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Herb April (Farang Korat)
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You have a sharp mind AND a ”BORG”-like eye for ”the elusive obvious” my friend. Keep the creative juices flowing naturally.
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Great match! Both competitors exhibited precisely what Black Belt level Kyokushin competition is all about. This style of Karate fighting is far removed from the ”proceedings” at ”tag” karate events. This is Kyokushin Karate! Osu!

The 20th All Kanto Karate Tournament Middle weight Quarterfinal Suzuri Shimura vs. Taichi Sonohara
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Carleigh needs to spend considerable time learning how to "box." She has the Muay Thai tools, now she has to hone them, and add "boxing hands and footwork." Get a good jab, a good cross, a good uppercut, etc. It just takes practice, practice, practice to become the "complete" fighter that you have the potential to be. Watch videos of Lucia Rijker training for boxing with Freddie Roach, then "challenge yourself" to get hands (and footwork) like Lucia. Why settle for being O.K., when you can become GREAT? Just my opinion. Stay angry.
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Sublime in every respect! Michael is great, but Joanna is a living goddess on the dance floor!
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Condolences to the Minoso family. I was always a fan of this remarkable human being. His exploits on the baseball diamond, and his continued exemplary representation of "what a sports hero is supposed to be beyond the field of play...every day of his life, made him my all-time favorite Sox player ever. I can't express in words how much his exciting brand of play in the 50's, 60's, and 70's made my youth so much more vibrant, live and on tv. Teach the angels in heaven how to "steal" bases, Minnie!!
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Tom and Wilson let it (almost) all hang out in this soulful duet. Tom didn't find the right "spirit" until about the middle of the performance. Wilson Picket is not a singer "anyone" would want to trade vocal and dance chops with. But, TJ has cajones and a wonderful voice. So he has to be given credit for finding a good groove midway through the song. He did well. Wilson actually liked TJ a lot. Mutual respect created this solid performance.
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A really IMPRESSIVE cover of Bikithi Kumalo's GRACELAND basslines. Beautiful! Turn it up LOUD and swim in the sound.

Note: Ignore the YOUTUBE comments that say this fellow plays the line ”better” than Mr. Kumalo. It just is what it is. Enjoy.
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To the morons "giggling" nd talking about Dolph's "flappy hands;"that is how a lot of big men dispence with HARD Kyokushin combinaon punches. (deflect, redirect, then pound on the opponent like nobody's business! That is why Oyama style is called KNOCKDOWN Karate. It's like JKD's "pak sao," and it works on the street too. It bothers me to no end when jackasses who are nowhere to be found when the entry lists are made up at Oyama style competitions, like to make assinine and flat out ignorant statements about Kyokushin, Kyokushin competitions, and Kyokushin fighters. Check out the movie FIGHTING BLACK KINGS, or videos of any variation of the OYAMA style and you will see rugged, tough, and last man standing FIGHTING that is second only to MUAY THAI when it comes to blood and guts excitement. And, no, punches to the head are not allowed in most Kyokushin tourneys. Which is why Muay Thai with its punches, elbows, and knees to the head (and everywhere else on the body as well) is more exciting to watch and participate in (my opinion based on over 52 years of involvement in contact martial arts. I prefer training and participating in Muay Thai, Western Boxing. Shin Kyokushin, Ametican Bando, etc. Real "bloodsports" for the cognicenti!
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Carleigh needs to spend vonsoderable time learning how to "box." She has the tools, now she has to hone them. Get a good jab, a good cross, a good uppercut, etc. It just takes practice, practice, practice to become the "complete" fighter that you have the potential to be. Watch videos of Lucia Rijker training for boxing with Freddie Roach, then "challenge yourself" toget hands (and footwork) like Lucia. Why settle for being O.K., when you can become GREAT?
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Sometimes friends ask me what it is that makes Kyokushin so "different" from other styles of Karate-Do. Itell them that Kyokushin is a test; a test of your strength, your spirit, and your "iron will" in both training and fighting. That is Kyokushin in a"nutshell." Like in life we must face one "test" after another until we die. HOW you endure and overcome life's test's all to the world and to yourself. The older Black Belt in this video impressed me so very much with his skill, his endurance, his resoluteness, his "fighting spirit" that never hinted of "quitting," and his great respect his opponents came wave after wave, relentless in their duty to see what kind of warrior they were facing in kumite. They each found out that they were facing a real Samurai! Most young karate-ka could learn invaluable things about both karate and life by just watching this video for at least a few minutes EVERYDAY for 6 months to a year just to try and tap into this Black Belts spirit and demeanor. I do not know who the gentleman is, nor anything about his school, but I want to say that your performance is one of the best I have seen in the past 50 years of watching Black Belt kumite testing. Such focus! Outstanding in every respect. It appears as if there are only two words in his Kyokushin vocabulary; OS! and "NEXT."
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IRINA VALIEVA is a great Kyokushin style Knock-Down Karate fighter who represents the USSR / RUSSIA. She has won All-Russia, All-Europe, and World titles. Please visit her FACEBOOK page to find out more about her. Osu!
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Wow! "Wicked" Wilson Pickett singing with Tom Jones LIVE! Both great singers, but you can tell Tom was more than a bit intimidated here, and rightfully so. But notice that as the perfomance went on Tom did find his groove! He's not Wilson Pickett, but most black r&b singers are either. But, I do believe that Tom held his own. Wilson had stuff he didn't throw on the table, but he always liked Tom, and this was not a "cutting contest,"...thank goodness! Wilson never lost those, if you know what I mean? Great performance by both.
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+Herb April Sorry,.....totally disagree!! It was OBVIOUS for everyone to see that TOM was the SINGER,...Wicked Wilson (while great) was the "screamer"....could not hold a candle to Tom's brilliant vocals!! I think you do this video a terrible dis-service by attempting to "compare" them to ona another. Both were great in their respected styles,...but again,...if you are talking "pure" VOCAL talent,...Wicked Wilson could not touch Tom Jones on his BEST day. No disrespect intended,...but the video speaks for itself,...Wilson was basiclly just "screaming" ...TOM was the one doing the SINGING.
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I am an individual who walks a meandering path in search of clarity and truth in this world. I am perpetually enthralled and mesmerized by "the elusive obvious."
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Herbert April, lifetime Chicagoan who graduated from (1975 BA/LAS), and taught at for five years ( 1975-1980 ) at, the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. I am a "physical culture" teacher and consultant.
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    English Literature, Radio & TV Production, 1975
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