O'Sensei Speaks

An ongoing series of informational entries

Utah #4 in the nation for human trafficking Report #4

By Raven Cain  December 10th 2021

Human trafficking is a 150 billion dollar industry worldwide. The people running these organizations use fraud and coercion to sexually exploit individuals. It's been estimated by the International labor organization that there are some 40.3 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. You may be shocked to learn that human trafficking is the most criminal and profitable enterprise 2nd only to drug trafficking.

To my disappointment and utter shock, I've learned that Utah is the 4th highest per capita human trafficking state in the United States. Unbelievably this makes you tall higher per capita than California.

For Utah, both domestic and foreign trafficking cases have included commercial sex multiple state prostitution rings. They look for people who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including economic hardship, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Trafficker tactics:

Using violence or threatening the person or person’s family members; Harming or depriving the person of basic necessities, such as food, water, or sleep; Making false promises of love or companionship; Making false promises of a good job and home; Restricting contact with friends or family; Limiting freedom of movement; Controlling the person’s identification documents; Threatening deportation or law enforcement action; or Garnishing the person’s salary to pay off alleged debts.

What can we do as warriors to help in this noble fight against these disgusting and sick perverted animalistic criminals? In my opinion, the 1st thing we can do is to become dedicated Instructors and advocates In the art of awareness. Consistently being aware of ourselves, and observing what is hidden in plain sight. To step up and be the protector that we have been training to be. To become a dragon when a dragon is needed.

This effort of course starts at home. Teaching our children both female and male how to harness the power of awareness. Teaching our children how Not to be a victim. Teaching our children

how to be strong and how to appropriately Behave and how to treat other human beings. Teach our children how to live by a higher standard and code of honor.

This is not just a Utah problem human trafficking exists in every state in the United States and Throughout the world.

For more tips on how you can help in the fight against Human Trafficking in Utah please call 801–200–3443

How Parents Can Support Their Kids’ Sports Interests Without Breaking the Ban

By Anya Willis December 10th 2021

Supporting your kids’ sports interests can be an incredibly smart move. When a child participates in sports, their peer relationships and academic performance usually improve. Additionally, active children typically experience a range of health benefits, making it even more worthwhile.

However, many parents are also worried about the costs of their kids’ sports. Luckily, there are ways to keep them under control. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips presented by Raven Self Defense.

Choose Lower-Cost Sports

Every sport has a unique price tag. Some may require more equipment or the use of specialty training facilities, pushing the cost up. With others, equipment needs may be limited, and practices can take place anywhere, reducing how much you have to spend.

If you need to watch your budget, focus on lower-cost sports for your kids. Track is usually the cheapest, followed by basketball. Soccer can also be pretty affordable, as well as swimming if you already have access to a pool.

Shop Secondhand for Equipment

When it’s time to get equipment, shopping secondhand can be a great way to keep everything budget-friendly. Since children tend to outgrow their gear fast, you can find plenty of options in great condition by going to the right stores. One of the best places to begin is Play It Again Sports, as the store specializes in sporting equipment. However, you may also find options at other thrift stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Buy Gear During the Off-Season

If you need to buy new sporting gear, wait until the off-season whenever possible. Prices tend to be highest when demand is up and fall when the market slips. Since the need for equipment tumbles after the end of a sports season, that can be a great way to find a bargain. If you aren’t sure when the off-season is, you can review local schedules to get a general idea. Often, the best deals are available right as a season comes to a close, though you may be able to find some discounts up until right before the sport picks back up again.

Hire a Teen Athlete to Tutor Your Child Instead of a Coach

Finding coaching for your child can be expensive. Luckily, you might be able to find them some lessons for less by hiring a local teen athlete to tutor your child. Often, teens won’t charge as much as adult coaches but are still a great source of wisdom. Just keep in mind that this option may work better during the summer when teens have more time available.

Create a Safe Space at Home for Practice

If you want to make sports more affordable, ensuring your kids have a safe space to practice at home can make a difference. You won’t have to cover the cost of going to a local park, sports complex, or other location. Plus, you don’t have to worry about membership fees or entry costs. Getting your yard ready doesn’t have to be difficult. You may want to start by hiring a contractor to install a fence, particularly if your child is younger and a ball is involved. That way, an errant kick or throw doesn’t have them darting into traffic.

Similarly, you can usually get lawn mowing services for between $30 and $80. Just make sure you choose a qualified, experienced, and insured company by searching for “lawn maintenance near me” and reading online reviews. Raven Self Defense offers a Mi Yama Ryu Kempo JuJutsu program for kids that can help them grow and learn. Call 804-665-4184 to learn more about this and our other programs.

Near Death Adventure

By Raven Cain December 20th 2021

On Father’s day 2019, my wife convinced me to take a hike to Gunloclk Falls in beautiful Southern Utah. I was reluctant because my children were visiting their Grandparents about 3500 miles away in Virginia.

To be perfectly honest I was completely content to be a hermit for the entire day. Head any of us known the events that were to transpire Perhaps we would have chosen to do just that.

Gunlock falls is an incredibly beautiful state parkIn my local area. It contains a Ceres of waterfalls That have carved Away the sandstone rock My area is known for. It takes quite a bit of effort to get to the top of Gunlock falls for that reason I decided to wear my best pair of hiking boots. Customarily I am known as a very aware and somewhat paranoid person. I constantly check my surroundings to make sure my footing is near perfect before making my move. I calculated each foot position and hand position as I scaled up to the top of Gunlock mountain. My wife and our friends scurried around looking at the scenery as I continued my ascent to the top of the falls.

Carefully I observed the Water and its powerful nature. I was amazed at the site. Often when my area gets rain the water becomes extremely dangerous. This day was no exception as we had received a great deal of rain that week. Southern Utah rarely gets rain. So when it does rain the waterfalls become very rapid and dangerous. I was very aware of this.

I cautiously moved towards the waterfall to look over the edge. Just as I begin to approach the edge I lost my footing and I tumbled into the Raging Rapids. Within an instant, I was over the waterfall falling 75, feet and landed on a boulder below into the water. Soon as I hit the Boulder I found myself tumbling back into the water again near the spot where I previously found myself trekking up carefully and cautiously to the top.

I fought for my life as I knew I was heading towards another waterfall. My mind was calm my body was protected from the fall from 40 plus years of training the martial arts. Because of my training, I was able to fall properly preventing the deadly fall from killing me. Now I fought to get a grip on anything that would slow me down and avoid the 2nd fall. The next thing I know I was swooped into another 25' footfall and then rushed again into the raging rapids.

Somehow I was able to catch a small Boulder underneath the water and slow my descent. As did that I was able to pull myself to the side of the waterfall. Fortunately, I was able to stop myself before falling over yet another one That would have surely killed me.

I was prepared to die and I thought for sure that it was my time. My training in the martial arts saved my life from the 1st 75 footfalls and it enabled me to stay calm and focused. Clear-minded Yet I still embrace death unafraid and accepting.

After getting myself to what I thought was safety, I realized that I had inadvertently put myself on the wrong side of the rapids. By this point, my wife and friends were rushing down the mountain to try to save me. I now had to cross the rapids again to get to real safety. The trick was to cross without getting sucked down the 3rd waterfall.

This time I felt I had a slight advantage because I was perfectly aware that I was going into Rapids. I manage to map out a route and finally, I was able to make it across safely to my wife and friends. I escaped with just minor bruises and scrapes for that I give all the credit to my martial arts teachers and the hours and hours on the dojo floor training.

Many people have died on this waterfall. Gunlock Is dangerous as it continues to be open to the public. Despite the danger, one cannot blame those who wish to see The incredible Gunlock falls