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John Strano Gets a Black Belt

This is analogous to using PowerBuilder to help the application developer be more productive in application development

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During the latest meeting of the Ottawa Sybase User Group on December 2, 2009, John Strano was in attendance to dazzel the audience with PB 11.5 business awareness and Sybase upcoming PB 12.NET product.

During these type of presentations with John I often demonstrate a martial art technique that emphasizes how to use body mechanics in order gain control over an attacker. Martial Arts is actually the study of Bio Mechanics and how simple strategies can help develop tremendous Power to help deliver exponentially stronger kicks or punches.

This is analogous to using PowerBuilder to help the application developer be more productive in application development.

So the use of the proper tool or technique is key to being more productive and effective. That is where PowerBuilder and Martial Arts have the same goal!

  Getting ready - strategy lesson

For this visit I chose to have John try and break a board. The one I used is a standard adult 10x10 inch by 1 inch thick block of pine wood.

The idea behind the board break (Gyuk Pa - word for board break in Korean) demonstrates the power of various techniques - stance, power, timing, position, etc. If someone is able to break through 2 boards at once, they are able to break almost every bone in the human body. If they can break three or more, they can definitely break any bone in the human body with that technique.

The board break is a good way to practice the power of techniques without hurting someone.

John gets ready to break

To this end I enlisted my Martial Art master that I study under - Master Stephen Yeoh.

Master Yeoh is a 6th degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and has helped more than 200 people attain their 1st degree black belt level. Master Yeoh and the TaeKwonDo he teaches can bee seen here (Ottawa TKD ).

Note that the website is built using PowerBuilder!

Master Yeoh went over the various techniques used to break a board using your hand. In this case a ridge hand stance using a back hand motion. I am pleased to say that John was able to break the board on the first try!

 John gets a black belt

To commemorate John's visit and PB 12.NET, Master Yeoh presents John with an Honorary Black Belt and certificate. Also, Master Yeoh and myself (I hold a 2nd degree black belt) signed the board for John to keep.

Never a dull moment at the DoJang, the Ottawa Syabse User Group or with PowerBuilder! 

Regards ... Chris

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Chris Pollach is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years experience in Systems and Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support, mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Java / .NET Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design & Programming, Object Oriented Development Tools and Methodologies, Data Base, Data Communications and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele. He is also the owner of “Software Tool & Die Inc.” a company dedicated to provide custom software and education solutions on Object Oriented business systems.

As an educator, Chris is certified to teach PowerBuilder (first in Canada), MS-SQLServer, Sybase’s Enterprise Application Studio and EAServer integrated application/web development environment. He is former Certified SilverStream developer (CSSD) and current Certified PowerBuilder Developer – Associate / Professional (CPD-P) as well as a Certified Sybase Tools Instructor (CSI).

Chris has written numerous articles in various popular personal computer magazines, newsletters and is the author of the PowerGuide and PowerExpert products as well as the STD Foundation Classes. Currently, Chris has developed a Foundation Class library for Sybase's PocketBuilder, SAP's PowerBulder and EAServer products and now Appeon Web & mobile products that integrates JSP or ASP web development, Section 508 / CLF web standards and mobile applications. A new Web Service framework has also been released for IIs to support PowerBuilder based web service NVUO's!

Chris recently became a 2nd Degree Black in the TaeKwonDo martial art and has developed a Martial Art multimedia study guide using the Component-One “Doc2Help” and Sybase PowerBuilder products. Since the fall of 2004 he became a TaeKwonDo instructor for the City of Ottawa’s Goulbourn program. He has also been certified with the World TaeKwonDo Federation (February 2005 - 1st Dan and October 2008 - 2nd Dan).

Chris was awarded the Sybase “Innovation and Achievement” award for 2005 as voted for by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG). This award was presented for innovations to the PocketBuilder mobile development product, contributions to the PowerBuilder News groups and support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group.

To round his management and leadership skills, Chris is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn and still volunteers his time with the service clubs in his area. He is also the coordinator of the Ottawa Sybase User group and a certified NAUI scuba instructor. For the last three years, Chris has been voted onto the ISUG Board of Directors and holds the position of "Director - North American User Groups".