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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypno View Post
    Seriously? I'm jealous if you're really there.
    Yes; I'm meeting and greeting the Juggalos and Juggalettes as they come out of the gate. I'm doing a Roadside Safety-Check. So far, all of them are driving responsibly. I'm back on Saturday night for round two.



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    You can not intellectualize your way to being a competent fighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypno View Post
    Impressionism or Surrealism?

    Seriously, aren't Impressionists simply imitators of life? At least with Surrealism I get the benefits of drugs without the costs or after-effects.

    Hey All,

    I spent most of my adult life in military or paramilitary organizations. I spent time in the Marine Reserves, the Navy and the Army and trained sporadically during most of that time. I worked as a military advisor for a number of years and now I'm a life coach and hypnotist. I haven't trained consistently since 1997 and have trained at all in the last 4 years.

    I wrestled in high school and dinked around with TKD and Tai Chi during that time. I achieved the glorious rank of Yellow Belt in TKD...after what seemed like weeks of hard work. And as far as my Tai Chi, grown men have run in terror after seeing my "Grasp the Bird's Tail".

    I didn't train seriously until I was 25 and then started up at Carley Gracie's School in SF. I stayed there about 2 years.

    Over the next few years I trained intermittently at Marcello Alonso's school.

    I've trained with Carl Cestari (one seminar plus a bit of additional time), at the Crucible and did a short course with Bruce Siddle.

    I helped teach Combatives while I was a Ranger and I taught a self-defense class at the Defense Language Institute for a period of time while I was there.

    That's pretty much it...oh, I know how to use a gun which, as it turns out, isn't a bad skill to have in the general context of fighting and self-defense.

    I live in Brooklyn, NY and have recently decided that I wanted to start training again. There are some great schools around here and a new one (that looks pretty decent) just opened a block from my place which pretty much destroys any excuse I could have come up with not to start.
    What a fascinating resume. What did you think of the Crucible?

    Welcome to Bullshido!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Styygens View Post
    What a fascinating resume. What did you think of the Crucible?

    Welcome to Bullshido!
    Thanks for the welcome, Styygens.

    I thought the Crucible was fine. I went through an apprehension avoidance course there. I had attended similar courses and didn't find their course as detailed or their instructors as skilled as a couple of the other courses I went to but the other courses were primarily run by specialists in their respective fields. I consider the Crucible to be more of a generalist school. So, escaping restraints and cuffs was fine at the Crucible but wasn't nearly as good as it was at a school that just focused on locks and was run by a locksmith.

    With that said, if you don't want to spend a week learning how to do all that stuff or want a good overview of several skills then the Crucible will serve just fine. I didn't train in their h2h with McCann but a couple of their other instructors. I liked the Swamp technique but had pretty much seen it before with others, just called something different. I felt that their "self-defense" relied too much on strength to get out of holds instead of balance and leverage. I looked at it as a smaller person or a fatigued soldier might. I felt that the self-defense that I learned from Carley Gracie, which was originally part of the Gracie system, was much more fluid and easier to perform for anybody.

    All-in-all, it's a good course and I would recommend it to a friend but I feel there's better training out there for some of their stuff. I do like their h2h but I'm not a big fan of their self-defense.

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    Too many paintings not enough Legos
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    Too many paintings not enough Legos
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    Thanks for the welcome. Not enough Legos + Needs more cowbell =

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/truedim...6846/lightbox/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypno View Post
    Nice art. Did you do the first one by hand or is that drafted by computer. The third one is just wicked.
    Thanks, all by hand. I never learned to make art on a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    Thanks, all by hand. I never learned to make art on a computer.
    If it is made on a computer, can it still be considered art? It was awesome work BTW.



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