What is it about training outdoors in the summer that feels so great? Ancient, traditional martial arts were often trained outdoors; in the jungle, the dessert, in fields and grasslands. The spirit of training that connects us with the animals and the earth, that ties us to people who trained hundreds, even thousands of years before us, vibrates just a little stronger in nature.
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The fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man is a legend in the modern martial arts narrative. As with all legends, the tale exceeds the boundaries of reality and compels us with a larger than life drama.
New Survey Says 1 in 7 Female Students Assaulted
The results of a survey published last week in The Oregonian show approximately 14 percent of women (1 in 7), and 29 percent of transgendered students in the undergraduate program at Portland State University have experienced some form of sexual assault on or off campus.
What would you do if attacked? Kelly Herron will tell you, never stop fighting. She fought off an attacker after attending only one self-defense class. Herron learned some effective self-defense strategies in that class: hit soft targets with hard body weapons, and be loud. What saved her was her commitment to use those strategies and her determination to cause injury, and to escape.
We live in volatile times and we all feel it. Many of us are wondering what to do to feel less vulnerable, to feel more capable of standing up for ourselves and for each other in a climate where hurtful, oppressive language and behavior is becoming normalized. In December, a reporter from Willamette Week decided she would learn to fight. She took a self -defense class at One with Heart and she recommends others do the same.
The holidays are a great time to give to a charity. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is now officially known as Giving Tuesday. This is a wonderful idea, but it can create a certain amount of pressure to donate immediately and impulsively.
Carbs seem to be demonized in a disturbing amount of health plans. Yet, they are essential for good health. This video is part of a program designed to help people adopt a whole food diet.
This video is part of a nutrition and lifestyle program geared around whole foods.
This video gives you a short explanation of meditation with simple tips to get you started.
People are talking about sexual assault on college campuses, but are college administrations listening? Students say that 20 percent of women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted while attending college.[i] Colleges, interested in preserving their image of safety, prefer to keep these claims on the down low.
Brock Turner, convicted rapist, receives only six months in county jail. Sentencing guidelines say he should receive 2 – 14 years in prison. This miscarriage of justice has caught fire in social media and now there is a recall campaign against Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara judge who identifies so closely with the perpetrator that he justifies the light sentence saying that going to prison would “have a severe impact on him” and blames the victim because she was drunk at the time of the attack.[i
The moment our child is born we begin creating safety. An environment free of sharp objects, electric outlets, hazardous staircases. An environment where our child is surrounded by thoughtful, loving, adults and children. The vigilance of parenting a newborn is exhausting, but the reward is that we feel a pretty solid sense of control over risk.
How is your New Year’s resolution going? If you are like most people you may already be starting to backslide. Why is it so difficult to stick to those resolutions? More importantly, what can I do to accomplish the goals I set for myself this year?
It is the holiday season. The story of the holidays is one of love, joy, coming together and experiencing the best of being a family. How do you reconcile this story with reality if someone you love is being abused by a partner? What part do you play? How do you support the person you love? How do you protect yourself?
The price of a college education at Lewis and Clark College right now is a lot more than the cost of tuition, it is personal. The freedom and security students felt a week ago has been shaken by racist posts and threats followed by hate motivated assaults on two students in one night. They are not alone. Racist threats were made to students at Western Washington University on Yik Yak last week.
Are colleges doing enough to combat sexual assault? This was the topic of a recent City Club forum broadcast on OPB (Fri. March 27). Why would women argue against self-defense training as an important part of sexual assault prevention?
Here in the US, herbs are a novelty. Most of us tend to respect them up to a point, thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if they really did do those things people say?” To the rest of the world, they are medicine. Specifically, they are the first thing used for most ailments, while pharmaceuticals are used only when things have gone so wrong that there is no other option. What gives? Why the difference here?
Looking over the long and interesting history of martial arts one could make the argument that all martial arts are mixed. They grew and changed over time in response to change in the terrain, environment and culture. In modern times Bruce Lee was the most active proponent of blending techniques in the martial arts his motto being “take what is useful”
Everywhere you look these days there seems to be something about nutrition. If you’re like most people, you probably feel a constant pressure to “eat right”, without really knowing what that means
Like so many other topics involving nutrition, this one will seem pretty confusing if you search for answers on the internet. There is certainly a wide variety of information out there, much of which is not in agreement. While most people are concerned about what to eat before working out, it is actually what you eat afterwards that will probably make the bigger difference in your health.
When considering this question, it is helpful to look at human biological history. As a species, we’ve been around for a few hundred thousand years, and for the overwhelming majority of that time we’ve been eating freshly picked fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and occasional chunks of wild game that we managed to scavenge or hunt.
If you’ve read a few of my articles, you know that I look at everything related to nutrition through a lens of evolution and naturalism. The reminder that we are products of the natural world and would do well to emulate our ancestors is something applicable to almost anything in the world of health and wellness. In this article I will apply those principles to dietary protein.
Here in the Pacific Northwest we love to joke (or complain) about the rainy, cloudy weather. It turns out that the reasons behind our feelings about winter are more than just psychological. If you are a Portlander and you don’t supplement with vitamin D, you are virtually guaranteed to be deficient. Vitamin D is used to treat poor immune function, bone loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, muscle weakness, obesity, asthma, bronchitis, tooth and gum disease, psoriasis, and many other conditions.
I first put on a white gi and belt in January of this year. However, when looking back, I think I began my journey and training years ago. My son has trained Pukulan for five years now and it truly has been transformative for both him and our family.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear people talking about carbs these days. I hear it in stores, in gyms, on the street, pretty much everywhere. The subject of their talk is always that carbs are bad; either that carbs are making them fat, or they are in the process of cutting out carbs, so they will feel better. In the short term, many people will feel better or even drop weight when they cut carbs (or protein, or fat). This does not mean that doing so is healthy.
“Nothing you can do is wrong.” This was one of the first things I was told when I walked into a class at One With Heart. My inner voice laughed skeptically. The concept that I could do nothing wrong was as absurd as it was revelatory. But the instructors prove it true again and again. It is not that everything I do is correct, but that there is no judgement in the Puklulan studio.
An interesting story broke this past February. The Attorney General Office of New York accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and dangerous herbal supplements. This is interesting in that it points out several things about supplements that most people don’t know. It would seem strange that a state Attorney General would be filing this action rather than the FDA, but this in one of the interesting side notes of this story: the FDA has no jurisdiction over supplements, unless those supplements have caused harm.
The body is an amazing thing. That is an understatement that should probably start any article written on the body. This article will be focusing on your intestines, the billions of squatters that have taken up residence, and how to evict the ones that are causing problems.
For the last 20 years I have taught self-defense to women and children. Many come to class most concerned about stranger assault. These assaults can happen and it is important to feel confident and prepared to handle them. But the reality is most assaults are committed by someone we know.