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Dying your hair reflects upon you and your personality, not the art. It allows you to better express yourself, but it doesn't change who you are. Any approval or disapproval you get as a result is coming from a personal level. The only thing any instructor should be concerned about is whether the dye is likely to leach onto equipment or other classmate's ...


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Karate and Tae Kwon Do have a lot of overlap. So many of the techniques will be very similar. However, the slight differences cause more issues as you get to a higher level. The best way to improve at something is usually to practice that thing. For kicking start low and make sure you are getting the technique right (it is more important that you generate ...


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Kyokushin is a descendant of Shotokan, however there are significant differences in the forms. Still it is more similar to Shotokan than is Goju Ryu. According to this wikipedia article, Goju Ryu also had some influence on Kyokushin. FYI, Kyokushin is known for hard-sparring and emphasis on physical toughness. This may color your decision to join or not. ...


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In Isshin-ryu's Sanchin, the right foot is first to step out, but my understanding is that this kata varies from style to style. Obviously the best way to learn the technicalities of Sanchin(or any other kata) is from a qualified instructor. Sanchin was originally a chinese form, but was adopted very early by Okinawan karate schools. Okinawan styles that ...


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You shouldn't need to train in a different art to improve your flexibility. A fellow black-belt in TKD improved her kicking through regular stretching; she had a routine that she completed (possibly still completes!) several times a week. I'm afraid I don't know what her routine was, so I can't describe it for you; equally, the stretches that worked for her ...


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I had similar thoughts. The issue is complicated. The best stretches are not what we would normally do on the dojo floor. They might work fine if you started as a toddler, and did them daily for the rest of your life, but they seem less effective as an adult. So, find a partner, and do "active stretching". There are loads of videos on the web for this ...


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I think the best thing to do is to ask your Master/Senior Instructor. This kind of thing can vary widely from school to school, but in most modern styles there is nothing disrespectful about having funky hair.



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