World Junior Wushu Championship Recap

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China dominated the event with 16 gold medals and one bronze! Vietnam surprisingly edged out Russia at the last moment to take second place with a total of 7 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals at the championship. Vietnam’s victory is largely credited to Wushu artist, Pham Anh Yen, who grabbed the final gold medal in the men’s 60kg sanshou (combat) event, sealing Viet Nam’s second place finish at the World Junior Wushu Championship in Malaysia.

Meditation Point #49

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Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water.

Most people will need to think about this one for a second… Contemplation is not a group activity. Contemplation can only occur in the silence of your own mind. Reflection is good, silence is good. Many people shun being alone. I don’t mean alone with no other people, I mean alone AND quiet. A good exercise is to place a hard backed chair in the center of a room and sit quietly with your eyes closed. Notice how long it takes before your mind begins to distract you. Yes, distract you! Your ego is afraid of the silence and wants to keep you distracted…so do your demons. The more you work at this exercise the more aware you will become and as such the longer you will be able to sit in silent contemplation. Think this is easy? Remember the last time you were waiting in the Doctors office, a fairly sterile room. How long did it take before you were pacing, or moving around, or sleeping? Anything but sitting wuietly and enjoying the company of your peaceful mind. Try it, you might learn something!

Paper Throwing Stars?!

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You read correctly, a Shuriken (pronounced “Sure-ee-ken”) made out of lethal paper! You know how much a papercut hurts, not you can give them to your coworkers and noone will be the wiser (if you are stealthy!). I came across this web site that gives detailed instructions on how to make a Shuriken with two pieces of paper!
Remember… Paper Shuriken throwing is an Exciting Sport! Easy To Learn! And Fun Indoors or Outdoors!
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Meditation Point #48

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I have something. When you look at it, it’s there, but when you look for it, it’s not. What is it?
— Zen Koan

Alex, for $500.00 is it “Where are my Car Keys!”

One Flag, Undivided Allegiance

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Someone sent the following to me so I am unsure of its origin. However after reading this, despite it being off topic, I thought I would post it. I know that many of our readers are not American and come from diverse nations, none the less the following words seem applicable to so many things in life, for the words are about loyalty and devotion, truth and commitment. Read this as an American OR read this as person committed to an ideal people standing for something with the courage to face opposition, a Martial Artist! Here it is:
“While the debate over immigration policy rages, let us bring back the simple and elegant words of Theodore Roosevelt on the subject. In a letter to the American Defense Society dated Jan.3, 1919, the former president of the United States wrote: “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith be­comes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discrimi­nate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.But this is predicated upon the man’s be­coming in very fact an American… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the Eng­lish language.. .and we have room but for one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Times have changed, but not so much as to render obsolete Mr. Roosevelfs ideal. After he left the White House, he warned against the emergence of “hyphenated Americans” that he feared could reduce us to a “tangle of squab­bling nationalities.” Those aspirations shouldn’t be controversial, but in today’s supercharged environment they may come across as foolishly naive.

I would like to add that as a Martial Artist we should strive truth and justice. If we must define ourselves let it be as people who stand for justice, there is no hyphen in that! Let me say to all those hyphenated individuals that I do not have a dog, but a K9-American!!

Meditation Point #47

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
– Dr. Seuss!!

As someone who almost always speaks my mind, I had to post it, though I was surprised with the source:)

Well made spoof…

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This 12 minute video has some very amusing moments and the choreography is well done. Hope you enjoy it…

Leiticia “Trinity” Pestova

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So here is a little teaser for you… We have just completed an interview with Leiticia “Trinity” Pestova which will get posted within the week. Leiticia is a very dynamic up & coming Martial Artist who we think will help change the face of the Martial Arts. In advance of the interview Leiticia has posted several photos to our gallery which you can see here. We will announce when the interview posts, right now I have to get back to work on all the site upgrade which is coming along nicely.

Meditation Point #46

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My life is my message.
— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Try to remember this the next time you are dealing with people, even those you don’t particularly like.

Sad News

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Master Barry Collings succumbed to cancer and passed away this past Saturday. Barry was a Guest Blogger who had many great insights into the Martial Arts and life. Barry was the first to admit his fears and fought hard to lengthen his time here. There is much that I did not know about Barry Collings so I feel ill equipt to write a fitting memorial, so I decided to use Barry’s own words mark his passing. Barry had given me permission to use any of his stuff so I am sure he won’t mind this. I found it very touching when I read it but have found new meaning since hearing of his death. He title this piece “Why we fight…

Why we fight” was a Hollywod movie series commissioned by the government in World War II to bolster the spirit of a nation at war. It was played in movie houses all over the country and it helped unite everyone to participate in the war effort anyway they could. It worked very well. WWII is often called “the last good war”. Every citizen felt like he/she had a vital role in fighting the war. As important is if they were carrying a weapon into battle.I’ve never been a soldier at war, in combat. How I feel about that is captured pretty well in Shakespear’s St Crispin’s day speech from HenryV (“…hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us…”). I do sometimes hold my manhood cheap while I listen to the vietnam vets that I work with tell their war stories. A country goes to war for it’s reasons. People join the Armed Services for reasons. Soldiers become combat troups (in any given battle only about %10 of troups are in combat, the rest are there to support) for reasons. From everything I’ve ever read and heard (as I said, I’ve never been there myself, but this is the feeling I get) the soldiers that are actually in combat, under fire fight for one reason. They fight because they don’t want to let their friends down. The other memorable line from the St, Crispin’s Day speech is “…we happy few, we band of brothers…”. That’s just what combat soldiers become, a band of brothers and they fight because they don’t want to let their brothers down.

In the mass patriotism of WWII nobody wanted to let anybody else down. In Britain the “stiff upper liBarry Collingsp” came to mean the united grit and unwillingness to be defeated of the average British citizen.
When it comes down to the simplest terms; we fight because we don’t want to let the people we care for and the people that care for us down.
Sometimes we forget that. Sometimes we feel so….or feel that we need to act so…..individual…that we forget that we are not in this alone. We have people who are looking to us for hope. We have people to fight for.
Even in these cynical, you’re voted off the island. I’ m in this for me and I don’t care who gets hurt as long as I win, greed driven reality show, it’s only a crime if you get caught (nice role model George W) times in which we live… I (everyone say your name) still fight so that I won’t let the people who care about me down.
Even if the results of the fight are a foregone conclusion, we fight.
This blog entry, just like all the others, is about me.
I’ve written this blog to make up for what I said in the last blog. I may be escaping mentally and emotionally but I can’t escape the inevitability of my situation so I’ll be here for it. As long as there are people who need me to be strong and fight then I’ll fight. To the end. To the last day. With my last breath. I’ll fight.

Greater words I could not have written…Goodbye Barry and may our thoughts and prayers help your family and friends find comfort and peace.