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File #: 190095    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/7/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/7/2019
Title: Declaring that the 3rd Week of March shall be "Martial Arts Week" in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature19009500
Declaring that the 3rd Week of March shall be "Martial Arts Week" in the City of Philadelphia.
WHEREAS, In the 3rd week of March 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt began taking martial arts lessons in the White House, thereby popularizing and legitimizing the effectiveness and benefits of martial arts in the United States; and

WHEREAS, A former Philadelphia police officer, J.J. O'Brien, was President Roosevelt's first martial arts instructor. J.J. O'Brien received a Certificate in Jiu-Jitsu from the Governor of Nagasaki, while serving as a Police Inspector in Nagasaki, Japan; and

WHEREAS, President Roosevelt continued his martial arts training under Yoshiaki Yamashita, a 6th-degree Judo black belt from Japan. Roosevelt subsequently introduced martial arts training as a regular part of officer development at the United States Naval Academy, where Yamashita became a judo instructor; and

WHEREAS, Martial arts are both an art and a science in which the weak can overcome the strong, giving credence to the familiar adage of "brains over brawn"; and

WHEREAS, The study of martial arts teaches strategy, tactics, techniques, fitness, healthy diet, calmness under extreme pressure, self-confidence, a desire to avoid needless conflict and physical altercations, and an ethos of standing up for the weak when they are bullied, harassed or attacked; and

WHEREAS, Consistent training in martial arts builds character, focus, strength, flexibility, and coordination while enhancing performance in the workplace, at home, in school, and in other sports; and

WHEREAS, Two styles of martial arts, judo and taekwondo, are included as worldwide sports in the International Olympic Games; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is home to many martial arts schools including those that teach Judo, Aikido, Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Sambo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Capoeira; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia martial arts practitioners consist of very diverse pe...

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