Archives for the month of: May, 2014

Chris Salamone founded the law firm of Chris M. Salamone & Associates in 1994 and continues to serve as its chair and CEO. He also has extensive experience operating leadership development programs for young people, most notably The National Student Leadership Conference and LeadAmerica, which he founded in 2001 and served as CEO until 2009.

Chris Salamone enjoys several recreational and athletic activities, including the ancient art of Jujutsu. For years Chris Salamone has studied Miyama Ryu Combat Jujutsu, named for a street in the South Bronx. Antonio Pereira, who learned hand-to-hand combat in the U.S. Army, began developing the martial art as a soldier in World War II. After the war, he studied how street criminals attacked their victims with the goal of developing practical systems people could use to defend themselves.

Pereira opened the Combato martial arts school in 1960 on Tremont Avenue in the South Bronx. There he taught an amalgam of many traditional martial arts styles as well as the defense techniques he had developed.

Continuing his own training, he traveled to Japan in 1962 to immerse himself in established schools and styles and learn from masters. After earning honors in Japan that are rarely bestowed upon Westerners, Pereira returned to Tremont Avenue and began to teach a form of Samurai self-defense as well-suited to the dangerous streets of urban America as to the hillsides of feudal Japan. This style incorporated elements of karate, judo,aikido and other eastern martial arts with boxing and American-style street fighting. He formally named the style Miyama Ryu Jujutsu in 1964. Miyama is a Japanese word meaning “three mountains” in English, which translates to French as “tremont.”

Noted attorney, entrepreneur, and author Chris Salamone began writing Rescue America in 2010, when many people thought the nation’s future looked bleak. His original purpose in writing the book was to develop a leadership manual young Americans could use as a guide to lead the restoration of American greatness, but as the book took shape, Chris Salamone found Rescue America becoming an exploration of American leadership principles.

Rescue America identifies three principles which underlie the nation’s formation and ascent to greatness and have characterized its leadership. These principles are gratitude, personal responsibility, and sacrifice.

Presented in three sections, Rescue America first studies the state of affairs that the Founding Fathers intended the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to address. The new nation would be a land where people’s potential for achievement would be limited only by their imagination and ambition. And since the time of the nation’s founding, the three leadership principles have always been displayed in her leaders’ words and actions.

The book’s second section focuses on America’s decline into a society characterized by an attitude of entitlement, an attitude incompatible with the great principles of leadership. It further asserts that America’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders, are being shortchanged by an education system that does not prepare them to make meaningful contributions to America’s economy when they leave school.

Rescue America’s third section, What Americans Can Do For America, urges citizens to once again value personal initiative and responsibility. Rescue America holds out the promise that the nation is only one generation away from new heights of greatness and extends the warning that it may also be but one generation removed from the worst America has ever been.