Black Dragon Gathering 2020

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We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.

Suddenly Disney is out of magic;

Paris is no longer romantic.

New York doesn't stand up anymore.

The Chinese wall is no longer a fortress,

and Mecca is empty.

Hugs and kisses suddenly become weapons..

and not visiting parents and friends becomes an act of love.

Suddenly you realize that power, beauty and money are worthless,

and can't get you the oxygen you're fighting for..

Nature continues and is beautiful.. It only puts humans in cages.

I think it's sending us a message:

"You are not necessary.

The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine.

When you come back, remember that you are my guests.

Not my masters."

Unknown Author FACEBOOK 3 April 2020

The Black Dragon Fighting Society is a world renowned fraternity of martial artists open to all styles and systems, dedicated to the fighting arts and health systems of Gung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Chuan-Fa, Kempo, Hsing-I, Pa-Kua, Shaolin Temple Boxing, Shotokan, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Isshin-Ryu, Aikido, Wu Shu, Wado-Ryu, Jeet Kune Do, American Eclectic Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, Thai Kickboxing, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu, Shorinji-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Judo, Yoga, and Qi Gong.

The Black Dragon Fighting Society exists to serve as a congress of martial artists and confederation of independent agents for the purpose of preserving, practicing, studying and teaching the martial arts.

Each year we gather in fellowship, to discuss new techniques, how we have been, what adventures we have had, and to honor our absent companions. This year it was different.

We faced an enemy unseen, unknown, terrifying in its power. We have faced such enemies many times. We were not afraid.

Travel restrictions, lockdowns, panic in the streets, concern for the safety of others prevented us from meeting this year.

It was the month of February that we began to hear about an outbreak of particularly virulent virus in Wuhan, China. The initial story was that it has escaped from a biological warfare laboratory based there.
By March it was declated a pandemic by the United Nations World Health Organization.

Some said it was a hoax, because the actual numbers of cases and deaths were far below even previous outbreaks of influenza, that circles the globe every year. But, as the numbers mounted, more safety measures were put into place, to stop the spread of the disease.
The first symptoms were fever greater than 100 degrees and a cough. Those were soon expanded to include headache, fatigue, muscle aches, intestinal distress, sore throat, even the sudden loss of smell were considered as indicators of the virus.

So we waited...for our time...may you all be and well...

Chinese New Year of the Ox 2021


Ashida Kim
American Representative
DOJO-Academy of Martial Arts

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