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Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

The light contact is not just for balance, but to be able to feel the aggressor move so that the defender might be able to change tactics, even in mid application to some other technique, if necessary.

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/21/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

A few of the 72 kicks of Bagua.

Notice that they are counter moves, and that the defender first controls the aggressors arms with soft blocks and remains lightly connected with him for balance as he kicks.

You might not find these in Gracie style.

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/21/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

There is a fight scene in the movie Twisted (2004)
where while watching I kept saying as if she could here me, "just break his leg." Finally, after a pregnant pause, that's how she ends the scene. The kick was conspicuous to me, by it's absence. She could have prevented all the hassle she had to go through, if she had only broken his leg in the first place, but then there wouldn't have been a fight scene.

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/21/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

A step is a kick and a kick is a step. A kick or strike to the groin can be deadly and while not the best primary target as most men have natural defenses against that, a groin attack works well with a distraction like a feint to the eyes. What Graham suggests is actually the most effective counter after evasion by stepping to the side and side kicking. It takes very little force to beak the knee by kicking it the sideways direction which it does not bend. Such a break will never heal properly. It only takes about five pounds of pressure to dislocate a leg, by kicking up under the kneecap. That is extremely painful, and can be instantly reset with no damage. Gregory Fong is the most highly skilled martial artist in Portland. He's a difficult teacher, but his sarcasm is funnier than shit if you don't take it personally. I'm no expert in Gracie style. I merely notice that it's rather minimalistic in competition. If you want to discuss real classical jiu-Jitsu, talk to Dave, the owner of Hawthorne Cutlery. He's an ex cop from Miami.

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/21/2014 at 8:10 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... WIN AT BINGO!

Smaller bingo parlors like sunset bingo in Beaverton pay out better!

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Posted by Nolyaw Wlech on 09/20/2014 at 11:44 PM


Ethnic cleansing? Jewish Israelis even elect Arabs to the nation's legislature. It's the Jihadis who practice ethnic cleansing.

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Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/20/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... PUT ON MAKEUP!


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Posted by Graham on 09/19/2014 at 11:02 AM


Fuck ethnic cleansing and fuck Israel. All you blowhards for Israel can move there and get the fuck out of my country.

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Posted by lucydog3 on 09/18/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

Graham, kicking someone in their knee as hard as you can is not practical for self defense. If you are being attacked you do not have time to step back and step forward and plant and swing your leg that far. By the time you try that you are already owned. And there are so few nerve ending in the knee anyway it won't stop an attack.

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Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 09/18/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

Actually true Gracie Jiu Jitsu is for Self-Defense, although a sport has evolved out of it we do over 30 standing self-defense techniques based on STRIKING/punching/kicking just during white belt alone. Rickson Gracie regularly competed in matches known as "Vale Tudo" which translates to "anything goes." Although true violence doesn't mirror a sporting contest, like killing bears, it can be a close testing ground that's safe and provides repetition. I was thrilled to be a part of this article and it was a ton of fun! If anyone has any questions on self-defense or any of the methods we provide at River City Warriors in Portland, I'd be happy to provide an opinion with 25 years of experience.

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Posted by JustMeJoe on 09/18/2014 at 12:11 PM


Whom did Israel capture today’s so-called “Palestinian” lands from if not the “Palestinians”?

Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem were captured in 1967 from Jordan.

There had been no movement to call these territories “Palestinian” before that or to proclaim them as a new state of Palestine, one that had never previously existed in the history of the world. That came later as part of Arafat’s asymmetrical warfare against the state of Israel.

Read more at…

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Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/18/2014 at 12:04 PM


Way back on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here’s what he said:

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

On the same day Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn in 1993, he explained his actions on Jordan TV. Here’s what he said: “Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.”

Palestine has never existed as a nation. The region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never ruled by Arabs as a separate nation.

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Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/18/2014 at 11:59 AM


For a thorough examination of this subject, go on down to Powell's and get a cheap, used paperback copy of:

The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad, by Hal Lindsey

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Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/18/2014 at 11:52 AM


Your knowledge is pitifully thin and your bias is dangerous. I can't for the life of me figure why this piece would be considered educational.

Here is some evidence of said bias:
1. You wrote " "Awesome! Dibs on Palestine, and we're calling it 'Israel.'" Read the history, the Jews in fact have always had dibs on Palestine, they were the only soverign that ever governed Palestine. Zionism is about the rebirth of the Jewish homeland. Their ownership preceded Islam by over 1000 years!

2. You wrote " and thus began the first Arab-Israeli war, which ended with Israel winning the original territory plotted out for them—and then saying, "Oh, we're also taking 50 percent more land for our trouble, thankyouverymuch." No one else liked that—especially the 900,000 Palestinians forced to flee from their country."

This is a total misread of the history and first hand accounts. The war didn't just begin! The new legally formed country of Israel was attacked by 5 Arab countries with the expressed will to annihilate Israel's people most of whom were fresh off boats that rescued them from the holocaust. If you read the first hand accounts you will see that many if not most of the 700m not 900m refugees left on their own accord beseeched by the same Arab countries to join them in the war which was expected to be quick and they would be able to return to their homes and take the Jews possessions as well.

3. You wrote " when Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin agreed to disagree and leave each other in peace. That lasted until the murders, assassinations, and religious offenses piled up, leading Israel to figure out new and interesting ways of stealing more Palestinian land. And then along came Hamas!"

Arafat and the PLO never agreed to leave Israel in peace. Google the Intifidah. Israel never stole anyone's land. They acquired the West Bank and Gaza by winning a 'defensive' war. They have kept that land per the agreements until satisfactory permanent borders can be established. They wouldn't have that land if not attacked again by multiple Arab armies in 1967 with the expressed intention of wiping Israel off the face of the planet.

4. You wrote, "Founded on Islamic principles, Hamas vowed to free Palestine, take back Israel, and create a new Islamic state."

Islamic principles also known as Sharia Law. Google it. Their charter also calls for the annihilation of Israel and states that Jews are descendants of pigs and monkeys. In getting rid of their political rivals they threw 14 off a multi-story building. They are an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood similar to Al Queida and ISIS and officially considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., European Union, Russia and China. If the Israel Defense Forces weren't in the disputed territories propping up the PLO leader Abbas, it is assumed Hamas would also take over that region as well within 3 weeks.

If you are truly interested in educating you should keep your opinions and colorful language to yourself and read the history from more than a Palestinian perspective which in many instances rewrites the history of the region.

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Posted by Gary Acheatel on 09/18/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... PUT ON MAKEUP!

Just have Humphrey show you how he puts his own on.

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/17/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

Gracie style is just for sport. Go on down to Powells and pick up a used copy of any Bruce Tegner book of self defense.

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Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/17/2014 at 6:43 PM


You seem to have missed the part about how after the 1921 disturbances, the British established the Palestinian State of Transjordan, which remained part of the Palestine Mandate and its legal system applied to all residents, both East and West of the Jordan River, who all carried Palestine Mandate passports. Palestine Mandate currency was the legal tender in Transjordan as well as the area West of the river. This was the consistent situation until 1946, 24 years later, when Britain completed the action by unilaterally granting Transjordan it's independence. In 1925, the British added 60,000 sq. km. of desert to eastern Transjordan.…

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Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/17/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “It's Fun to Learn How to... FIGHT A MAN!

Groin is a terrible target, all it does is hurt your opponent and anger them; doesn't stop them.

Ears, eyes, throat, knees, these are your targets. Kick someone as hard as you can sideways into their knee and they will walk with a limp for the rest of their lives.

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Posted by Graham on 09/17/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Art Invasion

How much will they be taxed to pay for the art tax?

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/12/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Supply and the Man

See, as long as growers try to compete in controlling the market with the regulators, the resulting narrow legislation always leaves opportunity for police and prosecutors to abuse consumers.

DUI as another example:…

The only acceptable action is to completely eliminate the prohibition, regulation, and taxation of Cannabis.

Posted by Dread Uptown on 09/10/2014 at 8:15 PM

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