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Gangs Learn Martial Arts By Joining The Military!

This is an awful notion, that a gang member could learn martial arts by joining the army. The sad truth, however, is that gang recruitment is up, severely, and these gangs are actually using the military for training in martial arts, combat weapons, and all manner of skills. This could be utterly terrifying, if you think about it, a gang member being trained as a soldier and then turned loose on the streets of America.
That the number of these criminals enlisting in the military is up is without a doubt. According to the FBI there has been a sizable 40 per cent rise in gang membership since 2009. These are people reared in the gang society, don’t have work, and the military presents a viable option for earning a living.
To be honest, many gang members join the military hoping to get out of the gang lifestyle. Once in, however, they find a subculture of gang members embedded in the armed services. These embedded gangsters go about recruiting new gang members, and picking up any ‘strays’ that are attempting to leave the fold.
The FBI further says that they have evidence that over fifty different gangs, representing all the major gangs, have presence in the armed forces. These gangsters come from 100 different areas of the country. This is a rather large segment of the population.
The report details that only are gang members joining the military, but other equally undesirable elements are finding a home there. Also enlisting in the military are members of Outlaw Motorcycle gangs. There have even been reports of members of prison gangs joining up.
That this criminal element is becoming a serious threat to homeland harmony is obvious. These budding felon types can get military hardware, such as machine guns, and even explosive devices. All too often these criminal types join the army reserve, then go home on leave and share the training.
One rather sobering potential behind this rise in gang enlistment is the ability to use military resources to actually enhance criminal activity. Apparently gang members have been able to access military computers to ‘scope out’ potential areas to expand their activities. Gang members have been able to use the military database and communication systems to actually deal in drugs.
To summarize, it is hard to know what to do about this situation. The military needs intelligent men, and a clever gang member fits the need. At any rate, that bad people could learn martial arts, and actually use other facets of military training is something the federal government may have to meet.…

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Playing Like A Pro: Beginner Guitar Tips And Tricks

Have you ever listened to a great guitarist and thought you would never be able to play so well? However, the guitar is one of the easiest instruments to learn on your own. To learn more, read the following article.

Learn what the basics are. Before you run, you need to walk. You probably want to jam your favorite rock anthem from the get go, but you have to master the basics first. Learn finger positions. You will want to pay attention to the chords you need to learn as well as scales. Make sure you have these things down before moving on to anything more advanced.

Get a guitar instructor. You can learn to play the guitar on your own, but you can also benefit from learning from a teacher. Decent teachers can critique styles and give you suggestions for better playing. You can also get your questions answered by them which can help a lot.

Maintain your motivation. You should set both long-term and short-term goals when learning to play a guitar. If someone you know plays, join up with them for a music session every now and again. As one week ends, give yourself a reward for practicing everyday consistently. It will take a lot of hard work.

While this sounds obvious, get a guitar before learning how to play. If you are always borrowing one, it’ll make it tough to practice often. It’s important to have your guitar properly tuned, or it will sound incorrect.

Learn guitar tabs and musical notation. Musical theory lets you understand chords and scales. Learn the names of the strings and the notes for the frets. If you want to play riffs and melodies, this information is good to know.

As you start out learning the guitar, find an well-made instrument that you can buy and practice on. If purchasing one is out of the question, is there one you can rent or borrow? Using a quality guitar will ensure a better sound.

If you are learning to play the guitar, build calluses on the fingertips. Playing the guitar can be painful. Calluses will help. When you build your callouses it will take a while, but after you practice for some time you can be sure that they will form. There are products available that help them develop.

You should familiarize yourself with the guitar itself before trying to master playing it. That way, you will be prepared to start understanding scales, chords and string names.

Your fingertips will be sore after practice before you build calluses. It might be less painful to start with an electric or a guitar with nylon strings. One of the most painful and difficult instrument to play for beginners is the acoustic guitar with steel strings. Although you may get some relief if you soak your fingers in rubbing alcohol, you shouldn’t use things like turpentine.

Armed with the tips presented here, you are off to a good start playing the guitar. Use these ideas on your current or future guitar. Soon you will have increased your repertoire and your skill level.…

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Anti-Aging “Secret” – Martial Arts

Anti aging. A term well used throughout the health and beauty industry to the marketing benefit of the company selling one of the millions of anti aging products. Aging- a word that has lately been whispered with a shudder and glance as a tsunami wave of panic starts to overcome that fearful individual who truly believes that his very survival depends on any product that can alleviate the ‘disease’ of aging.
Aging to this individual is not necessarily based on warding off an untimely death but usually becomes synonymous with his or her loss of beauty, loss of mental faculty, loss of ambulatory freedom, loss of income and loss of control.
After all, who wants to be ugly, dim, poor and bound to a wheelchair at the mercy of some sullen, hungover, nurses aid who decides when and where you go?
So yes, we are all of one accord to be anti aging as it is described above.
Remember when aging was considered a good thing? Do you remember when you were a child and someone asked you how old you were, you proudly announced that you were six and a half? Or 8 and three quarters? Or that you were ten  almost eleven? We were so anxious to be ‘older’ and perceived wiser, smarter, ‘bigger’ and more ready to be accepted in general society.
In many cultures preceding the past few generations, the older members of the family were the most honored, revered, and listened to. They were powerful as the patriarchal or matriarchal heads of the extended family. Decisions of the family’s economic futures were decided by this ‘ruling’ segment and even spousal choices were heavily impacted by their opinion.
And as we look back upon these previous generations, the elder were healthier, having greater mobility towards later in life years, and no one had ever heard of  so many instances of ‘Alzheimer’s’; at that time more commonly referred to as being senile by those that were afflicted.
What is one of the most common identifiable denominators  evident among industrialized nations that seems to presage the unwanted and most feared elements of human aging?
An influx of too much good healthy food? Fluoride in the water? Climate change?
No. The most common easily identifiable detail is lack of movement by millions of stationary and physically immobilized people.
Here we have societies that are  showered with the most amazing types of vehicles, transportation and means of communication imaginable, and we hardly have to move a muscle to be transported miles high, miles away and in the highest comfort.  Do you recall how annoyed you got when the cup holders in your car did not accommodate the size container filled with your favorite beverage?
My point is, that well, we hardly have to move a muscle to get what we want and where we want. From our bed, to the couch and TV, to the table, to the car, to the grocery store, through the myriad of available food drive trough’s, to our desk at work, to back home and into bed.
From ancient times, wise doctors with their heritage in Chinese culture and medicine have always said that lack of movement is one of the main components that bring on disease and early unwanted aspects of aging.
Perhaps it is not aging itself that is the ‘bad’ thing. Perhaps it is aging in an unhealthy condition brought on by an unhealthy life style that inspires unhappiness and discontent.
The Fix? How may we progress through the journey of life that is actually a privilege granted to us by an Unseen Hand full of health, happiness, joy and contentment?
A plethora of carny hawked items can be had by anyone interested in a  ‘guaranteed’ product to help in the quest to bring about these wonderful anti-aging conditions.
Is less wrinkles  your definition of aging happily?
Creams from the organs and skin of every imaginable animal, and lotions from every fruit, vegetable and mineral are ready for you to purchase that  claim to  heal, cure or treat the anathema of the dreaded wrinkle!!!!
Weight gain interfering with your happy walk into your golden years?
You know you have tried at least 7 different approaches to eliminating that ‘ugly fat’ from your beautiful body.There are hundreds of thousands more.
Sexual dysfunction?( Which is a definition that is produced arbitrarily by the sufferer and may not even qualify as medically problematic.)
Well, just open your email and you can find any sort of pill, chemical or device that will eradicate your performance dissatisfaction and grant you heavenly bliss. IF you pay upfront.
But what if I told you that barring some medical conditions, you could find an amazing uplift to your life in all of these areas. What if there really was a …

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Breathing Training For Martial Artists

One of the most important aspects of martial arts training is proper breathing. However, for practitioners of hard styles, effective breathing methods are often left to the students to figure out on their own. The central principle of breathing is of internal cleansing, getting rid of that which is old, worn out, and stale, and exchanging it for what is new, fresh, and energized. During inhalation we are bringing in fresh oxygen, nutrients, and vital energy. During exhalation we are expelling carbon dioxide and other toxins and poisons that we produce or collect in our daily lives.
There are a large number of breathing exercises. Some are simple and easy while others require years of practice. I will discuss the five I believe to be the most effective for the martial artists who are beginning to explore the potential of proper breathing. First, we will describe the two methods which are best suited for becoming aware of the body: Attention Breathing and Abdominal Breathing. We will then go on to the more advanced exercises of Reverse Abdominal Breathing and Nose Panting. Finally we will introduce The Complete Breath which is more challenging and requires increased concentration and practice.
In practicing these breathing exercises it is important to concentrate on breathing through the nose, both during inhalation and exhalation. Of course when training in the martial arts, breathing strictly through the nose is unrealistic. In fact it is physically impossible since the body’s demand for oxygen increases too fast for the nose to handle the flow. However, while doing these specific exercises it is important. Think of it as a closed circuit within the body, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose. If you open your mouth, you break the circuit and the energy dissipates.
Attention Breathing
It is important to realize that people breathe differently. Children tend to breathe with their abdomen, while middle-aged people breathe with their stomachs, and older people often breathe mainly with their upper chests. But the way people breathe is also affected by other factors, emotions, for instance, or ill health. Someone who is excited will breathe faster and shallower than someone who is sad. Someone who is calm will breathe slowly and deeply. Someone out of shape may be panting after a short walk or climbing some stairs.
Attention breathing, as its name implies, is about focusing your awareness on the natural rhythm of your breath, not to control it but simply to observe it as a bodily function. Your awareness is the instrument which enables you to shift from unconscious breathing to conscious, or dynamic, breathing. This shift is accomplished by concentrating on the feeling of the body as it breathes. Feel the air as it enters your nostrils. Follow it as it flows into the lungs and notice how deeply it reaches into them. Maintain your full attention and follow it back up as you exhale. Feel the used air as it is expelled from the body.
Gradually, as you become aware of the feeling of the breath it should become smoother and more relaxed. But don’t try to change your breathing during Attention Breathing. Your aim is to observe your unconscious breathing habits so you will be able to feel the difference when you actually begin dynamic breathing. If you find your mind wandering, simply catch yourself and return to the breath. Try to perform Attention Breathing for five minutes each day at the same time of day, perhaps in the morning when you wake up or at night when you are about to go to bed. As you become used to it, see if you can focus on your breath at other times throughout the day. Eventually the awareness of the breath and your breathing should become an integral part of your life.
Abdominal Breathing
Once you become aware of your breathing, it is time to begin modifying your breathing habits. Abdominal breathing is by far the best breathing method for people beginning to study breathing exercises. Regular practice brings quick, tangible results. It is easy to learn and difficult to do incorrectly. In addition, Abdominal Breathing has the benefit of invigorating the abdominal muscles. Their constant movement massages the internal organs and increases blood circulation.
The basic idea is simple: fill the lungs from the bottom up. Abdominal Breathing is about filling the lungs completely. Most people breathe using only their chests or the top half of their lungs. Abdominal Breathing seeks to expand lung capacity by starting from the lowest part of the lungs. The focus, therefore, is on the abdomen, an area roughly three finger widths below the navel. Known as the hypogastrium in Western medical terminology, this area is called the dan tien in Chinese and hara in Japanese. This point is the …

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Tips And Tricks For Arts And Crafts

As a lover of arts and crafts, you are probably happy to run across this article. There are always little interesting tidbits of information you can pick up to help you make the most of your hobby. Keep in mind the advice you’re going to read about your arts and crafts endeavors.

If you can’t find good prices for arts and crafts items, try to check out some second-hand stores. Goodwill and similar stores often have things that crafty individuals can use. Check in frequently, because this sort of merchandise sells quickly!

Check out the class schedule at your local craft store. A lot of craft stores offer weekly classes on different arts and crafts projects in an effort to drum up business and to be a part of the community. They should have a monthly print schedule for you to look at, or you can simply ask each week.

Try setting aside a craft job that you can do while doing arts and crafts projects with your kids. If you are really into arts and crafts, and you don’t do this, you could start hovering and trying to control what your kids are doing. They should be able to do their own thing while you do yours.

Keeping your arts and crafts supplies organized can lead to a more pleasant experience when working on projects. Invest in good storage boxes, organizers and cases especially for smaller items. Supplies like beads and glitter can easily be spilled or lost. When you bring home new supplies, immediately transfer them into storage or organizational boxes.

Make friends with the people who own or work at the local hobby store. This can help you get valuable insight on sales, loyalty discounts and special offers. You may even be able to display your crafts or meet others who are interested in the same crafts that you are.

Take the time to organize your supplies. There are lots of ways to store and organize your supplies. Find a way to work for you. If you have your supplies organized, it will be much easier to find what you need for your projects. It will also make it where you know exactly what you have.

If you are a fan of art and craft projects, you should use the Sunday circulars to your advantage. There are many stores that offer great deals on art supplies, and you won’t know about them unless you go through the sales papers, so don’t throw those circulars to the side.

Try to choose craft projects for kids that are age-appropriate. If a project has a bunch of complex steps, try breaking it up into something that your kids can do. For instance, you may have a young child and your project may call for hot glue. You should see what they can do while you handle that particular job.

Hopefully you have now found that you can apply the advice from this article to your efforts with arts and crafts. Remember to continue to explore new avenues through your gifts and talents, no matter how far you want to take them. It’s fun, and there is always some fresh advice out there.…

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Arts And Crafts Tips And Tricks For Everyone

Do you have the desire to impress your family and friends with your one-of-a-kind craft projects? Perhaps you want to learn new ideas that will help you design something that can go in your home. No matter the reason, there are endless terrific ideas for arts and crafts projects. Continue reading to get useful information.

Have you been seeking a new place to find art supplies? The Internet is a great place to find supplies for less. Do a quick Internet search to find the best deals on your crafting materials. Many stores have free shipping, too.

Cover surfaces with old newspaper to avoid damaging furniture or floors when creating arts and crafts projects. After your project is complete, discard the papers and have no worries.

Use all sorts of stuff in your arts and crafts. You can put paper goods to use in your projects. You can use empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. Newspapers can even be put to use. Remain creative with what you usually toss out by using it in your projects instead.

Let children be creative when it comes to their projects. The idea of doing these types of projects is to foster creativity. They won’t be able to create if you’re constantly telling them they are doing something wrong.

Your children will get messy when they are taking part in arts and crafts. If that stresses you out, cover surfaces with newsprint or butcher paper to catch the bits of glue, paper, and glitter. Another idea is to use washable markers and water soluble adhesives.

Anyone interested in crafting will find a fabulous assortment of jewelry making supplies at Beadaholique. There is a large selection of beads and chains to make jewelry. Costume jewelry is very popular in today’s fashion scene. Create pieces for every outfit and save some dollars when you make it yourself.

When crafting with your kids, the end result doesn’t have to be written in stone. If you do not provide an example, or show several different types, it will allow your children to rely on their imaginations. For instance, they might want to put an eye where the ear should be. Creativity should take precedence over perfection.

Seek new ideas out on the web. Whenever you are beginning a new project, you can see all kinds of clever ideas on the Internet. It does not matter what age is taking part, you can find projects quickly and easily.

Arts and crafts activities are enjoyable to do with children of any age. Find a project your kids will enjoy. If you are out of ideas or drawing a blank, check around the Internet or ask friends. You’ll find something perfect for group fun.

If you want supplies for your arts and crafts projects, go no further than your kitchen. You can find some good stuff there. You can use tin foil, empty jars metal cans and anything you can imagine. Even dried beans and pasta can turn into crafting materials.

As you can tell, you can make many different things with arts and crafts. You can create a simple picture for your bathroom wall or a complex statue for your backyard. Use the tips located above to help you develop your art.…

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Follow This Great Article About Arts And Crafts To Help You

Do you want to wow your friends with special arts and crafts? Maybe you just want to create something that you’ve never done before and make it a nice showpiece around your home. There are countless possibilities in arts and crafts. Keep reading to find out more.

Protect your surfaces with newspaper when taking on a messy arts and crafts project. Once you are done with your projects, you can throw away the newspaper and not have to worry about trying to take care of any issues.

Try not to be critical of kids when they do arts and crafts. The whole point of getting them involved is to let them express their creativity. This won’t happen if they are constantly being told things they are doing wrong.

If you want to make custom jewelry, then you can probably find what you need on Beadaholique. They carry jewelry making supplies including beads, chains and tools. A lot of the fashion that is out there today involves designing with costume jewelry. Making your own can not only save you money, but can also help you match the clothing you own.

Always remember the principle of first things first in arts and crafts. It can be tempting to do various projects and start on all kinds of crafts in this hobby. This is how many projects stay unfinished. Focus, and tell yourself to finish your first project before doing any others. In this way, you are sure to finish them all.

Let your imagination soar when doing craft projects with children. Instead, let your child rely on his or her imagination and get creative. They can put an eye where an ear goes. It’s crucial that they be allowed to carry out the project the way they want to.

Seek new ideas out on the web. You will literally find thousands of websites that have ideas that will spark your imagination. Regardless of the age of the people doing these projects, you should be able to find something for everyone online.

Etsy is a great place to purchase the supplies for arts and crafts projects. You purchase items here that individuals are selling. You will also be able to actually sell your projects on this website. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

Your kitchen is a great place to find arts and crafts supplies. You are sure to find lots of interesting items there that can be used. There are empty glass jars, metal cans, tin foil, and so much more. Dried pasta could be a material you can use also.

An easy bird feed your children will love involves peanut butter smeared onto a pine cone. When the peanut butter still has stickiness, roll it all around in bird seeds. The peanut butter will act as a glue for the seeds. As the peanut butter dries the birds will be able to eat it as well as the birdseed.

As you can tell, you can make many different things with arts and crafts. You can create a simple picture for your bathroom wall or a complex statue for your backyard. Follow these tips to make a lot of different objects of art.…

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Round Up Some Arts And Crafts Advice Here

Would you like to impress your family and friends with an interesting and unique project? Perhaps you want to learn new ideas that will help you design something that can go in your home. There are lots of cool arts and crafts projects out there. This article provides some great tips.

Do you need a cool place for locating materials? A variety of online stores are at your disposal. Run an Internet search in order to identify the most advantageous prices on the things you need. You could even be lucky enough to receive free shipping of your purchases.

If you are doing arts and crafts that have the potential to create a mess, use old newspaper on any surfaces to avoid any damage. Once you’re finished, just gather up the newsprint and throw it away, or recycle it.

Don’t be hard on kids who are doing arts and crafts. The idea of doing these types of projects is to foster creativity. You can’t let them have a chance to do this when you’re always making them aware of mistakes they have made.

Beadaholique is a store where you can find nearly everything needed to make custom jewelry. Make precious jewelry with their selection of beads and chains. Many people wear costume jewelry today. By making items of your own, it is possible to save lots of money and have closely matching items.

Let your imagination soar when doing craft projects with children. Either show a lot of examples or don’t show any at all so the kids can take the lead with their own imagination. Don’t try to control how their projects look. The more they are allowed to experiment, the better.

Look on the internet for new ideas about arts and crafts. If you are looking for new craft projects, there are a lot of websites where you can get ideas. It doesn’t matter the age because you can find something for everybody.

Clean your finished mosaic with glass cleaner. It helps to keep your mosaic free of mortar powder for a more beautiful finished project.

For free crafting material, explore in your kitchen for craft supplies. There are many gems for crafting there. You can get glass jars, foil and lots more. You can use dried beans and pasta, too.

An easy bird feed your children will love involves peanut butter smeared onto a pine cone. When the peanut butter still has stickiness, roll it all around in bird seeds. The seeds will stay stuck to the butter, and you can attach the cone to a string and enjoy watching birds visit and eat in one of your trees.

If you need to provide some fun for a group of kids, or even adults, an arts and crafts project usually fits the bill. Regardless of age levels, there really are projects that will suit everyone. Look online and find projects that are good for the age group you are working with.

As mentioned earlier, there are a great number of different things you can make with arts and crafts. You can create a simple picture for your bathroom wall or a complex statue for your backyard. Make good use of the suggestions presented here, and you’ll have your creative juices flowing in no time!…