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    February 12, 2020
    5 Presidents Who Studied Martial Arts

    The term “Martial Arts” is a relatively broad expression that encompasses a variety of different disciplines. Typically, when we hear the words martial arts, the first ideas that come to mind are one or more of the techniques that have developed in Asian countries.
    However, the martial arts are comprised of most types of fighting techniques that focus on hand-to-hand combat and can come from any country. For example, Savate comes from France, Back Hold Wrestling comes from Scotland, Capoeira comes from Africa by way of Brazil, and Skillz was developed right here in the United States.

    While modern views on martial arts include smiling kids learning cool moves, many programs also offer adult training. Not only have your friends and neighbors been taking advantage of the benefits of adult martial arts, but many world leaders are also involved in the practice.

    Historically, there have been a number of Commanders-in-Chief who have studied at least one of the martial arts. Most often, wrestling has been the discipline of choice, but there have been a few who have gone with disciplines that originated in Asia.

    George Washington’s Defense Against Bullies – Wrestling

    Washington was not the type to take an attack lying down, not even at 15. To deal with bullying at school, He became proficient in an old Irish folk wrestling art. This art, called “collar and elbow,” (Irish: Coraíocht) involves learning a series of Kicks, Throws, Trips, Pins, Chokes, and Locks.

    Abraham Lincoln – Bully Fighter

    Long before he was president, he was known locally for his size and strength. Also skilled in collar and elbow wrestling, he was once asked by the locals in Illinois to take on the town bully. Lincoln agreed. It was no contest. Problem solved. Even after he began his political career, he would intervene if he saw a bully at work. Once, during his legislative bid, he saw one of his supporters being roughed up during his speech. He stopped speaking, tossed the guy 10-12 feet, then went back to his speech.

    Ulysses S. Grant – Recreational Wrestler

    Also a wrestler, Grant would sometimes let his form of martial arts have an effect on his work. In fact, during the famous surrender of the Confederates at Appomattox, it’s said he apologized to General Robert E. Lee for the disarray of his camp. Apparently several of the “boys” had joined Grant for an evening of wrestling the previous night.

    Theodore Roosevelt Takes on Judo

    Teddy Roosevelt took up demanding exercise to help treat the illnesses and asthma he suffered as a child. Known to be extremely adventurous, once during his travels he had the opportunity to see a demonstration of one of the popular martial arts, Judo. After seeing it performed, he knew he had to give it a try. He eventually achieved the rank of 3rd Brown in Judo.

    Barack Obama Practiced Taekwondo

    Barack Obama trained in Taekwondo while still in Chicago, IL when he was working as a professor and part-time state senator. His instructor was David Posner, who remembers him as a very diligent and disciplined student. President Obama eventually earned a green belt for this discipline of the martial arts. Then, in 2009, during his presidency, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak awarded him an honorary black belt during a visit to South Korea.
    Is 'Bully Fightin' really a martial arts style?
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    Jane Kim

    This vid is dated but I just saw it's getting replayed with her new reelection campaign.
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    Reminds me of the recall that gave Cali the Governator

    ‘Some call it a circus’: dictator’s son, boxing icon and former actor vie to lead Philippines

    Presidential vote is likely to be referendum on the kind of governance the public wants after almost six years of Rodrigo Duterte in power

    Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, the son of the late Philippines dictator, files his certificate of candidacy for president in Pasay city. Photograph: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

    Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent
    Mon 18 Oct 2021 22.14 EDT

    A dictator’s son, an actor-turned-mayor, and a champion boxer: an eclectic mix of personalities declared this month that they would compete to become the Philippine’s next president.

    More than 60 million Filipinos will go to the polls to decide who should replace the populist leader Rodrigo Duterte, who is nearing the end of his six-year term limit.

    “Some call it a circus, I actually call it a fiesta,” says Tony La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. “It’s going to be very interesting, with lots of twists and turns.”

    The election in May 2022 comes at a crucial time for the Philippines, which has faced one of the worst Covid outbreaks in south-east Asia and has distributed enough vaccine doses to fully protect just under a quarter of the population. The pandemic, and long, punishing lockdown restrictions, have battered the economy.

    For Duterte, too, the stakes are especially high. Last month, the international criminal court (ICC) announced that it was investigating his so-called “war on drugs”, in which as many as 30,000 people are estimated to have been killed. A sympathetic successor could adopt his stance of not cooperating with the court.

    According to polling by Pulse Asia, his daughter Sara Duterte is currently the frontrunner for the top job. Yet she has denied that she will join the race, and has missed the deadline to file a candidacy – unless she chooses to become a last-minute substitute, as her father did in 2016.

    It is expected to be a tight race. Almost neck-and-neck for second place, according to the early polling, is former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, namesake and son of the late dictator, Isko Moreno, a former actor and current Manila mayor, and the senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Behind them, is vice-president Leni Robredo, an outspoken critic of Duterte, and Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief.

    “It’s anybody’s game,” says Carmel V Abao, assistant professor in the department of political science at Ateneo de Manila University. The vote, she added, is likely to be referendum on the kind of governance the public wants after almost six years of Duterte in power.

    Manny Pacquiao: the boxer

    Philippine boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

    Pacquiao is a champion boxer and national icon, with a rags-to-riches story that resonates with many. He grew up in Mindanao, one of the poorest areas of the country – and also Duterte’s stronghold. He left aged 14 as a stowaway on a boat bound for Manila, and worked in construction jobs, sending money back home, before he was spotted as a talented fighter.

    Pacquiao began his political career in 2010, becoming a member of the House of Representatives and, despite a poor attendance record, a senator in 2016.

    An evangelical Christian, he has said he opposes divorce, abortion and same-sex marriage. He was widely criticised for stating that people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”.

    In the past, Pacquiao has fervently defended Duterte, even claiming the president was anointed by God. He supported Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, despite admitting using drugs himself as a teenager. He also helped remove Senator Leila De Lima from her position as chair of the Justice and Human Rights Committee. She is a critic of Duterte who was investigating killings related to anti-drugs operations who has been imprisoned on drugs charges she says are politically motivated.

    Relations between Pacquiao and Duterte have since soured, however. Pacquiao has lashed out at Duterte over a recent corruption scandal and accused him of not being tough on China. He has also said he will not block the ICC’s investigation into the war on drugs.

    It’s not clear if Pacquiao’s status as a boxing champion will translate into enough votes to win the top job. However, he is expected to weaken Duterte’s loyal base in Mindanao.
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    Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos: dictator’s son

    Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos with his wife, Louise (L) and his sister Imee (R). Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

    Ferdinand Marcos Jr, known as Bongbong Marcos, is the namesake and only son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled until 1986 and plundered as much as US$10bn from the state coffers. Under martial law, which was imposed by Marcos in 1972, an estimated 34,000 people were tortured, 3,240 people were killed and 70,000 were imprisoned, according to Amnesty International.

    Bongbong Marcos, however, has downplayed the abuses committed under his father.

    He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, but reportedly did not complete the course (he was instead awarded a special diploma in social studies, according to Rappler). Then, aged 23, he was elected unopposed as the vice-governor of Ilocos Norte. The family was forced into exile after a peaceful popular revolution in 1986.

    Since returning to the country, the family has sought to re-establish its presence in public life, and Bongbong Marcos has since been elected Ilocos Norte governor, a congressman and a senator. In 2016, he ran for vice-president, but lost to Leni Robredo.

    The Marcos family remains incredibly powerful, and he has formidable resources at his disposal. He has built a large social media presence that allows him to target younger voters who have no memory of his father’s rule.

    Marcos is an ally of Duterte, who controversially allowed his father a hero’s burial. Marcos has said that, under his leadership, the country would act as a non-signatory of the ICC. Members of the court can visit as tourists, he has said.

    Leni Robredo: the vice-president and former human rights lawyer

    Philippines vice-president Leni Robredo. Photograph: Basilio Sepe/Zuma Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

    Vice-president Leni Robredo is a staunch critic of Duterte – including his brutal war on drugs, which she described as leading to “senseless killings”.

    The daughter of a judge and an English professor, Robredo previously worked for non-government organisations providing legal assistance to marginalised groups.

    It was the death of her husband, interior secretary Jesse Robredo, who was killed in a plane crash in 2012, that prompted a change in career. His death provoked an outpouring of grief and calls for her to enter politics, and she went on to win a seat in Congress in 2013.

    Three years later, she beat Bongbong Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, to become vice-president. She was elected separately from Duterte and the two have had an icy relationship.

    She has been an outspoken critic of Duterte’s policies – including the war on drugs, his pro-China stance and, mostly recently, his response to the pandemic. She has also warned of the risks of populist leaders and condemned the legal charges against Nobel prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa.

    She has provoked the ire of Duterte and his supporters, and was removed from her position as head of an anti-drugs taskforce just weeks after her appointment.

    Robredo has presented herself as the real opposition candidate, and is hoping to capitalise on what analysts have described as growing frustration with the pandemic and economy.

    Isko Moreno: Manila mayor and former actor

    Manila mayor Isko Moreno Photograph: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

    Isko Moreno too grew up in poverty. As a child living in Tondo, one of Manila’s poorest districts, he said he helped his mother by collecting old newspapers and bottles to sell on to a rubbish dealer, and would search for leftover food at restaurants. He was talent spotted aged 18, and went on to forge a career in TV and film, adopting the screen name Isko Moreno (his real name is Francisco Domagoso). Duterte has recently sought to mock him over his past career in showbiz, likening him to “a call boy” for having posed for racy photos.

    Moreno began his political career as a councillor in Manila in his early 20s, rising to become vice-mayor, and, in 2019, mayor of the capital. He is known for launching a cleanup campaign in Manila – a policy that involved removing illegal street vendors. He has criticised Duterte’s response to Covid, including the country’s harsh and drawn-out lockdowns. He has also said he will not stop the ICC from investigating Duterte’s war on drugs.

    Moreno has presented himself as a “healing” candidate in an attempt to draw support from all sides of the Philippines’ polarised politics. Critics, though, have accused him of fence sitting.

    Sara Duterte: Duterte’s daughter
    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara Duterte together in 2018. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
    Sara Duterte has said she will not run for president, despite polling by Pulse Asia that suggests she is the frontrunner. Some have speculated that she may enter the race as a substitution and that Ronald dela Rosa, the main enforcer of Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, who has filed a candidacy, could be serving as a placeholder.

    The younger Duterte’s supporters have claimed she is a better version of her father. She is more organised and less impulsive, they say. She shares the same pugnacious style; she once punched a sheriff four times in the head because he disobeyed her orders. However, her rhetoric is not quite as incendiary as that of her father, who has repeatedly endorsed extra judicial killings.

    She has registered her candidacy to be re-elected as mayor of Davao city. The ICC investigation will investigate killings that occurred in Davao between November 2011 and 30 June 2016 – a time period that covers her previous stint as mayor.
    Pacquiao%92s-Style-Takes-Inspiration-From-Bruce-Lee - still need a general Pac thread...
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    Sandy Bowman

    Martial arts to the mayor's office: Robbie Picard on Sandy Bowman's Fort McMurray win
    Oil Sands Strong organizer Robbie Picard joins The Gunn Show to talk about Fort McMuarry's new mayor, former mixed martial artist and gym owner Sandy Bowman.

    By Rebel News | November 08, 2021

    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo recently held municipal elections and voted in a new mayor. The municipality, the second largest in Alberta in terms of size and home to Fort McMurray and the Athabasca oil sands, chose former mixed martial artist and gym owner Sandy Bowman as the new mayor.

    Robbie Picard, the organizer behind Oil Sands Strong, helped Bowman run his campaign and joined last week's episode of The Gunn Show to discuss what Bowman's win means for the people of Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region.

    After being involved in Bowman's campaign, Robbie told Sheila why he thinks Bowman is the perfect man for the job:

    The people of Fort McMurray chose and I believe in six months time Sandy Bowman will be the best mayor Fort McMurray's ever had and arguably one of the best in the country. And I'll tell you why: because he has a good temper.

    So when we were filming [an ad] and I was trying to get him to be a bit more excited in the video, I remember looking at him, [telling him] you're too monotone, you're too calm.

    So, I looked at him and I said, look, I'm going to kick your ass, right? Thinking I could activate the [mixed martial artist] in him and get a reaction, and he simply looked at me, and didn't flinch, and went you couldn't kick my ass.

    And at that moment I knew he'd be a good mayor because he's going to be level headed, he's going to be calm, he's not going to overreact. And yeah, we have a pro-oil, ATV-loving, MMA-fighting, barbecuing — and he also likes the arts too, and he's very funny, very good looking.

    The best mayor ever.
    For the full interview with Robbie Picard, and full episodes of The Gunn Show, which airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. MT, become a subscriber to RebelNews+.
    Interesting what qualifies as good mayoral attributes nowadays. All I see is oil lobby.
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    Now I want to see Putin v Trump in a cage match...

    Trump is awarded an honorary black belt by South Korean president of taekwondo - and pledges to wear the full martial arts suit in U.S. Congress if he makes it back to the White House
    Donald Trump has been awarded an honorary ninth Dan Black belt
    The president of World Taekwondo Headquarters, Lee Dong-seop, visited Trump at his Mar-a-lago mansion in South Florida
    Trump put on a taekwondo outfit known as a dobok and posed for photos
    Significant photographs from moments of his presidency could be seen on wall
    On Friday, Trump congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse on his acquittal
    A Wisconsin jury found the teenager not guilty on five counts
    'If that's not self defense, nothing is,' said the former president
    PUBLISHED: 21:07 EST, 21 November 2021 | UPDATED: 11:30 EST, 22 November 2021

    Kukkiwon, also known as World Taekwondo Headquarters, and home of the World Taekwondo Academy, has awarded former U.S. President Donald Trump a 9th Dan Black belt - the highest level attainable by professional martial artists.

    The president of Kukkiwon, Lee Dong-seop, went to visit Trump at his home in Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Florida this weekend to give him a taekwondo and the coveted black belt.

    'I heard that the Donald Trump is highly interested in taekwondo,' Lee said.

    Former President Donald Trump received an honorary black belt and certificate at Mar-A-Lago on Friday from Kukkiwon president Lee Dong-seop

    Former President Donald Trump was pictured signing his autograph on a taekwondo outfit

    Kukkiwon president Lee Dong-sup awarded the an Honorary 9th Dan Certificate to Trump

    It's believed the visit was set up by a South Korean resident in the U.S.

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    'It is my pleasure and honor to receive this honorary certificate. Taekwondo is a great martial art for protecting oneself in these times,' Trump said.

    The former president vowed that he would look to wear the taekwondo clothing in Congress should he make a return to the White House in the future.

    Other members of the Kukkiwon organization that represents taekwondo were all present

    'It is my honor to receive the Honorary Dan Certificate and I think taekwondo is magnificent martial art for self-defense,' Trump is said to have responded in a statement

    Trump's awarding at a ninth Dan means he shares the same rank as Russian president Vladimir Putin who was presented with a black belt and made a grandmaster of taekwondo in 2013

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a training session with the Russian national judo team at the Yug-Sport Training Center in 2019

    Putin takes part in training session with Russian judo champions

    Half a dozen photos could also be seen on the wall of Trump's Florida mansion including one of him shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Panmunjom as the pair met at the border in the Demilitarized Zone in June 2019.

    Earlier that month, another picture showed him meeting the Queen in early June of the same year.

    Also from that visit, a framed photo sees Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump pictured walking to greet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in London. The First Lady can be seen in a bright flowing orange dress.

    President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shake hands as they meet at the border in the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjom, South Korea

    Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un shake hands in Hanoi

    Another photo sees Trump, saluting a U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command Ceremony at the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

    In another serious photo, Trump and Melania can be seen at the front door to the White House as they prepared to welcome the Colombian President and his wife in February 2019.

    Central to the selection of iconic pictures is one of Trump waving as he boarded the presidential aircraft Air Force One which happened countless times during the course of his presidency.

    An imitation sculpture of the iconic Mount Rushmore was could be spotted with the addition of Trump's head blended into the topography.

    Trump's awarding at a ninth Dan means he shares the same rank as Russian president Vladimir Putin who was presented with a black belt and made a grandmaster of taekwondo during an official visit to South Korea in 2013.

    Despite not actually practicing taekwondo himself, Putin also managed to achieve the coveted rank.

    On Friday night, Trump congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse after the teenager was found not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of two men in racial justice protests.

    The verdict divided America. As the left denounced the outcome as a miscarriage of justice, the right said Rittenhouse never should have been put on trial.

    'Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges,' said Trump in an emailed statement.

    'It's called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that's not self defense, nothing is!'

    A fundraising appeal followed.

    'This trial was nothing more than a WITCH HUNT from the Radical Left,' said an email to supporters, directing them to donate to the online WinRed platform.

    'They want to PUNISH law-abiding citizens, including a CHILD, like Kyle Rittenhouse, for doing nothing more than following the LAW.'

    Jurors found Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty on all charges: two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide for wounding a third man, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety in protests marred by arson, rioting and looting on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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