Pete Kendall's Socio Times: A Socionomic Commentary

February 15, 2007
What Martin Luther King Couldn't Do
chuckI was driving near the border of Nevada about a week ago, when I saw a sign, Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. My mind instantly raced back 40 years.

I remember being moved as I watched this mesmerizing orator on television as he spoke outside the Lincoln Memorial. Even Walter Cronkite said about him, ''I only met Martin Luther King on a few occasions but I was always struck by the obvious force, the power of his character.''

King's life still calls us to make our world a better place. His memory still challenges us with the inquiry, ''Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'''

I spent too many years in destructive selfishness. How did I turn it around? The same way you can: by using your gifts, talents and influence for others' good, rather than your own. That's what King did. And that's what you can do. Look at me! My life and career weren't exactly built upon passive resistance!

For 30 years I have had a dream to turn the excitement of the individual sport of combat martial arts into a thrilling team event. This dream is now a reality.

The World Combat League (WCL) brings together martial arts experts by region in a team format – six combat warriors against six combat warriors. There is no wrestling or grappling to slow down the action.

That is only one part of my dream and one that my wife Gena shares with me. With Kickstart being the official charity of the WCL, it is exciting for us because we want to use all of our profits that we get to help at-risk youth across our nation. That is what we have purposed in our hearts and is our life's mission. By far my most important undertaking.

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Chuck Norris Combat League Charity Points to a Top
Category: SPORTS
By: Pete Kendall, February 16, 2007
Violence is the dominant trend in the third or “C” wave of a major decline in social mood.
The Elliott Wave Theorist, August 2006

Chuck Norris created the World Combat League, which fits with the February 2 Socio Times’ post on the rise of mixed martial arts. In this one column, Norris goes from Martin Luther King to the creation of World Combat League. This celebration of violence in the name of MLK, is one of the more bizarre things I have ever read, a real socionomic collision of rationality.

The WCL is designed to, and I quote, encourage a "full throttle" style of fighting, each fighter will only fight a total of two rounds. This is intended to encourage each fighter to answer the bell with the spirit, desire and determination to earn their team as many points as possible by fighting aggressively every second of each round. The judge's scoring system and the referee's penalty point system is designed to reward this "full throttle" style of fighting and penalize any attempt to stall or be passive. Read "beat the ever lovin’ you know what out of each other" -- violence is in full swing. 
-- Dennis Elam

As the recent highs in the Dow indicate, wave c is not yet underway, but Norris and his new league offer some big clues to what lies ahead. One relevant fact is that Chuck Norris first rose to fame as a karate champion in 1968. In 1969, he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and was named fighter of the year by Black Belt Magazine. As EWFF, EWT and Socio Times have explained over the course of the latest peaking process, the unfolding top is a larger version of the change in social mood that took place in the late 1960s.

So, it’s appropriate to find Norris, who has become a “cult icon” on the Internet in recent years, astride the colliding forces of a peaking bull market and an emerging bear. In fact, he starts his column by racing back to 1968, which may not follow logically, but  it makes sense socionomically:  King, a celebrated advocate of non-violence through the 1950s and 1960s, was gunned down that year. Just as MLK's assassination reflected two clashing tides in the late 1960s, Norris’ charity through “full throttle” blood sport bears witness to another big mood swing. As we noted here on  September 20, 2006 and June 19, 2006, philanthropic extremities tend to accompany bull market peaks. Norris’s “all-out” combat league for “at risk” teens is probably about as far out as charity is likely to get.

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A rise in violence for entertainment is akin to gladiators in Roman times. This phenomenon is now seen in our society in many guises. We have the WCL, UFC, and WWE among others in increasing numbers.
Posted by: Chris Grosso
February 16, 2007 05:24 PM

World Combat League and Ultimate Fighting Champion ship are our 21st century gladiators. Television/Pay Per View and YouTube are our Coliseums! So advanced yet so unevolved.
Posted by: Eugene Fina
February 16, 2007 05:24 PM

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