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    There's certainly an urge to make sense of things, e.g. to grasp the fundamentals of existence. Some people just accept what they've inherited, others go further in their examination.

    As for the fighting arts, there's a tendency to obscure with pseudo-philosophy - it's often not genuine philosophy, even if it deals in metaphysics and ethics.

    But there's nothing wrong with using martial arts as a pathway to philosophical analysis (which is what we're doing). Its combination of cultural 'baggage' and practice also makes for fascinating inter-cultural discussion, or history of ideas study.
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    You might want to look at Rob Redmond site, its called 24fightingchickens he has a lot of intercultural material.

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    Yeah, I know it.

    Rob gets bagged a bit, but I like his site - entertaining and provocative.
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    Hey, did you ever read my paper, DAYoung?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judah Maccabee
    Hey, did you ever read my paper, DAYoung?
    *hangs head in shame*

    No, I still have it in my pile. Until I finish this book, the pile will largely stay untouched.

    Thanks, though - it looks bloody interesting.
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    So no other takers?
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    I don't think we have many people with MA or greater in Philosophy here.

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    Whether the fighting art is crapped up or not would have to depend on the philosophy. Some philosophical standpoints would bring rules and formality into situations where they don't belong. Other philosophies would be designed to strip away preconceived notions and help the fighter find the most natural and simple solution.
    An existential approach to martial arts would be based on personal choice. A truely taoist approach would be adaptive and work in realation to the opponent. REAL Tai Chi (not the mass group in the park, or the hippie relaxation crap) can be very effective, and is essentially the physical practice of Taoism.

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    Interesting. Thanks, BurningMonk.
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    That's funny i never saw this. I got an MA in philosphy. Damn. I lost my chance to use it. I also got a half of an MA in linguistics.

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