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8 Hour martial arts show

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The Asian world of self defense Eight hours of martial arts notables in the historic Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden in New York City.  This was one of the showcase bouts available.  I still have the brochure from the event and will post more information.  This was put on by legend Aaron Banks.

Grandmaster Estioko- Tang Soo Do legend

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https://youtu.be/uLwBy1BCt98

Sun Tzu- The art of war

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Roldan

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         Roldan Just like you might use the name "Cher", "Bono" or "Elvis, this late great martial artist is Wilfredo Roldan, martial arts Grandmaster. His experiences and resume are a mile long and you can google him for his bio.  Here is a link that mentions just a few of his many accomplishments. I was sad to hear of his recent passing.  He seemed perpetual to me, always full of motion, energy and, life.  I often saw his Facebook posts, photos of his seminars and travel, and often his acting gigs (usually/ always in the NYC area). To me, he was one of the greatest martial artists I have ever known. Being lifelong friends with the famous Goju Grandmaster Chuck Merriman, I had the great privilege of spending many days with him over the years and he would share stories of many of his friends.  This day would be a personal insight to the notoriety of Roldan. They were the pioneers in the New York City martial arts days.  They trained many days in the dojo of th

Hop

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Neal "Hop" Hoffler is one of the toughest men I have ever met.   Here we are competing at the Vermont nationals in Rutland.  Master Hoffler is my senior in TSD and always was there to help "train" us when were were hot on the tournament circuit and striving to become champions. Master Hoffler grew up on the streets of Waterbury, Connecticut and learned how to fight way before coming in to learn martial arts.  His reputation in town was unparalleled.   While Steve Best, Doug Peoples and Karen Harvey and I were blazing the tournament circuit and sponsoring our own tournament we thought it would be a great idea to bring a group out for a senior team match.  Master Jeff Goldberg, Master Hoffler, Clarence von Wilder and Tony Molina brought it that day in Meriden.  It was great to see them (our teachers) banging it out on the gym floor. It was the start of a small resurgence.  In a few months Jeff and we sparred in New Haven against New England Patriot Andre Tippett.  Mas

A Tribute

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 Tribute- a definition. An act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration. The dedication in this book reads; To Kwan Jang Nim Mike Bogdanski and SBN Kristin Duethorn who show that true leadership has no gender. To Master Bogdanski, with appreciation for all I have learned and gained from you. Gary Powell, author. Description: An exciting new book exploring why we have not seen the enduring changes that were once optimistically anticipated. Each chapter tackles an important question around gender and leadership, such as 'Why do leader stereotypes emphasize masculinity?', 'Why are there so few women in top management positions?' and 'Why do (some) men in top management feel free to sexually harass women?'.   Leading international scholar in the field, Gary N. Powell explores cutting-edge topics including; the appropriate role of masculinity in leadership,  the ever-so-small numbers of female CEOs,  and sexual harassment by men

De- Stress

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De-stress your kids  (and yourself) If you haven’t felt any stress during this pandemic then you must be superhuman.  This time in our lives will be recorded as one of the most emotionally draining ever.  The shift of our culture, the change in our daily routines, and social isolation all contribute to the stress families are feeling.  We may not be able to totally remove stress but surely can take steps to reduce it.  Here are a few suggestions. Step 1 - Healthy eating.  Your body is your temple.  You have all heard this mantra about food.  Imagine you owned a million-dollar racehorse.  You probably wouldn't feed it candy and cookies all day.  Fruit and vegetables are definitely the prescriptions for fueling the body for energy and clarity.  Prime your body for good health and immunity from disease by eating fresh fruits and veggies. Step 2 - Exercise.  Your kids don’t need the Marine Corp workout but they need to move.  Climbing trees, throwi