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October 2000

Volume 2 Issue 10

This  Issue...

1.  Some things to ponder on                 4.  Web page award

2.  Precept

3.  Historical Perspectives

The non-physical or unseen is the most difficult opponent to contend with.  Think about it!

Aibudo Kanji

It was nice that we won the Waynet "Best Personal Webpage" award this year.  The page is still being built upon and will hopefully get even better as time goes along.

"To Serve and Protect"  or  "Sneak and Connive"?

          This past month has been a learning experience in dealing with improper law-enforcement  activities.  You are brought up to believe in the honesty and caring of the individuals paid to defend the right.  What we are learning is that the ones to be shown protection, the ones paid the special attentions, are the ones of which the desires of the "to serve and protect" are being fulfilled.  There are no legal physical defenses to defend against this kind of attack.  What legal defense is there against the ones paid to defend you?  The rules that they "play" by, are unwritten, verbally un-sworn to.  The rules change day-by-day and situation by situation.  Undo patience, documentation and  "not giving up" is what will help even out this attack upon the innocent individual who has put their faith in the so-called protectors of the law.  It is the law for them and not the populous!

Funakoshi's #10 Precept

Put Your Everyday Living into Karate and You Will Find the Secret!

         Did Funakoshi speak of enlightenment or learning the "death touch"?  Of course not.  He wanted us to live our art so we can reap the benefits of achieving mind/body harmony and inner peace -- which the world needs more of.

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


Ch'ueh is accredited with verifying the existence of Bodhidharma's "eighteen hands of the lo-han" exercise and combined their movements with numerous forms of his own style.  Ch'ueh is credited with increasing the original movements from 18 to 72.  After Ch'ueh had spent time popularizing his expanded version of Shao-lin kung-fu, he traveled to Shensi province where he met another martial arts master named Li-Shao.  The two allegedly enlarged the 72 strokes to 170, and gave the best of these movements such names as dragon, tiger, snake and crane. 

Excerpted from "The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia"  by:

                            John Corcoran and Emil Farkas with Stuart Sobel

The "Father of Japanese sword making"

Amakuni lived in Yamato province during the 8th century.  One of his swords, the Kogarasu Maru (Little Black Crow Sword) was a treasure of the Taira family before their defeat in the Gempei wars of the 12th century.  The sword has been handed down through many illustrious  families, including the Imperial Court, and is today considered a national treasure in Japan.

As a note:  Amakura was the top student of Amakuni and also lived in the Yamato province during the 8th century.

Excerpted from "The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia"  by:

                            John Corcoran and Emil Farkas with Stuart Sobel


The nunchaku is an Okinawan weapon composed of two pieces of hardwood connected by rope or chain.  They vary in length from 12" to 14".  The connecting link varies from one inch to as much as 4" or 5".  The most common is octagonal.


The Fašade of Reality!

Just a reminder:  Consciously, "windows of opportunity" occur at two specific times in Kumite.  One is "the abdomen timing of two" and the other is "to pass on".  Both take time in acquiring, but should be consciously "forced" in the beginning of development.  The void will help you survive, during the forced period of pause, of which will aid in the development of self-confidence and the much needed forward attitude.  This is really where the "deny by accepting" entity is beginning to prove itself to the individual.  You stop, wait and prepare yourself to accept your opponents intent, but initiate a response before they are able to "get it off".