Self-Defense Without Throwing a Punch…Yet!


“Common Sense Advise”

1. Girls, it is inappropriate for a grown man to ask you where you live, ask you for your number and invite you to go to his place. By doing that, he is clearly demonstrating his intentions. Remember, these predators always come out initially as very nice guys. You should never give out that kind of information to anybody, even somebody you know, without your parent’s approval. In situations like that, if specially, you are dealing with a stranger who continues to insists on getting this kind of information from you, you have permission to be rude, tell them to get lost, go to a public place away from him/her fast and tell your parents about it!

2. Parents you are your children best defense weapon. Talk to them, ask question, check their rooms, make sure you have their Facebook ID and password, etc. If you feel something is not right, follow up on that; drug test them if you have to. Your children do not have the right for privacy, they will, when they be able to move out of your house.

Do You Really Believe? Part 3


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

After repentance takes place and after, by grace, we believe; the next step is a vital part of the fruit of our salvation. We must now deal with what “confession” really means. This is where the enemy is having a good time in introducing false gospels. This is where many feel that they are saved because one day they came forward and repeated a prayer. In Romans 10:9“Confess” means: (ὁμολογέω) to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or person—‘to profess, to confess, confession. (Louw Nida 33.274)

This definition is very significant because inMatthew 10:32-33, we find the use of the same word:

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

 

We can also addHebrews 10:23to make the point that confession is more than just a onetime thing, it is indeed a lifestyle.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Romans 15:9also closes the argument about confessing Jesus among the Gentiles or non-believers.

“And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.”

 

            The idea that we can repeat a prayer and accept that as being saved is a Biblical error. This word “confession” challenges us to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or person. This means that as witnesses we are unashamedly declaring our alliance to Christ. Many are making it look as if they have an alliance to Christ; but at the end, when you study them a little deeper, you can clearly see that their alliance is not with our Lord.

In our own churches, I have heard people who claim to be Christians; however they also believe in other ways of salvation outside of Christ. Others claim to be saved, but don’t believe that the Bible is totally accurate. I actually had a young man that told me that he was a Christian, but that he had a problem with Jesus being the only way to heaven, as the other religions have been around longer than Christianity. They claimed to be saved because at one point they were, in many cases, manipulated into repeating a prayer. They stand today as enemies of the cross and it will not take long before there lie becomes visible.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Do You Really Believe? Part 2


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

 

            Let’s explore what really needs to take place in the life of an individual in order for that individual to be saved. A key verse to understand salvation isRomans 10:9-10:

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The first thing we need to understand is that there is no salvation without repentance. Repentance was John the Baptist‘s central message. It was also Jesus’. God accepts us the way we are; no doubt about that; but we must repent for what we’ve done. The second thing that must happen is that we must believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord.Luke 6:45tells us:

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heartbrings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

            Even as Romans 10:9-10 mentions confession first, we must understand that confession is the result of a repented heart. The third thing that must take place is the confession itself. What I have said so far is not perhaps strange or far off, but there is more that we must understand in order to go deeper into the doctrine of salvation. We must look at two key words “believe” and “confess.”

“Believe: From the Greek Word (πιστεύω; πίστις) Meaning to believe to the extent of complete trust and reliance—‘to believe in, to have confidence in and to have faith in. In rendering πιστεύω and πίστις it would be wrong to select a term which would mean merely ‘reliance’ or ‘dependency’ or even ‘confidence,’ for there should also be a significant measure of ‘belief,’ since real trust, confidence, and reliance can only be placed in someone who is believed to have the qualities attributed to such a person.” (Louw Nida 31.85)

Lets take a look at the following verses that gives us the same Greek Word for Believe:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3.16

 

 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3 KJV

“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” 1 Peter 2:6 KJV

Believing is more than just acknowledging, but is in fact, trusting. That is what makes us believers!

TO BE CONTINUED…

Do You Really Believe? Part 1


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

I am growing concerned with the fact that many people that sit in the church on Sundays are not saved from the terrorizing Lake of Fire. These are people that perhaps repeated what is commonly known among evangelicals as the “sinner’s prayer;” nevertheless, it was all an illusion, a lie, an incorrect interpretation of what true salvation is. Many people call themselves Christians, some are even baptized, but they were never born again. They remained in their pitiful lifestyles, refusing change.

Beloved, it is impossible to be a Christian without first being born again. For some, this is common sense, but after working as a Chaplain and Counselor in a Christian Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program and after doing one-on-one Biblical Advise Sessions with so called, Christians; I am finding out that they don’t even understand the basic doctrine of salvation. They are Deacons, Youth Pastors; they work with the kids in the church, are Elders and some are even Senior Pastors. I grieve at Mega Churches and their “cheese-ball” Pastors such as Joel Austin with sugar-coated messages that simply add to the confusion. Watch this Video of an Interview Pastor Austin had with Larry King live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwL1DThtxYg The Bible clearly tells us inGalatians 1:8

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!”

            It is not really a surprise that the enemy is introducing other gospels; after all, he is the father of all lies. However, we as Christians must clearly understand salvation. Without such basic understanding, not only are we going straight to hell, but chaos will exist here in earth. We will literally live fruitless lives. Mathew 7:16 explains:

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

A Prophetic Look at Politics in the United States


 

The time has come for us minorities to become unpredictable; as is the same for us Christians. It is assumed that if we are minorities we will vote Democrat and if we are Christians we will vote Republican. Where did that concept come from? Who created that awful reality that causes people not to look at the facts? I say the media has played a crucial role in shaping people’s minds to think this way!

 

Honestly, what is Bush’s legacy? What did he do for our nation in eight years? Can we truly justify the Iraq war? Was it he who kept us safe? How dare we take glory from the only One that can truly watch over us when Homeland Security has no clue of what is coming next? What of Obama? He had the whole Congress and Senate as democratic for the first two years of his presidency. Are we in better shape financially than we were during Bush’s years?  He told us that he “could,” but now he continues blaming Bush! Our dear President goes around the world apologizing, bowing down to men and being “nice” to the Muslims, how is that going? I am tired of these Presidents stating that they are Christians, but in their decision-making they show very little Biblical knowledge as they arrogantly engage in Middle East peace talks and they show very dangerous policies against the land of Israel.

 

Who is going to ask the right questions? For sure not our biased Media! Who is going to go beyond the color of their skin and family traditions and stop voting one way just because? When are we going to open our eyes? Who is going to finally admit that we have a leadership crisis in this country? Are we so blinded by our own emotions and preferences that we can’t see that we were bad, but now are worse? Are we that fanatical?

 

And what about those so called conservative talk-show hosts? How can they be allowed to talk so much and given so much credibility? How can they be considered so smart and act as if they have all of the answers, but none of them have ever run for Public Office? Yes, I am talking about Rush Limbaugh, Hannity and many others. We truly need God in this nation! He alone is our hope and our salvation; nevertheless we continue to turn our backs to Him day after day, year after year, election after election.

 

The fever lasted just for a little while after that of September 11, but our own leaders encouraged us to go back to normal, go back to shopping, back to live our lives. They started singing that they were proud to be Americans instead of repenting and asking God for mercy. They speak about America as exceptional; what an arrogant and self-focused manner of looking at ourselves. Do not they know that God resists the proud? If we are going to glorify something, let’s glorify in the amazing pouring of God’s blessing over our nation, for it was Him who did it!

 

The Government has failed us; that includes Democrats and Republicans as well as the governments of great nations and empires. What happened to the Greeks, The great Roman Empires, Spain, the great Egypt, Ancient Europe and many others? The Government goes too far as they place themselves in the place of God as the hope of the people. Now, people desire disability and no longer go after God for healing. Why get healed when they can get a check every month? They are misusing the money of hard working Americans who pay for their Social Security; no doubt that for many of us there will be no Social Security outside of God, for the Government has been stealing our money. Program after program, billions after billions spent, bailouts that did nothing for our economy, taxes taken from our checks amounting to ridiculous amounts.  Are taxes really fair? Some must decide between buying groceries and paying the electric bill, while others speak about millions like we do a few dollar bills. And no, we can’t blame the government for much, for we also decide to continue to buy things that we don’t need, can’t afford. Yet, because we want them, we go for it.

 

It is time that we open our eyes, stop taking what the Media states as facts, stop worshipping these radio host personalities, stop giving credibility to our new civil rights leaders who walk around with ecumenical titles; they are nothing but false prophets. Stop taking the words of many of these TV evangelist and pastors as the Word of God; their prosperity messages are heresies… stop! Stop and get in your prayer closet, humble yourself and cry out to God. That is our only hope for the turning of this nation. I know He is the King of kings; I know He is the Lord of Lord, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, but what if we voted for Jesus to be our President, to be our Lord, to be our Leader, to be the Master of hearts and the One who runs our lives?

 

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

 

Imperfection in Politics


We have a very imperfect President who replaced another imperfect President. As of today, January 24, 2012, we have four imperfect people trying to be the new President of our imperfect nation. My issue is not the imperfection of my leaders, my issue is to see the press, whom by the way, is filled with imperfect people also, selectively decide whose imperfection to make public.

GFTKA New General Schedule as of 04/24/2012


Good Fight TKD & Kickboxing Academy Martial Arts General Schedule

Mondays:

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only (Elementary School)

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only– (Middle School)

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Ranks)

Tuesdays:

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center– (All Ages and All Ranks)

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Private Class

Wednesdays: 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Vidant Wellness Center Clients Only (Ahoskie)

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only (Elementary School)

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Ahoskie Christian School Students Only (Middle School)

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Ranks)

Thursdays:

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Gates County Home School Group Only (All Ages and All Ranks)

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Gates County Community Center (All Ages and All Ranks)

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM New Vision Church (All Ages and All Ranks)

Fridays:

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Gates County Community CenterAll Ages Yellow Belts and Above Only-

Saturdays :

10 AM – 12N Private Class

For more information please call Mr. Angel Casiano at 252-506-5374. We are also on facebook.com/gatescountymartialarts and angelcasiano.com



Thank God for the Power of a New Day


Thank God for the gift of moving on; for the power of a new day! Maybe we will never be the same; the lost of a loved one, the traumatic emotions of an unexpected divorce; the cries of physical and mental abuse, the humiliation and violation of our own sexuality, the lost of a job, the rejection and discrimination just because. What of that embarrassing moment that we all hate as part of what formed our story, or that bad decision we made, or that shameful act we will fully committed? Should I keep going?

What about that good friend, that best friend that stabbed you in your back; he was the only one you trusted to stand for truth, but went on promoting a lie about you. Your reputation is now damaged and your heart, broken. It’s so painful to see the one you said “I do” to, the one you got accustomed to, the one whom with you share your own children, have an affair with somebody that: “Understand more, that love more and that listen more…” Never mind the years of building together, of sacrifices and rebuilding together; never mind the children, never mind…. But thank God for the gift of moving on; Thank God for the power of a new day!

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:13-14)

 

The Need for Practical Self-Defense


I’d rather get killed fighting a vicious attacker defending my family or my life than to die like a coward. As I study different kinds of self-defense techniques, a thought crossed my mind. Many of these self-defense techniques are actually good and effective if the person is skillful and bold enough to perform them under life and death situations. I believe that where we fail as Martial Arts instructors is that we do not seriously take into consideration the way our Sympathetic Nervous System reacts in times of extreme pressure. It is one thing is to practice a technique in the Dojo among people that do not want to hurt you and another to have someone that actually wants to take something valuable from you, hurt or even kill you. When facing these life and death situations our heart rate goes from a normal 80 to over 175 beats a minute. At that moment we must make a drastic choice: to stay and fight or to run as fast as possible.

 

Some years ago, I used to live within minutes of Downtown, Jacksonville. It was very normal for me to take a jog around downtown and go to the Gym there. I remember that it was getting dark and that particular night I just wanted to walk to the Gym. I saw these two guys pass by me in two bicycles; they actually asked me if I was straight. I thought they were questioning my sexuality. Later, I found out that they wanted to know if I had some drugs on me. I guess, as fast as I was walking, they thought I was on my way to buy some drugs, so they assumed I had some money on me. I did not feel good in my spirit about these guys, but they kept on going in their bicycles and I kept walking fast on my way to the Gym.

 

I had the choice to stay on the street that I was on and add a few more minutes to my walk to the Gym or cut into the local park. That park was very dark; nevertheless, even with the red flags, I took the turn on that park. I was only about one hundred feet into the park when I felt those two bicycles behind me. They both got out of the bicycles; one pointed a gun directly at me from about 20 feet: “N**a, give me yo money,” he demanded. My whole life flashed before me in seconds. I was in a solitary place; it was dark and as one came to see if I had anything of value on, the other firmly pointed that gun at me. There was absolutely nothing I could do to defend myself. My best defense was to listen to that voice that told me to stay on the street and don’t take that turn. That night I had nothing on me but my keys! All I could do was to remain calm and to pray for God’s protection. These guys allowed me to go with no trouble and no injury; however, even as a Black Belt and a Martial Artist of many years, I could remember the stress that I was feeling. It actually took months for me to recover from that incident. How much more therapy would I have needed if a Physical confrontation would have taken place? I was in a dark place, my visual was very limited, I was nervous even as I projected being calm. There was a weapon that could rapidly end my life and on top of it all, there were two guys. However, the greatest wakeup call for me was that even with all my years of training, being a second degree Black Belt at the time and even a Martial Arts Instructor, I really did not have a clue about how to properly defend myself if these guys would have came closer. I knew how to fight; but self-defense is not about fighting but about protecting your life, family and even the innocent under extreme and unpredictable circumstances.

 

In times of extreme pressure we do not think as clear as we do under normal circumstances.  People that are extremely terrified are as thoughtless as people that are extremely angry. It is almost like our brain becomes very limited in placing complex thoughts together. That is the reason why a good self-defense technique in theory can become a disaster in practice because this reality was not taken into consideration. All that grabbing, twisting arms and acrobatics go out the door when we realize that we are one second away from dying. We need to have knowledge and skills in practical, effective and brutal self-defense.

 

The good news is that God created us in such a way that our bodies already have a defense mechanism, if you will. When we are scared, and probably many can relate, we can jump higher, we can run faster and we can hit harder. Based on this fact we can build a simpler, but at the same time, more effective Self-Defense Program. Just as we prepare for natural disasters, the statistics are making a strong case for us that practical self-defense is a must. I am not stating to go after a Black Belt or even to get involved in regular martial arts programs, even as martial arts offer many benefits. I am talking about the need for good, practical and brutal Self-Defense’s classes. The good news about these kinds of Self-Defense Techniques is that it does not take you years to learn. If you already have a fighting background, you will be ready for any possible attack within a few months.

 

It is my goal in my program that all of my students be able to know how to defend themselves against any possible attack. Not for my students to learn a million techniques, but for them to learn a few effective ones that will also give them the freedom to change things up. I do not want to teach a robotic self-defense class, because real street fights are unpredictable. You do need to know natural reactions of the Body, I will give a structure, but from there you have the freedom to build according to the way you feel more comfortable.