Reaching for the Stars in England

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10-year old Amy Robinson taking on the world with her High Kick, or she will be thanks to her brothers. The Bankwood Primary School pupil has been chosen to represent Great Britain against some of the best karate competitors in the world. Her three brothers Mark, aged 24, Andrew, 21 and Lee, 19, are helping her by buying her competition kit. Amy, a brown belt, is a member of the Sheffield Dragons KTBF team which trains under martial arts master Terry Johnson in Woodhouse. Every weekend she travels round the country to competitions doing so well she’s been selected to represent Britain in a competition in France next month. Her family are looking for sponsorship to help Amy make the trip and have arranged events including a fashion show to raise cash. Family friends have chipped in. Because the Robinsons don’t drive, the family rely on neighbour Sally Hurst, who takes Amy from her home in Gleadless to train in Woodhouse three times a week. Amy’s mum Pam said: “It’s Amy’s ambition to one day be the best in the world. We’re all trying to do our bit to help her.” “Her three brothers have been really good and I can’t thank Sally enough but we still have a long way to go.” The fashion show is at Woodhouse West End Club on November 22. Offers of sponsorship to Sheffield Dragon College of Martial Arts, 34-38 Market Square, Woodhouse, Sheffield.
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October 7th – World Smile Day

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2005 World Smile Day This is the 7th World Smile Day! Based out of Worcester, MA, USA, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation is run by none other then Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts and none other then the man who created the smiley face in 1963! He started World Smile Day so that we, all of us, could devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout that world. Perhaps it will be contagious and we will continue the practice more then once a year!! Since the Martial Arts are about inner peace AND the 2005 Honorary Smile Ambassador is none other then Jackie Chan…bonus! So please go forth and make sure you give someone a smile, who knows the experience might make you smile.

Jackie Chan — New Police Story and more…

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The Word is Out! From Jackie Chan himself! On his online journal Jackis Chan drops word that he is finishing up the dubbing of the New Police Story

In the Studio

however don’t look for it in North American theaters in 2006. It seems the movie was purchased with the intent of filming an American version, hopefully they will release the dubbed version on DVD in 2006. Jackie Chan also mentions that he is in talks with DreamWorks Studio’s about his involvement with a upcoming animated film. This has been in preparation for a long time, and is scheduled to release in 2008. The film is about Chinese Kung Fu, and of course there will be a lot of Chinese background and culture as well. Jackie Chan stops short of giving the title of the movie stating “I will not say what the film’s name is now, because that would be revealing another company’s trade secret…” however rumor has it they will call the movie “Kung Fu Panda“.

Martial Arts In Action!

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In Edmonton, Canada, a 25-year-old man walking to a north-end store Tuesday night fought off an attacker using martial arts mastery, police say. Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, two men sporting white bandannas approached the man near 121 Street and 150 Avenue, police say. One man demanded the 25-year-old hand over his wallet. After he refused, the would-be robber tried to assault him. But the man used a brachial stun technique (An open-hand slapping strike applied to the brachial nerve area at the side of the neck.) to drop his attacker to the ground. The second suspect immediately fled. The 25-year-old finished his trip to the store and called police when he got home. The investigation continues.
Two important lessons here, first react immediately before your oppoents get the upper hand and make the first strike count! But there is one question we thought of…why didn’t he use the phone at the store?!
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Training Notes

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I’ve been putting off starting this section because the site has been keeping me very busy, but it is time. Training Notes posts will be dedicated to just that, training notes. Pretty Lame? I hope not. I want you to send in your training notes and stories, something unexpected and/or funny happen when training, send it in to sensei@karatetraining.org ! Have some great training pictures? You guessed it, send it in to sensei@karatetraining.org ! I also plan on using this section to post general information on my training not how many reps I’m up to or what my caloric intake for the day was! Hopefully you and I will find this to be a useful and fun addition to the Martial Talk Blog.

Games: Rag Doll Kung Fu preload

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On October 5, 2005 you can download the game off of Steam servers now, in anticipation of the October 12 release.
This is the first wholly independent game to be digitally distributed through Valve’s Steam service. Rag Doll Kung Fu is a unique side-scrolling 3D platformer in that it has absolutely no prescripted animations, explains designer Mark Healey of of Lionhead. All player movements are controlled using the mouse, by clicking and dragging various limbs and using simple motions to walk characters around the screen, jump, kick, punch, headbutt, wield weapons, dance, and even pick up and throw (or eat) objects.
The game is set to go live October 12, and gamers who preload it can get it for $12.95. While that’s the originally announced price for the game, the Steam home page indicates that the price represents a $2 savings off the regular price.

KarateTraining.org Gallery Operational!!

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That’s right, the KarateTraining.org Gallery is up and running. This gallery will feature as many pictures you want to send us. Categories will include Competitions, Dojo Antics, Amazing Moves and Your Dojo. The submission form isn’t available yet but feel free to email photos to Sensei@KarateTraining.org . This is the one place on the Internet that all Martial Artists can gather to share their amazing or funny photos!

Fewer, Bigger Kids?!

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There are two interesting trends in America right now. First there is a significant increase in interest in the Martial Arts and Eastern philosophy. This increase is a boone for the industry and looks to be a sustainable trend. This is great news! So what is the second trend you are asking? Well I’ve given you the good news so you guessed it, the second trend is bad news. Since 1996 the number of kids eating deep-fried, fast food has more then doubled. Not only has the number of kids eating poorly increased but the frequency they eat poorly has increased as well. The overall body mass index (BMI) was not significantly different for boys who did eat out compared to those who did not, however, this is not conclusive as weight gain patterns often accumulate over time. America has an obesity problem so it is not shocking to see the problem exhibited in our children. What is surprising is the rate at which the problem behavior is increasing. Children who eat poorly suffer from a mydrid of problems that only increase as they age. So what does this have to do with the Martial Arts?!
Set an example. Talk about nutrition in your classes, send information home with their parents. Learning the Martial Arts means adopting a way of life, those teachings extend well beyond the Dojo and training exercises. The Martial Arts is about respect, we cannot respect others if we don’t respect ourselves first. So talk to your students, adults and kids alike. With the same discipline they apply in the Dojo they can learn to eat and live a healthier life. Get just one student to make this change and you have created a roll-model for others too! Let the snowball effect have a positive effect for a change, make the change and begin nuturing the body you train so hard!
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The Link to Success

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We are increasingly hearing motivational stories of those who succeed. What drives them? What separates them from the rest of us? Can anyone succeed? Are there things we can do that will increase our chances of success? Those are all good questions, important questions. Regardless of your age or social status we all grapple with self-doubt to some extent. Self-doubt can be a dominating force in people’s lives and in most it is. People who succeed are driven to ignore self-doubt or at the very least to be challenged by it. This is what drives successful people and it is what separates them from the ‘rest of us’. So if this is the case, the difference between success and mediocrity is whether we listen to that voice of self-doubt in our head, then anyone can truly succeed!

So this leaves one final question to answer, are there things we can do if we want to succeed? Obviously, the answer is YES! If you read this blog regularly you have read many articles about people in the Martial Arts demonstrating their ability to succeed. Of course practicing the Martial Arts is not the only path; however, it is the most effective course I know. To succeed we must possess characteristics of success, this requires discipline! Where better to learn discipline then in the Martial Arts where you learn to discipline yourself to do better. In the pursuit of the Martial Arts we also learn to compete against ourselves, we are our own adversary; all of our limitations come from within. So if we learn to master ourselves in the Martial Arts then we are in fact learning to succeed.

Here is another recent example of the Martial Arts leading to success. While this is an interesting and unusual example of success through the Martial Arts it is effective! People often tout sports in general as leading to success, this can be misleading. While participating in sports does much to improve our abilities in other areas like business the mere practicing of a sport does little. Every sport also teaches us different things however few meet the well rounded development found in the Martial Arts. So can you succeed Johnny? Yes, by many Paths but it will be much easier if you have followed the Budo Path and mastered yourself. Because once you have mastered yourself, all other opponents and obstacles seem trivial by comparison.

15th Annual American International Karate Championships

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November 5, 2005 – Rochester, NY, USA is the date for the 15th Annual American International Karate Championships. With check-in times beginning at 8:30, the fun starts at 9:30 and runs well into the night. Day events focus on kata, semi-contact fights and weapons use. The evening program is devoted to Brown and Black Belt Knockdown Competition, this begins at 6:00 PM and runs until the last man or woman is standing! Rochester is set in up-State NY near the Ohio border. This event looks to be a lot of fun for spectator and participants alike. Hope to see you there.
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