Thread: kajukenbo or modern combatives
11/07/2005 1:07pm, #21
I've still got the same question for you (jking). How many other other Kajukenbo schools have you visited outside your area, since your area is primarily "Tum Pai"?
Kajukenbo has several methods or styles. As far as I remember you train in "Kajukenbo Tum Pai", which for readers who are not aware, is a soft style of Kajukenbo that has many "tai chi" elements and soft forms in the training.
Have you trained in any of the "Original Method" hard style schools? Or, even "Chuan Fa", or "Won Hop Kuen Do" schools? Have you visited "The Pit", where John Hackleman trains Chuck Liddell? Have you visited "The Jet Center" where Benny Urquidez and his family train some of the best kickboxers in the world?
You keep harping on what YOU see as "wrong" with Kajukenbo. But you form your opinions on your observations of less then 5% of the system and practitioners.
So yea, you pissed off a lot of people at the Kajukenbo Cafe with your smug judgements on how inferior they're training was. And yes, 3 years or 30 years is not enough experience to pass judgement on something you've never witnessed and experienced.
Many people made friendly invitations to you to visit their schools and workout. So how many offers have you accepted? Better yet, how many actual Kajukenbo schools have you actually trained in, or observed?
11/07/2005 5:20pm, #22
The invitations are fine, thats not the issue and never was in my mind.
The issue was that I had only saw a few schools (which you make an excellent point, that is not 100% or even 50% of all schools). The other issue was the people I had met who described to me a very differant kajukenbo they had exceperienced than the way I had.
My question, as you remember, was if this "new school" version of kajukenbo was overcoming the old methods. I had doubts that I wanted put to rest. It also seems that the second I mentioned MMA though (which I stated that I felt kajukenbo would be good in that sort of environment) things went out the window. I got pressed on mma instead of my question by a few people.
Instead of any answers, I received judgement of my own on behalf of the people on your board. Many people were kind enough to leave posts that was exactly the answers I was hoping for. It wasn't until about the post you pointed out my age and my apperant lack of experience in the system that (I'm not sure if it was because of this post or what) that suddenly I had said something to MAJORLY offend everyone. I left because 1) I was very very embarassed that I had offended big names within our own system and 2) I was very angry that I received reprimand for what I said.
I didn't want it to be a big issue, and it became one. Why stick around for that?
11/07/2005 5:59pm, #23Originally Posted by JKing
Instead when it got a little hot, you cut and run. That's definetely not "old school Kajukenbo".
11/07/2005 7:14pm, #24
Then I apologize. in the end however, I had embarassed myself and left with more questions than I came in with. I left when things became a bit hostile. I repeated again and again that I had some views and that I am not trying to offend but people took offense anyways.
I left because I want anything that I say to be held accountable to myself, and not my school or those I associate with - and when I found that you had searched bullshido for my remarks then I was being persecuted. my thought? how much longer until someone starts asking people around about me and I had fellow students come up to me and say "did you say this" and "did you say that." My opinions are my own and I presented them to your forum.
Again, I apologize that I made a grave offense. However, you have to see it from my perspective. When a student has doubts is the answer to tell him that he doesn't have enough experience? You and the others on that board are big names in the world of kaju and to get hostility instead of help from these people didn't do much to help for my doubts.
11/07/2005 9:36pm, #25
- Join Date
- Sep 2002
- Hilo Island of Hawaii
- Kyokushinkai / Kajukenbo
Hey JKing, I just read most (well, much...) of the thread and actually, while there were some comments that I could see would bother you, I think that you should have stayed in the conversation. Bishop obviously thought that you had misrepresented yourself. I don't think you actually were doing that. I've posted in different forums and my persona is different and I'm addressing a different group with dif goals and agendas in mind.
Interesting thread, IMHO.
Now when you get the $ and time, go check out Prof Emperaldo's KSDI in Honolulu (best rates I've seen have been down to a week hotel + air @$700, but if you go like we used to in our student days, it's $269 right now on Expedia rdtrip LA/HNL and stay in a hostel). I think you'd love it. And I sure the hell didn't see any point sparring."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
11/07/2005 10:14pm, #26Originally Posted by JKing
But a lot of times you bring hostility on yourself. You opened with:
"It has come to my attention through various meetings with groups and people, as well as SEVERAL online sources that kajukenbo is getting something.
A bad reputation.
It has come to my attention that many people are starting to beleive that kajukenbo pretty much sucks - and sometimes i am inclined to agree with them."
Not really a opening statement that elicits a warm response. Especially when it comes from one of your own.
Originally Posted by JKing
Whenever you post anything on the internet, someone is going to read it, whether it's here, Martial Talk, Kenponet, Kajukenbo Cafe, etc.
So if you feel so strongly about your opinion, then don't be ashamed, or feel "persecuted" when you present them anywhere where they can be read.
Originally Posted by JKing
Over and over people asked you what experiences you based your opinions on. And you never gave a specific answer. So they started to take you less and less seriously. There are thousands of Kajukenbo schools in over 27 countries, so you can't base opinions on what you see coming from 5 schools, or even 50 schools. And you definetely can't form a opinion on what you read on the internet.
Sometimes when your too stuck on your own opinion, you don't realize that you may have been disrespectful to your own system and it's members.
Respect and politeness goes a long way in opening doors to knowledge and making friends, whether your a white belt or grandmaster. And it takes a lot of guts to apoligize and admit when your wrong, or out of line, but it also buys you a lot of respect.
Anyway, I need to apoligize to the members here for hijacking this thread.
Mr. King, if you have anything more you want to discuss, or even argue, feel free to email me. Like it or not, as long as you call yourself Kajukenbo, we're family.