World Amateur Martial Arts Games

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World Amateur Martial Arts Games will be hosted in the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego Campus on Sunday Aug 20, 2006.
The World Amateur Pankration Championships begin at 9:30 AM with Divisions for Kids, Teens and Adults. This event is open to all schools and styles. ISWA Team Submission Wrestling World Cup begins at 3:00 PM with Head to Head Duel match format Team Duels. Olympic Taekwondo and Open Karate available for all ages and levels. Eight of the Elite Teams include Denver’s Grapplers Edge, Camp Pendleton, Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness, Team Titan, Dean Lister’s Fight Team, Bakersfield’s Pain & Suffering, Las Vegas’ Cobra Kai, and Eric Paulson’s Team Archangel
See Promo Video on youTube.

Suggested Training Regiment

Sensei Posted in Training notes,

DISCLAIMER: I am note a training professional, this is just my personal from my personal experience, attempt at your own risk.
I am often asked by students and others how best to get in shape. Since I am a Martial Artist I emphasize the benefits of Martial Arts training for your health and flexibility. But depending on your class, school and or instructor you probably need to augment your training to reach peak fitness. Now this could be an entire book for the various levels of fitness or desired outcome, but I like to keep it simple. So for an average person I make the following suggestions:
You need to incorporate some form of aerobic exercise (running/rowing) with weight-bearing exercise. Weight bearing exercise strengthens your bones and muscles, new studies show that without weight bearing exercise you cannot build muscle! (see previous blog entry). Your emphasis should be your core (abs and back) and your legs. Do 2 or 3 sets of 15-20 reps, with a lot of abdominal and squats with low weights. When you are finished running or lifting stretch extensively. As a rule you should spend as much time stretching as you do working out. This will make you strong in all the right parts! πŸ˜‰ If you train in the Martial Arts regularly following this regiment 2 to 3 times a week should get you into very good shape! If you want to bump it up a notch after you workout and stretch practice your martial arts (kata, kicks, etc) as you should be good and relaxed!

Talapia Recipe

Sensei Posted in Recipes and Health Facts,

Here is a first…healthy recipes to augment for your training and fitness program. If you like this perhaps we’ll post more!

Talapia, for those of you that don’t know what Talapia is…its basically white fish. The best place to find it is at SAMS CLUB where you can purchase it in a large bag of individually wrapped pieces (each piece is roughly 2oz.).
To prepare, fill a container with tap water and soak the wrapped pieces (do not unwrap) for about 15 minutes or until thawed. Unwrap the thawed talapia and drizzle lightly with 1 tablespoon olive oil (rub the pieces to fully cover in oil), sprinkle with garlic powder, pepper, thyme, and salt. A few squeezes of lemon taste great over top too. If you are using a George Forman Grill, they should take about 7 minutes to fully cook.
Add your own healthy side dishes

Superman pushups!

Sensei Posted in Training notes,
Everyone knows that pushups are an essential part of your training program (or they should be). Here is a pushup that directly benefits martial artists.

    The Superman pushup is done with a closed fist and your knuckles against the ground (mid-thrust postion). From this position do the following:

  1. Perform a Knuckle push-ups, push yourself up (regular pushup technique)
  2. Retract one arm and punch the ground with one arm
  3. Repeat with the other arm.
  4. go back down (that’s 1!) now repeat for 2.

We suggest you do this on a mat or soft surface (bed, thick carpeting, etc) in case you fall during the punch, plus using mats you can really punch with all your force for full effect. If you have difficulty doing these start slowly. First start by only doing knuckle pushups, once you are comfortable with that (about a week) try picking one arm slightly off the floor, then the other. Within a few weeks you should be able to perform a complete superman pushup. Good luck!

New Blog Archive Available!

Sensei Posted in Site_News,

Well I finally got around to adding the monthly blog archive. You will find a link to an archive of every month at the bottom of the right hand menu. No more going back month by month! Now you can review to your hearts content πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Kyokushin Union 2006 News

Sensei Posted in Events & Holidays,

The AuKyokushin Union 2006ssies better watch out for this trio from New Zealand! From left, Karain Eketone, Ben Terekia and Michael Terekia, are headed to the full-contact Kyokushin Union 2006 Australian national championship on August 26th. Three-dan black belt karate sensei Ben Terekia, son Michael (brown belt) and student Karain Eketone (green belt) of the Turanganui Kyokushin Karate club, located near Gisborne, have been selected in a 25-strong New Zealand team (no other information is available yet on the other 22 members) that will attend. Earlier this year Michael Terekia competed in the Mas Oyama Kyokushin Karate tournament, another full-contact tournament held in Wanganui, New Zealand. He placed second in the colts division, after narrowly losing to his black belt opponent after three gruelling extensions.
Good luck to the Trio as they head to what promises to be a fierce competition, OSU!

Meditation Point #38

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes,

That which man acquires by contemplation he should spend in love.
Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328 )

The Battle of Boyne

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The Battle of Boyne
The following is a repost
No year in Irish history is better known than 1690. No Irish battle is more famous than William III’s victory over James II at the River Boyne, a few miles west of Drogheda. James, a Roman Catholic, had lost the throne of England in the bloodless “Glorious Revolution” of 1688. William was Prince of Orange, a Dutch-speaking Protestant married to James’s daughter Mary, and became king at the request of parliament. James sought refuge with his old ally, Louis XIV of France, who saw an opportunity to strike at William through Ireland.

He provided French officers and arms for James, who landed at Kinsale in March 1689. The lord deputy, the Earl of Tyrconnell, King William IIIwas a Catholic loyal to James, and his Irish army controlled most of the island. James quickly summoned a parliament, largely Catholic, which proceeded to repeal the legislation under which Protestant settlers had acquired land.

During the rule of Tyrconnell, the first Catholic viceroy since the Reformation, Protestants had seen their influence eroded in the army, in the courts and in civil government. Only in Ulster did they offer effective resistance. In September 1688, while James was still king, apprentice boys in Londonderry closed the city’s gates to deny admission to a Catholic regiment under Lord Antrim. In April 1689, the city refused to surrender to James’s army, and survived the hardships of a three-month siege before relief came by sea. The Protestants of Enniskillen defended their walled city with equal vigour, and won a number of victories over Catholic troops. Eventually, James withdrew from the northern province.

William could not ignore the threat from Ireland. In August 1689 Marshal Schomberg landed at Bangor with 20,000 troops and, with Ulster secure, pushed south as far as Dundalk. James’s army blocked further progress towards Dublin, but there was no battle and the two armies withdrew to winter quarters. In March 1690 the Jacobite army was strengthened by 7,000 French regulars, but Louis demanded over 5,000 Irish troops in return. The Williamites were reinforced by Danish mercenaries and by English and Dutch regiments. When William himself landed at Carrickfergus on 14 June, he was able to muster an army of 36,000 men. He began the march towards Dublin. There was some resistance near Newry, but the Jacobites soon withdrew to the south bank of the River Boyne.

The battle was fought on 1 July 1690 at a fordable river bend four miles west of Drogheda. The main body of Williamite infantry was concentrated on fording the river at the village of Oldbridge, which was approached by a deep and sheltenng glen. First, however, a detachment of cavalry and infantry made a flanking attack upstream, which forced OrangemenJames to divert troops to prevent his retreat being cut off. William’s army was stronger by at least 10,000 men, but after these troops were drawn off he had three-to-one superiority in the main arena. By mid-afternoon the Jacobite army was in retreat, outpaced by James himself, who rode to Dublin to warn the city of William’s approach. He was in France before the month was out. On 6 July William entered Dublin, where he gave thanks for victory in Christ Church Cathedral.

The Battle of the Boyne is recalled each July in the celebrations of the Orange Order, not on the first day but on “the Twelfth”, for eleven days were lost with the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1752. It was not the end of the Williamite campaign, and the King had returned to England before the Dutch general Ginkel’s victory at Aughrim and the formal Irish surrender after the siege of Limerick in 1691. The Treaty of Limerick was not ungenerous to the defeated Catholics, but they were soon to suffer from penal laws designed to reinforce Protestant ascendancy throughout Irish life.

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Meditation Point #37

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes,

Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another’s appetite as to thine own.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

This expresses perhaps one of the foremost tenents of the Martial Arts, control of yourself. The movements of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our physical self thus allowing us to maintain perfect form. The teachings of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our emotions so that we control our environments effect upon us. The spirit of the Martial Arts requires us to conquer our ego so we gain the clarity necessary to be humble. While many physical arts exhibit shades of these requirements to my knowledge only the Martial Arts requires all. That isn’t to say the all Martial Artists strive for these tenets, especially the last!