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    Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


      A ghost story:

      I did a lot of shadow-fighting as a kid, I use that term because it involved wrestling as well as strikes and kicks so it wasn't just shadow-boxing.
      Anyway, you know..

      I'd go in short bursts and stop sometimes to examine the choreography and my position, options, etc. Other times it was slow choreography so I could concentrate on learning position and technique. I used tall tomato cages for markers and targets.

      Sometimes, I would go at it with imaginary attackers at full-speed out in my back yard in broad daylight. My neighbors saw me do it. :P

      Anyway, one day I had been out in the field behind my house doing this for a few hours. My Dad came out to tell me to come in for dinner. I was in high school, I think. Anyway, he asked me who I had been practicing with - he said he saw me fighting with people and wanted to know who they were. I told him I had been alone the whole time but he insisted that I wasn't.

      Anyway, I decided never to really make a conclusion about what he saw. There are a lot of unexplained things out there so who knows what he saw. Many times while training I felt like I wasn't alone out there. In fact, I had names for my imaginary opponants. I even had them listed along with my real friends as members of a sparring club we had.

      Anyway, I am not trying to sound like I am saying I was trained by demons. I sparred with my friends constantly during those years - not just shadows. Please don't think I am crazy now.

      I am just saying, the line between reality and imagination can get blurry sometimes. Also, just because someone is nuts - that doesn't mean they can't fight. :P

      my kung fu eeeeeees better than yours!



        (M/Sunny Hawaii) 12/30/01 4:32 pm

        The following commentary is another stellar example of martial arts stupidity and amateurish
        ignorance -

        Those of you with good memories will recall me mentioning previously a martial arts
        demonstration captured on video, played on national TV and how I used this as a perfect
        illustration of the moronism found in the stylistic arts. The incident involved two idiot
        martial artists playing with real swords, no doubt emulating the scenes from the movie
        Highlander, and after one stylist deflected an incoming strike from his training partner, he
        sliced off his own toes as he completed his weapons arc. Pure stupidity, nothing out of the
        ordinary or anything I haven't come to expect from the stylistic arts. Little had I known that
        this would not be the last time I would be witness to futher martial arts idiocy.

        So, there I was yesterday surfing the cable networks as most loyal Americans should, when
        I happened to stumble upon a broadcast by the same individuals that brought us the
        aforementioned footage of martial arts excellence. In this instance they had titled this program
        appropriately, "Born to Lose." It was agglomeration of the most stupid people on the planet
        getting hurt for doing things incredibly dangerous and stupid, not to mention unwise. The
        potential Darwin Award recipients ranged from para-sailing by way of pickup trucks, to rigging
        a hand-glider to a stunt motorcycle to jump semi-trucks, but you know this program would
        never be complete if the producers were to exclude some of the more dumber members of the
        homo sapiens species, the martial artist.

        Now before going into what occurred at this martial arts exhibition, let us freeze this
        moment in time. Picture if you will, an assistant martial arts instructor willingly on his back
        with a cucumber lying across his throat as the Iaido "MASTER" with sword in hand, posed
        in an overhead downward strike ready to cut the cucumber leaving his assistants throat
        unscathed. (Chuckling) Here is the 20 million dollar question my friends, what do you think
        happens? Take your time, ponder the consequences and would could POTENTIALLY
        occur should the masters strike penetrate too deeply.

        Okay, if you guessed that the so-called stylistic "master" cut his assistants throat causing
        blood to start gushing everywhere, you were RIGHT! That is exactly what happened. First
        scene showed the PROWESS of the "master" as he successfully cleaved a cucumber on his
        idiot followers stomach leaving the skin intact, then in the next scene, the stupid assistant
        instructor places the cucumber on his own throat showing complete, however misguided
        faith in his "master." As his masters sword came down in arc and swiftly retracted, he
        successfully cleaved the cucumber as before, unfortunately for his assisant, he also cleaved
        his students throat. (Laughing) Blood immediately started spilling everywhere. The laido
        "master" looked dumbfounded as his student tried to staunch the blood flow and while he
        was carted off by stretcher to the nearest hospital.

        The shows narrator actually made the comment to the effect, "Who here is the bigger loser,
        the assistant being carried off by stretcher to the hospital or the so-called master?"
        (Shaking head in mirth)

        First of all gang, you never use a real weapon in practice, remember learn from the stupidity
        of martial artists, let's not let their sacrifice be in vain. (Smiling) Second, if you're the type of
        person that loves to show off as many stylistic amateurs have, you're going to get hurt or
        injure others in your charge. Don't do it, otherwise you deserve everything that happens to you.

        Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena
        Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena



          (M/Sunny Hawaii) 1/30/02 3:39 pm

          The following is a detailed report that directly coincides with the previous commentary,

          Man Cut, Hospitalized at Parker's Internationals

          Long Beach, CA., Jose Pacheco won the men's amateur sparring grand championship, but
          the real showstopper - literally - was a demonstration gone awry that nearly cost a performer
          his life.

          Keith Carlson was attempting to use a sword to slice a zucchini resting on the neck of his student,
          Daniel Stark, but instead cut both the vegetable and Starks's neck during the demonstration.
          Carlson, a San Carlos, California-based martial arts instructor, had just minutes earlier safely cut
          a zucchini on Starks bare stomach.

          Medical personnel rushed to the stage to tend to Stark, who was bleeding profusely from the
          neck. According to the tournament physician, Dr. Joe Verna, Stark never lost consciousness
          and his vital signs were stable throughout the ordeal. "We were able to stop the bleeding right
          there on the stage," Verna said.

          Stark, 31, was taken by ambulance to nearby St. Mary's Hospital and was held overnight for
          observation. Stark claimed that he thought the zucchini was slipping from his neck and
          therefore was raising up to adjust it when Carlson brought the sword down. "[Stark] had a
          small laceration midline on his neck, which was not very big and not very deep, but it did sever
          a vein," Verna said. "The emergency room doctor said the wound was potentially dangerous,
          [but Stark] lost less than a pint of blood." According to Sheri Parker-Kongaika, the tournament's
          associate producer, Carlson did not perform the demonstrations which had been approved by
          the event organizers.

          "The normal process for demonstrations is that people submit a video of what they will do
          on stage," she said. "we met with one of Carlson's students, who showed us a video. We
          told him we didn't want anything potentially dangerous. The [zucchini] cutting on the video
          we viewed was only [performed over a students] stomach. We told [Carlson] we wanted no
          sword on stage."

          Parker-Kongaika, daughter of the late American Kenpo grandmaster Ed Parker, added
          "[Carlson] was cooperative with us, but when he got on stage, he obviously had a different
          agenda." Parker-Kongaika praised Verna and his staff for their quick response to the situation.
          "The medical staff was excellent, " she said, "They knew what they were doing and how to
          handle a crisis situation. I don't think anyone else could have done a better job."

          Stark, who required no stitches, SAID HE WOULD GLADLY PERFORM THE STUNT AGAIN.
          "It was very unfortunate that it happened." he said. "What we do is real, and I guess we proved

          KFss - That last statement by Stark should be rephrased in light of what transpired -

          Stark - "What we do is real STUPID, and I guess we proved that."

          KFss - Idiot martial artists, such as Stark, I suppose, need to actually have their heads cut off
          before they learn a lesson in common sense. So not only did both the master and student
          DECEIVE the event organizers in effect LYING to them, they went ahead and placed each
          other at risk while at the same time no doubt traumatizing the participates watching the
          asinine exhibition. Well gee, where's all this garbage stylists always use to justify their
          positions of, respect, discipline and TRUTH?!?!

          Additionally, I find it strange that many people give me a lot of flak for debunking the crap
          coming out of martial arts these days. How very odd.

          Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena

          Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


            7 year old spoiled black belt

            Dcourtenayt (39/M) 2/21/02 10:13 pm

            Just looker over at the Elite Dragon Forum where they are discussing what to do with a
            7-year-old TKD blackbelt who is overconfident and doesnt want to train like he is told.
            Many of the members agree a 7-year-old shouldnt hold this status, but the parent says
            he shows the maturity of a 12-year-old. This situation is just pitiful.

            I guess he could take on any Tae Bo practitioner.


            Re: 7 year old spoiled black belt

            Kungfoolss (M/Sunny Hawaii) 2/21/02 10:36 pm

            When I was an ignorant stylist way back, even then, I had thought it was silly for schools
            to pass out belts as if they were gold stars on tests. I distinctly remember my friend that
            was a green belt in tkd (his kicks I will admit at the time were impressive and flashy) used to
            scoff and tell me of a much younger and smaller boy in his class that was blue belt, and
            when it came time for the sparring part of their class, the higher ranked boy refused to even
            participate in the activity.

            On the other side of the coin, my former sparring partner an aikido/shotokan stylist, told
            me of an incident where an elderly aikido gentlemen who probably couldn't fight his way
            off a merry-go-round, was awarded a black belt because of his "spirit" and not because of
            his ability.

            In both these cases, I see several faults, but to put it plainly, in my view this only serves
            to cheapen the rank and erode the strength of the style. If you don't get promoted because
            you didn't deserve it, you probably shouldn't get it. You'll most likely lose many students
            because of a lack of progress they see in themselves while attending your school. Which
            is another reason I have a distaste for the stylistic arts. The instructor has bills and rent
            he's got to pay to maintain the school, so it's practically suicide if an instructor were to
            adopt the requirements I advocate. It's simply not feasible.

            Additionally, this is the reason kids are promoted to such ridiculous ranks in the first place,
            one, satisfy that narcissistic attitude all children have and two, to give them the "impression"
            of accomplishment. But clearly, if an 18 year-old white belt were to spar the preteen black belt,
            who would you place your bets on I wonder...

            Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena

            Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


              Superfoot supports Kungfoolss contention

              Kungfoolss (M/Sunny Hawaii) 2/24/02 5:55 pm

              Talk about fortune dear SCFF members, I was researching the martial arts (as I am given to
              perform as a daily ritual, some people pray to fictitious deities, I do this) and happened upon
              an article and commentary made by Bill Wallace in 1994 which supports a recent post made
              by Kungfoolss in 2002! Talk about a stylist of vision, a rare commodity in the ailing
              phenomena of martial arts these days. As a matter of fact, there are many articles of Bill
              Wallaces that actually support many positions of the SCFF which I will bring to you in the
              future. But let's stop talking about it and see how this stylists open-mindedness dares to
              affirm Kungfoolss accurate perspective on black belts some 8 years later -


              Living the Black Belt Lie - by Bill Wallace (October 1994)

              I believe the way the belt-ranking system is now, they should just disregard it entirely.
              When I first started training in karate, there were only four belts --- white, green, brown
              and black. Now there are so many different colors, because everyone wants to prove
              they're better than the next guy by having a different belt. Some people justify it by
              saying that it helps motivate kids, but I think it all just comes down to ego.

              It has gotten to the point now where, if a student trains for two weeks longer than someone
              else, he wants to prove his superiority by having a different color belt. A black belt used to
              mean you were the best; now it doesn't mean anything. I've been in the martial arts for 30
              years, and according to my instructor, I'm a third-degree black belt. But rank is not important
              to me because I don't have a school. Still, I don't understand why there are people younger
              than me walking around wearing the red-and-white striped belts of a master, or better yet,
              a guy who is an eighth-, ninth-, or tenth-degree black belt who is supposedly a grandmaster,
              yet has less experience in the martial arts than me.

              I think we've just glorified the ranking system to the point where, when someone gets a
              black belt, he automatically thinks he's learned everything. That's just not true.

              One thing that really upsets me more than anything else is that you have these
              prepubescent kids who are first-, second- or third-degree black belts, but don't understand
              the application of the techniques they're performing. They may be able to do them well,
              but they have no idea why they are doing them.

              I'm sure money has something to do with the decline in the belt-ranking system. If I had
              a karate school, my job would to be to keep students in that school. Now let's say you
              are 8 years old and have been practicing karate for three years. If I don't let you test for
              a black belt because I don't think you're ready, you will just quit and go somewhere else.
              I see this happening all the time. The kids want to be glorified and think they're tough.
              And I guess wearing that black belt gives them confidence they're lacking.

              Personally, I can do just as well without a belt on as with one. But for some people, a
              belt is the first thing they have to put on. Why? To prove themselves? When I'm
              working out, I don't wear a belt. I can go into a karate school with a pair of sweatpants
              on and work out, and I bet you everybody there is going to know I'm a black belt just
              by the way I perform. I have never had to prove to anyone that I was a black belt.

              Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena

              Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


                Bayonne woman loses left eye in bizarre stunt


                By Steven Kalcanides
                Journal staff writer

                An apparent stunt gone terribly wrong cost a Bayonne woman her left eye when she was
                hit with an arrow shot by a martial arts student. The woman, identified by sources as Aarti
                Rishi, a 20-year-old first-degree black belt in karate, is still recovering from the summertime
                accident that took place at Central Dojo on Broadway near 14th Street.

                Rishi was in charge of the school in the absence of owner Sensei Chris Cherchio, according
                to police reports, and the stunt involved her trying to catch the arrow shot at her in midair;
                it deflected off her arm into her eye. Sources said she and the student attempted to remove
                the arrow themselves. H. Mickey McCabe, director of emergency medical services for
                McCabe Ambulance, said emergency medical technicians responded to the school Aug. 25.

                "Initially, we had not been advised it had been an arrow. We had been advised it was a kick,"
                said McCabe, who added that once EMTs discovered what had truly happened, there was
                little they could do for the woman because the eye was out of its socket. "What I'm reading
                here is that the arrow went in the eye and then the arrow was pulled out. The arrow was not
                in the eye when we got there." McCabe said Rishi was conscious and alert when she was
                rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center. JCMC spokeswoman Lynn McFarlane could not
                release any information on the woman or what she was treated for when brought in.

                Cherchio said had he been there, he never would have allowed such a stunt at his school.
                "That's not the kind of school we run," he said recently. He said he has been unable to
                reach the woman in recent days, and she could not be reached by a reporter checking into
                her condition. Bayonne Police Director Mark Smith said last week that officers responded to
                the scene the day of the accident, took photos and secured the bow and arrow as evidence.
                No charges have been filed, either against the school or the boy who fired the arrow, he said.

                "He (the student) was basically following the instructions of his tutor," Smith said. "She was
                the instructor for this kid, telling him what to do. The state Consumer Affairs Office in Newark
                had no record of any complaints brought against the school, according to spokesman Ron George.

                Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena

                Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


                  EXCELLENT articles, Kungfoolss! I wish that I had read this thread earlier. :)


                    Taking a Bite out of karate...

                    Ending a case that titilated Paris, French Foreign Legion veteran Stig Hoffner, now bouncer
                    for a Danish nightclub, was fined $5,300 on June 8 and given a two-year suspended jail term
                    for setting an attack-trained pit bull on karate teacher Raymond Gros last May, after finding
                    Gros in bed with his girlfriend. The dog tore off Gros' right cheek.

                    Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena

                    Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


                      Trained in martial arts, female anti-terrorist fighters ready to protect Pakistan's passenger jets

                      (Karachi, Pakistan-AP, Aug. 2, 2002 2:19 PM) _ An elite force of karate-kicking anti-terrorist fighters will begin riding on domestic Pakistani passenger jets this month. The new sky marshals are gaining attention in Pakistan's conservative Islamic society not only for their skills but because they include nine women. The first women sky marshals completed a 10-week course last month in hand-to-hand combat so grueling that some of their 49 male classmates dropped out. Only one woman failed to finish because she broke her wrist.

                      The women say they're ready to keep Pakistan safe from terrorist attacks. But they also see themselves as making inroads in a society where women are widely seen as separate-and inferior-to men. "Passing this tough training proves that Pakistani women have the potential to show their skills in all fields that are considered the domain of men," said one female graduate, Asma Khan, 22.

                      Part of the national airport police, Pakistan's first batch of sky marshals-all male-were sent into duty following the 1981 hijacking of a Pakistan International Airlines jet. Those first sky marshals were armed and eventually had to be taken off commercial jets after other countries protested. However, after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and fears that Pakistan would become a new terrorist battleground the sky marshals were revived, this time unarmed.

                      The first recruits finished a martial arts course taught by Pakistani army instructors July 22 and will begin flying in mid-August. Initially, they will be limited to domestic flights, but if the program is successful, officials say the sky marshals may start flying internationally as well. The instructors said Khan and the other women were held to the same rigorous standards as men during the training, which included martial arts skills developed in Japan and Korea.

                      "Our men and women who have been trained in unarmed combat will be able to deal with any terrorist in the air or on the ground," Sattar said.
                      Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


                        Art will reflect reality...

                        "(1994) The martial arts community has been so busy lately arguing about "ultimate" fighting styles that no one has bothered to mention the recent beer commercial that is damaging to the martial arts image. In the beer commercial, a man turns into a maniac when a bar does not have his brand of beer, and he proceeds to tear up the place with a pair of nunchaku.

                        This commercial projects an extremely negative image of all martial artists, and we need to voice our displeasure with it to the Anheuser-Busch company. Violence of any sort goes against the grain of what martial artists are taught. To attempt to justify it for the sake of a beer commercial is an appalling smear of the arts. William Perkins, Camp Lejeune, NC"

                        KFss - Who is this guy kidding? What fantasy world is he living in, that all martial artists are angels and good people? (Chuckling)

                        Edited by - Kungfoolss on August 17 2002 04:29:55
                        Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


                          have you ever seen the movie THEY CALL ME BRUCE ?

                          my kung fu eeeeeees better than yours!


                            Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena


                              No, it was made in the 70's or early 80s .. it was a movie about a guy who looked like Bruce Lee and pretended to know Kung Fu and carried numb chucks .. but he was a wus .. but everyone was afraid of him .. it was a comedy.

                              Quote from the movie:

                              "with this fist i could punch your stomach!"

                              my kung fu eeeeeees better than yours!


                                I know, I've seen the movie before. I just used your post as an opportunity to place that
                                previous post. Speaking of which, when I was growing up, I knew a guy from Taiwan,
                                Jun-Te, his idol was Bruce Lee, he was built like Bruce Lee physically, often removing his
                                shirt to show off his Bruce Lee muscles. Jun-Te would also demonstrate for us some pretty
                                impressive flying kicks much like his idol.

                                Sadly, his cousin, Ralph, -a street figther- whom he stayed with, routinely picked on him
                                and beat him around if he got too confident with his Bruce Lee persona.
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