From Beauty Pageant to Karate Gold Medalist!

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Gretchen MalaladSoutheast Asian Games karate gold medalist Gretchen Malalad is a knock-out in and out of the ring. As pictured here Malalad participating in the 2003 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant, isn’t new to being cited for her athletic skills and beauty. “I wasn’t among the finalists,” she said, “but I won the Miss Talent and Miss Red Bull Energy Drink special awards.”
Malalad, thrice a karate gold medal winner in three successive SEA Games, displayed her curves in the February issue of FHM, thus becoming the first Filipino female athlete to do a sexy pose in the magazine which usually features movie stars, starlets and other attractive women. The 26-year-old wore a two-piece bikini in two colored photos.

She has taken all of these experiences and landed herself a job as a broadcast reporter in the PBA for ABC-5 and one or two movie appearances. She also did a supporting role in the tele-series Panday of ABS-CBN. Asked about her sporting career, Malalad said she’s hoping to improve her bronze medal finish in the Busan Asian Games when she competes in the quadrennial meet late this year in Doha, Qatar. My favorite comment though is when she said “Baka last hurrah ko na ‘to,”!

Another example of the Martial Arts leading to the overall confidence and success in someones life!
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A Quote from Tao Te Ching

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Intelligent people know others.
Enlightened people know themselves.
You can conquer others with power,
But it takes true strength to conquer yourself. -Lao Tzu

Happy Chinese New Year!*!*!*!

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And so we begin The Year of the Dog
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
The Year of the Dog

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people¡¦s confidence because they know how to keep secrets. But Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dog people make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.
Sorry a bit late! Was up late last night celebrating:)

Did his training help…?

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Bruce Kanegai holds a fifth-degree black belt in karate. He sometimes jogs barefoot in the hills to keep in shape. And for more than three decades, he has braved the minefield that is a high school campus, teaching teen-agers art. But recently, the 58-year-old Simi Valley man finished what might have been his toughest endeavor – an appearance on “Survivor.” While he is contractually obligated not to speak about his performance, and nobody but a few insiders knows how he did, the town is buzzing. “Bruce is a survivor in any environment that you put him in,” said Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra, who met Kanegai as a Simi Valley High School student in the early 1980s. “He can adapt in any kind of environment. … I would put him up against anybody mentally and physically.”
It will be interesting to follow the series and see if his Martial Arts training and skills benefit him at all in this competition! By all rights as a fifth-degree black belt he should be able to physically outlast the other contestants. He should also have total control over himself while others crumble! It will be interesting to watch indeed!! The latest installment of the show – “Survivor: Panama – Exile Island” – is scheduled to begin airing Thursday on CBS. The winner will be revealed in the final episode in May. Most of the show was filmed in the fall.
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The Meaning of the Green Belt (6th Kyu)

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Green BeltGreen is the color of life and growth. The green belt indicates the beginning of your life as a Martial Artist and growth as a person. We live in the present but for the future, and growth is necessary and essential to that journey. Growth stimulates change, which we must accept even though change often causes feelings of insecurity. Growth does not always come easily and is rarely without some discomfort or pain, but the achievements of our previous growth and the memory of those pains should motivate us to work harder. You begin with the Green belt so that you will always be reminded of the importance of this growth that will lead to the perfection of your Self.

The meaning of Belt Colors…

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My students asked me the other day the significance of the belt colors. I realized I had never written anything down on this and thought it a good time to do so. I will be sharing what I have written with you…slowly for each belt color. Please feel free to comment and offer your insight, agreement or disagreement with what I have written…as I post them…

ALERT: Ameriprise Customer Data Theft

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Ameriprise Financial Inc. said Wednesday, January 25, it has notified about 226,000 people that personal data were stored on a laptop computer that was stolen from an employee’s vehicle. Ameriprise said it has alerted 68,000 current and former financial advisers whose names and Social Security numbers were also stored on the same computer. About 158,000 clients had only their names and internal account numbers exposed. Ameriprise said it had received no reports that the data lost in the theft had been used improperly. Ameriprise said the theft appeared to be a “random criminal act” and that it has been working with law enforcement to recover the laptop, which it said was stolen from an employee’s locked vehicle that was parked offsite. Company spokesperson Steve Connolly said the laptop was stolen in late December outside Minnesota, but he declined to say where. Ameriprise said there was no other client-identifying information on the computer such as Social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, or birth dates. Client
accounts could not be accessed with the information that was stored on the computer because Ameriprise does not allow access via account numbers alone without additional personal information provided only by the client.
This is a perfect example of why laptops (which are great business tools) are easy targets for thieves. Businesses should take pay more attention to the security of laptop systems and other mobile devices. ALL laptops that have any sort of sensitive or confidential information on them should have an encrypted file system. Encrypted file systems cannot be accessed without the encryption key which should not be store on the laptop. This does not mean that the thief can not “crack” the encryption however the probability of that happening is extremely low. Wake up business world and pay more attention to your security model, us customers are tired of having our personal data exposed to people who may do us harm!
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Regulating the Martial Arts Coming Soon…

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Last year the Legislature In Hawaii gave us a state law regulating mixed martial arts. Under the present law anyone can slap down $500, fill out a few papers and put on a show. Promoters are only required to have a set of rules, an experienced referee, a doctor at ringside and provide the state’s Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs with an unedited video of the matches. Sounds pretty good, there are many in the community clamouring that the law doesn’t go far enough, they want the Martial Arts Regulated the way Boxing is Regulated.
There are many reasons for this out cry; unfair practices, abuse, danger to the participants, and the list goes on. I for one think that a regulating body for Martial Arts competitions (at least sparring) would be a great thing for the sport. Currently there is no ‘independent ‘ governing body that can determine if a fight can occur and watch out for the safety of the fighters. Of course it is a great idea to have a regulatory group that would have say-so on fighters and their condition before they step into the ring. There would be universal rules, oversight of matches and inspectors tasked to enforce them. But is it possible? Unlike Boxing, there are so many various forms of Martial Arts is it possible to have one governing body? It should be possible but time will tell. Eventually as Martial Arts competition and populatity grow so will the call for a governing body and oversight. And if it doesn’t happen for those reasons it may just happen so the government can collect their share of the action!
On a side note…Should Black Belts have to register the way professional boxers do?
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Martial Arts Super Show 2006!

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Martial Arts Super Show 2006

Time for the largest Martial Arts conference in the world – Martial Arts SuperShow 2006, Building the Business of Martial Arts. Experience the Martial Arts SuperShow, the industry’s largest educational, tradeshow, and networking event. If you are a martial arts school owner, instructor, program director, or seeking a career in the martial arts you cannot afford to miss this experience. Visit for more information. Hope to see you there!

No One is Safe from Curiosity

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The British Parliament was attacked late last year by hackers who tried to exploit a recent serious Microsoft Windows flaw (WMF exploit), security experts confirmed on Friday, January 20. MessageLabs, the e-mail-filtering provider for the UK government, said that targeted e-mails were sent to various individuals within government departments in an attempt to take control of their computers. The e-mails harbored an exploit for the Windows Meta File (WMF) vulnerability. The attack occurred over the Christmas period and came from China, said Mark Toshack, manager of antivirus operations at MessageLabs, who added that the e-mails were intercepted before they reached the government’s systems.
The vulnerability with the way that WMF images are handled by Windows was discovered in November 2005. In a WMF attack, exploit code is hidden within a seemingly normal image that can be spread via e-mail or instant messages. The attack was individually tailored and sent to 70 people in the government, MessageLabs said. It played on people’s natural curiosity by purporting to come from a government security organization. The Trojan was hidden as an attachment called “map.wmf”.
It is nice to see that the UK governments IT department was aware of this vulnerability and that they took defensive action to avoid it!