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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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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 2010 Slayer News: Leadership

About Dragon Kenpo

June 15, 2010

"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

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

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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
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

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.

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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