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Combat sports require a high degree of fitness, strength, power and flexibility from its participants. Muscular endurance and core strength are also equally important. Training for combat sports requires that different fitness components be trained on different days so that all aspects of conditioning can be addressed.
The very title of Jean Lau Chin's book—Learning from My Mother's
Voice—both honors her mother, a courageous woman who immigrated
to the United States from China, and indicates her mother's primary
role within the text as she describes life both in China and in the United
States, as well as her own immigration journey. It is a tribute to her
mother and other women who experienced immigration then and now.
Examining the life of one's mother often means the exploration of
geography (i.e., place), time period, and people central to her life.
This ambivalence in the pagan religions toward peace and war is found in the texts of the
main religious traditions. Many ‘sacred’ texts are flooded with images of a vengeful and
violent God: a God of war who destroys our enemies and punishes us if we stray. Elise
Boulding observes: ‘The warrior god has dominated the stories of our faith communities, so
that the other story of human caring and compassion and reconciliation, is often difficult to
In the fourth century after Christ began that decay of the Roman Empire which had been the pride of the then
civilized world. Warriors of Teutonic race invaded its splendid cities, destroyed without remorse the costliest
and most beautiful of its antique treasures. Temples and images of the gods fell before barbarians whose only
fear was lest they should die "upon the straw," while marble fountains and luxurious bath-houses were
despoiled as signs of a most inglorious state of civilization.