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March  2000

Volume 2 Issue 3

This  Issue...

1.  Philosophical thoughts        4.  Advancements

2.   Point of Strategy                  5.  Instructor's Note

3.  Historical Perspectives       6.  Food for thought

Here we go again.

One year ago and we were all sick then too!

Aibudo Kanji

Advancements this month

Mike Sweet to 6th Kyu

Robbie Geise to 2nd Kyu

Point of Strategy

I have made it a point this month to stress a higher level of strategy, whereas to win you must attack, not where your opponent "appears" to be but "where they actually are" or if they are skilled in strategy, where they should place themselves for a strong defense and resulting offensive attitude.  Attacking where they actually "appear" to be stretches you to the point of weakness.  Attacking where they "actually are" settles you into an extremely powerful attitude.  To the unskilled, the above probably sounds like nothing more than gibberish, but to the knowledgeable there is no other way to relax and feel comfortable in the competition process.

Funakoshi's #3 Precept

Karate is an aid to justice:

Today's FBI statistics show gang activity and violence expanding from the inner city to rural America.  Law-abiding citizens who know self-defense can thwart criminals in their quest to overrun the general populous now as much as in the days of the unarmed Okinawan peasant.

          Excerpted from the article by Frank M. Kushner in BlackBelt Magazine, dated December 1999

Historical Question:

Who was credited with establishing the dojo kun (dojo etiquette) on


Mr. Skip Lewis was the first to answer last month's hoodoo question.  He's two for two.

Who will it be this month?

(Note:  The answers key is hidden on this page.)

.It is said that:

A karate punch can travel as fast as 43 feet per

second generating power equal to 1500 pounds.


Karate means "empty hand," so karate weapons may seem like a contradiction in terms. But though weapons are not obligatory in this martial art, their use can double your strength, enhance your coordination, and make you a superior empty-handed fighter.

"Okinawan karate and weapons are like brother and sister," explains karate and kobudo (Okinawan weapons) expert Tadashi Yamashita. "They complement each other."

The physical conditioning that weapons offer karate stylists has increased their popularity in recent years, and people are eager to learn more about their history and current applications. "You try different foods," says Yamashita, "you must also try different weapons to see which are best for you. If you don't try, how do you know?"

-- Philosophical Thought --

When looking for a martial arts instructor to train under, if you had to choose one of the following, which to you would be the most important after watching one class?:

(1)     General physical appearance

(2)     Kumite (randori) skills

(3)     Knowledge of the martial arts

(4)     General attitude of the students

(5)     Number of students