Circle of Iron

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This Review both slams and endorses the film Circle of Iron. This is a B movie at best. I agree with the reviewer in stating the David Carradine is the only saving grace in the movie. The original screenplay was written in part by Bruce Lee, it is believed that he hoped to make the film with his son Brandon, Bruce would have played the part David Carradine took on. Unfortunately the reviewer is right on target, this is a weak B movie at best but does have a few redeeming qualities for the Martial Arts/Eastern Philosophy enthusiasts.

The True Martial Way – London, England

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This story, titled Flying High with Karate, is really an announcement of basically free classes aimed at getting people off of the streets and into Karate class with the hopes of teaching self-respect and self-discipline to these youths. Chief instructor Sensei Dunstan Lawrence and Andy Asleben have run programs in the borough for years and see this as an opportunity to give something back. The programs is for ages 7 and up, hopefully anyone under 7 isn’t on the street! For more information call Andy on 07811 129107.

A Strange Tale of Self Defense

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This story is bizarre. The man is claiming he killed his wife in self-defense because she was often possessed by evil spirits. Thankfully the court did not buy his story. The facts of the case easily debunk his claim of self-defense and prove his guilt. Just an observation here though, do these people ever consider divorce? I can assure you that if my wife were possessed by evil spirits, I would first seek an exorcist and if that failed I’d find a good divorce lawyer! I am reminded of a comedian talking about bad relationships and comparing them to sour milk…maybe it will be good tomorrow?! Here’s the public service announcement, life is to short to suffer in an abusive relationship that could spiral out of control, get out, stay safe, and have a chance at happiness.

Supernatural Martial Arts…not here!

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The Martial Arts Association in Putrajaya, Bernama (a moderate Muslim state) was told it was not allowed to teach matters pertaining to the supernatural. Wow! Makes you realize how many freedoms you have living in America. Think of how ‘watered’ down American martial arts would be if we couldn’t use a good old fashioned hex or potion before sparring! And forget learning those supernatural abilities seen in the movies..no sir! No 3 story wall walking, unflinching hits to the groin, and who an live without learning to catch a bullet (fired from a gun of course:). What amuses me about this story as in any story about such nonsense is the total lack of a definition of ‘the supernatural’. Couldn’t the simple breathing techniques of the martial arts be viewed as supernatural training given the goal of inner cleansing, higher awareness and clarity of mind! Alas, no oygy board sparring predictions to insure a win at the next competition guess we’ll just have to learn to win by practice and hard work. What an idea! May thought police everywhere fall prey to their own works.

Fat and Lazy

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This Amusing Editorial is short but funny. Sam Burson observes that there is no martial art for the fat and lazy, what were those Shaolin monks thinking?!

Gainsville, GA, USA Karate Camp

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Run by Sunday Hollis of S.P. Hollis Martial Arts the karate camp today (6/13/05) through Friday (6/17/05). Activities will include an obstacle course, padded weapons class, arts and crafts and martial arts training. Camp hours 9:00 AM to Noon. Camp attendees can be from upcoming first-graders through age 12. The camp costs $75. For additional information please contact S.P. Hollis at (404) 597-9053.

Olympic Sports Review

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Around The Rings is reporting that the Olympic Sports Report due out today could announce the inclusion of Karate to the 2012 Summer Games. This would be a huge boost for the Martial Arts world-wide. Entry into the games will mark the maturity of Karate and significantly increase the stature of the discipline. I say discipline instead of sport because to me labeling Karate as a sport diminishes its focus and history. Additional details will be posted once the Olympic committee makes its announcement.

Ventura County Senior Tai Chi Class

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The Ventura County Star (Registration Required) reports the addition of a Tai Chi class at the East County Senior Center. The Tai Chi class are Monday and Wednesday, June 27 through July 25 at Reyes Adobe Park, 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive. Intermediate classes 9:00 to 10:00 AM, beginning classes 10:00 to 11:00 AM $28 for all four weeks, twice per week.

Independent Tournament Circuit

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The first Mississippi Valley Tournament took place this past Saturday, June 11, 2005. The participants ranged from kids 6 years old to adults. The event is part of a new Independent Tournament Circuit in the Mississippi area sponsored by Jay Green. Another competition event is planned for this August.

News from Ghana

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The News Story reports on the efforts to bring the Martial Arts, specifically Tae Kwan-do, Judo and Shotokan, to the country of Ghana. Previous efforts have been short-lived . The current effort focuses on reviving the flagship club and promoting the benefits of Karate-do to the countries youth.