Never, AGAIN?

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A beautiful quote by Nelson Mandela a world class leader.  With the rise and fall of civilization its amazing to see how the efforts of one man can do so much wonderful things for people.  He bore the suffering even though as a leader he was just like one of them eventhough the apartied went to jail for years and then when finally released was given a full pardon and became President of the nation!!  Talk about rags to riches!!  Its like something out of a storybook really!! Continue reading

What Does ‘Halal’ Mean Anyway?

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(Sister Zaynab @ Downtown Hamilton Masjid Eid Bazaar & Mini Fashion Show)

(Sister Zaynab @ Downtown Hamilton Masjid Eid Bazaar & Mini Fashion Show)

Keeping it Halal really means doing things by the book more times than others, when we want the right things to happen we gotta start the right way with the good intentions. 

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Omar & Abdullah Jogging!!! (Video) + Urgent Help!!

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In this session me and Abdullah do a ‘lil warm up before class its always good to bring your kids to the class as challenging as it is, but it shows you not only wanna help the community but also you own family live a healthy life style.

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“More Than You Will Ever know!!”

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Milton Quran Institute kids warming up (hopping)

Milton Quran Institute kids warming up (hopping)

BY: OMAR MCKNIGHT

Preparing the kids for grading some of them seemed a bit “iffy” but reminded them about the importance of it. I myself was not sure given the circumstance of transportation that day nevertheless among others it’s all about getting kids in shape mentally, physically and spiritually!! Continue reading

DIAIRIES OF A MAD BLACK BELT: Muay Thai Madness Pt. 2!!

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It was nice to be back kickboxing class in the Hamilton mountain Mosque!!Br. Sami was teaching the class all ready to go and it was quite the work out we did a lot of cool things the teacher was really pumped that motivated!! Continue reading

” . . .Stance On Guard For Thee!!”/UMMA Tournament 2015

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BY: OMAR MCKNIGHT

In This session I visited the MAH Karate club Hamilton Br. Khalil was teaching it sure had been a while and my how they’ve grown!!  Continue reading

Diaries Of A Mad Black Belt: YWCA Holiday Workshop!

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Downtown Masjid Holiday Workshop (Hamilton ON)

Downtown Masjid Holiday Workshop (Hamilton ON)

The workshop at the Y.W.C.A. Hamilton and let me tell you it was quite the task!  I was pretty much double booked wasn’t sure if I was going to do it but I said to myself it could be a good opportunity to motivate under privilege kids who wouldn’t realize it otherwise.  I found myself standing in front about 50 kids! I would never done martial arts before so I thought back to basics keep it simple stupid n you’ll be okay! Continue reading

DIARIES OF A MAD BLACK BELT: The trick choke!! & 10 Basic techniques!!

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BY: OMAR MCKNIGHT

In this class Sensei Yusuf had come back from Jiu-jitsu camp so we were all excited to see what stuff he had learned and as good as he is its nice to see a teacher continuing his/her education to be and do better as a martial artist something we should all learn from.  Class had already started my self and Osama got there and started with a warm up:

  • Sparring your partner (as well as others) at 30% the reason for this is not to get too tired as well it warms up the body and stretches out your muscles, gets you loose so to speak.
  • I sparred three students: Sean, Saboor, Abdul and Mirza.

Sensei Yusuf taught us some new techniques pinning the shoulders and the TRICK CHOKE.

In this technique is a little different instead of regular choke or cross-chokes it is done near the neck area crossing had on opposite sides of the opponent gui, with this you grab one neck line of the his/her gui and with the other hand you sneakingly grab the gui near his/her waiste line and pull your elbow straight back!  They unexpectingly do not notice the second lower grab hence the name trick choke.  It was very cool and stealthy move to use.

We tried this move with different partners then had a break.  We had full sparring for 45 minutes one of the highlights was full sparring with Sean its always a great work out with him.  Near the end of class the numbers had dropped of attendance so Yusuf stressed to “be consistent in the classes” to make it beneficial.

  1. The Main benefit for me was the competitiveness with sparring it felt like we did something challenging and worthwhile which always seems to bring out the best in an individual.
  2. Think of ways of to beat your opponent for me patient while sparring, be loose and not rigid you should flow like water!!

Omar Mcknight

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That’s using your hips!!

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BY: OMAR MCKNIGHT

It was Friday taif (thank allah its friday!) and my cousin Eeshan had came all the way from BUFFALO NEW YORK dying to come to martial arts class and finally got his chance he was so excited he almost forgot to wear his shoes, on our way out!!  It’s all about feeling when you teaching kids, the feeling you get and of course the reward for when there is progress.  “Are you ready yet Omar Uncle?” Eeshan asked.  Almost!!  I said.  “Just make sure you put both your shoes on first might help?!”  I replied.  We arrived at the class and got right into the warm up:

  • Jogging one 1 spot (1 min)
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • Continue jogging on 1 spot (hand hitting back of heel)
  • 25 jumping jacks again
  • 20 sit ups
  • 15 push ups
  • Arm rotations standing position
  • In sitting stance position double front snap kick (double up on every count 10 sets)
  • Low section block 100 each arm in walking stance position using recoiling technique as a focus;

The concept of recoiling the hips with blocks punches and kicks adds pounds and pounds of power to them, if you can imagine winding a spring coil and then releasing it all that kinetic energy while released will add more power to the technique no matter how big or small you are.

 

  • We then took a break 2 min
  • Round house kicks with partner this is like target practice exercise one partner sticks his hand out while you partner (the kicker) hits your hand kinda like target kicking practice full lenght of the dojo.

It was a really enjoyable class especially for Eeshan.  New students always bring a great sense of enthusiasm to the table which is always refreshing.  His round house kicks were not all ther but the energy and heart would have gotten him out of any battle!!  Near the end of class we split everybody into two groups; one side did cario punching on the punching bags, the other I sparred individually and the all seemed to be improving at a good pace.  After that I started doing bo-staff with Uzair and broke down the push pull methodolgy even Eeshan got a chance at it but emphasized the staff is just an extention of the hand so its better to be good and at basic hand skills then more weapons.  After all the wepon is just an extention of the hand.

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DIARIES OF A MAD BLACK BELT: Bobbing & Weaving

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BY: OMAR MCKNIGHT

Being able to move is important in order to stay out of harm’s way, but moving with correct techniques properly can be a split difference in a life death situation.  Bobbing and weaving are one of a boxers staple moves in order to deliver knock out blows to an opponent it comes in real handy in CLOSE CONTACT situations; imagine you are in an elevator after a long hard days work all of a sudden scruffy looking guy besides you grabs you and says “Empty out your wallet!!”  Doing a front snap kick may not be in you best option, but by bobbing and weaving it will train you to move fast effectively in order to move out of harms way or delivering a few knuckle sandwiches or a take down self defense technique just let them know delivery charges are on the house!!

Omar Mcknight

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Testamonials: Asalaamualikum How is ur training going bro? I seen ur mad blk blt video… Mashallah bro i like. Deen Khan (Umma martialarts) Nov. 01 2012

 

 

 

 

 

“A. F. G.” (Afghan)

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  A.F.G.or Afghan of course done a while back but brings those from the region way back to a country  called Afghanistan,  need I say more?  Well just looking at the body of poses it can say a lot about how they feel.  The font is rase one, the colours represent the national flag and the dripping blood is a by product of oppression and suffering of a people who have been stripped of their identity.  But above all still stand tall and proud because whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.   Continue reading

The ‘SALAM’ Chronicles

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‘Salam!’ or Peace in whatever language you wanna say it it is something we need more of these days with all the things happenin’ all over the world it makes more sense to ‘CEASE fire’ and get some ‘PEACE ATTIRE’ hoodie so to speak. Continue reading

Go GREEN, For PEACE!

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Be peaceful and set some trends in threads!!  At the Eid bazaar D.T.M. (Downton Hamilton Masjid) we have brother ‘Mustafa’ (The chosen one) who has been choosen to pose in this pic looking so so confident and happy with his new camouflage airbrushed tee and matching hat. Continue reading

Wanna PEACE A’ Me!?!

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Asalaamualikum & Hello!!

In this design of Salaam we see here that it could be a new of peace for an old subject.  Arabic language has become very popular now a days given the growth of Islam, the Quran being revealed in Arabic and people just not convinced of all this ISLAMOPHOBIA.

People or inquiring minds wanna know whats up with that and here in the west we tend to fuse cultures together and make our own western Identity calling it “Westernization” anyway I think this should be the new logo for peace, and actually believe it is the only thing that will bring you true peace which is submission on Allah.  But anyway that’s my 2 cents.  The word in Arabic pronounced “Sal-lam” means Peace or submission to the will of Allah the only one true Creator.  And the word at the bottom “PEACE”  well means no fighting make amends the opposite of war.  But the true sense can’t really be translated properly it just gives you an idea of the meaning.

The design works really well together though I think and has been very popular among urban styles seems like everybody wants to get it on their shirt!!!  So what are you waiting?

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“Mo-TEEvate” Initiatives.

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Mo-teevate Initiatives inspiring others to live well and upright life using graphic tee’s as a way of promoting love, hope and a positive outlook on such a negative influences, when life knocks you down being inspired by a nice t-shirt and feel the power of giving.   Continue reading

BEAT IT! Don’t Get It, GIVE IT!!

 

D. Findlay shows hes got skills to pay the bills!  As he gets a custom tee for being the best in sales.

D. Findlay shows hes got skills to pay the bills! As he gets a custom tee for being the best in sales.

 

In this post we demonstrate  the need for competition, excellence and TEAMWORK.  With this tee it demonstrates the need as humans to desire these traits as the guy wearing this tee demonstrates through his body language and a sense of achievement when he beat his own supervisor at an office sales competition!! Continue reading

“MOOZLIM”

thumbnail_220x220 In this design a reminisce of an old school group Run DMC very influential growing up in the of hip hop  culture, Continue reading