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bjj and add ons

I have noticed in my area that bjj schools are adding more arts to their curriculum. Used to be the other way around.

Added by Daniel McCullar on March 17, 2013 at 5:24pm — 4 Comments

Friday December 21st 2012

No one seems to care anymore. I personally do not believe anything major and destructive will happen. But, if my life has taught me one thing is that one should never discount anything, no matter how absurd it May seem.

I do have a basic plan in case of emergencies. Since I have not had the money to stock up on supplies I have prepared in different ways.

I am a warrior, this is how I will survive. I will make my first stop in northern Cali. There is someone there who's… Continue

Added by Daniel McCullar on December 19, 2012 at 3:53pm — 3 Comments

martial artists beware. you May be setting yourself up to die!


I love this kinda crap. It is so amusing to run into. One of these days I am gonna start a web site that reviews all of this kinda stuff and put traditional martial art technique references next to their super secret stuff.

These kinda adds prey on the insecure, lazy and desperate.

Added by Daniel McCullar on July 18, 2012 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Found something I wanted to share.

A link I though y'all might enjoy.


Added by Daniel McCullar on June 8, 2012 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

newest scar

While working a club on a Punk Rock night, and greviousley under staffed security wise a fight broke out on ghetto smoking patio. I get down there to see a dozen or so dudes beating up a guy. Went in with another guard to help the guy. Pulled a guy out and he slipped off a 12" ledge and went to the ground. I had to fend off what I later found out was 5 guys. The guy on the ground was getting hit, kicked and stomped so I went to cover him. The second I went to the ground at the guys side, some… Continue

Added by Daniel McCullar on March 12, 2012 at 11:35am — 8 Comments

2012 preparation plans

People ask me what plans have I made in preparation for the coming apocalypse (not really).

Have I stored ammo, weapons, food or water? Do I have a base of operations or shelter to go to? 

I tell them, I am a combat martial artist, soldier and warrior. I have been preparing my entire life. Anything I pick up is a weapon. Guns and ammo will be there for the taking if needed. And during the first few weeks, survival will be based upon ones ability to fight and adapt. That…


Added by Daniel McCullar on January 26, 2012 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

Comeback for being called racist

A fight happened tonight at one of the clubs I work at. At the end when we were kicking out everyone involved a drunk black guy looked at me and asked why I was being racist (even though I kick EVERYONE involved out!) My response, that I have been waiting quite a while to use:

Why are you racist! You are a racist!

Sir, I don't follow Nascar!

Added by Daniel McCullar on December 24, 2011 at 2:57am — 4 Comments

Getting hit

Sometimes getting hit and getting a shiner is a good thing.

It reminds us that no matter how good we may actually be, we are not invincible.

It reminds us that even those of us with all the experience and training in the world can always use more. 

It reminds our egos to stay in check. For all ego is, is our minds saying that we still have something to prove. 

Plus they make for a heck of an interesting story!

Added by Daniel McCullar on December 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

sparring under the influence

Was light sparring with a wing chun friend. He hasn't trained in about 2 years, so hospital control is off. It was a center line sparring and no guarding. Striking was supposed to be with open hands. Oops! Now Dan has a nice shiner and my bud feels like poop!

I kept trying to tell him not to sweat it. Everyone gets hit, especially if you are not guarding and the other guy is a few years outa practice. He thinks he defaced me. I tell him hell no. It is how things are for a…


Added by Daniel McCullar on December 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Just about 1 year left!

O.K. so the supposed "End Times" are coming upon us again! Be it an end to everything, Mad Max like stuff or just a change in our over all spirituality, what as a martial artist/Hapkidoist do you see as your role in the upcoming new era!

Added by Daniel McCullar on December 17, 2011 at 12:31pm — No Comments

MMA Attitude (beating a dead horse)

After watching shows like "The Ultimate Fighter" and dealing with many of the so called "MMA fighters" that come by the club, it just reinforces to me that MMA fosters an attitude that is contradictory to what we try and foster in the traditional arts. 

I see so much ego and arrogance projected through aggression and violence. (Always ready to fight and be violent, to use language as a tool to foster such) At least when the same is shown in the TMA it is shown through elitism.…


Added by Daniel McCullar on December 3, 2011 at 11:45am — 5 Comments


Amongst us titles are not as important as maybe they should be.
But, should they be important to/for the outside community?

Added by Daniel McCullar on November 23, 2011 at 7:31pm — 7 Comments

Non Korean Geandmasters

I have wondered lately, how many non Koreans have honestly trained long enough to legitimately attain an 8th or 9th Dan in Hapkido.


For me with all the B.S. out there in ranking and training I find it hard to take most non Korean Hapkidoists with high rank very seriously.

Added by Daniel McCullar on November 20, 2011 at 2:20pm — 10 Comments

Martial Arts Rings

Maybe I am just enamored with old martial arts movies, but I have always thought that it would be nice to do a black belt ring like in the movie "The Perfect Weapon". Ya know the one where Kenpo is featured. 

I thought that as a black belt it would be a nice thing to have at the awards ceremony to help foster a feeling of brotherhood/sisterhood.


I always wondered what the ring could be designed as to most authentically represent Hapkido.

Added by Daniel McCullar on November 15, 2011 at 8:16pm — 3 Comments

My thoughts: immortality / being remembered

Though we may not think about it, some of will be immortalized/remembered for lifetimes to come, while others will fade within a single lifetime. 


I myself do desire to be remembered, as a martial artist and a family patriarch. I do desire that positive things about me will be remembered for a long time to come. But, I believe that my immortality has already been cemented. It has been cemented in every student I have ever taught, and every student they will ever teach and so…


Added by Daniel McCullar on October 18, 2011 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments


Ya know, I find that drinking water just does not do it to satisfy me. The one exception when is when I am exercising. All I want then is water. When I wake at night cause I find I am thirsty I crave orange juice. I could easily replace soda with tea, but I am a big Southern Tea drinker. Lots a sugar and very sweet. I know the crap in soda is what keeps a belly on me, but it is almost more than a craving. Almost an adiction. Just not quite to that point. I can go all day and drink something…


Added by Daniel McCullar on October 17, 2011 at 9:34pm — 4 Comments

Martial Art Actors

Being a martial artist and in the business I tend to think about this often.

I have seen that over the years that the only two martial art actors that have gone past say 10 years are Jet Li and Jackie Chan.

It seems that all other martial art actors have seem to fade out of the spotlight and others disappeared all together. Why have Li and Chan had such staying power over 20 years while others have been lucky to have 10.?!

What has made Van Dam, Segal and others just fade… Continue

Added by Daniel McCullar on September 23, 2011 at 12:05am — 9 Comments

steaming over something kinda stupid

No names will be mentioned, but here is my issue. I have been visiting a local studio that is supposed to fall under my GM's banner association. I have been working out there on Saturdays along with another student of my teachers (one of my seniors). The schools is supposed to teach HKD along with other arts. The owner of the school, his teacher is a student of my teacher from the 70s. This student of my teacher from the 70s is the the one who teaches the saturday morning classes. He admits…


Added by Daniel McCullar on July 12, 2011 at 1:34pm — 7 Comments

Verified-I say not!

in various places I have seen it said that my teacher was a student of Ji. I have long known that he received senior rank from Ji, but that was 8th and 9th and cause Choi was dead. 

Of the many senior Korean Hapkido practitioners I have heard to list their training lineage, my teacher is one of the only few to seem to actually know names, not just grandmother or monk so-and-so. But he has said that he has never trained under Ji. They may have worked out together from time to time and…


Added by Daniel McCullar on June 22, 2011 at 10:53am — 2 Comments



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