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Old 01-21-2012, 08:42 AM   #39
Mary Eastland
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Re: "The goal is not to throw"

David Soroko wrote: View Post
I probably could if I put in the training hours but why would I want to?
All martial arts have in common the ability to stop physical violence directed at you. There are different meanings to "stop" and different strategies to achieve that, but this is the base to everything else a martial art may have to offer. Without this base, everything else has a quality of a fake town in a western movie; buildings tend to collapse if you lean on them since nothing supports the walls.

The physical practice demonstrated in those videos lacks that basic quality and as such doesn't justify the " martial" adjective.
Hi David:

Thank you for posting the link to our website and videos. My name is Eastland not Eastman.

The training it takes to do what we do is fun. We have a good group of people that train together regularly.

I feel safer than I used to before I started training 24 years ago. That is what matters to me.

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