Taking Home 20 Medals!

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A Trinidad and Tobago karate team of 16 returned home with a total of 20 individual and team medals at the sixth Caribbean International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) Championships, held in Antigua last month. The T&T team comprised adults and youths, and was one out of a total of 130 participants from seven Caribbean countries at the competition. Many of the contestants were seasoned karatekas who compete regularly at both Pan American and World Championship levels.
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Avoidence key to self-defense

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In Green Bay,WI,USA, a Keshena man claims self-defense in stabbing of Grignon is charged with the murder of 19-year-old man on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

This is a case with three different stories from witnesses some supporting self-defense other not. This is a good case to look at even though no martial arts are involved in the facts of the case. This case is interesting because it can be looked at from a few different generic perspectives that can be applied to our Martial Arts teachings. First let’s take a look at some of the facts of the case:

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Tracy Peters Saturday morning without incident for allegedly stabbing Sean Grignon in Middle Village. Peters told investigators he was acting in self-defense, but another witness disputes that, according to the criminal complaint filed Thursday in federal court in Green Bay. According to the complaint, Menominee County Sheriff’s Deputies and Tribal Police officers arrived at N2010 Hickory St. around 2:23 a.m. Saturday and found Grignon on the front porch of a home. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse. A puncture wound was visible on Grignon’s right chest, and officers attempted life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived. Grignon never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead Saturday morning. At the scene, Peters allegedly told an officer, “I did it. I’m the one who did the stabbing.” When asked where the knife was Peters told the officer someone had grabbed it from him. “I want you to make sure that you collect all the evidence properly because I was just protecting myself,” the complaint quotes Peters as telling the police officer.

A 20-year-old witness who was with Peters and several other people at a neighboring home on Hickory St. where the altercation occurred told investigators that three males walked by the home and two of them began bad-mouthing some of the occupants. The third person in the walking group, identified as Grignon, was described as trying to stop the argument. The witness, Destinee Lyons, said she was handing Grignon a beer when Peters approached her from behind and lunged toward Grignon, hitting him in the chest. She then saw a knife in Peters’ hand. Lyons told investigators that Peters was not involved in the argument and there was “no way Peters was defending himself.” She went on to say that Grignon didn’t do anything to anyone and was trying to break up the dispute.
Peters told investigators a different story, saying he stayed in the home and that Lyons told him to get out and help with the altercation. He said the young men came back three times and that the encountered escalated into a physical altercation. Peters said Lyons pushed him off a porch where he fell to the ground and was hit with clubs on the shoulders and in the throat. He then took off, was chased, and hid behind a trailer home. When asked where he got the knife, Peters told investigators he was confused about what happened, according to the complaint. The compliant states that Peters did have bruising and other surface injuries on his arms.

A third witness, Maniyan Brisk, told investigators that Grignon was yelling at the other two to stop fighting, but was punched and then got involved in the fight. That witness also said that at one point Peters was involved in the fight, according to the complaint. A detention hearing for Peters was scheduled for Monday, and a preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 5. If convicted, Peters faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
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So what did everyone involved do wrong, especially the deceased? From the different accounts it is clear that there was an escalating conflict in which all parties seemed to have a part. First it is clear that several people were trying to control the situation which was increasing the intensity of the conflict. Unfortunately we do not know what the argument/fight was about but we will assume it was some personal issue (dating/money/racial).

Let us first look at the deceased, Grignon. If he was in fact trying to breakup the situation he did a poor job by letting himself be drawn into the conflict. Had he maintained his objectivity and distance he may have survived. Why? One of the first tenents of the Martial Arts is control, control of yourself. By maintaining control of yourself you can often bring calm to a situation and thereby control from the confidence you exude. The second mistake made was his attempt to ‘get between’ the opposing sides. This made him a target to both friend and foe since he was serving as a barrier to their objective. In this position he could not control his circle of vulnerability. So what should he have done? This is difficult without first hand information, however let’s try. The first obvious solution is that Grigno should have never gotten involved at all. The dispute didn’t involve him. Since human nature tends to push us to get involved (lack of self-control) since he did he should have maintained control of himself thereby remaining objective and in control. This is a fair assessment, he was stabbed so we can assume he wasn’t maintaining awareness of his surroundings. So we can assume that Grignon would have increased his chances of survival if he had either stayed out of it, or put himself forward as a objective, calming, control force. But we must remember that this isn’t not always realistic, some individuals want a conflict and can not be ‘talked’ out of it. It is for this reason that we must always maintain a defensive physical posture regardless of the words being spoken. I have seen more then once what appeared to be a peaceful resolution turn out to be a ruse intended to get the other’s gaurd down. On the street you never let your gaurd down. Unfortunately a mistake that Grignon will never be able to learn from.

Now it is time to look at the more difficult case of Peters actions. Here we have someone claiming self-defense yet there is an important component that seems to be missing, the lack of an escape route. When we face a situation as a Martial Artist it is often more difficult not to fight then it is to fight. We must remember that we train so we will not have to fight, yet if faced with that eventuality we will prevail. The Martial Way is one of peace through strength, confidence and self-control. The most intimidating person is the silent one who looks you in the eye without fear. So Peter was upset, he was from most accounts physically assaulted. If this was a mob he was being confronted with then perhaps his actions were warranted if it went for the fact that he got away from them first (hid behind a trailer). Giving the benefit of the doubt perhaps he armed himself for protection and went back to confront the group, is this self-defense? We must always bear in mind there are situations we create and those we do not. In this case Peters does not seem to have created the initial situation however he did create the final situation.

As in most situations there is plenty of blame to go around. Unfortunately in this situation someone paid for their part with their life. It is an interesting question to pose, if this situation would have turned out different had any of those involved been Martial Artists? I leave you with that thought.

9 Year Old Black Belt…

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The report says ‘THE SKY’S the limit’ for a talented karate-loving youngster who has become the youngest black belt in the Yorkshire Karate Association. Nine-year-old Samuel Phillips who started martial arts training three years ago recently attained his black belt first dan at Bircotes Shotokan Karate Club. While not as young 12-year-old Gemma Thomas also got her black belt first dan at the same time. Their instructor, fourth dan, Angela Chapman said “They have both done really well and I am ever so proud of them. I have known Samuel since he started three years ago. He has always listened to what is said and followed instructions and the sky’s the limit for him.” She added “In two years’ time he can start working towards his second dan and is already starting to teach a little bit. We want him to become a full instructor later on.” Angela, 41, who has been doing karate for 25 years, is also looking to the future with Gemma as well. “She isn’t the first girl to get her black belt first dan but she has done ever so well,” Angela added.
“If she continues to make the progress she is doing, then she can really go far.” The club meets every Monday and Wednesday night from 6pm to 7pm at the Harworth and Bircotes Leisure Centre on Whitehouse Road. For more information Ring Angela on 01302 752176.
To Samuel and Gemma…OSU!! from KT.org
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Karate in Action – Saves 14 Year Old Girl!!

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In Milwaukee, OR (USA) – A 14-year-old girl used her karate training to fight off an attacker. This Milwaukee High School freshman was walking to school about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on Lake Road near 33rd when a man jumped out from behind a bush and grabbed her arm. Instead of panicking and becoming another statistic the young girl says her years of karate helped her escape his grip. “If someone grabs you by the hand, we learned how to twist out of it. If someone grabs you by the arm, you learn how to get out of it,” the victim told local station KOIN News 6.

The girl twisted her ankle running away but made it to the school, where teachers called police. The suspect is described as a Caucasian man around 30 years old, 5’9″ with a medium build and a shaved head and clean-shaven face. He was wearing a black leather jacket, black pants with a tear in the left knee, a black glove on his left hand, a dark colored scarf or handkerchief on his right hand and a dark colored backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department at (503) 786-7500.

This is a great example of why more kids should be enrolled in martial arts or self-defense training. The girl handled herself well by immediately reacting and breaking the grab. She was lucky since from the article she did experience some normal panic as she twisted her ankle. If the location had been more remote she may not have been as lucky. Everyone here at KT.org is very happy and proud of this young girl, and even happier that she is safe and sound.
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Triumphant British Karate Trio

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On September 21, 2005 the Competition Karate Association (CKA) took three competitors to the BIKO Open – and came back with three medals. Mumtaz Sharif won a bronze medal in the men’s black belt kumite event. Karachi Maduforo came in third during the women’s low grade kumite event. Current boy’s British bronze medallist, Ryan Lambert, achieved a silver medal and has set his sights on the English Junior National Championships in Sheffield later this year, where he won silver and gold medals in 2003. The CKA club are coached by current WIKF World Champion and former British and English Lightweight Champion, Steve Gul.
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Late Announcement – Tournament Results

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Students from Black Dragons Martial Arts Academy of Norwich, under Master Daniel Jenkins III, competed in the “State of the Arts” Karate Championship on Sunday, Sept. 11 in West Warwick, R.I.

    The following places were earned:

  • Kelsey Ninteau, Finalist in Traditional Black Belt Forms and second place in Black Belt Fighting;
  • Wilson Stanford, second place in Intermediate Fighting; Troy Cortina, Finalist in Black Belt Fighting;
  • Hannah Olender, Finalist in Black Belt Fighting.

Congratulations to all the competitors for KT.org!!
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1st Annual Sheikh Zayed World Karate Riyu-Jitsu Open Tournament

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From Manipur,India – ADNH sponsors first Sheikh Zayed World Karate Riyu-Jitsu Open Tournament
In honour of the late H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak, Minister of Education, Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) sponsored the First Sheikh Zayed World Karate Riyu-Jitsu Open Tournament on September 21 .
The tournament took place on September 21 and was organised by Khulood Karate Club in collaboration with the UAE Wrestling and Judo Federation, which hosted the event at its Abu Dhabi headquarters.
Around 85 fighters from 22 different countries including United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, Spain, Lebanon, Iran, India, Palestine, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia had taken part with the UAE team being the largest, made up of 22 players.
As part of the events schedule teams will visit the tomb of H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on September 22, to pay their respects to the late UAE leader. Abu Dhabi National Hotel’s sponsorship of the event involved providing accommodation and transport to fighters and delegates.
“The tournament will be a great tribute to our late leader and will strengthen the reputation of Abu Dhabi as an ideal location for sporting events,” said H. E. Khalifa Nasser Bin Huwaileel Al Mansoori, Chairman, Abu Dhabi National Hotels.
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Saturday Sept. 22, 2005 Punch/Kick-a-thon!

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In Haughton, Louisiana Pak’s Karate is hosting a punch and kick-a-thon on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Students will have 45 minutes to punch and 45 minutes to kick as many times as possible. “Our students have been collecting donations and getting sponsors to help reach our goal of $2,000,” said program director Beverly Vance. “We have one student who already has over $400 in donations and pledges.” All ages are welcome to participate and those interested may call 318-949-5675 for further information.
Another example of the positive impact the martial arts has on society through our students! From KarateTraining.org to Pak’s Karate…OSU!!
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The Myth

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Jackie Chan’s latest martial arts blockbuster The Myth held a grand premiere ceremony on Tuesday evening at Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The film is about the discovery by an archaeologist of the mausoleum built by China’s first emperor Qin Shihuang in 221 BC.

The Myth

This isn’t your typical Jackie Chan movie, this is an epic period piece starring Jackie Chan. This doesn’t mean there won’t be any action! During the filming 22 people were sent to hospital from injuries sustained in action scenes. “You see empty horse go by and you look back and yell, ‘Ambulance! Ambulance!’ ” Chan said. Tired of Hollywood politics and the reprising fish-out-of-water roles Hollywood presented him with Jackie returned to Hong Kong. Way to go Hollywood! Well we haven’t even seen this movie yet and KarateTraining.org is going to endorse it right now. We’re sure this is going to another classic Jackie Chan hit that we are waiting on, especially the out takes! Seems a portion of the film was filmed in very frigid conditions.

Update – long over due!

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So it has been far to long since the last post. We had experienced some technical difficulties and had to scramble to recover. We’ve learned a few lessons and are coming back strong! Our focus currently is getting the Storefront up and running before November 1st. There we said it, we set a date:)! The store is already populated with over 500 products and more are added daily. We are in contact with multiple suppliiers and promise to offer the best possible pricing on the web. We are tired of being gouged for our martial arts supplies and figured we were not alone. The only way we will know you agree with us is if you shop here! But don’t take our word for it, shop around that is how confident we are in our pricing, our products and our service.

Until next time…OSU!