About World Dragon Kenpo
December 15, 2010
Honor: The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta
Wrap Up Another Year! by Coach Ronald C. Pfeiffer, Jr.
The Law and Self-Defense: An Interview with WDK Instructor and Law Enforcement Officer Ed DellaCroce by Steve Amoia
The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta by Steve Amoia
by Coach Ronald C. Pfeiffer, Jr.
There were a number of changes this year that have set up our direction as a school and program.
A New Website!
We've moved and upgraded our website to www.dragonkenpo.org. This has allowed us a lot more flexibility in our virtual program. Along with a new Contact Us page, as well as the introduction of PayPal for better security, we are prepared to serve the needs of all local and distance learning members. A huge thanks go to our resident tech guy, Mike.
Tai Chi Re-Certification and Enhancements
I was privileged to spend a couple of days in Chicago during October with Dr. Paul Lam, his master trainers and an excited group of Tai Chi teachers and practitioners. The course work was titled "Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis". It was an amazing event due to the amount of ground it covered, which was extensive. I learned that we were doing many things right and many things well. I also learned that there is so much more than what meets the eyes, as Dr. Lam would say. There were a few adjustments to our warm-ups, and at least a half dozen enhancements to the TCA form.
New and Returning Students
We continue to add students to all three of our programs. Dragon Kenpo, Tai Chi for Health and the Virtual Dojo of World Dragon Kenpo have shown to be a good rounding out of the needs of our students. Also, I would like to welcome back a number of returning students!
What is commitment anyway?
A great leader once said:
"The basic philosophy, spirit, and drive of an organization have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organizational structure, innovation, and timing." --- Thomas J. Watson, Jr.There is more to this quote but the ideas of drive, spirit and philosophy are key to any continuing concern. In February 2000 we began teaching Dragon Kenpo, and later in 2004 we opened one of the first online karate schools. In 2005, we introduced Sun Style Tai Chi for our students ongoing health, and opened of schools in Burlington and Kenosha in 2008.
During all of these events, a common theme has emerged. Nothing would have occurred except for the practice of using drive and positive spirit along with a philosophy of student-centered training to foster an environment of learning that has been the focus for all of these years.New Location for Tai Chi
We recently relocated our Tai Chi in Kenosha program to the Moose Lodge. This will allow us to expand our program, and offer more students the opportunity to learn the health and wellness aspects of Sun Style Tai Chi!
Increased Use of Social Media
If you haven't yet, please visit us on Facebook. Search for Midwest Tai Chi & Self Defense. You're in the right place if you see a picture of me floating in a Yin/Yang symbol. Thanks a lot, Charlie!
Planning for the 2011 Tai Chi Instructor Training
March 26th and 27th are the planned dates for our Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor certification weekend. There will be more information coming shortly. Please stay tuned to the Facebook page and the main website for further news.
Christmas Families 2010
Once again, congratulations to all of those who have helped us make Christmas a little brighter for a family in need. Fourth Quarter Exams were held on December 11th, and that was the last day for collections for our charity. A special thanks to Sharon Angelici and Jill Pfeiffer for helping to wrap up some of the loose ends. Incidentally, congratulations to those who went through what I was told was a rather grueling testing day!
Finally, let me personally wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May it bring what we need, more that what we may wish...
Coach Ron Pfeiffer
World Dragon Kenpo
An Interview with WDK Instructor and Law Enforcement Officer Ed DellaCroce
by Steve Amoia
Ed, due to the legal concept of Agency, some jurisdictions might make an instructor responsible for the skills that his or her students learn. Abilities that may be misused in environments outside of the instructor’s direct sphere of influence.
As a WDK instructor, how do you educate your students about their responsibilities? Both as citizens, along with those who have martial arts knowledge?
by Steve Amoia
Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta achieved a rare distinction last month. He became one of the few living Medal-of-Honor recipients, and the first one since the Vietnam War. Sergeant Giunta, a native of Hiawatha, Iowa, was a member of Company B, the Second Airborne Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment which was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. He is currently stationed in Italy.
I invite you to watch the video on our blog to hear President Barack Obama describe the heroism of Sergeant Giunta. He lost two comrades the day of his extraordinary, unselfish actions in Afghanistan. Here were some of Mr. Obama's comments:
“The moon was full; the light it cast was enough to travel by without using their night-vision goggles. They hadn’t traveled a quarter-mile before the silence was shattered. It was an ambush so close that the cracks of the guns and the whizzes of the bullets were simultaneous.”
'I would give this back in a second to have my friends with me right now.' ”
What is Honor?
I would like you to think about the concept of honor. What does it mean to you?
Please read what Sergeant Giunta said a few times.
For rare men such as Sergeant Giunta, honor is not a word. It is a way of life.
We honor men such as Sergeant Giunta with our nation's highest military award. Not only for their heroism, but to remind us that we can never repay their sacrifices. We can only learn from their sterling example.
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December 15, 2010
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