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It is often wondered, why there should be different styles of fighting. There will always be different martial arts styles, but why should there be rules applied to “contact fighting”?


Bruce Leee has said “As long as an individual has two hand and two legs, he will fight in the same way” Then why do we have Karate Kumite, taekwondo sparring, Judo randori, and wrestling and boxing bouts?


I think fighting is divided only for convenience into different ranges.

Long distance kicking range, medium distance hand range, intermediate knee & elbow range, close grappling and groundwork ranges.


Different ethnic groups have developed their own versions of each range, like kicking developed from China would be termed Shaolin Gung Fu, from Japan as Karate, from Korea as Taekwondo, from France as Savate, etc.


Similarly hand attacks are developed in western boxing, eastern karate, and Filipino Kali.


Knee elbow attacks are predominantly practiced in Filipino Kali, and in Muoy Thai from Thailand.


Westerners grapple and do groundwork with Wrestling and easterners with Judo and Dumog.


So we can conclude that martial arts are divided depending on predominant range and ethnic method of using that range.

But how can free style contact fighting develop without the combination of all ranges and styles?


Practitioners learn one style and get stuck to its limitations and start believing in it as the only truth. Then they say that they respect other styles. You can only respect a style when you derive from it. When you adopt its advantages and discard its limitations, yes for this you have to first open your mind to learning it. That means starting off as a beginner with the novices after already being an expert in your own style (which can at times seem demoralizing).


Lee advocated studying all ranges and imbibing the useful and reject the limitations.

So the difficult to execute high kicks of taekwondo may be replaced by the groin and knee kicks, the high guard of boxig be rejected as it does not protect below the belt, while the rabbit and kidney fouls be absorbed. In grappling the fouls of head, neck locks and hammerlocks be absorbed, while the jacket throws be rejected.


Even on the mat the impact blows of karate be used along with the matwork principles of pinning of judo, along with the locking techniques of Filipino dumog and western wrestling.


Bruce Lee outlined these principles in his Jeet Kune Do and firmly stated that JKD is not a new system. But there are spates of JKD style schools all over the world. The immature martial artists search for a new style will never end.


All full contact martial artists must therefore advocate fighting in all ranges as part of their teaching curriculum.  





JKD is not a new art or style.  JKD is a concept based on the following principles.

      Simplicity. Mechanically, the more parts a machine has, the greater the chances of it breaking down. Accumulation of techniques only adds complications. Being simple in nature, JKD believes in few tools practiced to the point in which they are extremely efficient. 

       Directness. A line, being the shortest distance between two points, is the most logical path rather than a curved detour to reach the final destination.

In being direct, no excess motion is exerted.  For example, If an assailant grabs your wrist, some forms of martial arts may teach you to stomp on their foot, lock the wrist, take them down to the ground, and then finish them with a strike to the throat. The direct approach would be to strike them in the throat right in the beginning. 

     Effectivity. JKD believes in absorbing the useful and rejecting the limitation. Only techniques which work are taken. For e.g. the sport rules of various fighting are discarded and the foul techniques are imbibed. JKD uses any means necessary to accomplish this task.  If grabbed you may bite, scratch, or pull hair or whatever best fits the situation. 


Non classical.  Practitioners do not wear uniforms, they do not practice forms, and they don't waste time with complicated techniques simply because of tradition. Shoes are worn, and training with equipment is given a lot of importance.


Open mindedness. JKD is open to newer ideas and concepts which work. It is a constantly evolving art.


Fluidity. JKD believes in flowing, there is never an opposition to the forces and energies exerted by the opponent. All JKD techniques and responses are in accordance with the ‘flow’. JKD does not rely on one specific technique or another to counter an opponent.  You should be able to adapt to the situation at hand.  As an attack approaches, you adapt to it with the appropriate response.  The opponents attack becomes your attack, as you fit into the opening created. 


Individual Uniqueness.  JKD is unique for each individual. The techniques that work for a big burly man are not the same as those which work for a small lean man. Each individual has to travel his journey to find something exclusively his own.


Adaptability Bruce Lee states that JKD can "fit in with any style".  This does not mean that JKD can be added to any style to make it more efficient, or vice versa.  What it probably does mean is that JKD can counter an adversary regardless of their style or system. 


All inclusive, excludes nothing. JKD is not limited to only punching, or only kicking. During training, comfort is to be developed in all ranges. It is fighting with any ability you may have…..


'Using no way as the way, No limitation as the limitation'




                            Modern Medicine has made many advances & newer equipment has been invented, but have all these resulted in greater patient cure, let us examine.


1.       The PATIENT is supposed to be  patient  with his illness and hence is so named.

And not mistrust the wisdom of the body.


2.       The DOCTOR is supposed to care for the patient, keep him reassured with his technical knowledge that the Body is always right in its response to the illness and to provide for the patient’s comfort during the processes of Birth, Growth, Ageing, Disease & Death


3.        MEDICINES ARE:-

        Chemicals which provide symptomatic comfort  to the patient eg.Pain Killers and are categorized into:.

a.       Poisons  which kill bacteria by destroying Bacterial DNA and thus can also cause

Adverse side effects by acting on body cellular DNA eg. Antibiotics.

b.       Substances which alter immune responses/ Processes and thus also effect body immunity eg. Steroids.

         d.    Anticancer drugs which destroy cancer  ‘Cells’ as well as normal Cells    eg. Chemotherapy.

c.       Miscellaneous Group.

         Of all these it is only worthwhile using symptom Relievers, that too occasionally.


4.       DISEASE’s are illnesses which cause “DIS-EASE”

A Cancer in the breast may not cause dis-ease.

A Heart attack causes only chest pain of 1 hr.

Usually hypertension has no symptom. Gallstones

And Kidney stones may be accidentally detected after the patient carries them for years without any Dis-ease. So are we right when we use the word?


5.     Man is a mammal. There are so many inferior                        

        species under him, cats, dogs, Cattle, fish

        reptiles, insects etc., All these lower animals live         

        life comfortably without doctors, dentists, labs.         

        X-ray’s, medicines etc. They appear to be more comfortable in their illness and in their lives, whereas with all  Our modern medical advances we appear to be LIVING IN FEAR & INSECURITY. What is really wrong  with our  Medical system?


        Let us examine our attitudes:


a.. We identify any & all abnormalities as Disease. 


 Even if they don’t cause dis-ease eg. Gallstones Kidney stones, Varicose veins, Piles,  Tumors,             skin infections etc are often  asymptomatic


b. We also identify the diseased part as Foreign/Alien.


 For eg: We feel a gallstone & Kidney stone is as good as a pavement stone. Lets get it removed even

If it causes no trouble . A lump in the breast has  To be removed irrespective of its nature.

A Diarrhoea expells garbage which is not part  Of us, so lets stop the Diarrhoea.


 c. We believe all lab tests and X-rays & Scanning tells us of the problems in the body.


Actually these tests are letting us know about How well the body is coping with the disease               Process. For Eg. If there is a severe infection. The blood WBC count which has risen to  Fight the infections and the fever is to increase the immune response. We also believe that the lab tests are more important than the patients state of comfort or discomfort. So abnormal stress Test in a normal patient means bypass surgery. Abnormal lab tests alarm the doctor and this alarm is often transferred to the patient.


d.We also believe that the body is wrong and the doctor knows better:


Hence we expect the doctor to come and set the body right. The body is a Computer of the highest order and The body is always right in its action, response and Manifestation.


e.We believe Modern Medicine can reverse diseases.


After nearly a century of research and billions of dollars spent  Cancer , Diabetes, Heart attacks, Strokes are still irreversible. Modern medicine has only improved the diagnosis by expensive Catscans, MRI’s  ,Scopes put into all orifices, but very little significant change has resulted in reversing these diseases.


f.We believe that conventional medical thought is right.

All heart attacks patients have to be in ICCU, then why in the US have trails shown that patients treated at home do better?

For years we believed that milk is good for ulcers, now it is considered bad for ulcers.

Fifty years ago, heart attack patients were kept in bed for 6 months, now they return to work in 6 weeks.

So our belief that conventional medical thoughts is right is proving to be wrong.


g. We are also governed by leading thoughts & ideas.

For eg. It is believed that smoking causes Lung Cancer. Why then  all lung cancer patients are not smokers?


Why is it that all smokers do not develop lung cancer. ?  Do we not question whether cancer is caused by carcinogens or because of cellular DNA changes? Despite the Nobel prize winning discovery that cancer is due to cellular genetic events?

We believe that untreated cancer spreads from one site to another (Primary to Metastasis) How do people operated for early cancer then develop metastasis

Why are we governed by leading thoughts and ideas put forth by some scientist at some time in history.


 h. We believe that medicine will cure illness.


Colds will be cured, Cancer will disappear, Diabetes will vanish and Hypertension will settle.

We don’t realise that medicine will only ease us, at the cost of creating some adverse effect elsewhere in the body .A Politician took chemotherapy for a harmless cancer with low malignant activity and has developed Kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis for life.

j.We believe that Doctor is GOD.

Even the Doctor likes to believe that as he feels omnipotent We believe so,  because we don’t want to feel hopelessly lost against disease. We believe  that all

Manifestations of disease are harmful, Ageing is abnormal & illness is a adverse happening.


k. We believe that Death is the most disastrous happening:

We believe death is an unnecessary tragedy of life, and intensely painful, that it is evil, bad should be avoided at all costs. That the doctor will help us to combat/ delay it. We don’t realize that death is a necessary complement of life and that it is a painless release, the time decided by our DNA and out of control by the Doctor. So as is rightly said “If your time hasn’t come, not even the doctor can kill you!”




We have to change our attitudes.

We have to understand that ideal life style habits like good healthy food, water, air, exercise, good thoughts go a long way in keeping us healthy. Civilization has made our life style irregular.

.Food habits, polluted air, sedentary life styles, smoking, Alcohol, drug abuse have all contributed towards diseases. By correcting life styles, we can go a long way in aiding our already efficient body to combat disease.


7. We must understand that inside our body there are billions of symbiotic beneficial bacteria, fungi , etc living in perfect harmony with our bodies which we must learn to respect.

      An occasional infection with bacteria in one site of our body may not necessitate aggressive antibiotic therapy as this will also destroy the symbiotic bacteria all over the body. Further this is assuming that the body is incapable of its own defense.


 8.     All healing in the body occurs with Inflammation, called ‘ ITIS’ e.g Tonsillitis , Bronchitis etc.

Pain is an essential component of inflammation. Hence we must learn to associate it with healing since pain does not permit us to exert and rests the inflamed part.


9. Also all organs of the body are self cleansing. Food pipe cleans itself by vomiting & diarrhea, Urinary tract by frequent urination, ENT by sneezing & Nasal discharge , Respiratory tract by Cough, Gynec Tracts by Menstruation & discharge. So we must believe in the  body’s defenses


10, We must know that the body is always right and knows best how to cope with disease that no support from outside will change the course or the outcome of most diseases significantly. That the doctor can only ease the pain, provide comfort to us, advise us on life styles, provide tech knowledge for us to understand the disease. We must learn to trust our bodies  and live secure in the knowledge that all that happens, happens for good. And we must realise that DEATH IS NOT ADVERSE and that THE DOCTOR IS NO GOD.

Cooke in Oxford Companion to Medical Studies writes “ most of medicine is about relief of, and comfort in suffering. and in the main very little to do with saving life"


     As it is rightly Written in Love & Bailey’s Bible of  



    From inability to leave well alone,

      from too much zeal for what in new &

      contempt for what is old

      from putting knowledge before wisdom

      Science before art. Cleverness before common


       From treating patients as cases and

       from making the cure of a disease more

       grevious than its endurance

       Good Lord, deliver us”


                               Sir Robert Hutchinson

                                  1871 - 1960 


 To which I may humbly add- 


               disrespect for the body’s wisdom

               contempt for the disease process

               disregard for microorganisms

               fear of death and disease

               associating illness with death

               dissociating pain from healing

               awe of medical advances

               underestimation of body defences

               undue expectation from the doctor

               from disbelief in the rules of destiny,

                          God or Nature,

               Good Lord Deliver us.





            Can we define Insanity?  For that we will have to define sanity first.

            The difference between the two is a thin zigzag line and we use socially acceptable behaviour as the major criteria to differentiate.

            Furthermore if Insanity is defined by sane people, sanity will have to be defined by insane people



            In the U.K. 20% of general population are mentally ill. About 40% of total hospital admissions for systemic diseases have mental illness.  Other stats are


6%       Population mania & Depression

9%       Women mania & Depression

9%       Population Anxiety & Neurosis

1%       Population Schizophrenia & Pyschosis

5%       Population above 65 yrs Dementia & Alzheimers disease

20%      Population above 80 yrs Dementia & Alzheimers disease





(A) AFFECTIVE (MOOD)DISORDERS (Mania & Depression)

Extremes in mood (affect) are inherent in human condition Distinguishing pathological mood alternations from normal changes in feeling has eluded clinicians for centuries Extreme exaggerations of mood, mania (elation) & depression (sadness) with a marked tendency to recurrence would be called affective disorders by the modern day psychiatrist



Anxiety is a common  emotional response to the external viciissitudes of life.  Paroxysms of persistent feelings of worry and resultant somatic responses of trembling, sweating, rapid breathing & sleeplessness would be classified as Neurotic disorders

In conversion (Dissociation) Disorders  i.e. Hysteria, mental disease manifests as physical illness e.g. gait disturbances pseudoparalysis.  Aphonia (loss of voice) pseudoseizures (fits) or pseudoblindness or pseudo amnesia (loss of memory)



These are mental states with illogical thinking, loosening of associations, Inappropriate emotions, paranoid or other delusions & hallucinations lasting at least 6 months.



Inappropriate & socially unacceptable characteristic ways of thought, feeling & behaviour (the so called personality) constitute this group.




Senile dementia implies memory loss after 65 yrs the so called Alzheimers disease



Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol etc), Behavioural disorders, sleep disorders etc complete the spectrum





a)    A human is born with certain temperamental  traits determined by genes. His adult behaviour, his vulnerability & response to stress, his ability to recuperate and his psychological interpretation of the past stressful experiences all depend on genes. Different individuals respond differently & store past events differently in their memory areas of cortex.

b)   At birth Freudian Complexes are born. Sigmund Freud put forth his hypothesis of sexual inferiority complexes arising in childhood

     The male child is attached to his mother and is constantly worried that the father maydisapprove and according to ‘Freud is afraid that the father may punish him by castration and that he may then resemble his sister; without the penis (The oedipus complex)

            The female child is attached to the father and is worried that the mother has already castrated her penis as a punishment (she believes she, like her brother had a penis) (The electra complex)

            In adult life the sons inferiority to the father translates as an inferiority to any other man and similarly the adult woman develops an inferiority complex to other women.

            As the child grows, the complexes to the same sex magnify and at a adulthood, it is this inferiority that provides the drive for competition, career, marriage, material success, etc as the man tries to prove himself superior to the other men around, whom he identifies unconsciously with his father.

c)   Childhood events play a very large role in the psychological makeup of the individual


Frustrations of not getting what one wants, Communication gaps with parents, siblings & classmate jealousy, difference of opinions with the Teachers, peer pressures all contribute to the mind set of the child.

Further traumatic events in childhood years like death of a near one, change of school, physical illness, parental disharmony, failure in class, & realizations that the economically well off children have all the benefits of a easy life without any struggle all contribute to ones psyche.


d) Large turnabout events of life like change from educational institutions to the work place, change from one family to another as in marriage, marital problems, having offspring, change from economic security of the father to economic insecurity of an independent adulthood, all are unexpected stressors to the adult human.  His reactions to these changes are largely dependent on the Pavlovian Conditioning of the past by the parents, teachers, society and other influences constituting his inner circle.  He is conditioned to respond in a particular manner as dictated by the concepts and ideology of his inner circle.  These responses need not be necessarily correct for the situation or acceptable to the individual; but he is forced by his unconscious conditioning to proceed in the custom dictated manner.

          Repressions build up in the mind creating great conflict.  The individual pushes these to the back of the mind in an attempt to ignore or forget the conflict rather than active solving of the conflict.  These then manifest in hostile behavioural patterns in the later stages of life.

e)    Stressors at work Place, Social life, personal & family fronts are of the following types- frustration stressors, performance stressor, physical stressor, Bereavement Stressor, Threat stress or all cause psychological turbulence.


f) Freud sub divided the mind into conscious and unconscious mind.  The unconscious consisted of ego, i.e. what one thinks he is & superego ie what one thinks he should be.  Conflicts in ego & superego create all the turmoil


            The Ego & superego are defined by ones past experiences and psychological interpretation of these.

            At every moment there is a clash of ego and superego.  For e.g. a man might feel he is capable of being the chief manager but he is actually just a salesman.  There is now a conflict.

            Conflicts are either pushed away to the back of the mind (resulting in repressions) or psychodefences are used to camoflague them.  These can be rationalization, intellectualizing, philosophising, escapism, etc.  These further compound the problem as whenever the psychodefence is broken the conflict come back with greater intensity


g)         Biological Factors

            Neurotransmitters & Chemicals like noradrenaline,  serotonin & dopamine excesses or deficiencies in the brain have been  blamed in depression and mania respectively.  Increased dopamine has been blamed for schizophrenic episodes



Let us analyse the different spectrum of the so called mental illness from a different perspective altogether




Worry and Anxiety Responses to stress are usual first line defences to stressors or events perceived as threatening.  Adrenaline is released to prepare for a flight or fight  response. These cause trembling, sweating, palpitation, hyperbreathing etc, since the body is actually preparing to combat the stressful event. Unconscious memory of the past anxiety provoking events may cause a general sense of free floating ever present anxiety. So are we justified in labelling these as unwanted?




Depression & mood Dips are responses to frustration and unfulfilled desires  let downs  to unusually high expectations or super ego - ego conflicts.


The mind may react by extreme sadness and total withdrawal  which may serve to decrease input and stimuli to the already tired mind ? sleeplessness due to subconscious efforts in problem solving, feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness since the psychodefences generated to rationalize or intellectualize ones inadequacies are now broken and this may continue till the time the mind comes to terms with ones actual capabilities and worth or worthlessness. Can we debate on the utility of the bodys Inherent defence mechanisms?

Or should we blame the rise/fall  in neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain for the mental states without knowing with certainty whether these are the cause or the effect of the mental states.




Talking of schizophrenia, patients are usually intellectuals with a high degree of intelligence

Unresolved psychological conflicts reach a point where they can be tolerated no more and all logical thought associations break  probably as an attempt to release the mind from intellectual burdens of reasoning.  Hence the inappropriate emotional responses can be easily understood for e.g. if a patient laughs at the death of a dear one, it is because  he can no longer bear the sadness of the bereavement and hence, his mind as a defence mechanism has broken all logical connection between death & sadness.


He may hallucinate and hear voices telling him whats  he want to hear or what he is afraid of confronting and similarly see visions which satisfy his desires or expectations.


These are mind generated real time fantasies which temporarily satisfy the patients ego.  for e.g. One may believe he is the prime minister at last and may hear phone calls  from his cabinet ministers.


The paranoid delusions (suspiciousness) may take the form of suspicions of sexual infidelity or irrational beliefs of persecution etc. For e.g. one may believe that he is being followed by the Mafia, or that his wife is having an extramarital relationship with his boss.


These delusions may be created by the brain as a defensive mechanism to stabilize the turbulence in the mind.  There are already existing doubts in the patients mind which tear him apart by creating a conflict between doubt and fact.  The brain creates the delusions to endorse a final evidence, thus allowing the patients mind to conclude in one direction, the direction of the doubt.  The delusions therefore serve the purpose of settling the conflict in the patients mind.




to define these, we have to first define normal personality. Inappropriate and socially unacceptable behaviour may be very well justified by the individual displaying the disorder.






too, causing loss of memory in the elderly (or Alzheimers disease) may be a process in which memory loss could be a necessary component of ageing, as a defence to unwanted anxieties to the individual nearing the end of his life.  This can be compared to the somatic diseases of cataract, Osteoarthritis etc which compulsorily reduce the exertional activities of the elderly, to comply with the reduced cardiac function, which is concomittantly present




            So Does Insanity signify the cracking of the human mind due to unresolved psychological conflicts OR Is it an unconscious compensatory mechanism of the human mind to deal effectively with repressions, unfulfilled desires and unacceptable memories? The result of these causing temporary stabilization of the superego ego imbalances.  This is probably  necessary to avoid catastrophes in life like suicide, homicide and destructive behaviour

            So should we look down upon these mental states as mental disease or should we consider them to be compensated states of the troubled human mind.

            We need to understand that the various manifestations of the so called mental illnesses are nothing but enactions and verbalizations of countless unfulfilled desires and expectations that characterize the species called human beings.As Lang has put it, 


 “Insanity is the reaction of a sane mind to an insane society”.



The Way of the JKD                                     .



The  solution to complexity is always Simple ,

The path in tortuosity is always Direct ,

The  rules of battle are dictated by Effectivity ,

The actions   in life,  by  being Fluid,

The right   thoughts  always result from  Open mindedness.


Knowing your ignorance is the best part of knowledge ,

The way towards this you may call Jeet Kune Do,

Where there is one thought , one action

And No mind ,

There the mind will react spontaneously and flow in  freedom


Like  the reflection in a mirror

Like an  echo to  a sound

Action will be free, unconscious and unhindered

Like water assuming the shape of  its bowl.


JKD is the emptyness in a vaccum,

JKD is the overflow in an ocean,

JKD is the movement in stillness

And stillness in motion

‘The moon in the stream’.


JKD is that Nothing

which differentiates a winner from a loser,

JKD is that effortless effort,

Which reaps success ,even in adversity.


JKD is the music to the noise of the mind,

JKD is ‘the flow’ in the dance of life.



The Ideal student of the Arts


While pursuing the arts, the student decides that he needs expertise in a particular field.


He decides to give it all he’s got, if he needs it that badly.


He decides to obtain the learning from an institution or a teacher.


He selects the institution/teacher, the best of all available choices


He decides to follow the teacher till he learns to a level of competence, decided by himself and his teacher.


He forms an agreement in principle, that he will follow the ethics of the Teacher – student   relationship.


The students priorities should be as follows:

Teacher first, Teaching next, Goal thereafter and Self  last. Forgetting these priorities will result in disaster.


The unspoken ethics are those of  open mindedness, trust, obedience and commitment towards your own betterment..


The student has to be open and keep aside   his preformed notions.


Until the student is a novice, he is to trust  the Teachers word in the art, even if proved otherwise. (He is in no position to judge right or wrong!)


The Teacher will always explain the subject in great detail, often thinking out aloud, the associated insecurities and complications of every alternative.


The student may be put on a pedestal sitting on the same level as the teacher in order to teach the student how to think.

The student should not think less of such a teacher who treats him like an intelligent human being capable of understanding the reasons and the logic behind every decision.


The teacher who allows questioning of  his concepts (which he follows with total reverence), is not uncertain or hesitant, but  has total conviction in his teaching and hence is open to debate. 


The student should never fail to agree on matters backed up by strong logic. In the advent of being unable to accept the facts as they stand, He should confide in the Teacher, and confess his limitations and seek advice.


Then the student must simply keep his mind aside and obey, as now the time for reasoning is over and the time for action is here.


Once agreed in mind, the student must never act on impulse. This is a totally wasting the teachers efforts and is making a farce of the debate and a joke of oneself.


If this occurs, the student must apologize and at once correct his action. He is to realize that he, the student is the benefactor of the teaching and not the Teacher.Such a student needs to clear his concepts, since he will not be able to progress without doing that. This has to be done all by oneself, without the Teachers help.


At times, obedience and adherence to the decided path might result in a loss to the student. It is to be realized that this loss is incidental or is necessary for growth or for preserving ones loyalty to the teaching system.

The Teaching system is always more precious than the present objective. Since without the Teaching there will be no goal at all.


The student must be totally committed in his efforts towards betterment. 


And Teaching should always result in success fir the student and pride for the Teacher. A good Teacher can never be repaid, except by crediting the victory to his teachings.


A Teacher who teaches with his heart, body and soul is never to be hurt, for there can never be any thing more despicable in the student Teacher relationship.


The Teacher will always forgive, no matter what , if the student is truly prepared to honestly follow the ethics of the relationship.


It is to be remembered that no relationship can equate the Teacher-student relationship, as this is a selfless relationship

where the student stands to win and the teacher only basks in another’s victory.   


It is only when the Teaching is over, and the student  stands on his own, battling for victory, that the firm and reassuring support of the sheltering and protecting Teachers hand is most missed,

That is when one tries his best to rewind the casual words spoken with concern by his very dear Teacher.


For at one time, your battles were his own. Then the realization dawns,  You were carefully held and carried through the then rough times!

And that is when you miss him the most  and you feel the  loneliest…..



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