Great Looking Effort, No Real Accomplishment

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Being busy does not always mean real work.
The object of all work is production or
accomplishment and to either of these ends
there must be Forethought, System, Planning,
Intelligence, and Honest Purpose, as well as
Perspiration.  Seeming to do is not doing”

– Thomas Edison

Given the measure of accomplishments Thomas Edison made in his lifetime his words bear listening to, in every arena of your life.  Many of us are simply robots going through the motions of life, busy like bees in a hive, yet what do we accomplish?  We approach everything in this manner.  We workout for 22 minutes because that is what someone told us, no forethought, no real goals.  Take a moment today and think about what you want to accomplish, meaning figure out what your goals are.  Look at how you are going to do this (system and planning).  Make sure your system and plan make sense, not a pie-in-the-sky unintelligent plan but one that is realistic.  Be honest with yourself and your abilities.  It doesn’t take that long to go through these steps!  Now all you need to add is perspiration!

Train Once, Train Often!

Stand against Tyranny

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A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws.From the paper Abstract: “The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).

Nothing surprising here to anyone with a ounce of common-sense!  Interesting this is confirming prior research from1997, proves that the facts/proof have been available which begs the question, if we know this and the proof is available why the huge push for gun control and weapons bans? Support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics.  The people pushing for these restrictions are not back woods dummies, they are well educated people!  Why would they ignore the facts?  Why hide behind emotional responses and ignore the statistics, studies, and obvious fact that the vast majority of shootings occur in “gun free zones”.  Could it be that there is a hidden agenda?  There don’t seem to be to many other logical reasons for such an agenda.  It is a power grab, plan and simple.  The “powers that be” (UN, US Government, etc) understand that an armed populous is a limitation on their power and ability to push their agenda and control.  History proves this to be true.  The only province in the Soviet Union to successfully revolt ware the province of Georgia, why?  Because their population had the right to carry musket loaders.  This occurred during the mid-1900’s, not during the 1800’s, but the mere musket loader and a willingness to take significant losses enabled their successful and prolonged revolt.  Afghanistan was and is another example of an armed population holding off and defeating a significantly larger and more advanced force (Russia and now US).

If you can check your emotional response for a moment and think about the topic logically I believe you will begin to see the light of common-sense.  Self-Defense is not just a personal issue, it is defense against tyranny in any form, be it personal, gang, vigilant, organized or government.  With no protection your only course of action is to submit or die.  The Martial Arts began in response to such tyranny, and still stand as the appropriate response to defend against physical  acts of tyranny, but even the Martial Arts has its limit and facing a shooter beyond arms length is such a limit.  Stand for Freedom, Stand against Tyranny, Oppose Gun Laws and Restrictions.

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 🙂

What does your 2014 look like?

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Forget New Year resolutions, they don’t work for a litany of reasons. One of those reasons is you are taught through media and social engineering that you are OK the way you are. You are taught there is no ideal or perfect way or state of being. You are taught to be consumers not producers. Your kids are taught so too. There is a constant onslaught of relax, chill, you are fine, be happy with yourself, and a host of other new age bull crap messages. We are taught to look outward not inward. Not feeling well, buy something! Where is the proof? If you need proof you are blind, but here is a graphic of the average American that demonstrates what I am talking about:
1985-2013 how things have changed.

What was once uncommon has become common.  What was once sought after is now shunned.  We have let ourselves be led to an instant gratification society, we don’t want to work, we want it now, no pain, no sweat, no effort.  I see this every week no matter where I go.

This pertains to the Martial Arts because people don’t earn their belts anymore, they buy them (with rare exceptions).  The funny thing is they don’t even know they are doing it, buying their advancement.  Most Martial Arts schools know that in order for students to “stick” with their training, they have to keep them interested because if success doesn’t come quickly it will be abandon as too hard.

Today everyone gets a trophy!  There is no First place…it is disgusting.  The sad part is it is pervasive in every aspect of our society and like any cancer it is spreading.  The only solution is to push back, to push a culture of success and failure, to stress the importance of hard work and sweat, personal reflection and improvement.  Our greatest competitor should be ourselves, but that takes honesty, did you give it your all?  Was that your best?  No excuses, excuses are the slippery slope to mediocrity.

 

Meditation Point #104

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Shake off this sadness, and recover your Spirit;
sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate
that brushes your heel as it turns going by,
the man who wants to live is the man in whom life is abundant.

– – Miguel de Unamuno

To often we let life get us down.  In our state of sadness we squander the time life has given us.  Imagine that you are given the last hot dog on the planet and instead of savoring it (and perhaps sharing it) instead you complained because you did not have any mustard!  What a waste!  Perhaps you have been blind your entire life and given the gift of sight for a day you complain that the Sun is to bright, instead of soaking in the beauty of a rose.

We are given these type of gifts every day but they are common to us so we take them for granted.  How foolish we are to shroud our Spirit in sadness instead of joy.  Spoiled, we loose sight of the gifts around us.  Every moment is a gift, how many moments have you wasted?  If you dwell on the answer to that question then you have learned nothing at all.

Political Action

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I follow politics almost religiously, and not just the news, I read meeting minutes, watch legislative sessions, read proposed bills, comment on proposed bills, and I read commentary from a spectrum of sources.  You could say I consider myself an over-informed voter.  Despite all this I have never been very politically active aside from voting (never have missed a vote) and commenting on bills.

Today I wrote our State Senators the following:

If you fund ObamaCare I will fund any opposition to you and all other senators that support this illegal bill.  The majority of people (working and productive) and polls oppose this legislative abortion. (see: http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2013/09/uconn-poll-as-obamacare-enrollment-begins-majority-unfavorable).

How can you DARE to fund something you have exempted yourself from, that is truly shameful.  I will put all of my spare time and money into fighting you and those who stand with funding ObamaCare.  I speak for myself and my entire family (9 voters) and most of our friends.

In addition to writing I have decide that I am entering a new phase in my life.  Today, I am becoming more politically active.  I plan on starting to attend the local political party meetings and possibly running for office in the next few years.  I doubt I will get elected but you never know!

39 Propane Tanks, on the road…38 Prop…

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This has nothing to do with the Martial Arts, but how often do you get to see what a propane tank explosion looks like?  Consider this a safety message to give you some perspective on the destructive force stored up in that propane tank attached to your grill/house.

Or just watch it because, well, things are exploding…!

Sending the Right Message

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Self-Defense demands a strong posture that sends a message that you are not an easy target and that if you mess with me you aren’t going to have an easy time of it.  Perhaps the best example of this is the Texas Tan line…

texastanline

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…

Unity, Truth, and Goodness

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What do Unity, Truth, and Goodness have to do with the Martial Arts?  That is perhaps hard for many to see, especially those new to the Martial Arts.  Here is a quote to start the conversation with:

Franciscan John Duns Scotus says that when the one, and the true, and the good are operating in unity, whatever is happening will always also be beautiful! This is his de facto definition of beauty: the harmony between unity, truth, and goodness. When you can see all three, or even one, you will always be delighted.  Beauty is experienced precisely in our ability to hold together the oneness, the truthfulness, and the goodness of things—despite all the seeming contrary evidence (which is always there!).  –Richard Rohr, Catholic Franciscan and Founder of the Center for Contemplation and Action

Now that may not seem to apply to the Martial Arts but I hope you will find that it actually does.  When we begin to train in the Martial Arts there is nothing beautiful about it!  We are awkward because we lack understanding and knowledge, we lack experience necessary to perform the basic movements of the Martial Arts.  Our mind and body do not have Unity, they both resist in relinquishing control to you, the student.  The more you practice the more Unity you gain, things begin to become natural and flow.

If you stop your training there, you have accomplished much and it will serve you well in every aspect of your life.  But you will be lacking.  As we continue to train the Unity of our practice becomes comfortable and smooth, but is missing something.  With continued training you will begin to experience moments of epiphany when you see the Truth of your perfect execution and the True uses of that particular technique.  You will even see the Truth of using a particular technique in ways you were never taught.  You will feel confidence and power swell in a type of calm pride.

If you stop your training at this point you will be a formidable opponent who can handle most situations that would call for Martial Arts skills.  But you would still be lacking.  Because at this point you have only seen the partial truth of your training.  You have the Truth of each technique but you have yet to assemble them to their true ending.  Goodness.  This training part of your training is difficult to be taught, because you feel your training is complete.  Your physical training is, but we are more than physical beings and the Martial Arts at every point recognizes that.  I will try to explain this next step in your training, most ignore it, few understand what they seek, and fewer discover it (I am not professing that I have).  Goodness comes from the picture and feeling of the Unity and Truth you have gained.  The Goodness comes from understanding that all your training, all your sweat was not leading where you thought.  You thought you were training to be a Master Warrior near indestructible!  Instead you start to see the Goodness, the Truth the Unity that in training and honing your body and mind to fight, you no longer desire to.  You seek Justice through peace not strength or will or power of what you could do.  Rather your skill and power is only meant to be used in a reflective manner, defensive only.

If you stop your training here, you have much to teach the world of students who await you.

This is the secret of the Martial Arts that most have forgotten or chosen to ignore for a multitude of reasons.  Live in Peace (Goodness).  Live in Awareness (Truth).  Live at Peace with yourself (Unity).  You will be the calm, unmovable Stone at the center of a raging river of life.

Staying in Shape

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OK, I have a life and I am not an obsessed person, which means …I have a life!  I do not live to eat nor do I live to be in perfect shape.  Pathetic some may say but they probably don’t have a life. Or they are independently wealthy!   Yes we all attend Karate class at least once or twice a week but that isn’t enough.

Balancing job, family, chores, and the a sundry other tasks and commitments in your life and there is precious little time left for sleep let alone a 10 mile run (ok 5 mile run)!  But that doesn’t mean we can’t stay in shape we just have to make it part of your day where you can spare a few minutes here and there.  Here is what I do through out the day to help stay in shape.

25-40 pushups
3 sets of 30 second planks (or 30-50 situps)
30-50 lunges (each leg!)
15-30 squats (add a jump when coming up for some additional burn)

On days when I haven’t had any time I do these all before bed as it helps me sleep (I know that doesn’t apply to everyone).  I also find doing these before bed seems to help me burn calories when I sleep or at least the scale seems to reflect that in the morning.

Obviously this should not be all the exercise you get but it is a good start to staying/getting toned.  If you have access to stairs I like to do 10-15 flights for a quick cardio workout.

Start with this, add in as much of your Karate workout as room/time allows for and you will find that you look forward to your little exercise breaks more with eash day.  If you commit to doing this 6 days a week for 3 months it will become part of your daily routine for ever…!