Wednesday, December 17, 2008

holiday class schedule 2008

open dec. 22, 23 --> mon and tues
open sat dec 27th
closed on wed and thur december 24 and 25th
open dec 29, 30 and jan 3

closed dec 31 and jan 1st

master griffin


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My name is Mike Dale and I am the Assistant Principal for student Life at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter of recommendation for Keith griffin. My name is Mike Dale and I am the Assistant Principal for student Life at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cristo Rey is a Twin Cities private, college-preparatory high school that serves low-income students.

Master Griffin was brought on board to participate in Cristo Rey’s Social Success Program offered after school from 4 pm to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Master Griffin started with Cristo Rey last year. Master Griffin is a fabulous teacher and was very popular with the students. He works with large numbers of freshman and sophomores two times per week and never has discipline problems he cannot manage. Students enjoy learning martial arts with him and the discipline that goes with learning martial arts.

I recommend Keith Griffin for any program or position for which he is qualified. He is a great teacher and person and will benefit any group with which he is associated. Please feel free to contact me for further information.


Michael J. Dale
Assistant Principal for Student Life
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
612 545 9712

2924 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407-4194
Phone 612 545 9700
Fax 612 276 0142

karate promotion results for october 2008 from griffn martial arts

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Saturday 11AM GRADUATES :

Tuesday 7:15PM GRADUATES:

Mr. Chris Stock 1st Degree Black Belt and cameraman

COMMENTS: Overall the belt promotion went smoothly and all the guests and students had a wonderful experience. We had photos and a potluck after party to share with the guests and family. We (master g) gave a free mini Taekwondo Mini class, to the guests of the testers. The offer of one free month applies to a guest of the belt graduates.

Great job on the board breaks and the moms sparring each other. christina and molly, way to go

griffin martial arts
4101 chicago ave south
Minneapolis, MN 55407 ,

keep kicking

Friday, October 10, 2008

Student Benefits As a student member of the UTA

Student Benefits
As a student member of the UTA you will be excited to know all the benefits your organization has to offer.
Members of the UTA are Nationally and Internationally certified in rank.
You can rest assured that your school is up to standard with the Nationally Accredited UTA teaching curriculum.
Students will have transfer privileges to any associated UTA TaeKwon-Do or Karate school.
You will receive an accredited UTA certificate for each belt level that you achieve. Black Belts will receive an authentic UTA Black Belt certificate.
Proudly wear the official UTA uniform patches. Students receive a free patch upon enrollment.
Attend and compete in all UTA sanctioned events, including tournaments, rallies and training seminars that will propel you forward as a martial artist. Events are divided by children and adults and also by age.
You and your family will be able to take advantage of all the discounts offered at all UTA events.
As a student member of the UTA, you will automatically gain competition points if you enter any of our regional, national or international events. (This competition rating system is usually reserved for student Black Belts.)
The UTA hosts several family-friendly events throughout the year, including the annual Ozark Adventure Camp and the Annual Spring Family Float Trip. Visit our Photo Album to see some of our amazing events!
Receive the UTA Masters’ Council Invitation to Black Belt Banquets.
If you are a parent enrolling your child, you will be happy to know that all of our events are offered in a safe and healthy environment for all members. All events are planned by age categories to accommodate all ages and belt levels.
You will receive regular updates via e-mail on all events scheduled throughout the year so you and your family can plan ahead to catch all the excitement.
Register conveniently with on-line registration to all events.
Once two family members are enrolled, the rest of the family is FREE!
Student membership dues may be paid quarterly or annually.


upcoming events at gma

diamond nationals world karate championships

griffin martial art students
pitbull --> Pat L.

Mr. Bolden 3RD DEGREE black belt
Mr. Olakunle 4TH DEGREE black belt

Master Griffin will be a tournament judge and offical

wish our guys good luck.

posting of the results after the tournament

saturday 18th and tuesday 21st
Each tester is encouraged to bring two guests and some food to share after the belt tying ceremony and before the free demo class for the guests by master griffin.
Sat exam and potluck is at 11am and the Tuesday exam and potluck is at 7:15pm

Please bring cameras and camcorders along with sparring gear

Keep kickin and good luck to all testers on your next belt rank


United TaeKwon-Do Alliance has appointed Master Griffin to the Midwest Regional Vice-President

United TaeKwon-Do Alliance

United TaeKwon-Do Alliance has appointed Master Griffin to the Midwest Regional Vice-President as of October 9th 2008, by UTA President Master Jason Wadley of Lake Jackson, Texas.

Master Griffin 7th Degree Black Belt will serve as an assest to the UTA and Minnesota Martial arts community to build up studio memberships and studios business development.

karate and WARNING! The Cult Awareness Network (CAN)

(The Dark Side of the Moo)
City Pages/April 1, 1992by Jennifer Vogel
Minneapolis, MN -- All Russell Johnson could think about was the pain. His arms were so engorged with blood that he couldn't reach up and touch his face. The skin around his biceps was stretched tight. To eat, he had to lower his face to his plate and chow like a dog. As he lay awake in bed on this his third sleepless night since doing the 100 circular-style pushups at a Chung Moo Quan school, his arms still throbbed-the ache even reached down into his kidneys.
The pushups were punishment. Johnson had been left in charge of the school on the lake in south Minneapolis the Friday before. He was an assistant instructor at the time. (Chung Moo Quan has many ranks of instructors, from national instructors on down to assistants.) The list of instruction he was to follow was on the head instructor's side of the desk, turned toward his chair. It had been drilled into Johnson's head that he was never to go behind the desk unless he had permission. He assumed that the note was probably personal. So he hadn't done the things on the list. Johnson always followed the rules of Chung Moo Quan, no matter how strange they seemed, because he was very serious about martial arts and wanted someday to have the honor of running a school.
That was why he got down to do the pushups, painful as they were. That was why he did things the Chung Moo Quan way: never saying out loud the number "four" (it was "three plus one " instead), entering rooms right foot first, sleeping with his body lined up on an east-west axis, living with other instructors and making his cash payment to the school every month in a plan white envelope.
This night as he lay in bed with his arms swelled up, he was debating whether to go to a doctor. For years he had been taught that John C. Kim, the founder and master of the schools, was all-powerful and could heal anything. He was conditioned to have complete faith in the schools and to believe that every answer was in Chung Moo Quan. It was this training that led Johnson to the schools on Tuesday and Wednesday complaining about his arms. He says one instructor tried acupressure, but his arms were too hard even to make a dent in the skin. They told him to wait until Friday, when a national instructor would be in town to look at him.
Johnson tried to wait. He took hot baths. He put Mineral Ice on his arms. But at 3:00 a.m. he finally sneaked out of the apartment he shared with two other assistant instructors and went to an emergency room. "I decided to go to the hospital and not tell the school. I didn't want to lose my opportunity to learn how to run a school," says Johnson. "All I wanted was some pain and sleeping pills to help me make it until Friday."
But when he got to the hospital, doctors told him that he had Compartment Syndrome that the pockets around his arm muscles weren't getting oxygen. They said that dead muscle tissue was being circulated through his kidneys and that if he didn't have an emergency operation, he could have permanent kidney damage, lose his arms, even die. "When they told me this I tried to leave, but they wouldn't let me," remembers Johnson. I wouldn't sign the release form until the school said it was all right." The hospital wanted to call his family but Johnson wouldn't let them.
When one of the instructors showed up at the hospital, after a phone call, Johnson tried to sit up and bow to him "to show that I still had faith in the school." The instructor told Johnson to stay down and that it was all right not to bow, and he called a national instructor to see what they should do. He gave the okay to operate, since Johnson was already at the hospital. Johnson says he was told that he didn't do anything wrong, that he still had the opportunity to learn how to run a school and Master John C. Kim would have instructors show him a form that would help his arms heal. A form is a choreographed series of blocks and attacks usually simulating nature -the flight of an eagle, the stalk of a tiger, or the relentless waves of the ocean.
He was in the hospital for 16 days, five of those with his arms hanging wide open in the back so they could drain. Doctors had to take skin from his legs to close them up. Instructors brought him movies, pizza, flowers, copies of playboy, and a sweat suit to wear instead of hospital gowning.
But according to Johnson, that was where their loyalty ended. When he returned to teaching, instructors and assistant instructors started asking him why he went to the hospital instead of the school. He started hearing stories about himself being circulated by other Chung Moo Quan members. The suggestion that he'd betrayed his training upset Johnson a great deal. "I felt that [People] were starting to believe this and that I was being used as an example of what happens to a student who doesn't trust the school enough to come for help." Higher belts at the school started criticizing Johnson's work habits and his dedication to the way of John C. Kim.
It got to be to much for Johnson. After all he had been willing to die for Chung Moo Quan. How much more loyalty could they want? He felt betrayed. First he moved away from the other instructors and got an apartment of his own. Then, on November 2, 1988, about eight years after he started, he quite.
"When I quite the school, I also had to quit my full and part-time jobs so the school wouldn't find me and try to get me to come back. I hid in my apartment for six weeks with the lights off and I didn't answer my phone or the door," remembers Johnson. I was really paranoid. And they were coming and ringing my doorbell, coming over at 3 o'clock in the morning." When he finally answered the phone, it was an instructor on the other end wanting Johnson to come and talk. "I said I would, but I never showed."
He was in an excruciating place: still harboring the mistrust of the outside world he'd learned in his years at Chung Moo Quan, and suddenly afraid of the people there, too Yet at heart, Johnson remained loyal to Chung moo Quan and to Kim. He didn't contact an attorney about what happen to his arms until two years after he left, when it became clear that at the people at school weren't going to do what he really wanted-tell John C. Kim the truth about what happen to him. And that he had been a faithful student. The attorney he contacted was the first person whoever suggested to Johnson that he'd been involved with a cult.
Chung Moo Quan advertises its teachings as "Eight Martial Arts Taught as One," stemming from the "1500-year-old royal line of Chung Moo." Currently there are schools in at least six states, including five in Minnesota. City Pages left unreturned messages at three of the Minnesota schools and got the same repeated response "We decline to be interviewed" from the other two. By Russ Johnson's estimate, there are 50-60 students at each Minnesota outlet. There is no way to make an educated guess about school revenues in Minnesota, but a 1990 news report about the ten schools in Chicago area placed revenues there at up to $1.8 million annually.
The schools were founded by John C. Kim, an elusive figure who promotes himself as the "Undefeated Champion of All Asia," a title that Tae Hi Nam of the USA Tae Kwon Do Federation says does not exist. Kim, who was identified in one news report as a former maintenance man, established the first schools in the late 1970s around the Chicago area. The seldom-seen Kim has five addresses and according to one professional search done in 1991, no recorded assets.
Chung Moo Quan literature promises its students confidence, a longer life, and a strong mind and body. This sounded pretty impressive to Johnson when he started, a 16-year-old from the projects in north Minneapolis. Raised by his mother, he yarned for some discipline-a father figure. He turned to martial arts because he wanted to learn how to defend himself on the streets, and because "Chuck Norris movies were big back then."
Johnson went down to the school nearly every day, by bus, on foot, or on his bike. "It started out really positive," he says. "When I started, there was a guy at the Brooklyn Center school. This guy could move like no one I'd ever seen. Like someone out of a movie. He was my instructor for three years or so, and he helped me get away from drugs and do good in school. He'd give me discounts on my payments. They still do that for students who get good grades. "He left in 1983 and then they told me that he went to a school in California. Then they said he had some family problems. Then they told me some women took over his mind. But I've talked to him recently and he told me that he left because he felt he was conning people."
The former instructor, now living out of state, confirms Johnson's story and adds: "At the time it seemed like we were all working together. They would tell you that your mind was strong and that you were powerful, but Kim was pushing all the buttons. The students were investing their time and money in the school, promised the possibility of becoming an instructor or having a school of their own, but that wasn't happening. All the proceeds were going to John C. Kim. When I finally left the school after five years of instructing, I left without a penny, with just the shirt on my back."
Five years later in 1988, Johnson himself was a wreck. He didn't understand why he was so completely collapsed for those six weeks after leaving the school. Nor did he understand the paralysis and the fear. "I had no idea what a cult was," says Johnson. But then he started doing research. He got a book on cults and mind control from the library. He also got a tape of a 1989 investigative series by Chicago TV news reporter Pam Zekman, labeling Chung Moo Quan a cult. It accused instructors of swindling the students out of large sums of money and using mind control techniques.
They had 10 schools in Chicago and it's suburbs-but that number was whittled to three after the broadcast and a subsequent investigation by the Illinois Attorney Generals office and the IRS. When the video was later shown to students at the schools in Houston, around 30 students left. Johnson hadn't heard any of this. Outwardly Chung Moo Quan schools are run as individual business, much like franchises. But ex-students say inwardly they have always been run with an iron hand by Master John C. Kim and a group of national instructors.
All Chung Moo promotional literature comes from a central source in Chicago and looks pretty much the same. Instructors, especially those higher up in the organization, rotate between schools in different parts of the country. The schools also run the same ads across the country (recently starring priest and police officer testimonials).
Ads for the local schools have popped up Twin Cities media, including a two-page spread in last week's Twin Cities Reader, since City Pages began trying to contact them for this story. Students' say-and even the school's critic's admit-the Chung Moo program is rigorous, and that it includes some valuable martial arts skills. "I'm paying $4,800 to get to black belt," says first-year student Chris Newcombe. "That's twice what other school charge. But what they teach there is 10 times more than what they teach at other schools."
It's hard to get former students or students from other martial arts programs to talk on the record about Chung Moo Quan. Many of them cite fear of retaliation from people at the schools. But a number of students and instructors from other Twin Cites martial arts programs who agreed to speak anonymously say money has everything to do with advancement at Chung Moo Quan.
A former Minnesota instructor who spoke to Zekman (but declined to say anymore to City Pages out of fear of reprisal) claims that getting students to sign large contracts was the whole point. He says that after they'd been around a while, students would be humiliated and intimidated -subtly but purposefully-to pull them into advanced courses: "By the time I would get a student into the office, hopefully he's very intimidated and willing to accept my direction and my word on things."My direction would be to get him into black belt course."
Despite repeated efforts, Frank Kucia (a national instructor and 8th-degree black belt reported to be Kim's number-two man), the members of the Minnesota Chung Moo Association, and owners of the schools in the Twin Cities could not reached or declined to comment.
But in the Zekman report, an attorney for the schools in Chicago denied that they were a cult and said he wasn't aware that they were doing anything illegal. Not long after he uttered those words, the Illinois Attorney General's office filed suit against John C. Kim and the Chung Moo Quan schools in the Chicago area, seeking to run them out of the state.
Assistant Attorney General Lynn Worley says they violated Illinois's Physical Fitness and Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices acts. "Those acts say you can only charge up to $2,500 a year for fitness services, you need to give out copies of contracts, and you can't use coercion to sell a service. Those are the rules and we contend that they've violated all of them."
Her office is suing to get possession of a property in Naperville, plus damages for the students who filed complaints. They've include the property in the suit, Worley says because "we believe a great deal of students' money went into the property and maintenance. Students labor went into building the second house."
Chung Moo Quan's troubles have come on two fronts. One is financial. In August 1990, IRS agents raided schools in Chicago and a ranch in Texas for Chung Moo Quan bookkeeping records. The suspicion was that the schools weren't accurately claiming their income. An estimate from a later Zekman report said the Chicago schools claimed around #350,000 in income-but took in more like $1.8 million.
The IRS wouldn't confirm or deny an ongoing investigation, but Johnson says he has had close contact with agents and has turned over information. It's going to be a year or so, but the indictments are going to go down and the way I understand it, the ones who talk now will be allowed to go free, but the other ones are going to be prosecuted."
Ex-students in Illinois and other states, including Minnesota, complain of being charged exorbitant amounts of money for their training-some as much as $50,000. Johnson estimates that he paid a mere $15,000 during his career, but that's still much more than other schools charge.
Chung Moo Quan schools often get around $200 a month, sometimes more, for lessons. Johnson was paying $350 a month when he quite, besides paying large sums for tests and putting in long hours teaching. Other martial arts schools in the Twin Cities say they charge a flat rate between $35 and $75 a month.
Though recently published Chung Moo Quan rates show lower costs as a students advances from belt to belt, several ex-students reported the opposite experience in their time there. And ex-Chung Moo students say they paid in cash even when the payments were thousands of dollars. (This was explained as a mater of deference to Kim and to Asian custom.)
The schools had strange formula for tabulating the payments, too. Whenever students or instructors talked out load about money-and apparently in the books of some schools, according to financial documents from Chicago -actual sums were divided by one hundred. If you were talking about a hundred dollars, you said "one dollar." Johnson says he was told that's because money means nothing to John C. Kim; to him, a hundred dollars only seemed like a dollar. "It belittled the money," says Johnson. "After a while, you didn't think a lot of $200."
Johnson and other Minnesota ex-students say they were promised that one day they would own a school or at least be an instructor and be making as much as a doctor or a lawyer. "They said to consider it like college tuition," says Johnson. "And I thought well, if that's the case, $200 a month isn't so bad. I go through a hard time now, but later on things would be easy."
Often they got second and third jobs to pay the fees, or took out loans, or sold valuables. "I don't think it was the instructors' intention, in their own minds, to deceive us. It was what they call heavenly deception-where they deceive people to help them have a better life. "Most of these people are good people," says Johnson. "But they got involved in a corrupt system."
He admits he used manipulation techniques as well. One of Johnson's duties as an assistant instructor was to conduct what he calls "sideways conversation." "Someone would come in and I'd find out detailed personal information, like how much money they made, if they were married or single. If they had anything in their savings account. What kind of car they drove. I'd buddy up to them. Then I'd go and tell an instructor what they told me. And I felt like I was helping this person, that the instructor would give them a black belt and they would have a better life and a stronger mind and body."
Another Minnesota ex-student who didn't want to be named says he and his wife paid $20,000 during their three-year stint in the schools "I regret and resent the amount of money I paid," he says. "I felt their style was intimidation." And there was always the encouragement to become an instructor. "I heard I would earn $40-$80,00. Later I learned they were earning very little." (Former instructors say they only made around $8-$12,000 a year.) He likens the setup to a pyramid scheme: "All the money is funneled up. Very few-only those at the top-benefit."
In Minnesota there have been only two complaints against Chung Moo Quan filed with the Attorney General's office. According to MaryKay Milla, assistant communication director, in both cases the students got their money back under the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Currently Johnson and one other former Minnesota student are preparing to file complaints in hopes of pushing the office into opening an investigation. But Milla says at the most they'd only be able to charge them with misleading students by using deceptive trade practices.
Though Minnesota does have law regulating health clubs, Milla says martial arts schools don't fall under those laws.
Pictures of John C. Kim doing martial arts stunts are all over the outside of the Chung Moo Quan schools. Kim himself is the center of Chung Moo Quan philosophy. But it's more the mystery of John C. Kim than anything about the actual man that the students learn. "You weren't allowed to ask personal questions about Kim," recalls Johnson. "But I met Kim twice, so I know he exists." City Pages efforts to track Kim down at any of his five known addresses failed. "Master" supposedly worked his whole life to develop the Chung Moo Quan forms.
According to Kurt Chappell, an Assistant instructor in Houston and six-year member until he left Chung Moo Quan last year, "They tell you that you are learning the most powerful movements in the world, but most of them you can find at any other school. They would say that everything came from John C. Kim, even the stretches. If they can get you to believe that everything comes from them, they have complete control. I used to been in athletics in high school, and though I bought into it, I knew that I had done the same stretches there."
Though the Zekman report said Kim was a former maintenance man, he was touted to students as a superman. " I was told that once a man was dying and the doctors couldn't do anything," remembers Johnson, "and John C. Kim came in and made all the doctors leave and then he healed this person.
"I always had a hard time with the story that Master Kim could run to Duluth in 45 minutes, but I was shaking my head yes when they were telling me." Other outlandish stories claimed that when movie star Bruce Lee died in 1973, it had been Kim who sent a higher belt to kill him because he was divulging secrets about Chung Moo Quan.
According to yet another legend, Kim slept with 3,000 women and they all either killed themselves or became nuns because they couldn't handle it. Johnson says this story plays into Chung Moo Quan's strange ideas about women.
They told us that have no minds. They didn't say stay away from women, but we were supposed to control the relationship. They'd say that the women always wants control of the relationship but when has she doesn't know what to do with it. I was not allowed to sign up a woman on the first day of the month. If one came in, I would have to tell her I was out of release forms or membership forms and that she would have to come back later. You were always supposed to start the first day of the month off with a strong male."
Others say were told that Kim could break a mirror without touching it and that he could take on different physical forms-he could be anybody, and you wouldn't know it. One of the most interesting tales came from an ex-Minnesota student who said he was told that someone in Chicago had touched one of John C. Kim's pictures and had been frozen on the spot. Instructors at the school had to get a Kim on the phone to have him talk the student out of it.
Chung Moo Quan has thrown a lot of parties in the Twin Cites. But none was so important as the one planned every year for John C. Kim's birthday. Students would stay up all night making elaborate frostings designs on cakes and they were all expected to contribute to a gift fund. "Usually $100 would be the minimum for black belts," recalls Johnson.
In a court hearing in Texas last July, an instructor from the area claimed that the money they collected for Kim's birthday didn't even go to him. The man said Kim didn't accept it.
"The first time I met Kim," says Johnson, "was at the national instructor's house. He talked to us about his life, and about his life on Bow & Arrow Mountain [in Korea]. Which he said got its name because you could shoot an arrow up into the mountain and it'd never come back. And I thought, "That doesn't make any sense. Of course an arrow's not going to come back to you.'
"He talked about living in the caves with tigers and all these different animals, and how he developed his forms. He talked to us for about three hours. Can you imagine sitting with your legs crossed for three hours while someone's talking? My legs were asleep. My back was dying. He just went on and on.
The stuff he was saying didn't make much sense. It just went in circles, really confusing. But you had work for all this time and you felt like you hadn't learned anything-that all this time with all the money and hard training, you still hadn't done anything. He'd break you down and he'd start you all over again.
Some of the mystery might be lifted from the image of John C. Kim when he is forced to give a deposition to the Attorney General's office in Chicago later this year.
Kim is the top," says Johnson of the Chung Moo mind set. "He is the best that you can be. And so people want to be perfect like him. So, they start cloning him. Kim gets a perm, instructors across the country get perms. He grows a mustache and they grow mustaches. He speaks broken English, so Americans speak broken English."
You never use the article "the' before "school' in referring to the place; it's just "school". Likewise, among instructors and advanced belts, requests are usually prefaced by "Be all right to ask yourself...? Ex-students say Chung Moo Quan schools encourage students to talk this way, live together, work long hours, and follow rules based on superstition both in and out of the school and always, to idolize John C. Kim.
Some ex-students are willing to give Chung Moo Quan's intentions the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it's a screwed-up transplant of Eastern principles, suggests one ex-Minnesota student: "In the East you're taught to surrender to your teachers. You have to show your dedication before you learn anything. But I feel that in this case the trust was abused."
But Doug Agustin, president of Free Minds Inc., a Minneapolis organization that gathers information on and works with other people involved in cults, claims Chung Moo Quan clearly fits the bill. He points to the excessive control some instructors have over their students and assistant instructors.
For example, he says, "There is one young man who is still involved with the schools. His mother came to us saying he had come home for a holiday and he had to call the school and get permission to stay another hour to see his grandmother." That set off a red flag with the mother."
A Minneapolis women closely acquainted with two former students says she recalls that "the prices seemed really high. One [man] paid about $10,000 over a two- or three-year period. He sold things and worked two- or three jobs. At one point he was borrowing money from family to stay in-$3,000 from one family member alone."
Agustin, says his group has gotten about two dozen calls in the last two years about Chung Moo Quan-most of them local-says the difference between a destructive cult and a legitimate organization is this: "If it's a legitimate system, the control stays with the individual. If it's destructive, the group takes control." He says he's heard of numerous cases where Chung Moo Quan schools have gone so far as to use overt threats of violence to keep the upper hand.
Joe Szimhart has been doing research on cults since 1981 and has exit-counseled former members since 1985. He's become an expert in thought-control systems, working with ex-members of 150 or so groups around the country. He recently spoke to a group of about a dozen former Chung Moo students in Houston.
Szimhart says in his experience, most of the hardcore indoctrination activity in Chung Moo Quan happens when students get up into the black belt courses: "I'm not talking about general students. It happens within management and the instructors in the school." Johnson agrees: "It's a gradual. Because you go in to defend yourself and think positive. Next thing you know, you are getting all these phobias about women, phobias about numbers."
Keith Griffin, head instructor and program director of Griffin Martial Arts, says when former Chung Moo Quan students come to his school for lessons, "They are real disciplined. Their eyes get glossy and they appear zoned out." He says Chung Moo Quan is one of the only schools in town that doesn't complete with other schools. He claims, "they'd be exposed real quick."
Chung Moo Quan officials have commented in the past that they don't complete because the skills they teach are "too deadly"-a stance that ex-students say feeds the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Says Kurt Chappell: "I was black and blue from my neck down to my shins many times when I came home after training. They used to beat on you. It was intimidation. It was considered wrong to block a punch from your instructor. You weren't allowed to."
Johnson says once when he was an assistant instructor, he was told to "go practice with a student and to knock him out. I didn't knock him out, but I knocked the wind out of him. And I didn't ask why. I just said yes, Instructor. I put my heel in his stomach as hard as I could and knocked the wind out of him. I figured either they were testing me to see how loyal I was or he did something wrong and deserved the punishment."
In 1989 Will Smith-Vaniz, at the time a Chung Moo Quan student in Arlington, Massachusetts, filed a suited against the school. He says that when he asked for a copy of his contract, he was grabbed very hard around his windpipe and asked "How would you like to die right now?" Vaniz says he suffered a neck injury; his attorney says the case was settled out of court.
Johnson is now part of a network of former students trying to spread the word about Chung Moo Quan. They believe the schools don't allow students and instructors to know what is going on with Chung Moo Quan in other states, or what ex-students have to say.
Their efforts have gotten them threats from the school. Chappell was attacked at an airport by someone he claims to have recognized from a school in another city. And seven of them are being sued by the schools for slander.
Though Johnson hasn't been physically harmed, he worries about it. "When I go to the grocery store, I have to look around. It's an uncomfortable feeling to always have to watch your back. I've moved like three times since July, but I haven't moved lately because I got the attitude that it's time for me to stop being afraid and for other people to start."
Chung Moo Quan puts out menacing flyers on ex-students, calling them high-paid deprogrammers using pornographic techniques and saying they are "wanted for questioning"
The latest on Johnson was distributed in January at a place he likes to frequent. It said if anyone had any information on Johnson's whereabouts, they should contact the Chung Moo Association and gave an address.
The slander suit was filed after the seven former students had talked and showed the Zekman report to students and ex-students in Texas. Joe Szimhart and Sondra Chesky, president of the Houston branch of the Cult Awareness Network, are also named as defendants. Last July, the schools sought and were denied a gag order on the defendants. But in an ironic twist, the defendants were granted their counter-request for a restraining order against the school's harassment and threats of violence.
[Note: WARNING! The Cult Awareness Network (CAN) was recently bankrupted and bought up by Scientology. We strongly recommend you do not contact them for assistance.]
The slander suit will probably come to court in about a year-around the same time the IRS could be making a move.
Since the Zekman broadcast, ex-students say the schools have made some changes. One current student says he has a copy of his contract-something the schools never used to give out routinely. Johnson says he's heard that's common now. But Kurt Chappell, who was enrolled in Houston until 10 months ago, says the changes have been mostly superficial. "They have started talking checks, though they still asked for cash from me."
And for the first time that anyone could recall, they have published a list of their prices. It's been a strange road for these ex-students who have chosen to speck out against a system they see as corrupt.
After all, for years these people were like family. And the superstitions are hard to kick. "Sometimes I still step into a room right foot first because that's the way they taught me." says Russ Johnson. I catch myself, like I go to the gas station and I won't use pump four, because four is an unlucky number. I think, oh, car will break down. Stupid shit like that."

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What is the PEAK POWER PILOT PROGRAM? and Griffin Martial Arts presents the PEAK PROGRAM

Our PEAK POWER PILOT PROGRAM is a Physical Education Academic Karate Program, using individual inner power to enhance children’s focus and goal setting skills. Our show will air on television and on pod casts6 week This is a six week course at $350 a visit for up to (2) 30 minute gym classes to be taught at the elementary school location.
The students will learn safety skills, simple self-defense escape drills,physical fitness drills, how to jump rope, how to improve their balance and breathing.

Contact master Griffin at 612-408-3626 for further information
Griffin Martial Arts

4101 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis. MN 55407

Mr. Keith Griffin is a certified 7th degree Master black belt instructor

Mr. Keith Griffin is a certified 7th degree Master black belt instructor with 32 years of experience. As a competitor Mr. Griffin has traveled extensively and has earned over 200 awards ranging from weapons competition to free fighting. Now Mr. Griffin openly shares the knowledge that competition experience has given him. As coach of the junior Olympic Team and Head coach of Team Kick, his students have won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals as well as over 500 trophies. Mr. Griffin teaches to expect the unexpected, to look-listen and learn, to expect excellence and to have confidence within your self. In today's busy life style it's hard to find time to work out or join an outside club.

These courses were designed for you, the busy professional. Bringing a Fitness and Self Defense Awareness course right to your site. Most of the courses offered are one hour to one and a half in length. Martial arts instructor at Cristo Rey High School, Martial arts instructor at Summitt Early Learning Center.

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Inner Deal THE emotional fingerprints

Inner Deal
emotional fingerprints
Emotional itch
Emotional song
Emotional spirit
100 billion neurons in brain
40,000 decisions per second

There are neurons that operate (1) the sensory systems for data intake, (2) the decision-making systems in the frontal lobes for informational processing, and (3) the motor systems that facilitate actions we take or the movements we make.

The brain processes an average of approximately 40,000 pieces of neuro-stimuli per second. Each element gets dissected and key aspects of an experience are broken down into the specific traits, elements, and parts composing it. All informational contacts inside the brain occur through the transmission of neurons, where each neuron pitches in a single element that goes into the making of any given experience or single idea. Each of the deconstructed "pieces" is forwarded to a region of the brain that has neurons that specialize in processing elements of a specific nature.

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mpls, mn






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Is Homeschool different for Girls

Is Homeschool different for Girls?
We homeschool four girls, so that makes us wonder, is homeschooing girls any different from homeschooling boys?
Maybe not, but since we are still waiting for the birth of our son, right now we are focusing on educating our girls and this obviously has its own unique set of challenges, joys and opportunities.
We don’t subscribe too much to gender-based approaches to activities and interests. For example, our girls each have their own personalities, they do like to wear skirts and look feminine, but they are just as comfortable in their boots and overalls learning about the water cycle, gardening, doing 4-H activities, learning about insects and the food chain, and just about any other outdoor activity involving mud, grease or engines.
We don’t buy into the “princess” culture that the world tries to impose on girls these days, what with Disney princesses, barbie dolls, even American Girl dolls, etc. Our girls do like to play with baby dolls, but these are generic, not “branded” dolls that serve to satisfy their fantasy play of being mommies and caring for a baby.
In education we carefully choose the literature that the children read, staying far away from any character-based series (such as Bratz, my little pony, care bears, fancy nancy, etc) that caters specifically to girls. We rely a lot on classics in literature, but even those are carefully screened. Our girls do like some of the American Girls series, but we only recommend a few of the characters, such as Samantha, Addy, Josefina and Kit. This interest stems from a geniune interest that our daughters have in history, and from reading all kinds of biographies and autobiographies of historical figures.
We will share our experiences in the wonderful world of Homeschooling girls here on our blog! Feel free to contact us with a comment!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008



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CALL MASTER GRIFFIN AT 612-408-3626$8,500.00 FUSING EMOTIONS & FITNESS TO EARN A BLACK BELT SELF-DEFENSE IN JUST 6 MONTHSYES ONLY 6 MONTHSFirst beta class starts November 3rd 2008 with a black belt graduation April 2009The Inner DEAL Exec-u-fit Black Belt training course is a six section course specifically designed to teach invaluable real world self-defense skills giving you confidence and a sense of security no matter where you go. In this course you will learn the civilian version of the self-defense tactics taught to special military and police organizations. In addition to learning fast, effective techniques to get you and your family out of harms way you will get in shape and have fun doing it.Earn an Inner Deal Exec-u-fit Black Belt in Self-Defense in only 6 monthsAm Graduating: Class Monday and Wednesday 8:30am-9:30amPm Graduating: Class Monday and Wednesday 8:45pm-9:45pmWho Is This Program For:Celebrities * Executives * Business OwnersReal Estate Agents * Doctors and Nurses * AttorneysCommunity Leaders *College Students *High School Seniors Preparing For CollegeTraveling Salespersons * Security Personnel *Government EmployeesPilots and Flight Attendants *Anyone Wanting Some Security In Their LifeComing soon…The griffin martial arts TV SHOWHosted by Master Griffin, 7th degree black beltTHE GRIFFIN MARTIAL ARTS TELEVISON SHOWTWIN CITIES CWCOMING SOON…Featuring theThe Inner D.E.A.L. Exec-u-fit Black Belt CourseThe I.D.E.B.B.T.C.. Curriculum is divided into six skill-based sections. Each section is designed to maximize your training with effective and efficient real world self-defense skills.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008



First beta class starts November 3rd 2008 with a black belt graduation April 2009
The Inner DEAL Exec-u-fit Black Belt training course is a six section course specifically designed to teach invaluable real world self-defense skills giving you confidence and a sense of security no matter where you go. In this course you will learn the civilian version of the self-defense tactics taught to special military and police organizations. In addition to learning fast, effective techniques to get you and your family out of harms way you will get in shape and have fun doing it.

Earn an Inner Deal Exec-u-fit Black Belt in Self-Defense in only 6 months

Am Graduating: Class Monday and Wednesday 8:30am-9:30am
Pm Graduating: Class Monday and Wednesday 8:45pm-9:45pm

Who Is This Program For:
Celebrities * Executives * Business Owners
Real Estate Agents * Doctors and Nurses * Attorneys
Community Leaders *College Students *High School Seniors Preparing For College
Traveling Salespersons * Security Personnel *Government Employees
Pilots and Flight Attendants *Anyone Wanting Some Security In Their Life

Coming soon
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Hosted by Master Griffin, 7th degree black belt
Featuring the
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The I.D.E.B.B.T.C.. Curriculum is divided into six skill-based sections. Each section is designed to maximize your training with effective and efficient real world self-defense skills.
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Pitbull sparring remix version Question to master griffin.

Pitbull sparring remix version Question to master griffin

Master G
pitbull asks how can i spar someone who spars like me?
Mar 8
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master griffin to Reply

one way is to chose if you want to out think them or out punish them.

if you want to out think them then move on angles and use lots of
fakes before you attact.
if you want to out punish them. blitz them first and often

remix version

Add more awareness to the mix
1. of the judges√† what are they calling lots of single points, kicks, clash, don’t see, or not enough,
2. are the judges sensing the outcome before the point is called by pointing to the fighter before the center ref calls the score for poins
3. are the timer and score table not getting the correct score ( it helps to have a group to keep track of your scores to eliminate any confusion, especilaay after a injury, warning point, or something that causes a distraction
4. allowing a clear hit that is visible to all judges to see ( keep your back to most of the judges0 √† they cant call a point if they can’t see it

On 3/8/08, keith griffin wrote:
> pitbull how can i spar someone who spars like me?

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coming soon

we are looking into doing a pilot program with podcasts then do a live show.
we are looking for volunteers to help with the show
the gma show will be a 30 minute television show that will also have
a podcast
weekly articles in the Minnesota spokesman –recorder

topics, themes, tournament, training ideas are welcome
just email me at or see me after your next taekwondo or kardio class

we are looking for sponsors to help with the show’s broadcasting budget, if you would like to be a show sponsor or your company that you own, manage or work for please give me a call at 612-408-3626
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Monday, September 15, 2008

How to create a workout plan that works.

How to create a workout plan that works.
How to create a workout plan that works.Welcome to mastergriffins's black belt blog, I would like to take the time and mention that i think that this is a great idea for students, parents, kickboxers and instructors to stay in touch and exchange great info.One way to develope a plan is to start with your goals, and then work backwards to the front.

Meaning start with the final position goal and work back to today.Lets start with losing weight and increasing energy, first pick a reason to do both and create a lifestyle to encourage this new habit. Since most people eat out with people and eat alone with their "diet" food that dosent taste great, when they go off their diet, no one really knows when. Keep the portions smaller and more full of energy. You are What you eat, so eat foods that give you energy and maintain a Physical exersize routine of four times a week to get some great results. Pick stuff that is a challenge for you, but you can push yourself like Kardioarts Kickboxing at also try walking and stretching more throught the day.
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DIAMONDS - RULES OCT. 10-11, 2008

2008 NASKA/DIAMONDS - RULES (Summary)(for more complete Diamond rules information click on NASKA)

(please note new rule on splitting Black Belt form and weapons divisions, see form and weapons criteria rule sheet.)
NASKA – RULES, (Also see form and weapons judging criteria)
COMPETITOR: Each competitor must present him/herself to the referee suitably attired with proper uniform and equipment and physically prepared to compete. If he/she is not prepared to compete as deemed by the center referee, the competitor may be penalized for delay of time.
DELAY OF TIME PENALTY: Sparring: An automatic warning will be issued to the competitor. A penalty point will be issued for each minute the competitor is not properly ready to compete. Upon 3 penalty points the offending competitor will be disqualified. Form: .01 points will be deducted from the offending competitor’s final score. Each minute the competitor is not ready to compete, .01 points will be deducted for his/her final score. If a competitor is still not ready to compete after 3 minutes, he/she will be disqualified.
RANK RULE: A competitor must compete at the highest belt level they have earned in the martial arts. A competitor can never compete in a division of which he/she had not earned that rank. Once a competitor competes as a black belt legally, he/she must always compete as a back belt. A competitor can never compete in a lower belt division than the level of belt he/she has earned in the Martial Arts.
PROOF OF AGE RULE: All competitors must have a proof of age document. If there is a legitimate reason to question a competitor’s age, he/she must present a proof of age (birth certificate, driver’s license, or other acceptable documents) to prove his/her age.
LEGAL AGE RULE: All competitors have the option of competing in the same division all year long for rating purposes, by establishing a legal competition age for the year. The age a competitor is on June 30th of the current competition year is their legal competition age for that year. They can compete all year at that age so he/she can earn rating points in one age division all year. A competitor can always compete in his/her chronological age.
UNIFORM: All competitors must wear a complete (top and bottom) traditional or professional sport karate (Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, etc.) uniform in a good state of repair. The appropriate color belt or sash must be worn in competition. Sparring: All sparring uniforms must have sleeves that reach at least to the middle of the forearm. No T-shirts, sweats, tank tops or shoes are allowed in the sparring divisions. Form & Weapons: T-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts are allowed in form if they are part of the competitor’s official school uniform. Uniforms in the form and weapons divisions are allowed more liberties because form is not one-on-one competition where the uniform could cause a decisive disadvantage or advantage to a competitor. Removal of the uniform top is allowed if the removal is considered relevant to the artistic expression or safety of the competitor. Shoes may be worn in form competition if they do not damage or mark the competition floor.
COMPETITOR RESPONSIBILITIES: It is the responsibility of the competitor to know the rules and be ready for competition when called to do so. He/she must be suitably attired, weighed-in and at the appropriate ring when competition begins. Three calls will be made for competition at ringside. If the competitor is not at his/her ring ready to compete when competition begins, he/she will not be able to compete (see delay of time rule). If a competitor leaves the ring after the competition begins and is not present when his/her name is called to compete, his/her name will be called three times at ringside. If he/she is still not present to compete, he/she will be disqualified (see delay of time rule).
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED SAFETY EQUIPMENT: NASKA approved headgear; hand and footpads, mouthpieces, groin cups (for male competitors only) and chest guards (for all competitors 17 year old and younger) are mandatory for all competitors in sparring divisions. The competitor’s equipment will be checked and if it is deemed unsafe, he/she will be asked to change the equipment before he/she can compete. Hand Pads: A soft padded surface must cover the fingers, wrist and any striking surface of the hand. Foot Pads: A soft padded surface must cover the instep, sides, toes, ankle and back of the heel of the foot. The bottom of the foot does not have to be padded. (NASKA has approved the use of “Ringstar sparring shoes in all sparring divisions, with the same stipulations placed on other approved sparring gear.) Head Gear: The front, sides and back of the head must be covered by a soft padded surface. In addition to the head hear, a face shield is required for all competitors 17 yrs. & under. Chest Guard: All 17 and younger competitors must wear an approved chest protector in sparring. The chest guard must sufficiently cover the abdomen and upper chest such that the sternum is completely protected. Rib guards that cover only the abdomen area are not approved chest guards. Insufficiently padded gloves, foot, chest and head hear will not be allowed. Equipment must be in a good state of repair and must be free of heavy taping, tears or any other repairs that may cause injury. The tournament’s official rules arbitrator ultimately determines the approval or denial of the equipment. A properly fitted mouthpiece is required. Shin pads and rib/chest guards are highly recommended for additional safety to all sparring competitors.
REFEREES: The referee is the most experienced official in the ring and is thoroughly versed on the rules and order of competition. He/she promotes the safety of the competitors, enforces the rules and ensures fair play. To this end, he/she starts and stops the match, awards points, makes penalty decisions, administrates the voting of the other judges, communicates clearly with the scorekeeper and timekeeper, and announces the winner of each match. Added Powers of the Referee: 1) Match starts and ends only with his/her command (not the command of the timekeeper); 2) Has final decision on any disputes on score; 3) Has the power to issue warnings and award penalty points without a majority decision: 4) Can overrule a majority call only to issue a warning or a penalty point: 5) Automatically has power to disqualify a competitor who receives (3) penalty points; 6) Has power to issue time-outs. A competitor can ask for a time-out, but it is the determination of the referee to issue one. The disqualification of a competitor, where disqualification is not automatic, is determined only by a majority vote of the judges.
OFFICIALS: Each ring should have a REFEREE, two to four JUDGES, a TIMEKEEPER/SCOREKEEPER. The judges call points and rule infractions as they see them. They also vote on disqualifications. The referee also calls points and rules infractions but is also in compete control of the ring and ring personnel. Referees make all final decisions on penalty points and warnings (except for disqualifications) but can consult judges before making their decisions. The majority vote of the judges and referee determines a scoring point and/or a competitor’s disqualification.
CALLS AN OFFICIAL MAY MAKE: When the referee believes there has been a significant exchange of techniques, or when signaled to do so by a corner a judge/s, he/she shall call out the word, “STOP!” in a loud voice. The referee shall then returns the competitors to their starting marks and addresses the judges by saying “JUDGES CALL!” All judges and the center referee cast their votes simultaneously and assertively in the following manner.
1. Judge Sees a Point - He/she should hold up both colors or hold up one arm if colors are not being used. At the same time, he/she yells out the word “CALL!” in a loud, clear voice to let the referee know he/she has a call.
2. Point Calling - When signaled by the referee (referee says “Judges Call” in a loud clear voice) a judge raises the appropriate color (red or white usually) if colors are being used or points to the competitor who scores the point. If a competitor scores a two point kick, the officials should hold up or point with two fingers (index and middle fingers). If only one point is being called, the judge should point with only one finger (Index finger).
3. No Point Scored - An official crosses his/her wrist at waist level or holds both colors down to indicate that he/she believes that a point was not scored.
4. Did Not See If A Point Was Scored - The officials holds his/her hand over his/her eyes indicating that he/she could not see whether a point was scored or not. Indicates the official was not in position to see if a point scored. (When using this signal, it has the same effect as saying “no point”, but it indicates to the referee, competitors and fans the reason why you are not calling the point).
5. Clash - Officials make a motion as though they are hitting both fists together, indicating that both competitors scored at the same time.
6. Penalty - The judge waves the color of the offending competitor in a circular motion. If no colors are used the judge waves the hand and arm in a circular motion while pointing at the offending competitor.
7. Disqualification - A disqualification vote is taken separately from any other vote. When a disqualification vote is asked for, the referee will say, “JUDGES CALL”. The judges will then hold the color or point to the competitor who is to be disqualified. If the judge does not feel the competitor should be disqualified, he/she crosses his/her wrist or holds both colors down at waist level.
LATE CALLS: All officials should make their calls at the same time. If, in the opinion of the referee, the corner judges are making a late call intentionally, the referee can disqualify the call and/or judge (noise not allowing the judges to hear the referee and the honest mistake of raising the wrong color or pointing at the wrong competitor should be taken into consideration not to disqualify the call or judge).
NUMBER OF OFFICIALS: Two NASKA certified judges and one NASKA certified referee is allowed in all Black Belt weapon, form and sparring divisions. If the approved certified judges and referees are not available, four judges and one referee are required in all black belt form and weapon divisions. At least two judges and one referee are required in all sparring divisions and under black belt form and weapon divisions.
REMOVAL OF OFFICIALS: If a competitor feels that an official should be removed from a form or weapon division for good reason, he/she must file a protest before the division begins. If a competitor feels that an official should be removed form a sparring division, he/she may file a protest at any time. It is totally up to the center referee and the rules arbitrator to determine if an official should be removed.
PROTEST: A competitor has the right to protest an infraction of the rules or if a possible mistake was made (not a judgment call). If a competitor wishes to protest, he/she should first let the referee know he/she believes there has been an infraction of the rules or a mistake has been made. The referee will summon the arbitrator to the ring (if the referee cannot properly settle the protest to the players satisfaction) to render a decision. All protests must be made in an orderly, proper and sportsmanlike manner. All protests must be made immediately. Protests are not allowed once competition has resumed (after the fact protest). A competitor may be penalized or even disqualified if he/she is protesting improperly or without proper cause.
LATE ENTRIES: Once a division has started (the first competitor has started his/her form/weapon routine or the first divisional fight has started) no competitor/s can be added to that division. BE ON TIME!
THE RING: The size of the fighting and form adult black belt rings shall be approximately 20’ x 20’. Starting lines should be marked approximately six feet apart in the middle of the ring. Additionally, each ring should be posted with a ring number visible to competitors, officials, and medical personnel from across the floor. All youth and under black belt adult rings shall be a minimum of 16’ x 16’ approximately.
WEIGHING-IN: It is mandatory for all adult fighting competitors - who are in weighed divisions - to weigh in before competition. Only one official weigh-in is required. All competitors must fight in his/her weight division. A competitor cannot fight up or down in another weight division for which he/she has not made the proper weight. It is the responsibility of the tournament personnel to weigh and properly record the competitor’s weight. If a competitor is caught falsifying their weight, they may be disqualified.
ORDER OF COMPETITION: Form: Once the final call for the form and weapon divisions has been made at ring side and the divisional seeds have been taken out (if seeding is required) the competition cards will be collected and shuffled thoroughly. The competitor cards will then be drawn randomly for the order of competition. The first three competitors will perform before any scores are awarded. After the third competitor is finished, the first competitor will be called to come back for scoring followed by the second and third competitors. All competitors in the division will be judged in comparison to these first three competitors Sparring: Once the final call for the sparring division has been made at ring side and the seeds have been taken out (if seeding is required) the division is ready to be set up. The competition cards should be collected and counted (if competition cards are not used, count the competitors) to see if byes are needed. If byes are needed, they will be picked randomly (See bye chart to see how many byes are needed). Matches should always be selected by random, but certain allowances may be given to competitors from the same school or team that is matched up in the first round of competition. They may be separated randomly from each other in the first round if possible. (Competitors cannot pick whom they want or do not want to fight.)
In the youth division, the competitors should be lined up by height (Smallest to the tallest) and split into tall and short divisions if required or offered. Determining tall and short divisions is for safety reasons, not just to split the division equally. A true break in size should be found to determine the taller competitors from the shorter competitors. Once the tall and short divisions are determined by height, determine who fights whom by random draw. Consideration should be given to competitors who are from the same school or team that have been drawn to fight each other in the first round.
SEEDING: SIX seeds can be offered in form and weapons divisions. The four highest rated NASKA world competitors in world rated tournaments and the four highest rated NASKA national competitors at national rated tournaments who are present in the division will go last in the division in the reverse order of his/her rating. The 5th and 6th rated competitors are selected from the associated regional ratings organization (if being used). A maximum of 6 competitors can be seeded. If there is less than four rated world or national seeds present, regional seeds can be used to select 6 seeds. If any six rated competitors are not present, you need only seed the rated competitors who are present. The only exception to this rule is at the beginning of the year before current ratings have been established (first three world tournaments), you should, if additional world or national seeds are needed to reach four, use competitors who were rated in a lower age group and are now required to move into the older age group at the beginning of the new season (This exception does not apply when youth are moving into adult divisions). These seeds would be seeded after the current world or nationals seeds of that division. Sparring: Pick the four highest world/national rated competitors in the division to be your four seeds. The four seeds will be taken out and not bracketed until the ring gets down to the final four. The four seeds will then be bracketed with the final four in the following order: Place the number one seed in the first bracket, place the number two seed in the eighth bracket, place the number three seed in the sixth bracket and place the number four seed in the fourth bracket (#1 and #4 seeds are always in the top half of the bracket and #2 and #3 seeds are always in the bottom half of the bracket). If there are less than four seeds in a sparring division and by using byes the seeded competitors can move into the final eight brackets, additional seeds to make four are not needed. If additional seeds are needed, the additional seeds will be taken first; from world/national rated competitors who are moving into an older age division (Does not apply when youth are moving into adult divisions), second; from the associated regional ratings, third; the national ratings, and fourth; rated competitors who are moving into a heavier or lighter weight division. If additional seeds are still needed after using all of the above, a random draw is used to select the needed seeds.

LENGTH OF MATCH: Two minute running time unless five points are scored before time has expired. If a match is tied at the end of two minutes, sudden victory (first person to score a point) overtime period will determine the match.
POINT VALUES AND WINNER DETERMINATION: All legal hand techniques that score will be awarded one (1) point. All legal kicking techniques that score will be awarded two (2) points. All penalty points awarded will be awarded one (1) point. “New” for 2008: The competitor who earns seven (7) points by the end of the two minutes or whoever is ahead at the end of the two minutes is declared the winner. All semi final black belt matches (final four) will use a seven (7)-point spread to determining the winner or whoever is ahead at the end of two minutes. All grand championship matches are two-minute running time 10 point spread or who is ahead at the end of two minutes.
MARJORITY VOTE: Points are awarded by a majority vote of all judges. The majority of judges do not have to agree on the same technique being scored, only that a point was scored. A majority of the judges calling the point must call a two (2)-point kick before two points can be awarded. Otherwise only one point is awarded.
WHAT IS A POINT: A point is a controlled legal sport karate technique scored by a competitor in-bounds and up-right (not considered down) without time being called that strikes a competitor with the allowable amount of focused touch contact to a legal target area.
LEGAL TARGET AREAS: Entire head and face, ribs, chest, abdomen, collarbone and kidneys. ILLEGAL TARGET AREAS: Spine, back of neck, throat, sides of the neck, groin, legs, knees and back. NON-TARGET AREAS: Hips, shoulders, buttocks, arms, and feet. LEGAL TECHNIQUES: Legal techniques are all controlled sport karate techniques, except those listed as illegal. ILLEGAL TECNIQUES: Head butts, hair pulls, bites, scratches, elbows, knees, eye attacks of any kind, take downs on a hard surface floor, ground fighting on a hard surface, any stomps or kicks to the head of a downed competitor, slapping, grabbing for more than one second, uncontrolled blind techniques, any uncontrolled throws, takedowns or sweeps and any other uncontrolled dangerous techniques that are deemed unsafe in sport karate.
GRABBING: A competitor may grab the uniform top of his/her opponent in an attempt to score with a sport karate technique for only one second (immediately), after which time he/she must release the uniform. Likewise, the uniform pants may be grabbed for one second to an upright opponent in an attempt to score.
SWEEPS, TAKEDOWNS, GRABS AND GROUND FIGHTING: Sweeps not to take down an opponent, but only to obstruct the balance so as to follow up with a sport karate technique can only be executed to the back of the front leg at mid-calf or below. A sweep must be deemed a proper sweep and not a kick, to be legal. Controlled Takedowns and sweeps that are meant to take down an opponent are allowed only a declared apporved padded surface. A point is awarded only when the legal sweep or takedown is followed up effectively legally and immediately with an appropriate sport karate technique. Only a hand technique or a carefully controlled kick or stomp to the body is allowed on a downed competitor. One Foot must be on the ground throughout the stomp or kick. Never, under any circumstances, may a competitor stomp or kick to the head of a downed competitor.
LIGHT TOUCH CONTACT: Means there is no penetration or visible movement of the competitor as a result of the contact. Light touch is required to all legal target areas in all black belt sparring divisions. The face shield of a head gear is a legal target area.
MODERATE TOUCH CONTACT: Means slight penetration or slight target movement. Moderate touch contact may be made to all legal target areas except the headgear, face shield and face.
WARNINGS AND PENALTIES: One and only one warning is allowed for breaking the rules before a penalty point is awarded. After the first warning is given, a penalty point is awarded for each and every rules violation. If a competitor receives four warnings (three penalty points) in any one match, he/she will be disqualified. If the severity of the first rules violation is deemed by the referee to be too severe, a penalty point can be issued immediately.
Other Penalty Rules: A competitor cannot be penalized and still receive a point on the same call. A competitor can receive a point for a proper technique and another point from a penalty
call against his/her competitor (two points awarded). If, in the opinion of the referee and/or the medical personnel, a competitor cannot continue because of an injury caused by an illegal penalized attack executed by his/her competitor, the offending competitor shall be automatically disqualified.
Other Cause for Penalization: Attacking illegal and non-target areas, using illegal techniques, running out of the ring to avoid fighting, falling to the floor to avoid fighting, continuing after being ordered to stop, excessive stalling, blind, negligent or reckless attacks, uncontrolled techniques, showing unsportsmanlike behavior by the competitor, his/her coaches, friends, etc., excessive contact, and delay of time are examples of possible penalization.
DISQUALIFICATION: Requires a majority vote by all officials, unless it is an automatic disqualification. Non-Competing Penalty: If, in the majority opinion of the officials, it is considered that the competitors are not making an obvious attempt to fight in the true spirit of competition, both competitors will be warned and if it continues, will be disqualified. Wrong Division: If any competitor competes in a division he/she does not qualify to compete in due to age, weight, rank, gender, style, etc., he/she will be disqualified.
COACHING: The luxury of having a coach is something that most competitors do not have access to. Therefore, it sometimes can become an unfair advantage over a competitor who does not have a coach. The rules are made and enforced so no one competitor has an advantage or disadvantage over another competitor. Therefore, coaching is allowed but only under the following guidelines:
1. Never, at any time, can a coach enter the ring without the referee’s permission, 2. No abusive, violent, unsportsmanlike or overzealous coaching; 3. Coaches cannot ask for a time out (only the competitor may ask for a time out), 4. Coaches can never, at any time, interfere with the proper running of the ring or the decisions of the judges. A Coach is defined as anyone who is trying to help one competitor in anyway. A coach could be but is not limited to a friend, parent, team mate or official coach. The center referee can issue a warning to a competitor for each time his/her coach is interfering with a match or disrupting fair play between contestants. A referee can ask for a disqualification of a contest, but requires a majority vote of all judges.
OUT-OF-BOUNDS: A competitor is out-of-bounds as soon as he/she does not have at least one foot touching inside or on the boundary line. An out of bounds competitor cannot score a point while out of bounds. In bounds competitor can score on an out of bounds competitor if the center referee has not called stop.

TIME LIMIT: Each form or weapons routine must be three (3) minutes or less. The time starts once the competitor enters the competition ring. Four (4) minutes is allowed for each form or weapons routine in the Night Time Finals. Each team form and/or demo routine must be four (4) minutes or less. Any competitor, team form or team demo that goes over the allowed time limit is automatically disqualified.
SCORING RANGES OF FORM AND WEAPONS: The scoring range will be 9.50 to 10.00 points. This is not to say that the level of proficiency of a 9.75 white belt form score is the same as a 9.75 black belt form score. We are grading white belts against white belts and black belt against black belts, etc. One scoring range simplifies form and weapon scoring. In the nighttime finals the range for scoring grand champions form and weapons rounds is 9.90 to 10.00. The Scoring range should be narrowed in divisions that have small amount of competitors. (Suggestion: Count the competitors in the division and multiply that by .02 and then subtract that number form 10.00 (10 competitors equal .20-10.00 = 9.80). Therefore the range for 10 competitors would be 9.80 to 10.00, with 9.90 as your average score.
TIES: If there is a tie for 1st Thru 4th place, the majority of the judge’s scores determine the winner. If with the scores that were given, there is still not a majority of judges for one competitor, they must be ask on the center referee command to points to the competitor who they fill should win. All judges must make a decision for only one competitor. Ties for 5th through 8th place are never broken. They will remain tied and all will receive points and awards.
TRADITIONAL, CREATIVE, MUSICAL AND EXTREME DIVISIONS: Competitors in these divisions must exhibit a form or weapon routine that reflects the essence and values of the division name in which they are competing. Otherwise, the competitor risks disqualification or down grading. Traditional forms and weapons must capture the essence of classic martial arts movements, showcasing the traditional techniques and stances. Creative form and weapons allows contemporary martial arts techniques that have evolved over the last 30 years. No extreme gymnastic-type movements are allowed in the creative form and weapons divisions. Musical forms and weapons require choreography of moves to the music. Extreme forms and weapons allow movements whether they originated form traditional or contemporary martial arts systems or otherwise. However at least half of the form must originate form martial arts techniques and the competitor must execute at least one technique that involves an inverted move or greater than 360 degree spin. See for a full definition of all NASKA’s form and weapon categories. Full definition of forms and weapons is listed on the Form and Weapons Criteria sheet.
WEAPON DIVISIONS: Safety Rule: A competitor who unintentionally drops his/her weapon will be automatically disqualified. If a competitor recklessly or carelessly misuses his/her weapon, he/she may be penalized or disqualified. If a competitor’s weapon breaks or comes apart during his/her routine, he/she will be disqualified.
STARTING A FORM OVER: If a competitor starts his/her form over because of a memory lapse or any other reason due to his/her own negligence, he/she may perform the form again. The officials will score as though there was not a mistake, but the center referee will instruct the scorekeeper to subtract .50 points from the competitor’s final score. The three-minute time limit will start over. A competitor can only start over one time for scoring. If a competitor has to start over not due to his/her negligence, he/she will not be penalized on the start over.

THANK YOU, NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) P.O. Box 581188, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1188 (

2008 - 2009 N.C.K.A. Tournament dates

2008 - 2009 N.C.K.A. Tournament dates

Sept 14, 2008
Twin Cities Open

Feb. 15, 2009
Minnesota State

Oct. 10-11, 2008
Diamond Nationals

Mar. 15, 2009
Eau Claire Open

Nov. 16, 2008
Central States Open

April 2008
NCKA Finals

Master Griffin’s Black Belt Blog Bundles BLACK BELT LEADERS

Master Griffin’s Black Belt Blog Bundles

Black belt leaders were 1st white belt students

Black belt masters teach the most timid beginners to become future powerful black belt leaders

To be of service to others, the master black belt must first master his or her own thoughts, actions and emotions.

You have to be able to hear thru the static when opportunity rings.

Black belt leaders create opptunities for beginners to shine.

Black belt leaders see things twice…
…once in the mind and then upon completition.

Black belt leaders are quick problem solvers that use creativity not blame on others.

MPLS, MN 55407








Saturday, August 23, 2008


            Mr. Keith Griffin

MASTER GRIFFIN learned traditional Tae-Kwon-Do and its philosophy before reaching high school.  From his first instructor Jun (Jay) Hyan 8th degree Black Belt, he learned that Tae-Kwon_Do with all its potential power is a gentle art.  Mr. Griffin earned his First Degree Black Belt while a senior at Minneapolis Central High School at the age of 17. 
As a competitor Mr. Griffin has traveled extensively and has earned over 200 trophies, plaques and ribbons, ranging from weapons competition to free fighting.  Now a 7th Degree Black Belt Mr. Griffin openly shares the knowledge that competition experience has given him.  Teaching his students to compete and become champions.
As coach of the Junior Olympic Team and Head Coach of Team Kick, Mr. griffin's students have won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals as well as over 400 trophies, with these numbers expecting to increase.  In addition Mr. Griffin promotes the GMAA Internal Karate Championships and the Hall of Fame Classic.
Mr. Griffin teaches to expect the unexpected, to look-listen and learn, to expect excellence, to be champions not just winners.
Cool under pressure creates diamonds, as the school motto taught by Grandmaster Jay Hyon:  Jung-Sin-Il-Do-Ha-Sa-Bul-Sung When your body and mind work together -- NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

1. pemap
2. community education
4. Summit early learning center pre SCHOOL Karate class
5. Cristo Rey Jusit High ScHOOL Karate class
6. currently developing dvd MARTIAL arts learning center
7. currently developing online mARTIAL arts learning center
8. Corporate Executive MARTIAL arts programs
9. Member MARTIAL arts teachers association
10. Creator GRIFFIN kardIOARTS

SPARRING MUSIC I Go To Work Lyrics Artist Kool Moe Dee

this a favorite spar wars groove of mine
I Go To Work Lyrics Artist Kool Moe Dee  
I go to work
Like a doctor
When I rock the mic
You got to like
The way I operate
I make miracles happen
Just from rappin'
I'm so lyrically potent
And I'm flowin'
And explodin'
On the scene mean
I got the potential
To make you go
Then chill
I got the credentials
That is of which I chose
To make a rhyme
And chill
Then you know
I will fulfill
To make a couple of mill
As I build a guild
For all the rappers and skills
And kill the weak rappers and no thrills
Hang 'em an ephigy
If he's a sucker
Hang 'em to the left of me
Cause my right hand man
Is my mic stand and
The microphone that I own
And my game plan
Is keeping at a steady pace
Ain't no need for a rush
It ain't no race
I'ma hit the top
Just when I wanna
And it's a matter of time
And I'm gonna
Cause I know when to
Go 'head enter
The classic Moe Dee rap
That sent ya
Runnin' around
Holdin' ya head
Askin' ya homeboy
Yo man
You hear what he said
Another funky rhythm
Look at ya man
And give him a high five
Cause I'm live
Runnin' around with him
Telling everybody
Hanging out on the block
It's time to wake up
And check the clock
Punch it
I go to work
I go to work
I go to work
Like an architect
I build a rhyme some times it climbs so erect
Skyscrapers look like atoms
Cars electrons rollin' in patterns
Writing out word after word
With each letter it becomes visably better
Cause my foundation built a nation of rappers
And after I came off vaction
I came to roam
The land I own
And stand alone on the microphone
Daddy's home
Open the door playtime is over
Time to go to work and show the
Suckers in the place who run their face
The base and a taste of who's the ace
Start the race
I'm coming in first
With each verse
I build a curse
So rappers can't capture Moe Dee's rapture
After I got ya
I have to slap ya
Senseless with
Endless rhymes don't pretned this
Is anything short of stupendous
And when this rhyme is done
Your mind will become
So trapped in the rap
You'll lust on another one
You gotta wait it takes time
I don't write I build a rhyme
I draw plans draft the diagrams
An architect in effect
And it slams
And if it's weak when I'm done
Renovate and build another one
I go to work
I go to work
I go to work
Like a boxer
Train the brain and aim
To out fox ya
Like a punch my rhyme knocks ya
Some times it rocks ya
So hard it stops ya
Dead in your tracks
So power packed
Before you can react
You're flat on your back
Down for the count
Get up and dismount
Cause I'm coming
With an endless amount
Of words in a hurry
Like a flurry
A collage to camouflage
The power punch but don't worry
Knowledge is an antidote
I got hand of smoke
Writing at the speed of light with insight
I wrote
Rhymes at a level
So you can't relate
Unless you're intelligent
So stay awake
Slick talkers
This time a native New Yorker's
Riding a crescendo wave to save the mental
State of the fan so he can understand my pencil
Rhymes in its highest form
I'm a drop it on ya like a bomb
When it explodes I'll blow up
A few casualties but so what
If you're slow
You blow
You know you go
I flow
I throw all pro
I go to work
I go to work
To say rap is not work
Is ludicrous
Whoever said it
Must be new to this
When you hear me
You'll compare me
To a prophet for profit
Not merely
Putting words together for
Each rhyme's a dissertation
You wanna know my occupation
I get paid to rock the nation
I go to work
I go to work
I go to work

mARTIAL Arts H.E.R.O. & S.H.E.R.O.S.

Did you know that 96% of children will be bullied at least once in their lifetime? Or that out of those bullied for an extended period 46% of those children will suffer poor grades or will abstain from extra-curricular activities because of the bullying?  Or that 2% of those children bullied will commit suicide because of constant harassment from classmates?
What is Bullying? Bullying includes a wide variety of behaviors, but all behaviors involve a person or a group repeatedly trying to harm someone who is weaker or more vulnerable. It can involve direct physical attacks,  threatening or intimidating, taunting, name-calling, or damaging someone’s belongings. 
The sad truth of it all is that it happens a lot more than some people think – studies show that ,” 96% of children will be bullied at least once in their lifetime.   46% of those children will suffer poor grades or will abstain from extra-curricular activities because of the bullying.  2% of those children will commit suicide because of constant harassment from classmates. And even sadder is the fact that bullying may impact a child’s  life very dramatically. All the motivation that a child has to succeed in school, sports, and any endeavor in life, comes from a child’s confidence and self-esteem. A bully robs a child of those very important traits that can have a negative impact on the rest of their life.
 Sidekciks Family Martial Arts has designed a program as a free community service seminar in over 104 cities across the United States to help educate adults and children of the severity of bullying through its nationally recognized “Bully Proof Kids”.
This class is great for:
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops
Kids interested in martial arts
Little League and Pop-Warner Teams
Day Cares
Children's and Youth Church Groups
Elementary School Classes (Public or Private) and School Assemblies
MOM's clubs and play clubs
call MasterGRIFFIN @ 612 408 3626, email:, www.GRIFFIN
Visit Us at 4101 Chigago AVENUE SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS minnesota

Kid Safe Quick Highlights

Kid Safe
Kid Safe is a nationally recognized self defense safety and awareness program for children ages 5 an above. It is available GRIFFIN Martial Arts Centers as a complimentary community service.
No one likes to think about it but it can happen to anyone. Expect the best but be prepared for the possible worst. As a parents we know the value we place on our children.
Your child will learn safety, awareness, child prevention abduction and self defense techniques, such as the 3 zones of caution and awareness , stranger danger, safety zones and touches, sounding out and what a child can do to minimize danger with self defense if contact does occur. In addition, parents will learn about the 10 common lures used by child abductors.
Kid Safe Quick Highlights
The FBI estimates that 90% of missing persons are juveniles.
There is an average of 2,100 reports of missing children per day.
Since 1990 missing person reports have increased 32%.
75% of children are willing to share personal information about themselves and their family.
Summary of Topics and the 5 Points of Child Safety
1. Green, Yellow, and Red Lights of Safety
By teaching children there are different levels of safety and those levels depend on the situation we are in and the decisions we make in those situations, we can better train them to use their instincts, intuition, and even fear as safety tools.
2. Stranger Danger
The old saying that we tell our children “Don’t talk to strangers”, really is not effective, because we teach our children to be polite and nice to others. We even reprimand them if a person says hello and our child does not respond. So we need to educate our children on detail about strangers.
3. Safety Zones and Touches
It is very important that our children know the ranges that are appropriate and safe to be from different people. This will make them become more aware when they are approached by a stranger and let them understand what distance is appropriate for any adult in their lives.
4. Sounding Out
At this point the child has made the decision to defend themselves. The next tool that should be used is for the child to back away and sound their alarms.
5. Contact Occurs
If contact actually occurs between our children and a stranger, now is the time that your child must move into some physical techniques and principles.
This class is great for:
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops
Kids interested in martial arts
Little League and Pop-Warner Teams
Day Cares
Children's and Youth Church Groups
Elementary School Classes (Public or Private) and School Assemblies
MOM's clubs and play clubs
Children's Concentration Course at GRIFFIN MARTIAL Arts
We have designed this 60 minute program to offer value and service to our community, as we believe concentration and focus are the most essential elements to achievement, success and self-esteem for this school year!
We are the experts at improving concentration and making it fun and exciting at the same time. Call us to reserve your spot in the invaluable class.
Check out the state-of-the-art facilities, offering award winning children's karate programs. Not only do we teach valuable self-defense techniques in a safe, positive atmosphere, but we also reinforce the skills your child needs to be successful in school.
Our specialized curriculum includes drills that enhance listening skills, show the value of respect, and teach children to follow directions. Children love our program because it's fun, parents love out program because children benefit for a lifetime
This class is great for:
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops
Kids interested in martial arts
Little League and Pop-Warner Teams
Day Cares
Children's and Youth Church Groups
Elementary School Classes (Public or Private) and School Assemblies
MOM's clubs and play clubs
Dial us at 612 408 3626
Drop by at 4101 Chigago ave. so
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