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    MMA has ruined book stores, forever!

    So, last night I happened to go by the bookstore. Back in the 90s and early 00s I would go to Barnes and Nobles all the time. I am a voracious reader. I read all the time. So, I was going to the book store twice a week usually. And I would buy two or three books at a time. I read a lot of fantasy but other stuff too. I’ve read all the W.E.B Griffin books, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, and then tons of fantasy. Eventually I had boxes and boxes of books everywhere and my wife bought me a kindle so that I wouldn’t have to keep storing books. Around that time, I stopped going to book stores.

    One of my favorite things to do, while walking around the book store, was to cruise over to the martial arts section and find some obscure martial arts book to buy. I still have a bunch of them, but I gave away a bunch, too. You always saw the typical stuff, but then someone would try to sell their new take on martial arts. I always thought that was cool and fun to read. A bunch of JKD books, Kung Fu books, Ke?po, boxing, submission wrestling, street fighting, all kinds of secret technique books, and obscure stuff.

    Then things started changing. I remember when Eddie Bravo’s rubber guard book came out. I had preordered it. When Fedor’s MMA book came out, pre-orderde that one. Saulo Ribiero Jiu-Jitsu university, 1001 submissions, Gene Simco’s master textbook, Jackson’s ground game…a bunch of others. I bought all these books.

    Over time, I stopped seeing any of the obscure, weird martial arts books and all you would see was the MMA books by proven fighters and trainers. But who wants to see that all the time?

    So, back to the book store last night. I walked in and walked back to the fitness section. I was actually looking for a Yoga book to flip through. Well, I found one and nothing else. I was thinking, where the hell are all the yoga and Tai Chi books that they used to have. Then I tried to find the martial arts section. The didn’t even have one. They just had some sports sections and some weird mystical healing arts section. No martial arts. I was really bummed. Seems like that line of books has dried up at the local book store. It’s been replaced with the manga, anime, minecraft, and roll playing game sections.

    So my only conclusion is that MMA has ruined the martial arts book section that I was so fond of in the past. I feel like a part of my childhood and young adulthood is now gone forever.

    I never did go try to find the indigenous and “artistic” nudity section. I’ll see if they have that one the next time I’m in there. Hopefully youporn didn’t ruin that for kids, too.
    Last edited by Diesel_tke; 9/17/2019 2:51pm, . Reason: SUB stantial improvement

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    Sorry the format is all screwed up on that. I was trying to type into the advanced box and it was being weird. Like the cursor couldn't keep up with my typing. So I typed it in word and the copied it over. Apparently it doesn't like that either. My bad.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Diesel_tke View Post
      Sorry the format is all screwed up on that. I was trying to type into the advanced box and it was being weird. Like the cursor couldn't keep up with my typing. So I typed it in word and the copied it over. Apparently it doesn't like that either. My bad.
      Check your browser docs. In Chrome, it's <CTRL>-<SHIFT>-V to paste "unformatted."
      Consider for a moment that there is no meme about brown-haired, brown-eyed step children.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Diesel_tke View Post
        So,last night I happened to go by the bookstore. Back in the 90s and early 00s I would go to Barnes and Nobles all the time.I am a voracious reader.I read all the time.So, I was going to the book store twice aweek usually.And I would buy two or three books at a time.I read a lot offantasy but other stuff too.Around that time, I stopped going to book stores.

        One of my favorite things to do, while walking around the book store, was to cruise over to the martial arts section and find some obscure martial arts book to buy. I still have a bunch of them, but I gave away a bunch, too.You always saw the typical stuff, but then someone would try to sell their new take on martialarts.I always thought that was cool and fun to read.A bunch of JKD books, KungFu books, Ke?po, boxing, submission wrestling, street fighting, all kinds of secret technique books, and obscure stuff.

        Then things started changing. I had preordered it.I bought all these books.

        Overtime, I stopped seeing any of the obscure, weird martial arts books and all you would see was the MMA books by proven fighters and trainers. But who wants to see that all the time?

        So, back to the book store last night. Iwalked in and walked back to the fitness section.I was actually looking for a Yoga book to flip through.Well, I found one and nothing else.I was thinking, where the hell are all the yoga and Tai Chi books that they used to have.Then I tried to find the martial arts section.They just had some sports sections and some weird mystical healing arts section.No martial arts.I was really bummed.Seems like that line of books has dried up at the local book store.

        So my only conclusion is that MMA has ruined the martial arts book section that I was so fond of in the past. I feel likea part of my childhood and young adulthood is now gone forever.


        Bookstores have taken a beating over the years. First it was big outfits like Barnes and Nobel putting the small operators out of business. Then Amazon put the screws to both the big outfits and the authors.

        With gentrification in the cities, small stores are coming back in many places. I let my my membership lapse with Barnes and Nobel years back. I may pay a little more but the money is going to the individual owners, many of whom rely on return business and are more than willing to go the extra mile of service. Plus you're not paying for a cafe, coffee or toy shop.

        I still find myself at Barnes and Nobel on occasion. Because it's close.

        Daughter #1 was proposed to while in her favorite bookstore.

        Remember, reading is fundamental! If you remember where that came from you go back aways.

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          #5
          I kick myself for not buying more of the old judo books back when nobody cared about them.

          And I kick myself further for letting the mice get into them while in storage.

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            Originally posted by submessenger View Post
            Check your browser docs. In Chrome, it's <CTRL>-<SHIFT>-V to paste "unformatted."
            Thanks! You're alright in my book. <--electronic book that is.

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              #7
              Originally posted by hungryjoe View Post
              Bookstores have taken a beating over the years. First it was big outfits like Barnes and Nobel putting the small operators out of business. Then Amazon put the screws to both the big outfits and the authors.

              With gentrification in the cities, small stores are coming back in many places. I let my my membership lapse with Barnes and Nobel years back. I may pay a little more but the money is going to the individual owners, many of whom rely on return business and are more than willing to go the extra mile of service. Plus you're not paying for a cafe, coffee or toy shop.

              I still find myself at Barnes and Nobel on occasion. Because it's close.

              Daughter #1 was proposed to while in her favorite bookstore.

              Remember, reading is fundamental! If you remember where that came from you go back aways.
              Yeah, we didn't even have a local book store in this area. It was barnes and nobles and books a million. Well, that's all I knew about. When I was going to those, I also wasn't keen on googling book stores either. I didn't even really have access to dialup back then. :D

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                #8
                Originally posted by BKR View Post
                I kick myself for not buying more of the old judo books back when nobody cared about them.

                And I kick myself further for letting the mice get into them while in storage.
                I believe the only judo book I have left on the shelves is Bruce Tegner's, my first, from around 45 years ago.

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                Didn't start judo till 2000 but wrestled back then.

                ....prepared for jokes about scrolls, parchment, etc.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by hungryjoe View Post
                  I believe the only judo book I have left on the shelves is Bruce Tegner's, my first, from around 45 years ago.

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                  Didn't start judo till 2000 but wrestled back then.

                  ....prepared for jokes about scrolls, parchment, etc.
                  MY Bruce Tegner JUKADO book does look like parchment now.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by hungryjoe View Post
                    I believe the only judo book I have left on the shelves is Bruce Tegner's, my first, from around 45 years ago.

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                    Didn't start judo till 2000 but wrestled back then.

                    ....prepared for jokes about scrolls, parchment, etc.
                    I think I had Tegner's Judo book, his Karate book, probably a third book I can not remember.

                    They were decent books, but I sure was green and full of beans.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Diesel_tke View Post
                      Gene Simco’s master textbook, Jackson’s ground game…a bunch of others. I bought all these books.
                      Small world trivia.

                      I promoted Gene Simco to purple belt with Marcio Simas and Sergio Penha's blessing while running a school under their network.

                      I told him his promotion was contingent on his wearing the purple belt or whatever subsequent BJJ rank he earned while teaching BJJ, instead of his Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt, which he agreed to.

                      Prior to that promotion, he was a BJJ blue belt, but like many other Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belts who earned ranks in BJJ, he would commonly wear his Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt while teaching.

                      Teaching BJJ classes in his network while wearing a purple belt instead of a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt ended up being a positive talking point for him in the BJJ community.
                      Last edited by Dr. Gonzo; 9/17/2019 4:06pm, .

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Dr. Gonzo View Post
                        Small world trivia.

                        I promoted Gene Simco to purple belt with Marcio Simas and Sergio Penha's blessing while running a school under their network.

                        I told him his promotion was contingent on his wearing the purple belt or whatever subsequent BJJ rank he earned while teaching BJJ, instead of his Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt, which he agreed to.
                        No shit! I was in contact with him for a long time. At one point he wanted to do a kickboxing series and wanted me to design the program and teach the techniques. But I got wrapped up in doing BJJ competitions and teaching at the prison and never had time for it with all that and shift work going on. Then I lost touch with him. That was many years ago.

                        Do you you know what ever happened to him?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Diesel_tke View Post
                          No shit! I was in contact with him for a long time. At one point he wanted to do a kickboxing series and wanted me to design the program and teach the techniques. But I got wrapped up in doing BJJ competitions and teaching at the prison and never had time for it with all that and shift work going on. Then I lost touch with him. That was many years ago.

                          Do you you know what ever happened to him?
                          After that purple belt promotion, he later affiliated with some of the Carson Gracie Sr. black belts as BJJ spread, and the second wave of Brazilians came over to the U.S., including to Florida.

                          I believe he also went into ministry work of some kind.

                          I have not seen him for two decades, more or less, that I remember.

                          I may have seen him at tournaments after he affiliated with the Carson folks, but not on a regular basis, at least not that I remember.
                          Last edited by Dr. Gonzo; 9/17/2019 4:11pm, .

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                            #14
                            No young parents posting in this thread yet, for thought-

                            Read to your children from an early age. In diapers is not too early. This is an opportunity to bond and hopefully they in turn have an interest if not a love of reading. Little ones are sponges for learning. It helps wire brain development and builds a vocabulary. Done at bedtime, it helps set a routine looked forward to.

                            I used to also have an interactive story each night, laying in daughters' bed with the lights off. "Once upon a time there was" ......child finishes the sentence. You're off and running. Waiting on grandchildren to continue the tradition.

                            Back to MMA, sad shortage of MA books in stores and on topic posts.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by hungryjoe View Post
                              No young parents posting in this thread yet, for thought-

                              Read to your children from an early age. In diapers is not too early. This is an opportunity to bond and hopefully they in turn have an interest if not a love of reading. Little ones are sponges for learning. It helps wire brain development and builds a vocabulary. Done at bedtime, it helps set a routine looked forward to.

                              I used to also have an interactive story each night, laying in daughters' bed with the lights off. "Once upon a time there was" ......child finishes the sentence. You're off and running. Waiting on grandchildren to continue the tradition.

                              Back to MMA, sad shortage of MA books in stores and on topic posts.
                              Golden advice, for sure !

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