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Street Fighting Moves – Interviews David D’Antonio – The 4 Secrets to Avoid Freezing When You Fight

Charles – Our topic for this interview is an answer to a very common problem with those who have not yet been properly trained to handle the stress of real street confrontation. David will give us today 4 ways to avoid freezing when you fight. How are you doing today, David?
David – I am doing wonderful, Charles. How are you?
Charles – I’m doing just good. Alright, let’s get right to it so you can help us out on this subject because part of that fight or fight reaction can be also the freeze reaction when the adrenaline kicks in and overloads and overwhelms a person that has not been prepared for it properly. What are 4 ways to avoid freezing when you fight?
David – Well, Charles –
#1 Is Remembering You Have The Right To Defend Yourself – A lot of people fail to realize that they actually have a right to defend themselves and a right to go home safe everyday.
#2 Is You Need To Fight As Though Your Life Depends On It – Keep in mind that you have a family at home who loves you, treasures you and cares about you. And they rely on you. So, if you don’t fight as though your life depends on it, you life may be taken.
#3 Is Don’t Be Afraid Of Hurting Your Opponent – A lot of times we will freeze during a fight because we think that there’s something morally wrong with putting out someone’s eye or striking someone in the throat, or slamming a fist through a shin or someone’s groin. Nothing could be farthest from the truth. You’re allowed to hurt someone when you fight them. That is what the fight is all about.
#4 Is To Use Minimal Techniques With Maximum Efficiency And Knowing Your Vital Target Areas – If you have a rounded, solid know-how of the vital target areas, you’re going to be less likely to freeze during a fight; you’ll be more likely to fight during a fight.
Charles – Ah, excellent. Excellent. Well, there you have it, the 4 secrets to avoid freezing when you fight. Thank you so much again, David.
David – Thank you very much. As always “be safe and keep it real”.…

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Xing Yi: A Devastating Internal Martial Art

Xing Yi is one of the three internal arts of China. (It is pronounced shing-ee and sometimes spelled Hsing I.) The other two internal arts are Tai Chi and Ba Gua. Like the other internal arts, Xing Yi focuses on the use of internal and external body alignment as well as the use of chi energy in combat situations instead of simply focusing on training for sheer physical force. The word “Xing” is most commonly translated as ‘shape’ or perhaps ‘form.’ The word “Yi” is translated “will” or “mind intent.” In combination, these two words can be translated in many different ways. The title of this martial art may actually have been created in order to give a number of different possible meanings. However, loosely speaking, the phrase could be translated “spirit and mind intent boxing,” “mind intent boxing” “mind and heart boxing” or simply “mind boxing.”
While Tai Chi uses soft movements and a Ba Gua uses circling and evasive movements, Xing Yi has a much more direct and simple approach to combat situations. The martial artist moves in a straight line directly for an opponent and lands devastating hits immediately. A person being attacked by someone trained in Xing Yi would see the martial artist coming directly at them in a straight line or perhaps not at all since this kind of attack can come very quickly.
In Xing Yi, the knees are bent like when a person is about to jump into the air. However, the force is sent forward instead. In addition to this forward force, the martial artists uses somewhat circular hand motions. Consequently, while there is a direct attack happening, it is very hard for an opponent to grab on to anything. Xing Yi is a little bit like having a fan on wheels coming directly at you.
The force tranferred using this martial art can be extremely powerful. It is not simply based on the muscle power someone has in their arms. Instead, the martial artist puts the power of the whole body into a punch and the energy built up in the approach as well. Master Kuo Yun Shen, a well-known Xing Yi practitioner, became known as the Divine Crushing Hand because on more than one occasion he killed his opponent with only one blow.
As a fighting art, this style focuses on a few moves training them in many different ways. This way, in a combat situation, the moves will easily be recalled by a martial artist. This way, rather than having a situation where a practitioner has a large number of moves to choose from and would have to spend time trying to choose the right move, a Xing Yi artist can immediately act without having to think about which move to use.
There are only five basic techniques in this fighting style: crossing, pounding, crushing, drilling, and splitting. These five basic moves are sometimes referred to by the names of the five elements: earth, fire, wood, water, and metal. Beyond these basic forms, practitioners can be trained in 10 to 12 animal forms. However, these animals forms are based on the first basic five moves
Xing Yi is a powerful internal art that is very useful in a combat situation.…

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Taekwondo Pioneers: Haeng Ung Lee

October 5, 2010, was the tenth anniversary of the passing of Haeng Ung Lee (1936-2000), founder of the American Taekwondo Association. In keeping with the Korean tradition of gije (annual memorial for family members who have passed on), we take time to remember an extraordinary man with an extraordinary vision.
Lee grew up amid the hardships of the Japanese occupation of Korea and China. In the chaos of post-World War II Korea, he began studying taekwondo to learn self-protection. At first he trained informally, but in time he was invited to train at a Chung Do Kwan branch school in Incheon. Since he had natural ability and trained constantly, he quickly earned black belt rank and began teaching.
In the mid-1950s, Lee spent his national service in the South Korean army, attached to an intelligence unit based on Baengnyeong Island. His primary duty was as the martial arts trainer for his unit. After his discharge from the army, Lee eventually wound up in Osan, leading a Chung Do Kwan branch school near Osan Air Base.
One of Lee’s early students was U. S. Air Force airman Richard Reed. At first, Reed trained on the air base under one of Lee’s assistants, but because of his ability and commitment was eventually brought to Lee’s school in Osan. Eventually, Reed became one of Lee’s first two non-Korean black belts. It was to Reed that Lee first unfolded his vision of teaching martial arts in the United States. Lee’s goal was not simply to establish a single school, but to touch so many people with martial arts that his students would spread over the entire country. Although he was dubious about whether or not Lee’s goal could be achieved, Reed agreed to help Lee emigrate to the U.S. and to assist him however he could.
Lee first came to the States in 1962. Reed, still in the military, was stationed in Omaha, so Lee joined him there and began to teach in the small school Reed had established. Lee was a charismatic and gifted instructor, and he quickly attracted a following. However, he had only been able to get a visitor’s visa, and in 1963 he was forced to return to South Korea. After a protracted effort, including intervention by one of Nebraska’s senators, Lee was granted a resident alien visa in 1965.
After Lee settled in Omaha, he concentrated on growing his martial arts schools. He also started the Midwest Karate Federation (MKF), an umbrella organization for the growing number of martial arts schools his students were opening. Due to Lee’s hard work, the MKF grew rapidly, and developed a reputation for being one of the best-organized martial arts groups in the country.
Lee’s success attracted the attention of General Hong Hi Choi, President of the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF). The General had established the ITF in 1966 and had been working tirelessly to build national affiliates outside Korea. He saw the MKF as a starting point from which to build a potential national governing body for taekwondo in the U.S. In late 1968, the General met with Lee in Omaha, ostensibly to discuss the issue. What exactly was decided was never recorded. However, the General did spend four days with Lee, teaching him the first 16 of the Ch’ang Hon forms in the process.
A few months later, in 1969, the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) was formed as the original ITF affiliate in the U.S. The MKF formed the nucleus of this new organization. Although he was considered the driving force behind the establishment of the ATA, and therefore deserving of the title “founder,” Lee was not permitted to be the first president of the ATA. This was for cultural reasons, mostly; in Korean culture, seniority is very important, and the senior runs the organization. As a sixth degree in his 30s, Lee was not even entitled to call himself “master” at the time (in the ITF, you needed and still need to be a seventh degree to carry that title), and there already several higher-ranking instructors in the U. S.
The problem was solved when Lee’s original instructor, Kang Suh Chong, was persuaded (most likely by Choi) to relocate to the U. S. Kang was a senior eight degree with a significant resume: he had martial arts seniority as one of the first Chung Do Kwan black belts, he had spent 14 years running martial arts training in the South Korean military, and he was (at the time) a Choi loyalist. Because of these factors, it was felt he would attract some of the more senior Korean instructors to join the ATA. Kang settled in New York City and was installed as ATA president. Lee was named Vice President and Chief of Instruction, with his Omaha school serving as the …

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The Best Tips And Advice For Learning Guitar

It is considered admirable when you play guitar. You can make your dream come true with these techniques. These tips can help you learn to play. Read on to become a better player.

When you first start playing the guitar, realize that you won’t be a professional right away. Gradually improve from day to day. Practice at a regular time daily so that you can really get to know your guitar and play it well.

Try to learn from a teacher. Although you may be able to teach yourself, a teacher can often give you advice that you won’t be able to give yourself. The teacher will be able to critique and offer suggestions. You may have questions that you need answered as well, and a teacher is perfect for that.

Try playing with a metronome. Keeping time is very difficult for new guitar players. This helps you stay on beat. You will be able to play the guitar without any help when you practice.

When learning songs, you should try playing them in different keys. Learning to play one song in a lot of keys will allow you to learn quite a few chords. In general, you will have a better idea about music as a whole, too. You’ll have a better understanding of music and be a better musician for it.

Don’t start out too quickly. You may wish to master rapid-paced songs or play really fast, but you need to master this song first. Start things off slow, memorizing the notes. Then, you get to work up the speed in which you play them. If you try to play fast from the outset, you will feel very frustrated by your many mistakes. Take it slow, get the song down pat, then your speed will increase as you memorize it.

Learn some exercises to help strengthen your fingers. Some chords require complicated handwork that only becomes possible if you understand how to control the strings using your fingers. Be sure to practice some exercises and techniques that help make your hands stronger to improve your playing ability.

Don’t buy an incredibly expensive first guitar. You may get excited and think you should get a pricey guitar, but this isn’t something that you should really do. It may be that you do not even like guitar playing. Also, you can get great sound out of an inexpensive guitar. The key is knowing the investment is worthwhile as opposed to hoping it is.

Play the guitar with another person. Someone who has a style you really enjoy can teach you a lot. They can show you techniques that you may not have learned yet. Also, playing and learning with friends or family makes the time fly by. It can be useful to enlist the aid of a practice partner of roughly the same or similar level of ability.

As this article has shown you, there are quite a few things that can help you to play well. You can always learn something new when playing guitar. Apply the advice in this article to keep the learning process going. Practice is something you must do to be a better player, which is why you should work on these tips now!…

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Play It Like You Mean It: Guitar Tips And Tricks

Many people love to play guitars. If you wish to play guitar and you want to do well at it you should know that this article can help. The tips you’ll get here will allow you to play better and you will acquire new techniques.

Start with the basics. You must walk before running. Even though you may wish to play your favorite songs now, you must learn the basics at the outset. Learn finger positions. Practice chords and scales. Before moving on, you should know these things.

Stay persistent with learning the guitar. Set goals for yourself along the way, as you learn how to play. Find yourself someone to practice and learn with if you can. Set up a rewards system that rewards you when you practice daily for one week. If something is worth doing, it is not going to be easy.

Learn to recognize musical notation and the guitar tabs. Musical theory helps you understand the scales and how the different chords work. Spend time learning each string’s note name, and also the note names for every fret. This is very helpful when you learn new melodies.

When you begin playing guitar, do what you can to get a quality one for practice. If you don’t have enough money to purchase one, you should borrow one from a friend or rent one. This will help to get great sound when you play.

As you begin learning how to play guitar, memorize the name of every part of your instrument. Learning the different parts of a guitar will help talk with other musicians. It will also help you be an intelligent musician.

No matter what sort of music you like, start with simple techniques. Instead of trying to learn difficult music, or fancy licks, start with easy songs. It may seem silly to learn songs from when you were a little kid, but often those simple songs will have single-note melodies that are easy to play.

Figure out how to play in different keys. Knowing the way to play a song in different keys is great for learning various chords. It will also help you glean a better understanding of music. This is one thing that will help you grow as a musician.

Don’t start out too quickly. When you want learn a song, take your time and learn it completely before trying to play it at tempo. So, start off slowly and master all of the notes and then work on your speed. If you initially focus on raw speed, then you’re going to make a lot of fast mistakes, which tick you off. By starting at a reduced pace, you will be able to master your song and build speed as necessary.

You can learn a lot about playing the guitar. You can master a variety of techniques and styles. What you have read here can improve your performance as you learn the guitar. Use the above tips to begin playing the guitar right away.…

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Tips to Help Parents Choose the Best Martial Art School for Their Kids

With the increasing pressure facing children today, most parents wonder if their kids should take martial arts. Since most parents don’t have a background in this area, they don’t pursue it and miss a great opportunity for their children.
But kids are curious about martial arts. A carefully structured program from a good school will bring out the best in children. Such a program will offer kids a host of benefits that will help them grow and develop. It will give your child structure and they will gain self confidence they will retain.
If you are thinking about lessons for your son or daughter, here are a few items to consider.
First, make a list of a few schools in your local area. Try to select places that are close to your home or children’s school. Selecting places that are convenient will increase the likelihood you will attend, even during the days you really don’t feel like it.
Check to see if the schools have a presence online. Most should have a web site, Facebook page or other internet presence, which will give you an idea of the school’s philosophy, instructors and more. This will make your more prepared when you visit. But be careful when reading review sites, which aren’t a substitute for a visit.
Today, you can find almost anything on YouTube. Martial arts videos are no different. Browse YouTube to see if the school or its students have posted any videos. If they do, the videos will give an insight into school, instructors and students.
When selecting schools, don’t worry about the martial arts style. The martial arts style your child learns is not as important as choosing a school in which they feel comfortable.
Plan a visit to each martial arts school you have selected. This may be the most important step in the process. Sit in on a class. Make sure to speak to the school’s Master Instructor.
Talk with other parents. The other parents will give the best insight into what the school is really like. Find out who teaches the kids classes? Does the Master Instructor lead the classes or one of the assistants?
Ask if the school has any specials? Many will give you a uniform and two weeks of lessons.
Most schools allow kids to start at age 5 or in the first grade. Beginning while your child is young is the best time to start.…

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How The Arts Teaches Kids To Try New Things

Okay, so how many of you remember are about 12 years old and you are sitting in school and your teacher asks a question to the class. You are pretty sure that you know the answer, but you hesitate. You don’t raise your hand. Something inside of you says “don’t!”…”what if you are wrong.” Another eager students puts their hand up and calls out the answer. It was the exact answer you were going to you said nothing. That happened to me so many times in school. I felt so silly for not trying, for not believing that I could be right.
Why do we doubt ourselves so much? I get that no one likes to be wrong, but to not try something because of the risk of being wrong limits us in so many ways – grades in school, relationships with others, job opportunities and so on. It closes off incredible possibilities just waiting to come into our lives. Learning from trying and making mistakes is what makes us grow and change, and it is only through change that great things happen. I believe it is so important for young people to hone this skill. Improv style acting is a fantastic way to practice this. There are no rules in improv (except that you can’t say no, which many acting instructors will explain), so jumping into a scene and just going for it, is a huge risk that teaches many valuable lessons. You have no idea if the scene you are creating will make sense, be funny, or if your character choices will resonate with the audience. But you keep trying and putting yourself out there, and if you have a great teacher they will give you feedback about what you are doing well. Sometimes the scenes will be amazing and sometimes not, but you keep learning from the mistakes.
And if it doesn’t work? Most of the time we anticipate the reaction of others to be far worse than they actually are. When you make a mistake are you laughed at? Ridiculed? Publicly humiliated? Usually not. But we make the possibility of that happening so real in our head that it stops us from trying. Our thoughts have an incredible power over us, so why not start to shift what we think in a more positive way.
I spent years in an improve theatre school as a teen and looking back I see that it taught me so many things beyond acting skills. The consistent act of jumping into the unknown and trying something new created a “muscle memory” that allowed me to keep doing that in other aspects of my life as an adult. There is always the risk that it may not work, but what if it does? You never know unless you try, so as you all consider your goals for 2012, consider…

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Arts And Crafts Tips To Get Into The Hobby

Many people long to be creative but do not believe they have it in them. As a result, they are afraid to try even the simplest arts and crafts. However, they needn’t be afraid. Some arts and crafts are very easy to do. Keep reading to learn solid advice on creating and finishing arts and crafts.

Internet groups are a great way to connect with others who share your passion for a arts and crafts. This is especially true if you are into a craft that that is not widely popular. You can connect with like-minded crafters from all over the world with the help of the internet.

If you cannot spend much on supplies, shop at different thrift stores. Many consignment shops and stores like Goodwill will have many goodies for an aspiring artists. Check back often, as these items often sell out quickly.

Etsy can be a wonderful source of supplies for arts and crafts projects. They have items resold by people just like you. You can buy supplies and even sell what you make there. If you want antique or vintage pieces for your own project, you’ll find plenty there, too.

M&J Trim offers sewing enthusiasts a place to find quality trim and buttons at an affordable price. Their selection of buttons is second to none. You can find anything you need for your sewing projects and M&J Trim. Additionally, they offer one of the largest varieties of trim to finish all of your sewing projects.

To get your kids ready for some fun watercolor time at the kitchen table, put down a layer of newspaper or a plastic tablecloth first. This protects your kitchen table and lets your kids’ creativity go wild, and you’re not stressing out about paint staining the table for years to come.

Getting rid of unwanted arts and crafts supplies can both be easy and rewarding. If you’ve found yourself with too many supplies to keep organized, consider donating them to a local school or youth center. You can also create your own gift baskets or arts and crafts kits full of the supplies you no longer need.

When working on an arts and crafts project, do not throw away any unused materials. Even if you do not need them for the current project you are working on, you may be able to use them on a future hobby. In the end, this could save you a lot of money.

Be mindful of weather conditions when it comes to arts and crafts. A rainy day might seem like the perfect time to do arts and crafts indoors, either alone or with the kids. However, if there are steps like spray painting involved, those are usually better done outside unless you have a well-ventilated garage.

Now that you’ve come to the end of this article, you can agree that arts and crafts are not difficult. It just takes some know-how to create something from scratch. Put this information to use, and have fun making things from your imagination. This should be very exciting for you.…

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Simple Tricks And Advice For Amazing Arts And Crafts

It’s known that doing arts and crafts relaxes a person. However, it may be hard to find just the right type for you. Continue to read this article, and you may find something that you like.

Do you want an awesome source for your craft materials? You can find a good deal of savings simply by shopping online. Go to the search engines and look up good deals on craft item materials. You could even be lucky enough to receive free shipping of your purchases.

Arts and crafts will make a mess; cover surfaces with paper to avoid damage. This is easily thrown away at the end and takes care of the mess at the same time.

Remember that kids will likely make messes when doing arts and crafts. Cover everything nearby with butcher paper to keep it clean. Markers and adhesives that are washable can also be considered.

Look to Beadaholique to find lots of cool bead accessories for your jewelry projects. There is a large selection of beads and chains to make jewelry. A lot of the fashion that is out there today involves designing with costume jewelry. When you make your own, you’ll save a ton and have unique items to wear.

Look on the Internet for art project ideas. There are many websites where you can gain inspiration and ideas. It does not matter if the ages of the artists are young or old, you can find something for all ages on the Internet.

You can find plenty of supplies for arts and crafts at Etsy. This site sells items from individuals. In addition to being able to purchase your supplies on this site, you can sale your arts and crafts project on this site. This site is perfect if you are looking for vintage media for your craft projects.

To get that cloudy look out of your mosaic once the mortar has dried, spray some glass cleaner onto a rag and wipe the mosaic clean. Mortar powder is tough to remove otherwise, and you need to make sure it is gone.

Arts and crafts are entertaining to people, both young and old. No matter the age of the group you are working with, there are projects you can find that anyone can enjoy. Find crafts online for the ages you will be working with.

If you are really loving arts and crafts, how about making presents for holidays and birthdays? This allows you to personalize presents throughout the year, handing them out at the holidays. Just about everybody prefers something handmade to something that is bought in the sore, and the best part is, you will save quite a bit of money throughout the year.

When you are enjoying arts and crafts activities with children, find learning opportunities. You can get them to count things, adding and subtracting, get them to read instructions, or anything else that will help them learn while they craft.

There is no argument: arts and crafts are a great way for all kinds of people to enjoy themselves. Knowing what craft project is the one for you can be a daunting task, however. We hope this article has helped you to identify your favorite type of craft.…

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Tips To Make Arts And Crafts More Fun

The arts and crafts supply industry is strong and healthy these days, and that is because many people buy the products to use in a hobby they enjoy. Perhaps you have an interest in developing your skills at artwork a craft you enjoy. The information in this article can help you get started at creating items for your personal use or to sell.

There are all sorts of things that you can use for your arts and crafts. Paper items that are usually disposable work great. Paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls are useful. Magazines and newspapers are good things to use, too. Reconsider everything you plan to throw out.

When you are creating art projects, do not worry too much about whether or not others will like the finished project. This is something that will put a lot of undue stress on you and it will increase the chances of you making a mistake. It is a good idea to relax and go with the flow.

Keep a dedicated craft space. If you don’t have a space dedicated to crafts, try planning the craft to be done in a specific amount of time. You can craft on your kitchen table, but if it’s not finished and you need to use your table for dinner, it is very frustrating to clean up and start again.

Get organized. There are many ways to organize your supplies, including baskets, boxes and peg boards. Having good organization is an easy way to know if you have the types of supplies needed to help you create a project. You will also know which supplies you already have.

Going to your local arts and crafts fairs are a great way to meet others who are into crafting. You may find people who like the same craft as you but express it in a totally new and unique way. You can also find out where they shop for supplies or where they get their great idea.

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.

Keep your glass jars from things like tomato sauces to the side. These small jars make for excellent containers for small arts and crafts items like buttons, marbles, and pebbles. You can see through the glass to know what’s exactly inside. And don’t throw away the lids either. They make for extra protection that your craft items stay all together.

Are you learning how to oil paint? If so and you paint something you’re not pleased with, just paint right over it. Oil is flexible, and the surface will not be harmed by extra coats. In fact, it can provide your new creation with amazing depth and an interesting design.

There are so many types of creative hobbies you can choose to enjoy. Whether you have an interest in painting or sewing, you can find the materials and the ideas to get you started. The information in this article is presented to help you find one or more to express your natural talents.…