Assault Resistance Training in Columbus, Oh

The recent acts of aggression towards women by the "Northwest Serial Rapist" are a striking example of the personal danger in which unsuspecting women may find themselves. Domestic assault, robbery, mugging, and date rape are also far too common. Most women feel it will never happen to them and other women feel they will deal with it if it happens. Fortunately, with a little training and increased awareness, you can take control of your own safety.

Taekwondo, the Art of Hand and Foot

Taekwondo, the art of fist and foot, is a modern Korean martial art. It is the unification of nine distinct martial arts systems that sprang up after the Japanese occupation of Korea ended after World War II. Because it is the unification of several systems and because of nationalistic prides and prejudices, its true origins are diverse and often hotly debated. Particularly nationalistic Taekwondo practitioners claim it is based upon ancient Korean martial arts, particularly _subak_ and _taekkyon_ and draws its roots from the _Hwarang_ (a royal warrior order in the ancient Korean kingdoms of _Goguryeo_, _Silla_, and _Baekje_). Others trace Taekwondos origins to Chinese and Japanese martial arts such as Kung Fu and Karate. In fact, the arguments and debates about Taekwondos origins are particularly wasted effort; all traditional martial arts influenced each other while each developed and retained specific characteristics.

Black Belt Systems Administration: Don't block with your face

One of the Masters (6th Dan) at my Tae Kwon Do school, Master Robert Gross, has developed his _Ten Commandments of Martial Arts_. He has very graciously permitted me to use the first of his commandments, "Thou shalt not block with thy face" for one of my _Black Belt Systems Administration_ topics. The first corollary for this is "Don't drop your arms". From a martial arts viewpoint, this is pretty easy to understand. Your arms are used to block attacks. Your head is vital, if you get hit there, you are much more likely to loose.

Black Belt Systems Administration: A Punch is Just a Punch

I've been posting some of my Tae Kwon Do belt test thesis papers to my blog, and for some reason they seem to be fairly popular. I've had an idea to start a series of posts that tie some of our martial arts lessons/philosophy to systems administration. I'm not a black belt (yet), I just got my green belt (6th Gup) on July 20th, but I don't think anyone will send the Ninja squads after me for titling this series "Black Belt Systems Administration".

Black Belt Systems Administration: Embrace Your Limits

Systems administrators are magical wizards that know everything and can make computers sing, dance, and do various other parlor tricks. As someone who carries the title, everyone assumes you can do the same. Whether it is a brand new application that no one has ever seen before, a telephone system that has nothing to do with computers, or a very old server running an OS where the vendor went out of business in the last century, you're a systems administrator, you know all about it. And, for one of a various hundred or so possible reasons, you are afraid to let that image falter.

Moo Do - Martial Arts, The Art of Stopping Fighting

Martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and others have evolved over hundreds or thousands of years from holistic lifestyles that encompass far more than just the ability to fight. Most martial arts draw heavily from the teaching of Buddha, Lao Tzu (Taoism), and Confucius, none of which devoted significant effort towards matters of war. Even Sun Tzu, the great author of the "Art of War" recognized that the ultimate strategy to win a war is to not fight

Ki Ahp - Shout with Concentration

Kiahp according to a variety of sources breaks down into two words: Ki for energy or spirit and Ahp which is variously described as to gather or to show movement. In other words it can mean either gathering energy or moving the spirit. In fact, the kiahp serves several purposes all of which relate to gathering energy or moving the spirit. At a primal level, like a lions roar, the kiahp can intimidate or frighten an opponent and break their concentration. At a basic physiological level, it promotes proper breathing, increases energy, and tightens the stomach muscles allowing one to absorb strikes and blows. At a psychological level, it helps to develop spiritual strength, increase confidence, and block fear through concentration and increased power.

MooGong - Guardian of the Peace

The great martial arts masters have understood for thousands of years martial arts are not about fighting, they are about stopping fighting. Many new students come to the martial arts because they think they want to be aggressive. Steven Seagal in Hard to Kill goes to a martial arts teacher to learn how to fight; to learn how to be great. They fail to understand the true goal of martial arts is to be guardians of the peace, to learn to avoid aggression, but to be able to respond to aggression when required. Seagal's master tells him first learn how to heal people to be great; to hurt people is easy.

Jung Shin Tong Il - Concentration of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotion

A spirit with a vision, is a dream with a mission

A person may have strength, but without the mind, he can not learn beyond simple things and is a brute flailing about. A person may have strength and mind, but without spirit, he has no desire to do more than is necessary, and exists only at the level of subsistence. A person with mind, body, and spirit may be capable of tremendous accomplishment, but without emotion, may care only for himself and become a bully or tyrant. History is also filled with strong, compassionate, intelligent, and determined people who have made great works for the betterment of others. There are also the rare individuals who are able to use the concentration of these abilities to make up for the lack of one of these capabilities.

Shim Shin Soo Ryun - Training of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotion

As a computing systems administrator, I work daily with complex computer and network systems. In designing a new service, I have to take care that each piece of the service is properly sized and configured to work with each other piece. Like a factory assembly line, each part of the service the processors, the memory, the storage, the networks must all be able to handle the information coming from the previous component or the performance will suffer. In a similar manner, no component should be over capable, or it will be wasteful.

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