Ran some shooting stages last night after work with my colleagues from both stores.
An awesome opportunity to learn techniques in a simulated, safe environment…what fun.
Thank you to Travis for setting it up, and bosses Jesse, Ross and the rest of the crew for their experience and support. These folks are very good at what they do.
Needless to say my experience level is much higher with wood weapons than with a handgun at this time but working on it.
Unrelated, but may be a blog spot down the road on the store site.
We see a fair share of folks that don’t keep their ammunition separated on the range and shoot handgun calibers that look very much the same. This is an example of a 40 cal. shot in a 45 cal. firearm.
The casing will expand from the gases to the size of the chamber and can be a bit of a challenge to remove. Just a good example of finding a way that works for you to keep your ammunition separated for the firearm being used at any given time.
Thinking of my time in Nagano today for some strange reason. Maybe it’s the total reverse of temperature. Walking the streets in freezing wet snow; the sounds; the kind people; the distance sounds of monks chanting in the monastery. The small dojo I passed welcoming me to watch from the window? I like the idea of offering prayer to nature….a written word to feel the rain, heat and snow.
Buddhism: Contributions to the Martial Arts:
LIFE IS SACRED
DISCIPLINE OF THE MIND
With the Holiday’s just around the corner I just wanted to wish you all good health and a very Happy New Year.
Truly a time of reflection and reconnection with family and friends.
A former colleague and good friend reminded me of a a phrase I would toss out from time-to-time to staff just to get folks thinking in a new direction. I certainly don’t come by words easy and this was passed along to me in a pile of hand-outs at the Poynter Institute.
As I remember it noted the author as being “unknown”, sad that some of the most meaningful words and images are from those “unknown”.
Maybe that in itself is a lesson to be humble.
Over the years I have seen many versions but this seems to come close to what I most believe.
“WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS; THEY BECOME WORDS. WATCH YOUR WORDS; THEY BECOME ACTIONS. WATCH YOUR ACTIONS; THEY BECOME HABIT. WATCH YOUR HABITS; THEY BECOME CHARACTER. WATCH YOUR CHARACTER; IT BECOMES YOUR DESTINY.” -Lao Tzu-
Success: Do something that really makes you happy.
_Golden Dragon Fortune Cookie_
If living in the Phoenix area don’t pass up an opportunity to take a self-defense class from Sensei Julie. She has a very rich background that includes years of using these techniques in the street and teaches from a reality-based program that although serious in nature she and her students have fun learning together.
For more information on her program visit:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.
MY BUDDHIST MONK WEARS NEW BALANCE RUNNING SHOES
I can’t really claim him as my monk guessing I have to share him.
While visiting the Chuang Yen Monastery yesterday, as we were leaving the Great Buddha Hall, we visited with a wonderful monk, Ven. Ji Xing, who greeted us with a smile that would have filled each square inch of that hall.
He spoke of the importance of the earth and our place grounded, close to the earth, “All things come from the earth! Does the earth get mad when you toss down trash? No” he said. “The earth is forgiving.”
He pointed a sharp finger to my chest. “Do you get mad when I point at you?”
“No, I said.”
“That is good.” he smiled and laughed.
“When someone is pointing one finger at you in a menacing way. They point three fingers back at themselves.”
“Ha, ha, ha, ha, you get one finger they get three. Ha, ha, ha, ha. There is no reason to get
The teachings continued until he had to leave for other pressing monk-like duties. I’m gong to miss my monk in the running shoes.
IN THE WORLD THERE IS NOTHING MORE SUBMISSIVE AND WEAK THAN WATER. YET FOR ATTACKING THAT WHICH IS HARDAND STRONG NOTHING CAN SURPASS IT.
Out of the golden age of boxing it is just Ali who is left standing. A man who has spent a lifetime in the boxing ring and has been fighting physical challenges in his twilight years.
Gone is Angelo Dundee his mentor and father figure; Joe Frazier passing a few months ago who took him to his athletic limits time and time again and the “Mouth that Roared” Howard Cosell who built a career in the verbal sparing ring with the fighter.
I grew up in an Italian household where the only fighter known was the “Rock” Rocky Marciano and anyone else other than Joe Lewis was not even worth a mention.
I remember it like it was yesterday, I was nine and it was the eve of the first Liston-Ali fight on February 25, 1964 fight but of course he was Cassius Clay in those days and the days leading to the fight were filled with interviews and press much like today’s Super Bowl.
There were phrases like ” Fight like a Butterfly, Sting like a bee.”; brief interviews with the famous Dundee and poetry by Ali on the fight’s outcome…
Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat,
If Liston goes back an inch farther he’ll end up in a ringside seat.
Clay swings with a left,
Clay swings with a right,
Just look at young Cassius carry the fight.
Liston keeps backing but there’s not enough room,
It’s a matter of time until Clay lowers the boom.
Then Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing,
And the punch raised the bear clear out of the ring.
Liston still rising and the ref wears a frown,
But he can’t start counting until Sonny comes down.
Now Liston disappears from view, the crowd is getting frantic
But our radar stations have picked him up somewhere over the Atlantic.
Who on Earth thought, when they came to the fight,
That they would witness the launching of a human satellite.
Hence the crowd did not dream, when they laid down their money,
That they would see a total eclipse of Sonny.
The fight was on cable in those days and we neither had nor could afford cable but I did know that the neighbor who had just moved out of the apartment a few doors down had it as I could see the looping connection curled on the empty apartment floor as I passed the open window each day.
With military precision the night of the fight my friend Bruce and I packed up the portable black and white TV which was about a forty pound, metal cased, zenith with a small pair of pliers where the channel changer should have been and rolled it down the sidewalk to the empty apartment where Bruce made quick entry through the window and we settled in for what would be the most awesome fight of the golden age of boxing.
It was the start of my love for the sport of boxing and the end of my career as a first story man.
As we prepare for yet another cross-country trip returning to the east coast, I can’t help but think of how resilient we as Americans have become given our economic environment. As challenging as unemployment can be, it also offers avenues to put you into situations creating new friends and reconnecting on a different level with former friends and colleagues.
As a newsroom manager I saw my staff cut by over half in workforce reductions through 2008-2010; very talented individuals who have worked hard to rebound and build something they can call their own creating their own businesses or taking a new career path..
Folks like Sandro and Jessica Picasso who built an increasingly popular on-line gaming business PICASSO GAMES ETC. good people who found a needed niche and built something from an idea. Also, check out their blog for updates. Sandro’s brother Carlo Picasso who is an accomplished Martial Arts instructor and also a regional distributor for Pella Windows in the Palm Springs area.
Adam Wright who produces HAULER MAGAZINE and shoots amazing portraits of skateboarders to the finest motorcycle and hot rod builders in the country.
I still find it unbelievable that there are those who don’t understand just how deep unemployment in our country cuts to the bone. There are those who believe that today’s unemployed are lazy and living the good life off their government checks…you’re sadly uninformed and the line between those who have a paycheck and those who pray they had one becomes increasingly thinner.
It is less out of frustration, but more out of pride in my friends, family and former colleagues who have risen above the adversity creating a new path in their lives; sharing resources and keeping the spirit alive that gives hope for the future.
One needs to understand the distinction between style and a technique.
Style is a distinctive feature of artistic expression or execution of an image.
Technique however is the fundamentals of how that expression is derived.
A technique may help form a person’s style but it is only one component.
It is only through trying limitless techniques that a photographer, if he or
she is fortunate, they will develop a style seen in their work.
Like most students I don’t know that I took the best advantage of my American history classes as I could have, or should have. It’s not until you become a bit older that you soon realize that history is wasted on the young.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with members of “Korean War Veterans, National chapter #1”. It was not enough time to spend with this group and I’m hoping for more down the road.
It’s the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War that started when the North Korean Communist troops invadedSouth Korea on June 25, 1950. Well not really called a war it was a “Police Action” where 57,976 lives were lost, over 54,246 were from the U.S.; 103,284 U.S. soldiers were wounded, 8,177 were MIA (missing in action), and 7,140 were POWs (prisoners of war). Other countries suffered the loss of 3,730 lives; 12,146 were wounded, 379 were MIA, 1,376 were POWs. More than 3 million civilians lost their lives.
It is called the “Forgotten War” but it is hard to forget when you get the opportunity to speak with some of these men and those Korean Americans who helped us all remember that “Freedom is not Free”. Just happens that these words are etched into the Korean War Memorial inWashington,DC.
Members of the Philippine American Heritage Dance Troupe of Redding provided the backdrop for the 113th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Sunday at St. Joseph School. The story in today’s Record Searchlight can be found here.
It’s an interesting time to be involved in journalism these days as a freelancer you dip your toe in and out of the pool much more a spectator than being a coach or player in the game…maybe not a bad thing.
I was trading emails with a young photojournalist a few mornings back and she was in a gut wrenching dilemma over what software to use for her new Nikon camera which she could now produce video as a multimedia journalist.
“Should I spend the money for Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro? Should I use IMovie? I know FCP is what everyone in the business is using. I just don’t know.”
For me it is much like debating the value of a beer coming from a tall, thin bottle or the same beer poured from a short, fat bottle. The container has little to do with the quality of the drink.
The drink is quality storytelling and becoming ENGAGED with your subject. It’s about making a connection and leading your viewer/reader on a journey.
As we move forward with various levels of multimedia visuals; think about replacing the term multimedia with “engaging journalism”. Place the emphasis on the quality of the craft and then build a better container.
“I never keep a scorecard or the batting averages. I hate statistics. What I got to know, I keep in my head.”
In 2010, there were 102 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 201 posts. There were 342 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 113mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was March 9th. The most popular post that day was BigSnow2H_Web.
WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?
The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, aphotoeditor.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, and sportsshooter.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for oneheartonemind, road course magazine, adam wright book, nature photography, and adam wright photography.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
About January 2009
Searching for the Summit: October 2010
“Call ‘n’ Response” August 2010
“Be professional, be polite, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”
-USMC Rules for gun fighting #21-
Under the watchful eye of Sensei Rubin Ruiz, 6th Dan Shotokan Karate operator of America’s Finest Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing Academy (AFSK) in Fishkill, NY and his mentor and Sensei since nine-years-old, Reno Moralez, 9th Dan and co-founder of the Bronkx Shotokan Karate-do Clubs International put students through their paces Saturday during “The Theory of Karate Combat” seminar held at Vassar College.
It was six hours of intense training focused on knowing the mind, body and spirit and controlling emotions in the real world.
Both instructors offer a depth of experience in practical martial arts on the streets. Sensei Maralez was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame; international competitor and executive protection specialist.
Sensei Ruiz, a student of both traditional Shotokan and Kiokushin full-contact fighting, is a retired police officer of twenty years in the NYPD.
Zen Snow Shoveling
If we believe that enlightenment is a product of meditation and intuition rather than faith. We must then believe that the art of shoveling snow is just a way of creating a path for future travels.
When the depth of our opponent is that of just a few inches we need to remember that “Speed Creates Power”. A firm but flexible grip on the shovel handle is important for transferring power from our hips once in a relaxed horse stance.
Sometimes while attacking greater depths of snow, as in life, one must take two steps backward before initiating the attack with a forward thrust. Do this with “snap and power” This can be a power move keeping your center low.
The question that one should ask is: “How good do you want to be?”