Useful Training

ktadmin Posted in Fun Stuff, Training notes
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It’s funny how some people perceive the Martial Arts.  But how do you perceive your Martial Arts training?  Is it only useful in your mind?  Or is your training a real value to you?

I am not a big fan of breaking boards since I have never met a board I didn’t like.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t some merit in learning to break stuff.  Breaking can help a student learn to overcome their minds desire to protect itself from sudden impacts.  Breaking can help a student understand the physics behind the art.  Breaking can help a student realize their inner strength in addition to their physical abilities. While the masses at large may joke at what seems to be a useless and showy desire to break stuff.  Let them laugh.

One note about breaking stuff.  Breaking can help a student build their confidence however this I feel is a bad reason to break stuff.

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The Crotch Crunch Chip…!

ktadmin Posted in Fun Stuff, Self-Defense
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Doritos really supports self-defense and personal protection and seen here on their Asian packaging which demonstrates useful Self-defense techniques!

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Nothing stops an attack like a good crotch stomping!  Why can’t we buy these in America??

Happy Birthday!!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays
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To a certain special someone in my life…

On your Birthday, I celebrate the gift you give me, yourself.
Because without you, I know I wouldn’t be as good a person.

You Need to Show Up…

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing, For Kids, Training notes
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It is pretty easy to become complacent during the course of your life and this comic reminded me of just that fact!

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Here is the question: Are you giving Life your all?
When you are training, how do you feel when you are done?
Did you show up or just sign up?

Why can we never be wrong?

ktadmin Posted in Law Enforcement, News, Politics
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As most of you know I am huge critic of law enforcement because of my behind the scenes knowledge.  While there are ample cases of abuse of power or lack of training on the part of the Police.  The following story on CNN has none of these attributes: The ‘unfathomable’ arrest of a black scholar. The following are just a few of my comments regarding the journalistic neglegence that in my opinion was employed in the writing of this “news” article.

“When I’m opening the door of my own house, someone will ask me where the man of the house is, implying that I’m staff,” said Kodjoe, best known for starring in Showtime’s “Soul Food.” When the UPS man or woman comes to my home they ask me the same question…I wonder if they think I am an African American?!  It is also interesting to me that the AM community cling to and promote terms like “Soul Food” while they scream racial profiling to anyone who notices they are African Americans or acting in an inappropriate way.  Remember the Police are supposed to investigate suspicious activity.  Perhaps to avoid this problem in the future Mr Gates could post a prominent sign stating that an ‘African American lives here’ then if the Police see an African American climbing in a window or breaking down the door they can just assume it is the owner.

My other favorite quote was:  “She said there’s a reason why you don’t hear about prominent white people arrested in their homes: “because it doesn’t happen.”” Really?  Or is it because hearing of a White person getting arrested for disorderly conduct isn’t news any more than it should be when an African American gets arrested for disorderly conduct.

But the most inflammatory statement in the article that really nails the white conspiracy theory to the wall is this quote: “a police officer responded to a call about a potential break-in at his home that was phoned in by a white woman.”.  They needed to state this to demonstrate that all white people think all blacks, (sorry) African Americans are criminals and of course all white women are frightened by African American men!

The article devolves from there with much anguish to the point of tears at the arrest of a member of society so upstanding he obviously thinks he stands above the rest of us.

That leads me to the title of this peice.  Why can we never be wrong?  We can never improve ourselves if we always feel we are in the right.  Perhaps Mr. Gates should add that to his pending Documentary.

Respect Your Gi

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Class is done and you are heading home. Perhaps you went straight to class from school or work or perhaps you are heading out on the town with family or friends. Regardless you want to get showered and get out of there. You are dedicated but you put your time in, worked hard and now it’s on to better things! You’re cleaned up, you grab your Gi, throw it in your bag and head for the parking lot… Let’s face it we are all guilty of doing this a some point in our training, but is it a proper thing to do? No, it is not.  Your Gi is a Uniform no different than a Military Uniform it should be treated with the respect it deserves.  Your Gi represents you and your commitment to the Martial Arts so show some self-respect and start respecting your Gi.  Storing your Gi properly is a great first step to handling your Gi with the respect and care it needs.  Here is how you properly fold your Gi:

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Oh, and don’t forget to wash your Gi after each class!  No one likes the smelly guy!

Happy Independence Day!!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, Politics
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Happy July 4th, we should be happy given the price that was paid for our freedom…

56 Men signed the Declaration of Independence, have you ever wondered what happened to them?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.  Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.   Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.  Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and  trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the  British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British  that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.  He served in the Congress without pay, and his family  was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,  Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home  for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,  and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.  Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill  were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and  silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: Freedom is Never Free!

It’s time we remember that PATRIOTISM is NOT a sin and the Fourth of July has nothing to do with beer, picnics, and baseball games.  If you are not sure about the ideals this holiday embodies then ask someone from a country like China, Iran or North Korea how their system works for them.

In case you are wondering who these 56 men were, here are their names with links to their biographies at ushistory.org:

Delaware George Read Caesar Rodney
Thomas McKean
Pennsylvania George Clymer Benjamin Franklin
Robert Morris John Morton
Benjamin Rush George Ross
James Smith James Wilson
George Taylor
Massachusetts John Adams Samuel Adams
John Hancock Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
New Hampshire Josiah Bartlett William Whipple
Matthew Thornton
Rhode Island Stephen Hopkins William Ellery
New York Lewis Morris Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis William Floyd
Georgia Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall
George Walton
Virginia Richard Henry Lee Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Jefferson George Wythe
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
North Carolina William Hooper John Penn
Joseph Hewes
South Carolina Edward Rutledge Arthur Middleton
Thomas Lynch, Jr. Thomas Heyward, Jr.
New Jersey Abraham Clark John Hart
Francis Hopkinson Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Connecticut Samuel Huntington Roger Sherman
William Williams Oliver Wolcott
Maryland Charles Carroll Samuel Chase
Thomas Stone William Paca