How Martial Arts Are Helping Me

Hey guys! How’s your week going so far? It’s almost half way through the semester, and I am doing pretty good! I wanted to share with you guys how martial arts have been helping me balance out my life. Don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get weekly posts! 🙂

If you didn’t already know, I am taking an Aikido class this semester, at my universities’ gym. Aikido is a Japanese martial art, based on the Samurai warriors and their sword-fighting techniques. The art was adapted into more modern techniques and practical applications, however the basic ideas, culture and etiquette remains the same. The man who took it into his life to bring back and adapt Aikido in the 20th century was Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (great teacher). He was very passionate about this and studied for a very long time in Japanese.

The word Aikido means the following: ‘ai’-the balance, in harmony with; ‘ki’-spirit or life; ‘do’-the way or path. So Aikido roughly means the way of being in balance with life. 

What’s really interesting is that this is so true. Originally I though that a martial art was something you practice, fight or whatever. But it really does change you and how you see life but how you act. So, here’s how I changed and why I love Aikido and why I would encourage you to try one!

 

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Revenge In World War II

Revenge played a big role in the cruelty and atrocity associated with World War II. One of the best known examples of revenge in WWII are the civilian bombings by both sides. One of the most devastating was the bombing of Dresden, Germany by the Allies on February 13th-15th, 1945.

Many believe that the bombing of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945 by America, were revenge-motivated. They believe that it was unnecessary because the Japanese had already agreed to surrender. It caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and created horrific destruction. Continue reading

How World War II Became Global

World War II (1939-1945) began with the German invasion of Poland, and its subsequent division between the Soviets and the Germans. On the Eastern front, the war began with full-time Japanese vs. Chinese war. The Soviets then tried to invade Finland in what is known as the Winter War. They failed.

The next step was the invasion of Western Europe by Hitler and his Nazis. He invaded Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Holland and northern France. (Southern France had a government sympathetic and controlled by Hitler). The Germans also tried to takeover Britain in the Battle of Britain—an aerial battle in 1940. The Germans met with defeat in Britain. Italy then entered on the side of Hitler and took another part of France. The Germans then invaded Yugoslavia.

Throughout WWII Spain under the dictatorship of Franco remained neutral. The other countries that remained neutral throughout WWII were Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Andorra, Liechtenstein, the Vatican City and Switzerland.

The two main events that led to the globalization of WWII were the attack on Pearl Harbor and Operation Barbarossa. Continue reading

The Factors Leading Up To World War II

During World War I, Japan had been an ally of Britain, France, Italy, Russia and the U.S. After WWI, America decided to gain territories in the Pacific, and it formed the Pacific Defense Triangle. Japan also wanted to expand and it began a rivalry with the U.S. over the Pacific.

At the same time, Japan began expanding into Asia, particularly into China—a now weak country due to their revolutions and civil wars. In 1931 the Mukden Incident occurred and started sporadic warfare between Japan and China, which lasted until 1937. That same year (1937) the Marco Polo bridge incident came about. This officially started World War II in the East. From then until 1945 there was continuous warfare between China and Japan.

Adolph Hitler and his Nazis were another key factor in bringing forth World War II. Hitler was born in Austria-Hungary. His parents both died while he was still young. He made his living off of an inheritance and also painting post cards. Throughout his adolescence Hitler was involved in anti-Semitic movements. This is key because when he came into power Hitler was set upon practically wiping out the Jewish population in Germany and elsewhere. Hitler also fought in WWI and became a corporal.

After the war he was assigned to infiltrate a group called the DAP. Continue reading