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Check out this cool lion dance these guys did for the Chinese New Year.
I’m sure the purists will not appreciate what they did but I think it’s pretty cool. Tradition is important, but a dead tradition becomes obsolete quickly. These guys mix both old and new. And I’m sure they’re not going to toss out all the original requirements in favor of only shuffling.
So here’s a tip of the hat to them for a great performance.
Props to Restita for this cool find.
Enter The Dojo is back with, Episode 7: “Dance Of Death”!
This time, Master Ken is about to promote one of his students to black belt. But will he pass the test?
Watch the video and find out:
My favorite line from this episode: “Unless I’m choking you with your belt..”
And then there’s this guy, who’s really fast.
At least, in his own mind…
What do Jhoon Rhee and Joan Collins have in common?
- They are both about the same age, 80 years old.
- They can both still do splits.
Here’s Jhoon Rhee first doing push ups and then going into splits at 1min25.
This article has been going the rounds lately. Before you read the rest of my post, check it out.
Frankly, the author has a point, a pretty damn good one.
In many modern societies, violence is not only frowned upon, it’s is considered inherently wrong. And as a result anybody involved with anything that comes close to violence is regarded with suspicion and incomprehension at best. More often than not, they’re seen as a brute or a barbarian. Given that martial arts are a big part of my life, I’ve run into this mindset now and then, to put it mildly…
The funny part is how this post captures the essence of several conversations I’ve had this last week. Here goes.
The one with a former teacher.
We talked about how before, you wrote the student a note when he misbehaved in class and that was the end of it. Now she has to write four different notes: for the parents, for the principal, for the administration and for a monitoring committee. Then the parent writes a note back or calls her up to complain and the whole process starts over. Writing two notes during a given hour in school means she has more work than it’s worth. So teachers don’t do it unless absolutely necessary and little Johnny learns squat because he gets away with everything in class.
Later on, the parents complain because their kid gets bad grades or fails every class. And then they blame the teacher…
They fail to see the problem, which is: it’s not the teacher’s job to raise your kid, it’s yours. If he acts like a total prat and you refuse to have him punished, regardless of whatever crap he pulls, then you have no right complaining when he doesn’t pass. None.
My mother was a school teacher so I know a wee bit of what I speak: it didn’t use to be like this. Kids were supposed to go to school and if they got bad grades, they got punished by their parents. People didn’t shift responsibility for the upbringing of their children to the school system and its teachers instead of doing it themselves. The took care of their own, they handled the responsibility. Today, this is less and less the case.
The insane gunman.
Last week, an insane gunman went to a Christmas Market here in Belgium and killed five people. He threw grenades into the crowd and opened up with automatic gunfire before killing himself. Read More→
Here’s an inspirational story for you:
Ryan Leonard was born without arms. But that doesn’t stop him from being a good student and an athlete. He plays football, soccer and wrestling. Yep, wrestling without arms. Ryan says he just assumes the position, shoots in and then tries to wrap his legs around his opponent to take him down. Check out the video here.
I have nothing but respect for his drive and positive attitude. My godmother was in a wheelchair, so I know some of what disabled people go through in life. Ryan is not in for a comfortable ride. But that doesn’t stop him from doing anything the other kids are doing. So a tip of the hat to him and a reminder for all of us when we feel like whining about small aches and pains:
It could be a whole lot worse. So go out, train hard and be grateful you can.
Turns out a lot of people got upset after my Police use of force and Occupy Wall Street post; a lot of them sent me an email and weren’t particularly nice in the way they voiced their disagreement with what I wrote. Disagreeing with me is perfectly fine, of course. But being rude isn’t. So, all of you who want to give me a piece of your mind after reading this post, don’t bother. I won’t read, nor reply to any mail starting with “You asshole!”… :-)
Anyway, I’ve been involved in a discussion on this topic in another forum and some good points were made there. I won’t rehash them here but would like to mention one of them. Because I think it’s relevant to what I said in my previous post on this subject:
The Occupy Wall Street protesters are not ignorant on how to manipulate the media.
There is a lot to be said about this but I’m not going to. Do your research on how protesters train for and plan their actions and you might be amazed at how it places some things in another perspective. Case in point, the infamous UC Davis Pepper Spray incident.
By now, everybody has already seen this:
Looking at this clip only, the police look like total dipshits for pepper spraying the hell out of protesters who are innocently sitting there…
Turns out, that’s not really what happened… There’s a lot more to it than that. Check out this video of everything that happened before the pepper spraying started. Make sure to watch the whole thing before reading on: Read More→