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Joining the Monks: Welcome to the Monastery!

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WarfighterKev's legs trembled from exhaustion, and each breath felt shallow in the high mountain air. His travels have taken him on ocean waters and through dusty wastelands, but still he marches on. A soldier by oath and warrior by training, WarfighterKev has lived words like discipline and conquered more than a few obstacles. But now, standing in front of an ancient monastery carved into high mountain stone, the seasoned trooper wonders if he can recommit to the old ways. Can a man wear two uniforms at once? Can one be a warrior monk?

 

What better way to step across the threshold than with a dramatic introduction? WarfighterKev here, and eager to contribute to the cause. I wrote and introduction post last night (link in my signature), but my two second martial arts bio is as follows: I have about 15 years of experience in the martial arts, ranging from amateur wrestling to no-gi submission grappling and BJJ. I love standup striking, and currently hold a 1st Degree Black Belt (recommended) in Taekwondo through ATA and also hold ranks in Kajukenbo and Tae Kuk Mu Sul. I also have experience in military combatives, and have had the pleasure in training in Army Combatives, MCMAP, and Haganah USA's F.I.G.H.T. system.

 

I'm currently a pretty active martial artist and competitor, and I'm looking to really up my game in 2014. My Battlelog has all the specifics, but I'm looking forward to using the challenges as a way to break up those big goals into smaller, progressive achievements. I've got a pretty crazy work schedule and my wife and I have a little one on the way, and I felt like joining a community of like-minded athletes would help keep me honest and progressing towards my benchmarks.

 

I'm looking forward to getting to know all the other monks here, and I fully expect to give as much support as I get. Let's go kick 2014 in the head, shall we?

 

All the best,

 

WarfighterKev

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Wow, dude, that's terrific! I love what exposure I've had to Kaju, and my brother was a marine; we used to spar together sometimes.

 

Also, nice job with the introductory post. You make me feel like I should be much more epically minded in writing my own posts. I try to cultivate some of that atmosphere in the Monastery, but she ain't perfect.

 

I've never heard of Tae Kuk Mu Sul. Is that related to Mu Duk Kwan, by any chance?

 

We'd love to be of assistance to you in any way that we can. Are you going to be doing a challenge thread, or are you just sticking to the battle log?

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Thanks for the kind words, Kishi! What I like about the Monastery and the monk concept is how the people there are either martial artists, or they one day aspire to be. It's motivating see all these folks come together to mutually help and support one another progress to their individual goals. What you and the rest of your community have created is pretty epic in my book.

 

 

Tae Kuk Mu Sul may have roots in Mu Duk Kwan...my training in the system was very interesting, if somewhat unsatisfying. I studied the system for a year in college under the system's founder, Grandmaster Suk Ku Kim. He has an extensive backgournd in both Taekwondo and Hapkido, and I learned a lot about the mechanics of body movement. I personally found Olympic and Songham TKD to be more up my alley, but my ability to pick up those techniques quickly came from the basics Grandmaster Kim taught me. 

 

And yes, I'm looking forward to participating in the upcoming challenge. I'm going to start a thread tomorrow and try to update both the challenge and battle log regularly. 

 

Thanks again - I'm sure I'll be calling on your offer for assistance sooner rather than later!

 

All the best,

 

WarfighterKev 

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Go get 'um, nutterintheshed! If you're anything like me, those first few classes are going to feel awkward. I remember looking and feeling like this clumsy kid who was always two steps behind. Let me tell you - the human body is an amazing thing. It adapts, and all those little technical things start to fall into place. The magical "ah ha" moments are going to happen, and you'll start to move with a grace and confidence you never thought possible.

 

Good luck, have fun, and watch the magic happen!

 

All the best,

 

WarfighterKev 

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Go get 'um, nutterintheshed! If you're anything like me, those first few classes are going to feel awkward. I remember looking and feeling like this clumsy kid who was always two steps behind. Let me tell you - the human body is an amazing thing. It adapts, and all those little technical things start to fall into place. The magical "ah ha" moments are going to happen, and you'll start to move with a grace and confidence you never thought possible.

 

Good luck, have fun, and watch the magic happen!

 

All the best,

 

WarfighterKev 

 

Both the Southern Dragon kung fu and this morning's Tai Chi were great.  I'm as graceful as a donkey on ice.... :) Practice practice practice!!

 

Can't believe I waited until nearly 40 before doing this, but the past is the past...

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Hey, good to see ya! Glad you could stop on by.

 

What kind of karate did you do?

 

i couldn't remember but i did remember my mum recently found my old certificates from grading, just managed to find those.

 

i did Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do, and the last certificate i have in my hands is for 5th Kyu - can't remember if i went any futher, was when i was like 12 that i did this which is more than half my life ago.

 

 

At the moment looking at what martial arts my area has and hoping to start some classes soon

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Uh, hello - is there a place for another newcomer?

 

Just started last week in an MMA dojo down in west Tokyo; tried out boxing and Muay Thai sessions so far.

 

I was a member of the Shotokan Karate club in uni back in the day, quite a few years ago now, and fell out of practice when my grades suffered.  Inspiration from the London 2012 Olympics lead me to take up Crossfit, and though it was a delight for conditioning I ended up gravitating towards the boxing sessions they also ran there and was far more consistent with them than the WODs.  It's been another break from training since moving to Japan and I need to get back into gear ASAP.  I feel like a total newbie all over again - though I suppose I actually am in the overall MMA picture.

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There's always room for more. :) Welcome!

 

You study shotokan too? Awesome. I'm in the Kenkojuku school of Shotokan, myself. Always glad to see another karate-ka.

 

If you don't mind me asking, have you joined up with a challenge yet? We're in the middle of one, but there's nothing saying you can't start in the middle.

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::headdesk::

 

Level 1 first, then... gahhh... sorry,

 

Epic comprehension fail on the rulebook-reading front.  This is probably why I never got through a single group dungeon in WoW... Looks like it's past the two-week starting deadline as well.

 

See you on the other side of level 1!  I will be there!

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::headdesk::

 

Level 1 first, then... gahhh... sorry,

 

Epic comprehension fail on the rulebook-reading front.  This is probably why I never got through a single group dungeon in WoW... Looks like it's past the two-week starting deadline as well.

 

See you on the other side of level 1!  I will be there!

 

Relax, dude! We are not a formal bunch of people here. I was just asking so that if you had a topic up, I could stop by and cheer you on. :) Nothin' to be sorry about.

 

Look, people come in in the middle of these things all the time. We care much more about helping you level up your life than about the silliness of the game that we play. To my knowledge, there's nothing specifically saying that you can't join up in the middle, and the Level 1 Guild is there just to kind of help you get a feel for how things work around here. Really. :)

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::headdesk::

 

Level 1 first, then... gahhh... sorry,

 

Epic comprehension fail on the rulebook-reading front.  This is probably why I never got through a single group dungeon in WoW... Looks like it's past the two-week starting deadline as well.

 

See you on the other side of level 1!  I will be there!

 

i'm relatively new here and i didn't read all either.

and they have new challenges starting all the time, i'm guessing there's a week or two in between. look around and see what people are doing. will give you an idea of what you can do for your next challenge.

 

kishi is right it is really relaxed here, it's a really great place to socialise with people. everyone is full of great advice and inspiration.

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Greetings Kishi (respectful bow),

 

I am a new recruit and I am seeking admission in to your guild.  I find that the philosophy of this guild is in line with my own goals of achieving physical health, improving my martial arts skills, and finding mental/physical/spiritual harmony.  Unfortunately, I am rather out of harmony so I hope to find people of a common mindset with whom I can share my experiences and draw motivation from.  Would you have a simple seeker in your fold?

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Hi -- I'd like to join the Monks Guild going forward, if that's okay.  Still relatively new to the NF boards, but I've been part of the Women's Academy for a few months now and it's really motivating me to participate more in the community in general and the challenges in particular. 

 

I was with the Druids for the first challenge of 2014 and I think I feel more at home with a "punch and kick all the things" approach.  I grew up in the Army family and participated in a lot of sports in my youth.  I've continued to enjoy the process and discipline of weight training, but most especially taekwondo, which I started with my kids a few years ago.  (At USMA, it was Krav Maga, which I loved so very hard, but TKD is much more family-friendly.) 

 

Personal stats:  nearly 45-year-old mother of a blended family with six kids, two dogs, and a former Marine husband.    Built like a dwarf, even when my body fat was super-low, way back when.  :)  Currently a brown belt in TKD, trying to keep up with kids all over the belt spectrum (one will test for her black belt in April!).  

 

It's clear that, scientifically, nutrition leads the way for healthy body composition, but -- for me -- the psychology of being active leads me to better dietary choices.  Maybe that's backwards.  I love lifting heavy, and was perilously close to a 200# deadlift before an injury last fall, but primarily for the benefits increased strength and power bring to performance in other areas of my life. 

 

So.  Um.  I think that puts me at a Level 0 Dwarven Monk?  Unless I can carry "credit"  for my first 6-wk challenge with the Druids, in which case I might be Level 2 with 13 attribute points to assign.  

 

Very excited about getting to know folks, and looking forward to the next challenge!

Nik 

 

 

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Awesome! Welcome! Glad we get the chance to journey alongside you. We're like the Druids except that we believe in concussive therapy. :)

 

We've got another student in the Women's Academy in our guild too, and you wouldn't be the first Dwarven Monk that we've seen come on through.

 

Come on in. We're glad to see you.

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Awesome! Welcome! Glad we get the chance to journey alongside you. We're like the Druids except that we believe in concussive therapy. :)

 

 

Concussive therapy -- YES, that's it exactly! 

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There was always something about getting punched that made me smile. Perhaps it was the ticket to freedom that said it was then alright for me to hit back.

I may be back next challenge as I've found a new place to train.

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I'm new, and I think your guild fits me best (BJJ black belt training in the mother-land).  I've been out of training for a while and trying to get my fitness and strength level back up.  I look forward to being part of the group.

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I'm new, and I think your guild fits me best (BJJ black belt training in the mother-land).  I've been out of training for a while and trying to get my fitness and strength level back up.  I look forward to being part of the group.

 

Welcome to the rebellion! Your second post and it's about joining the monks! You'll be most welcomed in the guild =D You're still not to late to join this 6 weeks challenge if you feel like it. 

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