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    Quote Originally Posted by retrograde
    Anyway, I'm not saying hapkido = good or bad, just this club was laughably bad. I'm not even sure why I stayed so long.
    It was so you could gain the exposure necessary to tell us that awesome list story.

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    I started training TKD a couple of years ago because the club was close to work. I did really well due to the remnants of flexibility and technique left over from my few years in kickboxing/ Muay Thai. My instructor is 6th dan TKD and we get along well. He told me about a hapkido club his hapkido grandmaster operates out of his dojang and so I thought I'd check it out. At first I thought, "grab my wrist" and "extend your ki through your fingers" a tad bullshit, as I had worked with violent people and knew that no one grabs your wrist if they are looking to hurt you.
    After the first lesson I was going to pack it in, but then I went through the few wrist joint manipulations in my mind. Obviously I wasn't going to be taught anything major in the first lesson and I had noticed that the higher ranked guys were doing some interesting locks, which flowed into other interesting locks, but the way a simple wrist manipulation could inflict pain intrigued me. The only experience I'd had with locks was being escorted from premises and crudely either getting away or finding myself in a worse situation. I wanted to learn these techniques, more importantly, how to defend against them.
    I did some research and became quite enamoured with the philosophy: The Way of Harmony with The Energy of Life (Life energy, universal energy, etc), often translated by McMasters as the way of co-ordinated power. In one month I had quit smoking and drinking, the breathing exercises helped with the smoking and a quieter mind through meditation helped silence the little guy saying I need a drink.
    I'd looked into but never started Aikido, mainly because I like the idea of using strikes. Hapkido incorporates striking as well as throws and joint manipulation. It also incorporates meditation. So I began training in HKD.
    Our classes are relatively informal, except for the usual respect such as bowing. We train hard, but can have a laugh, we spar at the end of every class sometimes full speed, others half to three quarters (to test new techniques), we learn basic weapon (dan bong, cane) once a month and the only time anything is truly regimented is during gradings, where we go out after with the master and grandmaster for Korean food. Our class is of about seven people, making it great for personal tuition.
    Retrograde seems to have been given instruction by a bullshido instructor. Hand clapping? Yelling kwon sul? Reprimand for not lining up straight? Honestly, that instructor sounds like a wanker. Good on you for getting out. The hapkido I know is nothing like you described.
    As for ki, I respect retrogrades opinion in not believing in it, especially as it seems bullshido artists seem to market it as some mystic force that they have mastered. Ki is life's or universal energy, also breath of life and a variety of other translations. I've heard of people shouting "KIHAP" while doing a technique, ki-hap means bring your being, your energy into harmony, your spirit and the world into one. Its actually funny cause if you yell it like that you are speaking Korean, which Koreans find amusing. I used to grunt when I'd hit or kick something, by allowing that grunt to come out easier (I tried to write how it sounds, but can't), I find my techniques actually benefit. I'm not saying that the universe gives me more power, I'm just saying it benefits my techniques to let out a yell.
    I train MT once a week, hapkido once or twice a week and TKD twice a week. I'm by no means a master.

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    Either you're an idiot Battlefield, or you are just clueless.

    Which is it?

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    In all fairness it could be both.

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    Or he's a troll.

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    I wrote an in depth response to the posted thread, as opposed to conjecture and ridicule. I was hoping to get some intelligent insights as it seemed to be in the interest of MA, instead I find little boys on thier parents computers purporting to be big men. Maybe I am clueless in regards to this site and I prefer to remain that way, as it has some bad in-joke funny only to senior members. From my experience, forum posters have convinced me that the most people here know little to nought of MA and wish to stay that way.
    I would issue a one- to- one challenge to determine martial skill, but I don't play video games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battlefields
    I would issue a one- to- one challenge to determine martial skill,
    Go ahead and see what happens. Actually, you know exactly what will happen. So, this is fluff.

    but I don't play video games.
    Yet, you write the scripts on this website and live them.

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    It Is Fake, mate, thanks for the compliment.

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    Your welcome. Just make sure you understand, video games are fiction and by my words so is your life.

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    I am in hapkido and it is not too bad. My instructor is Korean and he went back to Korea and came back and several of the schools there are emphasizing a muay thai or boxing principles. Alot more padwork, bagwork and combinations.

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