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    Two years of Shou Shu

    Let's step back in time, to the year 1988. Acid washed jeans and mullets are all the rage. Ninjas rule the movie screen, and everyone wants to learn some uber-secret martial art to kick ass and take names.

    I was no exception, although my time with a mullet was brief. I was a young high school wrestler, looking to add "karate" to my resume, and I found myself in the lobby of Moore's Karate, speaking with a man in a patch-covered black gi. Right away, the black gi impressed me. I mean, come on. White gi's are for good guys. Black is [email protected]%@%@-you-up-with-the-quickness.

    It didn't take long to get me into the office for the traditional contract signing ceremony. One year, unless I moved more than 50 miles away. Being 18, I didn't care, I just signed on the line and went home that night thinking about how badass the black gi was going to look.

    I returned the next day for my first lesson. In the lobby, I was greeted by the resident black belt. I motioned to the asian-themed walls, and pointed out the various weapons hainging around the dojo. Who would not be impressed by a vast assortment of swords, poles, spears, and nunchucks. I had seen the movies, and I knew badass when I saw it.

    "You won't learn those until you are a brown or black belt. In fact, " he pauses and removes a credit card from his wallet. "I could kill you faster with this credit card than you could kill me with any of those weapons."

    Ignoring the foreshadowing of the killing me with a credit card omen, I nodded in amazement. I spent the rest of the week trying to imagine how awesome this guy must be to kill me with a small piece of plastic that would normally break when used to scrape ice from a frozen windshield. Obviously, something the ancient kung fu masters had worked out.

    The first lesson started out with the secret salutation. If I remember correctly, it was a cross step backwards with the right leg, then windmilling the arms backwards (right slightly before the left), bringing the hands into a sort of cupped postion in front of my chest. Uncross legs, stand up straight, while turning my palms to face the floor. Wash, rinse, repeat. Got it? Time to move on.

    Next came the special bow for entering and leaving the training area. Right hand makes a fist, left hand remains open. Touch them together at the chest, and bow. Weapon and shield I was told. Too cool.

    We moved into the training area, and started working on the all powerfull horse stance. Being a wrestler, I questioned the stance, as it seemed to lack mobility. Nonsense. Our strikes our so fast, so powerfull, that they can maim and kill. Horse stance it is. From there, I was told to place my left arm out to the left side, elbow bent almost 90'. The right arm was tucked into the stomach in a tight fist, palm up. This, he tells me, presents the smallest target for my attacker, and protects all of my vital organs (except for the kidneys and head, but hey, who's counting). The fighting stance was born.

    The remainder of my hour private lesson was spent on kicks. The front snap kick and rear kick. Normal enough except the front kick was supposed to strike with the ball of the foot, not the top of the foot or shin. Hmmmm. Trust me, it looks odd, toes all splayed out, ankle cocked back.

    We complete the lesson, and I change out of my gi. The instructor stops to talk to me on my way out. More war stories about beating people up, and how when he fights, he doesn't even know what technique he is doing, it's just pure instinct. One time, he grins, him and his Shou Shu buddies sent their girlfriends over to a table of rowdy guys in a bar, just to see if the guys would mess with them, thereby giving him and his buddies a reason to open up a helping of Moore's Genuine Can-O-Whoop-Ass.

    I left that day feeling quite confident that I could already kick some major ass. Oh yeah, and I bought three of the official Moore's T-Shirts. There was this nifty silver medallion the instructor had been wearing, but alas I didn't have enough money to buy one of those just yet.

    #2
    $9.99 for those medallions if you still want one. I take Paypal.

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      #3

      Less said the better.
      You are a total Douchbag. Train more, post nevermore.
      FickleFingerOfFate -08-21-2007 08:59 AM

      just die already.
      Plasma - 08-20-2007 11:45 PM


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        #4
        Well, if you'd not been a pussy and actually stuck with it, you'd probably be able to make people shit blood just by giving them the finger by now.

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            #6
            Did you do or see the infamous multiple attacker defences?
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            You are a total Douchbag. Train more, post nevermore.
            FickleFingerOfFate -08-21-2007 08:59 AM

            just die already.
            Plasma - 08-20-2007 11:45 PM


            Aikidokkkkakkakakakaaaaa
            Best MA website ever!!!!!: http://www.dogjudo.co.uk/

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              #7
              You obviously don't have the "real Shou shu."

              They knew your chi was weak and insecure so they did not teach you the secret techniques!

              They do, in fact have the scrolls of anti-grappling, but you were not good enough to see them. Back to the dojo with you!


              (great story, man! Glad to see you on the dark side!)
              And lo, Kano looked down upon the field and saw the multitudes. Amongst them were the disciples of Uesheba who were greatly vexed at his sayings. And Kano spake: "Do not be concerned with the mote in thy neighbor's eye, when verily thou hast a massive stick in thine ass".

              --Scrolls of Bujutsu: Chapter 5 vs 10-14.

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                #8
                Yes, I did get to see the multiple attacker techniques. I'm sure I didn't see them all, but I did get to see it done a couple of times, and for the most part, they were all the same, just variations on a theme.

                Here is how it works:

                You are in the center of the group. Choose the weakest of the group, and move quickly to take him out. When you do this, you move into him, and through him, putting you outside the circle. The circle reforms around you, and you repeat this cycle until you are the victor. Loot their wallets and walk away.

                Key points from uncle Al:

                Head on a swivel...heard this one a million times.
                Keep moving...duh. I would run. How's that for moving?
                Take the man out with one punch...that's the plan, huh?
                Don't go to the ground...of course not...that's not technique, it's common sense.

                The system relies on the fact that they truly believe that they can take someone out with one hit, and move past him to engage more people. Works great in a training environment, but not in real life with a guy kicking you in the back of the head.

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                  #9
                  $9.99 for a custom embroidered patch. Again, I take Paypal.

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                    #10
                    Gosh, that's a deal! If only I had the spare $20 for both.

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                      #11
                      Thanks for the stories.
                      Tough is not how you act, tough is how you train.

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                        #12
                        That's great.

                        I was invited to one sparring session in which I took on 3 black belts and 1 brown belt and "wiped the floor" with all of them one after another (1 on 1 sparring, just multiple sessions), granted they were really fast with their hands, although didn't use their deadly techniques. Except for the brown belt, who decided that the match starts when I bow. I bowed, and then he backfisted me in the face to which I replied with an axe kick to his face. Then soon afterwards a sidekick into his armor (yes, he was seriously wearing armor.). The only one who really gave me trouble, was their top black belt of the school, who had extremely fast hands and blocked most of my attacks, I eventually just sweeped his leg and got a HUGE blister on my foot (they like to train on carpet with bare feet, cheap carpet too) and we ended it there.
                        Last edited by King Sleepless; 9/22/2005 12:27am, .

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                          #13
                          where do i start?i took it for a lot longer then you did and i believed in it... as do all of the other practitioners it doesnt do much for grappling granted but neither does any other kung fu or karate except for bjj or wrestling, maybe aikido i dont know where you studied at but we did spar albeit with head gear and pads etc...the style isnt much different from tracy kenpo(pretty much the same techniques) you may not be able to fight off 20 attackers at once but i bet you are better fighter then when you started remember the system is only as good as the student....

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                            #14
                            let me qualify this to by saying that alot of the claims are very outlandish da'shifu was an outstanding fighter but saying that you can take 12 opponents at one time is proposterous most of the time i am fortunate to get my ass unhurt against one i understand where you are coming from but you should have a reasonable bullshit meter and listen to that.

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                              #15
                              This sounds an awful lot like my Temple Kung Fu experience, and I wonder if there wasn't some standard business model handed down from Ed Parker. That would explain an awful lot.

                              I noticed that trfcrugby echoed back some of the thoughts I had -- even as a naive young'in. The first was that a lot of the moves seemed excessive. Instructors seemed to feel really badass when they taught you a sequence involving several maiming techniques. However, I always thought to myself, "What if I don't want to hurt the other guy that seriously? What if I just want to end things gently?" I didn't feel as if I had an option.

                              The other thing that was on my mind a lot was the notion that I would never be able to ID a specific striking attack while it was en route and then come up with the prescribed string of techniques. The whole theory of being able to do so just seemed so unlikely. For a while, I assumed that it was my own level that was the problem and I guess you could make that argument but . . .

                              Anyhoo, I'm glad that you got out of there and have moved on to more productive things. It would probably be good for you to go visit and then do some friendly sparring, but it's probably too much to hope for that they would ever consent to something like that.
                              Last edited by Bang!; 9/17/2005 12:49am, .

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