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Designer Giovanni Bedin was inspired by a 1910 red velvet coat designed by Monsieur Worth, which is displayed at the Kyoto Costume Museum. The collection had an oriental feel in its colors, pagoda sleeves, and 3D-effect origami fabrics. The lengths were mostly mini, midi and long. Giovanni Bedin useDesigner Giovanni Bedin was inspired by a 1910 red velvet coat designed by Monsieur... more
Flowers and cards can never quite repay mom for all she's done, but have you ever thought about how much she's really worth?Flowers and cards can never quite repay mom for all she's done, but have you ever... more
On May 26th, 2009, in a 6-1 ruling, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 as constitutional. While the immediate reaction was one of anger and defeat, the passionate words of a few, during the protest that followed, inspired a crowd of thousands to continue the fight for equality.
Appearing in this short documentary are Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lt. Dan Choi, Drew Barrymore, George Takei and Brad Altman.On May 26th, 2009, in a 6-1 ruling, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8... more
Yes, we do have elitists in America. But elitism isn’t necessarily bad – on the contrary, depending on what sort of elitism we’re talking about, it may be a very good thing. It may be the very quality that allowed the US to become the greatest nation in the world, or it may be the quality that is eroding our greatness more and more each day.Yes, we do have elitists in America. But elitism isn’t necessarily bad –... more
"In the absence of the warrior-protector, the only way that a government can protect a society is to remove the freedom of its people. And in such a society, the sons and daughters of Lions become sheep".
Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho
James Williams is the President of Bugei Trading Company, Inc. He has been studying martial arts since 1960 and teaching since 1975. James has trained, competed in, and taught a number of different martial disciplines: Japanese, Okinawan, Chinese, Filippino, as well as the Brazilian system of Jujitsu as taught by Rorion and Royce Gracie. His experience includes western wrestling, which he also coached, as well as competing in boxing and kickboxing. His love of samurai martial traditions came with his study of the Yanagi ryu of the Yoshida han under Don Angier Sensei and the martial traditions of the Kuroda han as taught by Kuroda Tetsuzan Sensei. James also studied Daito ryu Roppokai with Okamoto Seigo sensei.
James also teaches Close Quarters Combat to police and military both foreign and domestic. The method used, "The System of Strategy," is based on those skills developed and cultivated by ancient warriors. He is the designer of the "Hissatsu," a close quarter battle knife that is produced by Columbia River Knife and Tool. James is certified as an instructor of Systema, an Ancient Russian Martial Art taught by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev. Williams sensei teaches Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho, (kenjutsu, iaijutsu, tanto jutsu and aikijujutsu) and The System in Encinitas California.
"James Williams of Bugei Trading Company fame, treated the Blade Show attendees to a rare show of skill with the Japanese sword. We were all quite impressed by Mr. Williams' poise and presentation as he used both one and two handed cutting techniques to sever 4 inch and 5 inch bundles of Tatami (rice straw) mats. In particular, we enjoyed seeing Mr. Williams make multiple cuts in rapid secession and even sever falling mats in mid air. But perhaps the greatest exhibition of skill was the finale where Mr. Williams demonstrated how a highly killed swordsman could suddenly drop low to the ground to avoid an opponent's blow while simultaneously drawing and cutting with his own blade. Most impressive! While Bugei Trading is a fierce competitor of ours in the sword business, we never want to become so mean spirited that we can't recognize real skill and ability when we see it. We congratulate Mr. Williams on the fantastic demonstration we were privileged to watch and encourage all of our readers who love swords not to miss it next year!"
Lynn Thompson, Cold Steel Knives (read more testimonials)
Martial Arts Experience
• Wrestling at the high school and collegiate level
• Kenjutsu-Japanese sword art
• Iaijutsu-Samruai sword art
• Shorin ryu Okinawa-te
• Tanto jitsu-Samurai knife art
• Hojojitsu-Samurai restraining art
• Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
• Temple Tai Chi
• Arnis de Mano
• Hung Gar Kung Fu
• Tang Soo Do
• Aiki Jiu Jitsu-Samurai unarmed art
• Systema-Russian military art (certified in Russia)
• Coached wrestling - Jr. High and High School Level
• Tang Soo Do
• Coached Boxing and Kick Boxing
• Currently teaching
Military combatives and knife defense
Police Arrest and Control and knife defense
• Teaching seminars and giving demonstrations throughout the United States &
• SureFire Institute Low Light and Combatives Instructor
• Employed as personal bodyguard
• State of California Concealed Weapons Course
• Current CPR qualified.
• Designer of the Hisstasu, a CQB/Anti-Terrorist knife being produced by
CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool).
• U.S. Army Infantry
• Military Police
• 6th Army Competitive Pistol Team
• Officer Candidate School Graduate
• California Post Certified Firearms Instructor
• Advanced Hostage Rescue Course graduate • SFI Low Light Instructor
Agencies and Personnel Taught: List incomplete
• Naval Special Warfare Combatives Instructors
• Law Enforcement SWAT agencies nation wide
• USAF Air Mobility Warfare C
http://www.bugei.com/virtue.html"In the absence of the warrior-protector, the only way that a government can... more
FORT WORTH – The roar of revving engines at Texas Motor Speedway was replaced today with a soft hum of race cars powered by batteries and the sun.
High school pit crews fiddled with solar cells and circuits at the 14th annual Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge.
The Winston School of Dallas is one of two Texas teams facing students from New York, Connecticut, Florida, Oregon, Colorado, California, Nevada, Mississippi and Louisiana in a four-day competition that ends Friday. The winner gets a trophy and bragging rights.
"It is a really cool thing," T.J. Dailey, a rising sophomore who worked on the Winston car, the Sun Hunter. "It’s really unique, all the ideas here. They’re just really cool pieces of machinery."
The competition, started by Winston in 1993 with three teams, has since grown to 43 eligible programs across the United States and nearly 20 locations internationally, said Lehman Marks, head of science at Winston.
Race locations alternate between a race track, such as the Texas Motor Speedway, and a long-distance road race each year. Past races have included Round Rock, Texas to New York and Dallas to Los Angeles. Next year’s race is being planned from Dallas to Seaside, Oregon and being sponsored by Dallas-based Hunt Oil.
The cars themselves come in all shapes and sizes. Some cars run on three wheels, other four. Some cars rely on power from a single solar panel. Others pull energy from multiple panels all over the car. Because the cars are hand-built and designed by the students the designs can vary greatly.
“They are high school kids doing what engineers do,” said Louis Glover, physics teacher at W. T. White High School in Dallas. “These are not the AP kids ... These are the kids who took Algebra I multiple times.”
Dallas' W.T. White High School team is a first-time competitor. Their car, Quetzalcoatl, has 50 solar cells on its 5 by 2 meter body and is powered by a 4.5 horsepower motor.
But just how fast do these solar cars go? The minimum speed to compete is 15 miles per hour, but Glover said solar cars can go much faster.
“Some cars, I’ve heard, can do 100 miles per hour,” he said. “But I’ve been telling the kids ‘Remember the tortoise and the hare. This is not a speed race, it’s a consistency race.'”
The winner of the race is the team that clocks the most total laps after four days of racing. Most cars will circle the track anywhere from 60 to 100 times a day. Teams work hard to conserve the most battery power and complete the most laps.
“It’s not just flooring it; it’s about strategy,” Marks said. “Putting your foot on the brake wastes energy.”
Brayan Delgado, 18, is the team captain of the South Plantation High School team in Plantation, Fla. His team was clocking other cars and using advanced math and computer software to try to predict the other teams’ tendencies.
“I remember last year, Winston would have a strategy -- they would go fast for two or three laps and then go slow for a lap,” he said.
Delgado said his team, which took third place last year, has worked hard to get ready for this year and even took the car for a test run in Everglades National Park. "We’ve been dying to do this race again," he said.
Even with fierce competition on the track, event organizers said that one of the ways the program succeeds is by bringing students from all over the country together to learn from each other.
“Yesterday a car from Connecticut fell over. Four teams were there helping it get back up,” Marks said. “It’s not a competition; it’s cooperation.”
Getting to the race can run up quite a bill. Marks said the event itself relies on the support of sponsors sFORT WORTH – The roar of revving engines at Texas Motor Speedway was replaced... more
The good folks over at Worth 1000 have been holding a Photoshop contest in which artists are tasked to demonstrate their ability to convey ideas through imagery. The concept is that they must create an image that represents a movie title using only manipulated pictures, absolutely no words.The good folks over at Worth 1000 have been holding a Photoshop contest in which... more