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  1. Any suggestions on what I might try with this challenge to finish the year out? I'm kind of at a loss and looking for something different to do.
  2. See-lee English Kaaaaa-niiigggits!!!!! I blow my nose at you! Just kidding. I had never heard the term HEMA until you mentioned it. So, I went ahead and looked it up. Thanks for broadening my horizons. I'm strictly Asian arts myself, but there is plenty of room here for anyone practicing the combative arts. So, c'mon in and join the party.
  3. Challenge After Action Review Main Quest - 8%BF - Technically I got a readout of 7.9% one day, but I am not going to accept that. I think my standard will be I have to see 8.0% or less at least 2 readings in a week to consider this one done. Challenge 1 - PLP Challenge (+2 STR +3 STA) A+ I am all over this one! I can now do at least 51 push-ups in a row (tonight is 52). I hit a new PR on Pull-Ups of 13 in a row. Lunges are going just fine, too. Those are the least difficult area. Challenge 2 - Finish learning Yili system while in China (+3 WIS +2 DEX) B I did manage to learn 2 whole empty hand forms and the start of a weapon form while I was there. I also got a lot of clarification on some of the forms I already knew, so that is great! Challenge 3 - Develop a new form pattern for my school. (+3 WIS +2 CHA) A Really got a lot of creative time for this. I am pleased with the results overall. I'd call this one good other than I will spend this week making small tweaks to make sure the form finishes in the same place it started. Life Goal - New Business Plan I got a lot of work done on this with my teacher, but I am not at the point of being "turn key" yet. I will have to pick this one up as part of my next challenge.
  4. Why thank you, Lou_be_Lou
  5. Yo! So Northern Shaolin? Could you be more specific? Do you mean Chang Chuan/Long Fist? Or do you have another name? There are lots of systems out there that claim Shaolin as their parent art. I do elements of a Northern system called Bai Xing Chuan. I don't study the entire system (not sure anyone does anymore). There are parts of it that are incorporated into the beginning phase of my system.
  6. ^ This! An entire seminar could be done on this subject alone.
  7. Sounds like you have figured out a system. That's good.
  8. Hahahahaha! Too true. Since this is my 6th Spidey costume I have a good idea of what is going on. However, with each new suit I try to get closer and closer to how it would probably be in the real world if Spider-Man had to actually dress himself and didn't have a team of handlers to assist. lol
  9. You should get involved here.

  10. I actually make a joke about this when I teach Escrima that the Phillipines are the only nation in the world that has been conquered more times than Ireland (I'm Irish). Still, fantastic arts. Kaji - I had another thought for you after I walked away from my first post. Remember that you can't start a D&D campaign as a level 2 multi-class character. You have to build your character as a level 1 solo class of some sort. Also, there is a sweet spot for multi-classing in D&D. If you do it too soon you drastically lower the survivability of your character. The level 1 Warrior/1 Wizard/1 Cleric/1 Rogue is fairly useless compared to any level 4 single class. If you do it too late, there is little benefit to be had. A level 18 Warrior would benefit much more from 2 more levels of Warrior than he would from 2 levels of Wizard. The time to think of multi-classing would be around level 7-9. Martial arts are no different. Starting TKD, Boxing, and Aikido at the exact same time would do more harm than good. They all have some merit, but a lot of those merits seem to be in conflict with each other at first. Also, an extremely skilled master who has put 50 years of training into Goju ryu Karate probably has no reason to take up Savate in the bottom of the ninth. What will it really give him that is valuable? I have a few reasons I have taken the path I chose: 1) I have ADD. Martial arts have helped me to adapt to this aspect of who I am. Sometimes the best way for me to do that is to do something fresh for a little while and then come back to my main focus. 2) I like to have a comparative understanding of skills. There is a difference between the way the Chinese, Okinawan, and Korean arts all perform a Side Kick. I am capable of readily showing the differences. This give me the ability to really make a decision on which one is best for me. Remember the old saying, "When you only have a hammer, you want to nail everything!" or something like that 3) Martial arts training is my own personal crack cocaine. I tell people that Taekwondo is the marijuana of the martial arts. It is the gateway drug that people start with. You might do it for awhile and decide it is not for you. You might do it and decide it is exactly your speed and continue forever. Or you might do it and then realize it is no longer enough for your buzz and move on to more hardcore things. lol With all my training, I define myself as a striker. I am not a grappler or a weapons expert. Do I have training in them? Yep. But those are augments to what is my "go to" skill. You will not catch me at a BJJ tournament trying to compete. In the MMA world if you are a grappler, I will try to make sure I play my game better than you play yours. If you put me in a real fight, I will use anything at my command, but my preference will be to strike and kick you. If I joint lock you, it is most likely to imbalance you enough for me to knock your block off and not because I am trying to control you.
  11. Push away, brother. That's why we are all here, right? Also, there is no badass present here. Just another guy (a Spider-Guy). Today is 47 reps. Haven't missed anything since the other night, so I think I am okay. I am up to set of 12 on the pull-ups (new personal best). My BF tested at 7.9% this morning but I am gonna call BS on this one. I think it was a fluke. We will see what it says tomorrow. Again, I know the machine is not totally 100% accurate, but I REALLY think it was off today. Tonight is more writing time on the form, but I also have work to do on my costume. I decided to make a change to the way my Spidey suit comes together (invisible zippers instead of snaps), and I have to get the zippers on the pants tonight.
  12. True, but like pretty much everyone else I did not start in multiple arts. I spent the first 1/4 of my training either exclusively in TKD or Kung Fu (not the two at the same time). After about 7 years devoting my training to mostly percussive training I decided to augment my training with grappling (Hapkido). I did that for a couple of years in addition to my regular training. Did some dabbling in Karate and Kempo. Hated Kempo, so that went bye-bye really fast. I still research elements of Karate, but mainly to give me a better understanding of what I already know. It would be untrue to call me a Karate student. I found a better Hapkido teacher, so I returned to that regularly. Got back in touch with my Kung Fu teacher, and used his teachings to further augment my understanding of the martial arts. At this point, I am dabbling yet again by working with weapons. I am far from proficient with a weapon, but I am also not in a hurry. I am in this for the long haul. RP and Otaku have made good points. Get out there and try. If nothing else, you will find what you DON'T like. That is helpful in itself if it gives you a few more parameters to define what you DO like.
  13. Us to 44 reps and my Triceps are pretty sore. Interestingly, When I feel it is on the down phase of my Pull-Ups. hmmm. I had one day this weekend where I missed doing my lunges, and that was because I literally passed out from exhaustion on my couch and didn't wake up till the next morning. I had intended to do them after a few minutes of relaxing, but it is what it is. I think I will do them on a different day as an extra set just to say I did them.
  14. Thanks, man. I suppose the form creation doesn't have to be serious. It is for me because I want to create something that is valuable enough to pass on. Made some great progress on this new form, too. I am about halfway through PLP. Today is 40 reps. I am doing my pull-ups in 4 sets of 10 reps each. Push-ups are 1 single set, and same for the lunges.
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