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Entries from March 2009

Why Natural Breathing is Smart Breathing

March 30th, 2009 · 10 Comments

When I hear a professional martial arts instructor advising their students to be more natural, I cannot help but feel contempt. Could any help be less helpful?

What is the most natural method for safely evading a knife thrust, while simultaneously positioning oneself for an effortless disarm and throw? How does one naturally reverse a guillotine choke? People who know the answer to these questions don’t need an instructor or a class; for the rest of us, more detailed guidance is appropriate.

With that said, I am a strong advocate of “natural breathing” for martial applications, in contrast to the more exotic approaches advanced in some dojos. [Read more →]

“Your Breathing Is Improper,” Kenpo Expert Warns

March 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments

VANCOUVER—Local Kenpo karate instructor Dick “The Tiger” Rickson has a message for his students: Stop breathing improperly, or die.

As the newest inductee into the Red Belt International Karate Hall of Fame, Rickson knows a little something about breath. More than one hundred eager and respectful learners in his three area Kenpo dojos obviously agree. Some join for health and fitness reasons, others for self-defense–but no matter the primary motivation or goal, all are tutored in the ancient ways of breathing. [Read more →]

“Marathon Monk” Runs Away From Worldly Concerns

March 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Genshin Fujinami

For more than seven years, Genshin Fujinami dressed in white from head to toe while covering the backwoods trails of Mount Hiei in one of the world’s most grueling feats–a punishing quest that combined starvation, isolation and the equivalent of a lap around the equator.

For 1,000 days, rising well before dawn, Fujinami embarked alone, rain or shine, on his journey, running or briskly walking more than 50 miles–that’s almost two marathons–each day as the trial neared its climax. Along with his white robes, his only gear was a pair of straw sandals, a long straw hat, candles, a shovel, a length of rope and a short sword.

The rope and sword weren’t for survival. If for some reason he could not complete his daily trek, he was to use them to kill himself.

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2009 Martial Arts Tuition Survey

March 17th, 2009 · 10 Comments

What is the biggest secret in martial arts today? Is it the mysterious methods of harnessing chi energy? Nope. Is it the touch of death? Guess again.

The biggest secret is a simple matter of dollars and cents…

  • Do you know the average martial arts school tuition rate in your area? Probably not.
  • Are you paying too much? Maybe.
  • Is there anything you can do about it? Absolutely!

By refusing to publish their class tuition rates, commercial martial arts instructors hope to prevent potential students from disqualifying them on price alone. As a result of this secrecy, it was nearly impossible to determine a “fair” market price for martial arts lessons–until now.

Please answer our quick, anonymous class tuition survey. The results will be published here, to help students like you find the best school at the best price. [Read more →]

The Art of Nunchaku Has Limitless Applications

March 13th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Bruce Lee in 'Return of the Dragon'

When Bruce Lee said that a martial art should be limitless, this Japanese nunchaku expert really took it to heart! Watch him use his chucks to play baseball, golf, badminton, and finally relax with a nice bottle of champagne. [Read more →]

My Art is Sustainable, Ethical and Green

March 10th, 2009 · 17 Comments

Bamboo electric car
Bamboo electric car
Environmentally friendly, or death trap?

Looking at ridiculous news reports of bamboo laptop computers and recycled toilet paper, it would be easy to conclude that the so-called “green revolution” has gone too far.

I think it hasn’t gone far enough. While many embrace the concept on a shallow and symbolic level, fewer people are asking themselves difficult questions about sustainability. [Read more →]

Win a Date with a Martial Arts Master

March 6th, 2009 · 15 Comments

K-OS, '4321'

If you could spend the afternoon with any martial arts master–of the present or past, living or dead–who would you choose? Where would you go, and what would you do?

The Five Secret Purposes of War

March 3rd, 2009 · 8 Comments

Excerpted from The Report From Iron Mountain.

Lasting peace, while not theoretically impossible, is probably unattainable; even if it could be achieved, it would almost certainly not be in the best interests of a stable society to achieve it.

That is the gist of The Report from Iron Mountain. Behind its qualified academic language runs this general argument: War fills certain functions essential to the stability of our society; until other ways of filling them are developed, the war system must be maintained—and improved in effectiveness.

The authors choose not to justify their work to “the lay reader, unexposed to the exigencies of higher political or military responsibility.” The Report was addressed, deliberately, to unnamed government administrators of high rank; it assumed considerable political sophistication from this select audience.

To the general reader, therefore, the substance of the document may be even more unsettling than its conclusions. [Read more →]

Investment Letters from a Financial Iwo Jima

March 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Sent by a prominent investment bank…

Dear Investor, Give us your money and we'll make you rich!
February 2007

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Fannie Mae Seizes Power in Wall Street Blowout

March 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

NEW YORK – Fannie Mae, Merrill Lynch and all of your least favorite Wall Street players were seen brawling in the streets this evening. The winner will claim an extra trillion dollar bailout. It’s a financial crisis of epic proportions!


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