Martial Arts for Your Mind

Picture yourself with an incredible amount of energy and walking into a room. Do you think people would notice? Of course they would, people and animals are hardwired to respond to POWER. It is a fundamental law of nature. If a lion walked into a room, you’d take notice because you respect its power, energy, and abilities. The people who are not aware are usually victims and consequently they also miss much of the BEAUTY in life. How do you attain such powers? Proper breathing is the 1st step.

I first spotted this breathing technique while deployed in Kuwait. Since then, I’ve heard it called four count breathing, combat breathing, yoga breathing, Zen breathing, and concentrated breathing. In Kuwait I was part of a joint task force that included the Army and Air Force. On one afternoon we received a threat of scud missile attack. Grab your chemical warfare gear and head to a bomb shelter. We were anticipating the next alert which would mean putting on our gas masks and bracing for the boom. I kept my mind busy with an improvised game of sand hockey. It’s like air hockey but instead of using a puck we used a dead beetle and it was played in the sand. The Airman next to me was kind of crying and hyperventilating. He was clearly stressed. Some Soldiers and Airmen looked away from him with a bit of disgust. Others watched me flick a beetle around in the sand. I remember there was this one guy that was staring at the crying Airman, as if sizing him up. It only took a moment then he made contact. He reached out and put his hand on the Airman’s shoulder and said “look into my eyes and follow my breathing, breathe in for 1-2-3-4 seconds, hold your breath for 1-2-3-4 seconds, and breathe out for 1-2-3-4 seconds. You feel better now.” They repeated this cycle four times and there was an immediate positive change in the Airman’s physiology. I stopped playing my beetle hockey and found myself mesmerized by what just happened. It was an amazing instant TRANSFORMATION. The Airman had stopped crying, was sitting with good posture and looked composed. How could a person’s disposition change so much in the span of two minutes?

Being a martial artist, my mind raced with excitement about all the applications of this new breathing technique. If I added this to my meditation sessions how quickly could I relax my active mind? What if I did this four count breathing right before my big fights? I could do this in the car while waiting at red lights. My CHI would grow to the point that I would become a Zen Master. Reality set in, breathing is just the first step, but with other steps these ideals could be possible.

Eleven Two, One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival, and Freedom

A fantastic biography of an airman during World War II as he fought for our nation, was shot down over Germany, rescued and captured by the German military, and his life during all of that as well as his active life after his official military service. Frank Kravetz was born and raised in small towns in and around East Pittsburgh, Pa. He had several brothers and sisters all living in tight quarters. Frank’s father worked at the Westinghouse plant in East Pittsburgh when Pittsburgh was still the dirty and busy industrial city. Frank tells of his early life, his siblings, and his parents and how they all got along and existed during the tough depression years. The family was religious and that helped get them through some tough times. In 1940, with the war raging in Europe, the draft took affect where all males had to register for the military draft at age 18, Frank and his brothers included. Frank was accepted in an apprentice program at Westinghouse.

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in a horrific sneak attack killing thousands of our military and civilians in that area of the world. Frank’s brother Mickey had enlisted in the army before the war started so he was entrenched in the military already and knew he would be one of the first to go to an active area. Frank’s brothers enlisted when their medical examinations were of a passing grade. Many area men were now in the military so Frank thought he better enlist in the Air Force to give him his choice of the branch of service he wanted. While awaiting his approval, Frank did spend time with his girlfriend, Anne Cerjanic who had graduated and was working at The National Biscuit Company plant in East Liberty, Pa. His first attempt to join the Air Force was rejected because he was five-pounds overweight. Frank lost that weight fast so he could enlist and after a short time that’s what he did. He always wanted to be a pilot but he was assigned as a crewmember of a B-17 Flying Fortress. During his training he, and all crewmembers, learned how to perform many jobs in the B-17 s in the event that someone was injured. Frank was finally assigned as a tail gunner where he had to fit into a tiny space in the tail. With all his equipment on he had to really squeeze into that tail!

After all his training, his group flew eventually to Valley Wales, United Kingdom, where they would be sent by train and bus to Glatton, England where they would be assigned their own B-17. His airplane had made several bombing missions, being shot at on most of them but being fortunate to survive while many others on a mission did not come back, either from being shot down or blown out of the air. November 2, 1944 his group was given the target of Merseberg, Germany where the German’s had many defense fortifications on land and in the air. It was a very dangerous mission. It turned out to be Frank’s last mission of the war as they were shot down and eventually taken prisoner. Frank was wounded mainly in his leg from flak, so badly that his crewmen had to extricate him from the tail section, wrap him in as many layers of clothes topped by a parachute that had come open by mistake. They then threw him out of the falling B-17 praying that the chute would open and get him safely to the ground.

Eventually Frank was captured and handled quite well for a prisoner of war with bad injuries. He was taken to a makeshift medical facility where he received as good of care as possible. Frank’s medical treatment and progress, or lack of, kept him out of the main German prisoner of war camps where no one was treated decent. When he had improved enough for a move to one of those camps he was moved even though he could not navigate on his own very well. Frank’s telling of his experiences as a prisoner of war will stand you on your head trying to figure how our military men survived. Frank and his fellow prisoners were moved to other camps, some by train and some by marches.

Upon the ending of the war Frank and his fellow soldiers were taken as soon as possible to allied medical facilities where they would be medically treated very well until they could be shipped back to the United States. His story is one of learning to exist in the worst of circumstances. Frank returned home eventually, married Anne, and continued his apprenticeship at Westinghouse. Frank’s story doesn’t end there. He has been so active in veteran’s affairs, especially POW (Prisoner of War) treatment by the government. He has started as well as being active in many veterans organizations nationally. I can’t praise enough Frank’s activities pre and post war. His actions have improved the care of vets and vets that are ex-prisoners of war vastly. You must read the story of this man. Frank is now 87 years of age and his wife, Anne, is 84. As you read this story you KNOW how deep down these two have loved and lived as one together and pray for many more happy and healthy years together.

Getting Section 333 Exemption


According to the laws of the United States of America, any aircraft operation that is carried out in the national airspace must be legal. This means that the operation must be done with an aircraft that is certified and registered. A pilot has to have a license as well as an approval to operate. The Secretary of Transport, by virtue of Section 333 of the 2012 Modernization and Reform Act of the FAA, is granted the authority to determine a certificate of airworthiness for a UAS to safely perform any operation in the National Airspace System (NAS).

The authority is also given the power to offer case-by-case authorization of commercial operations performed by certain unmanned aircraft before the Small UAS Rule will be finalized. Once the rules are done, it will be the basic process for the authorization of small UAS to operate. Currently, there is a lot of controversy related to the UAS/UAV process of certification in the United States of America. However, what the FAA is saying is that anyone who likes to fly in the United States of America and wants to make money with drones, needs to petition and get 333 exemption grants.

Should I go for a section 333 exemption?

If your plan is to fly your drone recreationally, then you do not need the section 333 exemption or any UAV certification. All that is required of you is to follow the standard safety guidelines, laid down by the FAA which includes flying the drone over your own property only.

Some of those guidelines are:

1. Fly during the day

2. Fly under 400 feet

3. Do not fly in a national park area

4. Do not fly over people directly

As of December 2015, the FAA gave directives that people, who are flying drones, weighing over 55 lbs/250g, should register it with them. This also involves those flying it for recreational purposes. If you want to use the drone for commercial purposes, the FAA requires the exemption.

Irrespective of the law, if a professional drone pilot has a section 333 exemption, it offers him or her some advantages:

1. It can serve as a credible indicator to potential prospects, especially when you are promoting your business.

2. People who already have the section 333 exemption will have priority application access if the FAA unveils their updated regulations regularly.

3. You may be provided with a more favorable rate when you file application for drone liability insurance.

Companies that applies for a section 333 exemption

There are many opportunities for commercial drone pilots. Section 333 Exemption has been awarded to a large number of companies. Some of the categories are listed below.

1. Real estate and film/cinematography applications

2. Precision agriculture as well as the inspection and monitoring of utility and energy infrastructure

Is it important to have a pilot license?

The particular company or the individual that is running the company that has a section 333 exemption is not compelled to have a pilot license. However, anyone that is flying the drone/UAV is required to possess a pilot license. The pilot in question can be anyone. He or she can be an employee of a company or just an independent contractor. The most important thing is that he or she must meet the requirement, as stipulated in the section 333 exemption guideline.

What does it mean to be a licensed pilot?

It means that the person has at least a sport or recreational pilot license. It is not compulsory for you to have a private pilot license. However, if you already have one, then you have met the requirement already. You may also possess a commercial or transport license, but for most people, this does not apply, except if such person also have a career in aviation.

The FAA has already listed on its website that under the grant of exemption a PIC should possess either a sport pilot, airline transport, private, recreational or a commercial pilot certificate. The PIC is also required to possess a current FAA Airman Medical Certificate or a driver’s license from the U.S. The PIC is also required by the FAA to meet the flight review requirements.

However, what is important here is that even if you or someone in your company does not satisfy the requirement for the pilot license currently, it is still possible for you to go ahead and apply for your exemption if you are determined to bring in UAS into your business. You can also use the driver’s license form the United States of America to substitute for a current medical certificate.

Paperwork you need to file for section 333 exemption

You can hire a company to do this for you or go ahead and do it yourself. However, a few of the steps to follow include:

· Review the guidelines as stipulated on the FAA website and find out what you need to submit

· Petition filing for exemption on the public docket

· Under your exemption, you need to apply for an N-number for each UAV you want to fly

· Find out if you are required or not to submit a separate COA application.

What is the cost of a section 333 exemption?

Actually, there are no fees attached to the petitioning for exemption. However, there is a fee applicants are required to pay when filing for a drone N-number registration. This is according to the exemption guideline. What most people do is to hire someone who already has the experience of navigating the filing process. The most important thing is to know what information the FAA is requesting for and the right format to provide them.

How you can make use of your exemption

Those who have the section 333 exemption are permitted to charge some amount of money for services that they performed with their special unmanned area vehicle. Operators of this kind, have a special opportunity in the world of Unmanned Aerial vehicle services. In addition, having a section 333 exemption, gives you the free will to operate you unmanned areal vehicle (UAV) without any fear or restrictions. In a nutshell, it gives you a complete peace of mind while flying.