Friday Meme Fails me again

Fridays in my blogging world are no brain days. I like to just write answers to a meme late night on Thursday and not do much writing until Sunday… but then the Friday Feast fails me again… should I come up with a new meme for everyone to do? I have some great questions that I have been meaning to ask, or should I just do the book meme that everyone around Kansas City is doing?

I am honestly too lazy right now to go get the nearest book, specially since I think it will probably be in the book shelf and it will turn into a decision process that I rather not enter into right now.

I am almost done reading blink (see current sidebar) and I cannot wait to write about the book. Maybe I will just leave this post as is and leave you with great wishes for this weekend. I know I will have fun celebrating, see ya soon.

The lies of Martial Arts

I can call myself a martial artist again. After almost a year an a half of waiting, I finally joined Tae Kwon Do school that I decided on so long ago. I went to their training session today and talked to Master DiBella and we are going to talk about what belt level I can be at after a month. His school is not about buying your black belt on installments like in any McDojo, it is about training hard in a traditional school.

Martial arts like everything goes through cycles. I am sure many people wanted to join a Karate dojo after the Karate Kid movie in the 80s, too bad so many people do not realize that is not about finding the right school but the Mr Miyagi.

I watched UFC 81 with Chimpotle and some of his buddies and loved watching the fights. Today talking to Master DiBella the word fad came into the conversation. With MMA becoming very popular, more and more gyms are trying to promote this kind of classes and training. However, this is not for everyone and like Tae Bo, I consider it a little dangerous.

I obviously have not problem with the UFC, but I do have a problem with the people that use it as a new fad to take people’s money. It is sad to hear in the radio how a new gym just open and it will train you in MMA. Sorry folks, but this is a lie, you can master one discipline and then train in another, but to be truly a master and a good teacher you need to stick to one. I can already hear the, my master has a black belt on every art out there. To that I say, yes, that can be true, but he should only be considered a true master in one of them.

All martial arts can be broken and studied, even divided into groups based on where the emphasis is. However, they all have their own personality and like with people, you have to get to know them for a while to really know what they are about. Every school will also have its own identity developed by the master that runs it

Full contact sparring and grappling is more dangerous than it looks on TV. Those guys that enter the ring, well most of them, train very hard and are used to taking punches and being locked in positions that the body is not really made for. They are self defense techniques used developed for real life combat and should not be though of as a game. To have someone tell you any different is irresponsible.

People like Lituenant X try to tell people that Martial Arts are not ancient, but just a manipulation of history to make money. They can teach you in just one top secret marine tested DVD everything you need to know about defending yourself and you become the ultimate fighting machine.

What it really comes down to with Martial Arts is training. If you train for years on an specific art, you will gain a level of expertise and your muscles and body will accommodate for that. Experience cannot be replaced by watching some bozo on TV. A good teacher will correct your movements, over and over until they see you have achieved the correct level of competency, then they will teach you the next level up. It is simple, and like with everything else in life, there are really no shortcuts.

In 30 years I have learned

That people that are nice to you, but not nice to the waiter during a dinner outing are not nice at all.

Wearing your wallet in your back pocket can trow your spine out of alignment, in fact be mindful of your body and how it is affected by its surroundings.

Food is still the hardest thing to control for me.

Others affect how you view yourself and the world more than anyone likes to admit.

Life is too short.

Not everyone you meet is worthy of your time, be wise about those that you spend time with.

Listening is a skill that everyone can learn when a conscious effort is made.

Just because others believe on something else, it does not make them wrong.

Nobody is right about everything, we all make mistakes and the sooner we learn to accept them, the easies it is to correct them.

After a storm, those that are still around you checking up on you are the true friends.

Telling somebody the truth is a lot harder than staying quiet.

People want to hear funny things more than they want to hear advice.

It is very important to smile every time you see a kid, that is how they will remember you.

Snow it is not the fluffy, beautiful thing that postcards portray, its cold, wet and a pain to drive on and clean.

People look for flaws on others, some see one and latch on, some keep on looking for more and more, some ignore theirs completely.

My education was counter productive when it came to reading, I should have started to love reading a lot earlier in life.

I do not know as much as I should.


Nope, it has nothing to do with Pr0n, it has nothing to do with Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Super Tuesday… it has all to do with roman numerals. I am turning 30 today and even though I got little sleep (had to work late last night) I am in pretty good spirits. My wife was the first one to wish me a Happy Birthday on the actual day :) even though many have been cheating and calling me, or sending me messages before.

My family surprised me with a little care package that even Shayla got to enjoy.

Shayla inside of my Birthday box

I still have 10 more years to go before the mid life crisis and I do not see this as a big chapter closure or anything. Looking bad though, I am way better off now that I am 30 than when I was 20 or even 25. I have changed a lot since then.

For a little background on the day I was born check out this post.