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Revisiting the Five Ji Do Kwan Tenets

For most of their history, the martial arts have existed as oral traditions. Only a few well-known texts predate the twentieth century. Over the past hundred years, as printed martial arts material has become more common, most of the publications…

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Merchant, Priest, Horsefly

I was looking into one of my favorite martial arts books this morning and rediscovered this passage, which I'd bookmarked years ago: "There is a story of a very wealthy and powerful merchant who came to visit a priest, to…

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Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

In 2011 I participated in the first "Beast" length Spartan Race. This is a roughly half-marathon length (12-14 miles) obstacle race designed to push participants to their physical limits. To finish, racers not only run the mileage but also climb walls, carry…

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The Right Time to Teach

When I observe the individual training portion of each class, I'm often struck by both the self-discipline students show while working on their own and by the obvious camaraderie on view when they organize into partners or small groups. Focused solo training and constructive…

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Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Love of Country

This new blog will contain a wide range of posts, as described by its title: Traditions, Concepts, Stories. Some will be informal and fun, and others will discuss serious issues that are fundamental to our school's history and identity. I thought…

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Carin’s 50K Race Report

For those of you who know Carin, who trains at the Northampton school of RVTKD, here's a great account of a race she completed recently in Vermont. If you train at one of our other locations and haven't met Carin…

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