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  1. DAYoung is offline
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    The Essence of Your Martial Art's Suckatude (a YMAS companion for a MABS topic)

    [The YMAS Companion to this thread]

    The point of this thread is to offer short, concise descriptions of your martial art - not in a paragraph or essay, but in one or two lines.

    There's no doubt that it's very difficult to sum up any martial art - genuine or otherwise - in a few lines.

    But it's a useful endeavour. Trying to distill your martial art into an aphorism or sentence is an excellent way to identify what's essential, and what's superfluous. If you are a novice, it allows you to focus your attention on what's most important. As a competent practitioner or expert, it enables you to clarify your experience, and perhaps remember why you're doing it (it can get fuzzy over the years).

    My sense is that this can be done in a number of ways. For example, you might expect Judo to be something like 'the scientific craft of throwing and sometimes grappling.' But for Kano, the essential principle was 'best use of one's energy'. This encompassed the 'scientific' part, while offering a broader principle for life.

    Now, I expect argument - this is par for the course. I also expect stupid or willfully unhelpful posts to be removed. The point is to seek clarity. It may well be that the essences of a great many styles are remarkably similar. You might also find that you realise your own art is silly, and should be replaced forthwith.

    I'll start with GoJo-Ryu Karate-Do, which I'm most familiar with.

    GoJo-Ryu Karate-Do

    Rapid close-quarter stand-up, characterised by alternating softness and hardness, circularity and linearity.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more (including critiques of mine). And use whatever format you like - I've just chosen to be pernickety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehogey
    Wing Chun:

    HERE'S DORKY

    PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN QUEER

    LIVING ON DICK
    Hey Hedge, could you replace this with something helpful?
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    Aikido:

    CAN'T YOU JUST BE A PENGUIN I CAN RUN UP TO AND **** (WITHOUT FLYING AWAY)

    WHERE I GREW UP THE PENGUINS WOULDN'T SQUAWK OR BITE THEY FUCKING LOVE IT AND FORM A SINGLE LINE

    THAT WAS A DREAM

    HOLD STILL ANYWAY


    "The only important elements in any society
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    because they alone, by questioning the society's values,
    can force it to change."-Samuel R. Delany

    RENDERING GELATINOUS WINDMILL OF DICKS

    THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST NON-EUCLIDIAN SPLATTERJOUST EVER

    It seems that the only people who support anarchy are faggots, who want their pathetic immoral lifestyle accepted by the mainstream society. It wont be so they try to create their own.-Oldman34, friend to all children
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehogey
    Aikido:

    CAN'T YOU JUST BE A PENGUIN I CAN RUN UP TO AND **** (WITHOUT FLYING AWAY)

    WHERE I GREW UP THE PENGUINS WOULDN'T SQUAWK OR BITE THEY FUCKING LOVE IT AND FORM A SINGLE LINE

    THAT WAS A DREAM

    HOLD STILL ANYWAY
    I asked nicely.
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    Calm down, it's only ones and zeros.

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