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What is Iaido?
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Iaido is the art of reacting to a surprise attack by counter attacking with a sword. An in-depth reading of the Japanese characters for Iaido is: I = being, AI = harmony, DO = way . "The way of harmonising oneself in action”. The Iaidoka (a practitioner of Iaido) wields a sword: not to control the opponent, but to control himself. Iaido is mostly performed solo as a series of Waza. The Iaidoka executes various techniques against single or multiple imaginary...

Jeet Kune Do
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Jeet Kune Do is a relatively new martial art, developed by the martial arts master, Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee began his martial arts career studying Wing Chun Kung Fu under grandmaster Yip Man in Hong Kong, and then taught his art in the U.S. as Jun Fan Kung Fu. Lee began by taking the best and most practical aspects of Wing Chun and combining these with elements of western boxing; trapping and grappling; and influences from a variety of other...

Kendo: History, Philosophy and Culture
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The sword has been a part of Japanese culture since the earliest surviving records of that country. References to swordsmanship can be found in the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters), and the Nihon Shoki (History of Japan), two of the oldest chronicles of Japanese history. Though it is difficult to make accurate date estimates from those sources (dated to the 8th century A.D.), other sources describe references to the use of the bokken (wooden sword) as a weapon as early...

How To Find an Aikido Dojo
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Aikido cannot be learned from books or from teachers who have learned from books. To study Aikido, one needs to find a qualified teacher probably, to join a school. And, as Aikido becomes better known, more fashionable, and more lucrative, potential students need to be increasingly careful in choosing teachers and schools. But how should people go about choosing? When deciding whether to join a certain Aikido school, what should people think about? What should they look for in a teacher? Here are some suggestions:

An Introduction to Deployable Recovery Systems
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The first known written account of a parachute concept is found in da Vinci's notebooks (cl495). The sketch he drew consisted of a cloth material pulled tightly over a rigid pyramidal structure. Although da Vinci never made the device, he is given credit for the concept of lowering man to the earth safely using a maximum drag decelerator. Fauste Veranzio constructed a device similar to da Vinci's drawing and jumped from a tower in Venice in 1617. Over a century would pass before further developments would be made by the famous balloonists, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier. In 1783 they succeeded...

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Credit for the invention of the first practical parachute frequently goes to Sebastien Lenormand who demonstrated the parachute principle in 1783. However, parachutes had been imagined and sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) centuries earlier and other inventors have designed parachutes, including fellow Italian Fauste Veranzio who constructed a device based on da Vinci's drawing and jumped from a Venice tower in 1617. Jean Pierre Blanchard (1753-1809), a Frenchman was probaly the first person to actually use a parachute for an emergency. In 1785, he dropped a dog in a basket, to which a parachute was attached, from a balloon...

Stefan Banic 1870-1941
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Stefan Banic, a Slovak inventor, constructed a prototype of a parachute in 1913 and tested it in Washington D.C. in front of the U.S. Patent Office and military representatives by jumping from a 41-floor building and subsequently from an airplane in 1914. His patented parachute became a standard equipment for U.S. pilots during the World War I. Banic worked in the United States from 1907 to 1921, with two interruptions. His name is not well-known, however, the Patent Office and military records confirm these historical facts, as you can also see, if you visit various Air Force ( and government...

What to ask before jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet
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Is this really for me? There’s no way to tell unless you take the leap. “It doesn’t feel like anything you’ve done before,” says Cindy Gibson, of Austin Skydiving Center in Texas. It’s not like the herky-jerky sensation of riding a roller coaster or bungee jumping since, believe it or not, there’s no sense of falling. It’s windy and noisy, but the primary sensation is peaceful floating, followed by a sharp tug when the chute opens. Free fall has been described as cruising atop a tornado, and as the ultimate high—with no hangover. Solo or tandem? Most first-timers opt...

 Aaron Sagers
The First Jump
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Back in my Army days, I had come very close to making a sport parachute jump. Only my receipt of orders appointing me to Officer Candidate School, had interrupted the scheme. In those days, skydivers used military surplus round parachutes that land where the wind blows them. And the landings were more often than not, hard. Those skydives frequently resulted in leg and ankle injuries, and I rationalized that it would not be good to begin the OCS adventure with a broken ankle or the like. So, I had not jumped; but as the years passed, I thought from time...

 Bill Bayley
Deanna Kent Skydancer
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On this day, from all over the world, two hundred and fifty friends and family gathered in Palm Coast Florida. For her family from Mexico, for the friends who arrived from all over North America, the Orient, South America, Europe, for friends from their early years in Mexico, Elsinore and Perris, for those from her more recent time in Florida - - - for those who danced with her in the joy of her life and cradled her in the challenges of her confusing illness, this day was indeed a celebration of life! In the indoor service, to which bountiful...

 Julia M. Murphy