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    #46
    Originally posted by jnp View Post
    Who's more qualified to answer this question, a random parent, or someone who has instructed hundreds of children in martial arts?
    But I am not a random parent. I trained my son, and then handed his training off to folks more knowledgeable than myself. I made sure he was exposed to the right stuff. I did my homework, and gave it a lot of thought. The advantage of the thoughtful parent with a MA background over a random kid's instructor is in the amount of time put into the entire process, the effort to reconcile that training with other aspects of the childs development as a person, and (importantly) being responsible for the consequences of those decisions.

    The OP's question was not how to train A kid, but which training choices he should make for his kid. This is a mine field some of us have successfully navigated, and some of us have not.
    Last edited by Matt Phillips; 5/20/2009 10:25am, .
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      #47
      If your child is getting picked on, perhaps you should look at and change his environment first. Violence should only be used as a last resort, not necessarily because it is "bad" (what beats kickin' @$$ and takin' names?) but it could cause problems for your child such as expulsion from his school or legal issues from another child's parents.

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        #48
        <<<Sir, your accomplishments in the martial arts are praiseworthy, and you are my chronological elder. As such I often ignore or let slide comments of yours that, were they to come from a poster of lesser experience, would likely elicit a strong response. But in this particular case, a case in which my experience in the matter does in fact exceed your own, I find your posturing to be an indulgence up with which I can no longer put.>>>

        Of course, I would submit that you have just projected YOUR posturing on to me, but lets continue.

        <<<Having roused me to action, the debate which will surely follow promises to be a veritable "War Of The Gargantuas", though unlike that gem of B-grade sci-fi goodness in which titanic misanthropes grapple for world supremacy, this epic features not shambling Technicolor ogres, but a pompous ass and a self-righteous prick. I leave it to your dubious analytic prowess to determine which is you, and which is not.>>>

        "Dubious?" Perhaps in your projections. I will say again to notice I am not the one who starts with insults, or flummery such as the above.


        <<<And there it stands: innocent, innocuous, reasonable on the face of it; the sort of thing we all might say after an encounter with a less rational soul. But let it be known, sir, that this subterfuge shall not stand. It was you, sir, not I who made this personal when you called into question my grasp of martial arts knowledge so basic as to be apparent to your average Sherdog.com blue belt, much less Bully in good standing and a member of your own class.>>>

        Ummm... perhaps you could post the evidence of this paranoid rant again? I simply pointed out that every Judo/Sambo/BJJ school does deal with closing the distance and clinching for a striking attack. That someone feels my pointing that out is calling them an "idiot" is their problem. There is more insult towards me in your tirade than anything collected you can find in my writings. But again, perhaps we will finally get to it soon.

        <<<For the record let me make it clear: Yes, you self-inflated baboon>>>

        Wow, just for the record, please post where I have ever called any one a name such as this? Then again, this is your projection so it is clear you are speaking aobut yourself.

        <<<I am aware that Judo, SAMBO and BJJ have combatives programs. Everyone is aware of that fact... Everyone who is Anyone, anyway. It is as if, confronted with another Human being who can not see with perfect clarity, the obvious truth of your position, an assumption of ignorance - or worse, irrationality - must be your reaction.>>>

        Your twisting of the facts does not make it the truth. I was speaking to the person who said I either inferred or implied (I did neither) he was an idiot. Unless you are posting under two different screen names, I was not speaking to you. That fact that you saw yourself in the post, is again, your problem and your projection. I made no such comment to YOU.


        <<<For how could it be that I rational, thinking, thoughtful person armed with even the most elementary knowledge of the martial arts universe, would fail to see the apriori correctness of your claim. And when confronted with the imminently reasonable idea that it is strikers who know best how to clinch-to-avoid-strikes, your reaction is not one of a thoughtful man>>>

        Again, to make your point you change mine. First, if the strikers abilities were all that great, in the days of few rules, no time limits and no stand ups, things would have been quite different.

        However, as I am stunned you are actually this obtuse, I will say again for the record. If they train to strike, they will strike. If they strike, and that strike is viewed to be a "martial art's blow," you are into a very serious problem. As I have said, do whatever you wish. I do know that I have been in the Principals offices, been at Police Stations, and been in court rooms, all over some childish bs (not much unlike YOUR ranting at the moment) and would NEVER have happened if the kid clinched and took him down.

        Again, do whatever you wish; I have just posted my experience.


        <<<Not one of a person engaged in a search for the Truth about protecting not only our meager selves, but the bodily and emotional safety of our precious children. No, sir, your reaction is as ideological as it is narcissistic; Reflexive and self-aggrandizing at its core. I have not disagreed with you as an equal. Rather, I have responded out of pure ignorance.>>>

        If the above is an example of your thought process, then yes, you are a perfect example of pure ignorance. Ben Franklin remarked that "The sting in any rebuke is the truth." Perhaps that will move you from your place of ignorance.

        <<<It is as if your belief that no rational person could disagree with you leads you, inevitably, to the conclusion that the dissenter is compromised in some way, be it educationally, cognitively, or some other -ly for which the rest of us remain blissfully unaware.>>>

        No sir, that is YOUR projection of what YOU would like my belief to be. I suspect you flunked the Vulcan Mind Meld at Starfleet, so we can safely assume you have NO knowledge of my thought process, ony the projection of your own into me.

        <<<Has it ever occurred to you, sir, that clinching, throwing and pinning is as likely to land the child in trouble as striking? Has the junior Judoka not just, as many a Randorista is fond of saying, hit the bully with the "entire planet". Will the child not be seen by adults arriving on the scene>>>

        Finally, something on point to discuss. I was afraid we would never get to it.

        Again, reading the school policies on the matter "A student MAY hold on to another student to prevent an assault or being struck. No student may strike another student, for any reason."

        That sir is from the Madison Heights School District. Feel free to direct your petty wrath at them. My job was to show students and their parents how to work within what I will agree is a very fatuous policy.

        Second, NO WHERE do you read me my words "slam him into the dirt." Or that hit him with the planet line. I said, and feel free to look up my words "clinch, take him down, and hold him." I can be found all over these boards saying a judo throw is not always a good idea for that reason.

        Did YOU ever stop to think that perhaps my program had a special set of techniques for just this situation? I have never proclaimed a "one size" approach, and my writings make it very clear that Combatives are different for police and military and kids and adults and civilian, etc.

        <<<True, you can settle any doubts forming on the periphery of your conscience by imagining that our MTripp trained protagonist has simply used a leg sweep, or simple... well, trip, to bring his nemesis to the floor, and not dumped him unceremoniously on his cranium with Hane Goshi. But this, Mr. Tripp, is to miss my entire point.>>>

        No sir, here, again, you are wrong. I got your point from the beginning. YOU have decided to make this some odd "pro-judo" anti all else tirade. Your problem is, among many, I suggested USA Wrestling above all.

        It is YOU who misses my core point, and the only one; the SECOND you strike that other kid, your kid is now in the wrong. Period. If you don't care about that, again, do what you wish. The school system will correct your folly, not I.

        <<<You are begging the question of whether or not our junior Jigoro will have the presence of mind to coolly use the lesser technique after getting rattled by a solid punch for what could likely be the first time in his young life.>>>

        Assumes facts not in evidence. If you view the Stadion preview I have posted from You Tube you will see the person being attacked with someone in gloves and head gear. These attacks are coming full power. Why YOU assume that my Combat Judo training doesn't deal with that, is again, YOUR problem. I know my program sir; I have made NO comments on yours.

        <<<No, I will grant that there is much that goes on in the world of Judo pedagogy of which I am unaware, and it is certainly possible that there is some form of juniors "Combat Judo" going on beneath my RADAR, but given that the Russians are known to have "Combat SAMBO", and given as well that the juniors version of this sport is virtually non-existent in this country, you will forgive me if I doubt the likelihood of this actually being the case.>>>

        Your problem, still as always, is you want to rant on with no evidence. I said Wrestling above all else. You can stand there and be a punch kicker all you want, the second the kid shoots the double it's on the ground. Again, reading my actual words, not the ones you have created for me; I said Combat Sambo would be best; but I highly doubted it was available. Junior Judo is ALL sport in 99% of the Judo schools, WHICH IS WHY I SAID WRESTLING. But lets not let the facts get in the way of a good rant. Perhaps you should eat a bran muffin as well and then we will have cleaned out both of your ends.

        <<<Is it so hard in a community dedicated to the idea of pressure testing everything, to see the wisdom in giving our children the same opportunity? Why should a child not drill his throws and his strikes together? If he does not, he may find himself experiencing the same set of revelations once enlightened Fred Ettish, only on the playground floor.>>>

        The problem here is very simple. YOU have decided to make this about "in general"; I made it about THE ACTUAL QUESTION, to wit "dealing with bullies at school." Had the question been about dealing with things ANYWHERE ELSE, my answer, WHICH IS REFLECTED BY DOZENS OF POSTS HERE, would have been the exact same as yours.

        But, you missed the core issue, and went off on a petty rant, with supporters no less, that simply shows me that ALL internet posting sites are much the same.

        <<<Yes, I realize that Judo is Judo, and there is no striking in Judo, and that is precisely why I think Judo is less suited to the task of juvenile self-defense than it might be.>>>

        Actually, there is no striking in Sport or Olympic Judo. Atemi Waza is a very large part of Kodokan Judo. However, as MY suggestion was USA wrestling, I will say it again; the double leg crushes the boxer. Always has, as Royce showed. Yes, MMA deals with the double leg; but in as much as USA wrestling will show how to check the sprawl, SSDD.

        <<<The throwing game in an sport like SanDa is ugly in comparison to Judo, but once trained in the sport a child will not just have confidence that he knows how to throw a striking opponent, he will know it, because he will have done it.>>>

        Clearly this is about YOUR feeling I have slighted your system somehow. I was simply pointing out that striking in school is a bad idea. I neither insulted you or your system. Yes, I have reflected in this post what you directed at me, but that is not the same thing.

        Moreover, again, apples to apples here. In a school yard punchout, the double wins the day. The bulling stops anyway because the kid is on the wrestling team and has large scary teammates who prevent this sort of thing, as was also said.

        <<<Your attempts to disregard my arguments are offensive.>>>

        Only because you have been too obtuse to actually react to WHY I dismiss it. I dismiss it because School Policy plainly forbids it.

        <<<They are offensive because this is not about MTripp, it is about real parents struggling to do what is best for their children.>>>

        In as much as you are little more than a braying donkey at this point, I will simply say that EVERY child that was EVER in my care or dojo, got everything in me to do what was best for them. You have no clue what you are talking about.

        <<<You may be impressed with your resume' as a substitute for actually having raised a child, but I am less so.>>>

        I care not one wit what a braying jackass says, we can see you can not think.

        <<<You have, by your own admission, spent the years others here devoted to our children boinking showgirls and pulling rabbits out of your hat.>>>

        Sorry your resume doesn't have that much fun in it. For the record I have spent over 30 years as a Children's Educational Entertainer, and have done more to help them with math and science, and yes, learning how to get along with others, than YOU could ever dream of or catch up with.

        <<<I myself raised my son from an infant to the cusp of manhood by myself without welfare, child support, or a support network; Without "shared custody" or baby sitters. I raised him myself, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for 11 years. And in that time I made sure he was learning not only to defend himself, but to have a moral framework for understanding how those skills fit into his responsibilities to himself and to others around him.>>>

        And your point? YOU had him, it was YOUR job to raise him.

        <<<This was not part of some Dojo curriculum, this was part of the on going, full time, and continuing task of raising him to be a productive and confident member of society. Something which I have done, and you have not.>>>

        No sir, I haven't. While you were focused on ONE CHILD; I had to be focused on HUNDREDS of children, most with serious family issues, messed up parents; abuse, and every other problem our children face. I had to be father, mother, priest, coach, shrink, and anything else I had to FOR EVERY CHILD WHO CAME IN MY DOOR. So, keep braying jackass.

        <<<t is, sir, in this one regard: the raising of a child, and the choice of martial skill with which one acquaints their child, that I have the expertise and not you. So I will thank you to soften your tone, and listen to those who have done the work, and earned the knowledge of what is involved in this process. Just as I do for you in most, if not all cases>>>

        As I have said and keep saying; THE FUCKING POINT IS THE SCHOOL WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR KID TO STRIKE ANOTHER. The second you do, your kid is just as guilty as the other. You may find that acceptable, that is your choice. Mine was to find a way to protect the child before the assault, during the assault, and AFTER the assault. The point you keep missing with all your braying.

        To you, and all the other jackasses who jumped in to bray with you, enjoy bullshido. I have much better things to do with my time.

        Oh, and so we are clear.... fuck you, you loud mouth jerk.
        "Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." -- Hericletus, circa 500 BC

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            #50
            Originally posted by Mtripp View Post
            Really Long Post
            Mtripp. I only briefly skimmed the posts leading up to your response. I'm going to weigh in with my own personal experiences, not as a caregiver, but as one who grew up on the cusp, and in the early days of zero tolerance policies in school.

            In the eyes of most administrators a fight is a fight and the only differentiating factor is who hit who. Not who hit first, not what was said, not the context, or the reasoning, or the logic behind the altercation simply who hit who.

            If I ever have a child, and if I ever left with no other decision then to place them in a public school the LAST thing I would want to do is teach them to hit. I can't guarantee that Judo, or BJJ, would land my child in less trouble but it certainly would not land them in any more trouble.

            I guess I'm just trying to say I agree with you.
            I do not aspire to be great, or even good, I hope to suck a little less then last class.

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              #51
              I blame you pika....I mean War Wheel.

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                #52
                Originally posted by Mtripp View Post
                ...
                Tripp, I'm sorry you didn't see the humor in my parody of the self-important tone that many of us, myself included, can take from time to time. I was 90% just playing around with you. None of that changes the core points which are:

                1) My advice is not that the child strike the bully, but that he be comfortable executing his response (what ever that is) even if he is eating punches.

                2) Folkstyle is key (here we are in perfect agreement)
                3) Combat SAMBO would be ideal (I didn't state this explictly, but I do believe it, and again we are in agreement)

                3 a.) SanDa and Atemi Waza focused Judo accomplish the same goal for juniors: training to throw while strikes are in play; Training to strike while throws are in play. I have acknowledged the rarity of quality SanDa, will you do the same for the latter?

                3 b.) I have stated several times that I have my son in SAMBO as well as SanDa. The SanDa program he is in is very Draka influenced, and IMO Draka/SanDa + SAMBO ≈ Combat SAMBO. That was the point of chosing both arts.

                4) If you go back to before the comedy started you will see that I advocated starting striking arts early, not for offensive reasons, but for defensive reasons. I certainly don't advocate stiking in all circumstances. I don't advocate anything in all circumstances.

                5) The constant reference to the double-leg is silly given that (as previously stated) I advocate Folkstyle be started as soon as it is available. My kid wrestled for 2 years and has the best sprawl on his team.

                6) I'm sorry I upset you. Actually, I'm not. I'm sorry I upset you so much that you never got the joke. I was as much mocking myself and my own retorical style as taking the piss out of you. No lasting harm was intended. We actually agree on quite a bit here.

                Cheers

                Edit: after watching the Stadion video, I have to retract the benefit of the doubt I was giving re: the Atemi Waza training. Here are 2 Bullies practicing SanDa:

                YouTube - Bullshido TD:2009 Strikestanian vs ACYD TheWinterOfOurDiscontent

                Compare to the Stadion vid for aliveness.

                Note: this is just a request for a better video showing the kind of Judo training you are describing.
                Last edited by Matt Phillips; 5/20/2009 2:31pm, .
                Now darkness comes; you don't know if the whales are coming. - Royce Gracie


                KosherKickboxer has t3h r34l chi sao

                In De Janerio, in blackest night,
                Luta Livre flees the fight,
                Behold Maeda's sacred tights;
                Beware my power... Blue Lantern's light!

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                  #53
                  There's another, longer term advantage to enrolling a child in wrestling at a young age vice a striking art: The kid gets good enough and enjoys it enough, there may be a scholarship dropped on his desk later.


                  College money FTW?

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                    #54
                    Originally posted by ignatzami View Post
                    I can't guarantee that Judo, or BJJ, would land my child in less trouble but it certainly would not land them in any more trouble.

                    I guess I'm just trying to say I agree with you.
                    The one time my son used a sub (guillotine) the school absolutely freaked. They reacted as if he were trying to murder the other kid. I would rather he had punched the kid. At least the school knows that a punch is not attempted murder.
                    Now darkness comes; you don't know if the whales are coming. - Royce Gracie


                    KosherKickboxer has t3h r34l chi sao

                    In De Janerio, in blackest night,
                    Luta Livre flees the fight,
                    Behold Maeda's sacred tights;
                    Beware my power... Blue Lantern's light!

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                      #55
                      These days, punching will get your kid assault charges and suspension, while chokes will get them attempted murder. You're both missing the obvious answer (no, not pins and hold downs).

                      If you don't want to be picked on, you have look tough. That means Affliction t-shirts, Tapout hats, and UFC shorts. One of those thin douche-bag beards probably wouldn't hurt either. Isn't this another version of striking vs grappling? YMAS.

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                        #56
                        Originally posted by newbie999 View Post
                        He'll probably get teased a bunch for doing a "gay" art like Judo as little kids like arts like TKD, Karate, Kung Fu and think grappling arts are gay and kicks and punches and flashy moves are awesome.
                        That's odd, here Judo is extremelly popular among children. Karate and TKD too, but it's hard to find a middle class kid that hasn't ever trained in Judo. I was one of the exceptions althought my father was one of those Judo kids and wanted me to try it but at the time I was more interested in watching Ducktales and Swat Kats. The prejudice you mention can be felt more towards BJJ not by the kids but many parents turn away because of the bad reputation the sport gained here specially in the 90's.

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                          #57
                          Has the OP even replied since his post? Maybe he's busy but he's missing out on all this "quality" advice. I'm gonna hold off on my "quality" advice until he says something and replies.

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                            #58
                            Ah, finally something i know a little about:

                            In terms of fighting in school, it is a BAD idea. Bad idea, as my assistant principle threatened to charge me with assault, and had the police called, after i was attacking in school. I got into a shoving match, walked away after i dumped him, he came up, grabbed me by the throat, I hit him. (he started it...not the point)

                            If i had clinched and peppered him with knees, if i had lit him up with hooks and crosses, it would have looked VERY bad. Schools do NOT play around with fighting, and the days when you'd get two pairs of boxing gloves and settle it in the wrestling room during gym are over, i assure you.

                            Now, as for what kids should be learning, Depends on the age. Join the wrestling team, if early. I guarantee that'll stop all the problems. The wrestlers stick together, and no one really wants to mess with them. Plus they'll get all sorts of self confidence, the kind of stuff that is krytponite to a bully.

                            What if it is too late? Well, find a GOOD grappling school. Think about who your kid will be fighting, and what potential training they might have.

                            Really, think about it. There are some VERY accomplished junior boxers in my school. They've laid me out in sparring sessions. They don't go start shit.

                            The type of kids, who train in anything worth training in, do NOT bully other students.

                            Now, we're left with cobra kai krotty blackbelts, and kids with low self esteem and no practical fighting experience.

                            How do these people start fights? With pushing, shoving, posturing. Why does this happen? Because they don't want to fight. IF it does come down to blows, they aren't coming from mike tyson junior, they're coming from Cpt. Twinkie.

                            This brings me onto my next point: The bully doesn't want to fight.

                            Teach your kid to walk away. Start this early, because trust me, it will take a LOT of time to get them to understand it.

                            < But my kid is not going to be a pussy! He's going not going to let anyone walk all over him, he'll kick everyone's ass, he's the next Steven Segull >

                            You're a bad parent. Period.

                            But if you're so hell bent on your kid being a walking, barely contained whirlwind of death...put him in wrestling. The fight you won't teach your kid to walk away from will look like this

                            Posture posture posture
                            posture posture posture

                            push

                            double leg, mount, stoppage due to teachers.

                            Much better then

                            Posturepostureposture
                            push

                            jab, cross, clinch, 2-3 knees and a trip to juvie.

                            Wrestling isn't an option? Judo. Sambo. Hell, even Jiu jitsu.

                            But honestly, all the martial arts training in the world will subsititue you sitting down and talking with your child about fighting, about when to fight, when not to fight. In terms of BJJ, and a lesser extent at a younger age, Judo and Sambo, when to armbar and choke, and when to just hold mount and wait for the teacher.

                            (note: this was not directed at anyone on this thread, and I'm NOT calling any of you bad parents)

                            PROOF that I'm not a completely useless poster:
                            http://www.bullshido.net/forums/show...0&postcount=58


                            Originally posted by Cy Q. Faunce
                            3moose1 is correct. Sig THAT, you fucker.

                            Originally posted by sochin101
                            I went out with a delightful young woman who was on a regimen of pills that made her taste of burned onions.
                            That is not conducive to passionate cunnilingus, my friend, let me assure you.
                            Originally posted by HappyOldGuy
                            I agree with moosey

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                              #59
                              Originally posted by Mtripp View Post
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                              "STUDENTS WITNESSING APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE PRINCIPLES HAVE KNOWLEDGE AS A RESULT." - Lake City Elementary School, Lake City, MI

                              "NICE SHOW. WELL DONE. ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE." - Forest View Elementary School, Lansing, MI

                              "GOOD INTEGRATION OF EXPERIMENTS AND SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES." - Turrill Elementary School, Lapeer, MI

                              "THANK YOU!" - Linden Middle School, Linden, MI

                              "WELL DONE!" - Adams Elementary School, Livonia, MI

                              "GREAT SHOW. GREAT PRESENTATION. GREAT PERFORMER!" - Buchanan Elementary School, Livonia, MI

                              "AS USUAL WELL DONE SHOW." - McKinley Elementary School, Livonia, MI

                              "EXCELLENT PRESENTATION." - Saint Michael School, Livonia, MI

                              "VERY WELL PRESENTED! CONCEPTS CHOSEN WERE VERY APPROPRIATE FOR GRADE LEVELS. GLADLY THERE WAS SOME STUDENT INVOLVEMENT, TOO." - Lager Elementary School, Manchester, MI

                              "VERY ENJOYABLE SHOW." - Vandenboom Elementary School, Marquette, MI

                              "GOOD PERFORMER." - Whitman Elementary School, Marquette, MI

                              "WONDERFUL SHOW." - Midland Center For the Arts, Midland, MI

                              "MR. TRIPP DID A GREAT JOB. THE SHOW WAS WELL PACED FOR THE FAMILY AUDIENCE." - Saint Mary's Church (Pack 33 Blue & Gold), Milford, MI

                              "ADULTS AND CHILDREN LEARNED AND HAD FUN." - Manor Elementary School, Monroe, MI

                              "EXCELLENT SHOW. IMPARTED GOOD SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE." - Saint Mary Elementary School, Mount Morris, MI

                              "NICELY DONE." - Saint Charles School, Newport, MI

                              "PERFORMER PRESENTED THIS MATERIAL IN AN EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND ENGAGING FASHION. HE ANSWERED ALL QUESTIONS IN A CLEAR AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER. HE ENCOURAGED ALL TO PARTICIPATE. HE HANDLED EVEN THE MORE DIFFICULT STUDENTS WITH GREAT POISE." - Cooke Middle School, Northville, MI

                              "EXCELLENT! MR. TRIPP DID THIS AT MEADS MILL, TOO. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS." - Einstein Elementary, Oak Park, MI

                              "IT KEPT THE CHILDREN'S INTEREST & IT WAS EDUCATIONAL & FUN AT THE SAME TIME." - Pine Lake Elementary School, Orchard Lake, MI

                              "VERY GOOD!" - Lincoln Elementary School, Petoskey, MI

                              "MR. TRIPP MADE AN EXCELLENT PRESENTATION." - Ottawa Elementary School, Petoskey, MI

                              "PRESENTATION WAS OUTSTANDING. MR. TRIPP IS EXCELLENT WITH KIDS." - Lincoln Junior High School, Pontiac, MI

                              "VERY GOOD SHOW." - Fisher Elementary School, Redford, MI

                              "TEACHERS THOUGHT SHOW WAS FUN AND EDUCATIONAL." - Reese Elementary School, Reese, MI

                              "EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. GREAT JOB GEARING TO ALL LEVELS, STUDENTS AND STAFF LOVED IT." - Richmond Middle School, Richmond, MI

                              "STUDENT INTEREST AND ENJOYMENT WAS TOPS." - Dort Elementary School, Roseville, MI

                              "IT WAS WELL RECEIVED." - Keller Junior High School, Royal Oak, MI

                              "IT WAS ""COOL"" THAT HE USED HUMOR IN THE SHOW. INVOLVING STUDENTS IN SOME OF THE DEMONSTRATIONS HELPED TO MAINTAIN THE AUDIENCE ATTENTION. WELL DONE." - Luckett Christian Academy, Royal Oak, MI

                              "OUR SCIENCE TEACHER LOVED IT! SHE SAID MR. TRIPP COULD COME BACK ANYTIME. HE WAS GREAT. I LIKED THE SHOW ALSO- VERY INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING." - Starr Elementary School, Royal Oak, MI

                              "MR. TRIPP WAS AN EXCELLENT SPEAKER AND INVOLVED THE STUDENTS IN HIS PRESENTATION." - Arrowwood Elementary School, Saginaw, MI

                              "EXCELLENT!" - Saint Thomas Aquinas School, Saginaw, MI

                              "VERY INTERESTING FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS" - South Lake Middle School, Saint Clair Shores, MI

                              "MR. TRIPP DID A FINE JOB FOR US." - Sand Creek Elementary School, Sand Creek, MI

                              "EXCELLENT PROGRAM AND PRESENTATION." - Leonard Elementary School, Southfield, MI

                              "VERY EDUCATIONAL & ENTERTAINING. WE NEED MORE SHOWS DEALING WITH THE PHYSCIAL SCIENCES." - Ridgeview Elementary School, Sparta, MI

                              "AGAIN, WE ENJOYED MR. TRIPP AND THE PROGRAMS CONTENT." - Saint Paul Lutheran, Sterling Heights, MI

                              "GREAT." - Hoover Junior High School, Taylor, MI

                              "EXCELLENT SHOW!" - Park Community Elementary School, Three Rivers, MI

                              "EXCELLENT! EDUCATIONAL BUT ENTERTAINING." - Oak Park Elementary School, Traverse City, MI

                              "GREAT JOB, MR. TRIPP IS AN EXCELLENT PERFORMER." - Walled Lake Elementary School, Walled Lake, MI

                              "EXCELLENT WELL PACED AND GOOD CONTENT." - Haitian Elementary School, Warren, MI

                              "EXCELLENT! YOUR SHOWS ALWAYS ARE." - Westwood Elementary School, Warren, MI

                              "THE CHILDREN THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT." - Saint Mary School, Wayne, MI

                              "THE SHOW WAS FUN AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL. THE STUDENTS ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THE DEMONSTRATIONS, WHICH INVOLVED VOLUNTEERS FROM THE AUDIENCE.” - Graham Elementary School, Westland, MI

                              "EXCELLENT PROGRAM. MR. TRIPP PRESENTED VERY WELL." - Central Elementary School, White Pigeon, MI

                              "TEACHERS COMMENTED--""A WEALTH OF INFORMATION AT A LEVEL THEY COULD UNDERSTAND!" - Gudith Elementary School, Wyandotte (Brownstown), MI

                              "LIKED IT VERY MUCH" - Veterans Memorial Middle School, Brick, NJ

                              "WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR!" - Knowlton Elementary School, Delaware, NJ

                              "MR. TRIPP DID A NICE JOB. HE CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS INTEREST & ABILITY TO GRASP DIFFERENT CONCEPTS BY GRADES. SPLITTING K-1-2 AND 3-4-5-6 WAS GOOD." - Howell Township Middle, Howell, NJ

                              "MR. TRIPP DID A GREAT JOB!" - Our Lady Of Fatima School, Piscataway, NJ

                              "ONE STUDENT SAID THE PRESENTATION WAS THE BOMB! I THINK THAT MEANS TERRIFIC." - Lilley Elementary School, Sicklerville, NJ

                              "WE HAD FUN!! THE SHOW WAS WELL WORTH THE TIME." - Curie Junior High School, #158, Bayside, NY

                              "EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE!" - Rhame Avenue Elementary School, East Rockaway, NY

                              "PERFORMER LEFT THE CHILDREN WITH THE MESSAGE THAT THEY COULD ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING WITH A LITTLE IMAGINATION AND A LOT OF WORK, WHICH WAS VERY NICE." - Seneca Junior High School, Holbrook, NY

                              "GOOD PRESENTATION." - Edwards Elementary School, Hudson, NY

                              "ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL... A PERFECT BALANCE." - Saint Joseph School, Kingston, NY

                              "THE PROGRAM WAS EXCELLENT! IT WAS ENJOYED BY ALL!" - Lynbrook North Middle School, Lynbrook, NY

                              "MR. TRIPP WAS WONDERFUL! THE KIDS ENJOYED THE SHOW!" - Purchase Elementary School, Purchase, NY

                              "EXCELLENT PROGRAM" - Antwerp Elementary School, Antwerp, OH

                              "EXCELLENT SHOW FOR ALL AGES!" - Saint Luke Elementary School, Beavercreek, OH

                              "YOUR DEMONSTRATION WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SCIENCE PROJECTS. YOUR PROGRAM DID EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED." - Clarendon Elementary School, Canton, OH

                              "THANK YOU!" - Day Elementary School, Canton, OH

                              "NICE JOB, VERY COOPERATIVE." - McGregor Elementary School, Canton, OH

                              "ONCE AGAIN I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THIS SHOW." - Colerain Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH

                              "MR. TRIPP TAUGHT AND ENTERTAINED A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS UNDER LESS THAN IDEAL CONDITIONS." - Duvall Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH

                              "MY STUDENTS REALLY ENJOYED THE PRESENTATION!" - Woodridge Elementary School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

                              "MR. TRIPP DID A FABULOUS JOB PRESENTING THE MATERIAL." - Cogan Elementary School, Fremont, OH

                              "KIDS LOVED IT AND THE TEACHERS WERE PLEASED." - Brush Elementary School, Grafton, OH

                              "VERY GOOD SHOW. MR. TRIPP HANDLED THE AUDIENCE WELL." - Hopewell School, Hopewell, OH

                              "A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION. THANKS FOR THE TESLA INFO!" - Hawthorne Boone Elementary School, Lorain, OH

                              "EXCELLENT PROGRAM FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS." - Buckeye Junior High School, Medina, OH

                              "MR. TRIPP DID A GOOD JOB." - Midvale Elementary School, Midvale, OH

                              "VERY WELL DONE AND WELL ORGANIZED." - Lake Junior High School, Millbury, OH

                              "EXCELLENT SHOW!" - Brilliant Elementary School, Napoleon, OH

                              "WE HAVE SEEN ALMOST ALL OF YOUR PROGRAMS AND HAVE ENJOYED EACH & EVERY ONE." - Central Elementary School, Napoleon, OH

                              "CHILDREN IN GRADES K-8 ENJOYED IT. MR. TRIPP WAS ABLE TO CONTROL THE AUDIENCE & KEEP THEIR ATTENTION." - Southeast Primary School, Ravenna, OH

                              "MR. TRIPP IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND SEEMS TO ENJOY WHAT HE DOES VERY MUCH." - Campus Elementary School, Streetsboro, OH

                              "EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS." - Highland Elementary School, Sylvania, OH

                              "IT WAS A GREAT PERFORMANCE! WE HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM DAD'S AND KIDS ALIKE." - Old Orchard Elementary School, Toledo, OH

                              "PERFORMER RELATED VERY WELL AND WORKED WELL WITH THE KIDS." - Indian Valley Middle School, Tuscarawas, OH

                              "GOOD MATERIAL." - Trenton Avenue Elementary School, Uhrichsville, OH

                              "THE PROGRAM WAS VERY WELL DONE. THE STUDENTS AND STAFF ALL ENJOYED IT." - Liverpool Elementary School, Valley City, OH

                              "EXCELLENT!" - Vermilion Intermediate School, Vermilion, OH

                              "INTERESTING PROGRAM - STUDENT PARTICIPATION PART WAS ESPECIALLY EFFECTIVE." - Lincoln Elementary School, Wadsworth, OH

                              "GREAT JOB!!" - Penfield Elementary School, Wellington, OH

                              "EXCELLENT SHOW!" - Bassett Elementary School, Westlake, OH

                              "TEACHERS, KIDS AND I LOVED THE PROGRAM. MY FOURTH GRADE TEACHERS ESPECIALLY LIKED THE HANDS ON WORKSHOPS. WE ALSO LIKED MR. TRIPP." - Dover Elementary School, Westlake, OH

                              "THE KIDS LOVED THE PARTICIPATION. TEACHERS WERE VERY APPRECIATIVE." - McIntire Elementary School, Zanesville, OH

                              "CHILDREN RESPONDED ENTHUSIASTICALLY." - Washington Elementary School, Apollo, PA

                              "HELD THE STUDENTS ATTENTION. MADE LEARNING FUN." - Hills-Henderson Elementary School, Canonsburg, PA

                              "THE STUDENTS IN GRADES 3,4,5 BENEFITED FROM THIS PROGRAM. IT'S CONTENT MET SEVERAL CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES." - Hills-Hendersonville Elementary, Canonsburg, PA

                              "WOULD GIVE A 20 IF POSSIBLE! SHOW WAS WONDERFUL--MR. TRIPP WAS GREAT!" - Holy Name Elementary School, Ebensburg, PA

                              "GOOD EXAMPILES TO ILLISTRATE CONCEPTS." - Walnut Ridge Elementary School, Ellwood City, PA

                              "ONE OF OUR BETTER ASSEMBLIES." - Finley Middle School, Finleyville, PA

                              "EXCELLENT!" - Saint Bonaventure School, Glenshaw, PA

                              "EXCELLENT. KEPT THE STUDENTS ATTENTION. VERY INTERESTING." - Hutchinson Elementary School, Greensburg, PA

                              "MR. TRIPP WAS GREAT! HE PRESENTED AN EDUCATIONAL MESSAGE WITH A FUN APPROACH." - Good Elementary School, Herminie, PA

                              "STUDENTS LOVED MR. TRIPP. THEY ESPECIALLY LIKED HIS ELECTRIC CHAIR. WE HAD A LOT OF FUN TODAY. MR. TRIPP WAS GREAT WITH THE KIDS " - Emerson Elementary School, Levittown, PA

                              "OUTSTANDING." - Library Elementary School, Library, PA

                              "IT IS GREAT!" - Monongahela Elementary Center School, Monongahela, PA

                              "EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING AND VERY EDUCATIONAL. EXCELLENT PRESENTATION." - Transfiguration School, Monongahela, PA

                              "MR. TRIPP PERFORMED A VERY ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL SHOW. IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE AND ALSO WELL PERFORMED. DEFINITELY A PLUS FOR ANY EDUCATIONAL BUT FUN ASSEMBLY." - Harrison Junior High School, Pittsburgh, PA

                              "EXCELLENT PROGRAM GOOD COMMENTS BY TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS." - Our Lady of Grace Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

                              "COVERED AREAS EVERY AGE COULD ENJOY FROM K-8. GOOD RESPONSE FROM KIDS." - Saint Thomas More Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

                              "EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE; VERY ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE; THE CHILDREN AND ADULTS LOVED IT!!" - Saints Simon & Jude Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

                              "EXCELLENT PRESENTATION!" - Washington Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

                              "IN 45 MINUTES THIS PERFORMANCE GOT ACROSS MY ENTIRE 1ST SCIENCE UNIT. IT WAS EXCELLENT." - Richboro Elementary School, Richboro, PA

                              "EXCELLENT!" - Shenandoah Elementary School, Verona, PA

                              "GREAT. GREAT SCIENCE DRAMA." - East Ward Elementary School, Waynesburg, PA

                              "NICE JOB! VERY ENTERTAINING! MR. TRIPP TEACHES THE STUDENTS AND EASILY HOLDS THEIR INTEREST." - Meadow crest Elementary School, Riverside, RI

                              "THEY WERE IMPRESSED. THEY LIKED IT QUITE A BIT." - Cromwell Middle School, Cromwell, CT

                              ...in how many Children's lives did YOU make a difference?
                              I used to post on a board where there was a poster, let's call him SA, who bore more thsn a passing resemblence to Mr Tripp. He was always good for a story about:

                              a) His experience as a sniper in the Marines
                              b) His affiliation with Gene Lebell (through Hayastan)
                              c) his career as a Judo (in this case Yudo) instructor and Dojang owner
                              d) his role in preparing a major UFC fighter (Karo Parisyan) for competition
                              e) other great people he know and cool things he did
                              f) his tanning salon business (lol)

                              now all of the above was actually true, and he was well liked as a poster, but he was extremely narcisistic and sensitive. Anytime he got into an argument he would appeal to his own authority, and if that didn't work he would go insane, posting long list of accolades, awards, anecdotes, glamor pics (lol), etc.

                              I guess there's one on every board.
                              Last edited by Matt Phillips; 5/21/2009 11:48am, .
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                              Luta Livre flees the fight,
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                                #60
                                I got to dis-agree with 3moose1, take this from a person who has been in alot of school fights (before I was getting trained) I have found people who really do start stuff to actually fight you ( I dont know why) but its a serious subject, yeah some kids would just push you cause they dont want to fight but trust me, there are people out there that might want to fight you (darn trouble maker drama queens -.-).

                                Maybe your son can do something like Boxing AND wrestling. Yeah people hanging together is the bullies kryptonite, for some sterotypical reason people think asains are weak for some reason (probably cause of hight) but I notice that asains at my school are in very huge groups....alot, I have met tough (some times crazy) asains of course....but just sayin in general. Some kids get robbed in the bathroom by gun point without the school being notified....its really crazy =/ and yes, jiu jitsu is excellent for self defence, just make sure your son taps out during a submission during practice, e.t.c these other guys have really good info,

                                How come he hasnt replied yet? O_o

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