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Muay Thai: An Inside Look

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Bio Page page 4 Letter from the Editor page 5

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Features page 6

Opinion Piece page 14


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Letter From the EDITORS Dear Readers, Duuuuude! Magazine is a men’s lifestyle magazine. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and man-tears to make this magazine, so we hope you love it. We provide a wide array of topics including sports, music, and technology. We aim to give you a quality and entertaining read and we also hope that when you finish reading the magazine, you’ll still have a manly aftertaste in your mouth.

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All th t Jazz A day in the life of a jazz guitarist

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By Mehul B


I

n an explosion of sound, the five musicians begin their jam session. Lead guitarist Tyler Watts takes his cue and begins his solo.With fingers sliding up and down the neck, he syncopates the notes to the beats of the drums as well as harmonizing with the trumpet, keyboard, and bass. Watts begins finishing his solo, hammering hundreds of eighth notes at breakneck pace, catching the attention of the band members. He finishes off the piece with an explosively dramatic A chord. They applaud, in pure disbelief. “It’s the freedom of expression,” he says. “You can listen to people play and sometimes you don’t know if it’s good or bad because it’s just jazz.” Watts is a jazz musician currently playing in the band “Trading Fives”. In addition, he works as a guitar teacher at the ClavierWerke music school teaching over 40 students. “You know what makes Tyler really special is that he’s not like most traditional teachers. He’s very lenient, relaxed, and a huge inspiration,” 9th grader Sammy Jarrar says. Living in Waco, Watts first started playing guitar at the age of thirteen, teaching himself how to play different chords and different songs. “I was decent on the guitar at that point, you know I knew a lot of chords and I could keep a steady rhythm, but I didn’t know any music theory and I didn’t know anything about music itself.” At age sixteen, he started taking lessons, but after his teacher left him all his students, Watts began to teach before he was ready. “I was a horrible, horrible, horri-

ble teacher. You wouldn’t believe the things I was doing, it was idiotic.” Knowing that he had to continue taking lessons, Watts learned guitar from legendary country-swing player Kenny Frazier. “He was kind of hard on me a little bit and he really got me to start reading music, so we would just start doing stuff out of the Real Book,” Watts says. “So after reading all those chords and stuff, I started to actually like [jazz] music.” Afterwards, Watts left Frazier and began learning from accomplished jazz player Pat McKee.

play guitar in between his education. “By the time I came to Austin, I was okay, I was a better guitarist. But I didn’t think I would teach because Austin is such a great guitar-town with guitar teachers who are very well established,” He says. “I thought there was no way I could get any students and hold my own.” Watts held a part-time job at a coffee shop, but received an email from the director of Clavier-Werke asking for an interview. “I went in and they brought me on board and it was

“Then I took guitar from Pat, I don’t really know why I stopped taking lessons from Kenny Frazier because I honestly thought I couldn’t go back because I couldn’t afford it, or I was too busy.” He says. “He’s this brilliant, brilliant person, but the only problem with him was that what he was saying would often times go over my head.” Soon, Tyler left Waco to study at the University of Texas at Austin and put an effort to make time to

a way better job then working at the coffee shop,” Watts says. “So I got a lot more serious about teaching and started playing the guitar a lot more, because my job kind of justified taking time off college to do that.” Watts continued to teach and played in a few groups, but he later joined the band known as ‘Trading Fives’. “So I play guitar, my

friend/roommate is playing bass,

friend/roommate is playing bass, and I have actually two profes-

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friend/roommate is playing bass, and I have actually two professors from classes I had at UT playing a couple of the other instruments,” Watts says. “John who is the professor of anthropology is playing drums and then I’ve got another guy named David playing trumpet.” Watts says. The band used to have a keyboardist who left the band because of his conflicting views with the trumpeter. “…the keyboardist really wanted to play like songs from the seventies.” Watts says. “Now the trumpet player was not interested in this at all because he’s got a really different thing he wants to do, I think he wants to do some interesting arrangements from classic jazz songs.” The group had started struggling to find a sound that everyone agreed with. “We aren’t really sure what we wanna do and make it sound like old jazz, like Miles Davis or if we want it to sound more like new contemporary sound with more of a grooving bass line, or something like that.” Watts says. After the several arguments between the trumpeter and the keyboardist, the keyboardist decided to leave the band. “What’s interesting about that is that this is the most “adult” band I’ve ever played in because everyone (except the

bassist) is like in their upper forties, fifties, maybe sixties and they’re fighting like children,” Watts says. Even after conflicts like these, Watts brings his own professional experiences from the past bands he has been in to his students, teaching several jazz and blues standards. “I enjoy teaching jazz because you can play all these different notes over these different chords and do something that’s really strange or counter-intuitive and get away with it in jazz music

because that’s kind of the nature of it,” Watts says. In the end, Watts has taken all his experiences from teachers and students to work on his skills as a guitarist. “I’m learning a whole lot from playing with my students. So that’s why I really love teaching because I feel like it really helps me improve too and I feel that I don’t really know what else to do if I wasn’t teaching,” He said.

New to Jazz?

The Real Book: The quintessenitial book for the aspiring jazz musician; it contains several famous jazz standards like “Autumn Leaves”, “Black Orpheus”, and “The Girl from Ipanema”. Duuuuude! Magazine Page 1

Miles Davis: Deemed by many as the most influential and greatest jazz musician of all time. Davis played trumpet and was remembered by his incredivly famous jazz album Kind of Blue.


Which Vehicle is the Right One for You? By Kapil M 1. How do you spend your free time?

4. What would you do for a Klondike bar...or sandwich?

a. Hitting the town with my friends.

a. I would steal it from a baby.

b. Playing Minecraft! OMGHAXLOL c. Doing the things mentioned in “The Lonely Island” song Like a

b. Nothing , I hate Klondike. c. Infiltrate a government building and sneak back out side with a vial of uranium to make a trade.

Boss!.

2. What deodorant do you use?

5. What is the meaning of life?

a. A really sexy beast that uses Old Spice.

a. 42.

b .I’m an AXE kind of guy. c. By the time I get home, I smell like perfume, if you know what I mean.

b. Getting baked! Like Lays chips. c. Living everyday like its your last. Also being bad at homework.

3. Have you read the “Bro Code”?

6. Your opinion on Pokemon?

a. Of course. Who hasn’t?

a. Loved it as a child.

b. No... what is that?

b. Pokemon is for dweebs.

c. Do you doubt my devotion? Even though i have it sewed onto my chest and pray to Barney Stinson?

c. I worship Ash Ketchum as a god.

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Mostly A’s? Porshce Cayman You’re pretty awesome. You ain’t no bro yet. But youre nearly there. You deserve this car becuase you aren’t a tool.. Enjoy your Porsche.

MostlyB’s? Honda Minivan

You’re a complete tool. You suck. You need a minivan for all your lameness You’re lame and think you are super pops. But guess what? Youre not.You have become your worst nightmare. EVER!

Mostly C’s? Ferrari Dino

You are the ideal person. You is such a bro. Keeping on broing.You make everything seem fun and you make athiest convert to your beastly religion that worships Master Chief, Ash Ketchum, and that other guy.

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a dash into a surfacing international art Page 2 Duuuuude! Magazine

By Nathaniel G


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arkour simply put is the art du deplacment or art of movement, Levi explains.” “It was created to mentally and physically overcome obstacles in the most efficient way possible.” We’re sitting on a brick wall in one of Levi’s favorite Parkour parks in Austin, TX know as Waterloo Park. Levi McGlathery is a Parkour practitioner or tracuer and has been for four and a half years now. He explains that Parkour isn’t just about jumping over walls or off a building, it’s really about doing things your own way, of course safety first. He’s part of a group named Texas Parkour and as the main coach in the Austin area takes safety first to lead as an exam-

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ple. As he said later on, “Were not going to force you to jump off a building, I may do it, but you don’t have to.” He an easy going guy barely in his early twenty’s reaching easily 6ft high without standing straight. Medium length brown hair with curled tips at the end his white tanned face easily breaks into a simple at regular intervals. “So how did you get involved, I asked.” “Ah well that was in middle school back in the day and I was a watching a movie called District B13.” “I was still a little kid and after watching all the Parkour stunts for more than an hour I went outside and started jumping around.” He finishes by breaking into a smile and continues ,“I really got involved when I moved here to Austin and I found the group known as

Texas Parkour.” “Back then though, when I joined it was only a forum were guys could communicate time and place for weekly trainings.” “You could say it wasn’t as organized (smiling). “ So whats Texas Parkour’s main motivation for its establishment?” “Well mainly it was to make sure there was a presence of safety in the community. It was made so tracuers wouldn’t learn on their own basically.”” All so we have this motto or saying that goes be strong to be useful.” “Which basically goes to say that parkour will help you help others in say an emergency situation or if you need to use what you got from it in any other way that helps you.” “So is there a different mindset you would say people carry in Parkour than say organized


sports? “Yea definitely, I tried organized sports in high school and I didn’t like it at all.” “You always have coaches breathing down your neck telling you that you suck and other profanities. “ In Parkour that’s what makes it different from organized sports, because you can do things in your own way. It’s all about freedom of oneself over surpassing obstacles that get in your way.” “So that carries with it a definite philosophical reasoning then?” “Yup it’s as they say with other things, 90 % mental 10 % phys- or like 99% mental and lol something like that (smiles). So you guys would have like weekly classes? “Yeah every Thursday and Wednesdays we have classes to help people out, but of course if you want to improve you got to practice more than twice a week (smiles).” “What type of age range doo you get in Parkour?” Usually we get most of our demographic from the teenagers or younger, but occasionally there are adults in their 40’s or even in their 60’s. “When I joined there was a man and a woman that the man was 60 and the woman was 59 and they were training Parkour. “Are the classes at any cost?” “On Wednesdays it’s a free class but on Thursdays you have to pay like 10 bucks a class or 40 bucks a month.” “Doing Parkour isn’t really that expensive since all you need is some good shoes and workout clothes.” “Do you get injured a lot in this?” “Nope not at all just aside from regular scrapes and bruises the worst I have ever had is a twisted ankle.”” Which you could get from running right?” “Hah exactly.” A week later… we switch to a new setting in Little Stacy Park Austin, Tx. Its 7:20 and the class is in full swing,

the various practitioners practicing Parkour. The tracues find themselves engaged in a rigorous athletic challenge assigned by Levi. They twist and turn and fit through not so easily through metal bars in the twisting ladder. Levi explains, “The most experienced go thru without touching the ground as they weave their bodies thru the rungs.” The least experienced are able to stop or stand at any point to invasion how to make it thru. “It’s not all about speed or jumping in Parkour, your learning to use your body in whichever way “, says Levi. Then he moves to the smallest rung in the ladder and easily fits his shoulder span through twisting and worming. The practitioners move on to an elevated pool fence on their side vaulting or pulling themselves over gracefully. “Iam going to swing over the fence and roll as I hit the ground then carefully land into the pool.” “The pool being empty of course”. Each tracuer goes at his own pass though “we are going to push you but if you’re not ready we’ll ease off.”The class last about an hour which is then replaced by free time was the tracuers can play around and end the day joyfully showing off their skills or asking others to teach them a specific move. In Parkour even though there are coaches and beginners the way that they interact you would think that they were of equal status never being competitive in a sense. Parkour is more about self improvement and growth.

Top 5 Parkour Spots in Austin,TX

1.Waterloo Park

lots of walls&trees

2.Little StacyPark

playground, and pool(empty). U.T. campus Well lit, plenty of rails and walls Zilker Park Huge, nice play ground.

3. 4.

5. Parkour Park (coming soon)

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welcome to the

Jungle Gym Is Muay Thai too violent for children? by Mehul B

Muay Thai (also known as Thai Kickboxing) is a combat sport where the fighters fight two on two and brawl by punching and kicking. The sport is an exciting sport to watch, but when the combat goes from grown men to children, it seems to gain more controversy.


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he pandemonium in Lumpinee Stadium is unbearable. Men in tattered clothing yell cheers and taunts. The occasional bloodcurdling scream from the two figures tearing at each other interrupts the yelling in the. The fighters launch bone-crushing blows at each other making cracking noises. With faces molded in agony and rage, bloodshot eyes wide open, the men prepare to finish the duel. All hell breaks loose. Some human rights activists have spoke against this sport, calling it “child abuse” since children are constantly hitting each other, unlike basketball or soccer where the violence is usually unintended and rare. However, children are instructed to wear protective gear and to fight with good sportsmanship to prevent these and to make sure that they remember the moral lessons they learned when fighting, as they grow older. The violence of the sport has caused concern and thoughts to banning the sport in certain countries, including the U.S and the U.K. However, the injuries that may occur are minimal if the combatants wear safety gear, like helmets and gloves to protect them from accidents. Young fighters are also taught to not to be aggressive towards others, to limit possible injuries. For all combat sports including Muay Thai, only 2500 fighters require emergency room treatment each year. The sport undoubtedly is a good way to exercise

and requires more physical fitness and coordination than any other sport according to ESPN. Fighters may ensue in intense battles, but all players pay respect to one another in the “Wai Khru” and the “Ram Muay”. These traditional dances are done before the fight and after which symbolizes respect to one another. This has been done since the beginnings of the sport’s creation. Fighters also wear a “Mongkon” (headband) which is believed to give luck in the competition. Even in the west, the dances are before Muay Thai battles. In addition, trainers teach their students about moral values to make sure they know that they are not fighting to try to hurt each other. “The children learn about perseverance and courage, as well as having fun in the ring.” says Josh Flores, owner of one of the many

“For these kids, it could mean an opportunity to flip their life’s crisis into a chance.” Muay Thai gyms in the U.K. In Thailand, instructors take children to training camps and learn to fight and train until they have become adult. Human rights activists are not happy about the fact that Thailand is taking kids to learn

to fight. However, they only know one side of the story. A training camp “is a two-sided coin in Thai society. “For these kids, it could mean an opportunity to flip their life’s crisis into a chance,” says Chira Wichaisuthikul, director of the documentary Lumpinee, where she analyzes the culture of Muay Thai. “Children come to training camps to flee from homelessness, drugs, and poverty”. The children train to one day become professional fighters and not end up unemployed.

Minors and adults should be able to practice Muay Thai. The amount of injuries people receive from Muay Thai are exaggerated, since not many are harmed as long as they wear proper gear. Fighters learn the importance of Muay Thai and why the techniques should only be used in self-defense or for sport only. Finally, Muay Thai also gives children a chance at leaving poverty and homelessness by practicing it. In short, if played with caution and respect, there is no reason for banning Muay Thai.

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A Panacea for The Porsche Panamera The car has an illness. And finally, there’s a cure. By Kapil M


S

ince the invention of the automobile, there have always been cars made for the upper class and those who have a thirst for adventure: the thrill seekers. These thrill seekers have pioneered an entire class of vehicles. These vehicles have simply become known as exotics. Exotics have previously been defined by the impressive combination of luxury and the added ferocity of a Formula One car. They all had one thing in common. The one thing they had in common was that they had two doors. But now you will find out that this is a very imitative industry. As one manufacturer experimented with a sedan body style, the rest followed suit. And this very change is destroying the industry. In short Porsche is causing the decline of the exotic automobile. With the release of the Panamera, Porsche has inspired other prominent figures in the exotic automotive industry. Already Aston Martin has released the Rapide and Lamborghini has revealed that they have a concept sedan commonly known as the Estoque. While Lamborghini and Aston Martin’s entries into the sedan world look positively stunning, people have gone as far as to camouflage their Panamera’s so that they can enjoy the performance while not being seen in a hideous car. The Porsche Panamera is slowly corrupting the industry, they have somehow even managed to corrupt Koenigsigg thus resulting in the new sedan concept by them. Porsche is typically regarded in a high esteem by all people. They are now slowly on the path towards destruction due to the Panamera. Porsche has reported sales losses for

the 4th straight year. When the Panamera was released, there sales took an even bigger turn for the worse. When I saw this trend in Porsche, I was immediately worried that this might affect other companies as well because of the influence Porsche gained by releasing the Panamera, which essentially made all other car manufacturers design a sedan to compete with the badly selling Panamera.

Porsche has reported sales losses for the 4th straight year. Porsche has been highly criticized for the looks of the Panamera. Its been called “a wretched hog of a vehicle looks like an AMC paper had its way with a 911 and the god-forbidden spawn grew up into the Porsche Panamera.” That was just one of the critics. Another once said that the thing looked like a “slammed Cayenne with a fastback front and front fender vents.” The same author then went on to say that Porsche would fail because of this car.body. In 1952, Porsche constructed an assembly plant across the street from Reutter Karosserie; the main road in front of Werk 1, the oldest Porsche building, is now known as Porschestrasse.[18] The 356 was road certified in 1948. Brief History courtesy of Wikipedia. With the release of the Panamera, Porsche has inspired other prominent figures in the exotic automotive industry. Already Aston Martin has

released the Rapide and Lamborghini has revealed that they have a concept sedan commonly known as the Estoque. While Lamborghini and Aston Martin’s entries into the sedan world look positively stunning, people have gone as far as to camouflage their Panamera’s so that they can enjoy the performance while not being seen in a hideous car. The Porsche Panamera is slowly corrupting the industry, they have somehow even managed to corrupt Koenigsigg thus resulting in the new sedan concept by them. Porsche is typically regarded in a high esteem by all people. They are now slowly on the path towards destruction due to the Panamera. Porsche has reported sales losses for the 4th straight year. When the Panamera was released, there sales took an even bigger turn for the worse. When I saw this trend in Porsche, I was immediately worried that this might affect other companies as well because of the influence Porsche gained by releasing the Panamera, which essentially made all other car manufacturers design a sedan to compete with the badly selling Panamera. Porsche has been highly criticized for the looks of the Panamera. Its been called “a wretched hog of a vehicle looks like an AMC paper had its way with a 911 and the god-forbidden spawn grew up into the Porsche Panamera.” That was just one of the critics. Another once said that the thing looked like a “slammed Cayenne with a fastback front and front fender vents.” The same author then went on to say that Porsche would fail because of this car.

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Dove Men. For the man who’s not quite a man.

7% use

It must be called speed stick because it lasts for 5 seconds.

Almost as Disgusting! Why wouldn’t bad as you use deoderant? Sicko. having no deoderant at all.

4% use

3% don’t use deoderant

None

8% use

Look at yourself, now back to this, now back to yourself. Real men use Old Spice. I’m on a horse.

Everyday, men are walking around stores looking like fools because they don’t know which brand of deodrant to use. Thankfully, we’ve come up with the statistics of the number of men who use which brands of deoderant. By Mehul B.


Why

Les

is More by: Nathaniel G


Art Credit: Gibson Co.


H

still shredding at age 94.

the Standard was the true success of

man’s name gain immortal-

Les Paul. Not only a huge hit on the

ity in the music world and

reer started in his early youth as he

market, the Standard rose as well a

become known as the “Father of the

learned to tinker with radios and

“Standard” guitar among rocks great-

Electric guitar? Only by creating &

electronics. This would eventually

est guitarists. Some of those guitarist

designing the most powerful and re-

spark his interest in mixing the world

include, Slash, Jimmy Page, Ace Freh-

spected electric guitar in history, the

of science and music. He built his first

ley, Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton

Gibson Les Paul. Les Paul not only

radio at age nine, about the same time

to name a few.

made a masterpiece of design and

he picked up a guitar. At the age of 26

sound but changed how we create

he built his first prototype solid body

music altogether. Les Paul was very

electric guitar. He made continues

well respected by stars of the music

changes to the model ending with his

industry. An example would be ex-

royal achievement, the model that

GNR guitar player Slash spoke about

bears his name the Gibson Les Paul.

the man, “Les Paul was a shining

As stated before Fender beat Les to

example of how full one’s life can be,

“Black Beauty, the mahoganytopped Les Paul Custom”

he was so vibrant and full of positive energy. I’m honored and humbled to have known and played with him over the years, he was an exceptionally brilliant man.”

However, it can still be ar-

gued or debated that Les Paul is not the Father of the solid body electric

Les Paul’s innovating ca-

Art Credit: Gibson Co.

ow did a single mortal

guitar. In fact Leo Fender beat him to the mass production market in 1948

the market in introducing the first sol-

introducing his guitar, the Fender

id body electric guitar. The same year

Broadcaster, two years later renamed

however, the true father of the elec-

In short I believe in the

the Telecaster. Leo Fenders success

tric guitar introduced a new sound

famous quote Van Halen said to Les

in the market quickly labeled him a

technique. It’s known as overdubbing

Paul, “Without the things you’ve

candidate by regard as the father of

or sound on sound. This technique is

done, I wouldn’t be able to do half the

the electric solid body guitar. Still Les

widely used today primarily by rock

things I do.” That being said Les Paul

Paul’s Gold-top solid body rivaled

in roll hall of fame inductees, such as

was a great innovator and inventor.

Fenders in popularity.

the Red Hot Chili Peppers and oth-

Without his technological influences

Later ,Les Paul’s unveiling of the Gib-

ers. All this of course only adds to Les

and inventions the world would be a

son Les Paul Standard in 1952 gained

Paul’s credibility.

different place in consequence. I con-

him inadequate fame in which the

The Gold-top wasn’t the only

sider him not to be just the “Father of

Standard model was called the most

popular guitar model Les Paul de-

the Electric guitar”, but a man who

popular of all electric guitar models.

signed. He created several others such

fulfilled his goals of impacting the

In addition Leo Fender no matter how

as the Black Beauty, the mahogany-

world. In truth Les Paul left the world

many guitars he designed was not

topped Les Paul Custom, the Les Paul

a better place than when he found it.

competent enough to play a single

Junior &Special along with the Les

note on a guitar. Thus Les Paul was

Paul Standard. Out of them though,

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