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    I don't know if I'm alone in this, but here goes. It seems that most of the posts I see are submitted by high ranking Kenoists. Is it just me or is it intimidating to post your thoughts on Kenpo related threads when you are just a beginner? I seriously value all your thoughts, but I guess I just feel like I don't "rank" (I know bad pun ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crane557
    I don't know if I'm alone in this, but here goes. It seems that most of the posts I see are submitted by high ranking Kenoists. Is it just me or is it intimidating to post your thoughts on Kenpo related threads when you are just a beginner? I seriously value all your thoughts, but I guess I just feel like I don't "rank" (I know bad pun ).

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    Hi John,

    I know what you mean, but almost everyone on this forum is out to help teach and to learn. I throw out stuff all the time to get people's ideas on things. Everybody is interested in helping, so go ahead and throw stuff out. Nobody will make fun of you. The only one we make fun of is Crippler (hee hee), but we don't make fun of his kenpo knowledge; just the rest of the stuff.

    I'm kidding of course. We love Crippler.

    We're all beginners. I have questions all the time and when I hear some of the answers, I say 'D'oh!' because I know I should've thought of it.

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    Thanks I will!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crane557
    I don't know if I'm alone in this, but here goes. It seems that most of the posts I see are submitted by high ranking Kenoists. Is it just me or is it intimidating to post your thoughts on Kenpo related threads when you are just a beginner?
    Yup.

    You certainly are not alone. It's difficult to pose a question or express an opinion when you know that 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th degrees, and a few direct students of Ed Parker, may read it. Can't tell you how many times I've felt like an idiot for posting something. Communicating on the topic of Kenpo isn't exactly my strong suit.

    I think some of it has to do with the fact that we are addressing some professional martial arts instructors. This is what they do for a living. They take it very seriously, and they're very good at it. So, yeah, it can be intimidating.

    Most of the people here don't show overt hostility to anyone, which is appreciated. If you are looking for informed opinions about Kenpo or your perspective of Kenpo, you've come to the right place.

    I look forward to reading some more of your opinions.

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    Crane

    Just remember we all started in the same place, and many, many, many of the most valuble lessons came from the observing the actions of beginners. Relax, and enjoy KenpoTalk, we are all lookong forward to your posts.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoEMT
    Yup.

    You certainly are not alone. It's difficult to pose a question or express an opinion when you know that 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th degrees, and a few direct students of Ed Parker, may read it. Can't tell you how many times I've felt like an idiot for posting something. Communicating on the topic of Kenpo isn't exactly my strong suit.

    I think some of it has to do with the fact that we are addressing some professional martial arts instructors. This is what they do for a living. They take it very seriously, and they're very good at it. So, yeah, it can be intimidating.

    Most of the people here don't show overt hostility to anyone, which is appreciated. If you are looking for informed opinions about Kenpo or your perspective of Kenpo, you've come to the right place.

    I look forward to reading some more of your opinions.

    Psssst.... all those 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th degrees have had all the same questions that you do. The neat thing is they might have some really neat stories as to how they learned the lesson you are interested in.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crane557
    I don't know if I'm alone in this, but here goes. It seems that most of the posts I see are submitted by high ranking Kenoists. Is it just me or is it intimidating to post your thoughts on Kenpo related threads when you are just a beginner? I seriously value all your thoughts, but I guess I just feel like I don't "rank" (I know bad pun ).

    With Great Respect


    John
    I know exactly how you feel ...

    The Mona Lisa, to me, looks like a mildy unattractive woman sitting by a window. Experts in Art might be able to explain to me why it is considered a masterpiece. But, honestly, I am not that interested.

    As we begin something, in which, we do have an interest, we should turn to the experts to gain greater understanding. I don't think anyone wearing a few red stripes on their belt got there without teaching people less experienced than themselves. Part of teaching is relating new ideas to students in a way in which they can comprehend them. Good teachers do that all the time.

    There are times, though, where I know I am being presented good information, but I do not have the frame of reference to understand what is being presented. That is not the fault of the student, but rather of the teacher not recognizing my inability to understand material as presented. It is the responsibility of the teacher to present the material in a different way, to assist me in my comprehension. The good teachers can understand this, and execute this.

    So, yes, it is sometimes difficult to make strong statements, when we know our understanding is incomplete.

    So, I quite often defer to those with greater experience. But, an intersting thing happens along the way .... our experience level improves ....

    When I began on Martialtalk ... 3/1/2003 ... I had recently been promoted to a Green Belt. I was beginning to think that I was beginning to understand what Kenpo was all about .... then I got my 3rd Brown Belt ... and everything went out the window. .... and now I am preparing to test for my Black Belt.

    So, while I think and feel that I am the same person I was when I started posting ... I obviously have gained, and continue to gain skills and knowledge. And so will you.

    So ... jump in, the waters great.




    (OK this post was very self-indulgent - sorry)

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    Thank you all for the insights and reassurance. I failed to recognize that while higher ranks are just that, they are also teachers and in my experience the best teachers can learn from anyone.

    Salutations

    John

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    I tend to find that the only stupid question is the one that was unasked because it still remains just a question.
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    I like what Big Bird says........."Asking is a good way to find things out!!"

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    Ahh! The ultimate wisdom from the big yellow one.

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    Now make a second thread, Crane!
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    I have see Snaking Talons!

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