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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  • Review: “Columbus Was Last” By Patrick Huyghe
    How many myths, how many lies is the history of man built on? Perhaps one of the biggest lies is that Columbus discovered America. This mythology is pounded into us from grade school on, and provides a shady sense of national pride for Italian-Americans. The problem is, as author Patrick Huyghe describes, “Columbus Was Last”. […]
  • Two Reviews: The World’s Greatest Horse Warriors
    The Worlds Greatest Horse Warriors In this double-review we will look at two books that share one common quality: These two cultures were undoubtedly the best horse warriors in the world. But, that is where the comparison ends. The first book, though from a more modern perspective, is the best place to start. That book […]
  • When Orcas Island Had A Sea Serpent
    May 1909, off the North Shore of Orcas Island, Washington State: “As Baker ran he saw the water begin foaming out past the reef, and the head of a huge serpent rose from the roiling waters. Ten feet and more of the monster’s head surfaced, and his undulating body rose in and out of the […]
  • Mixed Review: “Fault Lines” By Kruse And Zelizer
    It’s not often that I give mixed reviews, I usually select books that I am truly interested in. Additionally, I rarely quit reading a book I intend to review, but that’s exactly what I did with this book. I initially really wanted to read this book to reinforce my reckoning of news from my teen […]
  • Monkey Business: Two Very Different Bigfoot Books
    In these crazy times, I have had a need to take a break from political research. What I found is as informative and interesting as it is scary. That is, reading up on Bigfoot-Sasquatch, which probably for the same reason I found, has hit an all-time high public interest cycle. Bigfooters, or “Squatchers”, as they […]