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November 12, 2004


Big Ben

I'm surprised no other language/martial arts geeks have jumped on you for this.
I don't doubt that the "kenpo" you studied was particularly Korean, but "kenpo"(拳法, 'fist'-'method', sometimes also spelled "kempo") is a Chinese word borrowed into both Korean and Japanese, and is used to refer to a large variety of martial arts.
At least in Japan, Kenpo refers to Shourin-ji Kenpo(Shaolin temple boxing), Chugoku Kenpo (Chinese boxing), Nihon Kenpo (Japanese boxing), as well as the Korean martial art you mentioned.
Sorry to nitpick, but something about that "particularly" set me off.


I am a teacher in Korea, and the kimchi squat is a reference to the method that Koreans use to squat down and rest their legs without sitting. While most westerners bend at the knees and rest on the toe side of the foot, the Koreans squat flatfooted, and this has proven extremely difficult for most foreigners to accomplish. This is also the ancient method of unloading processed kimchi through the anus- sometimes a good sitdown toilet can still not be found when needed.

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i hate martial arts geeks because generally they don't practice Any of these disciplines, what a bunch of hypocrites.

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