|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on May 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Never leave children alone in or near water, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
Less experienced swimmers and children under age 5 in or around water should have an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR – within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."
Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
Designate a "water watcher" when you are in, on or around water.
Because drowning can be quick and quiet, the water watcher should pay constant attention, be undistracted, not involved in any other activity such as reading, playing cards, on the phone, while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children cannot reach. Consider alarms on the gate to alert you when someone opens the gate. Consider surface wave or underwater alarms as an added layer of protection.
The safest fence is one that surrounds all four sides of the pool and completely separates the pool from the house and yard. If the house serves as the fourth side of the fence, install an alarm on the exit door to the yard and the pool. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing the pool. Drowning victims have also used pet doors to gain access to pools. Keep all of your barriers and alarms in good repair with fresh batteries.
Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook – a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd's hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children and parents a false sense of security.
Children over age 1 may be at a lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swimming instruction. However, there is no evidence that swimming lessons or water survival skills courses can prevent drowning in babies younger than 1 year of age.
The decision to enroll a child over age one in swimming lessons should be made by the parent based on the child's developmental readiness and exposure to water, but swim programs should never be seen as "drown proofing" a child of any age.
Avoid entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use a pool or spa if there are broken or missing drain covers. Ask your pool operator if your pool or spa's drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. If you have a swimming pool or spa, ask your pool service representative to update your drains and other suction fittings with anti-entrapment drain covers and other devices or systems. See PoolSafely.gov for more information on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
Large, inflatable, above-ground pools have become increasingly popular for backyard use. Children may fall in if they lean against the soft side of an inflatable pool. Although such pools are often exempt from local pool fencing requirements, it is essential that they be surrounded by an appropriate fence just as a permanent pool would be so that children cannot gain unsupervised access.
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
Children should wear life jackets at all times when on boats, docks or near bodies of water. Adults wear life jackets for their own protection, and to set a good example.
Make sure the life jacket is the right size for your child. The jacket should not be loose and should always be worn as instructed with all straps belted.
Blow-up water wings, toys, rafts and air mattresses should not be used as life jackets or personal flotation devices.
Adolescents and adults should be warned of the dangers of boating even as a passenger when under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and even some prescription medications.
Open Water Swimming
Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
A lifeguard (or another adult who knows about water rescue) needs to be watching children whenever they are in or near the water. Younger children should be closely supervised while in or near the water – use "touch supervision," keeping no more than an arm's length away.
Make sure your child knows never to dive into water except when permitted by an adult who knows the depth of the water and who has checked for underwater objects.
Never let your child swim in canals or any fast moving water.
Ocean swimming should only be allowed when a lifeguard is on duty.
Teach children about rip currents. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until you escape the current, and then swim back to shore.
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on January 8, 2017 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
1. Change the Locks
Remember to change all the locks when you move into a new house, and every 5 years. You’ll never know who had access to the keys before you moved in. If you lose the keys to your house, you should also replace all the locks for the maximum home security.
2. Install an Alarm System
Alarm systems are one of the best forms of home protection. Home alarm systems immediately inform emergency authorities and warn homeowners of any potential dangers. Seeing that a home has an alarm system often prevents an intruder from even attempting a burglary. Hearing an alarm go off usually sends a burglar running.
3. Conceal All Wiring
Burglars often look for wiring around the exterior of a house and can cut it to disable the security system. Keep your home security wires hidden.
4. Give the Appearance That Your House is Occupied
Professional burglars scour neighborhoods looking for homeowners who are away from their home for an extended period of time. Automatic timers are great ways to turn lights on and off while you’re away.
5. Don’t Leave Your Key in the Mailbox
This is a home security tip that everyone has heard, but many still ignore. One of the easiest ways to enter a home uninvited is by finding a key in the mailbox or under the doormat. Wrap your key in foil and place it in a secret spot that only your family knows about.
6. Light Up the Entrance to Your Home
A smart way to keep thieves away is to utilize lighting. Lighting with an infrared detector automatically turns on when someone is in a specific zone or area. No burglar wants to be in easy view while committing a crime.
7. Install Deadbolt Locks
All exterior doors should have at least 1 inch thick dead bolt locks. Although more expensive than spring latch locks, dead bolts are much stronger and provide significantly more protection. When installing deadbolts, make sure to leave a minimal amount of space between the door and its frame, as this provides an opportunity for an intruder to pry the door apart. Doors can be reinforced with plywood or a piece of sheet metal.
8. Use Metal Bars on Sliding Doors
Any sliding glass doors, patio doors, or sliding windows should have a metal bar that is placed along the bottom track of the door or window. The metal bar can prevent a burglar from forcing the door or window open.
9. Use Interior Door Hinges
If your door has hinges on the outside of your house, an intruder can easily remove the hinge pin to gain entry. For optimal home security, remove the door and reset the hinges so that they are on the inside of the house.
10. Protect Your Windows
Burglars often gain entry into homes through windows. Protect these vulnerable areas with window locks and/or burglar-resistant glass. Installing many small panes of glass instead of one large pain of glass is a good option as well.
THESE HOME SECURITY TIPS ARE PROVIDED AS A SERVICE BY AMERICAN TIGER DOJO AND SENSEI MARK DAVIS. YOU CAN READ MUCH MORE ABOUT HOME SECURITY AND HOME OWNERSHIP AT www.teamdavisflorida.com
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on October 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
There are 3 fundamental ways of knocking out an opponent:
1. Deliver a shock to the brain (example: strike the jaw or temple)
2. Choke off the blood flow to the brain (example: constrict the carotid artery)
3. Restrict breathing, limiting oxygen to the brain (example: constrict the windpipe)
However, there are also lesser known methods of bringing about unconscious or disorientation, including striking the vulnerable plexus areas on the trunk of the body. The 5 knockout techniques described in this article target vital points on the body, including the sternum, back, jaw, carotid artery and brachial plexus.
(The damage that can result from targeting these areas can be significant - use caution and control when practicing on a partner and only use the techniques discussed here when warranted in a self-defense situation.)
Elbow Strike to the Sternum
On the mid-line of the sternum, between the 1st and 2nd ribs, there is the branch of the 1st intercostal nerve, along with the branches of the internal mammary arteries and veins, and the arch of the aorta from which blood pumps out of the heart. A sudden powerful strike to this area can cause excruciating pain in the chest and damage the heart. If the aorta is ruptured, the result can be fatal. Even a moderately hard elbow strike can cause dizziness and unconsciousness.
The elbow is a powerful weapon, especially in a close quarter fight. For this strike, use the sharp edge of the top of the ulna bone of your elbow and strike in a slightly downward motion.
Elbow Strike to the Pulmonary Plexus
A vertical downward elbow strike to the upper back impacts the lungs, heart, diaphragm, and spinal cord. This area is crowded with cardiac nerves that stimulate and inhibit cardiac function and are connected with the pulmonary plexus. A powerful blow to this area can force residual air out of the lungs, momentarily stopping the breath and triggering a spasm in the diaphragm as your opponent struggles to breathe.
Knifehand Strike to the Carotid Artery
A sudden blow to the carotid artery dramatically changes the blood flow dynamics, causing a knockout or even death due to a sudden, precipitous drop in blood pressure in the brain.
In a life-threatening self-defense situation, if the opportunity arises, strike the carotid artery and/or the vertically flowing nerves in the neck with horizontal knifehand strike. To form a strong knifehand, press your fingers tightly together and focus the force in your fingers to the degree that your palm side arches slightly forward. Strike with the bottom of the hand bone, near the wrist.
Backfist Strike to the Jaw
A knockout from a blow to the head generally occurs in two ways: by the powerful blow to the head which is the primary shock and by the concussion of the brain against the skull wall when the head suddenly rotates.
You can intensify the power of a strike to the head by pulling on an assailant’s hand or arm when striking. This creates a damaging sequence of events: his head (and upper body) moving toward you, your fist striking his jaw, and his head rotating away from you. If you pull fast enough and your strike is powerful enough, there is a significant chance that you will knock him out.
Brachial Plexus-Carotid Choke
The inner forearm is a blunt yet versatile weapon that can be used to trap an assailant’s head and neck. The forearm shoulder-choke shown above compresses the vital nerves along the top of the shoulder and neck (the brachial plexus) while reducing the blood flow to he brain by compressing the carotid artery. Support the choking arm with your other arm by grabbing the fist of your choking arm and squeezing it toward you, intensifying the pressure on the side of his neck.
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Sensei Mark Davis
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on August 23, 2016 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
It's often an ugly, cruel and unnecessary part of school life and is a source of misery for millions of children, and adults of well.
More than two million youngsters are bullied at some point in their school years. Of these, 40 per cent suffer bullying twice a week or more.
One in 12 youngsters are bullied so badly that it affects their education, relationships and even their job prospects in later life.
And in 10 to 15 cases every year the bullying reaches such a dreadful level that it drives its young victims to suicide.
These clever methods are taught in special courses for bullied children run by Kidscape, a national charity dedicated to beating bullying, and in our prgrams here at American Tiger Dojo.
- By law, schools must have a way of dealing with bullying. Use your school's anti-bullying policy to get help and if you're not sure how it works, talk to your teacher or headteacher.
- Don't become resigned to being a victim. You CAN help yourself and get others to help you.
- TELL a friend what is happening. It will be harder for the bully to pick on you if you have a pal with you for support.
- Ignore the bully or say "No!" really firmly, then walk away.
Don't worry if people think you are running away - it is very hard for the bully to go on picking on someone who won't stand still to listen to their threats.
- Most bullied children have negative body language - hunched up and looking at the floor. Try to stand straight and make eye contact with people.
- If you don't want to do something, don't give in to pressure. Be firm. Remember, everyone has the right to say no.
- Repeat a statement again and again: "No, you can't have my lunch money, no, you can't have my lunch money!" The bully will get bored because they are not getting anywhere and give up.
- Make your phrase short and precise: Say "It's my pencil." or "Go away" firmly.
- Never show that you are upset or angry. Bullies love to get a reaction - it's "fun". Keep calm and hide your emotions - the bully might get bored and leave you alone.
- Avoid being alone in places where you know the bully is likely to be. This might mean changing your route to school, or avoiding certain parts of the playground, or only using toilets when other people are there. It's not fair, but it might put the bully off. Remember, your safety is the most important thing to consider.
- Stop thinking like a victim. If you have been bullied for a long time, you might start to believe what the bully says - that you're ugly, awful and no one will ever like you. This is "victim-think".
Practice "walking tall". Bullies pick on people they think are weak. If you look confident, the bully is less likely to pick on you.
STICK with a group - even if they are not really your friends. Bullies tend to pick on people when they are on their own.
KEEP a diary about what is happening. A written record of the bullying makes it much easier to prove what has been going on.
All in all....it's often easier to be a victim, than to be be strong and stand up to a bully. But take it from me....stand tall, be confident....and share that inner Super Hero.
- Sensei Mark
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on July 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
14 SELF-DEFENSE TIPS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
Let's face it, women need to make self-protection a greater priority.
According to statistics every two minutes a woman in America is raped, and one out of four women will be the victim of a violent crime. Having the delusion that it can’t happen to you or that it’s something that only happens to other people is the kind of attitude predators depend on. The more informed you are, the better prepared you will be in the event you are targeted by a predator. By empowering yourself with knowledge, your fear will not escalate, it will diminish. Follow these tips to keep yourself from becoming a statistic:
1. Mentally Prepare Yourself
Preparing for a violent attack is no different than preparing for any other emergency and denial can cost you your life. In the book You Are Not So Smart, author David McRaney tells the story of a couple who survived a large plane crash. The husband had mentally prepared for the emergency and was therefore able to quickly take action during the few moments between the plane hitting the ground and the explosion that followed, while his wife and the rest of the passengers were frozen by fear. He grabbed his wife’s hand and ran for safety, as everyone else sat in their seats unable to process the reality of the plane crash. By simply opening himself up to the possibility of danger, the man empowered himself to take action when the “unthinkable” happened.
Do you know what you would do if you awoke to a man in your bed trying to rape you? Have you ever allowed yourself to consider the possibility or do you hide from such thoughts? Force yourself to think about what you would do if someone were attempting to rape, kidnap or rob you. By mentally preparing yourself, you will be less likely to become frozen by fear and unable to defend yourself if the “unthinkable” were to happen.
2. Have a Plan
A black belt in martial arts isn’t required for you to defend yourself against an attacker. Take a self-defense seminar, or at the very least watch some videos online. Practice the techniques you learn and use mental imagery to plan a strategy for different scenarios. By contemplating threatening situations in this way, you are training your body and mind to act from a place of power instead of weakness and paranoia.
2. Follow Your Intuition
The best weapon you have is your sixth-sense. Although every animal is born with survival instincts, humans also have the ability to add judgment and everyday experience to our base intuition. This should make us superior to animals, but our judgment can sometimes get in the way. If we can’t explain our “gut feeling” in a logical way, we tend to brush it off as paranoia. By trusting your intuition, you will be able to learn the difference between real fear and worry. If you have a sense of foreboding, don’t second guess yourself. It is better to be safe than to ignore your instincts and become the victim of a violent crime.
3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Don’t talk on your phone or listen to your iPod when you’re alone in a public place. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. If you think someone is following you, cross the street or step into a store. If that isn’t possible, look the person straight in the face and ask what time it is. By being unafraid, you show that you will stand up for yourself and fight back if attacked. You can also now identify this person in a line up and this makes you a less desirable target. Predators are very cunning and want to avoid as many risks as possible.
4. Don’t Look Like a Victim
Predators go through a victim selection process. They are most likely to go for a woman with a ponytail, braid or long hair that can easily be grabbed. They also look for clothing that will be easy to remove quickly, like short skirts or anything with straps that can be cut. A woman who is distracted is also an easy target. You can make yourself a harder target by controlling your accessibility, setting and circumstance. Stay in areas with more people, walking with confidence and purpose. Don’t be distracted by looking through your purse or have your hands full of bags. Sometimes just looking like someone who is not to be messed with can deter a would-be attacker.
5. Be Car Smart
Predators target parking lots and cars to plan their attacks. Have your keys in your hand before you leave the building. For extra protection hold a few of them in between your fingers to use as a weapon if needed. Wait until you are close to your car to unlock it. If you unlock it from across the lot, someone can easily hop in and hide without you noticing. Once you’re in the car, lock the doors and start driving. Sitting in your car too long gives predators the opportunity to make their move. Also, if a van is parked on the driver’s side of your car, get in on the passenger’s side. The safest option would be to never walk to your car alone. If no one is leaving when you are, ask someone to walk you to your car.
6. Predict Dangerous and Controlling Behavior
Realize that 99.9% of people have no intent of harming you; the rare few who do want to harm you will give clear signals. Most attackers don’t begin with brutal force. They begin by coaxing a woman into a secluded area and forcing her to relinquish her control. In his book The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker calls these signals Pre-Incident Indicators (P.I.N.S.). According to the book, not only will your instincts help you avoid dangerous situations, but you can also determine someone’s intent by knowing what to look for. These are the P.I.N.S. to look for, and examples of each. In the scenario, a woman is faced with a strange man in her apartment building.
Forced Teaming — When someone tries to pretend he has something in common or is in the same predicament as you when it isn’t true. (“Let me help you with those bags of groceries. We don’t want that ice cream to melt.”)
Charm – Being polite and nice to manipulate someone. (“I can’t let you carry all these bags by yourself. Let me help you get them inside.”)
Too Many Details – If someone is lying they add excessive details to make them seem more credible. (“I’m going to your floor anyway. I’m meeting a friend, but I’m running late – my watch stopped working. So, we need to hurry. Come on. We have a hungry cat waiting for this cat food.”)
Typecasting – An insult to get you to talk to someone you otherwise wouldn’t. (“There is such a thing as being too proud. Now stop being silly and hand me another bag.”)
Loan Sharking – Giving unsolicited help and expecting favors in return. (“I’ve carried your groceries up four flights of stairs; just let me put them on the counter.”)
Unsolicited Promise — A promise to do (or not to do) something when no such promise was asked for; this usually means the promise will be broken. (“You can leave the door open, I’ll leave as soon as I put the bags down, I promise.”)
Discounting the word “no” — Refusing to accept rejection.
During the entire grocery bag incident the woman repeatedly told the strange man that she didn’t want his help, but he ignored every “no”. She gave him control of the situation and was raped for three hours. The full story can be found in book, The Gift of Fear. The book also emphasizes that “no” is a complete sentence and requires no further explanation.
8. Know Your Strengths & His Weakness
Your elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you get close enough, use it. If you end up on the ground, use your legs to kick free from your attacker. Go for his four weakest points: eyes, throat, groin and knees. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch your attacker under the arm, in between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner thigh… HARD. You can literally pull the muscle away from the bone in these areas. If you are forced to comply before you can fight, grab his balls, then PULL, TWIST, YANK. He will be unable to rape you after being castrated.
9. You Have the Right to Fight
Don’t be afraid to fight if you feel threatened in any way. A decent man won’t approach a woman in a place that she would feel vulnerable, especially after she yells for him to stop. Statistics show that women who don’t resist are more likely to be assaulted and sustain more serious injuries than women who fight back. When under attack, adopt the Cobra Kai code “Strike first! Strike hard! Strike fast! No mercy!” Don’t wait for things to escalate. Your goal is not to stay and fight; it is to break away from your attacker so you can run for help.
11. Don’t Be Relocated
Do whatever you have to do to prevent getting taken to a second location. Predators need to get you away from people and to a location where they are less likely to get caught. Even if someone has a gun pointed at you, there is still a chance to get away. He isn’t going to shoot you with several witnesses around. His plan is to have a quiet, uninterrupted assault, not to go to jail. If he points a gun at you from a distance, run in a zigzag pattern. In the unlikely event that he does shoot, the chances of him hitting you are slim, and the chances of him hitting a vital organ are even less likely. Although you run the risk of injury, if you are taken to a second location, you are guaranteed injury or even death.
12. Stay Alert on Vacation
People on vacation are prime targets for predators, especially women travelling alone. Use valet parking if it’s available. The extra cost is well-worth your safety. Keep your hotel room locked with the deadbolt and chain when you are inside, and never let anyone in your room that you don’t know. If someone says they work for the hotel, call the front desk to confirm. Never leave an extra room key lying around for someone to grab when the maid isn’t looking. Also, never let anyone know that you are travelling alone. When you check in, ask for two keys and mention that your husband or boyfriend will be joining you soon. You never know who may be listening to your conversation.
13. Be Safe at Home
We all want to feel safe when we are at home. By being vigilant about preventing a violent crime from happening, your home will continue to be your safe haven. Take a few precautions, such as, keeping doors locked, even during the day. The one door most people forget is the door leading to the garage. If you forget to lock or close your garage, someone has open access to your home. Another deterrent is noise. Predators will avoid homes with alarm systems or dogs. If you don’t have a home alarm, keep your car remote beside your bed. If you hear someone breaking in, push the panic button to set off your car alarm.
14. Prevent Date Rape
Most women are assaulted by someone they know and 40 percent of the time the crime will happen in the victims own home. Predators rely on women’s weakness to allow good manners to override their survival instincts. Most women are likely to watch out for drugs being slipped into their drinks, and know to not be alone with someone they just met. However, the lines can get fuzzy when things become intimate. Do not be afraid to say “no” or stop at any point during an intimate encounter. You don’t need a reason. “No” is a complete sentence, and the man should stop immediately upon hearing it. If he doesn’t stop, he has crossed the line into sexual assault. If he has no ill-intent toward you, and the assault is more about him having no impulse control, you may be able to stop the assault by saying, “Don’t rape me”. Hearing the word “rape” may verbally shake him into reality. If, however, he continues, you must treat him as if he were a stranger on the street and fight with everything you have — because at that point, there is no possibility of it being a “misunderstanding”.
Facing the possibility of being the target of a violent crime is frightening, but there’s no need for women to live a paranoid-filled life. Although you can’t control every situation, you can make smarter decisions, like avoiding unnecessary risks. Learn to trust your intuition and how to defend yourself. Make the phrase “I hit like a girl” strike fear into every would-be bad guy out there.
----- Sensei Mark Davis
American Tiger Karate and Mark Davis Training Systems
Miami - Orlando - Nashville
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on July 3, 2016 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Top 10 Ways to Protect Your identity
An estimated 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year.
Unless you’re an identical twin, there shouldn’t be anyone out there walking around pretending to be you, and getting away with it! Taking a few minor precautions can help protect your good name. Even though following the steps below will NOT guarantee your safety, it will help greatly decrease your chance of becoming an identity theft victim.
If you read all the way to the end of the list… you will find some very helpful contact information, should you fall victim despite your conscious efforts.
Protect your social security number. Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet or purse. If your social security number is listed on your driver’s license, health insurance card, checkbook, etc. request to have it reissued.
Use secure passwords to protect your laptop and PDA and change these passwords regularly. For more information on how to create a safe password, read this article. (Written by yours truly. )
Clean out your wallet or purse often. Remove seldom used credit cards and cancel those you no longer need.
Look over your bills and credit card statements to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary. If you notice a discrepancy, contact your provider immediately.
Take advantage of free credit reports. You are allowed one free report each year from the three national credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. By requesting one report every four months, you can stay up to date on your credit score year round without costing a penny. (Count me in!)
Don’t give out personal information to unsecure websites. A web page containing “https” in the address or a padlock symbol next to the address field is a secure site, meaning that the information you provide will be encrypted or scrambled, protecting it from hackers.
Use firewall, virus, and spyware protection. Update it regularly to keep your computer safe from “uninvited guests”.
Shred documents that contain sensitive information. Invest in a cross-cut shredder that leaves no trace of the once-whole document. (Also perfect for destroying evidence of that office holiday party where you thought karaoke was your new calling.)
Make a list of your credit card and bank account numbers along with the customer service lines for each and keep it in a safe place. If you do fall victim to identity theft, this list will make it quick and easy to put a hold on your accounts, preventing any additional fraudulent charges.
If you suspect identity theft…
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report the fraud.
By phone: (877) ID THEFT
By mail: Consumer Response Center, FTC
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20580
Contact your local post office if you suspect there has been a fraudulent change of your address.
Contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 269-0271 if you suspect that your social security number has been improperly used.
Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at (800) 829-0433 if you suspect an inappropriate use of your identity in connection with tax violations.
Notify the Fraud units of each credit bureau:
Equifax: (800) 525-6285
Experian: (888) 397-3742
Trans Union: (800) 680-7289
Contact your financial institution and put a hold on all accounts that have been or could be wrongfully accessed by the identity thief.
Contact your local police department to file a report and get advice on further actions to take.
- Sensei M
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on May 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
The energy gates in your body are major relay stations where the strength of your chi (qi) are regulated. Many gates are located at joints or, more precisely, in the actual space between the bones of a joint.
The concept of energy gates has been passed down from ancient China, originally worked out by the Taoists. Energy gates must be felt directly with the mind in your body, for they are part of your subtle energy body.
You learn to feel these points in order to channel the flow of your chi to stimulate the subtle body to the greatest extent possible. The first practice in Energy Gates Qigong is to enter each gate and dissolve through them.
There are 23 main points to open in the standing practice:
Bai hui, or the crown of the head.
The third eye, the eyes, the center of the ears and the temple. Also the four jaw points.
Where the tongue touches the roof of the mouth and the throat notch.
The base of the skull and in between each of the cervical (neck) vertebrae down to the seventh cervical vertebra at the base of the neck.
From where the tongue touches the roof of your mouth to the end of the breastbone, on a line about the width of your mouth.
The four points of the shoulder.
The hands (all the points).
The joints where the ribs connect to the sternum, the spaces between the ribs, the joints where the ribs connect to the spine, the area between the shoulder blades and the spine. For women only: the gates of the breasts (directly behind the nipples).
The solar plexus.
The whole of the belly, starting from the front and dissolving through the internal organs back to the spine.
The tantien and the mingmen.
All the points along the spine, from the occiput to the tailbone, paying special attention to the occiput, the seventh cervical vertebra, the vertebra in the center of the shoulder blades, the one at the base of the shoulder blades, mingmen and the tailbone.
The hip sockets, the pelvic bones, and the kwa (that is, the area inside the front crest of the hip bones).
Below the floor.
Above the head.
Energy Gates Qigong is composed of six sequential exercises:
Standing in three parts: sinking, scanning and dissolving your chi.
Cloud Hands Exercise
The First Swing Exercise
The Second Swing Exercise
The Third Swing Exercise
The Taoist Spine Stretch
The techniques and exercises of Energy Gates Qigong form the foundation for the health and power aspects of the Taoist warrior and the qigong healing traditions. By learning and practicing Energy Gates Qigong, you'll take the most important first step toward genuine and lifelong health and vibrancy.
Energy Gates Qigong teaches you how to maintain correct body alignments, smoothly shift weight while turning your body and Longevity Breathing. All are fundamentals necessary for developing energetic health, which is more important than being fit or just looking good.
These fundamental qigong exercises improve chi flow, posture and balance, and loosen tension in muscles, joints, ligaments and internal organs. Energy Gates Qigong exercises and swings also maximize the circulation of all bodily fluids, including blood and lymph. The smooth flow of chi throughout your body also strengthens your immune system.
The core element of Energy Gates Qigong is learning to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. This powerful neigong (nei gung, nei kung) technique increases internal awareness, develops chi inside your body and teaches you to feel where your chi is blocked.
In the beginning you learn how to scan down your body by using your mind, starting at the top of the head and descending to your feet. This preliminary practice trains you to internally relax and feel your body.
In time and will practice, you progress to using your mind's intent to dissolve blocked chi and open specific major energy gates of your body. You will feel more alive as your chi begins to flow more freely.
Cloud Hands is a slow-motion movement that teaches you to continuously and smoothly move your arms, legs, waist and torso in an integrated, coordinated manner as you turn and shift weight. It connects the energy of your whole body to your spine.
The Three Swings, called swai shou in Chinese, strengthen the primary chi flows in the body, particularly in the internal organs and what Chinese medicine calls the "three burners" of chi in the body: the upper, middle and lower tantiens. The swings open up the joints of the hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and fingers.
The First Swing has the primary function of opening the chi of the lower internal organs, the urinogenital area, the stomach and the intestines.
The purpose of the Second Swing is to energize and strengthen the middle internal organs, including the spleen, liver, stomach and pancreas, and glands such as the adrenals.
The Third Swing works the upper internal organs (the heart and lungs) and energizes the brain. It also adds spring to the vertebrae, so they open and close with greater ease. It also opens up the rotation of the shoulder joints, neck, hips and kwa. In general, it trains your body to relax and let go on command.
Unique to Taoism, the spine stretch allows you to bend and gently stretch each vertebra from the bottom of the back of the spine and proceeding upwards; then bend upwards as you stretch each vertebra from the front of the spine.
Besides making the spine more limber, the spine stretch begins the process of fully activating the chi of the spine and the brain, which is essential for all advanced qigong (chi gung/chi kung) practices.
- Sensei Mark
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on April 10, 2016 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Personal Safety Tips
Most of us leave our home at least once each day. Whether it's driving to the grocery store or going on your daily walk, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. By using simple precautions, you can safely enjoy the time you spend outside of your home.
Walking and Running Precautions:
Take a friend (even a furry one). Walking a dog, especially one inclined to bark at strangers, is better than venturing out alone.
Take your cell phone with you so you can call 911 if you see something suspicious.
Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan to return.
Avoid walking too closely to bushes or areas with any kind of tall overgrowth.
Stay attentive to your surroundings and if listening to music, keep the volume at a low level so you can hear what's going on around you.
Only run or walk in familiar areas.
Use caution when out at night. If you are out after dark, always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
Always walk on the sidewalk facing traffic. Facing traffic makes it more difficult for someone to drive up behind you without being noticed.
Driving and Parked Car Precautions:
Before heading to your destination, make sure you have enough gas to you there and back. You don't want to be stranded alone.
If you feel like you are being followed, drive to the nearest gas station or open business. Do not drive home until you are completely sure you are alone.
Roll up the windows and lock all car doors every time you leave your car.
When you approach your car, have the key ready.
Avoid parking in isolated areas especially at night. If possible, park your car under a lamppost.
If You Are Attacked:
Noise is your most immediate defense. Not only will sound attract attention to you and make your location known but it may also cause the would-be attacker to flee.
If possible, run in the direction of help. An assailant usually will not engage in a pursuit because it could increase the possibility of detection or apprehension.
If the assailant demands your purse, keys or money, give it to him or her. Don't risk your life.
Never leave the site of the attack when prompted by an attacker. Don’t believe an assailant that says he or she won’t hurt you if you leave with him or her. Stay where you are, fight and scream.
While these tips can be helpful, they do not guarantee your safety. Immediately contact the police if you detect any suspicious behavior.
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on February 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
THE 10 BENEFITS OF HEALTHY EATING
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating healthy provides a variety of benefits. No matter what motivates you, here are the top 10 reasons why you should sneak a few more nutrient-packed foods into your diet.
1. You’ll be more productive
Just like your car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. One study found that eating unhealthy foods puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work.
2. You’ll be happier
What we eat has an impact on our brains. Did you know bananas contain 10 milligrams of dopamine, a chief mood booster in the brain? Dark chocolate, packed with polyphenol, is also known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter that many antidepressants also target. You should see a doctor if you’re seriously concerned about your moods, but for the rare gloomy day, try a dark chocolate-covered banana.
3. You’ll be less stressed
Certain foods have the ability to moderate our body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Some studies have found that foods packed with vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium help reduce cortisol levels. When the body is in a chronic state of stress, it breaks down protein to prepare for battle. Eating a protein-rich diet, including fish and dairy, can help replenish protein stores and keep cortisol levels at bay.
4. You’ll control your weight
Simple healthy choices such as replacing soda with water, choosing carrots instead of chips, and ordering a side salad in place of fries not only will help you lose weight, it also can help you save money. The average household spends about $850 a year on soft drinks, which could easily be replaced with healthier — and free — water.
5. You’ll eat less
When it comes to eating healthier, quality trumps quantity. Fresh foods contain fewer low-nutrient fillers that the body burns through quickly. If you are buying and eating less food, then you will have more money in your pocket.
6. You’ll think it tastes better
Who would trade their Big Mac for a beet burger? Although taste is subjective, healthy food can taste delicious if it’s prepared well. One study showed that people perceive healthy food as tasting better even if it doesn’t. In a blind taste test, participants said organic coffee tasted better than regular coffee, even though the two cups were the same. So perhaps the beet burger is better after all — even if it’s only in your head.
7. You’ll age better
Why pay for expensive and painful Botox procedures when you can improve your skin through your diet? Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect your skin. The antioxidants in fresh berries and salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids both help improve the health of your skin’s cells and slow premature aging.
8. You’ll be healthier
Unhealthy eating — especially over the long term — can be a risk factor for chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. If you miss out on too much of the protein, vitamins and minerals that your body needs, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase.
9. You’ll live longer
Healthy eating can help you avoid diseases that may lower your life expectancy. One study showed that a diet of fruit and vegetables, in combination with exercise, extended life expectancy for women in their 70s. Elsewhere, researchers reviewed a group of studies that suggest vegetarian or low-meat diets could help you live a longer life. And another study points to nuts as a way to reduce your risks of other problems. No matter how you cut it, a healthy diet can play an important role in how long you’ll live.
10. You’ll save money
Many of the benefits of healthy eating contribute to potential savings. If you stay healthy, you’ll have fewer medical bills to pay and by cutting back on food, you’ll eat less and have fewer groceries to purchase. Save your body and your wallet and eat your greens today.
- SENSEI MARK
|Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on October 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
In Kyūdō, Zanshin means the body posture after the loosening of an arrow. The posture is intended to reflect the higher meaning of Zanshin, which is a mental aspect maintained before, during, and after an action.
In Karate, Zanshin is the state of total awareness. It means being aware of one's surroundings and enemies, while being prepared to react.
In the context of Kendō, Zanshin is the continued state of spirit, mental alertness and physical readiness to meet the situation (such as an opposing attack) that must be maintained when one returns to kamae after attacking. It is one of the essential elements that define a good attack.
During the practice of Aikidō, the usual method of practicing Zanshin is to focus on the just-thrown uke, or opponent, while holding kamae and maintaining awareness in case there are additional attacks or attackers. In Iwama-style training, Zanshin is practiced as general awareness of one's surroundings, of which the uke is just a small part of the training scenario. In Yôseikan-style Aikidô, students are trained to maintain that continued state of mental awareness and physical readiness beyond the dôjô walls....and into daily life.