WE think you'll see the difference ;)
After the the Revolt
in Shimabara in 1637,
Tokugawa Iemitsu , the thrid shogun,
decided to prohibited Christianity by all means.
In 1638, he ordered to close the country to all foreign countries
but China and the Holland.
This isolation policy was called sakoku .
The sakoku lasted until 1856,
when admiral Perry came from the United States with four
to open the door of Japan in 1853.
Iemitsu also issued the order to drive away foreign ships
if they had been sighted in the sea near Japanese islands.
Meiji Restoration - End Of The Shogunate
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How many lessons, before you are consigned to
Yeah, but what if they don't go to Constitution Class...
Can't we put one in their ear?
-- “Legitimate use of violence can only be that which is required in
– Ron Paul
“All initiation of force is a violation of someone else's rights,
initiated by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an
or group of individuals, even if it's supposed to be for the benefit of
individual or group of individuals.”
– Ron Paul
The USS Enterprise-D responds to a distress signal from a science
station at Ventax II, where the planet is in chaos over the return of a
being that claims to be the planet's "devil". She is in fact, a
charlatan using modern technology to bamboozle an ignorant people into
serving her. When the Enterprise shows up, the tables are turned.
May I recommend the Star Trek NG episode ;-)
“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the
obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
~ General MacArthur
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may
the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than
omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes
his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us
our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the
of their consciences."
— C. S. Lewis
"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question
on the things you have long taken for granted."
-- Bertrand Russell
There are many martial arts styles
There is only one American Law
"Man is free if he needs to obey no person but solely the laws."
~ Immanuel Kant
"Indeed, the Rule Of Law, more than the rule of contract,
should probably be regarded as the true opposite of the rule of status.
It is the rule of Law, in the sense of the rule of formal law,
the absence of legal priviliges of particular people designated by
which safeguards that equality before the law which is the opposite of
~ F.A. Hayek from his book The Road To Serfdom
-- Dictatorship of the majority is every bit as oppressive as the
of the few. It is also more difficult to attack, since so many accept
notion that the majority has the authority to redefine rights.
-- Congressman Ron Paul
The band Yes thinks, in the spirit of sport, if your start a game you
really mean to finish it
especially if you are "Going For The One"
As Al Stewart and Alan Parsons say, it's just "Time Passages"
I think some people are misusing karate lessons as a means of
in furtherance of a police
, and for base political purposes.
In short, I think the true meaning of Black Belt is being trashed
(If you care to know what I think about it...)
Unless we want to abandon the principles of the Constitution, perhaps
Martial Police (like MPs)
Martial Tribunals (like a Court Martial), patterened after US military
That is, if the US Constitution and Bill of Rights (you know, little
like habeas corpus and trials)
are to be abandoned if one has taken self-defense lessons?
A very good article on the concept of Liberty was written by
Michael S. Rozeff. It is entitled:
Here is an excerpt:
"Liberty even includes that you choose to become a State and use force
on others. A person who wishes to circumvent the State so as to enhance
to commit acts against others that they regard as wrongful is just as
an enemy of the people he wrongs as is the State. He is basically out
replace the State by his own State. He wants to impose force and
on others and/or he wants them to behave in accordance with his idea of
is wrongful. He wants to impose his morality on others.
That is what a State does via its laws."
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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S 13 VIRTUES
1. Temperance - Eat not to dullness; drink
2. Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself;
3. Order - Let all your things have their places; let each part
your business have its time.
4. Resolution - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform
fail what you resolve.
5. Frugality - Make no expense but to do good to others or
i.e., waste nothing.
6. Industry - Lose no time; be always employed in something
cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. Sincerity - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and
and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. Justice - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the
that are your duty.
9. Moderation - Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so
as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes,
11. Tranquility - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents
12. Chastity - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring,
never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's
peace or reputation.
13. Humility - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Concept of Black Belt
- Wikipedia Reference
(sorry, but I could find no better reference with a Google search)
Having not attained the rank of Black Belt, I cannot speak from
experience of the meaning of the term. Is it simply a level of
skill in a martial art, or is it more? Does it have anything to
do with the concept of Gentleman or Lady? Does it confer a status
above or below the rights and privilages of an ordinary American
How many self-defense lessons may you take before your life is
to the control of non-authorized police (martial artists?, people who
We?) Suppose I’ve had boxing training (English Pugilism).
there separate police for boxers? Separate courts? I would
be grateful if you would post
on the subject.
Please don't get me wrong. Tae Kwon Doists were the only people
who dained to teach me a little real physical self defense.
That's not what
this is about. This about how martial arts study is being used
perverted by some people as a way to subvert the American judicial
process and The Constitution. Different American rules for people
taken karate lessons? You want Apartheid
Do you want new rules for the United States?
WRITE THEM DOWN
Remember - verbal contracts and unwritten laws are worth the papers
written upon ;)
Sun Tzu - "The
A treatise on the subject which has been studied for
The Brits traded opium for tea under the threat of a canon
- a combination of
and Aikido from London, Ontario, Canada
interesting concept eh...
Morehei Ueshiba - "The
The philosophy of Aikido
I've started a thread
Paul forum expressing my concerns about what may be
between Asian Martial Arts culture and The Constitution and Bill Of
of the United States. Please feel free to join in the discussion
I simply hope to open a dialog...
Martial Arts Humor
China's Chongqing Evening News in November as Mr.
32, admitted he is competitive with his wife and "never wants to lose
argument," but inevitably his contentiousness leaves him with "bruises
scars all over" because Mrs. Zhang is a kung fu master. After
led by Mrs. Zhang's parents, she agreed by contract to limit any
to no more than once a week, with a parent-administered penalty for
that. [Daily Telegraph (London), 12-2-09]
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