Alexander J. Malt

"Caladin Ho"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (56 of 67)
Location: Durham


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,851,175 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 67
Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots by Matthew Sylvester
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!, 10 July 2009
Over the past five years a few Tae Kwon-Do practitioners have begun to emerge who do not follow the syllabi of the major federations, openly reject many of the theories of the founding masters and frequently contend that many of the techniques taught in traditional Tae Kwon-Do classes are dangerously confused - yet these `heretics' still claim to be performing a legitimate variant of Tae Kwon-Do. Such practitioners are not as loopy as they first seem - in fact they are often the ones who are talking the most sense. Their views are informed by rigorous analyses of Tae Kwon-Do's patterns/forms (Tul/Poomsae) and an acknowledgement that Tae Kwon-Do's techniques descend from Karate (something… Read more
X-guard: For Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, No Gi Grappling,&hellip by Marcelo Garcia
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Like the other books by Victory Belt publishers, Marcelo Garcia's 'The X Guard' is fantastically detailed book covering the X guard and the butterfly guard positions. Initially I bought the book because of the Butterfly guard section, however Garcia's instructions of the X-Guard movements were so clear that when I tried them out with my training partner I was able to experience how efficient they were first hand. Now whenever I'm grappling and my opponent stands my first thought is 'Secure the X-Guard!'.
A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism by Roger Scruton
19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Scruton calmly asserts that T.S. Eliot was "indisputably the greatest poet writing in English in the twentieth century." His political philosophy is full of similarly vague, extreme and unsupported assumptions that he expects the reader to accept as a matter of course. For the most part these assumptions are phenomenological (phenomenology being a description of experience) and in many cases it is hard, if not impossible, to agree with, acknowledge, or even to be sympathetic towards those phenomenological accounts.

There also seem to be various contradictions in Scruton's beliefs and 'conclusions' throughout the book: He asserts vigourously that marriage is meaningful because it… Read more

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