tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-47545550876709909122016-04-12T13:26:41.526-07:00The Ground Never MissesHome Page of Three Harmonies Martial Arts Seattle, WA.JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.comBlogger1664125TheGroundNeverMisseshttps://feedburner.google.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-87339890411325755712016-03-16T17:50:00.003-07:002016-03-16T17:50:46.058-07:002016 NCAA Wrestling Tournament<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_cPPLjm3mXk/Vun_EZV1zKI/AAAAAAAAHko/7xHzA70UmW8QDCVzrihYPFXYkcZ5UNpoA/s1600/16_mwr_champ_fc.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_cPPLjm3mXk/Vun_EZV1zKI/AAAAAAAAHko/7xHzA70UmW8QDCVzrihYPFXYkcZ5UNpoA/s320/16_mwr_champ_fc.png" width="320" /></a></div><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YvkAxOYTcmY/Vun_Gd8fKVI/AAAAAAAAHks/cPL7_GIUzYYeu9l72d0Vi_ibqg4W-AiDQ/s1600/OSU%2BWrestling.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YvkAxOYTcmY/Vun_Gd8fKVI/AAAAAAAAHks/cPL7_GIUzYYeu9l72d0Vi_ibqg4W-AiDQ/s200/OSU%2BWrestling.jpeg" width="200" /></a>The luck o' the Irish is upon us as the NCAA Wrestling Tournament kicks off on St. Patty's Day in the Big Apple!&nbsp; Wishing all the wrestlers the best, but of course we here at the Ground Never Misses are dye in the wool Ohio State Fans; GO BUCKS!!!&nbsp;<br /><br />It will be a tough mission to repeat as Team National Champs, but we have eight grapplers hitting the mats starting tomorrow on ESPNU that are going to give it 120%! <br /><br />O-H..... <br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/jSaOGa2hdP0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2016/03/2016-ncaa-wrestling-tournament.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-12592678347987348312016-02-23T17:56:00.000-08:002016-02-23T17:56:26.568-08:00Book Review - "Lameco Eskrima: The Legacy of Edgar SuliteIt is the hopes and desires of most martial arts instructors to leave a legacy of students to carry on the traditional arts they worked so hard to perfect.&nbsp; When a teacher such as Professor Edgar Sulite leaves this earth prematurely, the teachings of his students speaks to the strength of the lessons he left behind.&nbsp; I would have to imagine that Mr. Sulite is smiling down from above with his student David Gould who just published "Lameco Eskrima: The Legacy of Edgar Sulite" with Tambuli Media.&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iGkf7KXo7BM/Vs0Nku_kSgI/AAAAAAAAHkU/yAvAOLy8MMg/s1600/lameco-final-cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iGkf7KXo7BM/Vs0Nku_kSgI/AAAAAAAAHkU/yAvAOLy8MMg/s320/lameco-final-cover.jpg" width="207" /></a>Ten chapters spanning 270 pages, Gould has put together quite an awesome text with a unique approach.&nbsp; Unlike so many authors out there that try to cover an entire system in one book or those that focus on solely the physical aspects of an art, Gould has written a wonderful recollection of his training with Sulite that focuses on the renown teachers influence throughout both the east and the west.&nbsp; Sulite's skills were surpassed solely by his willingness to share, his love and passion for the art makes his early passing all the more heartbreaking in 1997.&nbsp;<br /><br />For those seeking a compendium of techniques and applications you may want to look elsewhere.&nbsp; Though techniques are well represented by a number of Sulite's inner core of private students (SOG members), this volume goes above and beyond pure physical movement.&nbsp; Gould lays out a history of how Lameco developed, Sulite's upbringing in the art, and the evolution of Lameco up through Edgar's untimely passing at just 40 years old.&nbsp;<br /><br />Gould's book is a virtual who's who of the warriors of the Philippines, the early days of stick and knife fighting.&nbsp; The only criticism I have (and has been consistent with Tambuli's books) is the discipline of pictures.&nbsp; The flow is not always evident and quite often both participants are dressed in the same colors making it very difficult to discern whom is doing what.&nbsp; Outside of such a minor criticism I can hardly find a flaw with David Gould's excellent book.&nbsp;<br /><br />This book is deserving of a place on your shelf, absolutely mandatory reading for Lameco students.&nbsp; Order your copy of <a href="http://www.tambulimedia.com/eskrima-books/lameco-eskrima/" target="_blank">"Lameco Escrima" by David Gould by clicking here.</a> at a steal for only $29.95<br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/Rzv_lF_LxVs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2016/02/book-review-lameco-eskrima-legacy-of.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-71039975552094208542016-02-19T17:10:00.000-08:002016-02-19T17:10:34.149-08:00Alberto Crane to Teach 50/Zero Guard in Seattle<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GCXS7jsih3Q/Vse8pfHbQzI/AAAAAAAAHkE/WtVq94QP_GI/s1600/200px-Alberto_Crane.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GCXS7jsih3Q/Vse8pfHbQzI/AAAAAAAAHkE/WtVq94QP_GI/s1600/200px-Alberto_Crane.jpg" /></a></div>&nbsp;&nbsp; Our good friend and coach <a href="http://www.legacybjj.com/" target="_blank">Alberto Crane</a> will be teaching his 50/Zero Guard game here in Seattle, WA. March 4th 6-9pm.&nbsp; We apologize for the last minute seminar surprise, but Prof. Crane is in town on other business and we offered to arrange this as a way to help him spread word about his unique approach to attacking the leg and sweeping unsuspecting opponents.&nbsp;<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Alberto Crane 50/Zero Guard Seminar</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>NW Jiu Jitsu Academy</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>942 N. 95th St.</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Seattle, WA.</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>6-9pm</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>$50</b></div><br />Fourth degree Alberto Crane needs no introduction to any student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history.&nbsp; One of the very first Americans to travel to Brazil to train and compete, Crane studied under "Draculino" prior to Draculino moving to the US.&nbsp; A veteran of the UFC, Alberto continues to compete to this day always innovating and looking to deepen his grappling knowledge.&nbsp; Don't miss this great opportunity to train with BJJ history.&nbsp;<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JIknubiBPI0" width="560"></iframe><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/NJ5sCAYKU5U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com5/2016/02/alberto-crane-to-teach-50zero-guard-in.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-20907530105897110302016-02-04T18:29:00.001-08:002016-02-04T18:29:37.917-08:00WAR Wonderboy!!The Ground Never Misses wants to send a shout out to Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson as he heads into his first main event with the UFC this weekend on UFC Fight Night FS1!&nbsp; This will be by far Wonderboy's toughest challenge to date in Johnny Hendricks.&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RegqOhz4Jrg/VrQI535k5xI/AAAAAAAAHj0/IJZMO_485sw/s1600/Stephen-Thompson-Wonderboy.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="166" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RegqOhz4Jrg/VrQI535k5xI/AAAAAAAAHj0/IJZMO_485sw/s320/Stephen-Thompson-Wonderboy.png" width="320" /></a></div>Thompson surely has the upper hand in striking as his long reach enables him to stick and get out with powerful punches and traditional karate kicks that catch many MMA fighters off guard.&nbsp; Hendricks brings an amazing work ethic and conditioning protocol to the octagon where he will rely on his wrestling pedigree.&nbsp;<br /><br />A win Saturday night puts Thompson into serious talks for title contention in the next year or so, but we get ahead of ourselves...<br /><br />Kick ass and take names Wonderboy!&nbsp; Seattle is behind you!&nbsp; <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/f5781850bAg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com2/2016/02/war-wonderboy.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-53405448625254043222016-01-18T17:02:00.001-08:002016-01-18T17:02:30.221-08:00"Fundamental Iron Skills" - Book ReviewThough we have yet to meet, Dale Dugas and I have known each other for years, perusing the same Chinese Martial Arts boards and sites.&nbsp; I have had many a great conversation, and a few heated debates with Dr. Dugas, and I am delighted to see him finally publish a text on his famous Iron Body techniques and formulas!<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D_RNtlgkWps/Vp2LDKt7OII/AAAAAAAAHjk/ecfJz2Zxyxs/s1600/Iron-Skills-Cover-Mockups_Page_2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D_RNtlgkWps/Vp2LDKt7OII/AAAAAAAAHjk/ecfJz2Zxyxs/s320/Iron-Skills-Cover-Mockups_Page_2.jpg" width="213" /></a>For many of us the allure of Chinese Martial Arts was often initially piqued by a demonstration of some sorts or another.&nbsp; Coupled with the poetic and mysterious history, Iron Body techniques were glorified in movies and pop culture yet remained elusive to many serious practitioners.&nbsp; A handful of books were printed through the 70's and 80's but quickly went out of print, and frankly they contained little substantive information.&nbsp; Many teachers consider Iron Body training as "secret" or for disciples only, therefore they were not so willing to publicly write all the details out in a public forum. <br /><br />Fast forward three decades and the information age has changed everything, and some teachers have decided to teach many of yesterdays "secrets" in lieu of losing the legacy of their teachers and art.&nbsp; Dale Dugas has written a basic guideline of training not just Iron Palm but Iron Body as well.&nbsp; Over 150 packed pages describe all aspects of the training including qigong, liniment production and usage, Dugas goes through conditioning head to toe offering a step by step guide on this rare training.&nbsp; This book is certainly no replacement for a competent instructor but offers a great reference.<br /><br />One of the most valuable aspects of this book is that Dugas shares two of his recipes for jow and Iron Palm Liniment!&nbsp; These are some of the most guarded secrets to many instructors but Dale shares two really quality and easy to make recipes. &nbsp; <br /><br />All in all "Fundamental Iron Skills" is the most up to date and accessible text on the subject to date. &nbsp; This book will be of interest to Chinese Martial Art practitioners of all styles since Iron Skills were not unique to one system or group.&nbsp; Herbalists and healers will also find this a valuable reference as Iron Skills at the highest level are all about healing and nourishing the body, mind, and spirit.&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="http://www.tambulimedia.com/kung-fu-books/tempering-body-and-limbs-for-fighting/" target="_blank">Click here to purchase Dr. Dale Dugas' "Fundamental Iron Skills" by Tambuli Media.&nbsp;</a> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/UeRfDFcuHZ4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2016/01/fundamental-iron-skills-book-review.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-86446222936091335772016-01-12T21:03:00.000-08:002016-01-12T21:03:03.284-08:00Donald Cerrone and the Classless UFC/Reebok FineDonald Cerrone suffered a tough loss to Rafael dos Janos in the octagon a few weeks back, and now the UFC along with their mistress Reebok, have fined the Cowboy for a uniform violation.&nbsp;<br />From Entimports:<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5K35_MpOJdU/VpXaOnRU4iI/AAAAAAAAHjU/iAF0UnBjRhM/s1600/116_Rafael_Dos_Anjos_vs_Donald_Cerrone.0.0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5K35_MpOJdU/VpXaOnRU4iI/AAAAAAAAHjU/iAF0UnBjRhM/s320/116_Rafael_Dos_Anjos_vs_Donald_Cerrone.0.0.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">You can see the flag on his right thigh.</td></tr></tbody></table><b><em>“Absolutely I was fined for it, for wearing an old flag. Patriotically, that is not very cool, is it? Especially when they make a pair of green shorts for McGregor and I get fined for putting a small piece of an American flag on my shorts. It represents my grandma. That’s all besides the point. Just the fact that it was an American flag, just look at that fact. That alone is, you know, whether it’s superstitious or a gift from my grandma, it’s because I love the United States, it doesn’t matter. I understand the fine, sure, I’ll take a fine, but what they did to me was a lot more than a fine brother. I am not going to tell you the amount, because I don’t think that’s right. Let’s just say it was a lot, like a lot, a lot. I want to talk to Reebok and tell them that they can have the money, I am okay with that. But, let’s at least take that money and give it to a charity of your discretion. I don’t care who. Let’s make it a Wounded Warrior, or any military charity you want. Since it was a flag and I feel like it was patriotic, lets give it back to people that’s the reason I get to fight and walk around to be free every single day that they fight their lives for us. Let’s donate that to them, I’ll even double it. I’ll match the amount and give it. It’s not the fact that they took, it’s that it’s over the flag. The amount to me was crazy. A few grand? Sure, I would’ve taken that, but the amount they took was ludicrous, so. My thing to whoever took it, don’t give it back to me, let’s donate it to Wounded Warrior, or to a charity to women whose children were orphaned because their fathers were defending our country.”</em></b><br /><br />Apparently<em><b> </b></em>the UFC has threatened Cerrone that if he does it again he will no longer be fighting for them:<em></em><br />"And then the part that really upset me is that they said if I do it again, I won’t be able to fight again," he told Ariel Helwani. "So, that kind of buckled me."<br /><br />How many more reasons do we need for someone to step in and get some oversight on the UFC and their monopoly?&nbsp; The manipulation and control over the fighters is appalling.&nbsp; Sad that a company has taken the arts we love and cherish and sullied them for profit.&nbsp; Shame on us for shilling out our hard earned money to support the oppression. <br /> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/SgXVVGKXFZk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2016/01/donald-cerrone-and-classless-ufcreebok.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-21771722166416544912016-01-08T15:09:00.000-08:002016-01-08T15:09:15.098-08:00Mike Sherman Schichi (7th Dan 七段)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ew_Y1EfAFSg/VpBAjo7H2LI/AAAAAAAAHjE/7NlsZLVRjYQ/s1600/jake%2Band%2Bmike.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="210" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ew_Y1EfAFSg/VpBAjo7H2LI/AAAAAAAAHjE/7NlsZLVRjYQ/s320/jake%2Band%2Bmike.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h47VgW0FJf0/VpA_8hR74JI/AAAAAAAAHi0/6_v9aSxx4Lk/s1600/First%2BDan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h47VgW0FJf0/VpA_8hR74JI/AAAAAAAAHi0/6_v9aSxx4Lk/s320/First%2BDan.jpg" width="320" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp; I wanted to take a moment to recognize an achievement very few people ever attain in martial arts, nor really in life.&nbsp; My first Karate teacher Sensei Mike Sherman has just been promoted to the rank of 7th dan (七段) after 46 ongoing years of non stop training, teaching, competing, judging, and sharing.&nbsp; For forty six years he has dedicated his time and energy to the martial arts and continues to be an inspiration and mentor to students of his in Toledo Ohio and throughout the Midwest.&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5zYNecGDQHE/VpA_-uh8MeI/AAAAAAAAHi8/2F8OW0DPGyk/s1600/7th%2BDan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5zYNecGDQHE/VpA_-uh8MeI/AAAAAAAAHi8/2F8OW0DPGyk/s320/7th%2BDan.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>"I started Tracy's Kenpo in the fall of 1970 and earned my Shodan (1st degree) in Aug. of 1974.....Just before the end of 2015 I was awarded my Schichi Da<span class="text_exposed_show">n (7th degree / </span><span class="text_exposed_show">七段) Black Belt by Truman Irving and Gordon Franks !...Kenpo training / teaching 46 years with no let up !.....Martial Arts is a life long journey" - Mike Sherman</span><br /><span class="text_exposed_show"><br /></span><span class="text_exposed_show">Congratulations Mr. Sherman!&nbsp; I am honored to be your student and friend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="text_exposed_show">Jake</span><br /><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/j63gmbROjtE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2016/01/mike-sherman-schichi-7th-dan.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-67833978513431877312016-01-02T09:32:00.000-08:002016-01-02T09:32:02.731-08:00Man Bun Advice from Toshiro Mifune<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BGCGSe5qwZA/VogJPI79OII/AAAAAAAAHik/8f5i2Q1V0uE/s1600/Mifune.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BGCGSe5qwZA/VogJPI79OII/AAAAAAAAHik/8f5i2Q1V0uE/s400/Mifune.jpg" width="283" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Solid advice to start out the new year, especially in this town!&nbsp; </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/-DGsQJBoXNM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2016/01/man-bun-advice-from-toshiro-mifune.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-50484198637905276622015-12-31T15:57:00.003-08:002015-12-31T15:57:21.708-08:00Outstanding Students<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K1BBqf-V8xY/VoXAp2_V8LI/AAAAAAAAHiU/2QW2IbH_Mpo/s1600/2012-earth-site.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="199" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K1BBqf-V8xY/VoXAp2_V8LI/AAAAAAAAHiU/2QW2IbH_Mpo/s320/2012-earth-site.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>As we mark one more lap around our brightest star, I wanted to take a moment and send a shout out to two of my most dedicated and loyal students, Bonnie 'Bonzai' Jang, and Elton 'El Roy' Pinto.&nbsp; It is a common argument as to which one of these two started with me first, but either way they both were introduced to the martial arts via my kickboxing program I used to teach at All Star Fitness downtown.&nbsp; From there they stuck with me and everything I taught them including Kali, BJJ, grappling and self defense.&nbsp; Both followed me to my group class at NWJJA and both have been consistent practitioners of the martial arts for the past 7+ years.&nbsp;<br /><br />I wanted to take a moment and offer my respect.&nbsp; You will most likely never read of <br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vT9vtpxnwt0/VoW_8xikhhI/AAAAAAAAHiM/yNvLOk_3bqY/s1600/Three%2BHarmonies%2BLogo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vT9vtpxnwt0/VoW_8xikhhI/AAAAAAAAHiM/yNvLOk_3bqY/s1600/Three%2BHarmonies%2BLogo.jpg" /></a>these two conquering a UFC belt.&nbsp; I am not sure if either one has a desire to teach the next generation.&nbsp; But they have something that I see sadly missing in many martial arts school now days ... dedication and loyalty!&nbsp; I watch student after student bop around from dojo to dojo, freely throwing on a patch or sticker proclaiming their loyalty to THEIR precious tribe.&nbsp; That is until they find their NEXT precious tribe and jump ship.&nbsp; These folks neglect one of the martial arts' most important lessons of dedicating yourself to a teacher and a practice.&nbsp; I suppose the quantitative definition of "dedication" can be argued, but I do not mean the modern day equivalency of "dedicating" oneself to a job for a year, perhaps two (after that you overstayed your welcome at most modern tech firms!).&nbsp;<br /><br />I wish you two all the best on your martial path.&nbsp; I hope you never have to use what I have taught you, but I also hope you will never forget my lessons.&nbsp; You have all my respect and gratitude, for you have taught me more then I could ever wish to impart upon you.&nbsp;<br /><br />Cheers<br />Jake <br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/zoitRuVHOQA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com2/2015/12/outstanding-students.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-52225669458802614482015-12-28T21:09:00.001-08:002015-12-28T21:09:31.978-08:00RIP Lemmy<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0vh-OhRiMEs/VoIVZUz7zwI/AAAAAAAAHh8/XmBTNWf7LpI/s1600/lemmy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0vh-OhRiMEs/VoIVZUz7zwI/AAAAAAAAHh8/XmBTNWf7LpI/s320/lemmy.jpg" width="191" /></a></div>To say I am bummed the fuck out would be the overstatement of the week!&nbsp; One of my first introductions to a genre called 'metal' was Motorhead.&nbsp; Loud.&nbsp; Fast.&nbsp; Hard.&nbsp; And most importantly ... unapologetic in everything he did, Lemmy was the front man and so much more.&nbsp; To be honest we are all blown away you stood strong for seven decades long!&nbsp;<br /><br />Kick ass and take names wherever you are.&nbsp;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/91QIMu9CVrI" width="420"></iframe><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/heXjVLPXaHU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2015/12/rip-lemmy.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-87866256249886896282015-12-28T16:06:00.000-08:002015-12-28T16:06:00.033-08:00Kali - Silat Combat Pistol Class <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OiNyMHuI2dQ/VoHOIg3QsxI/AAAAAAAAHhs/KE4FB4EBuIQ/s1600/jdks_logo_web.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OiNyMHuI2dQ/VoHOIg3QsxI/AAAAAAAAHhs/KE4FB4EBuIQ/s1600/jdks_logo_web.png" /></a></div>The integration of ballistic weapons (firearms) into FMA practice is something a lot of people talk about, but very few actually know.&nbsp; Fortunately groups such as Detroit Kali under the guidance of teachers like Jeff Davidson, and Guru Ungyo, do understand how to apply firearms into the myriad of combat scenarios for modern day self defense.&nbsp;<br /><br />Join Guru Ungyo (20 year veteran Law Enforcement Officer, 10 years SWAT operator)as he will teach the following:<br /><ul class="list0 nls-None" id="u136-20"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ctUxEgFy7QQ/VoHN-AcCM2I/AAAAAAAAHhk/Fm9rPn9rMGY/s1600/cropped-apaches-lyon-republicain-illustre-22-31-05-1903-1_medium.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ctUxEgFy7QQ/VoHN-AcCM2I/AAAAAAAAHhk/Fm9rPn9rMGY/s320/cropped-apaches-lyon-republicain-illustre-22-31-05-1903-1_medium.jpg" width="281" /></a><li id="u136-5">Grip and stance</li><li id="u136-7">Home Defense Tactics</li><li id="u136-9">Cover</li><li id="u136-11">Movement</li><li id="u136-13">Clearing Corners</li><li id="u136-15">Entering and Clearing Rooms</li><li id="u136-17">Close Quarter Scenarios</li><li id="u136-19">Carjacking Scenarios</li></ul>&nbsp;January 30th 2016 in Detroit, MI.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.detroitkalisilat.com/01302016_class/" target="_blank">Click here for more information and to reserve your spot</a><br />.&nbsp; <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/n2j5ju2Tj_Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/12/kali-silat-combat-pistol-class.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-28735792068154632352015-12-24T17:26:00.002-08:002015-12-24T17:26:22.498-08:00Happy Holidays<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dkBbBAN6SU/VnyarmrcLBI/AAAAAAAAHhU/rncEEm754GA/s1600/vikingsanta4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dkBbBAN6SU/VnyarmrcLBI/AAAAAAAAHhU/rncEEm754GA/s400/vikingsanta4.jpg" width="337" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Please be safe and well while spending the holidays celebrating however it is you do... which I assume regardless of culture involves a battle axe!?&nbsp; </b></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/KSQ2HA635wU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/12/happy-holidays.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-87991976741489989612015-12-18T17:43:00.002-08:002015-12-18T17:43:17.380-08:00Arm Bar Soap Co.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8zD7RSEMvOI/VnS1-odCaqI/AAAAAAAAHhE/iV8ST5p48SE/s1600/Armbar%2Bsoap.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="260" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8zD7RSEMvOI/VnS1-odCaqI/AAAAAAAAHhE/iV8ST5p48SE/s320/Armbar%2Bsoap.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>Speaking of perfect stocking stuffers... hygiene; the gift that keeps on giving and ensures one does not give anything to anybody they share the mat with!&nbsp; A shout out to our friend Chad Hospodar over at <a href="http://www.armbarsoap.com/" target="_blank">Arm Bar Soap Company.&nbsp; </a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VnG5ALcTz28/VnS18Uk0nDI/AAAAAAAAHg8/26UTfHrWgFI/s1600/Beach%2Btowel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VnG5ALcTz28/VnS18Uk0nDI/AAAAAAAAHg8/26UTfHrWgFI/s320/Beach%2Btowel.jpg" width="292" /></a></div>The Arm Bar Soap Co. is a Cali based grassroots company started by one man with a vision of offering quality, all natural products made here in the United States. So consider such aspects when shopping the mega stores online and buying gifts made overseas.&nbsp;<br /><br />Supporting a homegrown business AND purchasing a gift for a loved one is what the holidays are all about.&nbsp; What started as one guy with one bar of soap has turned into a number of soap varieties, clothing, and even training towels.&nbsp; <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/L7SoNw3Iu_g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2015/12/arm-bar-soap-co.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-88680866609629701962015-12-18T17:17:00.003-08:002015-12-18T17:17:59.475-08:00Internal Elixir Cultivation by Robert James Coons - Book ReviewThe holiday crunch is upon us, with the New Year lingering just around the corner.&nbsp; Family, travel, finances, extra hours, cut hours... all this stress adds up quickly.&nbsp; Do you have a method to deal with it?&nbsp; Can you calm your mind, breath, and energy in frantic situations and remain centered?&nbsp; If not do you desire to?&nbsp; Daoist culture has been applying meditative techniques to everyday life for centuries, and Robert James Coons has written an easy to follow text demystifying the intricacies of the practice of internal elixir cultivation. <br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hNobUCnPmuA/VnSv93cYtkI/AAAAAAAAHgs/qcvWYcBOnW0/s1600/Internal-Elixir-Cover-Mockups_Page_4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hNobUCnPmuA/VnSv93cYtkI/AAAAAAAAHgs/qcvWYcBOnW0/s320/Internal-Elixir-Cover-Mockups_Page_4.jpg" width="210" /></a>Though Daoist meditation and qigong is not a new subject matter to be written about, many of the texts are rather scholarly and dry.&nbsp; Without a specific Daoist philosophical background the reader is often lost in a nebulous haze of terms and theories.&nbsp; Even with the best texts their is little instruction on the actual meditative practice.&nbsp; Enter Coons... a student of Yang Hai, and a lifelong student of Chinese culture and language.&nbsp; Coons has written an easy to read and follow book weaving Daoist philosophy with meditative practices anyone can do regardless of physical condition, age, or gender.&nbsp; As a matter of fact all his practices can be slightly altered for those even incapacitated in bed. <br /><br />Coons lays out a fundamental lesson on aspects of Daoist practice such as the dantian, Microcosmic Orbit,&nbsp; and Yin and Yang, before delving into more advanced practice methods for internal elixir cultivation. Daoist geeks such as myself will not be disappointed either as Coons weighs in with his translation of Lu Dongbin's 100 character ancestor stone.&nbsp; Lu was an important (arguably the most important) scholar during the Tang dynasty and offered the first guide to Daoist meditation.&nbsp; This poem is rarely translated and Coons offers a great breakdown of the treatise.&nbsp;<br /><br />The celebration of little Baby Jesus day is exactly one week away and their is still time to get "Internal Elixir Cultivation" by Robert James Coons from Tambuli Media as it is a perfect 5.25" x 8" for stocking stuffing galore.&nbsp; So if you have a martial artist, qigong practitioner, or you yourself who is in need of meditation<a href="http://www.tambulimedia.com/self-improvement/daoist-qigong-meditation/" target="_blank"> click here to order your copy today!&nbsp;&nbsp; </a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/wejvDu9FlrI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/12/internal-elixir-cultivation-by-robert.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-8661110446821561712015-12-13T15:03:00.000-08:002015-12-13T15:03:00.838-08:00Congrats Ryan Hall Latest TUF Champ<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pSSWLJjXkYw/Vm34Tq3zYpI/AAAAAAAAHgc/-cUMqANRpYA/s1600/Hall.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pSSWLJjXkYw/Vm34Tq3zYpI/AAAAAAAAHgc/-cUMqANRpYA/s1600/Hall.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Why not??</td></tr></tbody></table>Friday night the UFC crowned its newest TUF Champion with <a href="http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Ryan-Hall-15962" target="_blank">Ryan Hall</a> taking a decisive victory over Artem Lobov.&nbsp; Hall is arguably the most decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor ever to grace the octagon, and I must admit that I am stoked to see what he has to offer now that he has cinched up his early striking apprehensions.&nbsp; Training under Ray Thompson has improved his striking , add that to an undeniable grappling phenom and you have what amounts to a ton of fun to watch in MMA.&nbsp; Unfortunately Hall could not showcase his skills 100% because his opponent Lobov forgot to show up and put up a fight.&nbsp;<br /><br />Congrats Ryan Hall.&nbsp;<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DSUf-hHWRJA" width="420"></iframe><br /><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/uSB78AEXMe8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2015/12/congrats-ryan-hall-latest-tuf-champ.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-74311343669372102492015-12-09T18:54:00.000-08:002015-12-09T18:54:27.280-08:00Hemant Rajcoomar is A Fake Posing As A Machado Blackbelt in Trinidad & Tobago<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u2LKvuymhWo/VmjlxmVKtAI/AAAAAAAAHgM/E3_gB1qcaoU/s1600/BB%2Bcert%2BBS.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="286" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u2LKvuymhWo/VmjlxmVKtAI/AAAAAAAAHgM/E3_gB1qcaoU/s400/BB%2Bcert%2BBS.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I suppose it was inevitable that fakes would start to claim to be blackbelts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but it is becoming all too common place now days. <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; Thanks to Brandon Quick for getting ahold of RCJ Machado and asking about this "certificate."&nbsp; Apparently the asshat also known as Hemant Rajcoomar is running around the Caribbean islands of Trinidad &amp; Tobago claiming to be a 3rd degree blackbelt under the Machado brothers.&nbsp; This claim is completely fictitious and it should be obvious that the certificate above was photo-shopped.&nbsp; Let it be know Hemant has NO rank within the organization.&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; If anyone on the islands runs across this douche-waffle please proceed to wrap him/her up snugly and choke the living piss out of!&nbsp; Thanks.&nbsp; <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/89AWvBZyi_I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/12/hemant-rajcoomar-is-fake-posing-as.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-49538352665676574422015-12-07T06:59:00.002-08:002015-12-07T06:59:38.318-08:002015 World Sambo Championships Highlight<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C_EwV5EOxb0/VmWexvGiX5I/AAAAAAAAHf8/GnYPHx6xlxk/s1600/Sambo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="220" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C_EwV5EOxb0/VmWexvGiX5I/AAAAAAAAHf8/GnYPHx6xlxk/s320/Sambo.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>Our friend Reilly Bodycomb compiled a great compilation of highlights from the 2015 World Sambo Championships that was held on Morocco over the past weekend.&nbsp; Excellent takedowns, sweeps, and throws demonstrated!&nbsp; I am so glad that traditional avenues for folk wrestling still are alive in other parts of the world and thriving.&nbsp; BJJ fever has taken over the west it seems and fewer and fewer academies are focused on the integral takedown / self defense aspects of grappling. &nbsp; Thankfully even locally we have an excellent source for Sambo in Aaron Fields, he calls his dojo <a href="http://www.seatowngrappling.com/" target="_blank">Seatown Grappling.</a><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; Either way thanks to Reilly, and enjoy the throw bonanza:<br />&nbsp; <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4QZDk4fmf2o" width="560"></iframe><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/oeaOfz0DutM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/12/2015-world-sambo-championships-highlight.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-58363849222729649932015-11-25T19:36:00.002-08:002015-11-25T19:36:39.853-08:00Book Review: My Gratitude Journal by Kellie Bach<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q3_pexfHPyM/VlZ-NCkLmyI/AAAAAAAAHfs/vNtJ7jcMg2Q/s1600/My-Gratitude-Journal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q3_pexfHPyM/VlZ-NCkLmyI/AAAAAAAAHfs/vNtJ7jcMg2Q/s320/My-Gratitude-Journal.jpg" width="210" /></a>Author Kellie Bach's multiple sclerosis diagnosis stirred a primal ripple from deep inside of her that manifested in <a href="http://www.tambulimedia.com/?affiliate=JAB" target="_blank">"My Gratitude Journal" from Tambuli Media</a>.&nbsp; A daily log that allows one to reflect and give thanks for moments, people, events, and really anything and everything that happens in life.&nbsp; Writing is often quite therapeutic even for those whom you would never assume would write down their thoughts or feelings.&nbsp; <br /><br />A wonderful stocking stuffer, I can't think of a better gift to mention on this week of reflection and thanks. "My Gratitude Journal" is now available from Tambuli Media.&nbsp; <br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/pk9SISVLARY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/11/book-review-my-gratitude-journal-by.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-32830193087606862842015-11-25T19:16:00.000-08:002015-11-25T19:16:43.960-08:00Combat Flip Flops<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gktJMWQG-oE/VlZ3382sWtI/AAAAAAAAHfc/qsQYxxy-g5k/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="100" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gktJMWQG-oE/VlZ3382sWtI/AAAAAAAAHfc/qsQYxxy-g5k/s320/logo.png" width="320" /></a></div>Being a day late to throwing a big thank you out there for our Veterans on the 11th, I wanted to give a quick shout out to <a href="http://www.combatflipflops.com/" target="_blank">Combat Flip Flops.</a>&nbsp; Based in Bellevue, WA. Combat Flip Flops offers not only the namesake sandals, but also sarongs, and hard to find shemagh.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A38A4F7rVGg/VlZ3pyNJOAI/AAAAAAAAHfU/8WC3ZyO4MhY/s1600/1day_large.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A38A4F7rVGg/VlZ3pyNJOAI/AAAAAAAAHfU/8WC3ZyO4MhY/s400/1day_large.png" width="400" /></a>Veteran owned.&nbsp; This company supports those in need on a local level by building and supporting factories run by women in Afghanistan where education is the goal.&nbsp; Think of these types of companies when shopping this holiday season.&nbsp; Make your dollar work a bit harder and better.&nbsp;<br /><br />Unfortunately they do not offer manly sized footwear of 15+ or I would offer a review, but those dainty footed folk should check out their selection none the less.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/MeKZmG9sybw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/11/combat-flip-flops.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-6966666602683605172015-11-05T06:43:00.000-08:002015-11-05T06:43:35.907-08:00Kali Blade Transitions with Guru Jeff DavidsonTo my students... this is what it is SUPPOSED to look like!&nbsp; Study.&nbsp; Learn.&nbsp; Apply.&nbsp;<br />Thank you Guru Jeff for sharing... look forward to training soon. &nbsp; <br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/144172234" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/_gzHgYUskfo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com1/2015/11/kali-blade-transitions-with-guru-jeff.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-65260852754377898802015-10-23T18:21:00.000-07:002015-10-23T18:21:03.826-07:00Bodywork and Sports Massage Therapist Kurt Dery at Athenaroma<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tQOQdvNt6s8/Vircx6pmiVI/AAAAAAAAHe8/ecqDtuvnfls/s1600/muscleman2-716x1024.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tQOQdvNt6s8/Vircx6pmiVI/AAAAAAAAHe8/ecqDtuvnfls/s320/muscleman2-716x1024.jpg" width="223" /></a>I wanted to take a moment to send a shout out to the best massage therapist in Washington state, and one of the best I have ever had work on me; Kurt Dery (LMT#MA00019958) at <a href="http://www.athenaroma.com/" target="_blank">Athenaroma</a> here in downtown Seattle.&nbsp; Kurt's understanding of Anatomy and Physiology is second to none which only enhances what seems to be an innate ability to find the SOURCE of your pain and eliminate it.&nbsp;<br /><br />I know a number of local martial artists, MMA fighters, and other combat sports participants view this blog from time to time, and if you are in need of a massage or need some help rehabbing an injury to get you back in the fight quicker Kurt is your man.&nbsp;<br /><br />You can book <a href="http://www.athenaroma.com/" target="_blank">online</a> or call:&nbsp; 206-919-3404 / 212 Belmont Ave E. Seattle, WA.&nbsp; <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/iJL7EtTwqJ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com3/2015/10/bodywork-and-sports-massage-therapist.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-59363885415925009072015-10-22T16:54:00.000-07:002015-10-22T16:54:01.168-07:00NWOS Fall Show & Sale Nov. 7-8th<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z_wYCFAngq0/Vil2rvCj0jI/AAAAAAAAHek/RORXDLK53HU/s1600/IMG_1114.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z_wYCFAngq0/Vil2rvCj0jI/AAAAAAAAHek/RORXDLK53HU/s320/IMG_1114.JPG" width="240" /></a></div>Come visit the <a href="http://www.nwos.org/" target="_blank">NW Orchid Society's</a> annual Fall Show &amp; Sale at Swanson's Nursery November 7-8th 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here is an excellent opportunity to get ahold of some species and rare genetics for my orchid friends in the Pac NW.&nbsp; There will be at least five vendors including <a href="http://www.seattleorchid.com/" target="_blank">Seattle Orchid​</a>, Emerald City Orchids​,<a href="http://www.luckygirlorchids.com/" target="_blank"> Lucky Girl Orchids</a>​, and <a href="http://ahtanumorchids.com/" target="_blank">Ahtanum Orchids</a>.&nbsp; Talks will be offered as well as AOS judging on Saturday morning.&nbsp; Come join us...(<a href="http://www.nwos.org/events/13" target="_blank">Click here for more info)</a><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yy1NnA0RkW8/Vil2zHyKT5I/AAAAAAAAHes/6fEZ5JgJEGU/s1600/neofinetia_orchid_plant.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yy1NnA0RkW8/Vil2zHyKT5I/AAAAAAAAHes/6fEZ5JgJEGU/s320/neofinetia_orchid_plant.jpg" width="258" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Neofinetia fulcata</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="tcell-2-3 table-content"><br />Swanson's Nursery <br />9701 15th Ave NW <br />Seattle WA, 98117<br /></div>Saturday 9-5<br />Sunday 10-4<br /><br />And for those of you scratching your heads wondering what orchids could possibly have to do with martial arts and this blog... well besides being a passion of mine, Neofinetia falcata are known as "Wind" or "Samurai" orchids because they were coveted by the warrior class of feudal Japan since the 1600's.&nbsp; Shogun Tokugawa fell in love with the plant and is rumored to have sent samurai to all corners of Japan in search of rare specimens.&nbsp; Often carried in protective cages, if commoners were to even breathe on the plant they risked beheading!&nbsp;<br /><br />Rest assured we will not behead anyone for breathing on any orchids, unless of course you are rocking halitosis!&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/mpemoXNjsEI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/10/nwos-fall-show-sale-nov-7-8th.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-79436291922249698852015-10-11T12:37:00.004-07:002015-10-11T12:37:49.451-07:00Book Review: Chanpuru - Reflections and Lessons From the Dojo&nbsp;&nbsp; Gary Parker's personal memoir "Chanpuru: Reflections and Lessons from the Dojo" is one of Tambuli Media's latest releases, expanding the companies repertoire above and beyond just martial art instructional books.&nbsp; A wonderful recounting of a young man's journey through traditional Okinawan Karate-do.&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PtT9ZK2U87Q/Vhq6USFJkqI/AAAAAAAAHeQ/wDqiWsMXzUY/s1600/Chanpuru-Cover-Mockups-4_Page_2-267x400.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PtT9ZK2U87Q/Vhq6USFJkqI/AAAAAAAAHeQ/wDqiWsMXzUY/s320/Chanpuru-Cover-Mockups-4_Page_2-267x400.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; I sometimes find it easier to describe something via what it is NOT rather than what it is.&nbsp; Parker Sensei's book does not recount his multitude of street fights on the hard streets of Japan (there are none).&nbsp; If you are looking for a minute by minute description of his preparation for an MMA fight that will make or break his career... not the book for you.&nbsp; Incredibly there are a number of common themes obviously absent from Parkers memoir of his training in Okinawa and life after moving back to Georgia, and via these 'voids' if you will is where we get a glimpse of the true martial arts that 99% of us everyday practitioners experience. &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; I found Gary Parker's book a refreshing change from the majority of martial arts (read: MMA) reads out there.&nbsp; I have a hard time relating to a cage fighter, some bouncer whom has worked the door of London's seedy underground, or the military mercenary who had to use his hand to hand skills in Afghanistan.&nbsp; But I instantly relate to hours of arduous training, dealing with culture shock under Asian teachers, and the struggle with balancing everyday life when dedicated to training the martial arts.&nbsp; Minus a handful of editorial hiccups Gary Parker summarizes just such a life perfectly.&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; Trained in Okinawa and then moving back to Georgia, Parker offers insight he has gleamed over the years as a traditional sensei writing about lessons that we quickly forget while training to be unarmed 'killers.'&nbsp; But how often do we discuss how martial arts have helped our tempers, mental focus, fortitude to endure tragedy and pain?&nbsp; The day to day lessons of the martial arts often get whitewashed with testosterone laden bravado.&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; "Chanpuru" is a perfect book to snuggle up next to the fire with and reflect on life with a glass of wine or coffee.&nbsp; A perfect stocking stuffer for the holidays coming up, <a href="http://www.tambulimedia.com/books/chanpuru-reflections-and-lessons-from-the-dojo/" target="_blank">click here to order Chanpuru and to peruse Tambuli Media's vast book selection.&nbsp; </a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/4da7xJAf2gg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/10/book-review-chanpuru-reflections-and.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-30950854279862594222015-10-05T06:24:00.001-07:002015-10-05T06:24:04.236-07:00Bladework with Jeff Davidson of Detroit Kali<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t11WqPj6Mfw/VhJ55EixCuI/AAAAAAAAHd8/zuboB3RAoDs/s1600/5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="220" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t11WqPj6Mfw/VhJ55EixCuI/AAAAAAAAHd8/zuboB3RAoDs/s320/5.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>My teacher Guru Jeff Davidson is a rather private man but every now and again he shares a gem.&nbsp; Enjoy said moment...<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/137418487" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/mbU35W11CIw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/10/bladework-with-jeff-davidson-of-detroit.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4754555087670990912.post-25750461600235161832015-10-04T09:30:00.002-07:002015-10-04T09:30:59.499-07:00Master Po Spitting The Truth<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cxhQXQqOwWY/VhFUBsHmE7I/AAAAAAAAHds/0XmJmyxJNn0/s1600/12063879_10203616421250780_5601782339827250349_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="398" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cxhQXQqOwWY/VhFUBsHmE7I/AAAAAAAAHds/0XmJmyxJNn0/s400/12063879_10203616421250780_5601782339827250349_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGroundNeverMisses/~4/eMGCZdpnv1M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>JABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12325030292263574112noreply@blogger.com0/2015/10/master-po-spitting-truth.html