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Summer Camp: Thanks to All!

Hi from Lauren and Alan Atwood. We, both white belts, attended our first Summer Camp. We both experienced many emotions, made many new friends, and were humbled by the love and support we received from everyone regardless of their experience level. I am speechless about receiving the Martial Arts Spirit Award! I thank everyone who was involved with recognizing me. I especially thank my daughter Lauren, age 13, for she was the one who wanted me to take her to classes and support her efforts at OMAC; and Mr. Shaffer, our primary teacher, for allowing me to take my first classes for free.

Living to 100

In this day and age, it is not at all unlikely to live past 100 years. The oldest person in the world lived to 122 years! We can all expect to be centenarians one day, and possibly even supercentenarians.

Many scientists view aging as a disease, one that doesn't need to happen. As they come to understand the cumulative effects of the genes that cause our cellular ageing, growing old may one day not be necessary. Unfortunately, until then, we are all faced with the slow senescence of our cells and bodies – the gradual accumulation of changes that draw us finally toward death.

Learn the Basics and Always Be Prepared to Learn More Basics

I heard an interesting story today that really highlights the importance of the basics and of remembering that we can all always learn something.

An American student of Chinese martial arts (a black belt, actually) along with his master were given an opportunity to meet with a Shaolin warrior-monk. The black belt was extremely excited at the opportunity, because he knew of the "mystic" powers of the Shaolin.

"Master, please tell the monk that I wish to learn the secrets of the Shaolin," he implored.

Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi Biography: The History of Korean Martial Arts

Every life form has a skill of self-defense to survive. When life is born, it lives. And to live, it must survive. And to survive it must have a method of self-defense.

The methods of self-defense differ from creature to creature. A tiger, a lion, a monkey, and a cheetah all have their own way of fighting. The higher the level of the animal, the more complex its way of fighting and self-defense.

Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi Biography: Refugee, part 3

The following is an excerpt from the work-in-progress autobiography of Sr. Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi. This section depicts war in some graphic detail. If you are under the age of 12, ask your parent or guardian if it is all right for you to read it..

Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi Biography: Refugee, part 2

The following is an excerpt from the work-in-progress autobiography of Sr. Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi. This section depicts war in some graphic detail. If you are under the age of 12, ask your parent or guardian if it is all right for you to read it..

We had a radio at the time. It was illegal to listen to. The Communists did not want us to hear. But we listened anyway in the basement of the house. The Americans broadcast the times of bombings. That way we knew when to be in the bomb shelters or in the basement.

Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi Biography: Refugee, part 1

This section of Senior Grandmaster Choi's autobiography depicts war in some graphic detail. If you are under the age of 12, ask your parent or guardian if it is all right for you to read it.

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