A Critical Look at Bullying, Bullying Statistics, and Positive Reinforcement.
Posted: June 09, 2010
There has been a lot of talk and media attention lately with regard to the bullying of young children and teenagers. We all know that the local media has to sensationalize everything for the sake of ratings, but the fact remains that bullying is a real problem in today’s schools. If you’re a parent you are already painfully aware of this fact.
Bullying has been a problem since the dawn of time, so to look at it as a new phenomena is being extremely shortsighted. The flip side of that coin is that there are now more ways to bully then there has ever been in the past. Technology has opened up a whole new can of worms that has led to cases of cyber-bullying, whose end is just as bad if not worse than your every day run of the mill cases of bullying. For more information on this see our related post.
The problems with the latest statistics on bullying, is that they are so obscure that they mean nothing. In order to fight bullying it must first be defined. If we define it too broadly, it ceases to have any meaning. For instance, if we define bullying to include things like name calling, then every child can report that they are bullied 50 times a day. Though this type of name calling can be disruptive to childhood development; part of growing up is overcoming these obstacles and finding our self-worth. Therefore, we as individuals and as a society, should be a little more selective with regard to our definitions.
Upcoming Filipino Martial Arts (Kali) Documentary
Posted: June 09, 2010
Below is a trailer for the upcoming documentary on Filipino Martial Arts entitled “Bladed Hand”. My instructor Guro Dan Inosanto and many of his students are in the film. (Including his daughter Diana, his son-in-law Ron Balicki, and Jeff Imada) I hope this film exposes the world to the efficiency and effectiveness of Filipino Martial Arts, and I can’t wait to see it. It will be interesting to see the reactions of our students as they see the techniques that they are learning in our Kali class being demonstrated.
Kung Fu Black Bear…
Posted: June 05, 2010
If you liked the Kung Fu Panda, you’ll have to like this. It’s not an altered video. This is a bear that is in a zoo in Japan, and it’s a major attraction. Enjoy.
Talk About Great Sportsmanship.
Posted: June 04, 2010
From the time we were little kids, we were always told to have good sportsmanship. In the heat of competition, this is often difficult. The same desire that pushes us to win, is the same desire which hates losing and is often the cause of poor sportsmanship. Quite often, great competitors are notoriously sore losers.
This shouldn’t be the case, and this next news story is a great demonstration of a professional athlete’s incredible sportsmanship.
We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control our reaction to them. I have nothing but respect for the way in which this young baseball player handled himself. I also admire the fact that the umpire admitted his mistake.
The Need for Proper Leg Conditioning
Posted: June 01, 2010
If you like throwing leg kicks, but you aren’t spending time conditioning your legs; you might want to look at these 2 videos. In both cases the striker’s legs weren’t up to the test. A lot of guys like to block with their knees and the upper part of the shins. This is often referred to as a “spike”. So be careful, and condition your legs.
Warning: the following 2 videos are quite graphic, so be prepared.