MARTIAL ARTS

{R}EVOLUTION

No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;

Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.

On a purely physical level, we share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones, offensively and defensively in a strategic and tactical manner and in all ranges of combat.

We're put through functional physical fitness training where we learn to push ourselves through our own perceived limitations. We also have much to offer on nutrition, health and optimum performance.

On a more cerebral level we learn about the psychology of violence, fear, stress & confrontation management skills, deescalation strategies and holistic survival tactics.

As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.

On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.

On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.

Everything shared here is highly encouraged to be individually researched, to “absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest.”

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The true ripple effects of Love & Selflessness...

(The villagers/Tsunami Victims standing on their new platform)

(Sophie building away at the platform for the Tsunami victims of Thailand)

(Tania helping the villagers build the platform as Cyrille supervises.)

(From left to right: Cyrille Richard, Semer, Sophie, May & Tania Garby helping the Thailand Tsunami Victims in 2004)

My name is Tania Garby, and here's a little story for you to smile at! In 1986, I dated a guy named Richard Dimitri who happened to be my first ever boyfriend; I was 15. We lost touch for 23 years and he found me again on facebook last year which made us reconnect this past July in Jasper & stronger than ever. Rich is the reason why I'm here today writing, as he brings out the best in me and makes me grow at a rate I didn't think existed. I told Rich the story you're about to read and he insisted I write it down...when I say "insisted", I mean it! :)

December 2004, the Tsunami hit a big part of Thailand leaving thousands of people homeless with lost lives of loved ones. Before it created this chaos, my friend Sophie and I were planning a Thai dinner for the Jasper community in Alberta, looking to give the proceeds to a charity. Then, the Tsunami hit a big part of the Khao Lak coast in Thailand, not too far from Phuket. We decided that the money we’d raise would go towards the victims of the Tsunami.

When the word was out, Treks and travel (local travel agency) generously donated a ticket for us to go to Thailand so we can bring the proceeds ourselves and directly help people in need. (We shared the costs of the other ticket.) We manage to raise $3500 that one evening with donations and proceeds from the dinner. The whole $3500 was to be spent in helping the ones in need.Our goal was to make a difference in at least one family.

At first, not knowing where to start, we made sure the monks had clean water to wash and drink for a while. Then, we asked Pong, the guy that owned the guest house where we stayed at, if he knew anyone in major need of help. Pong witnessed the Tsunami, saving many lives. His heart is made of gold; everyday, he was looking for ways to help someone; we couldn’t have done this much of a difference without him! A man named Semer and his wife were people he knew for a long time. Semer was one of the few vendors selling eggs and chicken at the market. His wife had a little stand of “Pa loe” (5 spice steamed pork). They had savings but kept them in their bungalow, like most people do in Thailand; then the Tsunami hit leaving them empty handed in every way.

They had debts towards the chicken farmer and the egg farmer. We asked what would Semer do if he had money, he replied that he would pay his debts first, of course; then he would build platforms under their house. The government had provided them with temporary housing; a very basic room made of tin sheets on pillars with just enough room underneath to stand up. Since the ground was clay, and the monsoon was just around the corner, building platforms was a priority. These would allow them to cook and hang out with friends and neighbors while staying dry.

First, we went with Semer and his wife to both farmers and paid their debts. His wife was often crying of joy and disbelief. We also bought Semer’s wife new dentures, as hers were cracked and she couldn’t eat properly. We then built platforms with Pong’s help, knowledge and generosity; he’s an angel himself! We met a carpenter that was volunteering for the Mercy foundation and gathered a few of the Thai people from the little “village” to help us help them.

Lunches were brought out in the morning, since money was no longer an option and the government wasn’t providing enough food for everyone.

After we returned to Canada, I met someone that had just come back from Thailand; as I was browsing through his pictures, I saw the same platforms we had built but somewhere I didn’t recognize. Happily of the ripple effect, I exclaimed how cool it was that they continued what we had started. “It’s you!” he said with a big smile on his face. He then informed me that once we had left, some volunteers continued building platforms throughout the entire village, that was extending down a little hill. The story then states that a generous man came along and bought fridges for each family! I wasn’t there to witness it, but if this is true, good on him!

To see there are many of us out there that reach out to help someone gives me hope and makes me wanna be an even better person. Through actions, the intention is to make this world a better place...thanks Rich! You’ve had a huge impact on my life to this day, and I believe you always will!
Again, thank you love!
Tania

Monday, August 24, 2009

A time for Change...


For those that have been following our work pre 2005, you’ve probably noticed a bit of a shift in Senshido’s approach and philosophy over the last 4 or so years. Senshido has shifted from being what has come to be known as a Reality Based Self Defense System (RBSD, a term that I and many others feel is redundant but understand the need to differentiate in the industry from the Traditional Martial Arts, TMA, and Mixed Martial Arts, MMA) to also becoming a world wide Movement for Peace and Unity.

2005 Was a defining and monumentally significant year for both Senshido and I. My world as I knew it then, had collapsed from under me (much of course to my doing). I was to undergo tremendous change within a 4-year period…. I went through 2 divorces, 1 marriage, 2 heartbreaks, a few backstabs, loss of 2 homes, 2 lawsuits, an intense rekindling, 6 moves, the sale of the Senshido School itself, a shedding of an old skin & soul and a final move coming up in October leaving North America for an indefinite period of time. Quite a bit for a 92-month period…

Through out these trials & tribulations, something else happened… I also began to change, to see the world from an entirely differing perspective; I let go of the egocentricities and began focusing on the collective-centricities. I began seeing the bigger picture. I started to understand that humanity, is not a mass of individuals but a collective… and through that shift, Senshido began to change with me. I saw life as a singular energetic entity and not a vast sea of individual lives, species and races… but one single, driving energy lead by love.

Senshido the RBSD system is now and has always been really, the vehicle we (our International Team) use to reach people. It has also become, as stated at the end of the first paragraph, a worldwide movement for peace and unity, for tolerance and acceptance and ultimately for the message of love. Love, the moving and driving force that should be guiding us all…

And so Senshido’s International Team is growing and is comprised of those who teach and spread the Senshido way of life through the RBSD/Martial arts industry and those that spread Senshido’s Movement of Peace & Unity through their own every day chosen vocations, not having anything to do with the combative aspects that has brought us worldwide fame. Senshido has expanded much beyond the RBSD/martial arts realm today.

I began to understand that our worst enemies are a very huge and indeed, identifiable part of us. The Ego. The ego is also, unfortunately the primary driving force in most first world societies today. The ego is responsible for pride, racism, jealousy, insecurity, fear, hatred, anger, stress, pain, individualism, selfishness etc. The higher self however, is responsible for love, unity, coexistence, compassion etc. the higher self knows no fear, as it understands its place in the grand scheme of life.

And as ego is the primary motivational drive of all confrontations, Senshido began addressing the individual’s own emotional state (fear, stress, anger, hatred) as the springboard of defense for anyone harbouring any or all of these ego based emotions should be more concerned about the damage they are causing themselves and their loved ones be it directly or indirectly, it will always be worst than anything any “bad guy” or criminal will ever do to us. The simple understanding on a higher level of this concept alone is empowering enough to change one’s entire life for the better.

Going from the perspective of Self Defense for Self Development, Senshido and I yet continued to evolve… our testimonials went from thank you for the skills that helped survive a violent confrontation to thank you for changing my and my family’s lives. This set me off on a new direction again. I wanted to reach people way beyond the Shredder, way beyond the psychological or behavioural self defense arsenals… though these are still the foundational source of our vehicle in reaching the masses as we have a worldwide audience through DVDs, magazines, the internet and our International seminars.

I wanted to start a revolution, a peaceful one… this, after much ‘va et vient’ with my team and a select group of trusted friends and family, turned into us wanting to continue an Evolution as opposed to starting a revolution. An Evolution started long ago and lead by people like Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Bono, Lady Diana, Martin Luther King etc. We all live in this world, someone once said to me, you are either moving towards love or away from it... by every word, every action, every intention.

And more we began to do… a legacy project had already begun, I just needed to define it and focus on the ripple effects of it all. This is because legacy work is different from other good, solid and valid work. If you want to create something that will provide tremendous value to others and outlast your own life, you have to be able to clearly answer the question, “How will this really help humanity?” For most of us, asking this question can be difficult because it may cause us to realize just how little we do that has only insignificant long-term importance. It may reinforce that burning feeling we all have in our guts that we try to quell through various means but never succeed, and that is because it is greater than you and I.

Guess what happens when you make something greater than yourself… You re-awaken into life. You re-connect to this amazing source of energy that was always previously available to us only we had no idea how to achieve it… Work for collective liberation, because everyone's liberation is tied to each other's. If we are going to be free, we all need to be free… not a city, not a country, but the whole damn planet.

Hope, I realized, as I wrote to a good friend of mine on Facebook, resides in each and everyone of us... but as long as we all simply wait for the other to take action, nothing ever gets done... this is why people must unite worldwide and begin living the changes they want to see, becoming those changes regardless of adversity or perceived threat from the status quo... and Senshido International would like to offer a platform, a venue, a way for those like minded to unite and spread that message as there is power in numbers and as Pink Floyd prophetically sang on their “Wall” album in their song “Hey You”… “Together we stand, divided we fall.” And not as a nation, not separate from any other human being, but internationally… standing together world wide for the greater good of humanity.

Some may look at this and think or feel, too big a goal, impossible… why even bother? Or I have no time to contribute, no money to contribute… etc… but I have seen the changes, I have felt the ripple effect of our movement and the lives that it has already saved, empowered and enriched from the simplest of acts…

It takes little time and requires no money at all… it is the difference between living in our egos (how will this affect, effect, benefit me) as opposed to living in our higher selves (how will my actions affect, effect, benefit humanity, even in what I may perceive as the tiniest of ways…) as even the smallest, tiniest of things that may seem trivial to one, can enhance, enrich or even save another human beings life.

Acts any where in between such as those selflessly done by the people of our Good Deeds thread http://senshido.savi.ca/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3129, which in turn saved a life and gave many others a renewed faith in humanity causing them to go out and commit selfless acts; or on a grander scale such as my soul-mate’s Tania Garby and her friend Sophie’s when they raised $3500 for the Tsunami victims of Thailand and flew there personally themselves to help a family rebuild their lives, in turn creating a ripple effect that affected the entire village giving them hope and belief in the human race. People from all over the world got together to lend a helping hand out of the goodness of their hearts without wanting anything in return.

And so our short term goals are to spread awareness and as mentioned earlier, join with like minded people world wide, get them to actively help us spread the good word... we do this through our actions, we lead by the front and by example and we also appreciate the fact the we are far from perfect, that we have and will make mistakes along the way.

We’re not delusional about this, we only want to be a part of the chain of people that have come before us (Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Lennon, Lady Diana, Martin Luther King Jr. to name a few) to make a difference and create a monumentally loud enough noise world wide about it so that it attracts like mindedness and the ripple effect just spreads...

We’re not looking for free money or investors or to make a profit on this, as a matter of fact, 10% of all Senshido materials sold go into personally helping a less fortunate family in need struck by medical and financial problems... we’re looking for simple things like the spreading of our Good Deeds thread on our forum that has saved a life, our International charity event, etc. these are contagious things... we're the first to have tagged "Self Defense for Self Development" in the RBSD field and already I've seen someone begin "Personal Protection for Personal Development"... it spreads and that's a good thing when a good thing spreads... we want people to “rip off” our ideas... we want people to selflessly spread good... we just want to unify them under one umbrella and give them a sense of "togetherness" world wide as there is strength in numbers and people feel more empowered when they know they are fighting for a positive cause that is also internationally followed....

So if this resonates with you, if you would like to help us spread our movement, simply join our forum, facebook page and blog, help spread our message and know that 10% of any purchase you or anyone makes through Senshido International goes directly into helping a family in need. Help us network regardless of where you are in the world… share your stories with us, with others, spread your love as a little always goes a long way with the right intention and energy behind it.

And so I am still in transition with all of this, I am still developing this ideology more and more as days, weeks and months go by and everyday there is a new revelation, every day I discover or rediscover something that shifts my focus and evolves the direction in which I and Senshido are going… I understand this maybe and is definitely frustrating to some, but this makes it also quite revealing… and so I thank you for your patience during this transition, I Thank you all for reading and understanding, I offer my apologies to those that disagree or maybe disappointed in this new direction, however, this is much bigger than you and I. ;`)

Most sincerely,
Rich

Saturday, August 22, 2009

For Carla - One of Senshido's Fighting Angels.

From Left to right: Trigs & Carla, Les, Adam and Ville 2004

Carla & Trigs, Helen, Rich, Deb and Alain (Spiff) 2004

Adam, Ville, Les, Helen, Alain, Rich, Trigs & Carla

I have been trying to find the time to sit down and write an article or two for our blog and have struggled to get around to it or think of something that maybe of interest or inspiring for others to read. When I do finally decide on a topic I tend to write it and then re-write it about 15 times which usually takes a week or two before I am happy for it to be read by others. Although I have to admit that I am never totally satisfied with the end product and know I could of done better. I suppose it is the perfectionist in me.

It is with great sadness that I have made myself find the time to sit at my desk and write this about a good friend that as I type has been given only days to live. I do not have the luxury of constantly re-writing it as I hope she gets to have it read to her before her time comes to an end on this planet or in the form she now holds.

I suppose life is the same, we get one shot at it and hopefully we make a difference or at least have a life worth remembering and at the very least we hope to be remembered by family and friends once we have gone. Carla please know I, the other Senshido Team members and your family and friends will always remember you and will keep you alive in our minds and hearts. Know that I will always be there for your family Trig and the your beautiful children and when asked about you I will share and remind them of all the fun times and laughs we shared. Obviously a lot of people on the Blog may not have had the opportunity to meet Carla and I’d like to share a few memories……….

I remember the first time I saw Carla, we had just finished teaching a Shredder seminar at the Tokei dojo in London when amongst the 65plus sweaty men faces appeared this gorgeous looking, long legged blonde with a smile on her face. She seemed to be looking for someone and stupidly I thought she had seen the seminar and was so impressed she now wanted to talk to one of the instructors about taking classes. Turns out to my surprise that she already was in training, her partner was Trig one of our UK team members.

As usual after seminars a group of us tend to go out to a restaurant for some food, a good chat and usually some great laughs. On this occasion I happened to sit opposite Trig and next to Carla, her easy going nature made her very approachable and immediately we were chatting as if we had known each other for years. In fact the same can be said for Trig when I met him the year earlier, he managed to attend our seminar last minute but as soon as we met on the day we instantly clicked and I’m glad that I have been able to call Carla and Trig good friends from our first meeting. Their likeable nature was possibly one reason why they were so perfect for each other.

The next time we all met up I got the chance to meet Carla and Trigs two little children. Gorgeous looking little kids, they obviously took after their mother ! I remember Kyle telling jokes as we all stood round laughing and then Rich chasing him round the group of us as kids do, entertaining themselves. That same evening we all went to the London Eye and took a ride on it. As our carriage reached the top there was a flyby and two aeroplanes dropped poppys all over the River Thames and in the process covered our carriage. I still have the photo taken at the end of these rides and it is possibly one of the few I have of us all together. That night I spent the best £8.00 of my life by purchasing a copy, little did I know it then.

The following time was at a tattoo studio in London. Turns out seven of the Senshido team all decided to get inked and we all met at the studio and proceeded to discuss what we wanted to get done only to be told by the artists they couldn’t fit all of us in at the same time! The Canadians won and they got inked while the rest of us tried to entertain ourselves in true Senshido fashion by discussing piercings in the more private area with the shop assistants and wincing at the size of some of them on display.

Something that is so typical of Carla was when she called me to get directions to my house. I started to do the usual, turn left here, turn right there, when you get to there you have gone too far, etc type directions only to get an ear bashing how she can read a bloody map!!!!!!!

Or the time she made me in the middle of a busy cafe do an impression of the first time we brought Rich over to the UK, walked him round the tourist sites all day then put him on an underground train and watched the heat and motion of the carriage make him fall asleep while he fought to stay awake! Lol.

Unfortunately the last time I got to speak to Carla was only last year – August 2008. I was about to board a plane to Las Vegas and I couldn’t get her off the phone as whenever we met up or spoke we always caught up and ended up laughing out loud. This is how I will always remember her, she brought joy and happiness to mine and others lives by just being…… CARLA! My only regret is that we had made plans to meet up again and unfortunately she got ill not long after my return.

When Rich and I stayed in Suffolk and taught seminars with Trig, Carla would be the only woman on the mats training alongside the guys. I had the…..what shall I say, Pleasure? Opportunity? Misfortune!! To drill with Carla and that woman could shred!!! Oh man, forget her old man this woman can take care of herself!!

I know Carla had decided to go into the police force so she could help battered and abused women. I’m not sure if she had managed to start her training, but I know the women of the UK would certainly have been a lot safer with female officers like Carla patrolling and looking out for them.

The new Senshido dvd series will now be dedicated to Carla and her memory and I am privileged and honored to be taking part in the filming of these later in the year.

So anyone that believes in God, know that when Carla stands by his/her side God will be in safe hands as this Angel is one tough women you would want on your side in any battle.

Unfortunately we can’t win every battle and although Carla has put up a terrific fight she was up against it this time and it is one battle she won’t win. She should be happy that she brought two beautiful children into the world and has helped and touched so many people that her memory will live on. There is probably so much more that can be said about Carla, but I think it is at times like this that instead of making lists of what we hope to do in life like learn to fly a helicopter, learn a language, go traveling, gain a black belt in a martial art, learn to salsa, do a parachute jump, get married, start a family and then leaving it on your desk, in your draw or carrying it around in your pocket or wallet until it is creased, torn and faded take Nikes advice and………JUST DO IT!

Live your life and when it is nearing your end, hopefully you can look back and see that you are wealthy by the things you have done and achieved and the people whos lives you have touched rather than the materialistic stuff we all have to leave behind. Just like my friend Carla has done.

Missing you already Carla, but will never forget you, thank you for enriching my life with your charm, wit and sense of humour.

Best Wishes,
Your friend,
Adam

I would like to add to Adam's already touching post, great memories indeed Ad, thanks for posting this... I also remember when Carla pissed herself laughing at that pic of my head on the headless angel with the tiny penis taken in Rome... man did we laugh in your kitchen... I hope Carla and Trig are able to make peace with it... it's important for Carla to know and I am more than positive she does, just how much her life has affected those of us that met her and had the fortune and honor of spending that time with her as it enriched each of our lives.

Carla, Trigs & family; I am grateful, inspired and empowered by you and your family's strength in these darker times to grow & evolve from a place of light and love. my thoughts, prayers, and most positive of energies are with you and your children. Passing on is never easy but it is an inevitability for us all and we must all live as well as we can and enjoy and love and share as much as we can...

From the heart,
Rich

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Changing the world through music...

Our bro 'Universible' from the Senshido forum shared this with us.... It doesn't matter how it's done, what vehicle is used, which road one takes as there are countless ways to reach each other... the description on the side of the video is very cool.

Enjoy and please cut and paste...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

We need your help....

The first International Senshido Charity Event is coming up quick, September 26th is right around the corner and we would sincerely appreciate anyone and everyone's help in promoting this worldwide event for us. All the proceeds for this event will be given to local charities.

The Montreal, Canada Senshido Fundamentals of Personal Protection seminar on September 26th 2009 from 12 to 6pm income will be given to the Welcome Hall Mission/Mission Bon Accueil located in Montreal, Quebec(the Children's division) & will be held at Leriken Functional Fitness (formerly the Senshido school) at 680 St. Catherine Street west, 1st floor, Montreal, Quebec.

8 Countries/9 Cities participating and contact information for details, info and costs for each:

The Senshido International Team:

Montreal, Canada: Richard Dimitri - rdimitri[at]senshido.com

Tampere, Finland: Ville Kaivonen - Contact vka[at]sci.fi
Mexico City, Mexico: Ian Hodgkinson - vampiro[at]me.com

Sheffield, England: Craig and Debbie Welsh - info[at]kapapsheffield.co.uk & Adam Cooper - adamcooper123[at]hotmail.co.uk

Beirut, Lebanon: Georges Fahmy - info[at]senshido.net

Tucson Arizona, USA: Dominic Alexander - juslearnin1[at]hotmail.com, Tara Burke - patches9[at]gmail.com & Dusty Alexander - dustyalexander[at]gmail.com

Washington DC, USA: Glenn Wilson - goldeneyemartialarts[at]yahoo.com

Liege, Belgium: Rod Fiardi - rodolphe.fiardi[at]yahoo.fr or rodpersonalprotection[at]yahoo.fr

Aukland, New Zealand - Phil & Athena Thompson - admin[at]protectselfdefence.co.nz

We would most sincerely appreciate it if you could share this info on your blogs, facebook pages, forums, websites, etc. without spamming of course... every bit of help counts as we aim to collectively donate over $20,000 to local charities worldwide. If this event is successful, we shall be holding it annually and as our team grows, so will the donations to the charities and so will we be collectively helping thousands worldwide.

All charities have been checked so please don't use the excuse that charities never give the money where it is suppose to go, although this is widely true, it isn't of every charity and the ones specifically chosen by the team were chosen carefully and with good conscience.
Thanking you in advance for your help.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Inspiration to say the least...

Hey guys, this is a video by a good friend of ours, Jeff "The LibMan" Liboiron, a great guy who, despite a physical limitation, was able to survive life or death situations.

Respect Brother :D



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Escape from being pinned by arms.

video

Drew asked for the above clip as he had encountered something like the above and wanted to know an escape when somebody is mounted and has your arms pinned.

Rgds

Craig

Monday, August 10, 2009

2 great articles by officer Darren Laur

Because the information is excellent and well worth sharing, a couple of great articles by Officer Darren Laur:

Unconsciousness & death, survivng an edged weapon attack:

Combat Survival Preparedeness:


Thanks Darren, appreciate the contributions!

Paying it forward...

Image from movie 'The Fountain'


Keep paying it forward folks... 3 years, 3 pages worth, over 8150 views just with intention and inspiration alone... join in, share your stories, if you don't have any, go out and make them happen then come back and share them with us... the littlest bit counts beyond what you can imagine.

Please... it takes a few minutes to sign up and in, a few minutes to share your good deeds and inspire others to do the same... help us make a difference. We have received emails from people who were in serious contemplation of suicide whom after reading that thread changed their minds. You have no idea what your words can do once out there... a huge thank you to all who participated and contnue to do so.


The Senshido International Team

Sunday, August 9, 2009

It's up to all of us...

I’ve been having writers block lately, sitting in front of my computer screen beginning sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph only to delete the entire thing as I drew a blank not knowing which direction to take the piece or what even to continue it with.

As Facebook is now a new means of communication and I also have Senshido related facebook messages (almost as much as I get via email and other methods of communication), I was checking my messages and the universe (if you will) threw me a bone in as I caught one of my facebook buddies, Wayne Chandler, had just put this quote up as his status update:

"In true budo there is no enemy or opponent. True budo is to become one with the universe, not train to become powerful or to throw down some opponent. Rather we train in hopes of being of some use, however small our role may be, in the task of bringing peace to mankind around the world."

Now I’ve been seeing the world differently again, and the more truth I find, the more ‘addicted’ (to be taken as a descriptive and not at face value ;`) I become to it… not perceived truths, but common truths that can only enhance humanity as a collective such as the truth to be found in the quote above, for surely, all of humanity can only benefit from true world peace.


And so we believe that if each do our parts and follow Mother Theresa’s life changing advice as per her words written on the wall of her home in Calcutta, at the hopes of inspiring some to not only quote, but as often as possible until it becomes first nature; to live by these words and share their stories in the hopes of inspiring others here http://senshido.savi.ca/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3129 as positive energy spreads and creates a more powerful ripple effect than most believe.

Even if you’ve read them a thousand times before, even if you read them 10 minutes ago, please, read them again… let them sink in… let them resonate within you for a while, forever…

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway."


Not an easy task to accomplish, indeed a very difficult one in a world I perceive as sufferring from an epidemic of anger. An anger targeted outwards and at each other due to a truth most do not want to even acknowledge, couldn’t fathom yet it eats away inside us all so much it manifests itself as road rage, bar fights, domestic abuse, any kind of abuse, violence, racism etc. and where does this all come from and why is it increasing world wide? When I was growing up, my parents never feared sending me to school… today, kids are shooting kids and not just in the USA but in Germany & Canada as well.

Today, childen are being checked for weapons before entering schools. Today, we live in a world where professional athletes (people who play sports and happen to be better than others at it) make literally 3 to 50 times more money annually than what others who put their lives on the line for us like cops, firemen and true healers (medical and holistic) make. While there are yet others whom are literally starving to death the world over as some of us live in multi million dollar homes. If I continued this ‘Today’ list, I’d be typing until tomorrow. Why? Why is that???

There is a collective anger, a silent revolte which is tearning us apart instead of uniting us, and that is the lies we have been forced to accept and eventually not only live with as truth but actually believe these lies as facts, as its own manufactured reality by fear and greed and it is everywhere… we all see it, the majority turn a blind eye and when one of us speaks out loud enough, we are quickly extinguished by the scared collective… well, if we’re such a powerful collective, shouldn’t we be working the opposite way around? Shouldn’t we be insuring our futures as a species? It seems some of our species can’t see past their own mortality or wallets.

Although maybe difficult, connecting to our soul and experiencing it as fully as possible by relishing the input from all of our senses, feeling the joys and sorrows, laughter & tears, empathy & compassion to their limitless capacities… make the rewards undeniably gratifying for us all.

And so as John Lennon prophetically stated “IMAGINE” we all did indeed live by Mother Theresa’s words on her wall in Calcutta…. Imagine for 10 minutes, the whole world living for 1 month in truth by these words…. Just Imagine… and to finish this off, I leave you with Gandhi’s words:

“Become the change you want to see in the world.”

And hell, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Lennon to name but a few couldn't all have been wrong could they've? ;`)

Sincerely,
Rich

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Life Changing Seminars & more coming your way...


Hope this message finds you all more than well, happy and peacefully trecking through your chosen paths. Senshido life changing seminars coming up and around....

Montreal Canada Seminar:

The Fundamentals of Personal Protection on Sunday, August 9, 2009 1:00pm - 6:00pm at Leriken Premier Functional Fitness, 680 Saint-Catherine's Street West, 1st floor Montreal.

Seminar Topics include but are not limited too: Fear, stress, anger and confrontation management- Moral, ethical and legal implications - The Human Factor - The Shredder - Body language and communication in relation to violence - Senshido's 5 principles of physical retaliation - Attack scenario simulations- Defense against most common types of attacks

Payment and registration information: contact Sonjali at 514-892-3095 or email info@consultingprofectus.com
Global Seminar on September 26th 2009
The first Annual Senshido International Charity Event. Senshido International will be teaching a Fundamentals of Personal Protection Seminar on September 26th 2009 in 10 countries around the world and all proceeds will be given to local charities. More information coming soon. Please help us spread the word as we are hoping to accumulate over $20,000 for charities and to increase that number yearly.

Sheffield England Senshido Seminar
November 2009, we will be in Sheffield England for a 1 day Walk The Talk Seminar only, for information, dates and costs please contact Senshido International Team member Craig Welsh at info@kapapsheffield.co.uk


Senshido International Team growing
We will soon be joined by 2 more members Ted from California and Norbert from Germany (hey guys, looking forward to the day :`) Two more salt of the earth souls joining our movement of bettering our planet. Their information will soon be up.



The new Senshido International website will be up and running by September 15th. In the meantime, you can still shop for products on the old site http://www.senshido.com/ and check out our forum http://senshido.savi.ca/index.php for more information and updates.

We thank you one and all for your interest in our movement...

Cheers, regards, our best, yours and most sincerely,


The Senshido International Team.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hiya from all in Sunny Sheffield (UK) home of the 'awsome' Craig Welsh as my fans like to call me!

At last I have fathomed out how to Blog so expect to see some regular contribution, for this first post I have added a video of a drill that we practiced earlier in the year.


video


Regards

Craig