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   JointheArmy has kibitzed 2270 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-13-15 Caruana vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
JointheArmy: Aronian was feeling generous, I guess.
   Feb-13-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (replies)
JointheArmy: Aronian won the blitz tournament. Mysteriously accepted a draw with Caruana when he had a mate in 13.
   Feb-09-15 Vladislav Artemiev (replies)
JointheArmy: <pinoy king> Barely. Just over a year.
   Feb-08-15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
JointheArmy: got mentioned in the chess24 broadcast. It was about how posters here were misinformed about inflation (i.e. majority of posters here believe it doesn't exist).
   Feb-07-15 Aronian vs Anand, 2015 (replies)
JointheArmy: Talking about resigning early...
   Feb-05-15 Nakamura vs Harikrishna, 2015 (replies)
JointheArmy: <Eduardo Bermudez> Can you show us the winning line, please?
   Feb-04-15 Aronian vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
JointheArmy: Btw, Levon missed 31. Nc7! and white should be in control of the game.
   Feb-02-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
JointheArmy: <And now Wei Yi loses as White in an Italian Game that Wei Yi had played over and over again previously so his opponent could easily prepare.> He used to play Four Knights all the time and had much success with it.
   Jan-31-15 R Rapport vs N Grandelius, 2013 (replies)
JointheArmy: Very interesting game. Surprising this was a draw.
   Jan-30-15 Ju Wenjun vs R Rapport, 2015 (replies)
JointheArmy: < Rapport was crushed by the young GM Ju> The young GM Ju? She's over five years older than Rapport.
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Apr-17-09  achieve: PS - I respect <bureaucrat>'s initiative (though very possibly an unthankful task) to put out his email address; because if there is one person from the C-page regulars that I trust to handle possible responses with confidentiality- and with integrity, then it is <Bureaucrat>.
Apr-17-09  angslo: thanks for your response , <achieve>.

have a nice day :)

May-22-09  zanshin: <JTA> Thanks for the video links to Shotokan. I'm at work right now but will check them out this weekend.

Sort of by coincidence, I was watching the history channel last night and they were running a documentary on the life of Bruce Lee - amazing how many celebrities, actors, musicians, etc. claimed they were influenced by him .. lots of MMA guys too but that was sort of expected.

May-22-09  zanshin: <JointheArmy: Dana White, the president of the UFC, called Bruce Lee the father of MMA.>

<JTA> I can understand why - his concept of freedom from a style was revolutionary. I can remember as a white belt in karate grabbing an opponent's jacket so I could land a punch. I got a warning!

I just came from a gym where a guy I know there used to train with Dan Inosanto. I commented about the documentary last night. He said it made him sad to watch because they cut out the part with Dan. Apparently, he and Linda Lee got into the typical legal disputes that occur when the head of the style passes on :-( Bruce must be turning in his grave.

May-28-09  zanshin: <JTA> Thanks for the links. I have looked at them all and deleted the post you asked me to.

As for the blocks, my opinion is that they are not the textbook blocks as taught in karate. I might get into trouble for saying this, but I also feel that the basic blocks (e.g. soto uke, uchi uke) are not practical even in sparring. They take too long to execute and I have taught this to students. Like stances, they are good exercises, but have limited practical application.

You might want to see if you can get an opinion from User: check it out

He's not on this website all the time, but he is also the closest I can think of to a professional martial artist that we have here.

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  hms123: <JTA> <zanshin> Those blocks remind me of some Crane-style techniques from Five-animal Kung-fu. Notice that there is almost a hooking motion along with the pulling.
May-28-09  zanshin: <howard> Good point! The blocks seem closer to the ones used in kung fu - though I have no 1st hand experience.

There are some karate instructors who modify the traditional karate blocks by including pulling movements (although the hands are still closed). But it's not the same...

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  hms123: <zanshin> If you look at the blocks you will see that as one hand is pulling the opponent, Machida's body is rotating his body to punch almost simultaneously. The combination of the pull, the rotation, and the punch itself creates a lot of power.

Karate techniques are very good for keeping distance, and for closing the gap, but many kung-fu techniques are useful once the gap has been closed. When I studied tai chi push hands, for example, it made me much more effective at sparring in close.

May-28-09  zanshin: <howard> Yes, I noticed that. In the karate blocks I mentioned, the instructor taught a modified uchi uke where you don't just block across your body, but you also pull the blocked arm towards you while striking - same concept as you have described. The point about the closed fists though is that you seldom see real fighters blocking with their forearms and fists as we are taught in karate. They take too long and expend too much power - IMHO. More often, the blocks are really parries using open hands to deflect rather than stop a technique. It would be a brave fighter who attempts to block a kick with the standard gedan barai .. better to parry or get out of the way!
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  hms123: <zanshin> I know what you mean. I once sprained my arm so badly blocking a kick that I thought my arm was broken. I even went to get it x-rayed. The doctor told me that the good news was that it wasn't broken, but the bad news was the insurance only paid if it were.

When I asked when I could start doing pushups again, he said "when you can stand the pain". Ah, the good old days.

May-28-09  zanshin: Blocking a kick with your arm? You're a brave man <howard> ;-) I too miss the good old days. It's not uncommon for me to have dreams I am in the dojo and capable of doing things I couldn't ever do!
Jul-20-09  SirChrislov: just wanted to say hi. God & Jesus are #1. I also like metal, especially old Queensryche. stay stong in the lord, my friend.
Jul-31-09  satch boogie: <zanshin: I just came from a gym where a guy I know there used to train with Dan Inosanto>

What gym was it?

Jul-31-09  zanshin: <satch boogie: <zanshin: I just came from a gym where a guy I know there used to train with Dan Inosanto>

What gym was it?>

<satch> Just a local gym in our community center here in Florida. My friend trained with Dan in California.

Aug-01-09  satch boogie: <zanshin> Cool, I live here in Texas and train in Jeet Kune Do under Shihan Mitch Maynard. What do you train in?
Aug-01-09  zanshin: <satch> I trained in Wado-ryu under Peter Spanton's Higashi Karate Kai in England. I trained and taught s-h-i-t-o ryu in deep south Texas.
Aug-01-09  satch boogie: <zanshin> Interesting, my nephew took Karate for a few years, and showed me a few things they did. I eventually settled with this because I found it more practical than some other martial arts.

Here's the official website if you were interested

Aug-02-09  zanshin: <satch> JKD is a perfect choice if you're looking for a practical martial art. Other good choices would be MMA, and maybe Kyokushinkai (knockdown) or full contact karate. I will have a look at the JKD link - thanks.
Oct-09-09  eightsquare: What does everyone think :
Will Carlsen beat Kasparov's rating of 2851 ( if i am not mistaken about the exact number ) ?
Oct-09-09  eightsquare: <jointthearmy> Nice game collections.
Oct-09-09  I Like Fish: hello jta...
joint the army...
nice slogan...
armies should do...
some ganja...
to make this world...
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Oct-10-09  ILikeFruits: indeed...
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  JointheArmy: <eightsquare> Inflation makes it inevitable.
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