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That's going to be a personal choice, and/or a dojangh/dojo choice. You could find a studio that reduces all study of the martial art to simply attack and defense. I would consider this to be a "cobra-kai" type of studio, in that any offensive is met with instant reprisal, "a man faces you he is your enemy" kind of thinking. There are other studios that ...


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I produce affordable cutting targets from beach mats, with a center of foam pipe insulation so that my mats fit easily over cutting stand pegs, no pounding in those sharpened stakes. My estimated cost is $4.50 each plus Ground shipping. Can send photos if desired. Danno in Michigan How it is made How it looks on my Midwest cutting stand


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There are a number of decent options I've used in the past... Keep in mind that I do use a genuine stand, but as for materials, these are reasonable facsimiles: Tatami Omote – The real deal. I've got a supplier here in Orange, CA at http://www.tameshigirimats.com/ that sells them rolled for $7.95 each (minimum 5, sold in lots of 5), or unrolled for $5.95 ...


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This depends entirely upon your goals. "Should" implies a level of obligation I'm not comfortable with in this situation. Very few, if any, would be prepared with a curriculum of the psychology of conflict at any level, whether personal or regional. If you want to learn that, take classes, and prepare to spend as much time on that as on the more-physical ...


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Sun Tsu The Art Of War states: Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. This, in my not so humble ...


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I'd go to a place like Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. and see what they have that can be rolled to approximate the thickness/consistency of a tatami. I'm thinking possibly shower pan lining either rolled loosely or with spacers, possibly astroturf, things of that nature. Another possibility (Especially when beginning or doing strict form practice) is to get 1" ...



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