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The Great Jim Kelly Has Died

July 3, 2013
The Great Jim Kelly Has Died

The great brotherhood of martial artists is suffering the loss of Jim Kelly, one of the most dynamic fighters and actors of the 1970’s. Kelly is best remembered for his role as “Williams” in Bruce Lee’s “Enter The Dragon”. Unlike many actors in the old martial arts flicks, Kelly could really fight. He had been […]

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The Utility of Tai Chi Chuan

May 12, 2013
The Utility of Tai Chi Chuan

Readers of the old “Dojo Rat” blog, which began in the fall of 2006, know that martial arts has been one of my passions for over thirty years. It began with wrestling in high school, progressed through Japanese and Korean Karate, some Aikido blended with Jujitsu, and landed in the soft Chinese arts of Bagua, […]

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Chi, “The Second Brain”, and “The Wellspring”

March 28, 2013
Chi, “The Second Brain”, and “The Wellspring”

Ever had a “gut feeling”? All of us have had the experience where we have some emotional stress, and right away our stomach gets upset, and our breath rate may increase. Perhaps you have to make a choice and it just “feels right” in your gut. Well, modern science is going a long way to […]

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The End of “Real” Wrestling?

March 1, 2013
The End of “Real” Wrestling?

While political chicanery has been driving articles on Dojo Rat lately, I would be remiss for not commenting on the decision of the Olympic committee to drop wrestling as an Olympic sport. From The New York Times: “Wrestling, one of the earliest and most elemental Olympic sports, was dropped from the Summer Games on Tuesday […]

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Olympic Judo Coach Beat Students

January 30, 2013
Olympic Judo Coach Beat Students

Raw Story reports: Japan’s Olympic female judokas were beaten with bamboo swords and slapped by their coaches, officials said, weeks after a schoolboy suicide sparked debate over corporal punishment. A 15-strong group of judokas complained to the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) last month that they had been subjected to physical punishment by the team’s head […]

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Christian Outrage Over Military Yoga Training

January 12, 2013
Christian Outrage Over Military Yoga Training

Salon.com is reporting on the latest Christian outrage: Yoga training in the U.S. military: “Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, a right-wing Christian think tank that has been classified as a hate group, has flipped out over a “wacky” new initiative being tested in U.S. military training programs. No, it’s not the […]

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With Rape on the Increase, Indian Women Turn to Self-Defense

January 6, 2013
With Rape on the Increase, Indian Women Turn to Self-Defense

“Raw Story” Reports: “New Delhi has long been known as the “rape capital of India”, with more than twice as many cases in 2011 as the commercial hub Mumbai, and special care is taken by most women when travelling at night or on public transport. But the December 16 gang-rape, in which a 23-year-old student […]

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Herbal Health: The Stinging Nettle

January 1, 2013
Herbal Health: The Stinging Nettle

At the turn of the new year, thoughts often drift toward health and self-improvement (as many of us may be nursing a hangover). In may of 2011 I wrote about the benefits of Milk Thistle Tea as a liver de-tox and hangover cure, the link can be found HERE. Today we’ll take a look at […]

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The Tree-Huggers Are Right!

December 15, 2012
The Tree-Huggers Are Right!

Ever wonder about the phrase “Tree Hugger”? I believe that it comes from the practice of “Tree meditation”. If you stand next to a large tree in a calm environment and place the palms of your hands about an inch from the trunk, under ideal conditions you can actually feel the energy of the tree. […]

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Kung Fu Expert Beats The Crap out of Mobsters

December 12, 2012
Kung Fu Expert Beats The Crap out of Mobsters

From “The Telegraph U.K.”: Chinese thugs knocked out by amateur Kung Fu fans “So when 38-year-old Shen Jianzhong was faced with a mob of thugs trying to evict him, he asked himself what his hero, Bruce Lee, would do. The answer, according to a video that has attracted more than two million hits on the […]

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    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 […]
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