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April 2018 Newsletter

From Sabumnim
You Are Your Only Hope

This may be uncomfortable and challenging for some to read. As a young African American man, I had to face many hard truths about what I would be facing in this world for the rest of my life. Below is a snapshot of what I have researched, learned, lived, and want to share with all of you.

Late is better than never, but sometimes being too late can never be turned around. It’s been about nine months since the last Warrior Weekend, which started with the Friday night section titled “the Golden Years” (training at ages 50 and beyond). I’ve invited many to attend this important section and have given out many thumb drives containing massive amounts of information on the latest discoveries about health, longevity and the prevention of the top killers such as cancer, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and death by medical error which is number three of the leading top ten causes of death in the U.S. Within the last nine months, many of the people in our community or connected to our community have died or became disabled because of one of the top ten devastating and yet preventable everyday killers that we all face and that take the lives of over two million every year.

During our 2017 summer camp, I noticed some of the children’s lunches consisting of foods that were severely detrimental for their development and health, or completely void of any nutritional value. One child who is still with us was only five years old and his daily lunch consisted of only white rice and a sugary snack. The portions were huge. I talked to the mother and the grandparents on multiple occasions. I also gave the family a thumb drive containing massive amounts of information on the latest discoveries about health, longevity and the prevention of the top killers. Seven months later, the boy, at six years old, was diagnosed with three debilitating diseases. He gets tired easily, has joint pains and had to take off weeks of training while he was on intravenous medication. There is no mystery as to what his future health conditions will be and how it will impact the rest of his life.

This newsletter may be a little bit longer than usual because the topic of training into your Golden Years is not a simple easy to swallow pill, and it’s worthless if you’re sick, dying or dead. Without some critical insight on how to stay healthy, many of us may not get to have a healthy future.  Many would rather just be told about how to get more flexible or how to get more energy. But the hard truth is that you can’t get more flexible if you have cardiovascular disease; you can’t have more energy if your blood can’t support more oxygen, and you can’t get stronger without the proper building blocks of life. Most people never know their true condition until they have a stroke or heart attack, or are diagnosed with a cancer that has been growing in their body for the past twenty years.

For those of you who find this article to be too long, stop reading whenever you like; you can always find the time to go back and read it when the realities of life and death hit you or you’re much older and discover that if your martial arts training isn’t deep and complete, the storms of life will rip it out from its roots. For those of you who wish to grow into a strong tree with deep roots, this is for you. For those of you who truly want to maximize your health and have strength and vitality well into your golden years, this is for you. This is also for the many people who would be alive and well today if they had the information, knowledge, and resources that would have made the difference between life and death. People like Darryl Licorish (our security man in the lobby), Blackbelt Stephanie Givens, Blackbelt Jean Mui, Blackbelt Mike O’Halloran, Bodan Bill Lee, Bodan Christa Victoria, student Hikaru Shiki, student Sheldon Pierson, student Danny Vegera, student Rohit Nagpal, Master Buddha David Bunch, Master Mike Black, Soke Lil John’s sister Phyllis Davis Studmire, our Chiropractor Karl Bauer and a long list of others.


The time to start thinking and preparing for your training and health after 50 is not when you’re 49 or 50, but when you’re 30. If you’re just thinking about it now and you’re 50 years old, you are 20 years late, and you have a lot of work to do. The very first step is raising your personal awareness and consciousness. Many people are asleep at the wheel on the road of life, only to be awakened when they crash or their vehicle breaks down, needing emergency repair.
 
“Know Thyself”
The ancient Kemetic and Hebrew proverb “To acquire knowledge, first know thyself,” also applies to anyone who wants to improve any or all aspects of their life. Knowing yourself means knowing your body, mind, spirit and soul (heart). Without this basic knowledge, the smallest obstacle could cause you to damage your body, lose your way, weaken your spirit or hurt your soul — all of which would stop you in your tracks on the road to health, progress, and fulfillment.
 
You must first gain a basic understanding of your body’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as its possibilities and limits. Have a clear understanding of how your mind works, as well as how much time you can commit to reaching your goals. Develop a clear understanding of both the strength of your will and your desire, for they are the fire and fuel of your spirit. Always remember the reasons for why you do anything because that is what puts fire and energy into your tasks. Most of all, develop a deep understanding of your emotional make up (your soul). If there is no fulfillment, no inspiration, there cannot be motivation, movement, progress or growth. Self-motivation is an essential skill we all must learn and master if we want to be successful in reaching our goals and achieving true fulfillment. Motivation is an art and a science, it can be learned and developed by anyone willing to take the time and do the work.
 
“Know Thine Enemy”
In Sun Tzu’s classic treatise The Art of War his most famous quote is: “If you know not yourself, and know not your enemy, you will lose 1000 out of 1000 battles.” If you know yourself and your enemy, you can be victorious 1000 out of 1000 times. Your enemy comes in three forms: the army, the knights and the commanders. The army is composed of everything that is working against your health and well-being. It’s the fluoride in your toothpaste and tap water that ends up in most of our food, from pancakes to pizza, risotto, and even ramen. It’s the hundreds of poisons used on grains, fruits and vegetables to kill insects. It’s the Parasites that can invade your body from the earth, water or foods you eat. It’s the growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics used throughout the meat and poultry industries that affect our hormones, metabolism, brain chemical balance and emotional states. It’s the sugar, flour, grease, rancid oils, unnatural dairy, drugs and most medications. It’s alcohol, environmental chemicals (such as chemical cleaners), and BPAs in plastics. It’s the parabens and phthalate in your shampoos, soaps and cosmetics. It’s the airborne toxins from high altitude chemical trails, motor vehicles and all the dust coming from high-rise construction sites with concentrations of lead, aluminum, mercury and powdered acid, along with 100 other chemicals that shouldn’t be inhaled by any living thing. There are also bacteria and other airborne viruses that are part of this army waging war on your health. It’s parasites, medications and now it’s even nanoparticles and smart dust. But the worst could be the enemy in your own head.

The Knights
The Knights are the people who in some way work in opposition to your desired health results. They could be co-workers, associates, friends or family members. They may not mean you any harm, but these are the people who can cause you to stray from your health-improvement goals. They tempt you to stray from the diet you were doing so well with, by suggesting you have one more drink, one more extra serving of lasagna, or have both the cake and pie because they are from the best bakery in town. They may also be believers of the myths that you need dairy every day to develop strong bones, and that fluoride prevents tooth decay. They may also believe that you need to eat animal protein three times a day, and that you can get your nutritional needs from the standard American diet (S.A.D.). They are the people who tell you that the few extra pounds you gain after every holiday season look good on you. They are the ones who say to you “your health choices are extreme or fruitless,” in spite of them having done zero research.


The Commander 
The Commanders of the opposing army are the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which should be known as the Fraud and Death Administration.   The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), which should be, renamed the United States Department of Annihilation. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) which should be renamed the Enabling mass Poisoning and Pollution Agency. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) which should be renamed the Corporation for Disease Cover-ups and Profit.

Together, they form a cabal of tyranny responsible for more suffering and deaths every year than most wars have ever claimed. According to studies done at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health by Dr. Barbara Starfield, 250,000 deaths per year are caused by medical errors alone. We have these institutions that we are told are for public safety, yet America is the sickest country in the world. Seventy percent of us are overweight, half of us are on medications, one out of three will have diabetes, and one out of five 1-year old children are already obese. An American drops dead from a heart attack every minute, and now children in grade school have hypertension and a wide range of physical and mental disorders. 

President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971. Fifty years later, we still have 1,500 people die from cancer every day. More money has been spent on health care (sick care) than on all the wars that have ever been fought combined. Who is making all of the profit? The Commanders will keep this trend going indefinitely because this war is not meant to be won, it’s meant to be sustained because there is no profit in curing diseases. Only very sick people and their families will spend every last cent they have to ease the suffering or to buy a little more life and time. If you wish to be and stay healthy well into your golden years, and not be a victim of this unholy war, you need to do your own research and become your own hero. 

You have a choice to be your own hero or your worst enemy. You are the one that ultimately has the power to change and direct how things are going to go. Only you can be the hero and commander of your life. The question is: are you working against yourself or in your best interest? Do you easily break agreements and commitments to yourself? If you give up easily, the war on your health is lost. But if you are a strong commander who serves only your best interest, one who exercises a high level of self-respect, discipline and focus, you can and will be a victorious hero. You must always be aware that there is a war for your health and that if you want to survive this war, you must understand the rules and tactics of war.
 
The Terrain
In the book Art of War, Sun Tzu states that to ensure victory it is imperative to understand the terrain. The terrain of a tropical jungle, a Nordic forest, or a Sahara desert, all have advantages and disadvantages. You can avoid the dangers and capitalize on the benefits by understanding the kind of terrain on which you are working. The terrain is the playing field that is the space and time in your life. If you are clear and plan wisely with the space and time you have to achieve your health goals, success will be systematic and assured. The terrain also refers to your everyday environment and the political/social atmosphere you are living in.
 
The Seasons of Life
If you are 16 years old, you are in the springtime of your life, and if you are 36 years old, you are in the summer. If you are 56, you are in the autumn, and if you are 76, you are in the winter of your life. Two of the greatest armies in the world, Napoleon’s and Hitler’s, were both defeated not by the opposing army, but by winter. Alexander the Great of Macedonia’s army was defeated by the summer. If you want to grow healthy into your golden years, you must develop the wisdom and understanding of the cycles of life, the seasons.
 
Challenges come with each season of life, but none more so than autumn and winter. However, if you have prepared yourself well in the spring or summer, you can have a very comfortable and fulfilling autumn and winter. Learn to train wisely for your age; the seasons of life can be either very rewarding or unforgiving.
 
The Challenge We All Face
Here are the Heavy Eight, the challenges for people in the golden age who are 40 and over:

  • Weight gain 1-3% a year, 10-30% every 10 years

  • Muscle loss 1-3% a year, 10-30% in 10 years

  • Bone density loss 1-2% a year, 10-20% in 10 years

  • Loss of flexibility

  • Loss of agility

  • Testosterone or estrogen imbalances

  • Loss of energy and vitality

  • Loss of mental stamina and focus

  • Loss of motivation

When you combine this with the army that is opposing you, you get a good picture of your health obstacles. If you are a Han Su Hapkido practitioner, the purpose of your training is not to get good at training to achieve a higher rank and belt, but to get better at all the things of your life. The ultimate goal of the wise practitioner is to develop health and fitness in the body, mind, spirit, and soul. The wise practitioner also has the added goals of: (1) optimal aging with a high level of strength, stamina, flexibility and grace; (2) having a fulfilling life well into your last days; and (3) to have a wonderful death of natural causes at home surrounded by all your loved ones as you ascend to meet your ancestors. Ask yourself, is this the path that you are on? Most people put more attention into planning their vacation than they do on planning their life. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. A true warrior embraces life and death. We develop our body, mind, spirit and soul so that we can face life and death on our own terms. Your life is your life and your death is your death, you should never surrender your right to choose how either will go.

In the May newsletter, the second part of this article will provide some supportive ideas to empower your choices. You can start by watching the information on the links provided below:
 

The War on Health The FDAs Cult of Tyranny 2012 Full Documentary

Exposing The FDA : War On Health ( Gary Null's Documentary)

Death by Medicine a film by Gary Null

Guide to Health Safety

Death

By Jean-Francois Vallee

FEAR can come from without, from within, or both. Fear is natural. It is essential to life. We fear death the most - coming from without, or from within. Dealing with it is not a simple thing. It has nothing to do with the version we see in the movies.

Perhaps, one meditates more about death as one ages. It’s in the order of things. Yet surely, it’s a meditation that should be a part of any age; recognizing life’s fragility as equal to its beauty. Recognizing the only certitude: uncertainty. The Samurai, it is said, lives each instant as if it was his last.

Fight or flight. Regardless, and above all, let not fear turn to panic. From the first battle to the last. At the center is a possible acceptance. Life wants to go on, but there is a place within us, and all life, that will eventually accept and LET GO. It’s part of who we are. Death must be accepted. A funny notion, in a Buddhist way.

When the time comes. Time. Running out of time. No more time. My father’s brothers, his cousins, young men full of life, knew exactly what time meant when they chose to join the underground in WWII. Yet they did. They were tortured and died in concentration camps. Often, I think of those young men, fugitive silhouettes from my childhood, with all the promises of life, of love, in front of them. There may come a time when we must make that choice, to put our life on the line for what we believe.

Is courage the word? Is it beyond that, beyond fear? I don’t know. Only each of us knows, deep down, the true stuff he/she is made off, when the time comes to face our worst nightmare, right in front of us, naked. We need to keep this in mind in the normal flow of our lives, for it can become abnormal in a snap. Sometimes, even in the normal flow of days, the going can get rough. The spirit of the warrior needs to be there, always. When the turmoil hits, when the current gets too strong, “let go, swim in the middle of the river” (Hopi prophecy). This, for me, may be the essence of Martial Arts: the art of going with the forces, whatever their nature: that dance. A posture, yes, but a good one.

We all have heard this:  live each day fully, as if it was your last, ready to surrender what, after all was only on loan. In the Kingdom of Bhutan (the country where “Gross National Happiness” supplants the Gross National Product), it is said that to be happy, one should contemplate death at least five times a day.

A calm at the center, from which you steer, in fair weather and foul. The art of sailing is very close to the martial arts. So is the art of life. Thus, no decision or calculation should be based on blocking out death, disease, old age, or the thousands of young innocents dying, somewhere in the world, this very moment (us, so smug and sure of owning tomorrow). 

Then, how do you fear, yet act without fear, the head clear, the body in flow? This is what must be learned, practiced, above all in affirmation of life. Life is an extraordinary gift, for those of us privileged enough to share in its beauties. Sometimes fear itself will make you fall. It’s natural.

Like everybody, I have known defeat, in my soul, and have risen again. I am by blood and by spirit a Celt, from Brittany. The Breton culture is very familiar with death. Death is present everywhere, part of the family, so to the speak. The fabric of life. It therefore comes naturally to us, that someday we will accept and go with “her” (death is feminine in French, god knows why). Let that spirit live in me and help me in my time of need.

Our close Gaelic brothers from Wales have great wild poets. One of the greatest is Dylan Thomas. And on the topic at hand, I shall withdraw and let him express my feelings much more magnificently than I ever could:

And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.  

P.S. Have no fear. I have no intention of dying anytime soon if I can help it: When the time comes…

 Rest in Peace: Darryl Licorish 

On March 5th, Darryl Licorish, who worked at the front desk of our building, passed away. He always greeted you with a smile and was a good friend of the dojang. We are sending love and light to his family during this difficult time.
Congratulations to all the white belts who tested on March 16th! They faced many challenges but kept training despite time constraints and often very long commutes. Some were able to test after only seven classes, and completed 12 rounds of sparring!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
A new team of students is now producing our monthly newsletter: Daphne Lundi (High Blue), Catlin Rideout (Sunbae Red), Danielle Uchitelle (Bodan), Sung E Bai (Blackbelt), and Chungsanim Betty Sze. They look forward to building on the many years of wonderful work started by Ingrid Kern and continued by Delta Hunter. Thank you Delta for your consistency and outstanding dedication. The new team also hopes their service to the dojang community enables Sabumnim to have more spaciousness and time to continue to bring us his wisdom—on and off the mat.

DOJANG SPRING CLEANING SALE! Pick up your personal weapons and gear by Sunday April 8th or, they will be sold off during the Spring Cleaning Sale! Starting April 2nd, for 7 days, you can purchase jackets, hats, T-shirts, canes, rope sticks, staffs, swords, DVDs, and gloves at a discounted price.


The NEW Member ID cards are ready! Please pick yours up at the Front Desk.

Attention Instructors! Before you teach your next class, please review the new Instructor's Handbook.
APRIL REMINDERS:

PROMOTION Tests
  • Adult Friday April 13th 7am and 7pm
  • Children Saturday April 14th 9am
BLACKBELT Classes
Mondays
7:15pm -Techniques
Wednesdays 
6:15pm - Advance Forms 

BODAN Classes
Wednesdays 
6:15pm - Advance Forms
Thursdays
6:15pm - Forms
 
WHITE BELT and Up Class
Saturdays
1:45pm - 2:30pm Dagger Forms 1 - 4 and Yang short form
NEW AND IMPROVED CURRICULUM USB KEYS ARE HERE WITH INCREDIBLE CONTENT!
 
HapKiDo curriculum USB keys are available for purchase at the front desk. Each one is packed with techniques, forms and a lot of extra material, and can be easily accessed from your computer, tablet, iPad or phone. The USB keys will make it much easier and faster to learn your test requirements. They will also lessen the stress level of those that feel they have a challenging time remembering new material. The price runs from $60 depending on the amount of information they contain.
 

BLACK BELT BIRTHDAYS



APRIL
Chungsanim Betty Sze 4/30
Kyosanim Eva Vaccaro 4/23
Kostas Angelidis 4/1
Sarah Williams 4/9
Jacques Philippe Piverger 4/12
Eniola Mosaku 4/18
Tammi Verneret 4/28
Dmitriy Lyan 4/28
Aditi Joshi 4/26


MAY
Bryce Barros 5/4
Carol Glasgow 5/7
Michelle Alcala 5/7
Rosa Cho 5/8
Ben Braun 5/14
Joseph Lalanne 5/15
Georges Brisset 5/20
Jorges Concepcion 5/21
When children finish their homework and complete sometimes two martial arts classes after school, the only thing they want to do next is play on a phone, ipad or a computer. It's very difficult to motivate them to do anything other than zone out into some form of technological trance. The same is true about my daughter, the first thing she wants to do is jump onto a computer to play with her friends that are online playing from their homes or another of the dojang's computers. I was amazed to walk in one day and find her so intensely mesmerized by student Noel MacNeal's book 10-Minute Puppets. She was in such a deep, and peaceful state, she

seemed like a buddhist nun that had just completed a 100-day meditation practice. Noel had volunteered his puppet making and puppeteering skills for our summer camp but only now am I beginning to see the depth of his talent and the invaluable benefits it can provide for the well-rounded shaping of our children's character. Just like a puppet, there is much more here than what can be seen with the eye. I believe there is some magic in Noel's book and it should be shared and experienced by every child. 

Rare Martial Arts

 

Health Section
The Parasite the Government is Trying to Hide
Parasite Cleanse - "What's eating you?"
How to eat papaya seeds for parasite cleanse! Why Papaya seeds every day for a week.
Papaya Seed Parasite Cleanse (Verified By Science)

 
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