Posts Tagged ‘Honor’

5 things you should never say or think…

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We live in a sensitive world. That doesn’t make it right. Below are 5 things people say almost daily that most people find “acceptable”. That doesn’t make it right. I was raised in a sticks-and-stones household. I went to a sticks-and-stones high school. For some the term sticks-and-stones may be a foreign concept, that is sad. For you, it means that “sticks and stones” (and fists and feet) will hurt me. Words only have the power I assign to them. It means be a Man and get a thick skin, actions speak louder than words. It also means be truthful, honest and responsible or you will be called out.

Sadly this is a nearly dead culture in America today, I would guess in most of the world too. Still not understanding what I am getting at? Here are 5 things you should never say or think, but they are very prevalent in society today. If you are a Karate practitioner, you should be familiar with this list, if you aren’t your training may not be complete or your Sensei finds them acceptable.

“I can’t do that.”

If somebody had said this he would’ve found himself challenged and forced to the attempt and success. Unless a physical handicap is present, replace your “can” or “can’t,” with “will” or “won’t.” There’s always a way. Find it.

“Sorry I’m late.”

You don’t hear this in a culture of accountability because expectations are set, and if they’re not met then there are repercussions. Not to say that expectations don’t change, but it’s not for a lack of effort in fulfilling them.

“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.”

Seriously, Feelings? What’s that?

“I don’t know.”

While admitting uncertainty is perfectly fine, the statement alone leaves much to be desired. Instead, try saying “I don’t know yet, but I’ll find out and get back to you.” This latter part is what demonstrates a proactive mindset and a willingness to work, rather than leaving your ambition open to interpretation.

“Let’s talk this out.”

stop-be-a-manThere is nothing like the camaraderie. Nothing else even comes close to paralleling the tight bond, unity and cohesion found amongst men you train with. Having said that, some people just need a good whoopin’ once in a while to keep egos in check, and fellow students and friends are no different. Confronting difficult issues and learning from them is what turns mediocrity into greatness.

Thanks to this article for giving me the basis for this post.

The 2nd Ammendment

ktadmin Posted in Articles of Interest, Awareness, Law Enforcement, News, Politics, Self-Defense, Video,Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Think you know what the 2nd amendment is for, think the world safe, think you know what you are talking about?  Invest 7 minutes, watch the video and perhaps you will be able to answer these questions honestly.  Or you can remain blind and deceived by the lord of lies and his minions…

IF only our citizens would elect someone with this much honesty and fortitude.  Alas we would rather elect a celebrity than a leader or statesman.  How blind are ‘we the people’ that we continue to be so short sighted…

PS:  I’ve been looking for a reason to use the world minions!!

Pearl Harbor Day

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, History, Self-Defense,Tags: , , ,
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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]

 

Our Forefathers

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, For Kids, History, OffTopic, Politics, Video,Tags: , , , , ,
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Thought I would extend the celebration of Constitution Day a bit with this excellent series of videos.  I have seen these type of events and the actors always do such a great job of portraying the thoughts and a personality that are in line with historical writings and evidence.  This is a great introduction to some of America’s greatest men.

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3
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Part 4
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Part 5
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Part 6
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Part 7
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Part 8
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Part 9
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Part 10
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Hopefully you have enjoyed this as much as I did, a very well put together program.

Happy Constitution Day!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, History, Quotes, Video,Tags: , , , ,
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Today marks the establishment of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. America’s birth was truly a miracle. The Founders knew their mission had a divine destiny to produce the first free people in the history of the world.  These principles are based on the success of a moral and religious society.  Think about that, when the Founders drafted the Constitution every other nation on the Planet was ruled by a King of sorts!

It is important for all Americans and I’d argue non-Americans to understand the Constitution beyond memorizing the words.  We want civic minded citizens that take their responsibility seriously.  After all you don’t want to look like this when asked about the Constitution!…take a look:

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Barney_Fife_and_the_Preamble_to_the_Constitution.flv[/zdvideo]

Some may not realize the whole story of the Constitution, the thoughts, sacrifices and self-less devotion to a higher purpose that helped forge the greatest document ever written.  This little ditty is helpful in getting a better understanding and it is catchy too!

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Rather then expend my own feeble attempt at expressing my understanding and deep seeded loyalty to the Constitution there is one person who always makes a better spokesmen for America…well listen for yourself…

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/What_Would_John_Wayne_Do_.flv[/zdvideo]

Why should we pay attention to the Constitution?  Because so many men (and women) greater then you or me sacrificed their fortunes, positions and their very lives to secure a better future for their fellow man.

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/GoodPatrickHenry.flv[/zdvideo]

SO think about what the Constitution really means today and throughout the rest of the year.

Here is an additional history references for the kids that I know, especially those who love History: President Fact Sheets.

D-Day

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, For Kids, Video,Tags: , , ,
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There is nothing happy or festive about this day, a day when so many good men died. But this is a warriors day when we must bow our heads and remember the Martial Spirit that paved the path for victory and freedom. This video is perhaps the best remembrance which honors the sacrifice of these men and all those who followed.


[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/D-DayPrayer.flv[/zdvideo]

If the above video doesn’t play correctly use this link.