Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny #5 – The Beast!

Last month, the President and Vice-President visited the Toledo area. I was part of a detail of law enforcement officers that helped with the motorcades. As a way of saying “thanks” the Secret Service invited all officers involved to come out the night before the visit to see The Beast! For those of you not

Martial History #4: Sambo

Recently I mentioned judo having an impact and influence around the world, so much so, even the Russians were impacted! In September of 1907, a young man by the name of Vasili Oshchepkov went to Tokyo to study theology. While in the seminary ,he studied judo and became the best judoka in the program. On

Martial History #3: Bartitsu

How Judo Affected Sherlock Holmes In October, I described the development of Judo and its interesting founder, Jigoro Kano. A real teacher at heart, Kano dedicated his life to teaching others the benefits of martial arts training in general and Judo specifically. Because of his efforts, Judo was shared with the world and Japanese martial

Martial History #2: Jhoon Rhee

I was originally I was planning on continuing with some additional interesting tidbits about Judo. (Like how it influenced Sherlock Holmes!) But I realized with belt graduation coming this Saturday, this is a great time to talk about Jhoon Rhee.   Jhoon Rhee was born in South Korea in 1932 and began training in Tang

Martial History #1: Judo

Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny Originally in the newsletter I had a series of articles published as “totally useless facts.” And there are quite a few of those around this blog. However, some of those articles I have renamed “Martial History” simply because I think the history of the martial arts (while perhaps “useless”

Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny #4

  Seeing that Mr. Penny is full of completely useless information, we thought we would share some useless-but-possibly-interesting tidbits here.   Did You Know: Police Tires  You may know that police cruisers, whether they be Cars, SUV’s, Trucks, or Crossovers, have various modifications to them.  As Elwood Blues described his “Blues-mobile” (‘74 Dodge Monaco) in

Where the Magic Is Hiding

A woman visited a fortuneteller to find out if her future would be successful, but instead of answering any of the questions, the fortuneteller gave the woman a box. She explained that it was a magic box that had the power to make dreams come true. She handed the woman a notepad and told the

Saving the Grass and So Much More

When a Florida man collapsed while doing yard work, his wife called 911. First responders arrived within minutes to find Gene Work having a heart attack. He lapsed in and out of consciousness as they stabilized him and transported him to the hospital. His wife, Melissa, was at his side during the ambulance ride. She