New Book Project Taking Shape

I want to get a quick update out for those who are interested. I have been a bit removed from this blog, but not from writing. I have three books and my first crack at writing a novel in the works. But recently I have had some pieces fall into place that have allowed for…

Full Circle: The End is Where We Started

A question was posed to me this week that I had to really think about in order to properly frame an answer. That Question: How far behind can a person leave their martial arts center before they are unable to return to that center? Some years back, much of it chronicled on this blog, I…

Train in What?

The question comes up often, and I am sure I am not the only instructor who gets this question over and over. You say I should train to protect myself, train in what style? When I urge people to train, I am not suggesting that I am the only one who should teach them. I…

Talking Timing

I was asked to address the idea of talking down an aggressor. My take may not be the same advice you get elsewhere, but here it is. If we are talking about conflict engaged in by mutually willing people, then there is no talking things down. If two people want to fight, or if they…

But how do you set that up?

I love talking to people who are smarter than me. It amazes me just how many people are smarter than me! I get to engage in conversations with smarter people all of the time! Today was one such day. I spoke with an old friend of mine who was able to give me an ah-ha moment, and…