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    Default SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Here's kenpotalk member SPK,Grasshopper doing the form he created for black belt. It's finished, getting its finishing touches, and yet-to-be-named.

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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    No comments, black belts, or anyone?

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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Well I'm not a black belt, but I do like what I saw there. Especially that kicking combo at the very end, throwing the jump spinning kick in there to break the kenpo "norm", I was like "Yes! look at him catching some air!" Good job Grasshopper.
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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Quote Originally Posted by Sentinel View Post
    No comments, black belts, or anyone?
    The form is well put together, I would like to see it done a little slower and focus on the power points. But thats just me. I would also like to see the supporting documentation. But again Im not doing the test. But seeing a walk thru/ talk thru explanation followed by a real time demo would be fantastic.


    It is still a nice form, thanks for posting it.

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    I like the way he moves. He has got good fluidity and if I knew nothing about Kenpo, I would still be able to tell where his shots were hitting. His kicks were great as well.


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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Is there a unifying theme or topic to his form?

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    I have seen this before and Donnie moves VERY well for being a "big guy". I would not want to get in the way of his stuff.

    I do not come from the EPAK or Sampai side so I am less educated about the movements---Having said that the only thing I noticed is that he does not "see" his attackers for the Bunkai. The head needs to snap in the direction of the next attacker if the practicioner wants us to "believe" he is actually fighting opponents.

    This may not be something that is important to you guys, it is a very small thought. I would bet that as he continues to practice this form at some point he will suddenly snap his head when he changes directions, meaning he is actually seeing the bad guys.

    I am super impressed by the Sampai group and it's leaders. They do not churn out black-belts by any means so the fact that he is up for Shodan is a BIG deal.

    I think it is a great form and I wish him the best of luck!

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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Loved it! Thanks for posting.

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    Thank you everyone for the comments, I'm sure Donie will appreciate them. He won't have an internet connection for another week or so, but I'll make sure he gets all the feedback here.

    As far as a unifying theme or topic for the form, his goal was to make it a showcase for how a big guy can move. He didn't just want to focus on what he naturally did well, but incorporated techniques that weren't his favorites, a lot of body movement, and lots of footwork (and a jumping spinning kick ) into the form. So maybe you could say he wanted the theme to be "Surprise!". He's always had to hang with us skinny dudes in class, so I think it's kind of a statement. lol

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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Looks like SPK Grasshopper (Donie) learned a huge lesson when Sifu John
    (Sentinel) posted his Kata on KenpoTalk.

    PERFORM ALL YOUR KATAS LIKE THE WORLD IS WATCHING, MAYBE THEY ARE!!!

    Maybe good advice for all of you.

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    Ah-so Grasshopper! Lookin' good. Work on your low-line kicks, bro. It is apparent that you have spent time and focus on both hand techniques and the higher kicks, but that only makes the lower kicks stand out as being...less than the other ingredients. I agree with Jamey, in so far as target awareness. I am familiar with the techniques incorporated in this form, and thus know what you are doing...(and to whom), but in order to effectively sell this performance for the highest dollar...(and we always wanna do that)...then maintaining the illusion of the Fight for Survival, by surveying your surroundings and reacting to each of your attackers, as they attack, in a timely, realistic manner would indeed help push this form over the top.

    You've come a long way Grasshopper, since you first stumbled through my door. Not only in the way you move and carry yourself, but in the way you communicate, the manner in which you respect others and the confidence that infuses you from head to toe. It seems like a long journey, when I contrast the dramatic changes and growth I've seen you experience, but I know this is but the first, few stumbling steps, it what will be a far greater journey, than you suspect at this juncture. I am proud of your accomplishments and have high expectations of what you will do, with the tidbits of knowledge I have managed to share with you. The real test, is not the quest for your imminent black belt, but rather what you can design, build and improve upon, with the tools you have mastered up to this point.

    I suspect you will continue to make me proud as the years pass, Grasshopper. Nicely done.

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    Default Re: SPK,Grasshopper's black belt form

    Looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    The form is well put together, I would like to see it done a little slower and focus on the power points. But thats just me. I would also like to see the supporting documentation. But again Im not doing the test. But seeing a walk thru/ talk thru explanation followed by a real time demo would be fantastic.


    It is still a nice form, thanks for posting it.

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    I want to thank you for you input. After the test I will put a demo of the Kata up for you.. Thank you again Mr. Marshall
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPK,Grasshopper View Post
    Mr. Marshall
    I want to thank you for you input. After the test I will put a demo of the Kata up for you.. Thank you again Mr. Marshall
    Donie
    It is my joy,

    You have some really good people behind you. I wish I could be there but my wife is expecting around the 19th. I look forward to the video of your form.


    My Respects to you

    ps. What most don't know is your form was filmed after a long an extensive work out. Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    Donie
    It is my joy,

    You have some really good people behind you. I wish I could be there but my wife is expecting around the 19th. I look forward to the video of your form.


    My Respects to you

    Mr. Marshall
    I do have some really awesome people behind me, They have always picked me up when I was down. They are always there with open arms and hearts. To me they are my family then my kenpo teachers.

    As for you being there, The new comer to your clan your wife and you just has to come to one of your Sam-Pai picnic's. We have been putting on a picnic for the last 4 years for all of or MA friends. If you want more info on it we can get it to you .

    Thank you Mr. Marshall
    Not just for your nice word to me, but your friendship to your Clan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianhsuhe View Post
    I have seen this before and Donnie moves VERY well for being a "big guy". I would not want to get in the way of his stuff.

    I do not come from the EPAK or Sampai side so I am less educated about the movements---Having said that the only thing I noticed is that he does not "see" his attackers for the Bunkai. The head needs to snap in the direction of the next attacker if the practicioner wants us to "believe" he is actually fighting opponents.

    This may not be something that is important to you guys, it is a very small thought. I would bet that as he continues to practice this form at some point he will suddenly snap his head when he changes directions, meaning he is actually seeing the bad guys.

    I am super impressed by the Sampai group and it's leaders. They do not churn out black-belts by any means so the fact that he is up for Shodan is a BIG deal.

    I think it is a great form and I wish him the best of luck!

    jamey
    I am only a blue belt so take this for what it is worth. I agree with the quoted post about not "seeing" the attacker. I noticed on a rear heal thrust he did not look where he was kicking. He also did not turn his head to the next attacker. Again, blue belt talking here. These are things I get pegged on in my forms.

    Fluidity and speed were great. I hope I can move as well one day. Thanks for posting!!!

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    Donie,

    I bet you would rock even more doing that form when you are "fresh". You will notice most of the tips given are fairly small in comparison to the whole "work". I would be proud to have you as a workout partner and your lineage is a proud and honorable one- (You know that already I know!)

    Keep us posted as the day gets more near, you have motivated me with your efforts and humility and I bet great things are coming your way...

    Cheers!

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    The above is just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saxman1819 View Post
    I am only a blue belt so take this for what it is worth. I agree with the quoted post about not "seeing" the attacker. I noticed on a rear heal thrust he did not look where he was kicking. He also did not turn his head to the next attacker. Again, blue belt talking here. These are things I get pegged on in my forms.

    Fluidity and speed were great. I hope I can move as well one day. Thanks for posting!!!
    "Seeing the attacker" Yes I do agree with this..I need to snap my head to the next attack.. As for the back kick we do not look over the our shoulder. In Sam-Pai Kenpo we use a straight back to aid the pistonic motion of the back kick. Thank you for your input...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianhsuhe View Post
    Donie,

    I bet you would rock even more doing that form when you are "fresh". You will notice most of the tips given are fairly small in comparison to the whole "work". I would be proud to have you as a workout partner and your lineage is a proud and honorable one- (You know that already I know!)

    Keep us posted as the day gets more near, you have motivated me with your efforts and humility and I bet great things are coming your way...

    Cheers!

    jamey

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    I Thank you for your kind word's. I do feel honored and proud.
    As for the things to come, I can not see them, but if I have my way
    you all will see more of Sam-Pai Kenpo..
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    looks awsome brother.. the seeing your attacker will come with confidence in the form.
    every thing else was solid.. maybe slow it down a tad bit, just my $.02 for what its worth.
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