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Portraits of the Living Tao

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A few years back, nature photographer Peggy Thompson and I decided to co-author a book together. Her images are paired with my original verse. She had put together a video that provides several samples of the 44 beautiful images paired with my inspirational Taoist verse.

 

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Sample Reading from the Living Tao

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Some time back, Peggy Thompson, photographer extraordinaire, did a short visual presentation on my  Living Tao book. Here it is again for your enjoyment.

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The Way of the Modern Warrior

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It is better to take the easy way in rather than the easy way out.

When a person is confident in their endeavors, even though they may not be at a level of mastery, the road to mastery itself becomes easier to attain. When you have to struggle with the potential outcome of a situation, then you are not in control of your thoughts and desires. You do not have a perspective on proper conduct and, therefore, cannot visualize the intended outcome of your dreams. Even if you do not know where you want to go but have a desire for change, you are already at some place along that path. Understanding and realizing where you are is the first step toward moving to a new understanding of where you think you might want to be. Once you have that aspect of your life under your own personal guidance, you can readily seek assistance from others who will be sympathetic to your ideals. New opportunities will arise and you will be on your way again until, of course, you determine that that is not where you want to be either. Then you redefine your desires and a new direction appears. The easy way out is usually that used by losers who blame others for their paltry existence and complain that they do not have the ability to make their own decisions because of self-proclaimed infringements. They will then use the excuse that they don’t want to hurt anyone and so become self-denigrating martyrs. They can then deny themselves joy and pleasure while luxuriating in a miserable existence.

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New Self-Revealization Acceptance Audio Reading

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Visit my new Audio page at my Self-Revealization Acceptance book page:

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To get the most out of my Self-Revealization Acceptance readings, follow along by reading the attached text and listening carefully. Then, read it again and improvise your own thoughts about any particular thing that you feel is pertinent to you. In this manner, each Self-Revealization Acceptance becomes your own, and it becomes a very powerful and personal tool for your reality facilitation.

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Hanshi Kaufman’s Ultimate Self-Defense Courses

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HANSHI KAUFMAN’S ULTIMATE SELF-DEFENSE

Functional, Dependable and Realistic, Personal Self-Defense and Safety Consciousness Against Armed and Unarmed Attacks

Taught by World Renowned Grandmaster & Educator

Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman

Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense is a practical course of instruction geared for today’s society on how to execute definitive self-defense technique without fear or stress while conditioning the self to be aware of surroundings. Participants learn to develop personalized systems for their own well-being by not being restricted to exact procedures, all within the constraints of legality.

There are two phases to the full course, each taught separately.

Phase I begins with ideas and concepts of safety consciousness, going step-by-step through defenses against unarmed attacks (front, rear, sitting, stairwell, and elevator). Students also learn to use a cane and/or walking stick as an additional adjunct to fundamental training.

Phase II deals with armed attacks (sticks and clubs, knives and bottles, multiple assailants, and guns).The courses of instruction clearly detail appropriate methods to employ, including variations in technique, and stresses the survival mentality attitude that frees the will to act when necessary. This comprehensive course includes functional panic control and disabling techniques without the use of grappling. Designed to stop an attack, the courses do not rely on cosmetic or showy technique.

Available where YOU are. If you are interested in a Hanshi Kaufman seminar, contact me for details @hanshikaufman@gmail.com.

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Hanshi Stephen Kaufman – Personal Trainer

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Self-defense: Knife Attacks

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Knife Attack #1

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REALITY CHECK! Brutality cannot be stressed adequately in this countering sequence. There is nothing worse than doing something without conviction. Counterattack with correct rhythm and timing; function with spirit and total resolve to destroy this attacker.

1 – As the knife begins to come down, and with a scream of gutmost intensity, step to the outside of the knife arm while simultaneously driving your fingers into the eyes of the attacker with the opposite hand and pull your hand back faster than you sent it out. The attacker’s reflex may cause you injury as the knife is directed in the direction of your attack. Jump back.

2 – If necessary, take another breath, continue to scream and drive your rear foot into the groin area with full force and conviction. Jump back for balance to get out of the way of the knife arm that may be returning in a slashing movement. Fingers to the eyes will stagger the attacker and he may begin to slash wildly at anything. Be fast and be careful.

3 – Having jumped back and away, fire another kick to the groin or shin. The attacker, temporarily disabled, will give you time to get away.

4 – Run

The main idea is to get to safety and not continue a relentless counterattack. When you have executed with force and resolve, with the proper technique of screaming, quickness, power, and form, you will have finished.

Excerpt from Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense.

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Practicing Hanshi Kaufman’s Ultimate Self-defense Technique

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Ultimate Self-defense Seminars

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This is a unique opportunity to have Hanshi Kaufman come into your school and deliver a full-blown seminar that will leave your students breathless … and dangerous. The four or six-hour seminar is open to all ages and genders, with or without martial arts experience. All attendees receive a signed copy of the book. Photos and taping will be ALLOWED.

Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense is based on Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, which has sold over 1,500,000 copies world-wide. Hanshi’s book has influenced countless martial artists for almost a quarter of a century and is destined to have a lasting impact for many years to come.

The book is completely unillustrated, and here’s why! A picture may be worth 1000 words, but a well-placed exemplary word, well positioned, and expertly defined, eliminates the need for a picture when it represents an abstract idea, rather than a concrete representation that can be misunderstood. While pictures can and do, in some instances, illustrate a particular idea, keep in mind that in the earliest stages of development, words are the manner of communicating ideas from the purest source of mental development. A great deal of thought has gone into this non-illustrated approach and agreed to by many of the world’s leading experts in martialist training. You do not need a picture of what a foreknuckle is. You do not need a picture of what a knee is or, for that matter, what a jab into someone’s eyes with your fingers is. You know that intuitively, instinctively, and just from being aware of the different parts of your body. Pictures, in many instances, limit the ability of the imagination to define its own reality. Incorrect assumptions of how to do a specific thing are restricting because, in many instances, the person looking at the picture will try to imitate the action according to what they see and not according to how they physically should act. This book will change your entire perspective on the subject presented to you for your own desired level of mastery. It will force you think and, in that manner, you will become that much more effective and efficient, and secure. Read the book, study the method, and you will understand. You will also become extraordinarily proficient.

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New Self-defense Book is Here!

 

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FOREWORD

by

Randy L. Whynacht

Founder and Director, Whynacht Security & Survival

The honour of being asked to write this forward proves that my friendship with Stephen Kaufman has come a long way since I first “met” him on a Saturday afternoon in 1994. I was walking by the front window of a book store in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, when a singular tome caught my eye and soon became a well I still drink from annually, each year, from what I flatter myself by regarding as an ever more elevated perspective. The book was his interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi’s “Book of Five Rings.” While a horse from the same stable, this book is one of a slightly different colour, but sharing a common philosophy that applies to self-preservation in any time and any place. For everything you will read here is predicated on one very specific point, summed up in two sentences you’ll encounter very early on — “You are the one who determines if your life is worth fighting for and, quite possibly, killing for. You determine if your life is worth living and, in certain situations, that of your family and loved ones.” There it is! In no other endeavour is it considered prudent to avoid all preparation aimed at surviving life or death situations, and yet it is all too common for the eyes and mind to be averted in hope that, “It won’t happen to me.” Well, there is advice in this book intended to help the reader minimize the chance that it ever will, but the time to decide if you can learn and unleash violence against another human being is now, and not in the moment of truth. It is quite rightly said that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away, and the only true “first responder” is that one standing before the threat. We live in a time when the aged and infirm, pregnant women or mothers with young children, none can expect their station in life to guarantee mercy and decent conduct from all they may come to encounter; but, you can be aware. By your wiles and actions, you can confound the predator, and in extremis, you can fight. Fight to win, good reader, and accepting as you must that even the strongest and best prepared may still lose, resolve that if you do, your foe will join you in defeat. Drink deep.

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Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-Defense

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From Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-Defense

Why this book is NON-ILLUSTRATED

A picture may be worth a 1000 words, but a well-placed, exemplary word, and expertly defined eliminates the need for a picture when it represents an abstract idea rather than a concrete representation that can be misunderstood.

While pictures can and do, in some instances, illustrate a particular idea, keep in mind that in the earliest stages of development, words are the manner of communicating ideas from the purest source of mental development. A great deal of thought has gone into this non-illustrated approach and agreed to by many of the world’s leading experts in martialist training.

You do not need a picture of what a foreknuckle is. You do not need a picture of what a knee is or, for that matter, what a jab into someone’s eyes with your fingers is. You know that intuitively, instinctively, and just from being aware of the different parts of your body.

Pictures, in many instances, limit the ability of the imagination to define its own reality. No one has to tell you how to use a knife and a fork. Even in a society that does not use such implements, a sharp stick will always suffice to stab the food before putting it into your mouth.

This book will change your entire perspective on the subject presented for your own desired level of mastery. It will force you think and, in that manner, you will become that much more effective, efficient, and secure.

Proceeding through this method, you will become aware of positive physical changes in muscle tone and revitalized physical strength based on how you practice, thereby making you more efficient and effective. The emphasis on breathing will enable correct massaging of your internal organs, giving them the oxygen needed. A warm-up plan is included to get your blood flowing.

Before starting, you should realize that anyone can attack anyone for any reason and at any time; therefore, it is necessary to understand yourself regarding a physical attack. Knowing how to do this will also assist you in getting out of adverse situations quickly and safely, mostly without having to physically deal with confrontations.

Follow the text carefully and think about what you are going to do before you proceed to execute the techniques. Write down any questions you have and, after your workout, read them back to yourself. You will find that as your mind and body become familiar with new functions, the answers will reveal themselves.

Think of self-defense and safety consciousness as a life-enhancing learning process that increases overall confidence: mentally and physically. Throughout the book, I will refer to and explain an attitude called Maintaining the Spirit of Life. This is a basic idea associated with self-preservation.

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G/M Rick Lenchus, G/M Irving Soto.

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An Answer to My Grandson

I am fortunate to have a grandson who comes to me when he has questions about the ways and means of the world and, when he does, I must make sure that I am answering him in a manner that will help him get a firm perspective of the world, without any of my undue influence.

Question: Hey Pop, what do you think of religion, god, etc. I just looked at Chapter 11 in the Shogun’s Scroll, and I understand the take on it in regards to conquering except to appease the followers after or during the regime change. How can these ideals be implemented today with the rising power of violent and hate filled religious groups? Specifically, how can we respect any faiths and simultaneously realize that it is one of the driving factors and, in some cases, the entire cause of an inconceivable level of sadness throughout human existence? I’ve felt a lot of personal pressure to speak out against religions, but I don’t want to alienate people or be overly brash with them. I want to have a career in music, and I don’t want to alienate my audience because of my beliefs. However, I don’t want to just stay silent in the face of many people who I feel need perspective. I know I’ve rambled a bit; I hope you can sort through this.

Answer: Let me see if I can put some cogency into your rambling, though I know where you are coming from. The confusion of your questions is based on the inability of humanity to make logical sense out of the conditions we are being forced to live with, through misdeeds of our own. No one is exempt, and we are all responsible for the morass of confusion and frustration. Without getting into a go nowhere rant on religious fervor, suffice to say it is because of the lack of godliness in the world. That said …

An easy and simplistic answer would be by having in control a firm but just government that seeks to quell the fears of all of its citizens, without showing favor to any one group in particular and without trying to directly influence outside cultures. Historically, that doesn’t work, especially in a polyglot or a multi-racial society where constantly opposing factions seek to dominate other factions of the group in order to curry favor for their own agendas. The result is generally a form of anarchy, which also doesn’t work and leads to chaos until and unless there is total domination of one group over another, but that can only last for a finite time. Then, of course, comes war and all of its attendant vexations. War is merely an extension of man’s fear of the unknown based on presumed arrogance; therefore, we invent methods of additional control called democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, hippiism…. whatever.

When taking over control of an entire culture, whether by military force, societal castigation, or by levying economic difficulty, it must be done with such force that any aspect of the remaining culture hides away in an effort to survive until enough resources are available for an uprising. All global societies are running rampant today, along with the obnoxious terror perpetrated on us from all corners of the world as part of instant communications that hardly ever allows actual conditions to be reported in an objective format. Add to that the controlling forces seeking to enslave all of humanity for their own purposes, which go beyond the speculation of this writer and the absurd notion of miniscule catastrophes created to deter the masses from knowing what actually is happening on a broader scale.

Horrible things such as the Orlando massacre, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese in WW2, the usurpation of the Palestinians by their own kind, unmitigated hatred toward Israel, American decomposition of the middle East, etc., on and on and on will continue to occur until sanity takes the helm of humanity and respect for another idea or thought can prevail. I randomly picked these examples with no ulterior motive. The Romans are gone; the Greeks are gone; the Aztecs are gone; the Nazis are gone; probably the Klingons are gone … you get the drift. (Curiously, the Jews are still here even after the travails suffered and who appear to be the conscience of the world. Save that for another discussion in its own time.) It remains within the leadership of any culture to acknowledge the alleged rights and non-violation of everyone else. Difficult at best, because each individual group foists its mythology on all others, even those who are in agreement with them.

To speak out against religion has always been the province of the young in their attempt to alleviate the disparities between cultures and societies, and so I won’t waste time involved with a pissing contest on that subject. The old adage about the grass being greener on the other side is always prevalent, especially when looking back at the grass just left.

The result of concerted frustration is mass confusion in an attempt to bring order to a situation that relishes its own demise. Government is essential to maintain order in whatever form it takes. The problem is that governments are run by those with the financial strength to perpetrate their own inconsequence and insignificance on a mass of people who simply want something to eat, a blanket to cover their children at night, and the ability to stand tall and proud in front of their women. (Yeah, I’m sexist and, while we are at it, I’m also racist, exactly to the extent as every other living creature on the planet since time began.) Even giraffes and water buffalo have conflicting issues.

You are asking me for an answer to a question that has always plagued humankind. The only intelligent answer I can give you is to maintain focus on what it is you want to accomplish and, at the same time, do what is required of you to maintain your own celibacy of conscience.

You will invariably make enemies; you will invariably make mistakes; you will invariably cause pain to others, and you will invariably bring joy. That is the way of the world, and that is the way of life until you connect with your own true higher self that only you can define. Your salvation will be your art and not your opinion. (That is my opinion – ;-))

Love, Papa

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