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"Everything begins in the mind. Create the intention and then apply the effort to receive the result."

"It is very easy to break a pencil in half. Breaking ten pencils in half is an altogether different matter."

--- Coach Ron Pfeiffer, 7th Degree Black Belt, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin USA


"Don't fear the person who has studied a thousand techniques one time. Fear the person who has studied one technique a thousand times."

--- Ed DellaCroce, 3rd Degree Black Belt and the North Carolina State Director for World Dragon Kenpo.


December Theme: Honor.

The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta

“I lost two dear friends of mine. I would give this back in a second to have my friends with me right now.”

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

World Tai Chi Day: April 26, 2008

For Immediate Release

"BIG WAVE" COMING TO LAKE GENEVA

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day in Lake Geneva

Saturday, April 26, 2008, at 10 am


World Tai Chi Day - An unprecedented global health and healing event will unfold across the planet on Saturday, April 26, 2008, 10 am. Join us in Lake Geneva's Liberty park by the fountain at 9:30 Saturday morning and be a part of the "Big Wave" of world wide celebration and participation. Rain venue will be in the Lake Geneva YMCA Gym, 203 Wells Street.


Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe through 60 countries across 6 continents. This healing "wave" will not only be a spectacular visual sight, but also promote calm and wellness worldwide.


Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) are health technologies evolved over several thousand years of research in China and now growing in popularity worldwide. They are used in hospitals, business, assisted living facilities, schools, health and fitness organizations and other institutions. Tai Chi and Qigong have been shown in research to reduce anxiety, depression, chronic pain conditions. They boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance, provide cardiovascular benefit, provide powerful stress management tools, and slow aspects of the aging process.


Past event photo archive: http://worldtaichiday.org/WTPhotoArchive.html


This could be the best thing you have ever done for you and your world. Be there!


For More Information Please Contact:


Tai Chi Coach, Ron Pfeiffer: wi_ron@yahoo.com

Tai Chi Student, Phoebe Oshirak: ophoebe0077@aol.com

Sherri Baker, Lake Geneva YMCA: 262-248-6211

Friday, March 14, 2008

March 2008 Slayer News

SLAYER NEWS
About Dragon Kenpo Karate
March 2008 Making Choices

“Life is the sum of all your choices.” Albert Camus

Table of Contents

Opening Comments by Coach Ron Pfeiffer
Featured Article: Controlling Your Fear
by Jerry Munday
Shira Tora Ju-Jitsu by Tim Flynn
Handing the Bat to Joe DiMaggio by Steve Amoia
New Member Biography by Larry Bray, Black Belt in Shotokan Karate
Letter to Coach Pfeiffer by
Chad Bloom
Closing Comments by Coach Ron Pfeiffer
Staff Biographies Link

Opening Comments by Coach Ron Pfeiffer

Spring into Dragon Kenpo...

Finally the snow is melting and the cold is subsiding. Thoughts of renewal and rebirth abound and with them the thoughts of our instructors are stirring as well... "Time to attract some new students and give our continuing students a reason to stick around!"

We've got a couple of events coming up here locally and everyone is invited to come along if they wish. We've planned our annual camp trip a little differently this year. If you're as lucky as I am, you have worked to develop a parent committee and they are helping to organize some of the events held by the school throughout the year.

The World Tai Chi and Qi Gong day is April 26 and World Dragon Kenpo will be organizing a group at Library Park in Lake Geneva, WI. We will coordinate with other groups around the world, and we've been told that as many as 1 million individuals will be doing Tai chi at the same time. The phrase "One World, One Breath" is being used to motivate and mobilize this day of Tai chi. Those of you who are into the Tai chi thing should contact Coach Pfeiffer to get info on getting an event together locally. It will bring students to your school and raise public awareness of the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

This year our parents have outdone themselves and have raised the needed funds to take over 30 families to the Great Wolf Lodge at the Wisconsin Dells. This is an amazing indoor/outdoor resort and water park. This was decided after I took our school "real camping", you know, "Hey everyone gather wood for the fire..." Also don't forget the bug spray! There will be exams for testing students, a flag ceremony on Saturday evening and of course a ton of fun for all. If you would like to join us please contact me (wi_ron@yahoo.com) and I will put you in touch with the people in the know, i.e. "Parent Committee." If you need help establishing a PC for your school contact me for that too.

WDK Family Tree

Finally, we're happy to announce that the black belt list on Kenpo Net is up and many of our WDK black belts are now listed. Contact me or Kenpo Net about getting listed. For a link to the family tree, please click here.

Have a great Spring everyone and remember plan some stuff, and get your students motivated. Then get your plans into your newsletter, The Slayers News!

Martial Arts Social Network

Our California State Director, Rick Collette, has begun beta testing on a new martial arts social network: http://www.martialwebs.com/. Please take a look and join up if you like it.

All the Best,

Coach Ron Pfeiffer

Reminder

Occasionally, our members have asked what's the best way to help others learn about our school and program. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Students! Just refer them to one of our websites, as some of you know we have a few. Also, our school depends on member referrals to grow. Our tuition is the lowest of any school because we don't have advertising expenses, etc. Use these links for referrals:

www.dragonkenpo.us

www.dragonkenpo.net

www.onlinekarate.net

www.onlinekarate.bravehost.com

Coach Ron Pfeiffer can be contacted at dragonkenporegister@yahoo.com

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” Frederick Douglass

Controlling Your Fear
by Jerry Munday, Florida State Director of WDK

Editor’s Note: Mr. Munday has earned the following ranks.

1st degree Black belt in Chun Li Chaun Fa Difficult Clinging Fist under Soke John Stover.

1st degree Black belt in Arnis under Grand Master Bram Frank.

2nd degree Black belt in Kenpo/Arnis under Kenpo/Arnis Founder Master George Denson.

3rd degree Black belt in Kenpo Karate under Ed Hutchison.

4th degree Black belt in Dragon Kenpo under Hap Ki Mu Sul Founder Rodney Lacy.

This article is not concerned with deep rooted psychological problems such as phobias and unrealized anxieties, but simple fear one tends to feel when faced with aggressive people or dangerous situations. Without getting too involved with the biology of fear, it is essentially the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol into the blood creating certain physical symptoms like rapid heart rate and breathing, tightening of muscles, etc. Emotionally speaking, it is the initiator of the flight or fight mechanism.

We all know people who seem to have no fear of anything, and people who will cower at the slightest aggression. The rest of us fall somewhere in between. Controlling your fear is very simple. In fact, it is so simple most people dismiss it outright.

The answer is: Control your breathing and you control your fear.

The answer is simple, but you must train yourself to take control of your breathing. I personally use and teach some of the breathing meditations of the White Tiger system. I will describe the first of these as an example. It is not my opinion that you need to use exclusively the White Tiger system. Other breathing exercises should work just as well.

These exercises are not the transcendental meditations that most people are familiar with. These meditations were designed by the Shaolin Monks to gain control of their breath and enhance their faith and courage. The theory being that once you have control of your breathing you have complete control of yourself.

When you become scared or excited, your breathing becomes rapid. These exercises help you gain control over the rapid breathing in stressful situations and therefore help you to remain calm.

They are practiced in a sitting position. You can sit in a chair, cross legged on the floor, or even in the Full or half lotus position. It really does not matter. However, if you sit on the floor it, is best to sit on a cushion or small bench in order to keep your back straight. It only matters in that you are comfortable. Discomfort during practice should be avoided, as it will distract your concentration.

Concentrate on martial arts movements. You must clear your mind of all thoughts except for the techniques you are going to practice.

These exercises should only last for about 5 minutes for the beginner and no longer than 10 minutes for the more experienced practitioner.

These meditations work by of a series of controlled inhalations and exhalations and volume percentages of the individual practitioner’s lungs. Traditionally, as practiced in China, the student would sit with the teacher and simply observe and listen to the way the teacher was breathing. These breath percentages are a modernized way accomplishing those same breathing rhythms.

Meditation 1:

Sit with your right hand on top of the left centered in your lap. Concentrate on how you would react to an attack with your hands in this position.

Take 3 full breaths to start (slowly) inhale completely on each breath and exhale completely. This is to clear the lungs of as much CO2 as possible. These meds work on a principle of combining different amounts of O2 and CO2, so these cleansing breaths are only to give you a benchmark for starting.

Next, take in what amounts to 80% of a full breath and hold it, compressing down into your lungs for a few seconds. Then take a full breath on top of the last and slowly exhale to let all the air out. (One breath taken in on top of another without exhaling in between creates different compressed ratios of CO2 to build up in the lungs).

Take another breath at 70% of a full breath and hold it, pressing it down into your lungs.

Take a full breath on top of that and slowly exhale letting it all out.

Take another breath of 50% holding it and pressing it down into your lungs. Take a full breath on top of that and slowly exhale letting it all out.

Continue this process for 3 to 5 minutes. Take three even full breaths on conclusion and slowly open your eyes when done. It is very important this be done slowly.

This is the most practical. Sit with the Hands on you knees with the palms down. Breathe normally for 3 to 5 minutes. 3 full breaths to come out.

Do not be too concerned about where you practice, because the goal is to be able to remain calm in chaotic surroundings. Eventually, you will be able to filter out media (TV and radio) and traffic noises.

Jerry Munday can be contacted at modular_kenpo@yahoo.com

“Hell is having too many options or none at all.” Andrew T. Durham

Shira Tora Ju-Jitsu
by Tim Flynn, Iowa State Director of WDK

I have created a new Ju-Jitsu style called Shira Tora Ju-Jitsu which brings harmony to all Ju-Jitsu styles along with Submission Wrestling. It incorporates the traditional Japanese Ju-jitsu with a little Brazilian, a little Pankration, Submission Wrestling, and General Wrestling techniques. This style has years of study and practice behind it. All that I have learned has been incorporated and developed into my own style.

To be recognized as an official Founder of Style (Soke) by organizations is a process in which first you have to find organizations that have been around for a while and have credentials of their own. Not to mention are willing to recognize someone. You have to possess more than one Dan rank in at least a couple of different styles, and you must have your list of techniques/requirements to submit along with video(s) showing your style.

Once you have everything organized, then you have to come up with an original name for your style that either suits you or explains the meaning of your style. Shira Tora means White Tiger in Japanese, and is the name behind the styles logo.

The Flynn Ju-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling Association can be found online by searching for the name of the association or going to www.flynnjujitsu.net. On the website, you will find a home study course for Shira Tora Ju-Jitsu that you can order and work on until you're ready to test by video. I don’t currently have an official dojo, but will teach in the downstairs of my home. I also teach at the local Y in my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, which borders Illinois and Wisconsin. This system is taught as self-defense and there is also typical MMA techniques as well. For any questions, I can be contacted at tjfly69@yahoo.com or tim@flynnjujitsu.net, or you can just go to the website for more information on the Flynn Ju-jitsu and Submission Wrestling Association.

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” David Russell

Handing the Bat to Joe DiMaggio
By Steve Amoia



Sometimes, making choices can mean the difference between starting or ending a historic streak. Choosing the right or wrong bat. Taking the right or wrong path. Saying the right or wrong words.

I would like to dedicate this article in memory of my father, Michael.

An American Cultural Icon

If you ever played baseball, the mystical name of DiMaggio was as familiar as the crack of the bat, or the thud of the ball hitting the back of the catcher's mitt. Just like cold beer, hot dogs, and the seventh inning stretch, Joe DiMaggio was an integral part of American baseball tradition and lore.

If you grew up Italian as I did, you never referred to him as Joe or DiMaggio. It was always Mr. DiMaggio. He became an American icon; however, to Italian-Americans, he represented much more than the perfect swing, the graceful strides, or "The Streak" that would make him immortal. Mr. DiMaggio embodied what our people could achieve despite media stereotypes that unfortunately still linger even today.

Son of a Fisherman

Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California, on 25 November 1920. He was the eighth of nine children born to Giuseppe and Rosalie, who were immigrants from the Sicilian island of Isola della Femmina (Island of the Women). His father was a fisherman; however, young Joe did not like the rigors of Fisherman's Wharf. He preferred to play on the sandlots of North Beach, which was and is an Italian section of San Francisco.

His father thought that Joe was lazy, and hoped that the allure of baseball would soon leave his son. Like most immigrant fathers, he wanted more for his children than a future of working the docks of San Francisco. But Joe was not an avid student, and at the age of 16, he dropped out of Galileo High School, and worked various laborer jobs for the next few years. He played semi-professional baseball for the San Francisco Seals, and in due course, was scouted and later signed by the New York Yankees.

Rare Childhood Opportunity

My father, Michael Amoia, had a rare opportunity as a child. His family lived near Griffith Stadium, which was at that time the home of the Washington Redskins and Senators. My father was very athletic, and competed in baseball and football for his high school, McKinley Technical. Somehow, and it remains a family mystery, my father obtained a job working for both the Redskins and Senators. My grandfather was not a sportsman, and one can imagine that few adolescents would have been brave enough to walk into the administrative offices of Griffith Stadium to ask for a job.

The ironic facet of this story was that few of his old friends knew about this part of his life. When I mentioned the anecdote during his eulogy, several of his friends approached me later with seeming disbelief. It was a part of my father’s life that was very private, but one that always fascinated me. During his life, he would mention DiMaggio on occasion.

I had an older cousin, Robert, who had heard the story in more detail. My father worked in the clubhouse for the Redskins, and was a batboy for the Washington Senators, where his domain was the visitor's dugout. He handed Joe DiMaggio his bat on several occasions. Dad was able to observe Mr. DiMaggio both on and off the field. The experience was imbued upon his memory. Even as my father developed Alzheimer’s Disease, the mere mention of Joe DiMaggio would bring a smile to his face.

Personal Reflections by Michael Amoia

Dad, what was he like?

"He was a very quiet and private man. In the clubhouse, he didn't say much, and the other players left him alone. But you knew he was their leader. He had custom-made suits, and always looked sharp. He even looked good in those baggy uniforms they wore back then. He used to drink coffee and smoke Chesterfields between innings, and a few times I had to run out to by him smokes. You were told by the Senators to treat all the players the same, but with DiMaggio, it was a different story... His family was Sicilian. After the games, he used to sign balls for me. I sold them outside the stadium for $1. That was a lot of money in those days. That's how we were paid. We had to ask the players to sign balls or broken bats."

What made him great?

"Instincts. He always seemed to do the right thing. You never saw him out of position in the outfield. He was quick as a cat. Strong arm. Didn't miss cutoff men. At bat, you never saw a smoother or quicker swing. Only Ted Williams was a better hitter. He could hit for power and for a high average. He was very graceful for a big man. He played each inning as if it were his last. I never saw him get angry."

Few of us could have such a childhood memory. It is said that youth is wasted on the young; however, in my father’s case, I would beg to differ.

“Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio,

A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

--- “Mrs. Robinson” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

Steve Amoia can be contacted at info@sanstefano.com

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Lawrence “Yogi” Berra

New Member Biography
by Larry Bray

World Dragon Kenpo would like to extend a warm welcome to Larry Bray.

A little about myself. I live in Pennsylvania close to the Delaware border.

I am married with 3 children.

I am an IT Director for a marketing research company.

I am very involved with my local church.

I earned my black belt in Shotokan Karate about 5 years ago, but i am very much out of practice. I was looking to get back in shape and to pick up martial arts again. Specifically, I was looking for a program that was more functional and didn't focus on forms so much.

I found World Dragon Kenpo through a Google search.

Some background about Shotokan:

Shotokan karate is a traditional style that has its roots in Okinawa. The founder's name was Funakoshi. Funakoshi used the pen-name "Shoto" which means "pine waves." That's why the name of the style is Shotokan: "House of Funakoshi (pine waves)."

Shotokan has 3 main sections in training:

Kihon, which are the basics; kata, which are the forms; kumite, which is the sparring.

Shotokan is a "hard" martial art as it emphasizes strength and power of movement. Even the blocks are meant to be strikes at the same time, so that when you block a kick you are doing it with such force that you hurt the opponent’s leg.

Shotokan encourages ending an encounter with a single attack, so it is not a sport martial art. When a student gets to the level where they practice free sparring (jiyu kumite), they are allowed to execute any attack/defense including such things as kick to the throat. In the kumite, the attack is stopped just as contact is made to the target to avoid injury, and therefore padding is generally not used.

Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.” Pat Riley

Letter to Coach Ron Pfeiffer
by
Chad Bloom

Coach Pfeiffer,

Greetings, I hope you are well.

I am writing because I have a few points to go over, but first let me thank you for offering such a program for someone who is in a "dojo desert" such as me. I really wanted to study either Kenpo or Kajukenbo but the only offerings in my immediate area are two franchise schools that both teach point fighting TKD. After watching the initial videos, I feel I have made a sound decision in joining your school.

I am also writing to let you know that I have studied and practiced the eight self defense moves, and I am now ready to begin my white belt training.

I have had training in National Karate (the Worley schools based in Minnesota) and earned a purple belt with that school. I am not requesting advanced placement at this time, but is that something I can request later after I have had a chance to work with the material? Also I was wondering if submitting a belt test on DVD would acceptable and if there is a format (sequence of events) to the video I should know, or is that information that is made available at that time? Will I need to wear a traditional Gi in the videos? I mainly practice in garb similar to what you wear in the instructional videos.

That’s all I have for now. Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you in my martial education.

Sincerely,

Chad Bloom

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Hi Chad and welcome to WDK!

Please go to www.onlinekarate.bravehost.com and read the Q&A page if you haven't already.

You should be able to view the next level of techniques, let me know if there is any problem there.

Questions about promotions and Advanced Standing are talked about on the link above so if you need more info please feel free to email me anytime.

Communication is the key so study and communicate!

Testing by video at the color belt level is an option but not required. You may request promotion after 3 months to the next rank.

Video exams or in person exams are required for the Black Belt level and those above.

Sincerely,

Coach Ron Pfeiffer

The talent is in the choices.” Robert De Niro

Closing Comments by Coach Ron Pfeiffer

If you have an article that you would like to submit, you may respond to me or Steve Amoia. Comments and questions about our publication are encouraged via the interactive nature of our blog. Or you can direct them to me by email. Please proofread your submissions, and shorter rather than longer articles are preferred. WDK reserves the right to edit any submission.

Important Notice To All Members

All Student/Instructor members are reminded that advancement and promotion are not automatic. Contact Coach Pfeiffer or your local instructor if you have questions or to request advancement information.

Is your school having an event? Let the Dragon Kenpo community know by placing it in the Slayer News! We are here to help you and your students get the most out of your training.

Please remember to keep your information updated so that the World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self Defense can serve you in the best way possible!

The articles within this newsletter are the views of the writer and not necessarily the views of World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self Defense.

Coach Ron Pfeiffer can be contacted at dragonkenporegister@yahoo.com

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