How to Avoid Question Paranoia

There's nothing more valuable to a martial arts teacher than good questions. When someone asks me a great one (and even shows the patience...

Capturing a Moment of Simplicity

Monday was suspiciously nice outside. For those of us in the Northeastern U.S., warm weather has only visited once or twice in the last...

Tools of the Sensei

One of my instructors, Ann-Marie Heilman, has a rather intense day job. She has to guide children with autism and other special needs in a...

Kokoro – The Heart of Things

A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I decided to stop in at a used book store. This, from the start, was not a cost effective idea. We both...

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