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GhostDancer last won the day on October 10 2015

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  1. The battle of Lake Poyang (Chinese: 鄱陽湖之戰) was one of the largest naval conflicts in history, with ~850,000 involved. It took place 30 August – 4 October 1363 between the rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang and Chen Youliang during the Red Turban Rebellion which led to the fall of the Yuan dynasty. Chen Youliang besieged Nanchang with a large fleet on Lake Poyang, one of China's largest freshwater lakes, and Zhu Yuanzhang met his force with a smaller fleet. After an inconclusive engagement exchanging fire, Zhu employed fire ships to burn the enemy tower ships and destroyed their fleet. This was the last major battle of the rebellion prior to the rise of the Ming dynasty.
  2. Happy birthday to the late Adam "Batman" West, 1928, and Aquaman and Green Arrow, 1941.
  3. #Repost @humansofmartialarts ... (2 of 2) “I observed him bowing and greeting very nicely to the older sensei’s as they arrived, who were Asians. l decided to approach one older Japanese man because I thought he might be a person with a higher position in that club and hopefully could give me some better information. He was very polite and kind. He advised me to talk to a Korean fellow who was one of the instructors. He was standing with the Caucasian man who I had just talked to. The Korean man was polite and asked me general information, like did I have any experience in kendo. So, through the conversation, they found out that I am originally from Japan, that I was trained in Japan, and that I passed my gradings in Japan. At this very moment, this Caucasian man said, "Oh, why didn't you say so?" I could not believe how much his attitude changed in a second! As we were talking, one university student came up to him (a Caucasian student), and asked if there were any openings in the beginners class. Of course, he was choppy and gave him very minimal information and tried to get back in conversation with me by saying, "So, did you bring your Bogu? I have to learn some of your techniques from you…" It made me feel sick to my stomach. I watched him practice kendo with the others. He was trying to show off and show how much better he was than everyone else. I am sure he has a higher rank than me and maybe with a title in this club. But this was not true Japanese Budo spirit. It was very sad. [The values important in Kendo are] modesty, patience, and quiet wisdom. These might not be noticeable immediately, but I think these are very important. Your true character is reflected in your attitude…” Tong Sensei’s notes: “A very important issue here. Technical prowess, no matter how talented or skilled, does not make up for deficiency in character. Recall the sixth article on the purpose of kendo as outlined by the All Japan Kendo Federation: “And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.” So, the higher purpose of Kendo is not to kill as many opponents as possible. Instead, it is, as Kajitsuka Sensei says, “to grow a soul”.” #kendo #kendoka #budo #rei #samurai #kendolife #bushido
  4. In honor of those who misread Martial Hero as Marital Hero- this clip has those both covered. Also introducing Butter Man! https://youtu.be/yPBYxrH-rmQ
  5. Here is my take on a 5red Neanderthal Player Character Package Deal. It costs - (minus) 1 or 0 Points, the difference based on whether Normal Characteristic Maxima is used. Neanderthals were apex predators. They had a more robust and stocky build than modern humans, thicker bones supporting more muscle. Neanderthals are estimated to be six times stronger than humans. They were less prone to dental cavities than modern man, but due to low population, more likely to have birth defects. Their technology was sophisticated, including Mediterranean seafaring. CHARACTERISTICS 21 STR 10 DEX 10 CON 13 BODY 8 INT; brain case size within modern human range. More brain tissue was devoted to bodily maintenance and control, and, consequently, the cognitive areas of the brain were proportionally smaller than in modern humans. 10 EGO 10 PRE 8 COM 4 PD 2 ED 2 SPD 5 REC 20 END 29 STUN Every Neanderthal SKILLS: Climbing, Concealment, Native Language (No Literacy), Paramedics, One PS at 11- (job, usually Hunter/Gatherer), Shadowing, Stealth. POWERS COST END Nightvision, +4 vs. Darkness Modifiers, 5 much larger occipital lobe Rudimentary Life Support, Safe Environment, 1 Cold Environments, hyperarctic physique +1" (+2m) Running, higher proportion of fast-twitch muscle fibers 2 and faster muscle contraction DISADVANTAGES Distinctive Features: Neanderthal; stocky, sloping forehead, -10 large brow ridge, eyes, nose, and jaw, reduced chin, short arms and legs, Concealable Physical Limitation: -1 Scent PER: smaller olfactory bulb -5 Physical Limitation: x2 Long Term Endurance cost for -5 Running; longer heel bones Social Limitation: No Everyman Social Skills, no Literacy -5
  6. Thank you, Ninja-Bear. I wanted to make such a reply, and refrained because I suspect the comment was a joke.
  7. Gold! https://www.msn.com/en-US/sports/olympics/anastasija-zolotic-becomes-first-american-woman-to-win-olympic-gold-in-taekwondo/ar-AAMxGuc
  8. See my winking emoji above. I knew what you meant, Grasshopper. - with respect, your lowly cricket friend
  9. That would be sweet. I suspect it would have the potential to sell better than setting books, among others. Are Kato, Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie, Sha Wujing, and the dragon prince Martial Arts Companions? 😉
  10. How would you build the Roman weapon called a pilum? It was a spear with a soft iron shank. When thrown the shank would bend on impact making it impossible for the enemy to throw it back with any degree of accuracy without straightening the shank first which required the use of a black smith. While the idea was not to kill the enemy soldier, it was mainly to strip them of their shields and make them more vulnerable during close quarters fighting. For, whenever a pilum hit an enemy shield it wold penetrate it and bend, making it pretty much impossible for the enemy to pull it out and if the Roman soldier was lucky he could pin two of their shields together thus crippling both men unless they lost their shields and thus their protection.
  11. World War Zero This conflict, the Seven Years' War, was known by many names. In the United States, the local theater of combat is known as the French and Indian War. The Seven Years' War was a world war fought between 1754 and 1763. It involved every European great power of the time except the Ottoman Empire, spanning four continents, and affected the Americas, Europe, India, the Philippines, and West Africa. The Death of General Wolfe is a 1770 painting by Anglo-American artist Benjamin West, commemorating the 1759 Battle of Quebec, where General James Wolfe died at the moment of victory.
  12. Soaked in olive oil: +1 DCV vs. Grabs, +3 Strength to Escapes? https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kirkpinar-oil-wrestling-festival
  13. Donald Duck first appeared [this day] in the 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film's release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald's birthday despite a couple in-universe contradictions. Donald's appearance in the cartoon, as created by animator Dick Lundy, is similar to his modern look — the feather and beak colors are the same, as is the blue sailor shirt and hat — but his features are more elongated, his body plumper, and his feet smaller. Donald's personality is not developed either; in the short, he only fills the role of the unhelpful friend from the original story. -Wikipedia
  14. @Ninja-Bear, custom Manuevers and names are great. If I put together a 5er version of this, I would use the Aaron Allston errata Nerve Strike, which is a Killing Strike that Does No Body (-0).
  15. Challenge: choose and share at least 10 points of Manuevers for Taiho-jutsu (arresting art) (逮捕術), a term for Japanese police martial arts with selected techniques from modern disciplines, such as jujutsu, karate-jutsu, kendo, and judo, and further ideas gained from a study of Western boxing. Weapon Familiarities include short staff or jō, keijojutsu, which is still used by the Japanese riot police (although the staff used is somewhat heftier than that used in jodo), and keibo, a short police baton, in a range of techniques called Keibo-soho, as well as the extending tubular baton (Tokushu Keibo) which was adopted by the Japanese police in 1966.
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