72 Purple Dragon students attain higher belt ranking

first_img Share Purple Dragon gradingRenowned international sports legend in Martial Arts and Founder of the Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu system, Professor Anthony Don Jacob, delivered none other than his inspiring words of wisdom on core principles in life to students, parents and guardians, and well-wishers throughout the 26th grading of martial art students of the Purple Dragon International – Dominica Branch. Professor Don Jacob’s main message at the grading was to ask the parents and student to work together and keep focus, noting that the parents are the external immune system of the children. Seventy-two (72) students were graded and all achieved higher rank belts on May 25, 2012 at the Garraway Hotel in Roseau. More specifically, 13 students were promoted to White Belts Rank 2; 14 to Yellow Belt; 12 to Orange Belt; 13 to Green Belt; 7 to Blue Belt; 5 to Purple Belt; 3 to Red Belt; and 3 to Brown Belt. There were a few outstanding students who demonstrated excellent performance techniques. They include: Diamond Daniel and Cheyenne Dewhurst who both attained Purple Belt Elite Warrior; Kervin Augustine who originally ranked an Orange Belt and skipped the Green Belt to attain a Blue Belt; and Abigail Antoine, Jodi Andrew and Malik Nickson all attained the status of ‘on target for Black Belt’. Sensei Shannah Robin 3rd Degree Black Belt, who operates the Dominica Branch extends congratulations to all the students and encourages them to look deep within to continually improve their technique, discipline and to become good stewards in society.While Professor Don Jacob’s visit was meant only to grade, his caring personality shined through, in that, he could not resist imparting knowledge to the students while providing Sensei Shannah with additional teaching technique skills. Professor Don Jacob conducted an inspirational seminar that helped students improve their techniques on May 23rd. He expressed his love for our Nature Island and was joyous in receiving the warm welcome arranged at the airport. Students will receive their new Belts at an official Belt Changing Ceremony in the near future. The Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu is one of the most practical, effective, and complete martial arts fighting systems in the world today. Modern in concept yet ancient in origin, Don Jitsu Ryu blends well with many of the traditional martial art style such as Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jiu-Jutsu, Aikido, Weaponry, Kick Boxing and Yoga. This fighting principle has established Don Jitsu Ryu as one of the world’s best. Purple Dragon serves to provide a safe environment for individuals and families to learn effective martial art skills; practicing integrity, respect and determination to continually grow and better oneself.Press Release LocalNews 72 Purple Dragon students attain higher belt ranking by: – May 30, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share 169 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Fair remains borderline NBA Draft selection after staying for senior season

first_imgC.J. Fair was mulling over one of the biggest decisions of his life this time a year ago.Now, as he travels across the country auditioning for half of the NBA, he’s out to prove that he benefited from returning to Syracuse for his senior season. “There’s no regrets,” said Carl Fair, his father. “We knew last year that this draft was going to be tougher but the thing is in the NBA, you go out there and play against top-line guys. “You worry about yourself, when you’re ready and the things you can improve on.”While former Syracuse teammates Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant are expected to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, Fair remains the biggest question mark of the three. Draft projections suggest he may have been better off going pro last year, when he was a borderline first-round prospect. This time, though, a stronger class gives Fair less of a chance to go in the first 30 picks. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the predictions and mock drafts become irrelevant once the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock Thursday night, and Fair’s camp is confident he will hear his name called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.“I had a chance last year, but I didn’t want to come to the NBA the third or fourth option on my team,” Fair said to reporters at the NBA Combine in May. “This year I was the first option. Knowing how to be consistent, bring my game each day, I think that’ll translate to the NBA.”And if Fair isn’t taken, it’s likely he’ll still get a shot at cracking an NBA roster as an undrafted free agent.“C.J. Fair is probably a second-round pick,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said in a teleconference Tuesday. “Not a great player, but a good one, and a guy that can certainly play in the NBA.”Although Fair led the Orange in scoring his junior year, James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams overshadowed him at times.But this past season, the SU offense ran mostly through Fair. He again topped SU in scoring while earning first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and second-team All-American honors.Returning for his senior year was worth it, his father said.“I think (his game) improved,” Carl Fair said. “The NBA floor is a lot bigger. It’s spread out, and C.J. excels when he has room.”There is some doubt that Fair doesn’t have the ball-handling skills, 3-point shooting consistency or the ability to create off the dribble to make it as an NBA small forward — the position his father expects the 6-foot, 8-inch, 215-pound Fair to play.Some projections say he’ll be chosen in the second round this year; others think he’ll go undrafted. “I don’t think he was a big-time draft prospect a year ago and I don’t really think his status changed much,” DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony said.Locked into the wings of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone the past four years, Fair’s man-to-man defense is unknown.Still, the NBA teams he’s worked out for have liked what they’ve seen, Carl Fair said.“He can shoot better than they thought he could shoot,” he said. “Some teams said they think he can be a defensive stopper. He’s been playing great defense and they see him being able to come off picks and knock down open shots.“Nobody has said anything they don’t like about him. He’s been doing everything pretty solid.”By the time the draft starts, 15 teams will have given Fair an extensive look.His length served him well at Syracuse. His highlight-reel dunks proved his athleticism, and he was dangerous from mid-range. But whether or not Fair improved enough in other areas will be revealed Thursday night.“I think competition-wise, I’m really prepared,” Fair told reporters after his workout with the Utah Jazz this month. “I had teammates that are in the NBA now so I know what it takes to get to the NBA. Now it’s about me getting my opportunity and showing teams that I’m that guy.”Asst. copy editors Sam Blum and Matt Schneidman contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on June 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

This stat shows just how bad Newcastle’s season has been so far

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 2 getty Newcastle have equalled their worst ever start to a Premier League season after failing to win any of their opening five games.The last time they started a top flight season so poorly was in 1999, which prompted the resignation of then-manager Ruud Gullit and led to the appointment of Sir Bobby Robson. highlights Gullit resigned after enduring the same start in 1999 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED smart causal silverware REVEALED Asked if he was worried about a return of just one point from the first five games, he said: “No. I said before, it’s a difficult time because you have to win games, but it’s nothing that we were not expecting, we knew it could be like that.“The only thing is that maybe against Cardiff, we could have got three points because we had the late penalty. But the reality is that against a top side, you can lose and we have lost by a small margin. That’s the only positive.“You think that if you do well, you can get points against these teams.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact 2 MONEY Benitez is under pressure at Newcastle That season didn’t end so badly though: Sir Bobby won his first game 8-0 against Sheffield Wednesday and guided the Magpies to 11th.Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal means Rafa Benitez’s men have lost all of their first three homes games, with their one solitary point coming away at Cardiff.The Spanish boss, however, remained in a defiant mood despite such a desperate run of results. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more