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4th Soke Depasquale Seminar



"The brilliant man doesn't get that way by reading only one book in the library and a master martial artist doesn't' either".

K P Sr. Sensei


Martial art systems taught as a Buffet of material ...not such a bad idea. As good martial scientist we should always want to see, feel, and taste other arts.

I believe you can learn something from anyone, even if its what not to do . To this day I use many of the concepts or techniques shown to me at seminars from years ago.

One of my old Instructors told me that "Seminars are a waste of time". When asked why the Instructor felt that seminars had little value the response was " you cant really learn anything and then the teacher is gone".

So what constitutes a good Seminar and a bad one. Here is My opinion; The success or the failure of a Seminar depends on the students attending the seminar.

First the student must be of an open mind , or as they say Their cup must be half empty this refers to the concept that if your cup is full the new information will simply spill over and you will retain nothing but, when your cup is only half full you are able to expect more thought, concept, or theory. I once attended a Seminar where I watched a teenager correct a 4th Dan who was pushing 40 years old. To quote Ed Parker Jr. Don't be a "Captain Correcto" Unless you are assisting the Master, mind open, mouth closed is your best way to go. Work on the Masters material ONLY . that’s not to say that you may not relate it to some else you already know but, save playing with and tweaking the material for the dojo.

Being in the same room with Professor Remy Presas made me open my eyes to a whole new world of thought . I feel a seminar is a great place to meet greatly skilled martial artist right in your own area, people whom you may have never meet otherwise . Attending as just a student, is tremendously rewarding.

On the other side of the coin is the Instructor. Most I have meet have a standard concept or set of ideas they would like to convey, if they have been in the same venue more than once they may work on deeper material but the same concepts. Sadly, there are some Instructors who demonstrate well, but could not teach to get their message across in the short time that a seminar may last. The trick is to grab what you can and enjoy the time spent training with each other.

You will find that most Seminars today suffer from a lack of attendance. This is a sad truth. At a seminar in 1997 I remember over hearing Professor Cerio say " Look at this, where is everybody, what do they think, I’m going to be around for ever". One of our times best teachers was gone just a year and a half later. We as Martial Artist must get what we can while we're here so we may pass it on to the next generation.


What to pack when going to a seminar

[ Bring a camera, water, a towel, a notebook and some money for t-shirt books or other sh-wag you may want to buy.

[ Have an open mind, you can learn something from anyone.

[ Look for people who can give you a hand. Just don't stand around and wait till something comes to you.

[ Take Notes, as you will never remember it when you get home

[ Be appreciative of the Instructors time, thank them after the seminar is over.


Rock climber on Piece of Cake


You want to be able to legitimately call yourself strong.

Consider a top athlete like the Pat's own Q.B. Tom Brady. By incorporating plyometrics and agility work into his training, he's able to juke his way around most of the NFL. Because he stretches, too, he's less likely to injure himself. Of course, you're no T.B. who is But if you build your workout around these same four pillars strength, cardio, flexibility, and agility; you can reach your peak fitness, just as he has.

Take these tests,  it will assess your baseline Strength. When you're finished, write down your results. That'll guide you in putting together your custom workout . Re-test yourself every 4  weeks to see where you're moving .

Push-ups: Drop and give us as many as possible until failure. Maintain proper form throughout. If you cheat, you're done. Top army recruits do 68 pushups in 2 minutes. Your upper body is buff if you can grunt out 40 to 50 in that time.

Sit-ups: Lie with your feet flat on the floor, your knees bent 90 degrees, and your hands resting on your thighs. Curl your torso up, sliding your hands toward your knees, then lower yourself back down. Perform as many as you can in 1 minute, while keeping your feet on the floor. The average for most men is 35 rpm.

Squats: Keeping your knees behind your toes and your torso straight, bend your knees and lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Slowly stand back up and repeat. Continue until failure or until you break form. Close in on 40- 45 times and it's excellent."

Rope Jumping Take a fitness workout tip from the pros: one of the world's best exercise devices, the jump rope, costs less than $15, fits in your briefcase. 10 minutes of jumping rope is equal to 30 minutes of jogging and Jumping Rope for 15 Minutes may burn up to 200 Calories. Professional athletes in a variety of sports are jumping rope as part of their fitness workouts  for the same reason boxers have "skipped it" for years. Here are some Tips:

Be sure your rope is the right length. When you step in the center, the handles should just reach your armpits.

[ Wear a good pair of aerobic or cross-training shoes. 

[ Avoid concrete or hard tiles and jump on  rubber tiles or low-nap carpeting.

[ Keep shoulders relaxed and elbows in close to your body.

[ Don't jump too high  and turn the rope with your wrists, not your arms.

[ Warm up with 5 minutes of light activity, then stretch gently before jumping.

[ Start by alternating brief periods of jumping with resting moves, such as turning the rope alongside your body without jumping. As you get more strong do fewer resting moves and speed jumping. Your goal is to jump continuously for 15 minutes.






Books to read

[ Infinite Insights into Kenpo, Vol. 1-5, by Ed Parker

[ Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams

[ Living the Martial Way  by Forrest E. Morgan

[ Myths & Legends of the Martial Arts by Peter Lewis

[ Still as the Mountain, Powerful as Thunder by Y. P. Dong

[ Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

[ The Ultimate Kick by Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

[ Small Circle Ju Jitsu by Prof. Wally Jay

[ Kung fu History, Philosophy & Technique by David Chow & Richard Spagler

[ Filipino Martial Arts by Mark V. Wiley

[ Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching by Carol A. Wiley

[ Tao of Jeet Kune Do by  Bruce Lee


Shaolin Creed

Learn the way to preserve rather than destroy.
Avoid rather than check. Check rather than hurt.
Hurt rather than maim. Maim rather than kill.
For all life is precious, not one can be replaced.


Karate Creed

I come to you with only Karate: Empty Hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor; should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons - Karate: My Empty Hands.


Student Code of Honor

"I vow to never use my Martial Art training for any purpose that would convey a negative image of myself or my Family. My training is to improve me both mentally and physically, so that I am able to help others do the same, in and out of my Dojo."


The Instructors Creed

 I will be patient. I will lead by example. I will teach every class as if it is the most important class I’ll ever teach.


My Vow

I Kevin Pence Sr. vow to unselfishly share all of the knowledge that I possess in the Arts. I will dedicated myself to bringing the Martial Arts community together to share and learn from each other so we may all better ourselves and our Families.



How to tie your Obi (a.k.a. your belt)

The belt (obi) is used primarily to keep your dogi top from opening. Here is the proper procedure for tying it:

Fold your belt in half and find the center.

Place the center just below your navel and wrap both ends around your waist bringing the tips back to the front. Make sure not to twist it and that the ends are even.

Bring the left over the right and tuck under both parts in front of your waist, pulling the ends left and right to form the first knot.

Bring the top over the bottom cross them and pull up through the hole and tie your second knot pulling left and right (horizontally).

An obi should always be respected, but not revered. It contains symbolic meaning. You can tell a lot about someone and their attitude solely by the care with which they wear and treat their obi.

Do not drop or have it drag on the floor. This is carelessness and disrespect.

Never wash your obi even if it is stiff and difficult to keep tied. Only by tying and untying it will you break it in, meaning that you must train often. It is said that your training spirit and hard work lie in your belt, and if you wash it, you are cleansing this spirit away.


Pre-test diet

One of the most important rules is never try a new food on test day. Carbohydrates are the most readily available source of energy for the body, so they should be the main component of food and drink ingested prior to testing. The amount of time prior to testing that you are eating should help determine your source of carbohydrates; a high carbohydrate meal may be eaten several hours prior to a test. A liquid source may be ingested less than an hour before a race. Don’t forget that your body stores carbohydrates as glycogen; your body will store enough glycogen to run about 20 miles.There are several reasons for feeling fatigued at the start of a test; very often, this may be due to starting too fast. Warm up well prior to the test and start at a even pace. As you feel stronger, pick up the pace.Pre-test nerves may also play a role in fatigue. There are many techniques which may help decrease anxiety;first know that for you to be there, you are worthy. Next, everyone testing you has been where you are.


Peaceful Spirit Way

Being the "Uke"

Being the Uke (ouh key) means just that . Being the dummy or model for a thought, it is not a fight!


Feeling any given Tech. is always better than seeing it or doing it to the air. Taking a hands-on approach might be the wisest move you can make in the dojo. However, playing your way out of a lock or trap may sometimes get you hurt.


Be sure that the training partner knows what you are doing so that he or she does not jerk, twist, slip, or fall on you or hurt himself in any way. Save the quick jerk and snap for the street. Remember that in most cases you have had the first blow or two to wound you... i.e.; could you still perform that same move with out the use of that leg, or that hand?


Be a thinker even when you are the "Uke" just know your place at that time is for the other person. Not just for you to feel the position you would be in, but for him to feel your position. In this case as a Uke "think it, but don't do it.


Remember the saying about too many cooks an what they did to the broth? Keep this all in mind if you get an urge to peek and stir, but always feel free to taste, when the broth is done. This is to say know the Combo well before you begin to tweak and bend it or make it your own.


While I share my art with all of my students art is mine and yours is yours. You need to work so that the base of the technique stays pure, but that you are comfortable with the out come. Within our art, one achieves the ability to create rather than merely imitate. Contained within the techniques are the principles that I try to pass on. Once a student learns the Waza (techniques), he/she is able to develop their own Henka (variations) using combinations or unique applications of techniques for an infinite number of self defense cases. This allows the student to create Waza and applications suited to his or her own needs, rather than memorizing the techniques I have taught them in the dojo.


In deciding to lend a hand to someone in need, you actually end up helping yourself by discovering a new path. In fact, rather than feeling put upon or exhausted by another's demands, you find yourself rising to challenge. It helps you that you get to use the best of yourself in aiding this person.... your diplomacy, tact, and thought all come in handy when trying to persuade the powers that be...“AKA Gravity”  to see things another way!



The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him.  Everyday he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers."We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

The Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives....even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seemsto be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.


 Japanese Command Vocabulary

Kamae - Combative Posture

Hajime - Begin

Yame - Stop

Kime - Focus

Rei - Bow

Yoi - Ready

Hidari - Left

Migi - Right

Ohayo - Good Morning for before noon class.

Konnichi wa - Good afternoon for classes between noon and 5pm.

Kon Bon Wa - Good evening for classes after 5pm.

Vocabulary - Counting

One - Ichi

Two - Ni

Three - San

Four - Shi

Five - Go

Six - Roku

Seven - Shichi     

Eight - Hachi   

Nine - Ku    

Ten - Ju



BJJ = Brazilian JiuJitsu
CMA = Chinese Martial Arts
DJJ = Depasquale Ju Jitsu
D.T.S. =
Dekiti Trisia Sriadas

FMA = Filipino Martial Arts

IFOJJ = International Federation of Ju-Jitsuans

GJJ = Gracie Jiu-jitsu
JKD = Jeet Kune Do

JJJ = Japanese Ju Jitsu
KM = Krav Maga
KK = Kempo Karate
KF = Kung Fu 

KO = Knock Out
MA = Martial Art(s)
MMA = Mixed Martial Arts
MT = Muay Thai

RBSD = Reality Based Self Defense

SEA MA = Southeast Asian Martial Art(s)

TKD = Tae Kwon Do
TKO = Technical Knock Out
TMA = Traditional Martial Arts

PST = Ping Shen Tao

WTF = World Taekwondo Federation

WC = Wing Chun

XMA = Extreme Martial Arts


People have often told me that I fail to see the gravity of the situation.
I see the gravity, I say...
Step right up folks and watch me defy gravity!

"When a man makes up his mind to solve any problen, he may at first be met with dogged opposition, but if he holds on and keeps searching he will be sure to find some sort of solution.  The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start."--Thomas Edison

We do not conquer through brillance.  We conquer by continuing."

(Basic moves) can be used to oppose, ride, borrow, or steal force, faint, sprain, dislocate, fracture, rupture, maim, rip, tear, claw, hook, poke, slice, rake, buckle, check, maneuver, trip, grab, lock, twist, pinch, butt, bite, throw, pull, along with numerous other accomplishments. - Edmund Parker, Infinite Insights, Volume 2




It is sometimes a small bruise or a pulled muscle or even that not so funny bone that may nag us after a class. It  is important to take care of even the small injury so that we may keep up with our training. Proper care in the first day after injury can reduce the time you're sidelined. Should you suffer a sprain, strain, pull, or other muscle or joint injury, treat it with R.I.C.E. -- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. R.I.C.E. can relieve pain, limit swelling and protect the injured tissue, all of which help to speed healing. Heat may be helpful once the injury moves out of the acute phase and swelling and bleeding has stopped. Moist heat will increase blood supply to the damaged area and promote healing.





"There is no greater study that the study of self.
Knowing who we are and what we are.
Knowing our strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing what we can do and what we cannot do.
Through this concept we will develop ourselves mentally,
physically,and spiritually so that we will
have an awareness of our being."

Miss Young


"In Judo, he who thinks is immediately thrown."
Robert Linssen Judo and Psycho-Physical Unity 




Martial Arts Terminology


Atemi Waza- Japanese: Atemi meaning body blows( from Ateru, to strike, and Mi, body and Waza meaning technique. Atemi and blows aimed at the vital or weak points of an opponents body in order to paralyze, by means of intense pain.


Balance - Two triangles, head and chest. If they point in different directions, balance is off.

Bapak  - Indonesian:  Father. Used to convey affection to a mentor, or founder of a style.

Beset - Indonesian: rear stepping sweep or tripping obstacle. / beset dalem / Inside sweep, beset luar / outside sweep-.

Basics - Simplified moves that comprise the fundamentals of any art. Divided into stances, maneuvers, blocks, strikes, parries, kicks, and methods, etc.

Block - A defensive maneuver used to check or hinder an opponent.

Bob and Weave - Body maneuvers used to avoid an attack. A "bob" involves a vertical movement of the body. A "weave" is a horizontal side to side movement of the body.

Borrowed Force - An opponent's force which is used to defeat him. This can be accomplished by going with the opponent's force or, upon occasion, going against his force. The concept allows your opponent's force to enhance the effectiveness of your action.

Bodhidharma -India: (Da Mo) prince of a small tribe in South India who became a warrior priest and 28th patriarch of the Buddhist faith. Known for setting the ground work for Shaolin chuan-fa.

Budo - Japanese:"The Way of Combat" A name given in the 20th century for all martial arts in general, with the emphasis on their aspects. In addition to the physical discipline and movement, it implies an attitude of mental fortitude and a distinct ethical code.


Check - To restrain, hinder, or repress an opponent from taking action. This is accomplished by pressing, pinning, or hugging an opponent usually at the joints so that it minimizes his leverage and nullifies his actions.

Ch’uan Fa - Chinese- "Way of the Fist." the name originally given by the Shaolin Monks to their fighting art.

Chi Kung -Chinese- the practice of cultivating chi (energy)

Chin Na - Chinese- “seize and control.” Chinese ancestor of jujitsu which uses traps, locks, and pressure point attacks as well as holds and throws.


Chi  - A Chinese term used to describe the powers that can be generated when the mind and body are totally unified. It involves total complete synchronization of mind, breath, and strength to achieve maximum force. It is that extra inner force created by the precise synchronization of the conscious and subconscious mind.

Chow,William - (AKA Thunderbolt) studied Hung Gar kung fu /Kosho-Ryu Kempo one of seven Black Belts promoted by James Mitose (signed by Thomas Young)

 Chojun, Miyagi- Founder of Goju-Ryu Karate-Was the first to introduce Kempo Karate to the U.S .In 1934 he came to the Island of Kauai Hawaii and taught more than a 100 students. Miyagi is the base for the Mr. Miyagi character of the movies. Circular Movements - Moves that predominantly loop or follow a curve. Such moves can be used defensively or offensively.

Classical - Traditional methods and moves used by the so called, "pure system" of Martial Arts.

Claws - Refers to the fingertips as used in a technique.

Clock Principle - A system in teaching, to help the student to visually imagine the direction which he is to follow. Generally asked to think of himself as being in the middle of a big clock facing 12 o'clock with 6 o'clock to the rear, 3 and 9 to his right and left and all other number in their respective places.

 Close Range Encounters - Action that occurs within elbow and knee distance. Common Sense - It is that sixth sense that many lack. It is the ability to overcome problems and difficult situations by using logic.

Crescent - A path of action that can be compared and paralleled to a hooking type maneuver.


Dan - Japanese  - Black Belt levels 1-10 in Kempo and most budo.

Dekiti-Tirsia-Siradas -Tagalog- A combat system of  it is defined as a close-quarter in-fighting system which is made up of close-quarter sectoring tactics. Which is a higher method of training for reality in combat. this art puts a direct emphasis on the development of effective footwork along with the correct application of body and striking angles. Grandmaster Jerson "Nene" Tortal

Dim Mak - Chinese:lit.(poison hand) the art of delivering damaging waves of chi to destroy your attackers organs.

Dojo - Japanese: "Place of the Way." Kempo training hall.


Economy of Motion - Any movement that takes less time to execute and still causes the intended effect.

Eighteen Hand Movements - The original number of hand movements first developed to defend or attack an opponent. These moves supposedly formed the foundations of Shaolin Boxing.

Erishi Shou- Chinese " Twenty Palms." Black Belt blocking exercise.


Feint - A misleading move used to deceive an opponent.

Focus - Is the result of the entire body working as a unit at the very instant a target is struck. The concentration of mind (knowledge) breath, strength, and methods of execution must unite as one in conjunction with body momentum, torque, gravitational marriage, timing, speed, penetration, etc.

 Form - Is literally a short story of motion. These motions are offensive and defensive maneuvers incorporated into a dance for purposes of learning, home training and exercise. They are usually done without a partner.

Formulate - The combining of moves into a systematized order, which when properly organized, develops into a logical and practical sequential arrangement.

Full Contact - Is the professional method of free style (sparring) where actual hitting is accepted as part of the rules.


Guru:Indonesian:  Leader of Practice

Guru Tuan: Indonesian: 'prince' teacher, uncle


Hammering - A particular method of striking which resembles the action of a hammer pounding a nail from various angles.

Hiken -Japanese:"hidden fist." The Kempo fist/palm salute.

Hachi Ten Do -Japanese: " Eight Point Way" Basic blocking exercise in four sections.

Harimau - Indonesian; Sumatran Tiger Style, low to the ground, creeping movement to upset an opponents root. The tiger it’s self  is found only on the island of Sumatra.This tiger has webbing on its paws that make it a great swimmer. There are only 400 or so of these tigers left in existence making them a very endangered species.


Judo - Japanese: lit.(the gentle way)sport Jujitsu

Jurus: fundamental movement done alone - the 'root' of pencak silat

Ju jitsu - Japanese: "gentle art." Techniques of throwing, joint locking, holding, and choking as well as escape techniques employed in self defense.


Kali - An ancient Philippine martial art, which is also known by other names, such as Eskrima, Arnis, Arnis de Mano, and FMA.  

Kara-te - Japanese:  for "empty hand." Officially changing Chinese Kara (T'ANG) Te -to Japanese Kara Te (Empty Hand)  October 25, 1926 / The conference of Okinawan Karate master at which was agreed the term Karate be adopted as the official name of this Martial Art.

Kata - Japanese: "formal exercise" or "form." A pattern of predetermined fighting movements.(thirteen forms are required for Black Belt.).

Karambit - Indonesian: small curved blade, the shape of the blade is related to animist beliefs about the power of tigers, the blade is in the shape of a tiger claw It’s  found among the cultures of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In all of these cultures it may have been used as an agricultural tool as well as a weapon.

 Kuda-kuda - Indonesian: horse stance (kuda = 'horse')

Kung fu - Chinese for skill acquired through practice."Kong shou- Chinese for "empty hand"Ki - A Japanese term for Chi.

Langkah: footwork exercises (lit. 'step')

Locks - Moves that lock the joints or body parts of your opponent to restrain him from taking further action. It combines methods of pushing and pulling.

Long Range Encounters - Action that occurs at arm length or the length of a leg.


Maha Guru -  Indonesian:  Senior Teacher, Professor

Meditation - A brief period of mental relaxation used in the arts to eliminate outside distractions from the mind in order to fully concentrate on activities that are to be learned in class. Taking the time to do this helps to avoid unnecessary injury which might otherwise occur.

 Mui Fa Shou - Chinese " Plum Flower Hands" Black Belt blocking  exercise.


Ping-Te - Chinese (Ping) / Japanese (Te): lit.Peaceful Hand”  The name given to the base techniques of the art P.S.T.

Putar Kepala - Indonesian - head turning throw ; putar = rotate, kepala = head

Pakul  - Indonesian - to strike or collide


San Chai Na -Chinese &Japanese: "Three Powers Controlling" Mind Body &Spirit.

Sapu - Indonesian - ankle sweep, torqueing throw. Sapu luar / Inside sweep, / Sapu dalem outside sweep.

Sempai -Japanese.:lit. second in command a senior student who serves Sensei as a model for technique.

Silat - Indonesian - literally "lightning" Combat usage of pentjak movements, the study of combat.

System - Is the unification of related concepts, principles, truths, and basic elements of a particular school of Martial Arts.

Sapu Dalam - Indonesian - inside foot sweep

Sapu Luar - Indonesian - outside foot sweep

Sarong - Indonesian - wrap-around skirt-type garment common in Indonesia,


Take Down Maneuvers - Moves of defense or attack that cause an opponent to fall to the ground to immobilize, restrain, control, or to further attack.

Talon - Refers to a grab attack as used in a technique.

Target Areas - Vital areas on your or your opponent's body which can cause injury or damage when struck.

Te - An Okinawain term which means "hand". Their Art was originally called Okinawa-te or "hand Art" of Okinawa. This was later changed by the Japanese to karate meaning "empty hand".

Technique - Pre-planned moves that can be used defensively or offensively with successful results.

Telegraphing - Body language that often works against you. These movements warn your opponent of your intended action and help to prepare him for his defense.

Traditional - Generally refers to those practitioners of the Martial Arts who adhere to custom or the original concepts and moves of a particular system.

Trapping - Any stratagem designed to catch a natural weapon to prevent it from escaping.


Wing Chun -Chinese:lit. (beautiful Springtime) The common legend involves young woman who had refused the local warlord's marriage offer. She asks a local buddhist nun, Ng Mui, to teach her boxing , she won her fight with the warlord and married here first love, the art was later named after her Yim Wing Chun. Bruce Lee's base art.

Wu Shu-Chinese:Mandarin; national martial art of China


Zen- Buddhist form of meditation perpetuated by Tamo (Daruma),  Indaian Prince.


Best e-mail I ever got !


Ok guys.  This one is a tear jerker.  Maybe it's just me though, but it touched my heart.  What a difference we can all make through one small action.  Just one small step.  Just one act of kindness towards the human race.  Wow, my eyes were opened at how we each have the power to make the difference in someone's life, even in the smallest actions.  Here's to being a better person, by being a kinder person.  Go out and make a difference in someone else's life

What would you do? make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child."

Then he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"  Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inni ng. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a s low gr ound ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he under stood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third!"

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, "Shay, run home! Run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.

"That day", said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "t he boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world".

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate. The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the "natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.


This is important information for females of ALL ages
Through a Rapist's Eyes   (No Joke).   Guys - please
forward to the female members of your family and all your female friends
and associates.When this was sent to me, I was told to forward it to my lady friends. I forwarded it to most everyone in my address book. My men friends have female friends and this information is too important to miss someone. Please pass it along.
A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.   They
are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other
hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a
woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women
who's clothing is easy to remove quickly.   Many of them carry scissors
around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their
purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard
and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between
5:00a.m. and  8:30a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. Number two is office parking lots/garages.   Number three is public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry ab out getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year
sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because
it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you
isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.
Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the
attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys
you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or
stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like w hat time is it, or make general small talk: "I can't believe it is so cold out here",
"we're in for a bad winter." Now you've seen their face and could identify
them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you
and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists this man talked to said
they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it
and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (betwee n the elbow and armpit) OR  in the upper inner thigh  VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a
particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is
extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is
that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing
trouble, and he's out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and
bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure,
and I ended on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of
your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!

You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the
guy really was trouble.


A Guide to a Happy Life
No one will ever get out of this world alive.  Resolve therefore to maintain a reasonable sense of value.
Take care of yourself.  Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth.  Without it, happiness is almost impossible.
Resolve to be cheerful and helpful.  People will repay you in kind.
Avoid angry, abrasive people.  They are generally vengeful.
Avoid zealots. They are generally humorless.
Resolve to listen more and to talk less.  No one ever learns anything by talking.
Be chary of giving advice.  Wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it.
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the wrong.  Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
Do not equate money with success.  There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings.  What counts most about success is how a person achieves it. 

"Support your athlete "


The best reason to wear an athletic supporter is so you can wear a protective cup. For the unfamiliar: supporter come in two flavors: plain, and a kind of marsupial version that accepts a removable cup made of very hard plastic. A well-placed blow in this region is not only agonizing; it can destroy a boy or a man!

While most boys and men can get by without athletic supporters, a lot more ought to wear cups. Kids these days have helmets for practically everything—I wouldn't be surprised to see my sons wearing them for violin practice. But surprisingly few boys wear cups for sports. I would make my sons do for Little League, Football or Hockey and most defiantly in the dojo. If you have a son in this dojo, get him a cup; if you are a man in this dojo you should never take a class without it!

"no ouch just ouss" !

sensei k p



My Dragon

The 8 point method of blocking without

The four directions of unbalancing by using half of the 8 point
method we begin to understand the rudimentary fundamentals of
positioning our bodies to a place where as little energy as possible
is used to displace re-direct route or otherwise foil our opponents

Using the scoop block a.k.a. 1 or 2 we may slip to the inside or
outside as we let our attacker flow by into any various array of
joint locks chokes or strikes.
By using the rising blocks 5& 6 we bring our attacker into more
direct strikes this is because the attacker tends to bring his weight
forward towards his toes hence bringing his body into a more
direct center line this causes the attacker to be routed back into his
heels making it easier for the practitioner to walk straight through
as we follow with a multitude of hand strikes being careful to first
strike low into the body bringing the attackers head forward while
his weight is still on his heels making high elbows a perfect finish.

When the practitioner chooses to use low blocks 7& 8 the attacker
will tend to lean forward into the center line making knees and
quick driving upward hand strikes the optimal direct approach,
while slipping to the N.E. an N.W. can still be combined with these
motions I find it to be almost better to stand the ground and simply
turn at the waist by doing this you bring the attacker to you at a
higher rate of speed making it harder for him to regain his balance
before any number of arm bar choke or joint lock is performed
also because the attacker will tend to lean towards his toes low
driving stomp kicks are very potent to the pettilla and tibular.

While it is important to practice these basic fundamentals with
the arms of the practitioner it is just as important to remember
that the arms do not really do the block it is the body by turning to
the left or right by stepping forward or back our bodies make the
timing and target different for our attacker thus making him make midflight adjustments or missing all together.


"There is no finish line. When you reach one goal, find a new one." 

Chuck Norris

My Dragon

Dragon Spirit

"Not to spew but, here's a few."
"Finally a White belt, after a lifetime of trianing.'


"Peace over power... First". K P Sr. Sensei


 “It's best when the Bull can also be the Bullfighter" Olay! KP Sr.Sensei


"The brilliant man doesn’t get that way by reading only one book in the library and a master martial artist doesn’t either”.  K P Sr. Sensei


“There are many things in this world you can get out without paying for; but attention isn’t one of them”.  K P Sr. Sensei


"Just good Concepts, not Con-jobs."  K P Sr. Sensei


"No ouch... just ouss" K P Sr. Sensei


“Finally a White belt, after a lifetime of training."K P Sr. Sensei


“Every strong Tree had to grow through dirt, to reach up for the sky " K P Sr.


“Always train as if it is your last day in the dojo. One day it will be”. K P Sr. Sensei


"We must always look at our history and what we can take from it, but we must make our own the present" K P Sr. Sensei


" It's better to know how, and not have to; than to have to, and not know how, but the true art lies in not having to use it at all. "   K P Sr. Sensei


“We may fall many times, but we don’t fail till we blame somebody else for our own failure”.  K P Sr. Sensei


“In teaching the arts ,we all serve chicken it just the flavor that make people love or dislike.”  K P Sr. Sensei


“The safety of all , most come before all else”. K.P.  Sr.  Sensei


 “There are many titles in the Martial Arts Sifu, Shihan, Instructor, Sensei, Master, Hanshi but most important title you can have is that of student”.

K.P.  Sr.  Sensei

"Something I tell all my new students " It's better to know how, and not have to; than to have to, and not know how, but the true art lies in not having to use it at all. "  sensei k p Sr

"If I may, I'd like to say, I look forward to a day, of play, in the Way"! sensei k. p. Sr.
To all who have fought,
  Over "nothing"............      
      "Nothing", will never change!
               Yours in the Arts, Sensei  k.p. Sr.  

The last quote was small code ---- his was too a old student.... can you guess what his name is ?? "

"When your passion and purpose are greater than your fears and excuses, you WILL find a way"!   Believe it and you will achieve it!
" Wink Sensei "


There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
Winston Churchill
"There was once one who thought himself above me. And he was above me until he had that thought."

"A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies that you can invent!"

The one who says "it can’t be done "should not interrupt the one who is doing it!

Unknown - Prehaps someone who got it done!

"The knife... the older brother of the gun"
Mr. Bhat
ERIC HOFFER 1902-1983 
"The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"Don't be like thunder. Don't brag on your skills, and then be empty of anything real and solid. Remember, the lightning bolt does the damage, not the thunder."
 Bryon Pence Sensei
Art reveals itself in psychic understanding of the inner essence of things and gives form to the relation of man with nothing, with the nature of the absolute. - Bruce Lee,The Tao of Jeet Kune Do

An artist's expression is his soul made apparent, his schooling, as well as his "cool" being exhibited.  Behind every motion the music of his soul is made visible.  Otherwise, his motion is empty and empty motion is like an empty word - no meaning. - Bruce Lee, The Tao Of Jeet Kune Do

A kata is like a poem from a Zen master - compact, elegant, full of meaning, worthy of reflection. - Geir Store, Karate Kata Training

Life is too short to watch bad kata. - Geir Store, Karate Kata Training

The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. - Bruce Lee, The Tao of J K D

Condition and guts take over where knowledge and skill end. - Edmund Parker, The Zen of Kenpo

You can't hit and think at the same time. - Yogi Berra

Whether it is a big ship or little ship, the same size hole placed correctly in the hull can sink it. - Edmund Parker, The Zen of Kenpo

He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position. - Edmund Parker, The Zen of Kenpo 

"Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. "
John F. Kennedy

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Margaret Thatcher
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Margaret Thatcher


"Every strong Tree had to grow through dirt, to reach up for the sky "
 Sensei K.P. Sr.


The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies neither in
victory, nor in defeat, but in the perfection of the
character of its participants."
Soke Gishin Funikoshi

 "Be moved by need and never greed,  for greed is the seed of all evil ." Great Grand Master Ed Parker


"When an enemy comes welcome him, and
when he goes send him on his way."

"Learn from the mistakes of others, or
you may not live long enough to make them yourself."



The philosophy of Kempo was best descibed by Bruce Lee when he commented on his art of Jeet Kune Do;"To Have No Way As A Way;To Have No Limitations As A Limitation."




"In order to understand the nature of others, we must first understand the nature of ourselves.
Realization of the self is the key that will harmonize us with nature and anoint us with peace.
Riches of life = wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
That is what I strive for."


"Ride the horse in the direction it's going."

" an opportunity to leave a heart print on someone's life". (Sensei's Sister Deb)

To fall seven times is to rise eight times.
Life begins from now.

Ta Mo Founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism

War and killing are wrong,
But so is it wrong not to be prepared to defend oneself.
Thus shall it be...
We may not have knives, so make every finger unto a dagger.
Our maces are confiscated, so make every fist unto a mace.
Without spears, every arm must be unto a spear,
and make every open hand unto a sword.

Ta Mo, Spiritual Father of Kung Fu


If you want it ,get it !!!

"Those who know the truth
are not so great
as those who love it;
Those who love the truth
are not so great
as those who live it."

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."

"Seek Not to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought."

"He who chases two rabbits, goes home hungry."


"If you want happiness for an hour ~ Take a nap
If you want happiness for a day ~  Go fishing
If you want happiness for a month ~  Get Married
If you want happiness for a year ~ inherit a fortune
If you want happiness for a lifetime ~  Help someone else."

"We must always look at our history and what we can take from it, but we must  make our own the present" 
  Sensei Kevin W. Pence
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't" Erica Jong (1942-

"It's best when the Bull can also be the Bullfighter" OLAY!
Sensei KP
I come to you with only Karate: Empty Hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor; should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons -Karate: My Empty Hands.



Physical :movement/exercise (Stretch, Strength, Stamina, stature, Speed/Coordination nutrition (solids, liquids, air and sunlight) detoxification/rest (sleep, regeneration, food processing and disposal)

Mental:  fundamental (intuition, instinct and emotion) logic (data, reasoning and wisdom) creative (insight, inspiration and faith)

Spiritual:   (time for yourself, by yourself and with yourself or God)  (Family, Friends and Work mates) , (Community, Environment/Nature)

A man raised a
glass of water and asked, "how heavy is this glass of water?"  "The 
weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."
"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an
hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll
have to call an ambulance. "In each case, it's the same weight, but the
longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we
carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes
increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on." "As with the glass of
water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it
again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."
"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't
carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're
carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can." "Relax; pick them
up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it! 
Some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
* Never buy a car you can't push.
* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
* The second mouse gets the cheese.
* When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world
to one person.
* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
* We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty
and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors,
but they all have to live in the same box
* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. 

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Japan map

"There was once one who thought himself above me. And he was above me until he had that thought."
Title *** Definition *** Level of Experience

Gakusei - ***Student All  *****White Belt untill you stop taking leasons

Kohai -***Junior / Student White Belt -*** 2nd Dan

Sempai -*** Senior Student Brown - *** 6th Dan

Sensei -*** Teacher *** 3rd Dan and up

Renshi -*** Master of Training   *** 4th - 6th Dan

Shihan -*** Master Teacher    *** 5th Dan and up

Kyoshi -*** Mentor / Preceptor *** 7th - 8th Dan

Kancho -*** Master of the Hall *** 7th Dan and up

Hanshi -*** Complete Master *** 9th - 10th Dan

Soke -*** Head of the Clan *** 8th Dan and up

O’Sensei *** Great Teacher *** 9th and 10th Dan



get it!


    When we punch or kick from a ready position (zero velocity), the fist (or foot) has to be sent to travel a certain distance within a certain time to hit the target. The theory of blow is that from the initial velocity of zero, the fist is to be continuously accelerated so that at the movement of impact the acceleration is maximum.

    To get full power, you need to be able to use force from your entire body at the moment just short of impact. This force is greatly affected by the weight of your punching arm (or foot) and the speed at which your hand (or foot) is traveling. The punch of a Martial arts practitioner can travel as fast as 42 feet per second. If a person weighs 100 pounds, he can deliver a generated force of 1000 pounds/ square inch on impact.

 By Newton’s law,

Force = mass x  acceleration

ie, F = ma

Again, acceleration = (final velocity – initial velocity) / time

ie, a = (v – u) /  t

To get maximum acceleration increase the final velocity in a short time as possible. To get this power, you need to perform the technique with this in mind. You need to practice every day in order to develop the fast reflexes for making the right moves at the right times.



"Top 10 Creative Rules of Thumb:
1. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
2. Create ideas that are 15 minutes ahead of their time...not light years ahead.
3. Always look for a second right answer.
4. If at first you don't succeed, take a break.
5. Write down your ideas before you forget them.
6. If everyone says you are wrong, you're one step ahead. If everyone laughs at you, you're two steps ahead.
7. The answer to your problem "pre-exists." You need to ask the right question to reveal the answer.
8. When you ask a dumb question, you get a smart answer.
9. Never solve a problem from its original perspective.
10. Visualize your problem as solved before solving it."
Charles Chic Thompson

Lee's Stone
(Pinan 1-5):
Peaceful Mind Kata.

 It is said once one has mastered the 5 Pinan Kata they could walk the street with a peaceful mind, as they contained all self defense. These kata were developed by Itosu Sensei to make learning the long and difficult kata known as Kanku-dai, and Kosokun-dai) easier to learn and parts of this intricate kata are broken down into 5 parts of varying difficulty. There were originaly 8 Kata, but some were lost to time.

The one who says "it can’t be done "should not interrupt the one who is doing it!

Unknown -

Prehaps someone who got it done!

Thats life!
What do you do when someone is trying to come between you and your goals, and their tactics are less than aboveboard? In the word of one of my teachers " You are your own person " (B.B.) , and if you dont take care of you nobody will. It's up to you to face them, get it out in the open and take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again. If you don't , you are the one stopping yourself !


At first you might be put off by people who are aggressive and unconventional in their approach. Realize, however, that everyone has their own style. Embrace the combination of colors in every person. Instead of striking out with reasons as to why someone should change, compliment him or her on simply being whom they are. Remember that the first impression that you get from someone is not necessarily a true reflection of personality. There are still many layers beneath the surface that must be uncovered before the true depth of a person is known.


        "B" is for Banana !     

After reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way
Bananas containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucosecombined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.  Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.   No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.  But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.  It can also  help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions,  making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the  body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure.   So much so,  the US Food and Drug Administration have just allowed the banana industry to  make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood  pressure and stroke.
Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through  Their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch  in a bid to boost their brain power.  Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal  Bowel action, helping to over! come the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer  From heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up  And avoid morning sickness.
Overweight and at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at  Work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking  at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more  likely to be in high-pressure jobs.  The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need! to control our blood sugar levels  by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders  because of its soft texture and smoothness.  It is the only raw fruit  that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases.   It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining  of the stomach.
Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower  Both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby  is born with a cool temperature.
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking.  The B6, B12  They contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them,  help thebody recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat,  Sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.   When weare stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium bananasnack.
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.  When you  compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.  It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.  So maybe its time  to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

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Super size me!

McDojo is an example of McWords applied to martial arts and a pejorative term used by some Western martial artists to describe a martial arts school where image or profit is of a higher importance than technical standards. A McDojo of Korean martial arts is usually called a McDojang. A McDojo (used as a noun) is a martial arts school of any style that uses specific business practices or principles for the purpose of generating revenue for the school. McDojo as an adjective is applied to indicate that a particular action or practice by a school is motivated primarily by financial gain. While using the term McDojo primarily indicates judgment of a school’s financial or marketing practices, it does somewhat imply that the teaching standards of such school cater towards the lowest common denominator.

Top Nine Signs You're in a "McDojo"

9. You instructor has a "Grandmasters" Certificate. In Crayon.
8. The Assistant Instructor is a 5 year old black belt.
7. The sign in the window says the school trains in more than 10 martial arts.
6. Your instructor tries to sell you Amway products.
5. While examining the schools tournament trophies, you find 3 for spelling bees.
4. Reading the contract for the school is considered a kata and a long one.
3. No one sweats.
2. While at a tournament, your opponent finds out who your teacher is and high-fives his teacher.
1. When paying for your contract, the instructor asks: "Do you want fries with that?"


"More Quoates I Like"
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Your future depends on many things, mostly on you.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. 
A mind that has been stretched will never return to its original dimension.
If you are going to be thinking, you may as well think big.
One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.


In its earliest stages, the martial art known, as "karate" was an indigenous form of closed fist fighting, which was developed in Okinawa, referred to as "Te" or "hand". Weapons bans, imposed upon the Okinawans at various points in history, encouraged the refinement of empty hand techniques. For this reason, "Te" was trained in secret until modern times. Further refinement came with the influence of other martial arts introduced by nobles and trade merchants to the Island.

Te continued to develop over the years, primarily in three Okinawan cities:

Shuri, Naha, Tomari

Each of these towns was a center to a different sect of society; the aristocracy (kings and nobles), the middle class (merchants and business people) and the fisherman and farmers, respectively. For this reason, different forms of self-defense developed within each city and subsequently became know as

Shuri-te, Naha-te, Tomari-te

Collectively these practices or early systems were called Okinawa-Te or "Tode", meaning Chinese Hand

The first demonstration of "Karate" took place in Japan in 1917 when Gichin Funakoshi performed at the Butoku-den in Kyoto. This and subsequent demonstrations not only greatly impressed many Japanese, but drew the attention and enthusiasm of the Crown-Prince Hirohito.

The first demonstration of Karate takes place in Tokyo which was supported by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo.

Karate was still not a codified system and was not considered a "legitimate martial art" due to the prejudice of the Japanese populace toward the Okinawans.

Yasuhiro Konishi, a board member of the Dai Nippon Butokukai (the sanctioning body for martial arts in Japan) becomes interested in Karate in 1924.

In 1935, Konishi succeeded in having Karate accepted as a legitimate martial art and registered the system with the Dai Nippon Butokukai. With this, a formalized curriculum was established for each "ryu" or system of Karate as a requirement for sanctioning.

Six systems are registered:

  • Goju-ryu under Chojun Miyagi
  • Shito-ryu under Kenwa Mabuni
  • Wado-ryu under Hirononri Ohtsuka
  • Shotokan under Gichin Funakoshi
  • Kushin-ryu under Ueshima Sannosuke
  • Shindo Jinen-ryu under Yasuhiro Konishi

From the six original systems, four of them became very popular and established themselves as the primary systems within Japan:

  • Goju-ryu
  • Shito-ryu
  • Shotokan
  • Wado-ryu


Developed out of Naha-te

Its popularity was primarily due to the teaching success of Kanryo Higaonna (1853-1915) who opened a dojo (school) in Naha using eight forms brought/introduced form China.

The best student of Higaonna was Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) who founded the formal system of "hard/soft way" or "Goju-ryu".

A signature quality in this system is the emphasis that is placed upon combining soft circular blocking techniques with quick strong counter techniques delivered in rapid succession.


Founded by Kenwa Mabuni (1888-1952)

A system influenced by both Naha-te and Shuri-te.

The name "Shito" is constructively derived from the combination of the Japanese characters of Mabuni's teacher's names; Ankoh Itosu and Kanryo Higaonna.

Shito-ryu schools house a large number of Kata, each with over fifty.

Shito-ryu is characterized not only by its emphasis upon execution of techniqes, but with the economy of movement as well.


Founded by Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)

Funakoshi studied karate with Yasutsune Azato one of Okinawa's foremost experts in the art.

In 1936 Funakoshi opened his own training hall, which was called "Shotokan" after the pen name he used for those poems he authored in his youth.

Shotokan Karate is characterized by it powerful and linear techniques coupled with deep strong stances which were developed to accommodate the larger physical statures of Japanese practitioners.


A system of Karate developed from jujitsu and karate techniques by Hironori Otsuka.

Means "Way of Harmony"

Otsuka was already a master of Yoshin-ryu jujutsu when he was introduced to Karate.

This style of Karate combines basic movements of jujitsu with techniques of evasion with a strong emphasis on softness or "the way of harmony". Spiritual discipline is a hallmark characteristic of the Wado-ryu work ethic.


Kata is the essence of Karate-do. With variations in basics (kihon) and names, these libraries of techniques have been handed down from generation to generation as an important part of each system's pedagogy. At the most basic levels of instruction, these prearranged patterns of self-defense techniques will serve to develop the physical and emotional standards of the Karate-ka or practitioner. As the Katas are practiced, imprinted and perfected, these theoretical or hypothetical circumstances transform the karate-kA into a mature and controlled citizen of the world. Kata expression reveals the Karate-ka's inner nature and individuality underlining one's determination to bring all personal elements to the betterment of humanity at large.

There is no absolute or singularly correct application inherent in the respective Katas. However, the series of movements have definite applications interpreted by each system. Therefore, through the International Federation for the sport of karate, there has been developed standardization for the order of Kata execution or the sequence of techniques within the context of eight Katas representing the four major Karate systems. The major contributor to this effort has been made through the Japan Karate Federation.


Approximately 1990, with the contribution and assistance of the Japan Karate Federation, the four major styles of Karate were represented through eight Katas, each System's kihon or fundamentals, being properly demonstrated in to of these "sample" Katas from each style. It was the first major step toward a consensus as to the accepted technique/s within each system's pedagogy in an effort to canonize Karate-do principle and "wasa" through the medium of sport. Since that time, the competition rules have changed in regard to Kata, however, the same eight Katas of the J.K.F. remains the same although the objective criteria has changed.

Style Katas:


  • Seipei
  • Saifa


  • Jion
  • Kanku Dai


  • Bassai Dai
  • Seienchin


  • Seishan
  • Chinto

Major Kata

Major Kata List of the World Karate Federation. Tokui or Open Katas from the respective systems:

Goju-ryu Katas

  • Sanchin
  • Saifa
  • Seiyunchin
  • Shisochin
  • Sanseru
  • Seisan
  • Seipai
  • Kururunfa
  • Suparimpei
  • Tensho

Wado-ryu Katas

  • Kushanuku
  • Naihanchi
  • Seihan
  • Chinto
  • Passai
  • Niseishi
  • Rohai
  • Wanshu
  • Jion
  • Jitte
  • Suparimpei

Shotokan Katas

  • Bassai-Dai
  • Bassai-Sho
  • Kanku-Dai
  • Kanku-Sho
  • Tekki-Shodan
  • Tekki-Nidan
  • Tekki-Sandan
  • Hangetsu
  • Jitte
  • Enpi
  • Gankaku
  • Jion
  • Sochin
  • Nijushiho Sho
  • Goju Shiho-Dai
  • Goju Shiho-sho
  • Chinte
  • Unsu
  • Meikyo
  • Wankan
  • Jiin

Shito-Ryu Katas

  • Jitte
  • Jion
  • Jiin
  • Matsukaze
  • Wanshu
  • Rohai
  • Bassai Dai
  • Bassai Sho
  • Tomari Bassai
  • Matsumura Bassai
  • Kosokun Dai
  • Kosokun Sho
  • Kosokun Shiho
  • Chinto
  • Chinte
  • Seiechin
  • Sochin
  • Niseishi
  • Gojushiho
  • Unshu
  • Seisan
  • Naifanchin Shodan
  • Naifanchin Nidan
  • Naifanching Sandan
  • Aoyagi (Seiryu)
  • Jyuroku
  • Nipaipo
  • Sanchin
  • Tensho
  • Seipai
  • Sanseiru
  • Saifa
  • Shisochin
  • Kururunfa
  • Suparimpei
  • Hakucho
  • Pachu
  • Heiku
  • Paiku
  • Annan
  • Annanko
  • Papuren
  • Chatanyara Kushan


Can you bear it!


Why train barefoot? This is a question that I get all the time. To say that,"to train without shoes is traditional" may be the best thing I can say about it . The origins of bare foot training started when men of the culture and period did not were shoes there for it made sense to train in bear feet to make it more realistically for self defense If those same men where training today I think they would wear shoes. Ask your self this, how many times do you go outside in your bare feet? (Having said this now I still like to take off my shoe and train 1 or 2 times for every 10 times I train.) There is much to be said for training in a nice pair of Pine trees or Asics Gels, they are made for martial artist and give good support for your feet . Odds are it is what you will have on if you do have to defend yourself or your loved ones out in the real world. So give shoes a try ,It may take some getting use to at first but after some time you will feel great .


Over the past 10 years, Sensei Kevin has created a highly successful teaching technique that incorporates character building philosophies with traditional martial arts training methods.

With younger students, we focus on helping them to understand and use the martial arts in order to develop discipline, self control, and respect. We also help them to establish healthy life style habits at an early age.

 With older students, we enjoy sharing the secrets and intricacies of the modern Kempo way. Our unique style of traditional martial arts training, ju jitsu workouts, and stress reducing Chi Kung sets, allow individuals to gain the physical benefits, and confidence that can only be achieved through effective self defense training.

We as Kempo Kai should always be on the look out for what works and what does not, this is the only true way of Kempo. This is why Sensei Kevin has gone out of the Kempo systems with Arnis, Goju Ryu, Kobudo, Ju Jitsu and Shotokan to bring back what really works. 

"No matter what art a technique comes from, if it works, it is Kempo!"



" There are three ways to do things: The wrong way, the proven way and a better way."
Remember Karate is traditional in has been passed down for years, keep the tradition.

"Obstacles present an opportunity to improve one's condition".
Don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goals or being the best you can be. Let adversity be your teacher. You can learn more from difficult experiences than you can from easy ones.
"There are two rules for being successful in Martial Arts.
 Rule 1: Never tell others everything you know."

"a one sided martial artist is a blind martial artist"-unknown 

"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class."
     Choi, Hong Hi     Founder of Taekwon-Do

"He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position" -Ed Parker 

"A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude."-Rick English 

"It is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true progress."- Okakura Kakuzo 

"The art of the sword consists of never being concerned with victory or defeat, with strength or weakness, of not moving one step forward, nor one step backward, or the enemy not seeing me and my not seeing the enemy. Penetrating to that which is fundamental before the separation of heaven and earth where even yin and yang cannot reach, one instantly attains proficiency in the art."- Takuan 

"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."-Sun-Tsu 

"A Man Who Has Attained Mastery of An Art Reveals It in His Every Action. 

"Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu.
Move quickly.
Sound, calm mind.
Be light in body.
Have a clever mind.
Master the basics."

- Gogen Yamaguchi

"Even though surrounded By several enemies set to attack, Fight with the thought That they are but one." - Ueshiba 

"The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions."- Miyamoto Musashi 

"The way of the sword and the Way of Zen are identical, for they have the same purpose; that of killing the ego." - Yamada Jirokichi 

"Sword and mind must be united. Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough." - Yamada Jirokichi 

"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants." - Gichin Funakoshi 

"Where questioning is rewarded, virtues are promoted, respect is demanded, and love 
is central........"-L'abri

Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create." - Ed Parker, Grandmaster, American Kenpo.
 "If you don't realize you can kill someone with a bokken, I don't want you using one in *MY* dojo..." - Frederick J. Lovret
 "The fastest draw is when the sword never leaves the scabbard,
The strongest way to block, is never to provoke a blow,
And the cleanest cut is the one withheld."
 "The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." -- Master Gichin Funakoshi
 "Karate is a defensive art from beginning to end" - Gichin Funakoshi
 "Knowledge does not grow like a tree where you dig a hole, plant your feet, cover them with dirt, and pour water on them daily. Knowledge grows with time, work, and dedicated effort. It cannot come by any other means." -- Ed Parker.
 "The Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) were conquered and united into one kingdom. To insure his rule, the king confiscated and banned possession of weapons by people other than his troops. A second ban on weapons was instituted by Japanese conquerors approximately 200 years later. These two incidents are generally credited as the cause for the intense development of the emptyhanded fighting techniques..." -- Special Forces (USA) manual ST 31-204
 My instructor once told me that the first five dan ranks come for what you've gotten out of the system, the next ranks come for what you've given back.
 "You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do." - Gichin Funakoshi
 "We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling...I slipped through his grip..." The Return of Sherlock Holmes
 The FAQ that can be read is not the True FAQ
The answers that can be posted are not the True Answers.
The Superior Man hears not the whining of newbies
and is not singed by the flames of the Net.
Belts do not bind him, nor trophies burden him.
Discarding all, he gains all, and follows the Way.
Got any spare change, pal?
-- Lao-tzu, as paraphrased on rec.martial-arts
 "Aikido is not a defensive martial art. Being defensive is a terrible way to go through life." -quote on a dojo wall. This means be proactive. It does not mean hit first.
 "An unwillingness to deal forcibly with violence does not equate to moral rectitude." -- Mary Malmros
 "It should be easy to spot a black belt in a crowd, s/he should walk like a Marine on roller skates" - Fredrick Lovret
 I am a Cobra And these Words are my Venom And through My Magickal Lore I shall capture your Mind And Spew My Poison into Your Eyes Then My world will become Your world And You Shall Die -- Some Twit on rec.martial-arts who let his prozac perscription run out.
 "We staunch traditionalists know that appearence is everything. Technique is nowhere near as important as having your pleats straight when you die" - Steve Gombosi
 When in trouble or in doubt, Cut down all who move about. - Frederick J. Lovret
 "When in doubt, knock 'em out" - "Big" Vinny Girolamo - NY Hell's Angels
 Never leave an enemy standing. - Shaka Zulu (the original one, King of the Zulu Nation...not the American karate instructor who appropriated his name)
 He who hesitates, meditates in the horizontal position. -- Edmund K. Parker
 "When pure knuckles meet pure flesh, that's pure Karate, no matter who executes it or whatever style is involved." -- Ed Parker
 "When two tigers fight, one is certain to be maimed, and one to die." -- Master Funakoshi
 "Of those who start TaeKwonDo training, only about 5% stick with it until they achieve the Black Belt Rank. Then perhaps 80% of those who earn a Black stop there." (Duk Sung Son, Black Belt Korean Karate)
 "1-2 out of every 100 students reach Black Belt and of those only 1 out of every 1,000 achieves his 2nd Dan. ( Masutatsu Oyama, This is Karate.)
 "We are creating a fighting force of extra-ordinary measure! We forge our bodies in the spirit of our ancestors." - Kentucky Fried Movie: Fistfull of Yen.
 "The Time to Strike is When the Opportunity Presents Itself." -- 6th Code of Isshinryu Karatedo
 "Hoping to see karate included in the universal physical education taught in our public schools, I set about revising the kata so as to make them as simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too. The karate that high school students practice today is not the same karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago [this book was written in 1956], and it is a long way indeed from the karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa."
- Gichin Funakoshi, in his book "Karate-do: My Way of Life" (page 35-36):
 "It's not just self defense, it's about...self control, body discipline, and mind discipline...and breath techniques. It involves yoga. It involves meditation. It's an art, not a sport." - Elvis Presley.
 The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything. -- Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)
 The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many; that which has been learned well by one generation can be passed on to a hundred. -- Jigoro Kano (1860-1938)
 "follow not in the footsteps of the masters, but rather seek what they sought"
 If you can't beat your computer at chess, try kick-boxing.
 "'Ow' is not a Kempo word" - Jonathan Vance
"Truth is universal. Perception of truth is not."

"No one nation or people has a monopoly on the sun and no one art or
system as a monopoly on truth." - Mike Casto
 "That which does not kill us, must have missed us." - Miowara Tomokata
"You are reconsidering your training, or perhaps even contemplating beginning a new system. You have been told by the teacher that to obtain proficiency, you may have to train hard for the next two to three years. You begin to wonder if all of that time out of your life is really worth it. No matter what your choice is, your going end up there anyway in two to three years with or without the training." - Michael R. Boyce

"There are people who dream of success, and there are people who go out and succeed"
There are some people who just dream of being a Black Belt,while there are others who put years of hard training in to achieve their Goal.

" In every pain there is tremendous opportunity for overwhelming gain! Use it to your advantage!"
Train hard push you karate to your limits then push a little more. You will then feel the benefits!

"Fear is in the eye of the beholder, don`t let it be you".

" It's not how far you fall, But how high you bounce back."
" Failure doesn't mean you are a failure; It just means you haven't succeeded yet."
Like it says, keep trying & you will reach your Goal in time.
" Don't be discouraged; Everyone who got where they are today, Started knowing nothing!"
Do you know alot or a little? It does not matter as long as it has been fun to learn.
" A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down."
" Is it half full? Half empty? I am not sure but I'll enjoy what I have."
" All you can ever do, is the very best that you can."
Always give 100% to your training, you will then feel like you have succeeded.

" A winner never quits, a quitter never wins."
Train HARD!

8 Ways to Burn Calories Without Noticing
Think you don't have time to exercise? Try some of these tricks for burning more calories during the day.
1. Elevate Yourself
Take the escalator--but climb the stairs while you ride. You'll get there faster and use your muscles while you're at it. Just 5 minutes of stair climbing burns 144 calories.

2. It's a Trip
Instead of piling items on the stairs so you can take them upstairs at once, take them one at a time.

3. Stand Tall
When cooling your heels while waiting in a doctor's office, drugstore, or airport, stay on your feet--standing burns 36 more calories per hour than sitting.

4. Leave Excuses at Home
Rake leaves instead of using a leaf blower: You'll burn 50 more calories every half hour.

5. Elbow Grease
Scrub your floors more often. Putting some elbow grease into cleaning floors is more intense than vacuuming--and it makes your floors look better to boot.

6. Hubba Bubba
Chew sugarless Gum. Research has found that the action of jaw muscles alone burns about 11 calories an hour.

7. Scrubbing Bubbles
Wash your car by hand instead of taking it through the automatic carwash. You'll burn an extra 280 calories in an hour.

8. Game Time
Play with the kids. Impromptu games of basketball, touch football, or tag--or just jumping rope or throwing a ball--will help you use energy and set a good example of active play for the children. Calories burned: 80 to 137 every 10 minutes.




Sports like karate boost strength and balance, study finds
By E.J. Mundell, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 25 (HealthDayNews) -- Baby boomers bent on getting back into shape may want to give their love handles a karate chop: A new study finds the martial arts to be safe, effective exercise for 40- and 50-somethings.

"If you want to do something that's fun, different and good for self-defense -- and good for long-term self-defense against disease -- do the martial arts," says study author and physical therapist Dr. Peter Douris, of the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y.

His findings appear in the March 25 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

For most people, the decision to get fit usually means buying a gym membership or shelling out money for expensive home-exercise equipment. But what about alternative methods, such as practicing the martial arts?

In their study, Douris' team examined the overall fitness of 18 individuals between 40 and 60 years of age. Nine of the study participants had been practicing soo bahk do, a Korean martial art similar to karate or tae kwon do, for about three years. The other nine participants maintained a more or less "couch potato" lifestyle.

Overall, the soo bahk do devotees "were much more flexible, had more leg strength, less body fat, better aerobic conditioning and better balance" compared to the sedentary study subjects, Douris reports.

The martial art practitioners had an average 12 percent less body fat than the non-exercisers, the researchers report. They also seemed much stronger -- while sedentary types could only muster up 37 sit-ups in a row on average, the soo bahk do practitioners averaged 66 sit-ups before exhaustion set in. The martial arts group also displayed more than double the balancing power of non-exercisers and outperformed the sedentary types when it came to flexibility.

The study did not compare the benefits of the martial arts to that of gym workouts, running or other fitness options. However, Douris estimates that the average soo bahk do class raises students' metabolic level -- a measurement of changes in the metabolic rate -- to about a 10, a level equal to that of jogging.

And he believes that older individuals, especially women, needn't be put off by fears they will be injured trying out karate-like sports. "It's not like ju-jitsu or judo, where you're doing a lot of flips and throws," Douris explains. "There isn't that much of that in soo bahk do. You do fall down when you're 'free-sparring,' but there's people in the classes that are 60 years old -- they get right back up. There's plenty of women in these classes, too."

Dr. Douglas McKeag, a sports medicine expert at Indiana University in Indianapolis, believes the martial arts "are a perfectly acceptable way to boost fitness, certainly in middle age it makes a great deal of sense. The sport is capable of delivering the type of stimulus that the body needs to get in shape." But he cautions that, as with any new sport, beginners "have to come at it relatively slowly and intelligently."

Douris, 47, has been practicing soo bahk do and tae kwon do since he was a teenager and says he routinely beats competitors half his age in tournaments. He calls the sport "self-defense against aging."

In a second study, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that another one-on-one contact sport, wrestling, boosts the immune system of adolescent boys.

The researchers measured levels of immune system white blood cells in blood samples from wrestlers aged 14 to 18 years old, taken before and after a typical 90-minute wrestling bout.

Wrestling appears to produce "significant and robust" elevations in immune cells, indicative of a healthy rise in immune function, the researchers report.

The finding came as no surprise to McKeag. "The fact is that wrestling, as with any form of exercise, can keep a person healthy." Exercise stimulates all of the body's organs, he says, including the lungs, heart and other vital structures, creating "a much more efficient body."

Get tips on getting physically fit from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports or the American College of Sports Medicine.

content by:
SOURCES: Peter Douris, Ed.D., physical therapist, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, N.Y.; Douglas McKeag, M.D., M.F., director, Indiana University Center for Sports Medicine, Indianapolis; March 25, 2004, British Journal of Sports Medicine
Copyright 2004 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

What's the Best martial art?....... There is No such thing!

The Art of the silver tongue and fleeted foot. One which promotes improvisation, adaptability and mental preparedness. Each style has its usefulness. Its not which is best but what is best suited to you.

Just in case you've had a rough day or a rough week, here's a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological texts. The funny thing is that it really works.  
1. Picture yourself near a  stream. 
2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air. 
3. No one but you knows your secret place. 
4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic place called "the world,". 
5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity. 
6. The water is crystal clear. 
7. You can easily make out the face of the person you're holding underwater. 
8. See, you're smiling already

peace kp sensei

I would like to Thank all who have helped me "along the path"... my Family, Teachers, Friends & all the members of my Martial Arts Family.
Yours in the Arts;
 Kevin Pence Sr. Sensei
 Pence Self-Defense Academy
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