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Members of the Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu Sys-
tem from dojos throughout the country, recently
came together to host an open air training ses-
sion at the Gulf City Mall, Lowlands.
The team sought to educate the public about discipline
and promote the benefits of martial arts for personal
Sensei Don Carl Small from Trinidad said the true pur-
pose of martial arts is to help empower youths by
teaching self-defense and discipline.
"Martial arts teaches you strength and discipline
and events like these help spread the word and change
misconceptions about martial arts. We are not teach-
ing kids to fight, we are teaching them to fight back,
we are not teaching then to fight or to be aggressive, what
we are teaching them is an art form -- a discipline
they can use should they be in a situation where its need-
ed or required, where they have no other option to defend
themselves, or their siblings, or their parents, or
somebody they love -- we are not teaching them to fight."
He also gave a brief history about the Purple Drag-
He said founder and creator of the Purple Dragon
Don Jitsu Ryu Ssystem, Professor Don Jacob, has stud-
ied martial arts for over four decades. He holds a
ninth degree black belt and the title (Hanshi) Grand-
master or Professor. He is also the recipient of the nation-
al Humming Bird Medal (Gold).
Small said Jacob is also the holder of many interna-
tional awards and titles and has established an inter-
national network of dojos in countries such as St.
Lucia, the United States, Tortola and Ireland.
Head of the Tobago dojo, Kefa Sealy, said once a
student is enrolled martial arts parenting becomes
"Becoming a Purple Dragon offers different things
for everyone. For some it provides a physical outlet for
aggression -- others an alternative family structure
while some see it as an extra curricular activity. How-
ever, martial arts is a lifestyle, what we do is work
with the parents to help meet the need of everyone," Sealy
"Come bring your kid so we could help guide your
kids down the right path towards doing a positive."
The Tobago faction meets every Tuesday, Wednesday
and Friday at the Red Cross Building at Signal Hill.
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Martial arts teaches discipline
GROS ISLET -- West Indies
captain Jason Holder has taken
a swipe at his batsmen after
his side crashed to a humil-
iating 237-run defeat against
India in the third Test here last
Facing a victory target of 345
after India declared nearly an hour
into the morning session, West
Indies imploded for 108 in about
two sessions to hand India the
series at the Darren Sammy
India now lead 2-0 with the
final Test scheduled to start on
Thursday in Trinidad.
"We haven t been able to put
up reasonable first-innings totals
which have hampered us in the
recent past. If you don t put
up a good first-innings total, then
you are chasing the game," Hold-
"We need to knuckle down. As
batsmen, we need to be account-
able for our actions. At the top,
predominantly, we haven t been
consistent; not getting starts we ve
been looking for."
Left-hander Darren Bravo top-
scored with 59 but was one of
only three frontline batsmen to
reach double figures and the only
one to pass 12, in a humiliating
In the first innings, the home
side was bowled out for 225
after being placed at 202 for three.
The young Windies skipper says
his batsmen were overly cautious
and failed to learn from flaws
made in the first innings.
"I think the difference from here
to Jamaica is that we also spent
time but we didn t score. I think
most of the batsmen have spent
some time initially but they
haven t tick over the score-
board as well as we would like,"
"I can t speak for every bats-
man and it is a situation where
each batsman needs to cope, how
we are going to score and how we
are going to occupy the crease.
So sitting here is difficult to
answer but all I can say is that
the responsibility is on the bats-
men at the present time."
Holder has also lamented what
he termed a disparity between
first class cricket in the region
and Test cricket.
"It is a situation where many
of us coming to international
cricket and are trying to learn
on our job. It is far different from
first-class cricket," he said.
"For instance you get a first-
class game where a fast bowler
hardly bowls the amount of overs
we have bowled in this series. For
the last five to 10 years we have
had spinners dominating first-
class cricket in terms of wick-
ets taken. So it is a transition that
we have to try to open up and
adjust to as quickly as possi-
Holder knocks batsmen after humiliating loss
Top and right, members of the Purple Dragon Don
Jitsu Ryu at the recent open air training session.
These youths were all focused during this drill.
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