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From knowing how to slip on the ice
safely to protecting oneself from amug-
ger,understandingthe artofself-defense
can come in handy on a daily basis and
Godai Ninpo - a martial arts club on
campus - aims to arm its members with
the abilityto protect themselves.
With a membership of about 60 Uni-
versity students, Godai Ninpo stresses
learning martial arts for practical day-
to-day use rather than offense. The
group meets for two hours each Sunday,
and some members also practice during
the week either on campus or at their
off-campus training facility - the Ann
Arbor College of Martial Arts, which is
run by University alumni Ross Winkler
and Rob B'yas.
"We don't do thingsalike matches and
tournaments," intergroup liaison and
LSA senior Andrew Gomes said. "We're
much more focused on how you defend
yourself against a mugger or against
someone who's legitimately trying to

1odai Ninpi
At practices, members of the group
learn various skills including how to
roll properly if one trips and falls on the
sidewalk and methods for defending
against an attacker. The club also offers
seminars for other groups on campus
throughout the year to teach some mar-
tial arts fundamentals.
Business junior Jonathan Ham-
mond, the club's recruitment director,
said that though the practices are rig-
orous, the group is very friendly and
emphasizes social skills like teamwork.
Gomes echoed Hammond's senti-
ments, saying members of Godai Ninpo
want everyone who interacts with the
group to gain some practical knowl-
"We want everyone who practices
with us to walk away with something
useful even if they're only there for one
or two sessions," he said. "We want
them to come out knowing that they are
equipped to defend themselves."
Gomes said he joined the team early

in his freshman year and has been a
member since, adding that he practices
both with his team and on his owntime.
Hammond said the benefits of mar-
tial arts extend beyond achieving physi-
cal prowess.
"There's many internal benefits,"
Hammond said. "Members learn what
fears they have, what strengths they
have ... and ultimately increase their
Considering his own experience in
Godai Ninpo, Gomes said he and other
members have learned humility too.
"It's really easy to take what you're
learning and get in the mindset of 'Oh,
now I have this amazing skill (and) I
can do so many things,' " Gomes said.
"You really have to tone that back and
realize that what you're learning is for
practical purposes and is, ultimately, to
make you a better person, and I think
being humble is a key aspect of that."

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After narrow victory in the House, Dream
Act could face uphill struggle in the Senate


In 216-198 vote,
House approves bill
to revamp citizenship
process for youth
House passed legislation yesterday
to give hundreds of thousands of
foreign-born youngsters brought to
the country illegally a shot at legal
status, a fleeting victory for an effort
that appears doomed in the Senate.
The so-called Dream Act, which
passed the House 216-198, has
been viewed by Hispanic activ-
ists and immigrant advocates as a
downpayment on what they had
hoped would be broader action by
President Barack Obama and the
Democratic-controlled Congress
to give the nation's 10 million to 12
million undocumented immigrants
a chance to gain legal status.
Critics railed against the mea-
sure, calling it a backdoor grant
of amnesty that would encourage
more foreigners to sneak into the
United States in hopes of being
legalized eventually.
The Senate is expected to vote
today on whether to advance similar
legislation, but it's unlikely Demo-
crats can muster the 60 votes need-
ed to advance it past opposition by
Republicans and a handful of their
own members.
"It's an uphill struggle," Sen. Dick
Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Demo-
crat, acknowledged.

Debate on the measure was
fraught with politics. Obama has
made an intense public push in
recent days in favor of the measure,
eager to demonstrate his commit-
ment to Hispanic voters, a key vot-
ing bloc that's been alienated by his
failure to push broader immigration
With the GOP taking control of
the House and representing a stron-
ger minority in the Senate next year,
failure to enact the legislation by
year's end dims the prospects for
action by Congress to grant a path
toward legalization for the nation's
millions of undocumented immi-
Tamar Jacoby of Immigra-
tionWorks USA, a pro-immigration
employers coalition, said the defeat
won't end Congress' attempts to
address the issue but predicted that
future legislation will look far dif-
ferent. "Anything that they're going
to do is going to disappoint compre-
hensive immigration reform advo-
cates," Jacoby said. "It's going to be
a tough haul" to tackle the subject in
the new Congress.
After the House vote, Obama
issued a statement pledging to move
forward on immigration reform and
casting the Dream Act as a way of
correcting what he called "one of
the most egregious flaws of a badly
broken immigration system."
"This vote is not only the right
thing to do for a group of talented
young people who seek to serve a
country they know as their own by
continuing their education or serv-

ing in the military, but it is the right
thing for the United States of Amer-
ica," Obama said. "We are enriched
by their talents and the success of
their efforts will contribute to our
nation's success and security."
Obama's drive to enact the leg-
islation and congressional Demo-
crats' determination to vote on it
before year's end reflect the party's
efforts to satisfy Hispanic groups
whose backing has been critical in
elections and will be again in 2012.
The legislation would give hun-
dreds of thousands of young illegal
immigrants brought to the United
States before the age of 16, and
who have been here for five years
and graduated from high school
or gained an equivalency degree, a
chance to gain legal status if they
joined the military or attended col-
Hispanic activists have described
the Dream Act as the least Congress
can do on the issue. It targets the
,most sympathetic of the millions
of undocumented people - those
brought to the United States as chil-
dren, who in many cases consider
themselves American, speak Eng-
lish and have no ties toor family liv-
ing in their native countries.
Students who would be eligible
for legalization under the bill have
fanned out across Capitol Hill in
recent days to personally lobby law-
makers to back it. A group of them
was seated in the House gallery to
watch the vote, and they broke out
in cheers, some embracing each
other as the vote on passage was

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), center, accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to discuss the Dream Act.


Earlier, Democrats took to the
House floor to paint the measure as
a matter of basic decency.
"Have a little compassion," Rep.
Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said, directing
his remarks at the GOP. "These chil-
dren came here, they didn't decide
to come here. They know no other
country. Some of them don't even
know the language of the coun-
try in which they were born, and
they deserve to have a right as free
Their pleas did little to move firm
Republican opposition.

"It is not being cold-hearted
to acknowledge that every dollar
spent on illegal immigrants is one
dollar less that's spent on our own
children, our own senior citizens
and for all those who entered this
society who played by the rules,
who paid their taxes and expect
their government to watch out for
their needs before it bestows privi-
leges and scarce resources on ille-
gals," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
Just eight Republicans joined
Democrats to back the bill, while
more than three dozen Demo-

crats broke with their party to vote
Purple Heart after he was wounded
in combat in Korea, to focus on his
efforts for the underprivileged and *
to understand that he has great
respect for the institution he has
served for so long. He's tied for
fourth in House seniority.
The House ethics committee
painted Rangel as a congressman
who ignored rules of conduct and
became a tax scofflaw despite his
knowledge of tax law from his long
service on the tax-writing Ways and
Means Committee.

U.S. military criticizes China for North Korea violence

United States military
chief tells Beijing it
has failed to decrease
tensions in the region
TOKYO (AP) - Turning up the
pressure on China over the military
crisis on the Korean peninsula, the
top U.S. military chief said today
that Beijing has failed to live up
to its role as a global power by not

doingenough to defuse tensions.
Adm. Mike Mullen, on a brief
stopover in Tokyo after visiting
Seoul, said it is imperative China
do more to lead North Korea away
from escalating the threat of an all-
out war, which he said would be
North Korea launched a recent
artillery attack on an island near
a disputed border area that killed
four South Koreans and is blamed
for the deadly sinking of a South
Korean warship in March.

"China must lead and guide
North Korea to a better future,"
said Mullen, who is chairman
of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"There is too much at stake for this
sort of myopia.
"There is no country in the world
that has more influence in Pyong-
yang than China," he said. "That's
part of responsible leadership.
That's part of being a global power.
And I would hope they heed this
call and do that."
North Korea, which has few

other allies, depends heavily on
China for economic assistance and
diplomatic support. China fought
on North Korea's side during the
1950-53 Korean war.
Beijing has been cautious in
placing blame or deciding punish-
ments for the skirmish and war-
ship sinking, and has instead called
for all sides to exercise restraint.
China has suggested more mul-
tilateral talks to deal with North
Korea's actions and concerns over
its ongoing effort to develop nucle-

ar weapons.
China has also been critical of
U.S. military exercises in the Yel-
low Sea that were conducted after
the artillery attack, in part to send
Pyongyang a message of U.S-South
Korean cooperation and resolve
not to be cowed by North Korean
Beijing was wary of the exercises
because they took place relatively
close to Chinese shores.
Mullen defended the exercises
as "transparent," said they were

planned well in advance of the
increased tensions, and added that
the U.S. has the right to operate in 0
open seas.
He also said he believed that U.S.
allies in the region should carry
out more multilateral maneuvers.
In particular, he said he supports
Japan joining in drills with the U.S.
and South Korea.
Mullen said the lack of military-
to-military ties between Beijing
and Washington is another source
of insecurity.


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