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“If your MA journey was not recorded, then it didn’t happen,”-GM Peter Urban R.I.P. Post your MA history including photos and captions anytime so future generations will learn about your lineage and historic milestones, least everything will be forgotten if not written down and posted on major social media besides your own websites.-ASL/MA Historian


Tai Chi is all about maximizing efficiency of movement, getting the most amount of force with the least amount of effort. Its an internal martial art, which means it relies more on the inner body regions (core/waist/torso) than say boxing or karate.

The body is bigger and stronger than the limbs, so you can generate power without wasting energy (like drawing your arm all the way back before for a punch). Outside of the martial aspect though, the art is about health and balance of mind and body, and can be thought of as a moving form of meditation.

Tai Chi isn’t something you can “get” or have, its something you practice for health and well-being.—ASL


Random Acts of Kindness when done for no reason other than it makes you feel good has a double effect on those people around you. Kindness in words creates self-confidence. Kindness in astute thinking creates deeper meaning. Kindness in giving creates everlasting, universal love for all spirits you get to touch.—ASL • P.S. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. If you know of anyone, yourself included who believes in this principle and would like to share an act of kindness with us, please do.—ASL/Editor


“The Cunningham family is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Don “Doc” Cunningham at 7:00pm on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was surrounded by his dear wife, Lynn; son, Cory; daughter-in-law Sonia; and sister, Caroline. He is also survived by daughter, Sarah; grand-daughter Eliyana; sisters Pat and Mariam; brother Michael; and brother-in-law Wayne.

Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Monday, December 1 at Mullins Funeral Home, 120 West Main Street, Radford, VA. A Master Mason Funeral Service will follow at 7pm. Masons are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 6:45pm. Services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 2 at Grove United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Radford VFW Post 776. Please pass this information along to any friends or associates that may have known Don. Thank you.” Lynn Cunningham

Thanksgiving is, hands down, my favorite holiday. (What is yours?)

It doesn’t compel frantic gift giving (like the commercialized version of Christmas).

It doesn’t promote excessive alcohol consumption and forced gaiety
(like New Year’s Day).In fact Thanksgiving is so laid back, it doesn’t even require that folks exchange cards. Instead, Thanksgiving celebrates the basics: food, family, and friends and the deep fun that accompanies taking the time to enjoylife’s simple pleasures.

As icing on the cake, Thanksgiving encourages us – in its characteristically quiet and understated way – to take note of the things in our lives that are positive.

— Gratitude is power

It’s easy for entrepreneurs to fall into the trap of feeling that
life is a never-ending struggle, where letting your guard down for
a moment can mean ruin and every day is another day that the
ever-growing “Must Do” list fails to get done.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are a very fortunate
person indeed, but I have a feeling you may know a little about
the outlook I’m describing.

How do we get ourselves out of this particular ‘no-win’ trap?

— Thanksgiving is the answer.

Robert Emmons, a professor at the University of California, Davis,
demonstrated through an elegant set of experiments not long ago
that if you want to sleep better, feel better, and motivate yourself
to take better care of your health, regular Thanksgiving’ sessions
work magic.

Once a month, once a week, once a day.

Right now we celebrate Thanksgiving once a year and, truth be told;
it can be somewhat of a production’ and actually be a bit stressful
for some people.

But what if we had a Thanksgiving Day once a month?

And what if we defined “Thanksgiving Day” to mean spending a whole
day with the people you really want to be with just living: eating,
talking, playing, resting, and being mentally free from worries
(and ambition) of any kind.

One day per month.

Is there anyone so busy that they can’t arrange at least one day per
month for Thanksgiving?

Notice, by the way, that I said “arrange” not “find the time for”
In my experience, trying to “find the time” rarely works. In
contrast, arranging life to make the time for things has a nearly
100% success rate.

If it’s a good idea to have Thanksgiving once a month, why not
have it once a week?

I’m talking about consistently carving out one day each week where
you avoid the “busyness” of life and sit back to enjoy a good meal
and revel in the pleasure of spending time with people you love
the most.

That’s what weekends used to be for. Remember?

Finally, if Thanksgiving makes sense once a week, why not once a
day? A good meal, good company, peace and quiet, and attention not
on the things that aren’t working, that need to be improved, that
are still undone, but dedicated to enjoying and appreciating the
many things good in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving Day, dear OK Mag friends, fans, supportors & family!-ASL


Col. Nam Tae Hi passed away on November 7, at the age of 84. He was considered the right hand man for General Choi Hong Hi and assisted General Choi in formulating the first Taekwondo patterns (notably Hwa Rang, Choong Mu, and Ul Ji). He is also remembered for breaking 13 roof tiles with a downward punch during a demonstration for then South Korean President Syngman Rhee in 1954, who was so impressed that he ordered all South Korean troops to be trained in Taekwondo. GM Nam was known as the “Father” of Taekwondo in Viet Nam. He had moved to the United States in the early 1970s to teach.



William H. Duessel received his 10th Dan ranking in Isshinryu on July 15. Duessel, affectionately referred to as “Mr. Isshinryu” by Master Shimabuku, began his association with Isshinryu as a young man in the 1970s when he traveled to Okinawa, Japan to train with the legendary founder of this unique karate style. Since then he has regularly returned to Okinawa to train with Kichiro, Tatsuo’s son, bringing valuable self defense knowledge and skills to generations of students. Today, the 87-year-old Duessel continues to teach and train students in Isshinryu karate. His association, “WHD”, represents both his initials and his personal motto of “Will, Heart and Dedication.” He currently oversees schools in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Texas and Ohio.



Jin Kelly, best known for a co-starring role with Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon,” passed away on June 29. Born in Kentucky, Kelly was an accomplished athlete in high school. He began training in karate under Parker Shelton and won several championships including the middle weight title at the 1971 Long Beach Internationals put on by Ed Parker. He went on to appear in several other films and also was a professional tennis player.



Aaron Banks, a martial art pioneer on the East Coast and one of the original promoters of karate in America, has passed away at the age of 85. He was the creator of the well-known “Oriental World of Martial Arts” events in Madison Square Garden in New York City that gained national attention on network television. He promoted many karate events, tournaments and demonstations as well as teaching in his dojo for over three decades.



Karl Marx, founder of the Keichu-Do system passed away in February. The Louisiana native had been in the martial arts for over 60 years.


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