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Revisiting Poomsae: Dangerous Thoughts on Functional Taekwondo Training

I have always been a big proponent of poomsae (forms) practice. However, recently I’ve been studying a method of training called “Aliveness,” championed most famously by Matt Thornton of Straight Blast Gym international, which has caused me to doubt forms-training as efficacious for teaching anything other than good body mechanics. 1,156 more words

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Report: Nationals have talked to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman

The Nationals are set at closer with Drew Storen having a terrific season, but they’re still searching for late-inning bullpen help, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports… 107 more words

Rookie Grace leaning on vets as he adjusts to majors

Nationals rookie reliever Matt Grace has only made seven appearances since getting his first call-up on April 22, but so far so good. The 26-year-old lefty is yet to allow a run through four innings and has made the initial adjustment look rather easy. 442 more words

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Xavier Cedeno designated for assignment by the Nationals

Nationals manager Matt Williams thought highly enough of reliever Xavier Cedeno to use him in five of the team’s first seven games, but the left-hander struggled and now he’s been designated for assignment. 61 more words

Bullpen roles still need to be sorted out

PHILADELPHIA — Had Matt Williams, on April 10, 2014, found himself in the exact same situation he found himself in during the seventh inning on April 10, 2015 — bases loaded, one out, the Nationals clinging to a 1-run lead — he wouldn’t have needed to think much about which member of his bullpen to summon. 627 more words

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Mets still confident they'll acquire a left-handed reliever before Opening Day

The clock is ticking on Spring Training, and still, nobody among the Mets’ internal candidates for left-handed relief is standing out.

But as more and more players become available into the last week of the exhibition season, the Mets remain confident they’ll be able to fill one of their left-handed relief voids via the external markets, … 169 more words

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Roster preview: Matt Thornton

Age on Opening Day 2015: 38

How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees, Aug. 2014

2015 salary: $3.5 million

2014 stats: (w/WSH) 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 0.7 WAR. 352 more words

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