Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | October 25, 2008

My Government has them Why shouldn’t I?

Came across this while scoping out the competition!

Issue: Modern semiautomatic .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles are weapons designed for military use that combine long range, accuracy, and massive power. Intended for use in combat situations, these weapons can penetrate structures and destroy or disable light armored vehicles, radar dishes, helicopters, stationary airplanes, and other “high-value” military targets. The Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, Al Qaeda, the Irish Republican Army, street and motorcycle gangs in California, Missouri and Indiana, and various militia groups and criminals across the United States are all documented as having possessed or used modern .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles.

AHSA supports legislative efforts to regulate .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles in the same manner as machine guns are regulated under the provisions of the National Firearms Act of 1934.

The modern .50 caliber BMG rifle is one of the most powerful and destructive weapons legally available to civilians in the United States. A modern .50 caliber BMG rifle can hit a target accurately from distances of 1,000 to 2,000 yards, depending on the skill of the shooter, and can reach targets at a longer range with less accuracy. At significantly closer distances, these rifles are much more destructive and able to blast through solid concrete at 200 yards or penetrate an inch of armor plate at 300 yards.

The destructive power of the modern .50 caliber rifle can be intensified by the use of various types of ammunition that is available commercially. In addition to the standard “ball” round of .50 caliber ammunition, armor-piercing, incendiary, and combination armor-piercing and incendiary ammunition for the modern .50 caliber rifles can significantly enhance the destructive capacity, particularly against chemical and industrial facilities and civil aviation targets.

Despite their deadly power, or possibly because of it, .50 caliber rifles in various configurations are proliferating on the civilian firearms market and in many states are subject to less regulation than handguns. Because .50 caliber rifles are classified as long guns under federal law, they can legally be purchased by an 18 year old (unless state law restricts such purchases). 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(1), (c)(1).

Modern .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles possess no reasonable utility for hunting or self-defense. Design modifications over the past few years have made some .50 caliber rifles lighter and easier to transport. In addition, the once high cost of these guns has dropped with its increase in popularity—prices for new .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles, traditionally in the $4,000 to $7,000 range, have dropped to under $2,000 according to some gun magazines and internet sites.

The .50 caliber BMG’s popularity lies not just with target shooters, but criminals, gangs and terrorists as well.

According to the Office of Special Investigations of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms gun traces involving 50 caliber sniper rifles have “identified some examples of criminal misuse of the .50 caliber rifle with a nexus to terrorism, outlaw motorcycle gangs, international and domestic drug trafficking, and violent crime.” U.S. General Accounting Office. Availability of .50 Caliber Semiautomatic Rifles, 30 June 1999. For additional information, please see the GAO’s Office of Special Investigations briefing report on .50 Caliber Rifle Crime.

Under federal law, firearms sellers who do not possess a federal firearm license can sell 50 caliber rifles to individuals at gun shows and elsewhere without performing a background check on the purchaser. Although some states (such as California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) regulate private sales and prohibit all sales of firearms without a background check on the purchaser, in most states terrorists and other criminals can easily acquire a .50 caliber BMG sniper rifle.

Currently, .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles are not regulated at the federal level. Legislation has been introduced that would bring the gun under the jurisdiction of the National Firearms Act, which regulates machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and destructive devices. To date, there has been no movement on this legislation.

In September 2004, California became the first state to regulate .50 caliber BMG rifles. Effective January 1, 2005, .50 caliber BMG rifles will fall under California’s Assault Weapons Control Act, Cal. Penal Code §§ 12275-12277, 12280 et seq., which will generally prohibit the weapons’ manufacture, sale, importation and possession without registration.

Currently, Maryland is the only other state that in some manner regulates the .50 caliber rifle, classifying the “Barrett light .50 cal. semi-auto” as an assault weapon. Md. Public Safety Code § 5-101(p)(2)(ix). Several other states – Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia – have considered legislation to regulate this type of weapon.

In the 1920s lightweight fully automatic firearms (machine guns) were available for sale to the general public. Private ownership of machine guns became an issue after the prohibition of liquor in 1919. Prohibition was followed by an increase in organized crime, which involved the use of submachine guns, especially the Thompson .45 caliber, nicknamed the “Tommy Gun”.

Following passage of restrictions on fully automatic firearms in several states, the administration of the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed federal restrictions on the civilian possession and ownership of machine guns. The result of FDR`s efforts was the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934, (NFA). That law, which was supported by the NRA, requires that before a private citizen may take possession of a fully-automatic firearm they must pay a $200 tax to the Internal Revenue Service, be approved by ATF to own the firearm, and the gun must registered with the federal government.

In 1986, Congress approved the NRA sponsored Firearms Owners` Protection Act (FOPA). ATF has interpreted provisions of FOPA as a prohibition on the civilian possession of all machine guns manufactured after May 19, 1986. The effect of the interpretation has been to “freeze” the number of privately owned machine guns available for private ownership.

Since the passage of the NFA in 1934, crimes committed with machine guns are almost nonexistent.

Because of the potential for criminal misuse, the immense “fire power” and the potential for terrorist use, AHSA believes the .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles should be regulated in the same manner as the federal government regulates machine guns under the provisions of the National Firearms Act of 1934.

Now you all know me, Why shouldn’t I be able to own something my Government (of whom I do not trust) has?

This group if allowed to continue Will eventually disarm us all and they be the American hunters and shooters Association!!!!!

TES

William

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | October 7, 2008

Well People it seems we have been Frakked again! Imagine that!

 GETTING FRAKKED BY CONGRESS YET AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

pelosi signing our future away

pelosi signing our future away

Well People it seems we have been royally Frakked by the ones we elected to “serve” us at the national level of our government.  Listen to this they voted down the cheaper bailout package and then when presented with the same package again only this time with so much pork injected into it that it would kill a horse, and guess what?  They passed it!!!!

Yeah now the “Experts” tell us it won’t be enough, Imagine that!!

People wake up and smell the Crap they are spewing in your direction.  I know you feel you have to vote for someone in the election because there is only those people to choose from.  I am telling you to start sending a message by voting “None of the Above”.  You must still vote but tell the “powers that be” (btw that should be us not them) by just handing the staffers back a blank ballot or just voting for those officials that stand up for the people, namely the local races.

I have a list of those who voted yea for the bailout.  They don’t deserve a vote for dog catcher let alone any office

Our presidential hopefuls:
McCain-yea
Obama-yea (Biden-Yea)

How your state’s senators voted:

State District Name Party Vote
AK Jr Sen. Lisa Murkowski Republican Y
AK Sr Sen. Ted Stevens Republican Y
AL Jr Sen. Jefferson Sessions III Republican N
AL Sr Sen. Richard Shelby Republican N
AR Jr Sen. Mark Pryor Democratic Y
AR Sr Sen. Blanche Lincoln Democratic Y
AZ Jr Sen. Jon Kyl Republican Y
AZ Sr Sen. John McCain III Republican Y
CA Jr Sen. Barbara Boxer Democratic Y
CA Sr Sen. Dianne Feinstein Democratic Y
CO Jr Sen. Ken Salazar Democratic Y
CO Sr Sen. Wayne Allard Republican N
CT Jr Sen. Joseph Lieberman Independent Democrat Y
CT Sr Sen. Christopher Dodd Democratic Y
DE Jr Sen. Thomas Carper Democratic Y
DE Sr Sen. Joseph Biden Jr. Democratic Y
FL Jr Sen. Melquiades Martinez Republican Y
FL Sr Sen. Bill Nelson Sr. Democratic N
GA Jr Sen. John Isakson Republican Y
GA Sr Sen. C. Saxby Chambliss Republican Y
HI Jr Sen. Daniel Akaka Sr. Democratic Y
HI Sr Sen. Daniel Inouye Democratic Y
IA Jr Sen. Thomas Harkin Democratic Y
IA Sr Sen. Charles Grassley Republican Y
ID Jr Sen. Michael Crapo Republican N
ID Sr Sen. Larry Craig Republican Y
IL Jr Sen. Barack Obama Jr. Democratic Y
IL Sr Sen. Richard Durbin Democratic Y
IN Jr Sen. Evan Bayh Democratic Y
IN Sr Sen. Richard Lugar Republican Y
KS Jr Sen. Pat Roberts Republican N
KS Sr Sen. Samuel Brownback Republican N
KY Jr Sen. Jim Bunning Republican N
KY Sr Sen. Mitch McConnell Republican Y
LA Jr Sen. David Vitter Republican N
LA Sr Sen. Mary Landrieu Democratic N
MA Jr Sen. John Kerry Democratic Y
MA Sr Sen. Edward Kennedy Sr. Democratic NV
MD Jr Sen. Benjamin Cardin Democratic Y
MD Sr Sen. Barbara Mikulski Democratic Y
ME Jr Sen. Susan Collins Republican Y
ME Sr Sen. Olympia Snowe Republican Y
MI Jr Sen. Debbie Stabenow Democratic N
MI Sr Sen. Carl Levin Democratic Y
MN Jr Sen. Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor Y
MN Sr Sen. Norm Coleman Republican Y
MO Jr Sen. Claire McCaskill Democratic Y
MO Sr Sen. Christopher Bond Republican Y
MS Jr Sen. Roger Wicker Republican N
MS Sr Sen. Thad Cochran Republican N
MT Jr Sen. Jon Tester Democratic N
MT Sr Sen. Max Baucus Democratic Y
NC Jr Sen. Richard Burr Republican Y
NC Sr Sen. Elizabeth Dole Republican N
ND Jr Sen. Byron Dorgan Democratic-NPL N
ND Sr Sen. Kent Conrad Democratic-NPL Y
NE Jr Sen. E. Benjamin Nelson Democratic Y
NE Sr Sen. Charles Hagel Republican Y
NH Jr Sen. John Sununu Republican Y
NH Sr Sen. Judd Gregg Republican Y
NJ Jr Sen. Robert Menendez Democratic Y
NJ Sr Sen. Frank Lautenberg Democratic Y
NM Jr Sen. Jeff Bingaman Democratic Y
NM Sr Sen. Pete Domenici Republican Y
NV Jr Sen. John Ensign Republican Y
NV Sr Sen. Harry Reid Democratic Y
NY Jr Sen. Hillary Clinton Democratic Y
NY Sr Sen. Charles Schumer Democratic Y
OH Jr Sen. Sherrod Brown Democratic Y
OH Sr Sen. George Voinovich Republican Y
OK Jr Sen. Thomas Allen Coburn Republican Y
OK Sr Sen. James Inhofe Republican N
OR Jr Sen. Gordon Harold Smith Republican Y
OR Sr Sen. Ron Wyden Democratic N
PA Jr Sen. Robert Casey Jr. Democratic Y
PA Sr Sen. Arlen Specter Republican Y
RI Jr Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic Y
RI Sr Sen. John Reed Democratic Y
SC Jr Sen. Jim DeMint Republican N
SC Sr Sen. Lindsey Graham Republican Y
SD Jr Sen. John Thune Republican Y
SD Sr Sen. Tim Johnson Democratic N
TN Jr Sen. Bob Corker Republican Y
TN Sr Sen. Lamar Alexander Republican Y
TX Jr Sen. John Cornyn Republican Y
TX Sr Sen. Kay Hutchison Republican Y
UT Jr Sen. Robert Bennett Republican Y
UT Sr Sen. Orrin Hatch Republican Y
VA Jr Sen. James Webb Jr. Democratic Y
VA Sr Sen. John Warner Republican Y
VT Jr Sen. Bernard Sanders Independent N
VT Sr Sen. Patrick Leahy Democratic Y
WA Jr Sen. Maria Cantwell Democratic N
WA Sr Sen. Patty Murray Democratic Y
WI Jr Sen. Russell Feingold Democratic N
WI Sr Sen. Herbert Kohl Democratic Y
WV Jr Sen. John Rockefeller IV Democratic Y
WV Sr Sen. Robert Byrd Democratic Y
WY Jr Sen. John Barrasso Republican N
WY Sr Sen. Michael Enzi Republican N
Vote Key
Y
N
NV
PY
PN
G
NG
Yea
Nay
Not Voting, Excused, Absent, or Present
Pair Yea
Pair Nay
Guilty
Not Guilty

I would advise if you were against the bailout and your senator voted for it I would advise you to get the masses voting against them

Now on to the House,  the ones who originally voted against it and on the second time around when it was even bigger voted for it should be FORCED OUT OF OFFICE.:

H R 1424      YEA-AND-NAY      3-Oct-2008      1:22 PM
      QUESTION:  On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments
      BILL TITLE: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

  Yeas Nays PRES NV
Democratic 172 63    
Republican 91 108    
Independent        
TOTALS 263 171    

—- YEAS    263 — 

Abercrombie
Ackerman
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Arcuri
Baca
Bachus
Baird
Baldwin
Barrett (SC)
Bean
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blunt
Boehner
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boozman
Boren
Boswell
Boucher
Boustany
Boyd (FL)
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brown (SC)
Brown, Corrine
Buchanan
Calvert
Camp (MI)
Campbell (CA)
Cannon
Cantor
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carson
Castle
Clarke
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
Cohen
Cole (OK)
Conaway
Cooper
Costa
Cramer
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cubin
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis, Tom
DeGette
DeLauro
Dent
Dicks
Dingell
Donnelly
Doyle
Dreier
Edwards (MD)
Edwards (TX)
Ehlers
Ellison
Ellsworth
Emanuel
Emerson
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Everett
Fallin
Farr
Fattah
Ferguson
Fossella
Foster
Frank (MA)
Frelinghuysen
Gerlach
Giffords
Gilchrest
Gonzalez
Gordon
Granger
Green, Al
Gutierrez
Hall (NY)
Hare
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Herger
Higgins
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hobson
Hoekstra
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hoyer
Inglis (SC)
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Johnson, E. B.
Kanjorski
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
King (NY)
Kirk
Klein (FL)
Kline (MN)
Knollenberg
Kuhl (NY)
LaHood
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lewis (KY)
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mahoney (FL)
Maloney (NY)
Markey
Marshall
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum (MN)
McCrery
McGovern
McHugh
McKeon
McNerney
McNulty
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Melancon
Miller (NC)
Miller, Gary
Miller, George
Mitchell
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy, Patrick
Murtha
Myrick
Nadler
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peterson (PA)
Pickering
Pomeroy
Porter
Price (NC)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Regula
Reyes
Reynolds
Richardson
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Sarbanes
Saxton
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schmidt
Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Sessions
Sestak
Shadegg
Shays
Shuster
Simpson
Sires
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Souder
Space
Speier
Spratt
Sullivan
Sutton
Tancredo
Tanner
Tauscher
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tierney
Towns
Tsongas
Upton
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Walden (OR)
Walsh (NY)
Wamp
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch (VT)
Weldon (FL)
Weller
Wexler
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (OH)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth

—- NAYS    171 — 

Aderholt
Akin
Altmire
Bachmann
Barrow
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Becerra
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Boyda (KS)
Broun (GA)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Butterfield
Buyer
Capito
Carney
Carter
Castor
Cazayoux
Chabot
Chandler
Childers
Clay
Conyers
Costello
Courtney
Culberson
Davis (KY)
Davis, David
Davis, Lincoln
Deal (GA)
DeFazio
Delahunt
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doggett
Doolittle
Drake
Duncan
English (PA)
Feeney
Filner
Flake
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gillibrand
Gingrey
Gohmert
Goode
Goodlatte
Graves
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Hall (TX)
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Heller
Hensarling
Herseth Sandlin
Hill
Hinchey
Hodes
Holden
Hulshof
Hunter
Inslee
Issa
Jefferson
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Jordan
Kagen
Kaptur
Keller
King (IA)
Kingston
Kucinich
Lamborn
Lampson
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Linder
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lucas
Lynch
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul (TX)
McCotter
McDermott
McHenry
McIntyre
McMorris Rodgers
Mica
Michaud
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moran (KS)
Murphy, Tim
Musgrave
Napolitano
Neugebauer
Nunes
Paul
Payne
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe
Price (GA)
Rehberg
Reichert
Renzi
Rodriguez
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Roskam
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Salazar
Sali
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Scalise
Scott (VA)
Sensenbrenner
Serrano
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuler
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Stark
Stearns
Stupak
Taylor
Thompson (MS)
Tiahrt
Turner
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Visclosky
Walberg
Walz (MN)
Westmoreland
Whitfield (KY)
Wittman (VA)
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

 


Now make sure you vote and vote well.

If we don’t Change things soon we will witness the dying of a Republic!

Begin The Revolution vote!!!!! but vote smart, make them our servants once again!

People should never fear their government, the Government should fear us, Make them feel it

TES
William

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | April 10, 2009

Why I Chose Judo

A lot of people ask me on a weekly basis why I chose to stay with Judo instead of doing both Aikido and Judo?  There were a lot of reasons that went into my decision to do this, none of which had anything to do with the level and quality of instruction received.  Allen sensei will always be one of the Three teachers of the martial way that I will hold in the highest regards.  He along with DeVore Sensei, and Mossor Sensei, continue to impact my life in so many ways that I would never be able to thank enough.

So Why did I decide to just focus on Judo?  I could say injuries, it did seem of late in Aikido I was walking away with more and more minor injuries that would later come back to haunt me in Judo.  However, anyone who knows me, knows that sprained back and sprained knee incidents but yet I still am in Judo,  So it wasn’t really the injuries to a major degree.  I could honestly say Time, but that is just simple bullshit.  I do work full time and teach Judo 3 times a week, the last time I had a honest day off (no Work, no Judo) was October 2008. If you want to do something then you will find the time to do it.  I work 40 hours a week teach 3 times a week and yet I find time to workout, hit the firing range and such, so like I said before, simple bullshit.

So why then?  Aikido is represented in WV as is Karate, Tae-Kwon-do, Boxing, wrestling, Hell MMA is better represented in WV than Judo,  Outside of My School and one in St. Alban’s I honestly don’t know of to many Judo schools in the Mountain state, and this saddens me.  I decided to focus on Judo and hopefully get it to the level that it is well represented in the Mountain state along with the other martial arts. So far, way behind schedule, I have two registered high ranking belts Richard is a shodan with the usji and a great person, busy like me.lol  and D. Howe an ikkyuu who should be a dan but he will when he is ready.  So time will tell if I am to realize my goal or not.

To me Judo has a lot to offer people, kids, adults, competitors,and non competitors alike.  Judo Has principles, I know what you are going to respond with, “Don’t all Martial Arts have Principles”  Easy answer to me is , No they have fundamentals not principles.  I came upon this one time looking upon the honor wall at Aikido and seeing a quote from Karl Geis (Alan Sensei, Sensei) it read, Maximum efficiency.  I thought to myself, but that is the principle of Judo along with mutual benefit and welfare.  I asked around and asked various Aikidoka what the principles of Aikido were and they told me things like  standing up straight, slight bend in the knees, move from the hip etc. all correct to what they were taught but therein lies the problem those are fundamentals to the art of Aikido not their principles. those fundamentals are required to function within the art of Aikido  Judo also has some of the various fundamentals as Aikido, like standing up straight and moving from the hips. however we call them fundamentals, not principles.  The principles of Judo are Max. Efficiency and mutual welfare follow us not only in practice to become better Judoka they also follow us in Life to be better people, this is what Kano Shihan wanted in Judo, through practicing Judo and adhering to Judo Principle you not only would become a better fighter but more importantly a better person in society.

Aikido does have principles don’t get me wrong, there is redirection of an opponents energy and non aggression, these are good principles  but I find them very limited compared to the scope of Judo principle.  Take for instance the redirection of opponent energy, Judo does this as well SOME of the time we however will use other various principles to achieve supremacy on and off the mat  that is why we have Maximum Efficiency it combines all the principles in to one that states; use what is the most efficient for the situation. Aikido’s other principle is non aggression, most of you who know me know that I am not an aggressive person but I will fight when I have to defend what I hold dear.  Well I find that principle more in Mutual Benefit and welfare than I do in being non aggressive.  Mutual benefit follows more of the Golden Rule of Do unto others, while to me being non aggressive is more akin to being a pacifist, of which I am not. Just Because I won’t start a fight doesn’t mean I won’t finish one!

Also Judo has Randori true good spirited sweat your ass off randori, God loves it when we work hard.  A dry judogi at the end of class is sacrilege. D. Howe teaches us that.lol

So there you have it why I focused entirely on Judo, my dream, Judo’s Principles, and RANDORI!

Disclaimer:
If this offends you then Sorr…. Crap on that if it offended you then that is your problem not mine!

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | May 24, 2008

And now a word from our Commander in Chief!!!!!

The most he has ever made sense

TES

William

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | March 15, 2008

I Purchased my first Rifle

Hello Folks I was just waiting a while to tell you this, because I wanted to make sure my dream of having one matched the reality of having one.

I bought my first rifle about a month ago.

This is it

It is called a Mini-14 it is made by the prestigious STURM, RUGER & CO., INC.

it fires the .223 round (5.56mm)

I seems to handle very well the 30 round mag I purchased for it seems to work very well, I cannot wait for the weather to clear up so I can spend some time at the firing range getting aquainted with my new rifle

Other than that got me two paintball guns that I am going to use this summer.

However I am going to start saving my money and quite possibly pick up an additonal job during my days off to pay for a Jeep I am wanting to go in debt for.

So if I am not around for a while you all will know I am working myself to death to get that toy paid off as soon as I can. If I can get it.

Take care

William

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | February 16, 2008

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while
I hope this will hold you over till I put together a new newsletter of things going on.

Till next time

William

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | February 2, 2008

A change in the Judo Schedule:


hello judoka


It is with great reluctance that I announce that I have, for the time



being canceled the Saturday Judo class until further notice.  This is



due to a lack of attendance on Saturdays.  If Anyone has any idea how



to drum up some business for the Saturday class let me know.  Outside



of holding it later in the day, which is most difficult for me because



the early time format made it possible for me to get other things done



as well.




So to sum it up




the new schedule for the time being:




Monday: 6:30pm to 8:30pm




like I said, give me some ideas or leads and we together can get the Saturday class back up and running.




William




Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | December 7, 2007

Almost Heaven Judo dojo Dec. 2007 Newsletter

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Welcome to the December edition of the the Almost Heaven Judo Monthly Newsletter, hopefully it finds you enjoying the holidays.  

Notices and News:
where-we-are.jpgdojo11.jpg The Big news is that we have moved to 800 Camden Ave. South Parkersburg about 1.5 miles from our old location.  Hopefully in the near future we will get a sign up letting the masses know who and what we are.

John and Steve recently put up a dusk to dawn light where we park in the back so that makes it a tad safer of a night for our students.  Thanks Steve and John. 

Winter is moving in so we have fired up the gas heaters so don’t let the cold keep you from training.

Judo as Physical Training:

This month I would like to talk about my favorite technique, it is Uki Otoshi (floating drop).  I have loved Uki Otoshi ever since one time I tried it in randori and it succeeded, much to my and my opponent’s surprise.  Anyway once I started learning it for the Nage-no-kata I found out that there is a lot more subtle than other judo throws.

Here is the opening paragraph from the Kodokan Judo institute concerning the throw uki otoshi.

The technique of Ukiotoshi is making Uke’s body into a right (left) forward floating position, then, with both hands Tori pulls down strongly to the left and throws or uses a similar technique to throw. Ukiotoshi and Sumiotoshi are identical techniques, which are generally called Kukinage.
 

You can read the Article in its complete form here: Uki-otoshi

Judo Etiquette:

  Instead of the usual Randori section I thought I would do an Etiquette section to let all the New people partake in the reasons why we do what we do.

The word Dojo has many meanings, such as exercise hall, practice hall or place of learning the way. It formally was used by Buddhist monks in reference to worship, it also could be a meditation hall or club. As you can see it can mean a great many things to the martial arts that you are studying. Our sport being Judo, we refer to it as a Judo Dojo.  “Jerry Dalien”read the rest of the article here: judo Etiquette

 

Kata:

I found this on You tube and thought I would post the link so you can also enjoy:

Nage no kata

Something cool I found:

A little dated but fun nevertheless

UK Judo circa 1950

Photos this Month:

Ed W. Doing some outstanding Harai-Goshi

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More next month

Anata no juudoo sensei

Dai saru

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | November 1, 2007

Thank the Heavens I live in WV

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West Virginia My home Well today people I paid the taxes on my and my Brother’s land. Feels good to be a land owner. Lol

Went out to the property to take a look around and see how things were coming along. See recently, there were 2 oil wells drilled on the property and I wanted to see how the oil company had reclaimed the land. To say I was impressed was an understatement. It was how I remembered it when I first saw the property when I was a small lad, just with two flow wells added to the memory.

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This is the land in which I want to build a house to get away from it all.

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This is the bottom land that is on the opposite side of the road from the previous picture, it would be most excellent for a garden, simply beautiful.

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This picture is of one of the neighbors that lives in the same area as our property, beautiful isn’t it. These people have some of the best beef cattle in WV.

Anyway I will keep this short due to the fact I am very tired from hiking all day.

Just remember when You think of West Virginia just think of

Wild and Wonderful

We West Virginians already know it is “Almost Heaven.”

Posted by: William the Evil American of Scottish ancestry K | October 30, 2007

Almost Heaven Judo dojo Nov. 2007 Newsletter

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Welcome to the return of an old project.  The Almost Heaven Judo Monthly Newsletter, hopefully it finds you in good health.  

Notices and News:
where-we-are.jpgdojo11.jpg The Big news is that we have moved to 800 Camden Ave. South Parkersburg about 1.5 miles from our old location.  Hopefully in the near future we will get a sign up letting the masses know who and what we are.

A lot of people have asked me, “Why did you move?” The answer is this,  The old place built with a lot of Budoka hands was just at the end of it’s life span.  The roof was shot, and the mold there was getting to everyone, whether they would admit it or not, I know it got to me.  This new place is a lot better.  We got the same canvas mats along with some Excellent Swain mats Thanks to a great Martial Artist Matt W.  Don’t worry for all you people out there this place too was built with a lot of budoka help. 

Judo as Physical Training:

The Pedro Guard Pass by Jimmy Pedro
6th degree black belt, 1999 World Champion

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the following position is referred to as the “Open Guard.” Since there is no formal name for it in Judo, we will also refer to it as the open guard.

Throughout his career, Jimmy Pedro had a lot of success attacking from the top position in the open guard, and was able to pin numerous opponents with his signature guard pass. In this special technique development section, Jimmy will demonstrate and explain how you can master the Pedro Guard Pass.
Here is the link study it: Pedro sensei open guard escape

Randori:

A lot of talk about this subject as of late.  This is mainly do to last semester’s Judo class at the College.  I think the message is getting out on how I view randori, especially for the college students.  How I view randori is plain, simple and to the point it is a learning experience.  I know arts like BJ-j’s “rolling” tend to be more competitive than ours, that is cool, and that is how I grew up with judo randori.  While I had fun and did learn, I was and I saw people hurt needlessly through trying new things way too fast and with limited knowledge of what was going on.  While I returned as some others did, a lot of others did not.  At first, I thought them weak and they couldn’t hack it, then I learned no, they viewed the pain as not worth it.  That is when I started formulating my idea of randori, which to me, is more in line with what Kano Shihan wanted.  My randori is simply to pay heed to the second principle of Judo, Jita Kyoei or mutual benefit and welfare.  When you randori with someone of lower rank give them a good workout but stay at 1 rank higher to do that.  One should not be slapping arm bars on white belts that have never been introduced to arm bars in connection to randori.  In closing  I just want to say that everyone is coming around and randori is becoming less and less injury laden. 

Thanks.

Kata:

I found this on You tube and thought I would post the link so you can also enjoy:

Kime no kata

Something cool I found:

We all know of Dave H.’s Story about his adventures being a blind Judoka.
Here is another’s story
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Photos this Month:

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More next month

Anata no juudoo sensei

Dai saru
 

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