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Aug 252014

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” – Billie Mobayed The scant number of craftsmen specializing in the art of Kintsugi don’t hide the damage but instead bring attention to it Continue Reading «Kintsugi»

May 242014

“Someday, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to do this with your students one day.” We were on mile two of the Totem to Totem half marathon in Ketchikan, Alaska. The clouds were low, the air chilly, and the water front to our right was a steely grey reflecting the drizzle that obscured our view of Continue Reading «Totem»

Feb 262014
Mental Case

Physical and mental training compliment each other. We are not a set of individual systems functioning independently. We are built for movement and designed with amazing brain power. It’s my contention that the athlete is predisposed to greater mental achievement. A portion of our higher rank black belt test is scripture memory. By the time Continue Reading «Mental Case»

Jan 012014
Hello, I'm...

Most everyone has seen those name tags and almost everyone has been tempted to write something smart-alecky instead of their name. My favorites are descriptions….”Hello, I’m delightful”, “Hello, I’m an enigma”, “Hello, I’m ridiculously creative”, etc. In a running store, “I’m distance, not speed”. In karate, I specialize in forms. Identity is so much more Continue Reading «Hello, I’m…»