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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, December 15, 2010

December 2010 World Dragon Kenpo Slayer News: Honor


SLAYER NEWS
About World Dragon Kenpo
December 15, 2010
Honor: The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta
In This Issue

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


Wrap Up Another Year! HO! HO! HO!
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!

Ongoing Commitment

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
www.dragonkenpo.org



The Law and Self-Defense:
An Interview with WDK Instructor and Law Enforcement Officer Ed DellaCroce

by Steve Amoia

Disclaimer


Although WDK has an international membership, for purposes of this discussion, we will focus on the laws in the United States of America. This article is for informative purposes only. Steve Amoia and Ed DellaCroce do not represent the views of WDK. The questions and answers are personal perspectives, and should not be interpreted as legal opinions. Please consult with an attorney in your local jurisdiction for further clarification.


Legal Definition of Self-Defense

According to the legal dictionary at www.freedictionary.com, self-defense is defined as “The use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger. Self-defense is a common defense by a person accused of assault, battery, or homicide. The force used in self-defense may be sufficient for protection from apparent harm (not just an empty verbal threat) or to halt any danger from attack, but cannot be an excuse to continue the attack or use excessive force.

Examples: an unarmed man punches Allen Alibi, who hits the attacker with a baseball bat. That is legitimate self-defense, but Alibi cannot chase after the attacker and shoot him or beat him senseless. If the attacker has a gun or a butcher knife and is verbally threatening, Alibi is probably warranted in shooting him. Basically, appropriate self-defense is judged on all the circumstances. Reasonable force can also be used to protect property from theft or destruction. Self-defense cannot include killing or great bodily harm to defend property, unless personal danger is also involved, as is the case in most burglaries, muggings or vandalism.”

Mr. DellaCroce has a rare combination: Martial Arts Instructor and Law Enforcement Officer with significant experience in military and civilian environments. Mr. DellaCroce is the Director of North Carolina Dragon Kenpo, and the subject matter consultant for the following discussion.

Ed, welcome to Slayer News, and I look forward to a very educational and enlightening discussion for our readers. Before we begin our interview, I would like to provide some background information as an introduction, along with an addition, to the previously defined legal concept of self-defense.


Mr. Edmund Parker, the father of American Kenpo, said that, “We should consider three points of view in a conflict. Our point of view as the victim, our assailant's point of view as the attacker, and the point of view of a by-stander.”


According to a former WDK instructor, Coach Doug Turner, “In a situation where the incident escalates, we need to work on being very verbal in showing that we didn't cause this to happen and don't want it to continue if at all possible. I teach my students to raise their hands in a fighting position, but with their hands open. It's really a fighting position, but to anyone that is looking it appears to be a very non-aggressive posture. Then as you defend yourself, instead of using a ”Ki-ai”, yell something like "No", "Stop", or "Get Back." This is especially the case for women, to be as loud as they can in hopes of scaring off the potential rapist or assaulter… I teach self-defense, and I want my students to be able to fend off the initial attack and then get the heck out of there. To survive is to win the fight. There are cases in which I would not expect anyone to leave the fight. Their family or the general welfare of the community is in danger.”


Would you be kind enough to comment on Mr. Parker’s three points of view theory, along with Mr. Turner’s approach?


Ed DellaCroce (D.C.) Mr. Ed Parker begins his three theories addressing the view point of the victim. In conducting numerous interviews with crime victims, the perspective is normally one or the other. The victim either over exaggerates, or down plays the action and seriousness of the event. I believe mindset plays a crucial part in how a person reacts as a victim to a conflict. Obviously, a victim with extensive defensive training will react differently than an untrained victim. Many victims will use excessive force to counteract an attack. A simple slap in the face could cause a victim to strike back with a baseball bat, a knife or a gun which are examples of excessive force. There are too many variable factors to consider. An explanation on this viewpoint could be endless.

It is very difficult to know what a victim may do, unless you are able to determine their motivating factors. A victim executing a counter attack is bound morally and legally to cease when they have reached an equal level of forceA person is only allowed to return force with force. If the attack ceases, so must the counter attack. Even in a case of self-defense, you can be held harmless if excessive force is used. Mr. Turner mentioned teaching his students to raise their hands in an escalating incident. I applaud him. Excellent advice. In Law Enforcement training academies, students are taught that exact method. The technique is a non-verbal communication skill. It conveys an unconscious message, “I am not a threat.” You have also closed the reactionary time gap for defending yourself.

The view point of the assailant shares some perspectives of the victim. What caused them to attack? What is their mindset? Did they perceive a threat or are they conducting a criminal act of violence? Assailants too can use excessive force in executing their attack. They could also be reacting in a certain manner due to a past experience with a similar situation. What may have started as their defense could also end up as an excessive force charge.

Bystander view points also vary according to their mindset. Five people at a shooting can witness the same event, yet give totally different statements of the incident. In a self-defense situation words can hurt or help you. Making a statement, “I am going to kill you” would certainly work against you. If someone is killed by your actions a threat made by you will re-enforce your actions. Comments like, “No, I don’t want to hurt you” are helpful statements. A witness may not be able to view an incident completely, but may hear you shouting to stop or leave me alone. Your words of anger in a counter attack are a lawyer’s pot of gold. To be found not guilty, if charged with a crime, a jury must agree you responded as a reasonably prudent person would have done under similar circumstances. Practicing self-control over your words and emotions can become second nature under pressure. Always assume a video camera is recording your actions.

Thank you for elaborating on a complicated topic, Ed. I would like you to evaluate a real-world example for our next question.

Let’s say that I am in a restaurant or night club with my date, and she does not have a self-defense background. I excuse myself to use the restroom. When I return, a man is at the table, and has his hand on my companion’s shoulder. She appears uncomfortable. Politely, I ask if they know each other? The stranger smiles, and my date says, “Yes, but I asked him to leave me alone.” I quickly notice that he is well-dressed, in good shape, and apparently not under the influence of any substances. I can’t determine if he has a weapon. Or if there are others with him ready to intervene. He has not drawn the attention of the other patrons.

I ask the gentleman to remove his hand. He refuses, and then adds more pressure to her shoulder. “Make me.” Or perhaps he says nothing to see how or if I will react to the threat. At this point, what rights do I have as a citizen to protect my companion if words will not remedy the situation?


Has an assault occurred by his actions, and if I decide to engage him, what force can I reasonably exert under these circumstances?


(D.C.) First of all, a simple assault has already occurred. Contact, however slight, constitutes the assault. Some states may even consider the offense assault on a female. The fact that the gentleman does not appear to be under the influence concerns me. My question is what would motivate him to do such a stupid act? He risks getting seriously injured; he could run into his match and get more than he bargained for. He could also be a loose cannon looking for a reason to explode. I would certainly handle this case with more caution.

The idiot, he does not rate gentleman at this point, can be dealt with under the umbrella of coming to the defense of a third party. I would ask in a loud voice to please take his hand off my companion’s shoulder. Attempt to attract the attention of customers for witnesses as well as the restaurant staff. If my request is met with no response, I would shout out loud for someone to call the police. If this action does not correct the situation, I would at this point remove his hand. This type of person could become volatile, and yes, a weapon could be produced. Take quick control of the person’s wrist and hand with a wrist roll. Apply and maintain pressure. Hopefully, this display of pain compliance might correct the behavior. You have not used unnecessary force to stop a continued assault. If the police arrive and the person is still in your presence, your companion would have to initiate filing charges. Since the assault occurred out of the presence of law enforcement, they cannot charge. Some states, however, do allow officers to file the charge if there is obvious evidence of an assault. Always remember rule #1, “I’d rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.”

You reminded us of what Mr. Turner suggested in the first example about verbal self-defense. Now I would like your opinion about how martial artists are treated in the legal system.

Ed, years ago, I saw the motion picture, “Con Air,” starring Nicholas Cage. He portrayed an ex-Army Ranger who encounters a situation where a few guys are harassing his wife. The situation escalates, and he kills one of them in apparent self-defense. If I recall, the judge in the case cited Cage’s special military training, and that he exerted more force than was necessary. Cage’s character was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sent to prison.

Allow me to refer to the same situation that was presented in the second question. I use a palm-heel strike to break the elbow of the attacker, and he sues me. During legal discovery, his attorney learns that I had distance learning martial arts training but no formal study (with an instructor such as yourself or Coach Pfeiffer).

As in the motion picture, and given the circumstances outlined above, would I be held to a higher standard due to my perceived martial arts knowledge? If you were in this scenario as a 2nd degree Black Belt, would the standard be similar to the Cage character?

(D.C.) Unfortunately, I did not see the Con Air movie, so I cannot answer on what would be a proper course of action. With a simple assault, a palm heel strike and a break to the elbow would be considered an excessive use of force. On a dark night, if a stranger jumped out of an alley and attacked you, would the same strike be justified? I would say absolutely yes. That situation would certainly induce fear in an average person. I believe that we as martial artists are indeed held to a higher standard of conduct. Hopefully, we have learned to maintain better self-control over our emotions. Some lawyers believe we become supermen or women by achieving a belt rank. We are still human and sometimes we react on human impulse. Remember, if all else fails refer to my rule #1 above.

Good advice. You stressed the importance of mental self-control. Now let's turn to the perspective of a martial arts instructor.

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?


(D.C.) We live in a money-hungry world; anyone can sue anyone for anything. I heard a preacher state, “We live in a piggish nation everyone is always yelling sue, sue, sue.” Can an instructor be sued, yes? Instructors can always be named in a lawsuit in an attempt to find some part of negligence with their teaching methods. I am no more responsible for my student’s actions than Ford auto makers are when a drunk driver kills people operating a Ford. I could possibly be held responsible if I fail to teach my students proper techniques. An instructor should teach consequences for actions initiated by their students. Research the local laws in your state concerning self-defense. Teach your students more than technique; teach them your wisdom. Know your limits.


I would like you to discuss the next question from a military perspective.


You have spent a significant amount of your career as a military policeman in the United States Air Force. Given that military personnel are trained in self-defense techniques, does the military justice system differ from our domestic (civilian) courts in matters of self-defense?


(D.C.) Absolutely, the tolerance in the military is far less than the civilian community. A military court conviction will be filed under a federal conviction. Military personnel are held to a higher standard of conduct. The whole system is based on order and discipline. In the civilian community, if you disagree with an employer you can curse at them and quit. This type of response would be totally unacceptable in the military. You do not have the option to say no to an order and go home. If you are involved in a self-defense situation in the military, sometimes they will find a charge even for the victim. The military expects you to maintain self-control over your life. They hold you accountable for your actions. Charging a victim with some type of punishment may sound absurd, but it happens. Remember the military prosecutes you, and normally your lawyer is also in the military. Sounds like a conflict of interest. The best advice is if you are in the military; hire your own civilian attorney.

Lastly, Ed, what type of advice could you give us to prepare mentally for self-defensive situations?

(D.C.) Practice mentally as well, rehearse what if? scenarios in your mind. Whatever you learn, good or bad, will become second nature under pressure. I was in a situation where I was shot at and took cover. Instinctively, I initiated tactical maneuvers to remove myself from the line of fire. Practice your techniques; muscle memory needs to take place naturally. “Fear not the person who knows 1,000 techniques, but fear the one who practices one technique 1,000 times.”

Ed, thank you for your kind consideration and insights.

The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta
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.”



The two lead squad men went down. So did a third who was struck in the helmet. Sergeant Giunta charged into the wall of bullets to pull him to safety, Mr. Obama said. Sergeant Giunta was hit twice, but was protected by his body armor. The sergeant could see the other two wounded Americans, Mr. Obama recounted. Sergeant Giunta looked down as the president described how he and his squad mates threw grenades, which they used as cover to run toward the wounded soldiers. All this, they did under constant fire, Mr. Obama said. Finally, they reached one of the men. As other soldiers tended to him, Sergeant Giunta sprinted ahead.

“He crested a hill alone with no cover but the dust kicked up by the storm of bullets still biting into the ground,” Mr. Obama said.

And there Sergeant Giunta saw 'a chilling sight' — the silhouettes of two insurgents carrying away the other wounded American — his friend, Sgt. Joshua C. Brennan. Sergeant Giunta leaped forward, and fatally shot one insurgent while wounding the other. Then he rushed to his friend. He dragged him to cover, and stayed with him, trying to stop the bleeding, for 30 minutes, until help arrived."

Sergeant Joshua Brennan died from his wounds, as did Specialist Hugo V. Mendoza, the platoon medic. Five others soldiers were wounded in this event.

'I lost two dear friends of mine,' Giunta said.
'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.

Please remember to update your online account information and make promotion requests to Coach Ron Pfeiffer. Advancements and promotions are not automatic. They are conferred at the sole discretion of Coach Pfeiffer or his certified instructors.

Articles contained in the World Dragon Kenpo Slayer News represent the opinions of the authors. WDK is not liable for any misstatements or errors, and does not necessarily support the views of the writer.

Coach Ron Pfeiffer thanks you for your continued support. Please forward this edition to your friends and martial arts colleagues.

Steve Amoia
Editor, World Dragon Kenpo Slayer News
December 15, 2010


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Friday, December 3, 2010

Acupuncture From A Patient's Perspective

by Steve Amoia

I am a current patient at Huang's Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic. Dr. Sen Huang is expertly qualified todiscuss Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from a doctor's point of view; however, perhaps it would be helpful to learn how the treatments feel on the other end of the needles.

I came to Dr. Huang's clinic for treatment of chronic abnormal muscle tone. This condition was caused by an adverse reaction to a prescription drug. This heightened state creates very tight muscles and stiff joints, which can be painful at times.

Seeking an alternative approach, I decided to investigate acupuncture. I found Dr. Huang's web site during an Internet search, and was very impressed by its content. I spoke to Dr. Huang on the phone, described my situation, and was invited to meet him for a consultation. During the first few visits, I was very tentative. But any concerns that I had were allayed by the kind and compassionate manner of Dr. Huang. He is an expert of anatomy, and has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine for many years. But I was more impressed by this knowledge of human nature. He realizes that for most Westerners, acupuncture is a treatment of last resort. He understands that a new patient arrives with a mixture of apprehension, anxiety, and curiosity. Dr. Huang treats the whole person, not just a particular part of the body. He also stresses that the mind and body are not separate entities.

My case is difficult to treat; however, Dr. Huang's positive attitude helps me to remain focused on the healing process. He is very cordial, professional, and compassionate. He always explains what he is doing to my body, and what I should expect both during and after the treatments. Due to my strange muscle tone, the needles can feel uncomfortable during insertion and subsequent adjustments. But then I relax and absorb the healing effects of the acupuncture. The soothing Chinese music in the background helps to create a safe and secure environment.

For me, acupuncture is a paradox. It is both simple and complex. Many illnesses are explained by a blockage of chi, or the energy flow within our bodies. The needles release and redirect this energy throughout the various bodily meridians. I have witnessed the strong response of the needles; at times, I feel them in places where they are not even present. In essence, acupuncture restores our natural balance of good health and vitality. But when you look at the extremely detailed anatomical charts in Dr. Huang's office, one realizes that Traditional Chinese Medicine is very complicated, scientific, and relies heavily upon the skills of the practitioner.

Dr. Huang is a healer. Before I came to his clinic, I was in significant pain. I had difficulty walking, sitting, or typing. I have seen good progress, but realize that my treatment may be long term. As Dr. Huang often tells me, "When you relax your mind, your muscles will follow."

Dr. Huang reminds us that we must learn to prevent illness once our natural balance is restored. In the future, I hope to learn more about Qigong and Tai Chi. Both of these disciplines are taught by Dr. Huang, and help us to maintain good health.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 2010 Slayer News: Cultivating Your Qi


SLAYER NEWS

About World Dragon Kenpo
September 15, 2010
Cultivating Your Qi
"Qi Gong is a system that cultivates vital life force.

Qi Gong arose thousands of years ago through the ancients' study of the interconnected cycles of nature, the universe and humans. By observing animals and nature's elements (water, wind, fire), the ancients began to closely follow the harmony and balance that nature created. Through their own movements, sound and visualizations, they began to access similar qualities within themselves, allowing this same harmony and balance to be experienced."

--- Carrie Laferty, "Cultivating Vital Life Force."

In This Issue

The Journey Continues by Coach Ron Pfeiffer, Jr.
Featured Article: World Dragon Kenpo: Distance Training with a Viable Curriculum by Jacob Patus

Experiencing Qi by Professor Frank Rinaldo
The Spirit of Qi Gong by Deborah Davis: A Product Review by Steve Amoia


BEIJING - AUGUST 28: Zheng Tianhui of China Hong Kong competes in women's Wushu jian shu on day one of the Sportaccord Combat Games 2010 at the Olympic Centre Gymnasium on August 28, 2010 in Beijing, China. Scheduled from 28 August to 4 September 2010, the first Combat Games 2010 feature 13 martial arts and combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

The Journey Continues
by Coach Ron Pfeiffer, Jr.

Since there are a number of changes going on with World Dragon Kenpo it reminded me of one of my favorite axioms. "Remember, the only thing that is constant is change."

Site Transfer Operations

Our transfer of operations from the old .us site to our new www.dragonkenpo.net and .org pages has been mostly completed. There are still a few tweaks that we will be making, but we have things to the point where new persons are (and have been) able to find our new site, understand the process, request membership and activate said memberships for either home study or local lessons. If you are an affiliated member/instructor or state representative, please email Coach Pfeiffer about your membership.

A huge thanks goes out to Mike Sokolski (Dragon Kenpo Brown Belt and Tai Chi Student) who was responsible for the dragonkenpo.net virtual dojo project. Without Mike's help we wouldn't have continued the online training in current form.
Our online school, World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self Defense, has been a continuous online presence since July 2004 and is one of only a small handful of distance learning programs that have survived. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only one teaching Dragon Kenpo Karate.

UW-Parkside Affiliation

We have been invited once again to continue our association with the University of Wisconsin at Parkside in Kenosha. Our local school, Midwest Tai Chi & Self Defense, will be providing lessons for the Mini Course program that begins on October 1st. The training is open to the public and serves as a great way to introduce people to the martial arts.

My Interview with the Kenosha News

Kevin Poirier of the Kenosha News interviewed me about my journey in Tai Chi. To take a look, please click here.

Health Fair at Nestle Foods

In another bit of news we, are participating in a Health Fair for the employees of Nestle Foods of Burlington. As we know, martial art training provides an interesting way to stay in shape, relieve stress and become more effective on a daily basis. Our instructors should consider health fairs and other low cost methods of letting your local community know who you are and what you offer.

And finally, in September 2008 we opened our school in Burlington. Two years later, and we find that it has taken awhile for the word to spread locally but it is spreading! Inquiries concerning lessons are up from the end of summer. One thing that we know is that success comes to those who stay in there and keep swinging.

I will end with a quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Please read it and then set or reset your goals for the future!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

World Dragon Kenpo: Distance Training with a Viable Curriculum
by Jacob Patus, 1st Degree Black Instructor

BEIJING - AUGUST 28: Tao Yi Jun of Singapore competes in women's Wushu's taiji quan on day one of the Sportaccord Combat Games 2010 at the Olympic Centre Gymnasium on August 28, 2010 in Beijing, China. Scheduled from 28 August to 4 September 2010, the first Combat Games 2010 feature 13 martial arts and combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

I have been studying martial arts for over two-thirds of my lifetime. Most of that training has been in the realm of traditional Japanese karate. Shotokan to be specific. Eventually, my training partner (father) and I began searching for alternative methods of studying martial arts. We stumbled upon World Dragon Kenpo (WDK) and decided to look further into the curriculum. At first, the distance learning concept sounded a bit unrealistic to be honest, but we chose to try it anyway.

Different Type of Distance Learning Program

Once we began to train with WDK, my opinion of the distance learning curriculum was slowly changed. Unlike other organizations that I have been involved in, this curriculum was more than one of those “Pay me my money and get your promotion” sort of deals. Coach Pfeiffer did not just contact us for a check and actually cared about our progress through the program. Once I got into the higher ranks of Dragon Kenpo where your promotions require more than a request and a fulfillment of the time requirement, I became convinced that the distance training concept was actually a viable curriculum, if both the teacher and the student are committed to learning.

My training with WDK has allowed me to learn more about martial arts than just what one would think Kenpo has to offer at first glance. I have fully integrated what I have learned in Shotokan with what I have been learning in Dragon Kenpo. There have been multiple situations where when learning a new technique in Dragon Kenpo, I have been able to see it as an application of Shotokan techniques that I have learned in the past. In this sense, not only have I learned Kenpo in my training with WDK, I have learned more about other the other styles of martial arts in which I have studied.

Hands-On Methods of Coach Pfeiffer

Coach Pfeiffer has been an integral part of what has made my training with WDK so enjoyable. Unlike other groups that I have trained with, Coach Pfeiffer understands his students’ will to learn more than one medium of martial arts at a time. He has supported my experimentation with other styles while training with WDK and even encouraged my integration of my WDK training with our previous knowledge of Shotokan.

High-Quality Videos

My WDK training experience has been great so far and I plan to continue to study with Coach Pfeiffer. Not only does WDK offer a great training experience, the curriculum is easy to follow yet credible. The distance learning videos are shot using instructors who do a good job in terms of describing the techniques at each level and displaying examples using a training partner. Another important thing to note about WDK is the documentation of your progress as you train with WDK. I learned the hard way that if there is no paper trail behind your training, your progress in that martial art is not very credible beyond the school in which you are studying. WDK distance learning provides a great method of learning and practicing martial arts on your own time while still following a valid curriculum and making progress that can be documented.


Experiencing Qi
by Professor Frank Rinaldo

BEIJING - AUGUST 28: Shizuka Morimoto of Japan competes in women's Wushu taiji jian on day one of the Sportaccord Combat Games 2010 at the Olympic Centre Gymnasium on August 28, 2010 in Beijing, China. Scheduled from 28 August to 4 September 2010, the first Combat Games 2010 feature 13 martial arts and combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

In my experience, it seems that people who do not believe in Qi have never felt it. People who do not teach Qi either do not really know it or don't want to teach it to their students for specific reasons. Let me clarify this by saying that everyone has Qi. Just that people do not know how to control it or if they can control it, they can not use it in a martial arts situation. If you have the ability to control and use your Qi, then controlling a 300 pound individual is easy to do. Remember the Tai Chi quote: "Use four ounces to control 1000 pounds."

The Need to Feel the Essential Qi

Qi has many meanings and interpretations. When I refer to Qi, I mean the essential Qi that one uses in martial arts applications (Fa Jing). It takes many years to be able to control and use your Qi to 'bounce' someone. This is, of course, a big problem when trying to explain about Qi in martial arts situations. Words tend to be very inadequate. One really needs to feel it. This also implies that it is virtually impossible to really learn about Qi from a book or a video.

Finding the Right Instructor

You must first find a teacher who really has the ability (VERY difficult to do), then he has to be willing to teach you (it may take months/years before he really trusts you enough), then you have to have the commitment and ability to learn (it takes years to master.) Even then, it is still a struggle. But once it is developed, using it is instantaneous.

The Need to Experience Qi

The only real way to learn about Qi is by experiencing it. At least that has been my experience. This might be similar to the Tao Te Ching. If you think you can name the Tao then that is not it! Any description of Qi is incomplete. It must be experienced.

How do you know if you are doing it right!?

When you practice Tai Chi you must ALWAYS be relaxed. This applies if you are interested in improving your health or for martial arts applications. Alert and relaxed, but not limp. The Tai Chi classics have a phrase: “… like a cat waiting to pounce on a mouse…” (Paraphrased). The cat is totally relaxed, but extremely alert… it can pounce in an instant.

If you are using a garden hose to squirt water and you then grab the hose very tightly in one fist – the water will stop flowing. So will your Qi. Contracted muscles will block the flow of Qi. Tai Chi does NOT depend on physical strength. How else can “an old man defeat a great number of younger men”? The apparent contradiction of using no muscular strength (so your Qi can flow) in a martial art application is very hard to overcome. People (especially men) tend to tense their muscles in a ‘tense’ situation. A well-built (muscled) individual has a most difficult time to learn to control their Qi. Their automatic response is to tense their muscles thereby blocking the flow of their Qi. On the other hand, it is much easier for women and children to learn to control of their Qi.

There is no physical effort when you release your Qi (Fa Jing). Another quote: “releasing it is like shooting an arrow”. Think about this… to ‘shoot an arrow’… you do not try to throw the arrow by moving the bow. All you need to do it relax your finger tips and the arrow is released. Qi is controlled & released by your mind. If you see a Tai Chi person moving their arms or shifting their weight to push someone then they are using physical strength, not Qi.

About the Author

Professor Frank Rinaldo teaches in the Department of Human and Computer Intelligence at
Ritsumeikan University in Japan. He has studied Yang style Tai Chi for more than 30 years.


The Spirit of Qi Gong by Deborah Davis
A Product Review by Steve Amoia



Qi Gong (Life force + Work or Purpose) is an ancient self-healing art from China that promotes Dan Tien abdominal breathing, graceful movements, and meditation. The practice of Qi Gong maintains health, prevents illness, and potentially increases our longevity.

Deborah Davis, L.Ac. received her Masters from Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the Medical Board of the State of California, the National Commission of Certification of Acupuncturists, and the Oregon Board of Examiners. She is the author of "Women's Qi Gong for Health and Longevity."



The Spirit of Qi Gong is a self-paced distance learning program designed for men and women. It is based upon the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with the healing sounds of nature. The DVD is 62 minutes in length, and was produced in 1999. It is sold via her web site, and also at Amazon.com.

Benefits of Qi Gong
  • Slow aging
  • Stimulate sexual vitality
  • Balance hormones
  • Reduce stress
  • Enhance memory
Initial Impressions

My first impression of the contents was the beautiful images, sounds, and natural surroundings. The imagery helps to enhance the emotional and physical benefits of Qi Gong. In my opinion, the different environments that she uses to demonstrate exercises and healing sounds are extremely tranquilizing in and of themselves. They help to prepare your mind and body for optimum results from the various movements. The exercises and movements have a dance-like quality, and I found them to be very enjoyable.

Teaching Style

Ms. Davis has a soothing voice, and is a very patient teacher. While she is the principal instructor, all of the movements feature students to provide a different perspective. She stresses the importance of the basics of qi gong, along with warm-ups. For example, the proper stance, along with Dan Tien (sea of Chi point) rhythmic abdominal breathing. Proper inhalation is a key component for all of the exercises and movements. Each movement, which are executed by six repetitions, is associated with a specific healing sound. For example, "shh..." (similar to the sound of the wind) for the lungs, and "who" for the spleen.

Five Chinese Elements

Metal: Lungs and Large Intestine. Season of Autumn.

Water: Kidneys and Bladder. Season of Winter.

Wood: Liver and Gallbladder: Season of Spring.

Fire: Heart and Small Intestine: Season of Summer.

Earth: Spleen, Pancreas, and Stomach: Season of Indian Summer.

Acupuncture Meridians

One thing that I found very educational was her demonstration of various acupuncture meridians. This helps you to understand the reason for a specific movement, and also teaches you some of the more prominent meridians. Such as the lung, kidney, spleen, and heart, respectively. If you take a look at the bottom of this blog, you can view detailed diagrams of acupuncture meridians.

Complement to Dragon Kenpo and Tai Chi

The slower motions and movements of Qi Gong would be a good complement to the study of Kenpo or other harder (Yang) arts. If you have studied any of the Tai Chi modules by Dr. Paul Lam, you will find these Qi Gong exercises and forms easier to execute. But mastery is another matter. Qi Gong has to be practiced daily. Much like herbal medicine, it acts as a tonic to keep us in balance, flexible, and flowing.

My Rating: Five stars. *****

Please Note


The book reviewer and WDK were not compensated for this article.



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Coach Ron Pfeiffer thanks you for your continued support. Please forward this edition to your friends and martial arts colleagues.

Steve Amoia
Editor, World Dragon Kenpo Slayer News
September 15, 2010


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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Important Message from Coach Ron Pfeiffer




Please sign the Guestbook at our new site www.dragonkenpo.org to indicate if you are interested in continuing your affiliation with WDK.

Due to our expenses to maintain our web presence, we are asking those who can to consider some type of membership dues or tuition. There is a link on the Store/Tuition page "Update Your WDK Membership PayPal Not Required" where you can submit what you feel comfortable with.
The old site at Dragonkenpo.us was costing us $300 per month and that was not possible to sustain any longer.

Continuing members should use the Distance Learning Virtual Dojo form on the Store/Tuition page to change over to the new site.
We are also looking for individuals to be involved in beta testing of the Virtual Dojo in the next couple of weeks.
Sincerely,

Coach Ron Pfeiffer
Founder, World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self-Defense

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 2010 Slayer News: Leadership


SLAYER NEWS
About Dragon Kenpo

June 15, 2010
Leadership

"I think that in any group activity—whether it be business, sports, or family—there has to be leadership or it won't be successful. You have to get people to work together, to acknowledge each other, to take an interest in them and in their world."
--- John Wooden
, Legendary Basketball Coach of the UCLA Bruins

In This Issue

Dragon Kenpo Annual Camp 2010 by Coach Ron Pfeiffer, Jr.
Featured Article: Healthy, Happy and Strong by Katelynn Denecke
A Father and Daughter Team at WDK by Robert Denecke
A New Direction by David Walker
WDK and Me by Bill Torres
My Thoughts on WDK by Thor Sulland
The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership:
A book review by Steve Amoia



Dragon Kenpo Annual Camp 2010
by Coach Ronald Pfeiffer, Jr.
Founder, World Dragon Kenpo

Portrait of American President Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), the sixteenth President of the United States, dressed in a suit and bow tie, April 9, 1865. Five days after this portrait was taken President Lincoln was assassinated  by John Wilkes Booth while attending a performance of 'Our American Cousin' at Ford's Theater. (Photo by Alexander Gardner/Getty Images)
Former President, Abraham Lincoln.
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than
to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

First off, I have to tell you that this issue of our quarterly Slayer was delayed because of the trip. Thanks to everyone especially our editor for their patience. This late submission to the newsletter blog allowed us to share our camp and exam weekend. Yes, plans are afoot for next year. The faint of heart need not inquire. It will be an adventure. More to come in future issues.

Idyllic Setting at Wisconsin Riverside Resort

This year, students and instructors from World Dragon Kenpo desended upon a truely idyllic setting in Western Wisconsin. Our camp was based at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort and it looks as though we will return here next year.

Most of us arrived on Friday evening with the notable exception of Instructor Jeff Hansen who arrived early Saturday morning. Jeff, a YMCA Instructor, has been a local student for 10 years and holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt. His assistance during Saturday mornings exams was most appreciated.

Testing with a Few Knocks

The testing went well with no serious injurys but a couple of bumps! Sam Williams, who is a brother to students Kate and Alex, was helping out and received an eye-opening knee to the face. The swelling didn't last too long and after a bit he was fine. He said he didn't expect his sister to be that tough on him. A lesson learned for us all. Please block!

Canoe and Kayaking Trips

After exams were done, we broke for lunch. Meeting back at the camp lodge, we departed as a group (5 canoes and 5 kayaks) for a canoe trip down the Wisconsin River. Our host and camp owner Terry drove us upstream and we set off on what was to be a beautiful trip. We made a couple of stops along the way back to camp on large sandbars. It looked no doubt just like it has for hundreds of years and the revitilizing feeling we got from the view was indescribable. Some of our participants plan on uploads pics and other info to the Midwest Tai Chi and Self Defense page on Facebook so check that out. Oh yes, we only had one canoe tip over! Not bad.

Good Food

We held a pot luck later that afternoon with a number of delicious dishes being served up. Again we hope to see some of those reciepes on the Facebook page! It was hard to pick but Chris Northerns fall off the bone BBQ ribs were a total knockout and dissappeared quickly. There was plenty for everyone with burgers, brats and all the fixings. Not to be outdone, Chris's wife Jennifer supplied an amazing strawberry desert which also dissappeared!

The day came to a close with some time around the campfire. It was an excellent way to spend a martial arts weekend and we all learned a bit more about each other.

Those who are interested in our camp trip for 2011 need to be prepared for an overnight in a remote location with exams starting early the next morning. The term which would apply here would be "roughing it".

Coach Ron Pfeiffer



The Reason

Every once and awhile, as an instructor, are asked or ask ourselves why we do what we do.

And, every now and then, we are reminded...

Coach Ron Pfeiffer, Jr.

Healthy, Happy and Strong
by Katlynn Denecke
2nd Degree Brown Belt
World Dragon Kenpo


I have been a member of Dragon Kenpo Karate since the 6th grade. That year was definitely a tough one for me. The day after Christmas break, everyone ran into class to see a substitute teacher and the Principal. No one was ready for the horrible news. We had lost our teacher, Mrs. Beckum, to a horrible car accident. That event and many others in my life have helped to make me the strong person that I am today.

Overcoming a Bully

One of the many events in my life that have helped me to be strong was being bullied in middle school. The bully would push me during gym class, knock my glasses off my face and send me home crying. I needed help. Not a psychiatrist kind of help, but a confidence building type of help, and my Dad knew that. He had been trying to teach me Karate and we decided a class would be perfect.

Finding the Right Fit with WDK

We spent a decent amount of time looking and found a class in Lake Geneva at the YMCA. It was perfect. I signed up for the class. I started off in the kids’ class and through the years, I moved up. I am now a Second-degree Brown Belt. I have definitely gained the confidence boost that I needed. Karate gave me the strength and joy to strive not only in life but in school as well.

I was recently inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars, and I got a citizenship award at school. On the citizenship award, it stated that I have strived to be a hard worker and influenced others to succeed in life. I am very happy with the person I have become. I know I have Karate and my parents to thank for that.

Katelynn Denecke



A Father and Daughter Team at WDK
by Robert Denecke, 3rd Degree Brown Belt

28th August 1963:  American civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968) stands and holds his hand out as he addresses a large crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington, Washington, DC.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King,
at the Washington Monument in 1963.

"A man should
be judged by the content of his character
not by the color of
his skin."

My daughter Katelynn and I have been training under Coach Ron Pfeiffer for the past 4-years. In that time, I have seen my daughter grow into a confident, strong young woman. When my daughter was younger, I saw that she was having issues in school and out of school. These issues were affecting her grades, her emotions and her confidence. I realized she needed something that would help build her mind, body and spirit. As a teenager, I trained in Karate, which greatly helped me. I knew this type of training would also help my daughter. After much research, I found Coach Pfeiffer’s school. After a long conversation with Coach Pfeiffer, I knew that was the right school for Katelynn.

Joint Activity

After a year of Katelynn training, I could no longer sit and watch. So I decided to join her. Being able to train with my daughter has been a great experience for me. It allows us to push each other and help each other while giving us a shared interest.

Since beginning her training, I have seen significant changes in Katelynn. She is more focused, more driven and more confident – and much stronger (I have the bruises to prove it). She now does things I never thought she would, such as rock climbing, caving, and scuba diving. But more importantly, her grades are high. She has just finished her Junior year in high school with Honors.

Special Awards
At her Junior awards ceremony she received three honors:
  • Citizenship Award for her positive attitude and leadership skills.
  • Writing award for one of her English papers. (Only six were issued in the school.)
  • Certificate for being accepted into the National Society for High School Scholars. (Only one was given in her grade.)
I am very proud of Katelynn for all of her achievements and feel confident that her martial arts training has played a big role in her success. I feel confident that Katelynn will continue to train through her adult life and pass on her passion of the martial arts to her children someday. As a father, I could not be more proud.

Robert Denecke



A New Direction
by David Walker

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 28:  Musician Peter Gabriel attends a press conference for the '46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to Aids' concert on November 28, 2003 on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The concert will take place at Greenpoint Stadium on November 29th and will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. Artists performing will include Bono, Queen, Peter Gabriel, The Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour, and many other international and African musicians. It will be one of the biggest rock events ever staged in Africa and will also be the most widely distributed media event in history with a potential audience of more than 2 billion people in 166 countries.  (Photo by Getty Images)
The Honorable Nelson Mandela, former President
of the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Mandela spent
28 years in prison on Robben Island.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not
feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”


After being involved in martial arts for many years, I felt I needed a vacation. After taking some time off (not completely), I decided to go in a new direction looking for a new challenge to instill motivation and drive. I started with the phone book then proceeded to the Internet in search of a new philosophy or different outlook on martial arts.

I favored Kenpo Karate due to being actively involved with it for many years. After coming across World Dragon Kenpo online, I had a lot of questions and doubt. Before proceeding, I contacted Mr. Pfeiffer and had a long but enjoyable conversation with him regarding Dragon Kenpo. Mr. Pfeiffer was not only very knowledgeable regarding martial arts but I could tell he was truly passionate about it. Mr. Pfeiffer's enthusiasm rekindled my own interest of martial arts. The internal drive that I use to have regarding martial arts was lost but now reacquired. What once was a full cup was now half empty ready to take on new challenges through knowledge and focus by learning new techniques and a different thought process regarding effectiveness through simplicity.

Due to my hectic work schedule, I began studying these new techniques online. I felt the online course was very informative and relatively easy to learn especially if you already have a background in martial arts. This is an excellent resource for a beginner as well as a seasoned practitioner. I continue to use online training in conjunction with one-on-one and group training. Each form of training complements the other. World Dragon Kenpo virtual (online) training offers the ability to learn new techniques any time of the day making it very convenient and effective. One-on-one training is very effective and offers instruction at an accelerated pace. Group training provides necessary interaction and the opportunity to help others that have just started in the martial arts.

David Walker

Mr. Walker can be contacted at djwalker@tds.net

About the Author

Martial Arts Experience

Black Belt Certified Instructor in WDK
Black Belt Street Combat Karate
Black Belt Kenpo Karate
Defensive Tactics Certified Instructor (LE)

S.P.E.A.R CQC Certified Instructor
WDFPF World Record Holder
ADFPF National/American Record Holder
Certified Fitness Therapist
Certified Specialist in Sports Conditioning
Certified Fitness Instructor

Work Experience

Inspector, DT Instructor
Department of Homeland Security
National Protection Programs Directorate
Federal Protective Service
Eastern Region Wisconsin



WDK and Me
by Bill Torres, 7th Degree Black Belt, Shi-Star Self Defense

May 20, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits New York.Press Conference.Radio City Music Hall. NYC 05-20-2010.Photos by , Photos Inc 2010.THE DALAI LAMA.K65038SMO. © Red Carpet Pictures
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. For most of his life, he has
led the Tibetan people from exile in India.

"Your enemy can teach you a lot about yourself."

I would just like to say the WDK organization has been great for myself and my club.

I have been involved with the Martial Arts for over 31 years. Like many, I started when I was little kid training in a basement. Then in a back yard school with my first instructor and later became involved with the traditional arts during high school. After high school, I went into the military by joining the Army Reserves, and started working in the security profession for about 10 years. I discovered that what was learned as a teenager was not effective in my current environments. Some will call it reality, some call it street, but I myself just use the term "Real-world Application." Why do I use this term? Many people get involved with the Martial Arts for a variety of reasons: Sport, Self-Defense or Combat. Everyone does not have the same needs.

Path with Dragon Kenpo

Let's get back to WDK. I have incorporated a variety of styles into my system from traditional Okinawan Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Stick Arts, Aikido principles, and of course, Kenpo. During the late 1990s, I began to study the Dragon Kenpo series through Ed Hutchinson and only progressed to Brown Belt.

During 2002, I was browsing the Internet and came across a very nice gentlemen named Ron Pfeiffer. We exchanged many phone conversations about Dragon Kenpo, and it basically boiled down that I wanted to continue with the program. At the time, my club was close to closing because our building had been sold. That situation caused our training to slow down markedly. In 2002, I relocated my club to my rescue squad and started to work with the newly formed WDK. I thought that the new program was great. It allowed me to access to all the training and made it so much easier for me to bring WDK to my students.

How does WDK affect me?

I use Dragon Kenpo as part of our Advanced Black Belt program. Students that reach First Degree Black Belt in our system are introduced to Dragon Kenpo. That helps them to reach their 5th Degree Black Belt Rank. I feel that WDK is a great program. Anyone who wants to train, regardless of past experience or those new to the Arts, can benefit. It is a great way to learn and there is constant access to the instructor.
Ron has always been wonderful by keeping in touch by e-mail or telephone. He is prompt to take care of any issues that may arise. Once I had a billing issue, and after some research and e-mails with Ron, the matter was promptly resolved. Dragon Kenpo principles can be shared between many styles. This is why I enjoy training in DK. It has really helped me to develop my advanced program which is a blend of various styles.
So far, I have only reached the WDK instructor status of Red Belt. Presently, I am only working with younger children at my club. Our student base is only a handful; consequently, it is focused on private instruction. I was working on my last rank within my system this last year and now look to continue with Dragon Kenpo. I hope to attain my 2nd Degree Black Belt soon.

Thanks again to World Dragon Kenpo.

Bill Torres



My Thoughts on Dragon Kenpo Karate
by Thor Sulland, Dragon Kenpo Europe

British statesman Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) attends the Anglo-Irish Conference in Downing Street, 11th October 1921. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Former British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.
“Great and good are seldom the same man.”

The best way for me to do this is to talk about what DK is and what I feel it has given me.

DK is a modern reality-based Karate style that has its roots in American Kenpo. It uses a common sense approach. Part of its strength is that itdoesn't rely on kata or fixed fighting positions. We simply train for the real world and for the purest of reasons for doing Karate. That reason is Self-Protection. DK is a deadly weapon in the right hands. So, it must be used with good judgement and only for the right reasons.

Now to what DK has given to me on a personal level. I have been a student of Coach
Ron Pfeiffer for so long now that I don't remember. Perhaps that shows the length of time. Both he and the Art of Dragon Kenpo Karate have taught me the following: Humility, respect, self-respect, discipline, courage and an indomitable spirit not to mention a kick-ass fighting system.

Since learning DK, I have founded my own form of Kenpo called Warrior Kenpo Karate. It is basically DK with JKD (Jeet Kune Do), Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Military H2H (hand-to-hand) added to it. All of the original art is still in there. This is merely my way of contributing to the art without trying to pass off my system as DK. In fact, I still teach DK under Coach Pfeiffer's system. Warrior Kenpo Karate is just for those who want a few extras.

DK as taught through World Dragon Kenpo is an awesome system and I would recommend it to anyone.

Thor Sulland




The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership
A book review by Steve Amoia

1948:  American President, Harry S Truman smiles and waves  to the excited Kansas City crowd after hearing the news that he had won the United States elections and retained the Presidency.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
The man from Missouri, former President Harry Truman.
Thrust into the Presidency during wartime, he made the
decision
to use atomic bombs.

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first."
Image courtesy of Amazon.com.



John Wooden was born in a small town in a state, Indiana, known for its passion for basketball. Reading this short but informative book, one gathers that Mr. Wooden never lost sight of his humble roots. Life lessons from his father, Joshua, seemed to present him with a blueprint of hard work, discipline, common sense, courtesy, repetition, organization and self-confidence. His ultimate reward was to be respected as the premier collegiate coach. "UCLA" entered the American sports vocabulary for perpetual excellence, precision, integrity and hard-work.

Coach Wooden discussed personal stories, along with insightful reflections by several of his former players to make this a very entertaining and educational book. He stressed the importance of the team over the individual in very clear language. He provided many examples of this aspect in a respectful yet enlightening tone. This book was structured like one of his legendary and intense practices: Every page was scripted for efficiency and future reference. Coach Wooden was the consummate teacher.

One quote, among many others, sums up this book for me: "I rarely scouted other teams. Except for UCLA." He believed that competition came from within his own team even though he maintained a healthy respect for his opposition. He also stressed that coaches and bosses should lead by example. Kareem Abdul Jabbar, one of his most famous student-athletes, said, "He was 40 years older than us, but he was out there on the floor demonstrating what he wanted."

Please Note

The book reviewer and WDK were not compensated for this article.


Please remember to update your online account information and make promotion requests to Coach Ron Pfeiffer. Advancements and promotions are not automatic. They are conferred at the sole discretion of Coach Pfeiffer or his certified instructors.

Articles contained in the World Dragon Kenpo Slayer News represent the opinions of the authors. WDK is not liable for any misstatements or errors, and does not necessarily support the views of the writer.

Coach Ron Pfeiffer thanks you for your continued support. Please forward this edition to your friends and martial arts colleagues.

Steve Amoia
Editor, World Dragon Kenpo Slayer News
June 15, 2010