Paul McCarthy

Director - UCLA Martial Arts Program, Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association
Santa Monica, CA, United States

About Paul

Areas of Expertise

Jeet Kune Do, Filipino martial arts, Hapkido, Recreation and Sport, Wellness, Life - A work in progress, Martial Arts Instruction

An idea worth spreading

I believe Martial Arts has great potential in producing more positive and "normal" people who choose to live instead of waste. The physical training helps reduce stress and relieve tension, it may stop you front wanting to go shoot some people. The cultural and mystical history of the arts produce an open eyed wonder that can never be extinguished....this in turn leads to wanting to know more about everything else. The discipline and focus teaches children what it takes to achieve and succeed, and in the right hands can teach them that the reward is the feeling inside and not the gift outside. The message of how to live a good life in many arts is simple and free from fanatical religious overtones...most of the time! The world used to exist without politics, it has never existed without conflict and warfare and it is the single most evolved aspect of humanity. We should learn from it.

I'm passionate about

Martial Arts, wellness, work ethic, beer, Chipotle, education, Life, helping others, learning how this world works and how to navigate its unreasonable and illogical movement!

People don't know I'm good at

Ping Pong.

Comments & conversations

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Paul McCarthy
Posted about 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
I think that is the most concise description of exactly what I and many others think about the situation. It is a nice conspiracy theory, but I do not think it is something that is being orchestrated by one of a few people/organizations....I think it is being perpetuated by a culture of greed and power hungry individuals making smaller decisions. When many of these smaller decisions all happen the beast that is the conspiracy theory emerges? Does that make sense to anyone? Thank you Mike :)
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Paul McCarthy
Posted about 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
Mandy as far as implementing the change it has to happen as grass roots level, you can no longer trust the government to do this as most decisions are in the interests of big corporations and increasing revenue for them. As far as international online education for all....I am about to start my first course with this company, I hope it will be a great experience. https://www.coursera.org/ The problem is that this cannot the answer because education cannot be free, someone has to pay for it, the best model in my opinion is one of balance in which those that may not be able to afford it can still gain access to good education and those that can are able to pay for what they need. The fact that the average amount of debt that a student leaves college now in the US with is around $25,000 with some student accruing as much as $200,000 is a disgrace and is actually a source of much amusement to most of the world that the US does not invest in its population to be educated properly, but allows for for profit businesses to run as educational institutions at an alarmingly expanding rate!
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Paul McCarthy
Posted about 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
Great point Daniel, you can just learn without the stress, but when you come through a system that puts so much importance on passing grades you lose that love of just learning! One thing I tend to see in younger generations also is once they leave college and get a job they sit back and become a passive individual with few hobbies or goals...almost as if life is over and now its time to sit back and relax! Your entire life is a learning experience...challenge yourself, set goals, achieve what you always wanted to do....got get a black belt in a martial art, learn to dance the Salsa and compete!? Go build a house for someone less fortunate than you or put what you learned in school to use for the less fortunate...trust me you can learn alot from just giving back and continuing to do it for the rest of your life will allow you to look back and be impressed with your life of learning :) P.
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Paul McCarthy
Posted over 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
Ben....who by and how are these universities measured as far as being the best in the world? What are the criteria of the polls that are done every year? And what financial interests are a part of the companies that put those polls out there. This would be an interesting study to break into!
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Paul McCarthy
Posted over 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
Someone else mentions this above...what does the change look like? What are the actions we can take. Does anyone have any tangible ideas on what to do. Right now I am only in the stage of educating myself more about the system and its faults. How can we make the changes that all teachers agree need to happen? I think a nice first step is to somehow get more money into the education system and here in California it all goes to the prison systems! :(
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Paul McCarthy
Posted over 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
"This data should be used for improvement not accountability" - I think this is a very poignant point. This pic demonstrates it well, where the attitude of the parents has shifted from their responsibility to making the child do well in school to complete lack of accountability on their part and blaming the teacher. http://www.cagle.com/2010/04/teachers-in-1960-and-2010-color/ Teachers should be supported alot more and not judged by scores that have no connection to how much effort and aptitude they put into their teaching.
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Paul McCarthy
Posted over 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
Great point Ben, I see that alot over here, parents spending thousands on either a sport/instrument/talent that the kid is clearly not gifted in but they fail to see it and at the same time have blinders on so they cannot see what their children's real talents are! So many kids are pushed to get over a 4.0 in high school, get accepted to the best (and most expensive) universities to become doctors or lawyers (because there is a shortage of Lawyers in the US!! ;) the kids go through life thinking that they actually 'want' to be a lawyer...which I think is very strange!
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Paul McCarthy
Posted over 1 year ago
Talent pool being robbed in schools
All laws are breakable sir! Especially ones created by man! The key word in your statement is "was" the education system has not evolved to do what today's world needs. I also not think that the education system was ever intended to train military!? The bulk of military personnel do not have a high level of education. They have a high level after going through the military but the education system does not provide it for them!? Especially when looking at the military a couple of hundered years ago which was when this education system was created....