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raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

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Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

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thestickchick:

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craigriellamartialartsfan:

So here’s my question to you awesome people “why” why did you start martial arts what was your reason. shaped-by-karate the-history-of-fighting budo-blair karatekafan please re blog as you wish thank you

craigriellamartialartsfan

When I was 8 years old, my teacher’s son taught a couple of free classes at the elementary school where I attended. I saw him performing some moves and loved it from day one, the discipline, the strength, the character, all of it, it was interesting, amazing to me.

When the free classes were over, my father started taking me to their dojo. Been there ever since.

Sorry that there’s no profound or grandeur reason to it, but hey, I was just 8 years old. =p  

When I turned 38, I underwent a pretty profound midlife crisis for a couple of years.  My stepfather became very sick at the same time, and I realized I had to change my ways (no physical activity to speak of, very stressful job, chain smoking, eating very poorly) or old age was going to suck like his (note - he did NOT change his ways, and he died at a relatively young age unnecessarily and in misery as a result).

The first thing I did was quit smoking, and that took about a year to work through.  Then I started eating right.  Then I looked into physical activity.  Going to the gym bores me to tears, I can’t run or bike (bad knees)…

My kid had been in the martial arts for about two years, so I said, hey, let’s check that out.

I knew after the first class that I was going to do this for the rest of my life.  This was just a few months before I turned 40 years old, six years ago.

And now I aim to teach it full-time some day…

I watched my dad (Shotokan stylist) for many years as a small child. He taught me how to box when I was around 10 but it was always my dream to take karate, and reach the proficiency that my father had reached.

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theblindninja:

Old Karate 

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Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

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Everyone needs a dancing Lego Deadpool, right?

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