Yes, it has been a while since I posted regularly. With 977 posts, life has caught up with me, I’m spread to thin and starting to focus in different areas. One of the reasons I haven’t posted recently; I am in the process of writing a book. I am very excited about it and it is coming along nicely. I’m hoping to be done before Thanksgiving, perhaps I can make the Christmas rush!
Another is I have started teaching at a new facility and getting it ramped up and breaking even requires my dedication and support. After all that is what this is all about, actual physical martial arts training!
You will see more posts from me in the future, especially on training, stay tuned, and thanks for reading.
Meet Robert Steed, a resident of Vernon, Connecticut who took three days straight off work to attend several gun control hearings in Connecticut. There isn’t a lot I can add to his testimony.
Robert Steed did a great job!
I am not sure which Representative dais this, he is clearly visible in the video (if you know who he is please post it in the comment section), but his word choice was interesting:
“As long as we live in an open and free democratic society your not going to be able to get a handle on all of the violence in our society. …You’ll get a better handle on it in a Dictatorship where they take all your guns and watch your every move….” …”we don’t want to go down that road”…
I believe in reading between the lines, especially with politicians. First I thought to even bring a dictatorship up in the debate was interesting, but notice his wording at the end. …”We don’t want to go down that road“ Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate (if you felt the need to even go there) to end with, but that will never happen in here, in this country.
On March 19th he was back at it again…
In follow-up testimony Robert Steed again knocks the ball out of the park! Here it is:
The main focus of the Martial Arts is control. Control of yourself, your body and your situation. Perfecting a technique or Kata is all about being aware of your bodies position and controlling your bodies movements. This awareness and control translates into the sparring ring allowing you to become aware of your opponents movements, patterns and ultimately vulnerabilities. It all starts with control of your own body and movements. The following video is an excellent example of a man who is in total control of his body and aware of it’s position and movements. It is not a martial art demonstration but dubstep dancing, watch and be amazed…
The point to sharing this video is control starts with practice if you want to perfect any discipline or technique. Whether it is Karate, Ballet, Mathematics, a musical instrument or Knitting it all starts with practice. Practice takes perseverance to find success, so commit to practising everyday so you can find your control and perfection. You won’t regret it!
You read right, it is all the rage, we are tired of going to competitions and having to deal with this insanely unfair Karate Electoral College. The last competition I went to was so unfair, the vast majority of the people at the competition chose me as the winner. It was clear by the crowds reaction, by the energy in the room, even an electronic poll they were running (American Idol style) had me the clear winner. So what happened? Some judges ruled that my opponent won and I lost! That was the most unfair experience of my life and the crowd agreed. Wouldn’t you? Shouldn’t the most popular contestant win? Shouldn’t the people be able to choose the winner, I mean they are watching the fight, they know!! That is why we need to get rid of the Karate Electoral College!
Alright that didn’t happen quiet that way. I am from a very small club, low budget, low body count. What chance do we have at a competition? Well if it is run fairly then a pretty good chance. I have been to both, fair and unfair competitions, they look the same from the outside, they look the same to the crowd. The illusion part is easy for the crowd, the contestants always know, but who do they complain to?
Democracy sucks. The big clubs/schools, with the 500 students win. The small clubs/schools don’t have a voice. Democracy is High School, there are the popular kids (who can do anything up to and including murder), the normal kids (geeks – perspective people) and then there are the wanna-be’s (that is the crowd that want to be part of the popular kid club but are to self-deluded to see that they never will be and that the popular kids aren’t really that nice). Yes I stereotype
Perhaps, a popular vote wouldn’t be all that fair for anyone other than the person who can gain 51% support. In other words the club/school who brings the most members has the best chance of winning. Not very fair for the smaller clubs/schools! Does that mean the Karate Electoral College is actually more fair?! This video may shed some light on the matter, let me know what you think in the comments section…
Think you know what the 2nd amendment is for, think the world safe, think you know what you are talking about? Invest 7 minutes, watch the video and perhaps you will be able to answer these questions honestly. Or you can remain blind and deceived by the lord of lies and his minions…
IF only our citizens would elect someone with this much honesty and fortitude. Alas we would rather elect a celebrity than a leader or statesman. How blind are ‘we the people’ that we continue to be so short sighted…
PS: I’ve been looking for a reason to use the world minions!!
I wish I had more time to write on this topic as I (like most people) could write volumes of intelligent articles to battle the emotional response under-informed citizens seem caught up in. Since I don’t have a ton of spare time right now I wanted to share this video that covers all the major bases and mentions my home state, Connecticut!
Enjoy and please post your comments and opinions here so we can have a conversation or flame war, your choice
I almost didn’t share this because of how traumatic it is, but the potential to raise everyone’s safety awareness out weighs the uncomfortableness of the video. To often we joke about the Darwin Award winners, when in reality each of them could have been one of us, caught in a perfect storm of situation, and not thinking things through. Hopefully this video will give everyone pause and help them to remember, safety first, even when things seem safe and you seem in control. The video speaks for itself so I won’t beat a dead horse (perhaps not the best choice of words but it fits).