Learning karate and other lessons — later in life… and finding inspiration along the way.

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Western Fascination With “Badass” Kurdish Women ~ Dilar Dirk

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10 Hours of Walking in New York City as a Woman


Mastery ~ George Leonard

“We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process. A journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try and fail, and try again for as long as he or she lives.”

Excerpt from Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard


The Kempo Puzzle

A few nights ago in class we were learning an American Kempo technique called Crushing Hammer, when I had a little grasshopper moment:  “Wow, it’s like puzzle pieces.”

Basic karate strikes and kicks are a creative collection of puzzle pieces, custom tailored to fit the human body.  They work together in infinite combinations, forming kempos and katas.

The leopard’s paw fits perfectly into either the throat or armpit.  The hammerfist can be used vertically on the bridge of the nose, or circled around horizontally to strike the ribs or kidneys.  A roundhouse kick can be used to strike the ribs or head, or it can loop around and travel downward to buckle the back of a knee.

Add some targeting and power, and a kempo is formed.  Combine several kempos, sprinkle in some strategy, timing and flow, and a kata is born. — Patty


Crime-Safety-Security

This is a great website, full of safety and security tips.  Very well written and comprehensive:

Crime-Safety-Security.com


Year of the Dragon

Shaolin Kempo’s lone mythological creature.  Wise, powerful, flexible.  A marriage of the tiger, fish, snake and eagle.  Skilled fighter on land, water and in the sky.

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Huntington Library and Gardens – Chinese New Year 2012.


Two Worlds

Recent news from Afghanistan:  An Afghan woman named Estorai was killed by her husband for giving birth to their daughter; a 15-year-old girl named Sahar Gul was brutally tortured and then forced into prostitution by family members; a 19-year-old teenager named Gulnaz was raped, jailed for adultery and then released two years later after Afghan president Hamid Karzai intervened — on the condition that she marry her rapist.

And then this:

To learn more about Afghan women’s issues, check out RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), Afghan Women’s Mission or Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign for Afghan Women & Girls.