Karate Dog versus John Voight

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Time for a Friday Funny….

What appears to be an older Mr. Myagi!

Not sure I want to deal with the Karate Tongue any time soon…

Jackie Chan…of course

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First I have to say that I am a huge fan of Jackie Chan’s.  I do not mean any disrespect in posting this video, it was simply to funny to pass up.  The video editing is masterful.  Enjoy…

Jackie Chan Hates Karate Kids



Wrong Number…for you…

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If you are on the other end of the phone…you have one chance to make this right…

 

wrong-numberBecause Chuck Norris is never wrong!

The Games are back!

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All work and no play makes for a boring individual, so that saying goes.  Well far be it for us to stand in the way of fun here at KarateTraining.org!  Since our site rebuild our games section has been offline and our patrons have let us know, emails, phone calls, it was really overwhelming.  So back by popular demand is the KarateTraining.org games section.  You can find it in the top menu or by using this link.  Unlike the old section you can now add comments.  We are hoping our patrons will post comments with their favorite games and perhaps their high scores, unless you think you aren’t good enough to compete…chicken? 😉

Crazy Cereal

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When you go to the grocery store and stand in the cereal isle you can’t help but think…I must be crazy!  Well you just might be right but not because of the ridiculously high price of cereal or the low nutritional value of most cereals or even the sugar content.  No it turns out you/we might actually be crazy!  You see on February 19, 1906 William Kellogg established the Battle Creek Toasted Cornflake Company, selling breakfast cereals.  But you might be crazy because he originally developed as a health food for psychiatric patients!!  Something to think about the next time you hear…a balanced breakfast!

That’s a Lot of Snow!

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A few days late but still had to share.

Not to mention a little to much time on your hands!  That’s jealousy talking!!  The snowman is approximately 15 feet across at the base…Wow!

One of my Connecticut friends, friends posted this and it was to good not to share…

Sticks & Stones & …Words?!

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I got this notice in a Barnes & Noble advertisement (along with links to anti-bullying books).

OK, I know as a Martial Arts instructor and Self-Defense advocate I should be totally on board with the new Politically Correct drive to stop bullying, but this just goes to far.  I am very against this type of campaign.  I have never been afraid of words, haven’t met one yet that could do me any real physical damage.  Today our children are taught to treat words as dangerous tools, weapons capable of causing great personal injury (minus the bruising).  Though in fairness I should note that the term bully is being used interchangeably with bullying and picking on.

We are officially living the in Bizarro word of Seinfeld, Up is officially down, hot is now cold, sticks and stones won’t hurt you, and Men are the new Women.  Hmmm….  As a society we are failing our youth by …wimpifying them!  Some prefer the Pu..ification term but this is a family blog so will stick to Wimpification.  How far can we turn away from reality before we are forced to face that which we pretend can be solved with a slogan.  What is the point of this new campaign against bullies?  Bullies exist and will continue to exist forever…period.  Maybe tomorrow they will just speak in a nicer tone.  So what is the point?

Perhaps a better campaign would be ‘Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones and Names Will Never Hurt You‘.  Some moron forgot the Never and no one called him or her on it.  I know I am being harsh and probably ruffling a few feathers, to bad.  What we should be teaching our children is threefold; believe in yourself, stand up for yourself, and; keep things in perspective.  I know some are saying…Huh?  Let me explain.

Believe in yourself – Have some confidence in yourself.  You do this by knowing who you are.  Unfortunately many kids are brought up in such a void of morals and beliefs that they are encouraged to discover who they are, like they are lost?!  So what is a child to do who is given no direction or sense of self?  That’s right, listen to their peers.  If their peers tell them they are great, well then they must be.  If their peers tell them they are a loser, well they must be.  The PC (politically correct) crowd like the former but not the later situation.  The problem is not everyone can be great.  Perhaps it would be better to raise our children know who they are so that others will not have that much effect on them.  (Notice I said ‘that much’ as I understand it is impossible to completely unaffected).  But if the child (or adult) knows who they are and has a sense of their worth, they can knuckle down and get through this unpleasant chapter in their life (being bullied/picked on).

Stand up for yourself – But what if the person doesn’t back down?!  Good question.  We all win and lose some fights, the important thing is how we walk out of the room (chin up or head down).  I can speak from personal experience here; at a certain point it is much better to stand up for yourself.  I advocate defending yourself anytime someone touches you in a threatening way, no hesitations, you take control of the situation.  I am not advocating fighting over an insult or comment, take the source and ignore it.  That leads us to the final point…

Keep things in perspective – I always ask my students this question “do you value this persons opinion?” they invariably say No!  If you react to words then you must really value the opinion of the Bully’s opinion.  Though if you do not believe in yourself (see the first point) you might just hold anything anyone says about you as a possible truth. But if you stand up for yourself by not being affected by mean spirited words you can walk out with your head held high, chin up.  There are to many techniques to cover now on deflecting insults and such.

Bullying and ‘Picking-on’ each other is a normal part of growing up.  It is the ugly truth.  Should we step in and engage kids when we can, yes but not at the risk of making them a bunch of wimps.  There is an old movie, The Bells of St. Mary’s, that shows the differences of how things have changed.  In the movie Father O’Malley and Sister Benedict differ on how to handle the school wimp and the school bully.  The Sister adopts Father O’Malley’s approach, she helps the wimp stand up for himself.  If we simply correct the Bully, the wimp is still just a wimp without a bully.

Perhaps that is something you will think about when (if) you listen to what your children are being taught the school of political correctness.

And let’s not forget to place the blame where it really belongs for raising abusive bully’s…their parents…bully’s don’t just happen, they are raised.  Regardless we have to learn to deal with Bully’s…

Merry Christmas!!

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[zdvideo width=”400″ height=”226″]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/MerryChristmasHappyHolidays-Mickey.flv[/zdvideo]

237 Years Ago

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237 Years ago a group of men decided it was time to stand up and defend themselves against the aggressions of the State.  That singular event by a bunch of Colonials pretended to be Mohawks came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. [History Channel]  I wonder if they ever thought there actions would resonate so far and long through History.

There’s a new game in town…

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Have a dispute to settle? Can’t decide what movie to see? Well you could try the old rock-paper-scissors game, but that seems kind of lame.  Or you could be cool and play Zombie-Robot-Monkey-Pirate-Ninja-Zombie instead!  Call it ZRMPN (Zerm-Pin) for short and sound cool too!  Here are the details:

Here are the rules:

Monkey
* Monkey fools Ninja
* Monkey unplugs Robot
Suggested noise: Ee-Ee-Eek!

Robot
* Robot chokes Ninja
* Robot crushes Zombie
Suggested noise: Ex-Ter-Min-Ate!

Pirate
* Pirate drowns Robot
* Pirate skewers Monkey
Suggested noise: Arrrrrh!

Ninja
* Ninja karate chops Pirate
* Ninja decapitates Zombie
Suggested noise: Keiiii!

Zombie
* Zombie eats Pirate
* Zombie savages Monkey
Suggested noise:  Mmmmmmah…