National Martial Arts Day!

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That’s right; get your party head gear! Clean and press your best uniform!
Saturday, October 15th is National Martial Arts Day!!
The first Official Proclamation we’ve found is from no less then the Governor of Nevada! There will be many more proclamations from Governors and Mayors as there have been in past years, from New Jersey to California. As Martial Artists it is our job to spread the word near and far, tell everyone you meet and we’ll make this a National Martial Arts day to remember! Seriously, a better idea is to start thinking about next year’s celebration and getting your community leaders involved! National Martial Arts Day isn’t always on the 15th but it is on the 3rd Saturday of October, so mark October 14, 2006 and start planning now!

Martial Arts Talk is in Production!

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That’s right, you read it here first. The KarateTraining.org Blog, Martial Arts Talk, is now completed and ready for public consumption! Martial Arts Talk will cover anything related to the Martial Arts, Eastern Arts and Philosophy. We will give you facts and throw our two-cents when it’s appropriate (when we want to;). But we don’t stop there. No, we want to hear from you too. So feel free to create an account, it only takes seconds, and post a comment or correction to our posts. Only then will the Martial Arts Talk blog take on a life of its own and truly serve all of Martial Artdom! So stretch out, warm-up and get involved.
Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Martial Arts Talk RSS feed so you can truly stay on top of Martial Arts news and events.
In other KarateTraining.org news, our online store is nearing completion! You can go look at some of the products we have to offer and see just how competitive our pricing is! The KT store should be open before the Christmas rush so make sure you read Martial Arts Talk or subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when you can begin to make purchases!
Other features in the works are online courses (free and for fee), an expanded Martial Arts Gallery, Dojo lists, Free @ KarateTraining.org email accounts, and much more! So stay tuned and let us know what you think at sensei@karatetraining.org as we complete construction of the World’s Premier Martial Arts Resource, KarateTraining.org!!
Thanks for your support.
The Staff of KarateTraining.org – OSU!!

Follow-Up: NY Martial Arts Regulation

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As a follow up to yesterday’s post which mentions the recent (yet unconfirmed) Law in NY restricting the practice of Martial Arts to approved organizations. Back on May 17, 2005 This story [PDF] outlined one of the reasons for this move by the State of New York. In short, due to the recent rash of child molestation cases involving Martial Arts instructors the legislator decided they need to look like they were doing something. And when Legislators decide to do something it usually create more red tape and tax drains. This is another example of an unnecessary Law. How can you say that!? What of the children!?

Relax; we are not promoting the abuse or neglect of children, far from it. Most states already have plenty of laws that restrict the contact of child molesters and children, regardless of the venue. Perhaps, we could enforce some of these laws. Additionally, there are always the undetected, haven’t been caught yet predators. In most cases this Law will not expose those filthy individuals either. Remember, most Laws only catch/stop criminals after they commit a crime, not much help in protecting your children. Look at how well Regulation works; protecting foster children, children in State custody and the handicap from abuse and you will be sorely disappointed.

So what is a parent or guardian to do? Be suspicious. We have covered this ground here before but it bears repeating. Be careful who you leave your children with. Be suspicious of every adult that wants to spend an unusual amount of time alone with your child. Remember that our children are the most precious things in our lives. It is our job to protect them. Speak up. If you see something that looks suspicious it just might be! If it isn’t your child, it could be. This is how most criminals are caught; by people turning them in to the police. These people are often the victims but more often parents that feel something isn’t right.

If you have ever sparred with a blindfold on, you quickly learn to trust your senses and instincts. Trust them with your children and you will both probably be safe. Trust a Law and you’ll have some nice recourse while you are in therapy or worse the funeral home.
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Viewing the Assault on Self-Defense

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I just read the article Assault on Self-Defense. I strongly suggest the reading, the article is well written and to the point. The topic deals with Self-Defense with a Gun, or Gun Control for the PC phrase. The author did a great job of not sounding like a zealot yourself but instead exposed the real irrational gun-control zealots. I hope to follow up with additional posts about this subject relating to what happens after gun-control. I don’t mean crime statistics, those speak for themselves. What I hope to focus on is the need to expand the control and further restrict our ability to defend ourselves once guns are out of the way. Case and point was a call from Medical Doctors in England a year ago for the ban and outlaw of knife sales for non-domestic use! Now a year later the knife-control movement continues to gain strength. This story from Glaskow states "As well as longer sentences, Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson wants to ban the sale of swords and license shops which sell knives for non-domestic use."!! Next on the agenda are baseball bats and clubs. It is time for people to wake up and see that just like ancient China/Asia soon it will be illegal to train in the Martial Arts, if the statistics support the idea! This won’t happen today or tomorrow, however, our children one day may have to train illegally in fear and secret as so many did in ancient China.
Don’t think that is possible? Well I’m sure you would never believe a law could pass that "makes any martial art event not sanctioned by an organization on an approved list illegal"! Where you ask? The New York State legislature in Albany passed this Law, right here in the USA, bastion of freedom. Read it for yourself, I have emailed the authors to get a direct reference to the Law in question and will post that information or lack there of when I receive it.
With all of these issues one can call upon obscure situations to support either side, however, it should be logic, reason and belief in self that should guide us. If you had a gun would use it willy nilly? Or would you carry it for protection to only using it in the most extreme life or death situations? That’s what I thought…!
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The Battle of the Chan’s!

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Director Peter Chan‘s musical movie “Perhaps Love” has edged out Jackie Chan ‘s “The Myth” and Stanley Kwan‘s “Everlasting Love” to become Hong Kong‘s official entry for the Oscar best foreign film award. Who would have thought Jackie Chan could be beaten by a Musical!! What is the world coming to!
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International Simon Bolivar Cup Competition

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Karate contestants from 13 countries have confirmed participation in the International Simon Bolivar Cup, which will be held in Venezuela next week. Athletes from France, Cuba, Colombia, Canada, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, Egypt, Guatemala, Ecuador, the US and a strong Venezuelan representation will compete in individual and collective kata (female and male), female kumite (combat) in 53, 60 and over 60 kg, male kumite in 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and over 80 kg, and the open category in both sexes.
Venezuela will present 20 teams in the event, including their two national teams.
One of the athletes who confirmed participation is Canadian Katarina Vadovicova, gold medal in the female kata competition in the Open Tournament of Germany.
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Bullies Everywhere, beware…

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My son is five years old and despite his being larger then his classmates has already encountered the classic bully. Being an innocent five year old he is unsure how to handle the situation. I must admit that like most I had a few bully encounters in my younger years, but he can hardly picture me little much less being bullied. Today in my feeds for this blog, I found this article: Boosting self-confidence a good way to teach children to thwart bullies. The article is really a pitch for what appears to be a decent program (that isn’t a review…yet) and they outline the different steps they teach the children. From the article I agree with their four ‘steps’ suggestions except they make a classic mistake in their final thinking. Their four ‘step’ suggestions are not complete, they leave you hanging with a general statement of “If a child has tried all of these things and the bully still hasn’t stopped, then the child should ask for help“. This is the ideal solution in a perfect world, it is hardly realistic. This advice will work for most cases of bullying but then again that doesn’t help all of the children/adults, does it?

I would make the following addition to the four steps suggested, fight back. Yes, physically fight, I know this is not a politically correct thing to say but then again I’m far from politically correct. Fight, why do we enroll our children in the Martial Arts is not so they will be better equip to handle themselves, with confidence and justice. My son told me he was afraid to fight back because he didn’t want to get in trouble. This is a very understandable comment from a five year old. Then I reminded him that some times we have to do things that may get us in trouble to do the right thing. Standing up for yourself is never a bad thing, but it will sometimes get you in trouble. I asked if the Bully had gotten in trouble for his behavior, he had not. So much for that fourth step! My son isn’t ready to stand up for himself and I told him that was o.k., there is no shame in that. I explained that it can be frightening, especially when you are a good boy. Ultimately I’m not too worried about it; my son will eventually stand up for himself. He will face the same fear I faced as a boy and with my tutelage he will only stand up for justice and peace, never for personal satisfaction or power. After all that is why we dedicate ourselves to the Martial Arts, it is the ultimate pursuit of peace and justice; the art of not fighting unless there are no other available avenues. So please when helping your students with a Bully situation; don’t forget to mention the all important ‘fifth step’, fight back. Remember, No One has the right to touch your person and despite the claim, help is not always readily available.

Community Service

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Another example of the Martial Arts teaching people to support each other through community works. In Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) the Children’s Art Troupe performance benefits Red Cross, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave. Chinese singing, dancing, martial arts and music. $18, $12 ages 12 and under. (513) 259-3058.
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Self-Defense Examined in North East

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In this interesting article, the discussion revolves around a self-defense case where the defendent killed an intruder in his home. What is so interesting about this article is the discussion of the various definitions and requirements of self-defense in various states. Even more interesting is something said in the article that I’ve been saying for years…”very seldom do police stop a crime from happening”. Meaning if you can’t defend yourself you will become a victim. Unless of course you know how to defend yourself with the Martial arts or some form of legal weapon. This is an excellent read that inspires some real critical thinking!
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Othodox Priest Teaches Karate?!

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That’s right; a Siberian orthodox priest teaches karate to paratrooper and schoolchildren!!
In Ishim, Siberia Father Petr Lysenko, a Russian Orthodox priest and rector of the Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, teaches karate at the local airborne unit and the local children’s sports school in Ishim near Tymen (Siberia). ‘What I am doing is a martial art with an age-long tradition. I teach the Oriental martial art, but put Orthodoxy in the basis of my teaching’, Father Petr said in an interview published in Trud daily on Saturday. His lessons differ from the traditional Eastern school in that during coaching he does not concentrates his energy but rather reads an Orthodox prayer asking God for strength. He teaches his charges to do the same. Father Petr believes his lessons in the army unit and at the children’s sport school to be very important because today’s youth, in his view, have grown feeble.

Wow, what a great story! Many people are wary of the getting involved in the Martial Arts due to misconceptions about its ties with eastern religions. Here is a great example of the Martial Arts taught with a different perspective. However, the most interesting observation Father Petr made was that today’s youth have grown feeble! You can argue if you want but he is correct. Especially in the Martial Arts many do not receive the same intensity/type of instruction as previous generations since by today’s standards we consider many of those ways cruel, mean and abusive. I speak primarily for the United Sates here but see Father Petr is seeing similar situations even in the harsh environment of Siberia.
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