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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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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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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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    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 […]
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