Karate In England

JKS EnglandI always enjoy going to England.  I love seeing the people we see, I love London and I have a growing affection for Hucknall and Nottingham.  For me, there is just something special about it.  I don’t go that often as it is expensive, but I do enjoy it when I’m there.

WeaponsThis time was special for a few reasons.  First, I had ordered a pair of foam-padded nunchaku, a pair of wooden nunchaku and a pair of tonfa, all of which were delivered to Mum’s house in Hucknall.  As a matter of fact, when we got to Mum’s house, I opened them up from their packaging and played with them a little bit.

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A Con Virgin No More

On Friday 29 May, 2015, I lost my comic convention virginity. I went to my first Con. DC has started holding a convention called “Awesome Con”. I think this was the third or fourth year its been held. I decided to start with this one, as its more of a mixed con than many. This one isn’t dedicated to just comics, or anime, or tv, its got everything. The thing that really convinced me to give it a shot was the appearance by two of the Comic Book Men (Bryan Johnson and Ming Chen). I purchased a one-day only ticket, and bout a photo of ticket for Bryan Johnson. I wanted to get the photo with Ming as well, but wasn’t sure the timing would work out. As it happened, it would have, but, that’s skipping ahead a few hours =P. Shortly after I bought my admission ticket, it was announced that William Shatner (who was scheduled for Sunday only) would be unable to attend on Sunday, so rescheduled for Friday and Saturday. BONUS! I immediately shelled out the $70 for a photo op with him. I thought about buying the VIP pass for him, but it was something like $375. I love Capt. Kirk, but not enough to shell out a few hundred =P. Heck, it hurt to shell out the $70 for a 5 second chance to meet him, but I did it. Finally, looking through the list of celebrities offering photo ops, I found another really cool one that I was willing to shell out $30 for. John Rhys-Davies. I’ve loved the man since I saw him in Shogun as a child. I couldn’t pass up the chance to meet him in person, and I’m glad I didn’t. He ended up being one of the high points of the day.

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What’s Our Purpose?

So my first entry was a little personal and maybe a tad bit narcist, I have been pondering deleting but I won’t.

So i decided to post something that is constantly on my mind. What is our purpose on this planet?

Now a quick background is in order. I am far from religious, I have gone through different versions of Christianity, and some pagan practices(Wicca and Witchcraft) as well as atheism(thought this one makes the least sense to me). I have experienced many different things that I can’t describe any other way than supernatural and/or spiritual. So my belief structure or world view is at best weird. So to put it simply I do believe in a “higher power”. No nothing like a big bearded man in the sky that watches over us like you would an ant farm. More like an energy or entity which has a positive “good” side and negative “bad” side. No not the force lol. I have experienced both sides and have felt and seen things that I just can’t describe. Like I said my views are weird.

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England 2015 – Part 3

Autumn & TracyDon’t forget to read – England 2015 – Part 1 / England 2015 – Part 2

Once we were on the train, we got to our seats quite easily.  As we had had breakfast, we decided we would wait until we were on the train between Gloucester and Nottingham to get something to eat.  We settled in for this leg of our trip, which would only be a little less than an hour.

Once we got to Gloucester, we unloaded our bags from the train, and realized we needed to cross over the tracks to get to the other platform for our train.  We found the elevator that would take us up to the bridge, crossed over, and found a little waiting room to get out of the wind.  While in the room, we realized that we should have gotten something to snack on from the other side, as there wasn’t anything on our side of the tracks.  We decided not to worry about it as our train to Nottingham was going to be arriving soon, and we would be on that train for two (2) hours, and we could get something to eat on there.

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Why Not?

So I am making my first ever blog. It’s one of those things that I always wanted to make but never did. This medium of the message board helps me accomplish this by making it easy to do.

I have always wanted to create a blog so I could express my thoughts and rants that are in my mind that I can’t or won’t share with others. Yes I am the master of run on sentences and my grammar isn’t the best.

Anywho and anyways, here goes nothing.

For the past almost two years now I have been unemployed. I lost my job/career with a mayor retailer that I had invested 7 years of my life to. All because I made a stupid mistake and they let me go. The mistake was my fault and I thought I wasn’t doing anything wrong but here we are. I have suffered from anxiety and severe IBS for the past 5 years and getting fired made it even worse. I couldn’t step out of my house with out having a panic/anxiety attack. I got some Xanax prescribed but I hate taking pills so I tried my hardest to stay off of them. So I stayed home, my kids suffered the most out of this because I would have anger issues(no I did not abuse my children I would never touch a hair on their heads) but I would definitely scream at them and get angry for the tiniest things. I look back at those first few months after getting fired and I cringe. I still cry over it when I have time for myself( being a stay at home dad or mom doesn’t leave you with a lot of time for yourself). I love my kids more than anything in this world and I wish there was a way for me to take all those months back. We had a bunch of great times as well like doing puzzles, playing games, etc but it was still tough.

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Appearance

Yes, this will be rambling. No, it might not make any sense to those of you who live outside my brain. Is this a good indication of my state of mind? Very probably.

Everything flows into, and out of everything, so this might be just opening the floodgates, but this is 1/2 rant, 1/2 explanation, 1/2 search for validation, 1/2 making up excuses to conceal that maybe I am just that lazy. Which is to say, this is likely 200% boring, but a way to put thoughts down.

No matter what you, or anyone else says, we all care about our appearance. We care whether we look good, if we look bad, what message we are sending by how we look. Even the most dreadlocked, hairy, dirt smeared hippy cares that how he looks demonstrates how little he cares. It’s the same catch-22 that exists in asking whether there is truly such a thing as a selfless act.

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England 2015 – Part 2

TrainDon’t forget to read – England 2015 – Part 1 / England 2015 – Part 3

We found our car, found the end we were supposed to board on, but the door was broke, so we went back to the other end of the car, though we could have just gone to the next car as the door for that was right there, and put our bags in the storage area for bags and found our seats on the opposite end of the car.  I then realized our mistake, so I went back to get our bags and moved them to our end of the train.  In doing this, I gave the tickets to Tracy.  Once we got on our way to Kemble, which is where we would meet Julie to go to Cirencester, the conductor came around to check and stamp our tickets.  I saw him coming up the center of the train and went into the pocket I usually keep the tickets and found that they weren’t there.  I checked my jacket pocket, and they weren’t there.  I then checked all my pockets and they were nowhere to be found.  I’m starting to panic a little, because I don’t generally lose anything.  The conductor gets to us, and I still can’t find our tickets.  He tells us not to worry and he will be back to see if we found them.  I check and recheck all the pockets of my jeans, my jacket and my sweat jacket, come to find, Tracy had them.   :whistle:   It was actually quite funny.  I brought the tickets to the conductor and he stamped them, then I headed off to the cafe car and got something for Tracy and I to snack on.

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England 2015 – Part 1

British AirwaysDon’t forget to read – England 2015 – Part 2 / England 2015 – Part 3

On March 27, 2015 Tracy and I got up at 5:00 a.m. and finished our last minute packing for our trip to England.  At about 6:30 a.m. we grabbed our bags and headed out.  We stopped at Au Bon Pain at the end of our road to have breakfast, then we hopped into a taxi and we were on our way.  We arrived at the airport at around 8:00 a.m.  Tracy had already checked us in, so we just had to stop at the desk to check our bags.  We ran in to a friend of ours, Lauren, and we chatted with her a bit and then headed to immigration and security.

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NWF Hall of Fame

Mr DestroyerSome time ago, I wrote two (2) blog posts about my time as a professional wrestler in the National Wrestling Federation.

Mr. Destroyer And NWF Part 1

Mr. Destroyer And NWF Part 2

I had such a great time with these guys.  Some of them I became really good friends with.  About eleven (11) years ago, Shawn found me because of a web site I used to run that didn’t quite make it about a fantasy wrestling federation.  He sent me an email and we started talking again.

We tried organizing a reunion type show before I left the States and moved to Thailand, but it just wasn’t in the cards at that point in time.  Through talking to Shawn, I got to reconnect with a few of my friends from that time in my life, like Mike, and became friends with a few guys that I just kind of new from that time, like Chris and Chad.

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5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test

Chudan Oi-zuki - KihonTo continue sharing of my Shotokan Karate, you can read my post about Shotokan Karate, my post about my First Ever Belt Test and my Multiple Belt Test.

 
On February 8th, 2015, I did another belt test.  This time I tested 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu, which is I tested from 5th level to 4th level in Shotokan Karate.

The first part of the test was Kihon which means techniques.  Here is what I had to do for Kihon this time:

From another angle.

  1. Zenkutsu-dachi Gedan-gamae
    • Chudan Oi-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
    • Jodan Age-uke, Gyaku-zuki – stepping backward five (5) times
    • Chudan Soto-uke, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
    • Koukutsu-dachi Shutou-uke – stepping backward five (5) times
    • Gedan Barai, Nekoashi-dachi, Chudan Uchi-uke, Zenkutsu-dachi, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times
  2. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Mae-geri – stepping forward five (5) times
  3. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Mawashi-geri – stepping forward five (5) times
  4. Kiba-dachi
    • Yoko Ke-age – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-age – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-komi – stepping forward four (4) times
    • Yoko Ke-komi – steppubg forward four (4) times
  5. Mawatte Gedan-gamae
    • Turning Ura-ken, Gyaku-zuki – stepping forward five (5) times

After that, we were tested on Kumite.  The Kumite that we did this time was called Kihon-Ippon-Kumite, which is five (5) techniques, one (1) step.  They are listed as follows:

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