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    • Making of a Jedi Warrior (Last post by Khaos)
    • Bjj has been doing the same thing in many cases. The way we roll in the dojo, or in visiting another dojo is not like doing so in a tournament. The rules do not allow spine locks, neck cranks, or reaping the leg if you are wearing a gi. However, all of that is still taught and trained. Same with Judo. Competition usually hits the lowest common denominator in what is allowed, and in some ways I get it. In BJJ, there has been a rise of submission only events that allow anything to be used and those are a lot more attack oriented, and in my opinion fun. Technically, in 2016 there is no such thing as BJJ as it was in the early 90s when the UFC came out. Its as I call it(coined by Jeff Glover) "Mixed grappling arts" because yes, you see Judo, Sambo, Wrestling, etc, all incorporated in these days. Then, there is always the Vale Tudo aspect of BJJ, which, you can still find the older guys that did it and will teach you some wicked stuff if you are willing to listen, suffer(always), and put in the mat time. Most of them are willing to share if you seem like a person willing to put in the mat time. The information is still readily available for those intrepid martial artists who seek to keep improving their game.
    • To vote, or not to vote... (Last post by Adi)
    • Voting matters. A major component of the dysfunctional political system in the United States is a massive voting disparity. Older folks vote in droves. Younger folks, not so much. If those people who think their votes don't matter did vote, the political landscape would look quite different. Finally, voting is super-important in local and state elections. So much of what affects our daily lives is decided in those elections, not in the big presidential election that everyone is talking about. Yet in my hometown, Charlotte, 20,000 people decided who the next mayor was — the mayor of a city of over 800,000 people. That is not even a third of the way toward filling the football stadium, which is regularly full for Panthers games. I'm as disenchanted with the political process as anyone else, but not voting is effectively endorsing it as fine as it currently is — that is to say, favouring a certain segment of the population, and ignoring all the others.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Avalonslight)
    • 2.5 more weeks. Just hold your hostility for me 2.5 more weeks. Then you'll never have to deal with me again. I promise. I won't bother you ever again if you can hold back your hatred and hostility for me for 2.5 more weeks... *sighs*
    • The Avengers and Phil Coulson endorse Hillary. (Last post by Merin Kyo Den)
    • Quote: I'm not sure they "endorse Hillary" so much as "Suggest that Trump is a bit more of a risk" (I don't have a horse in this race. I'm sure they're both as awful as anyone else in politics) This has always baffled me. How exactly is Trump more of a risk than someone that's participated in the destabilization of the middle east for 8+years now, voted for CISPA, NDAA, The extension of the patriot act, so on and so forth? I'm sure if you asked the families of the weeding party where we drone bombed 70+ people, many of them children, who was more of a risk, you might get a different reply. Trump is more of a risk in that he's an unknown. He's never held any office, never been responsible for policy, and was in fact pretty chummy with the Clintons until a little before this election cycle. We really can't say with any certainty what Trump will do, but we can say what Clinton will do, just ask Libya.
    • Love your suffering.......... (Last post by Manu)
    • Thank you for this post. I can certainly relate. At some point in life you discover that you can either ask in sorrow "why me?", or take a deep breath, raise your head, let out a slight smile and say "ok, this is where the fun begins!".
    • Suicide (Last post by JamesSand)
    • Quote: Great point - I was having an argument with a Christian friend of mine and she ended the conversation with 'Jesus loves you Dan !!' Just saying, we don't know what happens when we die. Nobody does. I suspect we've got a fairly good idea. People love a bit of mystery, but I've seen bupkis to suggest anything happens after we die. Two of my friends "died", and then were brought back (Stabbing and Car crash, if you're into that kind of gory detail) Obviously once the appropriate politeness and rehab, I've asked them both - What was it like? - Both said "Nothing" Not the "Nothing" you get when you're alone and it's quiet, not the "Nothing" of sleep. Actual "nothing" Now maybe they weren't "properly" dead, or dead for long enough. Is dying like dropping food? Is there a 3 second rule? You're right, there's no one around to make claim either way (If there was, I guess that would be an argument in favour of there being something after death :lol: ), but when I'm making life and death decisions, I usually have the Pros under "Death" as "Savings on groceries" rather than "Possible eternal bliss" or "Opportunity to knock things off tables" BUT (and nothing you say before BUT matters :) ) Quote: How do you know that ? Who says they are at peace? Nobody ever came back and told me that he was at peace after his suicide so i am wondering why you assume this ? Jedi Temple? :huh: Quote: 15. Jedi believe in eternal life through the Force. We do not become obsessed in mourning those who pass. We may grieve at their passing but we are content, knowing that they will forever be a part of the Force and so always a part of us.
    • Do you judge? (Last post by JamesSand)
    • Quote: What do you think we are essentially doing right now? Instantly communicating with people who are continents away in some instances. You can blame the words, or take ownership and responsibility and get better at using them. Oh sweet Khaos, I do so love you.
    • Think... (Last post by Jack.Troutman)
    • Day 6 Opinions and Prejudices Neither Heaven nor Earth have opinions; For everything is natural. The wise one knows no prejudice; Each person is sacred. The Tao is like a bellows— Though containing nothing solid, It does not collapse; And the more it is set in motion, The more it produces. From the Tao Te Ching
    • Duolingo (Last post by MartaLina)
    • Quote: I really love this app despite the fact that it makes you look other places for the details on the grammar. 45% fluent in Portuguese here. Username: raxicorico. Thats why i combine it with my french classes in the evening , there is no way i can learn a language without talking and practising with other people , grammar is a weak point to , i really need someone to explain it to me :)

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