Some New Year Cheer!

Sensei Posted in Events & Holidays

New Years Cheer

Have a Happy and Cheerful New Years Eve!
Remember to celebrate responsibly

We Wish you a Merry Christmas!

Sensei Posted in Events & Holidays

Merry Christmas from all of us at to all of You!
Merry Christmas

Enjoy the Magic!

Sensei Posted in Events & Holidays

May the magic of this Holiday fill you with Joy…
Merry Christmas Eve

Phishing Tests coming soon…

Sensei Posted in Identity Theft

Military, agencies to phish their workers. The military services and some agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs, can now launch diagnostic phishing attacks against their own workers. The government-sanctioned attacks will be designed to test how well federal workers adhere to organization’s e-mail security policies. The agencies will launch the attacks with IMPACT software that will keep track of how many employees click on the malicious links. With that information, agencies can gauge the effectiveness of their IT security education program. Organizations also can use the penetration testing software for spear phishing, a highly specialized form of phishing attack that targets information relevant to the organization under attack. Other agencies with plans for using the Core Security software include the Labor, Energy and Agriculture departments, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Courts and the U.S. Postal Service.
This is a great move by the goverment as putting people to the test is the only way to truely assess how well our agencies protect sensitive data. Equivalent to the retail practice of “shopping” your employees this will help determine the effectiveness of internal training and employee awareness.

STOP – Don’t pay for that, get it free here!

Sensei Posted in Training notes

Keep reading, secret information is disclosed that everyone else attempts to charge you for!
I subscribe to a lot of different Martial Arts newsletters and news feeds and they serve as a constant reminder of why I started this web site. In almost every case these “newsletters” and feeds turn out to be glorified sales pitches that pray on your weaknesses. What really got me going on this topic was a newsletter that publishes almost daily and is usually an amusing read however is devoid of any real information. The reason the newsletter has no useful information is that the publisher wants you to pay a fee and join his “Inner Circle”. Personally I think the guy watched Robert Dinero in Meet the Parents one to many times!
The super secret topic of his latest newsletter was the fact that he will reveal to you (if you subscribe) an amazing fruit that is so powerful it can “reduce risk of heart disease and cancer, improves skin tone, helps you quickly reduce weight, improves cardiac function, regulates blood sugar levels”and of course is “one of the most amazing aphrodisiacs”!! I mean who wouldn’t pay for that kind of information? Shouldn’t top medical researchers be lining up to learn this secret? I jest of course but I don’t mean to insinuate that what it is pitching is without some validity. Actually a little research showed that the fruit he was talking about does actually have some great health benefits. So here is my question, why charge people, why not just tell everyone? After all if you came up with a cure for cancer or something that could make peoples lives better wouldn’t you want to share that information…freely? If you want to make money go buy stock in the product or sell the product but sell it as a “secret product”? To me that is praying on the misfortune of others. There are many people who so want that perfect body, or who have health problems that they can’t resolve, or well the list goes on. You probably have my point now.
So I decided to combat this nasty Martial Arts community tactic by revealing FOR FREE the secret. And I am not revealing the secret to get you to join anything or buy anything. I am hoping you will support this web site but because you find it useful not because I am not saying you have to! The secret is Wild Blueberries. Yes that is it, here is the medical journal text to prove it:
So here is the secret straight from the horses mouth: If you could find an “all-in-one” pill for staving off Alzheimer disease, lowering cholesterol and fighting cancer, wouldn’t you want to order a bulk supply now? That magic “little blue pill” already exists in the form of wild blueberries, which are receiving increasing attention for empowering consumers toward better health-naturally. In response, Wyman’s – the United States’ oldest and largest grower of wild blueberries – has made its Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries and Wild Blueberry Juice newly available nationwide – through major grocery stores, price clubs and natural food stores. “The link between wild blueberries and disease prevention is so compelling that I advise my patients to eat them every day,” said Daniel Nadeau, MD, med… [Cancercompass News: Cancer Nutrition]
So here is my challenge to you. If you see one of these teaser ads and want to know what the secret is, post it as a comment to this post and I will find the secret and post it to the blog for all to see! Let us work together to open the Martial Arts community to a free exchange of ideas and knowledge. Thanks for reading! If you do support this site by purchasing from our near-wholesale store or by visiting our advertiser’s links, thank you very much. Happy Holidays!

Karate Dog?

Sensei Posted in Fun Stuff

Karate Dog
I have officially seen it all, I am speechless…

Meditation Point #67

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes

I beg you, everyone:
Life and death is grave matter.
All things pass away quickly.
Each of you must be completely alert:
never neglectful, never indulgent.
Evening Message in the Zendo

…I leave this one for your reflection…

Teaching my students…ego…

Sensei Posted in Training notes

I’ve been teaching the martial arts now for a little more then 20 years and some things don’t change, but I do. 20 odd years ago when I was first starting to teach I was inexperienced and for the most part tried to mimic my masters ways. My students looked up to me and I thought that was important for me to be an effective teacher. Some of the times though I was winging it, I am sure some students noticed! Ego. Back then I was young and yet my ego was typically in check (for my age). What I did learn to notice early on was the ego in my students (and others). I didn’t realize the importance of this at the time but over the years it has made me realize that we are all the same. Students, teachers, young, old, male, female, we all possess egos to varying degrees and exposure. It is who we are or more importantly a sign of who we are becoming. It always amazed me when my Sensei could so easily tell who would succeed and who wouldn’t, who would persevere and who would quit.
Some things don’t change, but I do. This is true for all of us. So if things don’t change how can we? Well I change because I choose to, that is the only way to initiate a change. We can choose not to change but this leads to death. What I have discovered over the last twenty years is this, there are only so many different *types* of people. And these different types of people are all at different stages of development of self. Self, that is a big word. There is singularity in self that we find no where else. Choice. So the students and people that I see are simply intersections in my life of similar type people that I have seen before. They have not changed but they are entering my life at a different point in the development of my Self. Epiphany! I am not sure when I got it, perhaps I always had it, but it struck me that I too can with good accuracy predict who will stay the course and who won’t. It is a sad realization, ignorance is bliss.
This insight into others through introspection, as I see it, is an important part of Martial Arts training. But how does one teach this? This may be one of the great mysteries! 🙂 I think some of it happens naturally for the interested student. In learning a Martial Art the student must at some point turn their attention inward and in part master themselves. This is required to gain even cursory control/awareness of your mind and body. To quote Yoda, Hard this is. This is the point when you see if a student can change or simply become more so (of who they are). Change is hard, very hard and we are creatures of equilibrium, we like its stability. We must learn to fight this desire for stability, for equilibrium to expand our Self and grow. But this is a hard path fraught with distractions, inner turmoil and to be most feared, ego. Back to ego! So do we change? Most find it easier to fight change and cling to the familiar but many do eventually succeed in making a change. “Making a change” however is not the fluid process of continual change and growth we are looking for. Making a change is usually a sudden reaction to extreme events, often made to late. How many of us have dated people who are a negative influence on our lives only to break up and date the same type of person again. We all know someone this applies to. Not change, more so.
We the instructor, the Sensei, can help push our students to positive change. We should strive to instill in our students control (of self), introspection (why did you do that?), apathy (why is your aggressor angry?), humility (we are all equal), and justice (no one has the right to wrong!). Of course there are more but these are the high points. Try to observe your students and challenge them based on their development. Remember ego is not a bad thing, but a big or arrogant ego is a dangerous thing. The later leads to feelings of superiority to others which is detrimental leading to entitlement and usually ending in underestimating your opponent! Remind your students that Belts are not instruments of class, they should not be worn with pride, they are simply articles of clothing.


Sensei Posted in Fun Stuff

This just tickled my funny bone! And I think the first part is pretty true. Real motivation comes from others or from within and is driven by a strong desire and will. But the posters are nice…

Ju Jitsu Master DePasquale

Sensei Posted in Profiles

Here is a video clip of a short demo clip of Master DePasquale demonstrating some Ju Jitsu techniques. Ni Dai Soke Michael DePasquale Jr. is a highly skilled Jujutsu Master who has carried on the tradition of Yoshitsune Waza Jujutsu as well as developing his own Combat Yoshitsune Jujutsu system. He has published Karate International Magazine and is the author of several books on self-defense. He travels extensively, conducting seminars on self-defense with other renowned martial artists.

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