Summer School Enrollment Doubles!

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I remember when going to summer school was a bad thing! If you HAD to go you were labeled one of the bad or stupid kids. My how times have changed… This year in Poplar Bluff,MO,USA they have 548 out of 999 students enrolled in their summer school program! That is up from 210 last summer. 55% of the students are going to school ALL YEAR LONG. Am I the only one that sees anything wrong with this?! Where are their parents? I know all you working parents now have your nose out of joint… While I understand the need to make a living we must keep our priorities straight. When you have a child you accepted a responsibility.

O.K. what does this have to do with Martial Arts/Karate training? Well one of the programs being offered is Tae kwon do. While I think it is great that the kids are getting exposed to the Martial Arts I fail to see the place of the school system in this equation. Many people will argue the school is providing a ‘valuable’ service. I would say that the government (via the school) is providing a service the private sector should provide. That means we are paying higher taxes (including the parents of the 45% who didn’t send their kids) to support this program. Meanwhile this program will surely reduce the profits and thereby the tax contribution of local summer camps, programs, etc. and again cause an increase in our taxes. Do you see the vicious cycle?

Now all is well and good, we should be happy that so many kids are learning the Martial Arts because after all many of them will decide to continue and join our classes and dojos! But how will you feel when the government (via the schools) decide to offer after school karate instruction as an alternative to going to your dojo? It will be great if you are running the program, otherwise you better start looking for new work.

Yet another sad event…

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Once again there is a report of abuse by a Martial Arts Instructor. Charges have been filed against 54 year old, Keith Ingraham, of Newmarket, NH (USA) for sexually assaulting one of his 15 year old female students. Let us hope the Judicial System will punish him to the full extent of the law. These cases disgust me but is important to mention them to insure awareness is kept high. Parents, watch your children. Kids, NO ONE has the right to touch you this should be one of your first lessons as a Martial Art student. If anything like this does happen seek help immediately.

East meets West

Sensei Posted in Reviews, Training notes
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This article gives a nice brief explanation of Tai Chi. While I do not practice Tai Chi I consider it to be the Ultimate Martial Art. Everything I have seen and read pertaining to Tai Chi has reinforced my belief this fact. It is my goal to finish my life as a Martial Artist practicing and mastering Tai Chi.

From Kung Fu Cinema

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‘Shaun of the Dead’ director set for kung fu comedy
More information can be found here on the official Scott Pilgrim site at www.scottpilgrim.com.
No real comments for this one, if you understand the headline then it may be important to you, if not perhaps you can learn something!

Jackie Chan Speaks Out

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Jackie Chan speaks out as part of an International campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and impact of fake products. Jackie Chan’s personal stake in this cause is the illegal reproduction and sale of his movies on DVD. That being said I doubt this is his primary motivation, Jackie Chan seems to truly be interested in stopping the title wave of this negative market force. Based around supporting criminal elements (organized crime, terrorists, petty thieves) the production of fake products creates active sources of exploitation for child labor and slavery. Unlike the typical business model that provides some economic gain (though minimal) in the production of real products within the bounds of the local labor laws (if present). Given the recognition of Jackie Chan globally adding his name to this fight could in time help raise awareness of the subsidiary problems of child labor exploitation and slavery rampant in the world today. But keeping thing light Jackie Chan “used a flurry of karate chops against four assailants wearing Jackie Chan masks. He also cut a tie in half with scissors and ripped apart a pair of counterfeit shoes with his bare hands.” I pity the counterfeiter that Jackie runs into!