Thread: WMA Forum Goes Live
2/12/2009 1:23am, #51
2/12/2009 1:38am, #52
no ****, good show Ddlr!! I say! what-what
can we start with the most EPIC of WMA practicioners?
Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become totally ignorant.
-Mentat Text Two (dicto)
2/12/2009 1:57am, #53
This should be interesting. I'm really hoping for some good discussions after so many of us bitching about making this forum.
Where does weaponry discussion go? On one hand it seems to fit into the armory, but there is such a connection between WMAs and how their weapons were designed that it seems like another grey area (for example why the Bowie knife became popular over the Arkansas toothpick).
Also, kudos on the bull with the tophat. Very gentlemanly.
2/12/2009 2:01am, #54
I imagine if it's a weapon in the context of its use in a WMA, it belongs here.
2/12/2009 2:10am, #55Originally Posted by Hesperus
2/12/2009 2:13am, #56Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra
2/12/2009 2:28am, #57Originally Posted by DdlR
2/12/2009 2:40am, #58
I could tell you what I had to do for Phrost to get this one up and running, but there might be children reading - shudder -
2/14/2009 12:25am, #59
- Join Date
- Feb 2007
Alright, African MAs don't belong here. What about Capoeira? It's derived from Africa, but much of it's history is in Brazil. Sorry if this is a silly question. Not really.
2/14/2009 1:26am, #60
The genesis of this forum was that a couple of us were quietly agitating for a General MA Forum that would allow more-or-less serious discussion of non-mainstream styles, which hitherto often ended up in YMAS by default. I'd still like to see something like that, but in that this is what we've ended up with, the WMA Forum has to draw lines in the sand to avoid becoming a catch-all "everything not Asian" forum.
Capoeira is way cool, has a really colorful and interesting history and unfortunately IMO would not be on-topic for this forum. Even if we counted Brazil as honorary "Europe" (via Portuguese settlement), Capoeira is a product of transplanted African culture(s) through centuries of organic evolution in South America; the actual Portuguese influence on Capoeira is minimal, other than language, etc.