Meditations: a martial art teacher’s thoughts.

  • Traditional vs. Modern or “American” Martial Art

    Traditional vs. Modern or “American” Martial Art

    The biggest difference between what we do here and what other schools in town teach is that we are traditional Korean martial art. The arts we teach have been handed down and existed before the most recent Japanese invasion of Korea.

  • Exit, Stage Left

    Exit, Stage Left

    My feelings now, at the end of my relationship with the World Kuk Sool Association, are complicated. Sadness predominates, but there’s also relief, anger, and righteous indignation. Here, you want the TL;DR? I sent a letter asking questions and got excommunicated.

  • Connection


    The philosophy at the heart of Kuk Sool is a three-layered concept simple enough for children to grasp and sophisticated enough that I am still coming to understand it after decades of practice.

  • Loyalty


    There’s lots of talk in the Kuk Sool Won™ world about loyalty right now. So, as with any good discussion, let’s define terms. Most definitions of loyalty have something to do with being faithful to someone in charge. There is some lateral sense of being loyal to a spouse, for instance, but loyalty usually goes…

  • So…Ukraine?


    Yeah. I think it’s important. No, I’m not Ukrainian. No, I don’t know any Ukrainians. And, no, I don’t think my little contribution will change anything globally.

  • Debut Novel

    Debut Novel

    Last February, after working for over a decade, I published my first novel, Flight. It’s available wherever you buy books. All the online stores have the eBook. Books-A-Million can order it for you from Ingram, and the library can get both physical copies and eBooks through their normal channels. My author’s name for this project…

  • How much should martial art classes cost?

    How much should martial art classes cost?

    With the state of the economy and other things considered, it is not surprising that people value martial art classes so little. If I could, I’d set the price of gasoline lower than it is, despite the fact that I would have a very hard time functioning without it.

  • Summer Camp Lesson: Balance

    Summer Camp Lesson: Balance

    When it comes down to it, martial art is about balance. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about protecting yourself from violence, getting fit, or learning to meditate; balance is the key. Questions: What is martial art? What is different about Kuk Sool Won™? What do you mean by balance? How does this apply to…

  • Spray Attacks on Local Women

    Spray Attacks on Local Women

    Recently I’ve heard multiple frightening reports of women being sprayed with drug-laced mists in local department stores. Some accounts involve a single man ambushing a lone woman with a mist directly to her face/facemask, others describe two men-one smaller seemingly nice man asking for help finding the right scent cologne, deodorant, or room spray and…

  • Women’s Self-Defense

    Women’s Self-Defense

    We believe women and girls were made to be valued, not victimized, and even though we might not know you yet, we think you believe that too.  Even so, the current global statistics ….

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