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

In memoriam: Oliver Franke remembered for his eagerness to teach

first_imgOliver Franke, a senior lecturer in aerospace and mechanical engineering died Thursday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of a heart attack. He was 35 years old.“Oliver contributed greatly to our teaching mission,” wrote Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos in a memorandum sent to Viterbi faculty and staff on Thursday. “He was an outstanding instructor.”Franke had received an engineering diploma and a doctorate from the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Franke was with the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering at MIT until he joined the USC faculty in 2010 as a visiting assistant professor.Franke, who was named a senior lecturer in Fall 2012, was married to Viterbi aerospace and material science professor, Andrea Hodge.“This has hit all of us very hard because [Oliver and Andrea] are very likeable people, and so it’s a significant loss for not only us but for [Andrea] as well,” Yortsos told the Daily Trojan.Students in Franke’s classes remember him for his enthusiasm and eagerness to teach.  Kevin Chan, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering was in two of Franke’s classes.“He encouraged our participation and even went as far as to give us chocolate for our efforts,” Chan said. “He reminded me that teaching and learning is more so a dialogue than a speech.”Viterbi will hold a memorial service for Franke at the Caruso Catholic Center next week. The time and date are to be announced. Franke is survived by his wife Andrea Hodge.“It’s very sad to have one of your colleagues pass away particularly at a young age,” Yortsos said. “His family and wife are in our thoughts and prayers.”last_img read more

Arkwright: England Taking Nigeria Friendly ‘Very Serious’

first_imgDemola OjoAs the build up towards the prestigious international friendly between Nigeria and England at Wembley Stadium gathers steam, principal actors in both countries are working towards an exciting occasion with the recent visit of Nigeria Football Federation stalwarts to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright.The Super Eagles and the Three Lions will lock horns on Saturday, June 2, in what will be the Eagles’ penultimate friendly match before flying to the World Cup finals in Russia. NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko, met with the envoy in Abuja where they were informed that the match would be used as an opportunity to organize a number of events both in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.Officially, both countries have clashed only twice previously at senior level: one competitive match and one friendly. The friendly was on 16th November 1994, when the Three Lions pipped the Eagles 1-0 at old Wembley Stadium thanks to a first half header by David Platt.The second time was a group phase tie at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals in Korea/Japan, where both teams ended it 0-0 at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka.“Let me assure you that England is taking this match very serious. It is more than just a game; it is a big preparatory game towards the FIFA World Cup. More than that, the historical ties between our two countries are there to be considered, so it will also serve to strengthen and enhance relations and good collaboration between our countries,” said Arkwright.Pinnick told Arkwright that the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom is also involved in efforts to ensure the match is a huge success, coming less than two weeks before the opening match of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.“We appreciate the excellent cordial relations between our two countries and that is one of the reasons this is more than just a match. It is coming up only two weeks before Nigeria’s first match at the FIFA World Cup, and 16 days before England’s first match in Russia.“Ours are two countries that have so much in common. We believe this match will go a long way in strengthening England-Nigeria relations in several areas.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more