Independence Day 2014!

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In celebration of Today, the 4th or July, I thought I would share some quotes from the men who sacrificed so much that we could be a free and independent people.  Between hot dogs and backyard games, we should all take a moment to reflect on the words and actions of these men everyday but especially on this day.

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.
— Benjamin Franklin

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
— John Adams

The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!
— Patrick Henry

A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms.
— Richard Henry Lee

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government
— Thomas Jefferson

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good
— George Washington

Because Self-Defense is that Important

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Some will take issue with the following graphic, to bad.  Self-Defense is to important an issue to tip-toe around, if you want to be a victim then by all means I will not stand in your way, however you should not require other to be victims against their will!  History speaks for itself, this graphic make it clear that no matter how “pure” your motives may be, if you lobby for gun control then you are aligned with some the most evil leaders in history.  That doesn’t make you evil, just misguided, like so many before you.  Unlike them however you have a choice, you can educate yourself or you can blindly follow evil.  Here is the list:

 

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The majority of gun control advocates that I have spoken with as well as their written arguments usually boil down to fear; they are afraid and they want to feel safe.  Fear is not a good motivator for any decision, it usually leads to an emotional response which is devoid of logic or reason.  I always like to ask this question, why?  I continue asking why and eventually you often get an honest answer.  Then I always like to ask, one guns are controlled, what is next?  Believe me and History, there is always a next…(see the above list)…

Rules do not make the world safe.  Rules set a standard for all of us, I am not against rules.  However, rules do nothing to keep us safe; look at all the mass shootings, all of them have occurred in “Gun Free Zones”.  You don’t read about the shootings in other places because typically someone with a gun stopped the shooter.  My point is if you depend on the rules, the law, to keep you safe you will be greatly and perhaps fatally disappointed.  The Police cannot be everywhere, nor do I think we want them everywhere, that is however what the men in the second row of the image want, total control.

In Ancient China and Japan it was against the law for citizens (the working class) to possess or learn to use weapons.  Over the course of centuries the people taught themselves how to defend against the government oppressors, but at great human cost.  Thankfully today because of their efforts we have the Martial Arts, Karate, Kung Fu, etc.  Their techniques were appropriate and while disadvantaged effective given the weapons of the time.  Guns changed all that.  Any Martial Artist or Self-Defense expert will tell you, if you face a gun, comply unless you feel that regardless the outcome will be fatal; even then you have to be within arms length to have a prayer of survival.  That only applies against a single gunman.  What can the masses do against a dozen without massive human sacrifice and still no assurance of victory.   Given the weapons of today our only protection in some situations and always against a government are guns, even then with the advanced weapons available that is questionable.  But better to have a chance then stand as sheep before the slaughter.  Self-Defense is a choice; it is a Right, a Natural Right.  If you want to give up your right, to place your well being in the hands of another, please do so, but do not try to regulate the rights of others, to do so is to side with Evil.

Great Perspective from the 1980’s

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Some quotes to give us all something to ponder…

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it, and hell where they already have it.”
-Ronald Reagan

“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.”
-Ronald Reagan

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
-Ronald Reagan

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
-Ronald Reagan

“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”
-Ronald Reagan

“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress..”
-Ronald Reagan

“The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”
-Ronald Reagan

“Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
-Ronald Reagan

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”
-Ronald Reagan

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
-Ronald Reagan

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it, and if it stops moving, subsidize it”
-Ronald Reagan

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.”
-Ronald Reagan

“No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
-Ronald Reagan

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.”
-Ronald Reagan

Mas Oyama Trained James Bond…Seriously!

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Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin “Ultimate Truth” Karate, trained James Bond star Sean Connery.  Not only did Mas Oyama train Sean Connery, Sean Connery was granted the rank of Black Belt (honorary Shodan)…  Anyone familiar with the militaristic training requirements set by Mas Oyama understands what a momentous accomplishment it was to train with Mas Oyama, so much so that even the Honorary title is impressive.

Don’t believe it Connery know and trained with Mas Oyama..well here is some proof:

Mas Oyama presenting Sean Connery with Honorary Black Belt Certificate in August 1966.

Mas Oyama presenting Sean Connery with Honorary Black Belt Certificate in August 1966.

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Mas Oyama with Sean Connery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gentleman in the second photo next to Sean Connery is Donn Draeger trainer, accomplished Martial Artist and choreographer for the Bond Movies.  standing Mas Oyama and James Bond how cool is that 🙂

No More Karate Electoral College!!

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You read right, it is all the rage, we are tired of going to competitions and having to deal with this insanely unfair Karate Electoral College.  The last competition I went to was so unfair, the vast majority of the people at the competition chose me as the winner.  It was clear by the crowds reaction, by the energy in the room, even an electronic poll they were running (American Idol style) had me the clear winner.  So what happened?  Some judges ruled that my opponent won and I lost!  That was the most unfair experience of my life and the crowd agreed.  Wouldn’t you?  Shouldn’t the most popular contestant win?  Shouldn’t the people be able to choose the winner, I mean they are watching the fight, they know!!  That is why we need to get rid of the Karate Electoral College!

Alright that didn’t happen quiet that way.  I am from a very small club, low budget, low body count.  What chance do we have at a competition?  Well if it is run fairly then a pretty good chance.  I have been to both, fair and unfair competitions, they look the same from the outside, they look the same to the crowd.  The illusion part is easy for the crowd, the contestants always know, but who do they complain to?

Democracy sucks.  The big clubs/schools, with the 500 students win.  The small clubs/schools don’t have a voice.  Democracy is High School, there are the popular kids (who can do anything up to and including murder), the normal kids (geeks – perspective people) and then there are the wanna-be’s (that is the crowd that want to be part of the popular kid club but are to self-deluded to see that they never will be and that the popular kids aren’t really that nice).  Yes I stereotype 😉

Perhaps, a popular vote wouldn’t be all that fair for anyone other than the person who can gain 51% support.  In other words the club/school who brings the most members has the best chance of winning.  Not very fair for the smaller clubs/schools!  Does that mean the Karate Electoral College is actually more fair?!  This video may shed some light on the matter, let me know what you think in the comments section…

Pearl Harbor Day

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This is a day should be remembered by everyone but especially Martial Artists as a reminder to always be vigilant.

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VqQAf74fsE[/tube]

 

Fact of the Day: Confucius

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Confucius (551-479 BC) was a famous philosopher and teacher who lived in China nearly 2,500 years ago. His teachings were based on treating others in the same way as you treat yourself. He believed that peace and harmony are achieved by avoiding drastic action or wild thinking. He taught wisdom, love, courage, care, respect, and unselfishness. The Chinese and many other people have followed his doctrines for centuries. Confucius is the Latinized name of Kung-futzu. September 28 is still widely observed in East Asia as Confucius’ birthday. It is an official holiday, “Teachers’ Day,” in Taiwan.

Kyokushin Katas

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Kata (forms)

Kata is the synergy or technique and skill.  Kata is a form of ritualized training in which patterned or memorized movements are done in order to practice a form of virtualized combat.  Several kata are also done in “ura” denoted by the ura at the end of the Kata name.  Ura indicates a different pattern of footwork that produces a spin on one foot for almost every move.   The ura versions of the Kata were developed by Mas Oyama to improve balance and agility.

Northern Kata

The northern kata have their origins in Shotokan karate, which Oyama learned while training under Gichin Funakoshi. The URA, or ‘reverse’ kata were developed by Oyama as an aid to developing balance and multi-direction combat skills. (some areas now phase out the prefix “sono”).

    Taikyoku – (one translation: Beginners Mind

  • Taikyoku sono ichi
  • Taikyoku sono ni
  • Taikyoku sono san
    Pinan – (one translation: peace and relaxation

  • Pinan Sono Ichi
  • Pinan Sono Ni
  • Pinan Sono San
  • Pinan Sono yon
  • Pinan Sono Go
  • Kanku-dai – (translation: to view the sky)
  • Sushiho – (translation: 54 steps)

Kyokushin unique Northern Kata

  • Sokugi Taikyoku sono ichi (all leg work)
  • Sokugi Taikyoku sono ni (all leg work)
  • Sokugi Taikyoku sono san (all leg work)
  • Sokugi Taikyoku sono yon (all leg work)
  • Taikyoku sono ichi ura (with spins)
  • Taikyoku sono ni ura (with spins)
  • Taikyoku sono san ura (with spins)
  • Pinan sono ichi ura (with spins)
  • Pinan sono ni ura (with spins)
  • Pinan sono san ura (with spins)
  • Pinan sono yon ura (with spins)
  • Pinan sono go ura (with spins)

Southern Kata

The southern Kata have their origins in Goju Ryu karate, which Oyama learned while training under So Nei Chu and Gogen Yamaguchi.

  • Sanchin (translation: three points or three battles)
  • Tsuki no kata  (Translation: punching Kata)
  • Gekisai Dai (Translation: Attack and Smash)
  • Gekisai Sho  (Translation: Attack and Smash)
  • Tensho   (Translation: Revolving Hands)
  • Saifa  (Translation: Smash and Tear Down)
  • Seienchin (Translation: Grip and Pull into Battle)
  • Seipai (Translation: 18 or 3×6 (has significance in Buddhism)
  • Yantsu (Translation: Keep Pure)

Kyokushin unique Southern Kata

The kata Garyu (translation: Reclining Dragon) is not taken from traditional Okinawan karate but was created by Mas Oyama and named after the village where he was born in Korea. The kata Yantsu is also often believed to be an original Kyokushin kata but there is enough evidence to suggest it finds its roots in Okinawa before Oyama created Kyokushin.

Life is Fragile

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Given that this is the anniversary of the Sept. 11th attack, I thought this image would be appropriate.

This is a sticker I found from when I was a kid, a long time ago.  But it reminds me of what we any of us that were old enough probably though on 9/11, life is fragile.  As time recedes we tend to forget these lessons, we tend to forget that life can change in an instant.  Honestly we live in a very safe society, but that does not mean there is no danger or we do not need to be vigilant in our protect of the fragile life we hold so dear.  So remember to handle your life and the life of others with care, because life is fragile and none of us know how long we will have it.

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.