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Red Man training!

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Red Man training!

When I was an Officer at L.A. COUNTY METRO, we had great training.  I was digging through some old pics and found these.  The first is of my partner and I going into full-contact "redman" scenario training.  Alot of the officers were frightened by this - they were told that Redman scenario training teaches you how to respond when "you're losing a fight".  They would PT the hell out of us until we were gassed out - then have us take on the biggest guy they could cram into the "redman" armor.  I was smiling the whole time - some...

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BIKE TOUR!

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BIKE TOUR!

For about 15 years, I've been practicing bike touring as exercise, cheap/low impact camping and even "prepping/survival training".  I see it as an extension of martial arts/self-defense training (which has been the "ikigai" of my life  since 1976). You might see some information about my recent bike tours here from time to time.  Lately, I've been doing "day trips" to Seal Beach - about a 40 mile round trip.  With a fully loaded bike, it's enough to get the sweat going for sure.

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The meaning behind the kodoan symbol

The meaning behind the kodoan symbol

I created the symbol for the Kodoan Zen temple way back in 1996.  I was still active duty in the United States Air Force, stationed at McChord, AFB in Washington state.  I started teaching there quite by accident. I was working as a Logistics Expert and, during my lunch hour, I would train at the squadron gym.  Apparently, my squadron commander's secretary would also workout there at lunch time.  The squadron secretary was a Japanese woman in her late 50's, very professional in demeanor and appearance but always nice to everyone on base.  One day during my lunch workout, while...

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BEING OPTIMISTIC

BEING OPTIMISTIC

I think that there is scientific, religious and psychological reasons for being optimistic.  The universe is not only expanding but picking up speed (so sayeth certain scientists).  As a whole, all religions are optimistic in their eschatological outlook.  So much so that pessimistic sects are often referred to as "doomsday cults".    Psychologically, the quality of life for an optimist is significantly better than that of the pessimist. At the time of this writing,  much of the world has spiraled into the mass hysteria of the #chinavirus known as #covid19.   I suggest that you be optimistic.  After all, the universe...

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Is patience a virtue?

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Is patience a virtue?

The short answer is "no".  There are seven things; concepts, ideas, or qualities that are generally considered as a "virtue" but patience is not one of them.   The seven virtues are sometimes called the Seven Holy Virtues and consist of the Four Cardinal Virtues (from ancient Greek philosophy) and the three Theological Virtues (from the letters of Saint Paul of Tarsus). They are as follows: THE FOUR CARDINAL VIRTUES Prudence: also known as "Providence" (from the Latin Providentia; to see ahead).  It is the ability to discern between good and evil and, as such, all the other Virtues stem from it. ...

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