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In the WMAC Beginner’s Handbook on page 130, there is a list of the ranking progression of belt colors and correlating lessons. The first one is “respect.” Every beginner starts their martial arts journey learning new ways of being respectful, and respecting not only others, but also the self and life in a deeper way. If the student develops a solid foundation with this first lesson, they will continue to learn the lessons of respect in even deeper ways and in all other aspects of their life. As the student’s understanding of respect widens, they will develop a higher respect of their time and of other people’s time. They will develop much more respect of their word and the words of others. They will develop a higher respect of their personal property and the personal property of others. They will develop a deeper respect for their personal wishes and goals, and they will also develop a deeper respect for the personal wishes and goals of others. Just as a student’s physical skills and understanding will grow with proper practice and time, so will the wise student’s embodiment of culture, courtesy, and respect grow with practice and time. The student that embodies the culture, the courtesy, and the respect that separates the high martial arts practitioners from the low martial arts practitioners, earn and gain 360 degrees of respect from their martial arts community. They earn the respect of those above them, they gain the respect of those below them, and they are always respected by their peers. Others are always willing to work and train with them. Instructors and Masters look forward to teaching them. The student then develops a sense of belonging, a sense of feeling at home, and a sense of peace that makes learning easy and makes growing seamless and painless.

However, all students do not have the same experience, mostly because they either never truly learn the first lesson (respect) or they stop continuing to learn. Some beginners will learn a basic skill like a front kick or a basic defense, and then they feel that they know it all, and therefore, don’t have to learn any more about it. Many beginners learn how to bow and say “yes sir” or “yes ma’am”, and go on with the belief that they know all there is to know about respect, and stop their learning from that moment on. Because of this one single error, their martial arts journey takes a very different path. As time goes by, they may still learn many of the physical skills. However, they will be totally unaware of how underdeveloped their skills truly are because of the missing development and practice of the core principles of high martial arts. These principles are universal and are known as: Mu Sa Do (Korea), Bushido (Japan), Wu Shi Dao (China), Mon Tu (Ancient Kemet), Kalaripayatlu (India), Taiaha (Maori), Ma At Ancient Kingdom of Ghana and Okichiaw (Native American). They are all based on respect harmony and the natural order of life. They all translate into “martial-spirit-way”- martial arts in alignment with the great spirit, or warrior’s spirit of the great way. These warrior practices were, and still are all based on a code of honor that states the code is more important than the self. 

Martial arts amounts to nothing more than fighting when it becomes separated from the principles of Musado. Even the greatest of fighters are little more than animals when they lack a culture of courtesy and respect. Sometimes they become even worse than animals. History is full of powerful people, families, organizations, countries, and empires that have crumbled because they lacked a moral culture that was based on courtesy and respect. Respect is closely linked to justice, it is synonymous with balance. Wherever there is much disrespect, or a lack of respect, there is also an imbalance of justice. The universe (the Do) is just, and always recalibrates to restore balance and justice. Therefore, if we continue to practice and improve on our respect, we also practice justice, and we support more balance within our communities and within our self. Don’t be fooled by slick marketing and fake claims. Don’t be blinded by fame, titles, and flashy displays of power.

If it’s not in harmony with the deeper practice of high martial arts, then it is empty and meaningless. It is who you are, and who you are becoming that is most important and significant in the big picture. These two things play a major role in what you bring into your life and into the world. A tree can be judged by the kind of fruit it produces. People are not much different. Those who bring sweetness into the world are usually sweet people; those who bring sour, bitter, or rottenness into the world usually have the character to match it. As practitioners of high martial arts, our first lesson is also the last lesson, and it’s connected to every other lesson along our journey. Don’t be upset if you stumble and fall along the way. It is all part of the learning process. It is human to err. Just remember, when that happens - clean it up and get back up. Always do your best to stay up. Mudo.

Below are a few examples of what martial arts turns into without a culture of courtesy and respect. Here are some schools and teachers that don’t even have bowing in their schools. Please keep in mind that even though four out of the five examples are from Brazilian Jujitsu schools, there are still many great jujitsu schools and masters with high moral standards.

Students rape student
Instructor of two rapists also raped in the past.
Instructor beaten and raped for raping and killing 1 year old child.
Texas Instructor rapes 14 year old
Brazilian Jujitsu Gang assault
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In the last six days, we've heard four reports of Muslim women being assaulted or harassed out on the city streets and in the subways. On two of those events, WMAC students were nearby, and able to intervene to help the woman being harassed. One of the Muslim women is a student and mother at WMAC. She was assaulted by 7 or 8 teens on her way to the Mosque.

After Trump was elected president, I called the Center for American and Islamic Relations (CAIR) to offer three free therapy sessions to Muslims who had been bullied, attacked or harassed. If you know of anyone who has experienced trauma from an anti Muslim hate crime, and who could use free mental health therapy, I am volunteering my time to help. (I am a NYS licensed psychotherapist)

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Sanunces Seminar and our Martial Arts Cousins
By Bodan Danielle Uchitelle
I recently attended the fourth annual Sanuces Jujitsu seminar, presented by Grand Master Bill McCloud in association with the MAUSA martial arts center and co-hosted by WMAC.  The two-day event included instruction and demonstrations by Grand Master Anthony Muhammad, Professor James Simms, and Professor Tom Curry, as well as Chungsanim (Shihan) Dominique and Sabumnim.
I was curious about seeing a new (to me) martial art, and also wondered what it would be like to visit a different studio.  I’m fortunate to live fairly close to WMAC, but I live even closer to the MAUSA center, which is less than three blocks from my apartment, and I felt a tug of guilt that I wasn’t even aware of GM McCloud’s school until I read the flyer for this seminar.
At first I wasn’t sure how I’d feel upon entering a different dojang with unknown practices that might not be in my familiar WMAC comfort zone.  Fortunately, Black Belt Nell Cote convinced me to attend the Friday night session.  “They’re our martial arts relatives,” Nell advised me.  “It’s like getting together with the cousins you only see once a year.”
With that encouragement, my son Oliver and I purchased tickets and arrived at the MAUSA dojang on Friday evening.  The mat area quickly filled with men and women of all ages, plus a large contingent of children.  As Nell predicted, we immediately felt at home with our “cousins,” and the instructors led us through warm-ups followed by demonstrations and lessons in defensive techniques.
While the similarities between MAUSA and WMAC far outweighed the differences, there were a number of contrasts that struck me, and some things that seemed like dissimilarities that, upon further reflection, didn’t seem so very different after all.  For example, one Sanuces instructor lectured us on the importance of being the first to attack.  “Whether your attacker pulls out a knife or a gun, don’t wait for your turn, because your turn may never come. In the street, it isn’t just about self-defense; sometimes, it’s about self-offence.”  At first that seemed dissonant to my ideas about a warrior’s role in defending themselves and others, never using their martial arts skills to attack unless they are attacked first.  But the more I thought about it, the more this seemed like a natural extension of Sabumnim’s admonition that, when sparring (or fighting), one should “strike first, strike fast, strike fearlessly.”  Since Sanuces calls itself “the Way of the Survivor,” self-offense made sense.

I doubt that my street survival skills are much better now than they were before the seminar, but I’m so glad I was able to meet my “cousins” and be exposed to another facet of our shared martial arts family. 


There are groups of people masking as Con Edison, and who call individuals and business, informing them that they have an imminent turn off notice that will take place within a few hours unless an immediate payment is made. Beware! These people are very organized and can sound just like an energy provider.

One such scammer called WMAC last Saturday, but fortunately, we knew something was up because we do not have a contract with Con Edison. However, for a moment they had the staff and some students scrambling!

These scammers are criminals and very foul people. Report them if they happen to call you or anyone you know.

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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 $30 to $40 depending on the amount of information they contain.


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I have been studying, practicing, and teaching massage therapy since 1994, relieving thousands of patients from pain across the United States and Europe. Just like any art, massage therapy takes years of practice to perfect and it just-so-happens to run in my family. My great-grandmother, Doña Teresa García Aveiga de Velásquez, was a curandera, a practitioner of Ecuador’s indigenous Quechua healing methods. Combining her intuitive approach with tuina (a Chinese form of medical bodywork) and the most current research on touch science, I apply the full breadth of my knowledge to each of my client’s unique needs.

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