A Finger Pointing at the Moon

My ski companion decided to take a break and have a beer. I left her sitting outside in the snow on a lawn chair in the broad area at the base of the mountain called “The Beach”. I skied over to the lift alone, and I was about to get on when a man in…

Acing the Test

Finally! A crib sheet for rank promotion tests in martial arts. (Hint: these answers won’t fit on the palm of your hand.)

DSBK Annual Report 2021

DSBK continues to survive and thrive a wearying global pandemic. Our annual report demonstrates our strength and wisdom in saving for a rainy day.

Shadow Boxing

I felt dismayed. In the midst of preparing for my first aikido test—consisting of 10 techniques—I made the mistake of asking one of the black belts what you had to do for the shodan (1st degree black belt) test. Before the next class, he approached me with a sly grin and handed me a ream…


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