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Gabriel Suarez
07-28-2018, 08:33 AM
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Me about to go airborne in a photo for Black Belt Magazine circa 1983. Thrower ("tori") is Don Baird, my instructor at the time.

chad newton
07-28-2018, 08:59 AM
That’s pretty awesome bro. If guys don’t understand the lifestyle when they see the picture, they never will....

Jon Payne
07-28-2018, 09:22 AM
I can tell they've done several takes for that awesome photo because of the "Kroger Feet".

Brent Yamamoto
07-28-2018, 11:05 AM
I can tell they've done several takes for that awesome photo because of the "Kroger Feet".

And the best way to clean your feet off...

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Jon Payne
07-28-2018, 11:41 AM
And the best way to clean your feet off...

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Out freaking standing!


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Gabriel Suarez
07-28-2018, 02:55 PM
Wow! You haven't changed a bit!

In truth...only from the neck up

Ted Demosthenes
07-28-2018, 08:01 PM
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Me about to go airborne in a photo for Black Belt Magazine circa 1983. Thrower ("tori") is Don Baird, my instructor at the time.

Notice the concentration on the landing plan...

WOLF220
07-29-2018, 07:36 AM
Notice the concentration on the landing plan...
To me it looks like Gabe has a smile on his face!

Ted Demosthenes
07-29-2018, 07:54 AM
Hes spotting the deck instead of flying the ball. :wink:

A ball out, no paddles approach!

Gabriel Suarez
07-29-2018, 09:12 AM
Don Baird was the first serious instructor I trained with after the Kyokushin politics turned me away. He taught a number of systems he integrated.

One was the Koreanized Karate we spoke about a few months ago. Basically Shotokan with Kimchee flavoring. Some people called it Tae Kwon Do but it was certainly not this.

He also taught what he called Hapkido but I have since looked at the traditional Hapkido taught by guys like Bong Soo Han and ours was nothing like that. It was more like violent Aikido.

He also taught something called ShiPalKi...which was like what some might call KungFu. Very circular and footwork based stuff. This is the source of many of my footwork and evasive concepts.

The focus intially was very sport karate as that was the marketing venue of the 1980s, but once you got past that, there was solid material.

Baird's instructor was a man named Young Ik Suh. Lots of Korean contemporaries seemed to be frightened by the name. I don't know much about him. I met him once and the impression was that he was a very dangerous person, but also very kind and personable.

I trained with Baird at the American School of Martial Arts from about 1981-ish to 1986 when I went into the LASD academy.