Round House Kicks

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The Round House Kick is perhaps the most difficult kick to master.  There are several reasons for this, the most obvious is the need to trust yourself and commit to the movement of the kick.  Whether it is a standing, jumping, front or reverse round house kick the commitment is the same.  In any round house kick there is great power but also significant exposure.  IF the kick is not executed with excellent technique and extreme speed your opponent will have ample time to slide in close where the round house kick is useless.  That truly is the only defense against a round-house kick other than getting out of the way.  Since the round house kick delivers a force that leverages almost all of the attackers weight plus the momentum behind that weight trying to block a round house kick is often foolhardy.  The best defense is to not be where your attacker thinks you are going to be!  Move!!  The second defense I already mentioned which is to get in close, slow dance close to your attacker.  If you succeed their round house kick will be ineffective, you will make them lose their balance, surprise them and typically be behind them or to their side with ample of targets to exploit while they recover from the surprise.  If you fail, then the fight might just be over…for you…

Master Cat executing a flying round house kick to the head of this young Sumo wrestler!While the round house kick is a beautiful kick, I always caution my students to only use it after they perfect it.  When practicing the round house you should work with a heavy bag.  You need to learn to commit to the kick and follow through without hesitation.  This is best accomplished with a heavy bag so you learn proper control.  Once you are skilled with the kick you can work with a partner using a arm/target bag, this way you can add the dynamics of trying to execute a round house kick on a moving target.  The more you practice the better you will get.  Have your partner move in and out, try to evade, etc.  This will help you judge if your speed is sufficient to make the round house kick and effective sparring/fighting tool.  If you your the round house in a fight, remember to help your opponent find medical attention after the fight!

Train hard, Train often.  OSU!

I couldn’t resist posting this picture of a cat executing a flying round house kick to the head of this young Sumo wrestler!

Political for a Day

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I try to stay neutral topics here though I slip from time to time.  Today it seems important to make a few statements.  First I’d like to share a very insightful piece I found on democracy…

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage”

–Alexander Tytler

Of course contrary to popular belief we do not live in a Democracy, we live in a representative Republic.  Splitting hairs yes but an important distinction all the same.  Given the above insight I thought it also useful to share the following:

I didn’t know our current President, President Obama, was the first to do so many things. I guess that’s what leadership is all about. He is the:

· First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
· First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
· First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States
· First President to violate the War Powers Act. .
· First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .
· First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
· First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
· First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
· First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
· First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. .
· First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
· First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
· First President to terminate America ’s ability to put a man in space.
· First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
· First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
· First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
· First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
· First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
· First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
· First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
· First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. .
· First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 90 to date.
· First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
· First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
· First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.
· First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends; paid for by the taxpayer.
· First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
· First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
· First President to repeat the Holy Qur’an tells us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
· First President to take a 17 day vacation.

Well as you can guess I am not a supporter of the Democrats or the Obama Administration.  Neither do I believe there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republican Establishment.  The fate of this great nation lies with the People, and given the current decay of our society that is not a great reason for hope.  Only time will tell, I love to be surprised but doubt I will be.

This explains so much…

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The book “Understanding Women” has finally arrived in book stores:

Thoughts on the Wall Street Occupation

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This post is a little late and I almost deleted it but the movement looks like it coming back with the warmer weather.  While I doubt the OWS movement ever take serious hold, I will post this…

Let me say I am encouraged to see people finally getting involved in the process of government.  Unfortunately these people are NOT getting involved in the process of government.  When this movement started I read their manifesto, I like to be informed and understand what I am talking about.  The OWS movement has so many slogans that it is easy to find something to agree with.  That is part of problem, lots of platitudes without a lot of detail.  The danger is you gain the support of the masses where everyone of the “masses” has a different understanding of what they are supporting.  Groups that have used this method of motivating people to their cause are among the most notorious in history.  The communist uprising in Russia and China had similar beginnings, interestingly the OWC movement is openly run by self-proclaimed communists and anarchists.

In reading the OWC manifesto I continued to read the comments section and was struck by the response to people who were critical of the movement in a non-hostile way.  I found the ‘Liberations’ comment slightly disturbing as when he/she states “…to go further than the founding fathers did. It aspires to correct the short-comings of back then…” and then states “…more negative and hateful comments are on the way, with the sole intent of discouraging and dividing us. However we already know about these efforts and shall not let them affect us.”.  It would appear that one of the short-comings of the founding fathers was the freedom of speech.  Rather than listening to each comment and applying critical thought he/she wants us to close our eyes and blind ourselves to the views of others.  That is the wish of dictators/elitists/fascists, to silence anyone who disagrees with them.  That is how you motivate a mob, not change.

Anyone who suggests the work of the founding fathers is not valid or needs to be reworked does not have the best interests of this country or freedom at heart.  Freedom, a word many use but few mean.  Often those speaking mean ‘my idea of freedom’ where you must live a certain way.  Not that we deserve our freedom, increasingly people are willing to hand over their freedoms without even a thought or objection.  Most people do not even carry out the one responsibility they have for the freedom, to vote.  Yet, that does not negate our right to freedom, let us remember that it was a minority that forced us down the path to freedom.  But do the 1% have the same selflessness of the founders?  Are they truly fighting for liberty for all or for their own idea of liberty?

The problems we face today are of our own making.  While I am supportive of these “gatherings” I am not supportive of their approach; they seek to blame others.  Everything that is happening today is a result of a complacent “We the People” who have failed to watch dog their elected officials or who have been all to happy to turn a blind eye for some personal gain or benefit (jobs/SSN/unemployment benefits/food stamps/health care/etc).

This movement does not need to occur outside the system, it should change the system from within, unless you feel “We the People” would never support what you are suggesting.  Which I believe is the case.  The OWS movement don’t seem to understand how our system works or how to affect change in it.  Most people involved support the very corporations they rally against through the products they use.  I am the first one to admit that the odds are not in our favor the system is corrupt but not broken.  However, I have never shied away from a fight with bad odds when it meant standing up for what was right.  Being right is important, being right is difficult, but without it the foundation of your movement is weak.  The OWS movement was supposedly started as a retort to the Tea Party movement however the Tea Party has maintained a unified voice in a non-violent, non-destructive manner.

Those are my thoughts, perhaps this will change the way some people look at the problem.  But then again, no need to listen and apply critical thinking, since I do not agree 100% lockstep with you, my voice doesn’t matter.  Close your ears and carry on…