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Hanshi’s Note

Everyday counts – every moment matters.

This is the mantra I have outlined in the classes as a point of focus given the energy dynamic of reality over the next ninety days.

Abrupt seasonal temperature change along with a powerful celestial alignment culminating in three eclipses all will impact how people feel and behave. We have seen recently already three tragic situations involving young children that should wake everyone up to be more diligent of their immediate surroundings. A change of focus can change your life for good or bad: I would suggest the former by directing one’s attention to health and safety.

SLOW DOWN, take the second look; have a second thought

Hanshi Platt - CMAC Sensei Wallace Platt, 10th Dan, Hanshi CMAC Founder and Head Instructor

and be sure all is as it should be. The mind builds reality, yes but it is the emotional awareness that fuels the manifestation. Don’t just believe something; know that it is real by feeling or seeing it as real for yourself. One of the hardest concepts for humans to learn is if your plan is delayed or affected in a perceived negative way it may be happening to change the timing and protect you from something. Live life as a flow of energy and timing but don’t try to control it, just roll with it, direct it when necessary but ride it; let necessity dictate, be very practical even in spiritual matters. You cannot pray or meditate effectively without eating and sleeping well.

Contemplate then take action based upon a decisive decision, clear vision and meaningful action,

but again do not force the reality; use the force of reality. Everyday is an opportunity to create and every moment move it to manifestation.

Stay out of your head space and stay in your heart mind and your intuition will guide you to the right direction.

Mind forms the foundation and emotion holds the intent; make sure they are in agreement internally and things will flow externally. The great secret of life is that you find the sacred in the ordinary.

Hanshi Platt

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Chi Gung Seminar with Hanshi Platt

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Clean Water Fundraiser by Ms Rahme

Hello all,

adult karate student posing with knives on China kung fu tripDid you know that almost 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water?

The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.

But access to clean water means education, income and health – especially for women and kids.

Charity : water is an organization that builds sustainable water solutions for communities.

I met the charity : water team at a conference in 2014, and I have been raising money for them ever since. This year I have “donated” my birthday to raise money because I didn’t want to run another marathon! 😉 (My knees can’t take it!)

Please consider donating to my campaign:
100% of donations go to directly fund water projects because charity : water has private donors who pay their core operational costs.
Just US$30 can give clean water to one person. Every little bit counts.
Please feel free to share my donation link on your social media accounts and/or with your friends and family.
Thank you so much!!
Ms Rahme
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Peace

 

Peace
Resolving inner conflict gives me the freedom
To experience harmony with myself and
Others and maintain a state of tranquility.

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Tonglen Meditation

Guided Tonglen Session

Turning Poison into Medicine

The tonglen practice is a method for connecting with suffering —ours and that which is all around us— everywhere we go. It is a method for overcoming fear of suffering and for dissolving the tightness of our heart. Primarily it is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in all of us, no matter how cruel or cold we might seem to be.

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Yamoto Damashi

The Ultimate goal of Budo, (Martial arts), is to move us towards enlightenment.

Enlightenment is defined as the extinguishing of the Ego.

Of course this part of us, is therefore is abjectly opposed to this quest.

Unfortunately this is also the part of us that if left unchecked, manifests our reality.

As the Bhagavad Gita suggests, 

a well controlled mind is a good friend, 

but an untamed one is our worst enemy.

So what is to be done?

One solution is found in the Approach of Budo.

Hapo Fukedo mo Dozezo.

Even if the 8 winds blow,

Typhoons roar,

The 2 worlds collide,

I, remain unshakable.

Easier said than done of course.

If we set our mind to do something – 

we do it come hell or high-water!

This intransigence, (As it may seem to non Budo Ka), 

and unwillingness to accept excuses, (Or again, to the “strag” an unreasonable perseverance in the face of perfectly understandable life occurrences),  leads to the a different manifestation in one’s reality.

Because each time one overcomes one of such obstacles, it moves us closer to being in control of the manifestation of our reality.

Therefore the Ego will stop manifesting these situations, because it is only serving to further our agenda of our movement towards enlightenment.

The spell of Prajnaparamita, ( study/meditation in deep wisdom), 

from the Lotus Sutra

Gate,                   Onwards,

Gate,                   Onwards,

Paragate,          Forever Onwards,

Parasmgate,    To Eternal,

Bhodisvaha.     Enlightenment.

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Confuscius

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Grading Results – June 1st, 2018

Dans:

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Karate-Do – Sandan
Mr. Raghavan

Karate-Do – Nidan
Mr. Pesteh

Kobudo – Shodan
Malcolm Hamilton
Jacob Tyrie
Samantha Omand


Karate-Do: Adults

2nd Kyu
Joel Buxton – IP
Lionel Ntibayindusha

3rd Kyu
Netta Novich – IP
Rodolfo Realin Jr. – IP

4th Kyu
Shrawani Ghosh

5th Kyu
William Demers


Karate-Do: Youth

2nd Kyu
Abby Silverman (S)
Noah Applebaum (S)

3rd Kyu
Andrew Esteireiro (S)
David Estrada-Flores (S)


Karate-Do: Children

4th Kyu
Jonathan Woflson
Alexander Sharpe
Elliot Wu (S)
Chloe Bau (S)
Mattan Rottmann (S)
Jethro Waldman (S)
Timea Molnar (E)

Yellow/Orange
Emilie Levenson
Trent Velgado (S)
Oliver Rosen (S)
Nathan Worth (S)
Jordan Vankay (S)

5th Kyu
Divya Moraes
Giorgi Tavartkiladze
Zoe Calmettes
Benjamin Banaag (S)
Tim Usov (S)
Henry Perez (E)
Jai Sharma (E)
Maeve Walker (E)
Pawan Sharma (E)
Theresa Blais (E)

White/Yellow
Diego Rodriguez-Pena (S)
Gabriel Notaro (E)
Gregory Molnar (E)
Iker Juaristi (E)
Alex Martineau (E)


Outstanding Performances:

Mr. Raghavan
Mr. Pesteh
Malcolm Hamilton
Jacob Tyrie
Samantha Omand
Jonathan Woflson
Giorgi Tavartkiladze

 


We expect through diligent study, training and application, there will be further progress in the future.

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Patience

adult karate classes meditation image

 

 

I recognize and accept that there is a bigger picture than I perceive and everything is coming together in perfect timing.

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The order of importance for learning Budo by Kimeda Sensei

The order of importance for learning Budo

I Shin, – First your mind

 

Ni Gan, – Second your eyes

San Soku, – Third your feet or steps

Yon Te – Fourth your hands.

However,  your learn them in the reverse order.

 

Don’t cut with your hands,

Cut with your feet,

Don’t cut with your feet

Cut with your hips. 

Kimeda Sensei 9th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido

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