuff, where they're showing real street-fighting kung fu, instead of that stuff where you have to leap into the air and do a split that would basically kill a normal man? :-)   It's like, "First, I pull the guys head towards me, while elbowing him in the throat and face; then, when he's unconscious, I continue to beat on him with a rhythmic technique of kicks and punches until he's been thoroughly tenderized and is ready to be baked at 350 for an hour and a half..." I would hate to go up against a kung fu expert on the street.

      •  I've only had to use it twice in twenty years (2+ / 0-)
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        steve davis, Justus

        both instances were VERY short.

        (see my other long comment on this thread)

        It is very ironic to train all that time....to learn NOT to fight, lol. If you have a good teacher, the first thing you learn is that you almost never have to use what he is teaching you. There is almost always a better way to resolve the conflict.

        All that training for less than ten seconds of actual "use!"

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