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June 14, 2012
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PaulDoll
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I have been doing Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, Muay Thai, And Chin Gom sul (korean sword) for years and i incorporate my modifications in my dicipline. i was curious if there was anyone else that has taken martial arts and has combined their spiritual modifications with it. And if there are any experiences related to it please feel free to share them.

June 14, 2012
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jimmyenglish
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I have no taken any martial arts, but i am very curious as to how you incorporate them. Could you elaborate please?

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June 14, 2012
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I have studied martial arts, and developed my own style, but I have not combined spiritual modification with it.  True martial arts is inherently spiritual in itself, so of course I find a great deal of spirituality in my style, but I'm also curious what you mean by combining spiritual modification and martial arts.

Perhaps receiving a modification by way of a weapon?  Seems awfully dangerous unless the wielder of the weapon is a highly experience master.

Perhaps receiving tattoos, piercings, or other marks that have a direct association with a particular style?  I can't imagine.

So yes, please elaborate.

Sometimes I wonder if I can say anything in less than a hundred words.
June 14, 2012
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I am a huge fan of martial arts, especially brazillian jiu jitsu and grappling. Unfortunately my mods keep me from participating as much as Id like. Its hard to grapple full speed with two stretched holes in each lobe. 

I too am interested in what exactly you do, so elaborate please 

"Body modifications say a lot about ourselves, it says even more about those who surround us"
June 15, 2012
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Corey, maybe if you had some solid plugs with a high flare so they wouldn't be likely to come out, you could participate.

Also, there's a lot to say for standing martial arts.  Not that I believe one should limit themselves to any particular style, but if you can avoid the take-down in the first place you don't need to grapple.

There are ways to beat the double-leg take down.

Sometimes I wonder if I can say anything in less than a hundred words.
June 15, 2012
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in Hap Ki Do we study joint locks and submission. Stopping the fight before it starts. and one of the most important parts, the flow of personal energy called Dan Jun Hohup ("dantien" in Chinese. Qui Gung, also called the art of the iron shirt, focuses on this) Dan Jun Hohup is learning how to control your inner strength and other energies by activating them and shutting them down. every person has a flow of energy. some call it chakra. there are six gates of this. also certain pressure points on the body can either turn on, heal, or shut down parts of the body like in acupuncture and reflexology. each organ has a special pressure point on the hand and foot. these points also have channels that trace up the arm or leg that go back to where our inner strength originates. our Dan Jun, located 2 inches below the navel and inside one inch. since the heart is more on the left side of the thoracic cavity, the heart channel is stronger on the left. on my left wrist i have the depiction of the counter clockwise flow of energy that flows at our center. I put it there as an amplifier for the use of my energy. also to help it circulate. on my legs i have Tibetan script wrap tattooed as meditation marks in deep red ink. on my right leg is the mantra "the sound that strengthens compassion in all enlightened beings," and on my left is word "Nirvana." i put these two things on my legs so that i will always be on my path to enlightenment and to meditate on even as i train. i have an other tattoo planned for the center of my back. Its the eight symbols of the taeguk. each symbol represents a form in Tae Kwon Do. this is one i will use to help syncronize my energy with the flow of the universe.

 

i know tats a lot to read. i honestly wish i could show you all instead of just type it to you. there is so much more to it than just reading text. i hope this helps.

June 15, 2012
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Wow, that is incredible, PaulDoll. I practiced Tang Soo Do a decade ago, but my current lip and nose piercings deter me from returning. It's really great to hear how you incorporated your modifications instead of them being a hindrance. Very cool!

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June 15, 2012
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i trained in karate at a young age and still use the meditation techniques i learn ed back then to center myself before a mod but i really like what your doing with it pauldoll is there perhaps any books on any of these techniques your talking about i would love to learn more

June 15, 2012
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thank you for the kind replies. there should be books on meditation techniques. i do not know of any books off the top of my head. everything was taught to me by word of mouth and physical practice. i can, however, look for some that i think would be the right ones to learn from. give me a day and i will come back with a list. :)

June 16, 2012
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Paul,

First off, don't worry about the length of that post.  I've written posts that are five or ten times that long.  As far as I've seen lately, I'm the king of the lengthy post (not necessarily something to brag about) and no one complains.  As long as it's not a rant.  As long as there's information content enough to justify the length, it's all good.

As for the mods you mentioned, that all sounds very cool.  I don't have any mods related to my style.  I think I'll get the phrase, "Fighting Without Fighting" in Japanese script on my right forearm.

Now, before someone argues, I know that Bruce Lee made this phrase famous, and he was Chinese, but Bruce Lee was not the first to use this phrase.

I once saw a documentary about the Samurai of Japan.  In this documentary they mentioned a man they called the first great swordsman of the Samurai era.  They said he was the first to begin teaching the sword in a dojo.  They also said that he never lost a duel.

He earned a great reputation, and many young swordsmen challenged him.  After many years of fighting he eventually decided that it should be the ultimate goal of a warrior to avoid bloodshed.  That struck me as wisdom the moment I heard it.

Although he had an official name for his style, the documentary said that he began to refer to his style as "the Way of Fighting Without Fighting" or "the Way of No Sword."

This man's name was Tsukahara Bokuden.  The link I provided here is a very brief biography which retells a story that was told in the documentary I saw.

So, I feel justified in using Japanese script for the tattoo.

I don't have any other martial arts related mods in mind yet.  I have been learning without guidance, and so I am largely ignorant of the symbols, traditions, and knowledge of the ancient ways.  However, in spite of my unguided quest, I have developed a great deal of martial skill, and I have leaned to use chi as well as any master.  There was no one to tell me what I should do, but there was also no one to tell me what I could not do yet.

For this reason, I feel that my style is truly my own.  I haven't created any symbols to represent it, so I have nothing to get tattooed, except perhaps something that represents chi.

Sometimes I wonder if I can say anything in less than a hundred words.
June 18, 2012
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Well i found a book that i think would be the best to learn meditation from.

its called: "Zen in the Martial Arts" by Joe Hyams.

A couple other books that you might be interested in that i have read are:

"The Book of Five Rings." by Myamoto Musashi (ive read this religiously. it has a few meditation techniques but mostly teaches a sword art.) and:

the "Hagakure" by Yamamoto Tsunetomo (samurai philosophy. the stoicism is beneficial in this book)

 

SasQuatch, i do like that concept for that particular piece of ink you are planning on. i see a lot of people getting chinese and japanese characters just because its "cool" and that has sadly become a fad. i enjoyed reading what you had to say and if that's the way you feel about using japanese script for the tattoo then no one should stop you from getting it.

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