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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…
Drumm roll please…
After teasing you all for a long time, I’m extremely happy to finally reveal my secret project. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…
Secugo: The Global Security Network for Law enforcement, Military and Private Security professionals.
Well over a year ago, one of my oldest friends and one hell of an operator told me about this project he was working on. At first, I was skeptical but the more he explained, the more intrigued I got. At the end of the explanation, he gave me the business plan and it was extremely impressive. Then he asked me to come on board and work alongside him and the others to build what he envisioned in his mind:
A one stop-shop for the warrior community. An online home for those who provide safety and security to society all over the world. A place built for them especially, one that caters to all their needs both personal and professional.
How could I say no?
After a tremendous amount of work, blood, sweat (and almost a few tears), setbacks, victories, disappointments, pleasant surprises and even more work, fast forward to today when we officially open our doors at Secugo.com. I’m extremely proud of the result and am convinced this platform will have a huge positive impact on the Security sector.
Let me explain what it’s all about.
Who is Secugo for?
The warrior community. We define this as everybody working in Law Enforcement, the Military and Private Security. But also Medics, Firefighters, Security Consultants and basically every professional who’s job it is to make society a safer place.This also includes the spouses, families and friends of those who serve and protect us.
Another target group is all the companies who offer products and services to these warriors. Secugo gives them a place to let the professionals know about what they offer.
Secugo is in essence a facilitator. A facilitator between it’s members but also between the members and the companies that cater to them. The goal is very simple: uniting everybody in the security sector online.
What can you do on Secugo?
Lots of stuff: Read More→
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.