Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu jujutsu. However, I think it is applicable for all methods of self defense. It may also explain why martial arts are the way they are. Catholic, by definition, means universal or "broad minded". I could pull out STACKS of manuals, syllabuses, films, and related research material that cover an ENTIRE range of unarmed combat. Some methods advocate wrestling as their base, others use boxing or savate. Some jujutsu and judo while others call their systems "rough and tumble" or "all in", and there is even a system based on American SPORTS. I have an old manual on YOGA for self defense. The material ranges from current to OLD, some very …

How to Take Better Photos While Travelling

Everybody loves to travel. Whether alone or with company, many of us use a good portion of our money to afford our dream destination. Fortunately, with our cameras and smartphones, it becomes easier and more convenient to access cherished memories with our photos. While seeing the sights is one thing, being able to capture the essence of a breath-taking view is another. Sure, an expensive camera may help you improve the range of your images, but skill and experience are the best teachers when it comes to improving your photography expertise. Photography is a means of building awareness across cultures, communities, and countries. Stunning images that depict a city’s spirit, for example, can speak volumes about a particular place-which parts …

BOOKLIFE – Strategies and Survival Techniques For the 21st-Century Writer by Jeff VanderMeer

May is National Get Caught Reading Month. Will people be discovered reading your book? Are you writing a book? Do you desire to pen one in the future? Today’s publishing industry is radically being reinvented. To experience success as a writer and author requires a new mindset and assertive career management. Internationally known mid-list writer, Jeff VanderMeer captures the profession’s direction in Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st -Century Writer (Tachyon, 2009). Booklife focuses on two main elements, your Public and Private Booklife. Both are necessary to enjoy a productive writing career says VanderMeer. He encourages readers to question his point of view. “Part of achieving your unique Booklife will be to reject parts of Booklife too.” He …