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    Sean Masaki Flynn to Judge and Referee at National Aikido Champion

    Former national Aikido Champion Sean Masiki Flynn is a judge and referee at the 2018 US National Championship Tournament in San Diego, at Mesa CollegeFriday through Sunday,July 27-29, 2018.

    Inland Empire, Calif.  Former national Aikido Champion Sean Masiki Flynn is a judge and referee at the 2018 US National Championship Tournament in San Diego, at Mesa College Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, 2018.

    Aikido seminars and workshops are all day Friday, and kyogi (competition) begins on Saturday and Sunday.
    The competition will be comprised of the usual events: Individual Randori (men and women); Embu(junanahon empty-handed); Black Belt Embu (junanahon with tanto); Koryu Goshin no Kata Embu (all ranks); and Freestyle Embu (all ranks) Kongodantaisen (under the new modified format)
    Participants are responsible for their own lodgings and food (except the award banquet).  The cost to compete are: $100 for TAA Members, $120 for non-members and $20 for awards banquet at 6:00pm on Sunday July 29th.

    Open to competitors 14 years and older. Registration is open until July 19.  To register go to https://tomiki.org/nationals2018/

    Tomiki Aikido of the Americas, Inc. (TAA) was established in 1990 to promote the practice of Professor Kenji Tomiki’s system of sport Aikido.

    The organization brings together Aikido clubs in North, South and Central America with publications,newsletters, seminars, and competitions. They also coordinate activities with other national and international Aikido organizations.

    Flynn is 4th degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  He is direct student of world champion Robert Dziubla (8th dan).  He received additional extensive training in Japan under grand masters Tetsuo Nariyama (9th dan), Fumiaki Shishida (8th dan), and Kenshi Uno (7thDan).

    The dan () ranking system is used by many Japanese organizations and Korean martial arts to indicate the level of one’s ability within a certain subject matter.

    Championships won by Flynn include: Overall National Champion (forms plus full-contact), 2014; National Forms Champion, 2008; Full-contact runner up, 2006 U.S. National Aikido Tournament; Aikido full-contact champion, 2005 Arnold Battle of Columbus; and National Forms Champion, 2002

    A former coach, five of Flynn’s students—Robyn Millan, Jack McKenna, Janine Parziale, Jeff Stickle, and Tiffany Doan—have won U.S. national championships in either forms or sparring.  He is also a member of the Tomiki Aikido of the Americas Board of Directors.

    Flynn is also running for Congress in the 31st Congressional District in San Bernardino California. Flynn lives in Redlands CA.


    Sean Masaki Flynn Calls on Congress to Protect The 2018 U.S. Elections

    Sean Masaki Flynn.

    “I call on American patriots, both Democrats and Republicans, to ask Congress to enact measures to secure our elections from foreign mischief and to protect America’s digital infrastructure,” said Sean Masaki Flynn.

    Inland Empire, Calif .  There is no doubt. Russia interfered in 2016 election.   I take issue with the President’s assertion yesterday that it may have been otherwise, and so does his own Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coates.

    We must aggressively counter Russian spying and interference, not only in our election processes but across the full range of military and civilian spying operations that Russia is currently mounting against us.
    These spying and disinformation operations were started in the 1920s by the old Soviet Union and were continued enthusiastically by Russian President Putin after he took control of Russia in 2000.  They are the actions of an enemy and must be treated as such.

    Consequently, President Trump’s comments at his press conference with Putin in Helsinki were disturbing on several fronts.  First, they appear to be based on a failure to recognize Russia’s century old hostility toward the United States.  Even more grave, his comments fail to reflect the justified suspicion and caution that our leadership should maintain in any and all diplomatic interactions with Russia given its long history of aggression against the United States, Ukraine, and the rest of the world.

    Many U.S. Presidents have met with Soviet and Russian leaders.  Roosevelt met with Stalin, as did Truman.  Eisenhower met with Khrushchev, as did Kennedy.  Nixon met with Brezhnev.  Reagan with Gorbachev.  George W. Bush and Barack Obama met with Putin. But all of them did so with the explicit acknowledgement that Russia and the Soviet Union were hostile to the interests of the United States.
    President Donald Trump should trust his Director of National Intelligence about Russian responsibility for the hacks.  The evidence is definitive.  But that evidence is just a drop in the ocean when compared with the unceasing aggression that Russia has directed at us and the rest of the world for nearly a century.

    A leopard does not change his spots.  Putin remains a tyrant.  And President Trump must respect history if he wants to dance with the Russian Bear.

    I call on American patriots, both Democrats and Republicans, to ask Congress to enact measures to secure our elections from foreign mischief and to protect America’s digital infrastructure going forward.  Russia is not the only threat, and we must be prepared for all comers and all methods of attack.

     About Sean MasakiFlynn for Congress

    Sean Masaki Flynn is the republican candidate for the 31st Congressional District.  Flynn is the best-selling author of Economics for Dummies. He is also coauthor of the world’s best-selling college economics textbook, Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies and Board member on the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA).  An avid martial arts enthusiast, Flynn is also a former U.S. National Aikido Forms Champion and coach.

    Flynn is single and lives in Redlands.

    The 31st Congressional Districtincludesall or portions of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, San Bernardino, Highland, Redlands, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, Colton, and Rialto.

    The General Election on Tuesday, November 6.  For more information on the Flynn campaign go to www.SeanFlynnforCongress.com