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    Greetings fellow Kenpo addicts. You may have noticed that I live in beautiful, green, and wet Washington State. Thus the screen name "Rain Dragon". Well, at least it explains the rain part. Dragon is because I'm an incurable, middle-aged Bruce Lee fan.

    I have been a Martial Arts addict since watching Bruce Lee as Kato on the Green Hornet. I started in Kenpo when I was just a kid in Phoenix back in 1969. But I didn't take many lessons until I was a teen and could pay for them myself. I trained at a strip mall Ed Parker franchise on 43rd Ave. in Glendale, AZ. I'll be darned if I can remember the name of the Brown belt that ran the school and my mother tossed out all my Kenpo stuff when I left home (long story!). Anyway, he was a tall guy with a bushy perm and a fu manchu. Maybe some old-timer out there knows. That would be fun.

    Unfortunately, I've been pretty much out of Kenpo since the late 70's. Oh, I trained off and on over the years, but I didn't get serious about it again until the late '90s. Since then I've tried several different EPAK programs as well as other arts like Jujitsu and Hapkido. But nothing was a good fit until I discovered Chuck Sullivan and Vic Le Roux (the IKCA) . After about 18 months in the program I can honestly say that the IKCA is definitely the best program for my needs. Not only is IKCA Kenpo the most practical Kenpo program I've seen, but it also offers something that many of the others can't...a solid non-political organization and a thriving brotherhood of selfless Kenpoists.

    As you can tell, I tend to talk too much. Its great to be here on KenpoTalk.

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    Well I am happy to hear that you are back for good. Welcome to KT.
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    Hi!

    Welcome to KT. I know that SifuDangeRuss is in WA, but I have no idea if you guys are close to each other.

    I'm glad you found your way back to kenpo. It gets in the blood.

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    Hi, Welcome to KT.
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    Hey, welcome to kenpo talk!!!

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    Welcome aboard!

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    Welcome to KenpoTalk
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    Welcome to KenpoTalk.
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    Welcome RainDragon...


    From one Slightly Soggy Dragon to another....Welcome aboard the KT Express. Adjust your stance, bend your knees and prepare for a wild ride.

    I have spent all too much time in the Oly/Tumwater/Lacy area over the last several years. (Now I mostly try to avoid it) I have a small Hole-in-the-wall in Bremerton. We've been here since 1978. However I also trained in Gun-Fu in your neck o the woods. My g/f lives in Vancouver and I live in Bremerton...so I'll honk as we whiz past you. We need ta stick together, as we kenpo folk are kind of a minority here in the Great White North.
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    Hey, Dan! Welcome to KT! Olympia, huh? You don't work for HER, do you?

    If you and SDR think you're a minority on the west side, try north central WA. I know of one active AKer in the region, and he's not able to do much any more. Look forward to your posts.

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    Welcome to KT!

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    Greetings and salutations! Glad you made it back to kenpo and found your way to KT as well! I look forward to reading your posts!
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    Welcome to KT.
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    Thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to some good conversations.

    Hi Sifu DangeRuss. It's great to hear from some Kenpo folks that are in the area. Wow, since 1978, that's impressive. I'll bet that's some kind of record. Back in the good 'ol days there was a Kenpo school on every corner in CA and AZ. They're all gone now. I hope we can catch up with each other some time.

    Dan C., by "HER" I assume you mean "Queen C". I don't work for her, I work for "YOU and ME and SDR too". You think AKers are a minority in Central WA, try being a conservative in WA state government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RainDragon View Post
    Dan C., by "HER" I assume you mean "Queen C". I don't work for her, I work for "YOU and ME and SDR too". You think AKers are a minority in Central WA, try being a conservative in WA state government.
    Well, that's a good way to keep things in perspective. I feel for you being so close to Idiot Central. At least the stupidity tends to dissipate some as it gets further from the source- but not much! I find working out is a good way to deal with the stress. Hang in there.

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    *wonders what TheDan means by 'idiot central'*

    Hello, RainDragon. I am a former Sam Pai student and live in Not B.C., Not D.C. ... great weather we're havin', eh?

    Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shesulsa View Post
    *wonders what TheDan means by 'idiot central'*
    I work for the same-ah- bunch of centralized dumb...

    Never mind. Government, just substitute government.

    Oh, and if you're not familiar with the ever-Green state (caps intentional), Olympia is our capitol.

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    Do they still make "Olympia" beer up there? I remember that from my time in the USAF. There tag line always made me laugh..."it's the water..." No, it's the beer! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    Do they still make "Olympia" beer up there? I remember that from my time in the USAF. There tag line always made me laugh..."it's the water..." No, it's the beer! LOL
    The infamous Oly Brewery was shut down in 2003. Rumours of it's downfall vary, but the "artisian" wells dried up, so they weren't usin' the water any longer, and some said it changed the taste significantly enough that it wasn't salable any more. Other rumours had to do with Union issues...so who knows? Personally...I think the Artesians fled to Atlantis, with Elvis aboard flying saucers and they took the recipe with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SifuDangeRuss View Post
    ...shut down in 2003. ...the "artisian" wells dried up, ...had to do with Union issues...
    Artesians have unions? No tellin' what you'll learn here next!

    (CC, shesulsa, raindragon and a couple of others are probably the only ones who know what we are talking about...)

    Any of you still have an "I brake for Artesians" bumper sticker?

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