Happy Thanksgiving!

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The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

The earliest Thanksgiving events were actually harvest festivals held in the British Colonies, at present day Berkeley Plantation in Virginia in 1619 and at Plymouth in present day Massachusetts in 1621. While they had limited success with wheat and barley, their corn crop proved very successful, thanks to Squanto who taught them (in Plymouth) how to plant corn in hills, using fish as a fertilizer.

While our thanksgiving celebrations have little in common with that of the Pilgrims, hopefully we still take the day to be thankful for all we have and for those we cherish. Thanksgiving is also a day when we should pause to think of those less fortunate then us that we may support them not just during the Holiday season but throughout the year.

Thanksgiving Dinner

From all of us here at KarateTraining.org to all of you. Thank you for your patronage as we build what we hope will bethe best Martial Arts resource site on the Internet! May our success continue to blossom over the next year with your support.

Happy Thanksgiving

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar with Marcello Monteiro

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This is an announcement NOT an endorsement.

Where:
120 Frog Pond Lane #200
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

This 2 hour seminar start at 10:30 AM on Feb. 09, 2008 and costs $75.00. Call 512-644-4560 for more information or visit their web site.

Marcello C. Monteiro is well known in Brasil as a teacher nd coach for creating fighting strategies, teaching the most mportant tricks and details that speed up the learning process and facilitate the performance of each movement used by fighters. “Monteirão”, as he is known among his friends, likes to state that, “the difference between a champion and other athletes is associated with the details of each position”.

He is the author of the first Brazilian jiu-jitsu book (Secret Positions), edited by Gracie Magazine, which teaches jiu-jitsu positions without gi. That magazine has been for sale, at the Gracie magazine shop since 1999.

He also took part in a film about De La Riva’s life and his created position, the De La Riva’s Hook, demonstrating some positions with De La Riva himself. He also participates in the film, along with Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Zé Mário Sperry, Murilo Bustamante and Rodrigo Nogueira (MINOTAURO), telling about De La Riva’s life. That book is also currently being sold in Japan.

He is a certified and graduated technical teacher, registered at the “Federação de jiu-jitsu do estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil “, and has already prepared, trained and turned regular students into state, National and world champions.

A Day of Remembrance

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I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Sept 11 Remembrance

Today all Americans need to reflect upon the scarifices of our forefathers and all that followed them in paying the price of freedom. We need to be proud to be Americans and we need to show it. Nationalism is NOT a dirty word. So today of all days remember what we have paid for our freedom and if you don’t know then learn about it. GOD bless America and keep her strong.

Kalarippayattu who?!

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Jackie Chan is going to help keep the most ancient martial art of Kalarippayattu alive by helping India’s Yajness Shhetty. Yajness Shhetty, a Martial Arts expert and Trainer, has trained many Indian stars like Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, and Isha Koppikar. Seeing that Kalarippayattu is a dieing art he is springing into action to attempt to save the art and breath new life into it. He is not alone in this quest any longer as Jackie Chan has pledged his support. Also support him is Bruce Lee’s daughter, Linda Lee. Chan and Lee will assist Shhetty interact with martial arts experts from around the world who will attend an upcoming 3-Day seminar. The seminar will be held in New Delhi in November. Other Martial Arts figures are expected to join Jackie Chan and Linda Lee in participating in this event.

Read more about Kalarippayattu here soon…the post is coming…

Happy Labor Day America!

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Take the day off if you can… I don’t like to use this blog as a soapbox since there are plenty of them out there but every once in a while…

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The origins of the American Labor Day can be traced back to the Knights of Labor in the United States and a parade organized by that group and held on September 5, 1882 in New York City. The US Department of Labor’s web site has this to say about Labor Day:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Today, Labor Day is generally regarded as a day for picnics, barbecues, water activities and other family activities. It is also important tonote that there are an increasing number of businesses that are NOT closed for this holiday.

A Modern Labor Day

A Modern Labor Day truth as the labor movements of the American past are made a mockery by current corporate tactics.

A NAFTA Labor Day Celebration

In the wake of NAFTA and other “free” trade agreements American labor doesn’t have much to celebrate.

Not all is lost though things are not as good as they appear here (or anywhere else I would imagine). But at least here in American the people could still make things change for the better but at the moment that is a long shot. I don’t see much of the American Individualism that has made us who we are. Instead we have been cowed into a life of Acceptance. Acceptance of political correctness, acceptance of liberty for security, acceptence of corporate ownership and acceptance of low expectations from our elected officials. Until We the People decide we don’t want to accept these things any more not much is going to change. You will know that is happening when you start to see some individuals speaking up in uncomfortable situations because they aren’t going to accept *it* any more. Hope they start speaking up before we loose the right to do so…

* I do not have the sources for these images but hope it is ok with the authors that I post them here. If you know the owner or are the owner please let me know so I can get the appropriate permissions. Thanks.

Happy Birthday!

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To my someone special, you know who you are…

May the joy of today wash over you continuously in the year ahead and all troubles encountered soon be forgotten!
Thanks for keeping me in your heart and making life such a pleasure through all the little things you do for all those in your life – I greatly appreciate your presence in my life.
I hope that today is one not to be forgotten for all the love you receive!
Happy Birthday!

Friday the 13th Silliness

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He needs a haircut but did a nice job with a non-gruesome Friday the 13th video, enjoy.

Proud Army Wife on the 4th

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Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul and the other for your freedom.
By Danielle “A proud Army wife”

Happy Independence Day!!

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July 4th, Independence Day

Independence Day

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Hallowed be the day, forever bright its memory in the heart of the Nation.
Sing to it, poets;
shout to it, freemen;
celebrate it with bonfires, parades, and triumphant assemblies
(Daily Alta California, 4 July 1855).