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Larry McDonnell II
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Has anyone ever practiced by punching a bowl of water like Oliver Queen does in the TV show #Arrow? Is that effective? Are there any other training techniques out there that are similar?
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I have done the barrel of sand/barrel of rice.  It was ... educational.  First and foremost, you develop good striking form - sloppiness hurts ... a lot.  For simple punching, it isn't much more effective than training on a bag.  Perhaps a bit less, even - you hit the bag from multiple angles, which means you develop the control muscles (as opposed to those primarily involved in generating the force).  That said, it was a good training aid for knife/spear hand strikes, and the Phoenix punch, which can't be trained particularly well on a regular bag.
This training was good for teaching penetration, and, surprisingly, developing great force in short distances (see: 1" punch :)
(Which is one of the hallmarks of SPM.  Thank you, Gin-Foon Mark)
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So I have noticed that when I post my blogs and tweet the links, I am getting a lot of international viewers. Many of them are not English speaking. Do any of you guys/gals have a language translator built on to your blogs? I want to make sure anyone can read what I write. 

Speaking of writing: any suggestions on overcoming writers block? I have a major blockage going on right now. I had a thought for a good post this week and wrote some notes down but I am stumped. 
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If you're writing, you're not blocked. ;-)  Keep writing!
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Anyone on here with disabilities practice martial arts to keep themselves mobile and active?
I am a dwarf that practices karate and jujitsu
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I am looking for similar martial arts related programs / challenges. Similar to the book I have linked to. I figured if I were to try out a program similar to the P90X Challenge or 12 week Tai Chi program I could write about it as I do it on my blog.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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I have posted a few new articles on Karate Kickin Dwarf since I have been on here last. Be sure to check them out. 
I am a dwarf that practices karate and jujitsu
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I am not sure if this is the place to ask. But I am looking for some feedback. I am considering adding a Q&A interview section to my blog. I want to talk with local martial artist who have been a major promoter to their area, up and coming in the entertainment industry (Example: Andriod 18 in the DragonballZ Short Film), people who are already in the spotlight as a tv/movie star or politician but not recognized for their martial arts skills (Example: Ed O'Neil aka Al Bundy from Married with Children).

Before anyone says anything I know it would be a long shot to get any of these people to even return my email/call. If by chance I were to interview them what type of questions would you want them to answer? I plan to write a light hearted fun and inspiring post from the Q&A sessions. 

Hajime!
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A martial arts promoter in my area agreed to answer about 15 questions or so via email.

I am supposed to go see him and get a few pictures taken with him. I think I will even work out with him for a little bit even though he teaches a style I am not a fan of.  

I am just wondering what would be the best method for posting this interview? Should I do a massive right up? or do a Q&A style article with a commentary at the beginning?
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Anyone have suggestions for tagging posts? I want to make sure I get plenty of views. 
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What +Jackie Bradbury  said!
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Just curious if anyone with disabilities uses martial arts as a way to stay active and maintain mobility?
I am a dwarf that practices karate and jujitsu
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I havent had a chance to dig through all of the posts on here but are there any suggestions on how I can increase the number of viewers to my blog site?
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I think that engagement is the key here. If you share other bloggers' posts, your posts are more likely to be shared, especially if they are well written and has value.
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I completely agree when it comes to work out in a class with other people. I just recently wrote an article on my blog about working out friends in family. http://wp.me/p5CVah-1E

I have 10 years of karate experience and 2 years of jujitsu. I wish there were options for Tai Chi classes in my hometown. I figured if I were to try out a program or some type of P90X challenge or 12 week Tai Chi program I could write about it as I do it on my blog.

I wish you the best in your training and I hope you continue with it.   
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Check it out. I have a new post on the Karate Kickin Dwarf. This time I decided to do a book review. http://wp.me/p5CVah-1m 
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G+ is awesome for connecting with like-minded people!
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