Hosting a Martial Arts Competition and Its Usefulness

14.7.2016 | 21:41

When considering the advantages of hosting a martial arts competition and thinking about personally getting involved or when reviewing the circumstances of our recent or latest participation in a tournament or competitive event, we often find ourselves asking the most commonly self-contemplated questions. Why should we host one? Who will participate? Who will be responsible? Who can help organize the event? And more importantly, how will we source all of the martial arts equipment that we will need?

Anyone who has ever spoken to anyone else who has ever competed in a martial arts tournament in today’s circuit has heard the rumors. They have been fed the war stories and they have been made to reconsider whether or not they themselves should get involved with it.

After hearing the many complications and disconcerting opinions of martial arts competitors who view themselves the victim of a scandal, many, or even most, begin to play back all of the excuses. We ask ourselves the critical questions to determine our own interest in measuring ourselves. We do this not in the way to understand the benefits, but more like the reasoning for not getting involved.

Except for the Enthusiastic Practitioner, we find fault in the system and therefore excuse ourselves from participating. Many of us have had the discussion whether or not to hosting a martial arts competition. There is much talk about corruption in the tournament staff; corruption in the ranks, unfair judging and ruling policies, systematic fighting and point systems unrealistic to the basic principals of self-defense, commercialization and the list goes on.

There are so many restrictions and regulations as to what can and what cannot be applied in the ring. Organized Sports Tournament Associations are a dime a dozen. Whose rules should be applied? There can be so much confusion that it may seem to reduce the effectiveness of martial style when compared to real world self-defense; which brings so many practitioners together into the same mindset as to wonder why they should compete at all.

With all of the excuses why not to compete I thought it reasonable to cover the redeeming facts why one should consider competing. Who is the benefactor? Is it the organizational party that collects the registration fees? Are they the concession owners selling foods and old but unused martial gear and accessories? Could they be the advertisement companies or marketers? Truthfully speaking the real benefactors are still the competitors. Although, martial arts competitions may have taken a turn for the worse in preparation, organization, operation and commercialization their original design and purpose remain in full effect today.

Though the focus has been turned away just a bit it is still all about the practitioner. Hosting a martial arts competition will take everything you have learned up to the point where you now stand. Your self-control, patience, endurance, camaraderie, sportsmanship, discipline, integrity and so much more is all laid out on the line. Let’s see how you conduct yourselves.

Each redeeming factor should be explained in greater detail than just to list them as reasons. Because of that, I have broken them down into three generalized points. Hopefully, these points will help you to understand the original design and reasoning for competition, as well as give you a better guideline into deciding your own level of participating in future events.


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Ideas For First Nations Event Planning

7.6.2016 | 01:09

Planning for an event can be a stressful affair. Most people who are assigned the task of planning usually tend to forget small but important things due to the stress. This is why it is important to systematically plan everything to make event planning ideas for first nations events a success.

Never Plan Last Minute: Event planning requires a lot of work to make an event a true success. Assuring a venue can be very hard at times, so choose and book the one you like before it’s taken. Only if you plan every aspect of the event will you be able to choose a venue that will suit all your requirements. That is why you need to plan way in advance, even before choosing the venue. If you are hiring an event company, then you will need to find a venue that allows preparations one or two days in advance. This will lower the work and stress of the event company, and the charges will be considerably lower if you give them enough time to set up.

Setting a Date: If you are planning six months in advance, then you will need to check to see that the date you set is not on the same day as a national event. Check to see if the area the event is going to be held in has no program on the same date. Choosing the proper date is a very crucial for the success of the event.

Venue: Selection of a proper venue is another vital part of having a successful event. Venues can have different rules and timings, so you have to be careful while selecting your venue. Here are a few things that you must check before choosing your venue:

1. The first thing you got to check is if the venue has any curfews. If the venue is in a residential area, then the curfew timings would be around 9.30pm. This will probably be too early for your guests, so it is always recommended that you find out what time you’re allowed to have the event till.

2. In case you are hiring an event company, ask if the venue allows people to drop of the rentals a day earlier. Rental companies charge an extra fee if they are asked to deliver within two hours. Also, check to see whether the venue allows adequate setup time. A big event will take around 8 hours to setup.

These are just a few pointers to help make your event planning easier and less stressful. Finding an experienced Event Planner that offers rentals as well as venues will also help cut down a lot of effort.

We met a wonderful event planner while in Ottawa not too long ago. Her name is Courtney Norris and you can get in touch with her by visiting her website.


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Tips For Finding And Using Green Cleaning Products

18.5.2016 | 12:01

We are very strong advocates for using green cleaning supplies and so we want to share this article about best practices and how you too can either make or source your own sfae, chemical free cleaning supplies. It is very important to do our part to help preserve our sacred Earth.

green cleaning productsAre you interested in green cleaning, but aren’t 100% certain about where to start? Here are some helpful tips for choosing and using 100% natural, non-toxic household cleaners:

Be cautious about “natural” products.

Just because a product’s label includes the word “natural” doesn’t make it so. (In fact, you might learn that some of those products are actually dangerous to your health). That’s why it’s crucial to know exactly what to look for in “green” household cleaners. Otherwise, you could be duped by word games used by some manufacturers of such products.

Read the warning labels of products.

Keep in mind that even if a product is natural, you’ll still need to use it properly in order to stay safe. That said, be wary about products with certain content on their warning labels. For instance, if a cleaning product states that you’d need to drink water after ingesting it, then it’s likely not “green.” A truly non-toxic product means that it’s plant-based-so it’s safe as the food that you eat.

Consider making your own green cleaning products.

Besides buying green household cleaners in the store, you can also make your own! Simply do some research to determine the ingredients you’d need, and the procedures that you’d need to follow. This can significantly cut the costs of your green products.

Be wary if the cleaner’s ingredients aren’t listed.

The proof is in the pudding. While many companies claim that their products are green cleaning products, you should verify their claims, by looking for a list of ingredients on the product’s packaging. If you can’t find a list of ingredients, then warning lights should go off in your head. True “green” household cleaning products will include such lists of ingredients. However, other products that claim to be “natural” and “green” oftentimes won’t include such lists. That’s because it would reveal that their products aren’t exactly what the manufacturers claim that they are!

Avoid petroleum-based and chlorine-based products.

Interestingly, while such products could be classified as “natural,” the strength of their composition can cause unwanted side-effects to the users. Instead of choosing products with such harsh chemicals, look for household cleaners with gentle ingredients. This will help to keep you and your family safe.

Try different types of products.

You’d likely be (pleasantly) surprised by the number of green cleaning products on the market. In fact, you could do ALL of your household cleaning, by using such products. So determine which types of cleaners you need, and then shop around until you find a green version.

It turns out that Kermit the Frog was wrong-it IS easy being green. These tips will help you to make finding and using all-natural household cleaners a cinch.


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Common Traditions for First Nations in Canada

29.4.2016 | 00:39

The native inhabitants of Canada are also widely known as The Aboriginals. The First Nations of Canada according to historians are usually divided into six major groups in relation to the environmental makeup. They included The Woodlands group that was associated with settling in the densely forested areas, Plains first Nations that settled in the Prairies, The Plateau group, The Pacific Coast group, First Nations of The Mckenzie and The Iroquoian, and The Yukon Rivers. A critical study of these groups will define a culture specific to them in relation to the environment that over time is still recognizable and adored.

Below are the common traditions for First Nations in Canada:

1. The Sacred Cedar

Commonly linked to the Pacific Coast Group, this entailed having an affiliation with the Cedar Tree. They practically adored the Cedar Tree family in a way linked them with goodness and positivity. They thus built their homes, household items, clothing, prepared herbs and medicine using the tree. The relation to this tree was sacred in such a way that they respected the trees and made sure all that surrounded them was part of the tree to avoid any bad luck.

first nations traditions2. The Potlatch

This was one of the sacred ceremonies originally identified with The Pacific Coast First Nations. Despite it being outlawed in the late 1800’s, this tradition was done in secret. The Potlatch was a sacred ceremony used to signify generosity. This is where those who were endowed were seen to share their belonging with society at large. Potlatch lasted close to seven days. Today, it is still practiced to build community spirit, and mark historic events.

3. Artwork

Art is the mother of culture for the First Nations. They were well known for their appreciation of nature through making great carvings mostly out of wood . The carvings were great works and the art has been adopted presently. Other than carvings, First Nations are known of their magnificent paint works that survive to date. Among the major forms of art were depictions of the animals in the surrounding including the Bear, Cougar, Salon, Coyote, Crane, otter, Orca, Raven, Eagle, Hawk and the Hummingbird. Naturally occurring features like the sun and the moon also appeared in the artworks.

4. Oral Art

Historically, common traditions for The First Nations in Canada included the use of oral art for many reasons. Some were for entertainment purposes for instance songs and poems. Other than that was the passage of historical information through generations through story telling. Aboriginals therefore are able to pride in their vast historical information that has passed through generations to date for the culture of oral art.

The common traditions for First Nations in Canada are rich and to date, they still identify with them. These traditions were very rich and adored by the natives and at all times. They practically spelled out how everything is done. The languages, form of prayers, music, clothing, food ,rites of passage, housing, spiritual ceremonies, social ceremonies, among others became what was eventually aligned to them, identified by them and thus embraced as a tradition.


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28.4.2016 | 02:31


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