10/21/2010 8:09am, #41
10/21/2010 10:31am, #42
10/21/2010 1:36pm, #43
10/21/2010 1:38pm, #44
10/22/2010 8:58pm, #45
- Join Date
- Oct 2010
Hey all, I was actually wondering about joining JSW but it disturbed me that there was the whole cult thing about it, so I did some digging and found this site. Anyways, I had taken some classes at JSW but in Parkour, not martial arts. I had been to a few of the parties that are for students and have spoken with a few of the instructors. The parties are very different from what you'd expect. TYK humiliates her grandmasters in front of everyone and some other stuff that was unsettling for me.
Personally, I was urged to join the school as a martial arts student instead of only Parkour, even when I said money was an issue, they said they could work something out, maybe work as an intern and get cheaper classes? Anyways, the staff is of course all friendly and charming. But I was able to observe some of the instructor's true character through the charm and I wasn't real pleased. Can someone provide links to ex-JSW/COL/TYK students posting what they had experienced? I'm quite curious haha
10/23/2010 4:01am, #46
Blackheart, if you want to know the unvarnished truth, the four threads on this site will give you ample testimony as to the real TYK and JSW.
I think you will come to the conclusion that how JSW presents itself to the public is quite different than what goes on behind the scenes..
11/04/2010 1:55pm, #47
The effects of hypoxia
Here is an interesting account of hypoxia. There are some interesting parallels here to JSW
"As an AFROTC cadet I had the opportunity to attend flight physiological training.
At high density altitudes there is not enough pressure to push the oxygen found in your lungs into your bloodstream (plus there is not as many molecules in the volume).
Without the oxygen your brain starts suffering some side effects as it moves toward dying (hypoxia). Judgment is impaired and a sense of euphoria develops. In an effort to make you aware of the sighs of this condition they allow you to experience it in a controlled environment, with the goal that you will be able to detect it in a real world situation.
For the experience, they put you into a pressurized chamber and they apply a vacuum until they reached the desired simulated altitude. You then are instructed to remove your oxygen mask, and to start on the activity pages they gave you. These activities included simple multi-column math problems, writing your name three times, logic problems, etc.
I remember concentrating very hard on writing my name exactly the same, and at the time I thought I had done an exact job (but later saw each one was more sloppy than the previous). I also remember thinking, while in the math section, that "I don't like math today" and I skipped to the next section. It was only addition.
Finally the Tech Sgt pointed to me and told me to put my mask on. I just looked at him, and thought, "Why, I feel fine." He smacked my helmet with his hand and repeated himself, and I complied.
It was an amazing experience. As I took the next three breaths, I felt my head clear, and I could actually feel it as the cognitive functions returned to my brain (hearing and vision also improved). I thought things were all well and good during the experiment, but because I did not have an experienced point of reference, I was completely wrong. Without the intervention, I would have slumped into unconsciousness and in turn died.
Interestingly enough, the TSgt who conducted our training, told us of the session the day before ours. Some people get very combative and refuse to put on their mask because they feel fine. They can get very combative and violent. Well this one guy would not put his mask on, and decided he was in danger when they tried to help him, and it took four people to get him to the ground. They had to wait until he went unconscious before they could get his mask on."
No... I'm not recommending any form of intervention. I just wish there was a way to get a breath of oxygen into the culties so that they can really see what is happening to them.There is a better life waiting for you when you take the first steps to be healed.
11/09/2010 12:58pm, #48
Many facts of life in COL caused mild cognitive impairment, which was reversible but chronic. The most common was sleep deprivation. TYK criticized those who pleaded for six hours of sleep, claiming that "her energy" could cause us to need less.
Very intense exercise without sufficient rest can also cause temporary impairment. Slow exercises such as walking or yoga burn more fat, but the more intense the exercise, the more glucose it burns. The brain runs only on glucose, so intense exercise forces the brain to compete with the muscles.
I don't think it was intentional in most cases, but our everyday diet was low in protein. At special meals at barbecue parties or restaurants we would eat meat, but most of the time we couldn't afford it. Early on when we got grocery allowances, SHS tried to limit our expenses, and later when we didn't get grocery allowances, we were on our own coping with paltry pay and excessive class fees, which squeezed out expensive foods in our budgets.
Then there was the intentional infliction of crazy diets or fasts. Occasionally a guest athlete on a special program would be told to eat a lot of meat, but other diets used as punishments, "purifications," or weight loss programs included little or no meat, or even tofu. Some included just rice porridge for weeks on end, or one apple a day and nothing else.
Finally, there was infliction of emotional distress in the form of humiliation, often in front of a group instructed to agree with TYK. Intense emotion undermines reason. It can also sometimes paradoxically cause euphoria after a while because of the adrenalin, sort of like skydiving does.
A fully sharp mind is very aware of reality, including its unpleasant aspects. Cognitive impairment dulls awareness of reality, which can cause complacency, if not euphoria.
Interesting post, Shadow. I too wish there was a way to awaken their minds. But those of us who got out show that minds do awaken, sooner or later, and more often than not.
11/12/2010 12:19pm, #49
Which one of these choices sounds more like a warrior and a master of their life:
A person who does what is right, regardless of what another person says.
A person who does what they are told, regardless of whether it is right, or not.There is a better life waiting for you when you take the first steps to be healed.
11/19/2010 10:35am, #50
- Join Date
- Sep 2009
Shadow, clearly the first statement "A person who does what is right, regardless of what another person says" is that of one who is more a warrior and the master of their own life. I might add, this is also indicative of a person of character and integrity. This continues to be a dilemma for those still in COL. You are forced to do things that you know are just plain wrong and to agree with TYK's absurd statements.
For example, having to apply for and accept unemployment money while working for Lighthouse. You know it is wrong and still, during those years many were doing it. Or, being told to tell someone that they looked great after TYK cut their hair and applied make-up to them, that they looked amazing while in your heart, you know that TYK just made them look really lame. OK, in the second example, maybe it could be excused simply to spare the person's feelings.
TYK always said we must follow her blindly to show our "trust" in our master. It's one thing to believe in someone and tell them they can kick higher in order to encourage them and get them to strive. Yet it is quite another to get someone to believe that lying, cheating and stealing is OK if it is for TYK's "purpose".
Everyone there has a conscience and having to constantly not listen to your inner voice telling you "this is wrong" causes a numbing affect as the years go by. This combined with someone constantly dictating every aspect of your life makes for a distorted view of life and reality. When you leave, this is pretty hard to deal with. You begin to question things and decisions that normal people don't even think twice about.
I guess you had to be there to understand what I'm talking about. Or, in some kind of other cult. To those who are there and may be reading this, it isn't too late. Next time you meditate, don't put TYK in your mind and focus on her. Instead, ask God to show you the truth and seek Him. Think clearly. Find the real you and separate from the fake warrior TYK has made you to be. Like Shadow's example, which is the true warrior?