Archive for the Seminars category

July 30th, 2008

Sept 6th fundraiser for The DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund

Posted in Seminars by Mark

Its that time of year again, when we think of helping others in our community, who may need our assistance. This year Mr Jack Hoban, Mr Matt Hilldreth, Mr Brayner Martinez and myself ,will be donating our time and efforts freely for this event.

The Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity and all donations to the Fund are tax-deductible. Donations can be earmarked specifically for any of the above-mentioned trusts or simply sent to the Fund in general by writing a check or money order payable to —

The DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund
c/o The Detectives’ Endowment Association
26 Thomas Street
New York, NY 10007
Attn: Victor Cipullo, Vice President.

As with this and past events all monies raised go to the charity itself, we have streamlined all expenses to the point where there are virtually none, everything is a donation including the venue, the wrist bands andT-shirts. This yearly event has been and is an important part of the healing process that needs to happen so we as a city and a nation can move forward and heal.

The purpose of our fundraising efforts are to help others while trying not to reopen or renew painfull memories for those in our community that bore the brunt of the tragedies that befell us over the last decade.

Everybody has the right to go to and return home after a hard days work to their loved ones without fear or threat of harm, its is not until we become involved ourselves in an event, that we realize for the first time how many people are involved in keeping us safe and secure everyday. These are our Armed Services, the men and women of law enforcement, the fire department and corrections, the doctors and nurses that tend to us, and even the good Samaritans that happen to pass by unhailed and often remain anonymous.

Our Sept fundraiser is an attempt to acknowledge and say thank you to those that help us and protect us in our daily lives, their unselfish efforts and selfless devotion to our community should never be forgotten.

The daily actions and good deeds made by these brave individuals, whose sole drive is to help others, generally go unnoticed and even less often thanked. We the public are often too quick to remember the negative and slow to celebrate the positive.

This simple effort of ours is but a tear drop in an ocean of apathy, but an effort none the less, so let us open our hearts to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and keep the memory of their heroic deeds alive, we owe them so much more, they can never be replaced, and they should never be forgotten.

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July 18th, 2008

Summer Fest 2008 July 19th & 20th

Posted in Seminars by Mark

Its that time off year when we strap on our outdoor tabi, and venture forth to the wilds of upstate NY. As always its a great pleasure to be heading up to Matt Hildreths dojo in Poughkepsie, this years theme will be covered along with the use of various weapons that are  more suited to the outdoor environs than the dojo proper. Anyone who should try to make it there for at least one day, and share in the fun, havoc and mayhem that ensues if you havent been to one of these seminars before now, then take this opportunity to attend and you will have a great time, as always I look forward to seeing many friends and fellow practioners there, you never know we may see you there, Regards in Budo Mark.

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March 9th, 2008

Road Trip

Posted in Seminars by Mark

Its that time of year again, when we go on the road to visit other Dojo’s, This month we head down the Jersey shore, to Spring Lake NJ to train with Mr Jack Hoban who will be hosting his regular monthly seminars, we should  all make an effort to travel and train whenever we can and these seminars provide just such an opportunity. As always its a great pleasure to train with Jack and hang out with his group.

 Anyone of any level and aptitude can take away with them plenty of new ideas and concepts, these are based on  the time honored practices and pricinciples of Budo taijutsu.  So regardless of the age or ability of the attendee the hardest part of the day is to just show up and train, as always jacks seminars are a great source of fun and sharing of knowledge, I sincerly hope that these seminars will remain a great source of inspiration for those of us out there who sometimes waiver in our belief or commitment to ourselves and our Art,  in truth the essence is to simply keep going, and more importantly in just showing up……Regards and hope to see you there Mark.

September 10th, 2007

Dont forget it’s Buyu Camp

Posted in Seminars by Mark

Just a reminder that this coming weekend is the the Buyu east coast seminar, details can be found at the www.winjutsu.com  site or on our links page, its great fun, and a definitely not to be missed yearly event, hope to see some of you there, Regards Mark.

September 9th, 2007

The Fourth and final chapter in the SAR 911 fundraiser

Posted in Seminars by Mark

A great day was had by all. Jack was in fine form for the morning session, with plenty of effective real world ideas and techniques. Before we broke for lunch Jack took the time to explain what it meant to him to take part in the seminar, and what was involved in our training, and perhaps what we were training for. He touched on the fact that there are people training in the arts who use these ideas and techniques in the real world for good reason, to help others. It’s this reason that makes us all quite similar in many ways, and that maybe it’s our perceived or invented differences that are used against us, or used by us against others. Simply put, if you do something, do it for the right reasons and not out of prejudice, hatred or fear. 

The lunch break gave everyone the chance to catch up with each other, chat, to ask questions, and eat good food.The afternoon proceeded in the same vein, with both myself and Matt keeping up the pace into the early evening. As we broke for the day, we took stock of what exactly our efforts were in aid of. We discussed the aims of the seminar and whether or not we had reached them. We discussed the support and the lack of it from many within the martial art community as a whole, we talked about the direction of the seminar in the future and who should benefit from our efforts.The topics were varied but the consensus of opinion was that we should choose another charity organization to raise money, we have to date raised almost $9,000 dollars which has gone or will go to SAR organizations. For the first 2 years The Bear Search & Rescue Foundation received nearly $4,000 and the rest has gone or will go to NY Search & Rescue.  We have tried to help others in the greater NY area, and now I think we should turn our attentions inward and help those that help us to go about our daily lives in a safe and relatively peaceful environment.

So, next year we hope to hold a seminar for the widows and orphans of members of the law enforcement community, in the hope that we can do something in return for those who have given so much of themselves to help others. The ultimate price of self-sacrifice goes way beyond the self; it affects the lives of all the family members of those that have fallen in the line of duty.  I think it only fitting that we should acknowledge their supreme efforts and assist them where we can—a little effort goes along way and it can mean a great difference to those who will never forget what it means to be a member of a truly dedicated fraternity of brothers and sisters that hold the line for us, by putting their lives on it.  If we can help as a group or individually we will do so.

The final tally isn’t in yet, but when it is, we will contact NYSAR and donate it. We will keep you posted of any developments and any responses that we get. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who donated money or attended on the day and to those attendees who supported us in the past. To those who didn’t, hey what can I say, it’s what you support and what you live for that defines you as a human being, and what we choose to offer our lives for.  We as a community are responsible for all the men and women who have been injured or killed in the line of duty, whether it was on the streets of NY or on the battlefields, they have made and are making sacrifices everyday in our name……..So what can your art do for them ?