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Stanislaus State University email Oops!

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Private information accidentally sent in mass university e-mail. Workers in the financial aid department at Stanislaus State University in California are notifying thousands of students after an e-mail containing their private information was inadvertently sent to 97 students. On Thursday, February 2 employees were sending a mass e-mail notifying students about scholarships and other financial aid issues, but private information including Social Security numbers for 9,200 students was mistakenly cut and pasted into the message. “As soon as the e-mail went out, we caught it and aborted it within a minute, but it reached 97 students,” said Roger Pugh, assistant vice president for enrollment services management. Now the school is tracking down all 97 students who received the e-mail to make sure they delete it and don’t misuse the information. Administrators have also sent out letters to the 9,200 students — the entire student body — to warn them their information has been compromised. Pugh said the employee who pasted in the information has not been disciplined.
A couple observations…how many employees does it take to cut-n-paste? Also, have the laws gone to far? In this case a mass announcement must be made when there is minimal exposure, and all parties are known. The only reason I am running this is to see what people think about the need to disclose in a situation like this.

The Top Signs You’ve Joined the Wrong Martial Arts School

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All the trophies in the display case appear to be altered bowling trophies.
Your school’s symbol is a bullseye target
Spent the first eight lessons learning to talk while moving your lips in a seemingly unrelated manner.
The homework is always just to watch a Jackie Chan movie.
Local muggers gather in the parking lot waiting for class to end.
As a student is wheeled out by paramedics, the instructor say “Class, name 3 things Alan did wrong.”
Sensei’s “ancient Chinese secret” required notifying the neighbors when he moved in!

Another Endorsement!

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The Importance of OSU in Kyokushin Karate

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OSU! You will hear Kyokushin students say this phrase. You will see Kyokushin students write this phrase as a salutation. So what does it mean? In the Kyokushin School of Karate, “OSU” means many things, it is used as a greeting and to replace words and phrases such as “yes“, “good“, “I will“, and “excuse me“. But the meaning of OSU is much deeper. OSU comes from the Chinese Kanji characters “OSHI SHINOBU” which means “to persevere while being pushed”, put simply, to endure. The word OSU is one of the most important philosophies in Kyokushin Karate. Symbolizing the need to persevere at all times, to push to the limits of ones endurance whether physical, mental or spiritual, to endure and prevail. This does not mean winning at any cost. This does not to feed the ego by dominating others. OSU is internal, concerned with self.
The Spirit of OSU embodies the determination to continue training even upon experiencing discomfort and pain. Only then can you manifest the spirit of OSU. Through this perseverance, will come great physical, mental and spiritual gains. One who lives in the spirit of OSU, achieves a character capable of standing for justice by facing adversity with grace and focus. The spirit of OSU is the spirit of committed action and relentless pursuit. The spirit of OSU is quiet in demeanor, peaceful in spirit, with veracity in heart, never submitting to weaker ways.
Mas Oyama said it best “One living daily in the way carries his head low and his eyes high. Reserved in speech, and possessing a kind heart. He steadfastly continues in his training efforts.

Profile: Jet Li

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Jet Li was a martial art world champion several times. He started training at the Beijing martial art academy at age eight, and won five gold medals in the Chinese championships in the acrobatic martial art wushu when he was 11; his prize was aJet Li trip to Washington D.C. to meet President Richard Nixon. In his teens, he was already a national coach, and before he was 20, he had starred in his first movie: Shaolin Temple (1979), which started the 1980s Kung-Fu boom in mainland China. He first attempt at directing, “Born to Defend”(1986), met with failure however this did not hamper his success. He is the biggest Asian movie star after Jackie Chan, though Jet Li seems to have a greater range of acting ability playing dramatic and comedic roles equally. He relocated to Hong Kong, where he was the biggest star of the early 1990s Kung-Fu boom as well.

Jet Li has announced his newest movie Fearless will be the last martial arts film he makes. He wants to concentrate on other matters in the future because of his concern that the violence in martial arts movies sends the wrong message. Jet Li wants to make more philosophical family oriented movies, one of the projects he apparently wants to focus on is a documentary about Buddhism. This change in Jet Li must be in part due to true love and wife, Nina Li Chi. Of his wife Jet Li said “You realize, `I put myself out there. I can give up my fame and success, give up my status, give up my money. I’m even willing to die for her.’ You realize this is love”. Proof of his devotion came in 2000, when originally cast in the role of the character Li Mu Bai in Ang Lee’s martial arts blockbuster Wo hu cang long (2000) (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) he turned it down because of a promise to his wife Nina Li Chi that he would not work while she was pregnant. Jet & wife Nina Li Chi became parents to a 6 lb. 13 oz. daughter, Jane. [19 April 2000]. Jet Li himself related this during an appearance on the Tonight Show promoting “Kiss of the Dragon”.

Jet Li escaped the serious injury on December 26th, 2004 when he escaped the Tsunami following a 9.0 earthquake in theJet Li Indian Ocean. Jet Li did injure his foot while escaping with his four year old daughter while vacationing in Maldives. The two were in the lobby of their hotel when the wave came ashore. Scooping up his daughter and running for higher ground, a piece of furniture hit his foot, causing the injury.

“Fearless,” is the story of Chinese martial arts pioneer Huo Yuanjia. His films include more than two dozen Chinese action movies along with violent Hollywood productions such as “Lethal Weapon 4”, “Romeo Must Die”, “Kiss of the Dragon” and “Unleashed.” Li said he started in martial arts because he wasn’t considered physically suited for other sports. “The teacher assigned everyone a sport and picked the tall students for basketball and the fast ones for athletics,” he said. “Since I wasn’t tall enough or fast enough, I could only do martial arts.” Li, 42, said he began taking a greater interest in spiritual matters in his mid-30s when he realized “it wasn’t enough to have a strong body, you had to have a strong soul.” A practicing Buddhist, Li said he now divides his time between charity work and show business. Most recently he took part in a lecture series organized by the Chinese Red Cross to promote psychological health among students. He studies English with a tutor for 4 hours a day.

The Bumbling Burglar

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Authorities were seeking Thursday a burglar who allegedly took the time to make coffee, cook and eat meals, take showers, pick out a change of clothes, watch television and check his e-mail while inside three rural Washington County homes this month. The burglar left behind other valuables, including jewelry, firearms and electronic equipment, Sheriff Brian Rahn said. Lori Menzel of the town of Kewaskum said the burglar left his Yahoo account open after checking his personal e-mail on the computer at her home. “He never logged out,” she said, adding: “He made himself at home here. He spent some time in our bedroom trying on my husband’s clothes. I could tell he went through some of my clothes.”
This was too funny to pass up!

Chicago Karate Giant Dies in Plane Crash

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Ken Knudson 2002Ken Knudson 2003

Ken Knudson started taking Martial Arts classes in 1965 in Chicago’s Northwest Side, it was a perfect fit. By the late 1960s, Knudson quit his job as a toolmaker and established Olympic Karate Studios throughout the Chicago area. He owned 10 studios but sold them in 1974 to concentrate on his hotel chain. In 2003 he was featured in a issue of Martial Arts Digest, the article began: “Ken Knudson was a fighting legend from Chicago.” Ken Knudson, 61, was an athletic man who loved martial arts and was a 5th-degree black belt.

Dr. Greene vs Ken Knudson 1974Ken Knudson founder and owner of Sybaris Clubs International, was killed along with three other men when a twin-engine Cessna 421B plunged into a corporate park Monday near Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling. Near by security camera caught the final seconds of the horrific plane crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Rollie McDonald who worked for Ken Knudson, starting as a janitor and working up to his present position as a hotel property manager described Ken Knudson as “So full of energy, and his presence lit up a room”. “Ken was like a rock,” said his daughter-in-law, Anna Knudson, 36. “He was so solid.” Ken Knudson is survived by his wife, Charlene, and son, Scott.
In related news the widow of one of the passengers filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against all parties associated with the crash.

Only so much do I know, as I have lived.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good Samaritan Abducted, Raped

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A woman who said she had stopped to help a stranded motorist was apparently abducted Monday, raped and left tied to a tree, state police said. The 30-year-old woman was found at about 5:30 p.m. Monday in the woods near exit 72 off Interstate 84 tied to a tree. She told police she stopped to help a disabled trucker when the truck driver abducted her forcing her into the cab of the tractor trailer were he sexually assaulted her. After the rape the truck driver tied her to a tree near the edge of the highway. Police were searching Tuesday for a tractor-trailer equipped with a sleeper cab, and its driver, described as a black man, no other description was released. No arrests had been made.
I only wish this woman had taken a self-defense and/or an awareness seminar, this might not have happened. Our hearts go out to her in hope that she will recover quickly and fully.