Archive for November, 2012

Welcome to Dojo Rat 2.0

November 17, 2012
Welcome to Dojo Rat 2.0

   Well lookie here; we finally have the first post of the all, new, improved version of Dojo Rat! It’s going to take a little while to figure out all the bugs, bells and whistles, so thanks for bearing with me. Dojo Rat began in November of ’06 and has over 795,000 hits as of […]

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Misconceptions About Tai Chi Chuan “Ward-off”

November 17, 2012
Misconceptions About Tai Chi Chuan “Ward-off”

Last summer one of my Aikido friends came up to visit, and we had several hours of standing grappling and some cool knife stuff. When we were pushing hands, I was trying (successfully) to use ward-off (as pictured above) to neutralize his arms and torso.  As you see above, there is a nice, round feel […]

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A People’s History of the United States

November 17, 2012
A People’s History of the United States

  If you are confused, angry and frustrated about the current state of the American political and economic system, you need to orient yourself. Who are we and how did we get here? In “A People’s History of the United States”, the late Howard Zinn has compiled the most thorough and complete picture of U.S. history […]

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  • Covid Dreams
    Covid Dreams This rambling post is simply the wanderings of my mind as I have worked through Covid. If you don’t care to read it, fine. I’m just working through some thoughts, and believe me, I’ve had a full week of isolation to think about shit. First, let me say I have (until last week) […]
  • Ray Crowe: Bigfoot Behavior
    While taking another break from reading dystopian books on the state-of-the-world, I picked up my copy of “Bigfoot Behavior”, by Ray Crowe. Let me begin by saying that I met Mr. Crowe and spoke with him many times. I bought armloads of books at his tiny used book store in the St. John’s neighborhood on […]
  • Larceny Games; Sports Gambling, Game Fixing And The FBI
    Let me start by saying that I played a lot of sports in High School, some I liked, some I didn’t. When the coaches kept chasing me down I agreed to try Football, even though I didn’t give a shit about Football. One of my good friends was a star on the team. He decided […]
  • Review: “The Socratic Method” – By Farnsworth
    Review: The Socratic Method By Ward Farnsworth Many months ago, I decided I needed to get into some classic books that I had never read in school. One such book was “The Republic” by Plato. Well, that didn’t last long. I was overwhelmed by the archaic language and ancient Greek names. I can be pretty […]
  • Reviews: Sea Monsters & Sasquatch
    Regular readers might know that I can’t just do dystopian analysis of current events all the time; sometimes I have to get into something completely different. With regard to that, I have reviewed a few Bigfoot books, and picked up some classic novels as well as books on philosophy. Today we take a look at […]