A Small Club Scores Big!

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Mildenhall Tang So Do ClubMembers of Mildenhall Tang So Do Club competed at the junior and senior national championships, held in Dagenham. Twelve students took part in the competition and, from an overall field of 500 competitors, nine returned home with trophies. Mildenhall club instructor Ben Harper won the grand champion award following firsts in forms, weapons and sparring.

Results: Emma Wallace, third in forms, third in sparring; Matthew Wallace, first in weapons, first in forms; Jonathan Spizick, second in weapons, second in forms, third in sparring; Luke Stokes, second in weapons, first in forms; Ainsley James, third in forms; Natalie Olsen, second in forms; Lynne Glennon, second in forms, second in sparring; Rheanna Glennon, third in forms; Ashley Robertson first in team forms. Matthew James, Karl Olsen and Paula Olsen also competed in the event and gained valuable experience.

Mildenhall Tang So Do meets on Monday at Beck Row Community Centre between 7pm and 8.30pm and on Thursday at the Dome Leisure Centre, in Mildenhall, between 7.15pm and 8.45pm.

World Record Attempt

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In Southern Oregon, Martial Artists will try to set a world record for most breaks executed in one hour on May 20 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Sun and Moon Karate Academy, 540 W. Dutton Road, Eagle Point. Proceeds go to local juvenile crime prevention. For info, call 541-826-8599.

The Meaning of the Purple Belt (4th Kyu)

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The purple belt is a milestone which many fail to attain and fewer continue beyond. The test for the Purple belt is the first that begins to branch out from the basic techniques. We require a deeper understanding of our movements and mental perspectives. Purple a color made from other colors is the first step to synergy of body (green) and mind (blue). Purple is a Royal color and so those who wear the Purple belt now rank above the average student. The Purple belt is beginning to realize the power of the Martial Arts, the hard and the soft, the ying and the yang. Here as in with the Blue belt the Martial Artist must not only strive to defeat their ego but to control themselves and learn the virtues of peace and compassion. Physically demanding, mentally challenging, the Purple belt is but the first step in ability to control ourselves and master our Art.

So, What’s going on?!

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I am writing this for those of you following the development of KarateTraining.org. The past 4 months have seen a slow down in the development of this site because I was taking a Graduate class in Computer Science. Despite the break in new development there has been significant activity on the web site. The Forum is now fully functional and we have several moderators working the different sections to insure quality and family-oriented posts. Already there is some great information available and actively being discussed. The store continues to offer very low pricing (I like to say near-wholesale) with excellent customer service. 10% of all profits from the store benefit the Outstanding Academic Achievement Scholarship we support. There have been new additions to the Gallery and this blog is filled with news, training tips, meditation points, and fun stuff daily! The sites traffic is continuously increasing which helps to keep me motivated and developing. I also continue to receive many kind emails and comments with praise and encouragement for my work on this site, thank you for everyone that has taken the time to write me.
I have setup a MySpace page for this site, so if you have a MySpace account please send me a friend invite! Now that the semester is done I plan on getting many more services up and running for you! The list of things that I hope to have done this summer includes:

  • Redesign the Splash page.
  • Bring Article and Your Stories online.
  • Revamp and expand the Games Section
  • Bring Chat live!
  • Bring KT Contests online…
  • Setup separate Book Store & Clothing Store
  • Setup Dojo Directory Service
  • Begin regular newsletter releases
  • Setup the Customer Service section
  • Setup an Events Calendar
  • Make FREE KarateTraining.org email accounts available
  • Setup Gallery submit feature
  • and to help me pay my expenses…Find advertisers!!

So let me get to work and we’ll see how much of the list I can get done before the Fall semester starts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I am forgetting anything please let me know Sensei AT KarateTraining.org

Reputation and Character

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REPUTATION AND CHARACTER
The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.
Reputaion is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.
Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.
Reputation comes over one from without; character grows up from within.
Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character is what you have when you go away.
Your reputation is learned in an hour; your character does not come to light for a year.
Reputation is made in a moment; character is built in a lifetime.
Reputation grows like a mushroom; character grows like the oak.
A single newspaper report gives you your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.
Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; character makes you happy or makes you miserable.
Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone;
CHARACTER IS WHAT ANGELS SAY ABOUT YOU BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD.

William Hersey Davis
This leads me back to the words I was raised by and the words I teach all of my students…Sticks and Stones will break your Bones but Names will Never hurt you. Words can only hurt you if you let them.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Wonderful Mother
God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.
Happy Mother's Day!
— Patrick O’Reilly

Meditation Point #23

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Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that thigs end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time — that is the basic message.
Pema Chodron

Another Chuck Norris Fact Fest!

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Overeem versus Belfort in New Hampshire, USA

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Pride Fighting Championship superstar, Alistair โ€œThe Demolition Manโ€ Overeem, will replace an ailing Kevin Randleman as the opponent of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight king, Vitor Belfort, in the main event of the Strikeforce mixed martial arts cage fighting mega-card that will take place at San Jose, Californiaโ€™s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 9th. The headlining contest, which will also serve as a rematch to last yearโ€™s meeting between the two that Overeem won, has prompted Strikeforce promoters to aptly re-title their event โ€œRevenge.โ€

The towering 6 foot 5 inch Overeem, who will celebrate his 26th birthday next Wednesday, is a native of Holland and a member of Team Golden Glory, one of martial arts fightingโ€™s premiere competition squads that boasts the likes of K-1 champions Semmy Schilt and Chalid Arrab as members. The match up in San Jose will mark โ€œThe Demolition Manโ€™sโ€ debut in The United States.
The 29 year old Belfortโ€™s return to the cage comes off the heels of his successful debut in the sport of professional boxing that saw him score a first round knockout of Josemario Neves during an event in Salvador, Brazil on April 11th.

A native of Brazil and a six-time veteran of the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championship, Belfort burst onto the mixed martial arts scene at age 19 in 1996 and quickly gained distinction for his explosive punching prowess that out shined his superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills. Belfortโ€™s hands led him to five consecutive knockouts in his first five professional starts, earning him the nickname โ€œThe Phenom.โ€ Belfort has claimed victories over a host of big names in the sport including Randy Couture, Heath Herring, and Gilbert Yvel, it was his stunning 44 second stoppage of Wanderlei Silva on October 16, 1998 that remains his greatest conquest to date as well as one of the sportโ€™s most memorable moments. A technical knockout was declared after Belfort unloaded an onslaught of punches that forced Silva back from one end of the cage to the other.

Tickets for Strikeforce โ€œRevengeโ€ are on sale at the HP Pavilion box office (408-287-7070) as well as at all Ticketmaster (408-998-TIXS) outlets and Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com). An arena seating chart can be easily accessed by visiting Strikeforceโ€™s official website, www.strikeforceusa.net, and clicking on the โ€œTicketsโ€ link.
Overeem vs Belfort

Meditation Point #22

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All of us are watchers — of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway — but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.
Peter M. Leschak