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You might have noticed that my “morning coffee blog” doesn’t come out in the morning. Usually I write it in the morning – despite my best intentions, life gets in the way. But there are reasons. REASONS, not excuses. Some … Continue reading

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The sharp blade of the antique Japanese sword was poised, its tip resting on my index finger by the sheath. Sensei – my teacher – stood two feet away from me. His sword was sheathed as he regarded me with … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE BLOG – Farting and Spiritual Alignment

Some things are just not in done in public, except then it just happens and you scramble to regain your sense of center. Especially when it happens while you’re sparring with a formidable opponent during his brown belt test, and … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE BLOG – my article for the Black Belt Magazine

This week I have a blast from the past for you. When I stayed in Prague for business in 1998, I’d been able to find a karate school right down the street. My account of my experience with martial arts … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE BLOG – Fall into your cut. Control gravity.

Frank raised his sword and cut at my forehead. I got out of the way, unscathed, feet whispering against the carpet. I cut his wrist. We did it again. I got this, I thought, catching my reflection in the mirror. … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE BLOG – Small, precise effort

SMALL, PRECISE EFFORT The world has conspired to force-feed me arcane knowledge. I mean, how else can I explain when teachers of 4 disparate disciplines tell me to do the same thing? Karate and kenjutsu have their similarities – but … Continue reading

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I’m few hours from finishing a book. What to write next? I know I have some novels waiting for me, and that’s okay because I’m eager to get going on them. However, I’d like to write a short story as … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE – When it’s for real

Karate practice with weapons. Same old, same old… until a man deflects my attack at half-speed. His Okinawan sickles, or kama, are a natural appendage. Block. Hit my chin. Cut my arm – break my rib. Grab my neck with a wicked sharp blade, grab my hip and THROW. His half-speed rushes down a mountain, curved road and no railing in the turns. Suddenly even a wooden weapon feels “for real.” Continue reading

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We have dozens of male action heroes. Strapping young men with defined muscles, chiseled jaws, and just a bit of fashionable scruff on their faces. We have a number of old men, too –  their experince and cunning outweighs their … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE – Small world, or karma?

My 13-year-old daughter started training at a local aikido school. As I was signing the waiver, the head teacher’s name, written out in full for the first time, caught my attention: “Ruriko Harris (Masutani).” I knew that name. A flood … Continue reading

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