Niagara Naturists News
February 18, 2018

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 Our Saturday night Meet and Greet went great.  We had 24 people in attendance. We had a treat time and even the waitress seemed to enjoyed our company. The club gained 4 new members.  Our club is continuing to grow. It would be great if we could capture the AANR East award for the fastest growing club two years in a row.  We are working on it.

We set March 10th as our next meet and greet  dinner at the Hillview Restaurant which is located at 6135 Transit Road, Depew, NY.  They have a private meeting room.  We will start at 5:45PM. From 5:45 to 6:00pm is a meet and greet portion with dinner starting at 6:00PM.

Some new people at the meeting asked what AANR was.  We have a habit of using abbreviations and acronyms in our life and many people don't understand.

Niagara Naturists is an AANR affiliated club. All Niagara Naturists members are automatically members of AANR.

The following is from the AANR web site:

Our Mission: Simply put, we exist Nudist holding hands"To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment."

The American Association for Nude Recreation is the largest, most long-established organization of its kind in North America. With roots dating to 1931, we have grown from our humble beginnings to an organization that has served 213,000 individuals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond. These members enjoy their own backyards and pools with family and friends, as well as over 200 nudist resorts and affiliates.

For over 80 years AANR has espoused the benefits of wholesome nude family recreation. Since our inception it has remained a primary mission to protect the rights of nudists in appropriate settings regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. We continue to proudly endorse the benefits and rights of families to enjoy a skinny dip and other nude recreation pastimes.

Although society has become more tolerant and accepting of nude recreation, we still have a long way to go in educating the public regarding the wholesomeness of our choice of nudity, AANR strives to distinguish between attire and behavior. Nudity, as we espouse it, is the enjoyment of the freedom of being without clothes. As such, it should not be confused with behavior, which may or may not involve nudity. It is imperative that this be understood so that the perpetuated stereotypes disappear and that tolerance for family social nudism is commonly accepted by the generations to come.

It is also the mission of AANR to be an advocate of our rights. As stated in the Nudists’ Bill of Rights, we have the right to hold our values and beliefs; to responsibly enjoy nudity in the company of our family and friends. Nudists are law-abiding citizens and have the right to be treated as such.

Many who did not grow up in a nudist environment find it difficult to fully grasp the concept that regardless of age, nudists are comfortable in their own skin. The human body is merely the vessel that carries us through life, and the transition from child to teen to adult for a nudist is comfortably free of much angst that textiles experience. And yet nudist and textile alike experience the same changes that come to our body’s agility in the autumn years.

Though we members of AANR are all accepting of those who enjoy wholesome nude recreation, we are a collection of individuals who have varying interests and levels of tolerance on a variety of subjects. However, the one constant that must remain among AANR members for us to survive as a viable organization that protects and promotes the right of nude recreation, is that we communicate and work through the challenges that each decade brings to our family in this ever evolving world.

During the past eight decades we have collectively weathered many storms. Recessions. Societal unrest. Global conflict. Reactionary assaults. Media coverage good and bad. Yet our members are resilient and committed, and we have become a stronger organization throughout these changes. Members and club owners are active contributors within their local communities; conscientious stewards of their environment; and most importantly accepting of their neighbors based upon who they are on the inside, not the exterior package or the financial or political clout they may wield.

The growing interest in, and acceptance of, the positive aspects of social nudity has caused many sociology professors to contact AANR looking for more information on the history of nudism, while business professors are often interested in the nude recreation industry. We are a relevant and significant segment of society. So be proud to be a naturist.

AANR’s promise to you is that we will continue to work towards protecting those places where persons have the right to enjoy nudity and privacy. These include sanctioned nude beaches and public lands set aside for that use; certainly it also includes our homes, private backyards, and AANR clubs, campgrounds and resorts as well. (read more)

 

The Winter Olympics  are in full swing.

Did you know that the original athletes competed in the nude?  You would have to be tough to do that at the winter Olympics

10 Fascinating Facts About the Ancient Olympic Games

( click here for fact 1  Click here for facts 2-4)

5. More than Just Running: Wrestling and Boxing Added to the Ancient Olympics

http://static.neatorama.com/images/2008-07/ancient-greek-boxing.jpgTired of all the running, a new game of wrestling (called pale) was added to the 18th Olympics in 708 B.C.

Greek wrestling was a bit more fun than your regular high school wrestling. For one, submission holds were allowed (actually, they were encouraged) and that a referee could punish an infraction by whipping the contestant with a stick until the undesirable behavior stopped!

Later, pygme/pygmachia or Ancient Greek boxing was added. Now, some historian believed that boxing was originally developed in Sparta. Being the original tough guys, Spartans believed that helmets were unnecessary in battle. Instead, they boxed themselves in the face to prepare for battles!

In the Ancient Olympics, there were no rounds - boxing was done when a fighter was knocked out cold (if the fight lasted too long, then they each took turn punching each other in the head until one collapsed).

6. Pankration: Ancient Greek Mixed Martial Arts

http://static.neatorama.com/images/2008-07/pankration-vase.jpgIn this Pankration scene, the pankriatiast on the right is trying to gouge his opponent's eye and the ref is about to beat the living tar out of him with a stick
(Photo: Jastrow [
Wikimedia])

If you think that Ancient Greek boxing was violent, it's more like knitting when compared to pankration, the ancient form of mixed martial arts.

How violent was pankration? Let's just say that there were only two rules: no eye gouging and no biting (the referees carried sticks to beat those who violated the rules). Everything else - including choke holds, breaking fingers and neck - was legit. There was no weight division or time limits: the fight continued until a combatant surrendered, lost consciousness, or died.

In 564 BC, Arrhachion of Philgaleia was crowned the pankration victor ... even after he had died:

Arrhachion's opponent, having already a grip around his waist, thought to kill him and put an arm around his neck to choke off his breath. At the same time he slipped his legs through Arrhachion's groin and wound his feet inside Arrhachion's knees, pulling back until the sleep of death began to creep over Arrhachion's senses. But Arrhachion was not done yet, for as his opponent began to relax the pressure of his legs, Arrhachion kicked away his own right foot and fell heavily to the left, holding his opponent at the groin with his left knee still holding his opponent's foot firmly. So violent was the fall that the opponent's left ankle was wrenched from his socket. The man strangling Arrhachion ... signaled with his hand that he gave up. Thus Arrhachion became a three-time Olympic victor at the moment of his death. His corpse ... received the victory crown. (Source)

Lastly, just to prove that they're bad asses, the ancient Greeks then decided to start a pankration event for the paides or youth (boys aged 12 to 17) Olympic games!

7. The Olympic Games Weren't the Only One

Those Greeks sure did love their sports! The Ancient Olympic games were actually just a part of four sports festival called the Panhellenic Games:

- The Olympic Games, the most important and prestigious game of them all, was held in honor of Zeus every four years near Elis.
- Pythian Games was held every four years near Delphi in honor of Apollo
- Nemean Games was held every two years near Nemea, in honor of Zeus
- Isthmian Games was held every two years near Corinth, in honor of Poseidon

The games were arranged in such a way that there was one going on (almost) every year.

Alex Santoso • Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 1:48 AM • 23

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