The Real Fight

“The dilemma of evil is that even as it carries out its dark sinister work, it always ends up strengthening Good and evoking even more strongly the very Light that it so desperately tries to extinguish." -The Reverend Roberto Miranda It was in a crowded Boston church, coming up on six years ago, that Reverend Miranda spoke these words to a congregation of mourners that included shattered families, first responders and government officials including the President. It was a memorial service for the victims of the Marathon bombers -- four innocent people killed by hateful murderers who wanted the world to believe they were righteous crusaders. I was reminded of these words as I processed t

Beyond the Board

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford You’ll notice a lot of violent battles being waged in our Dojo these days. The combatants are dedicated martial artists taking on their own self-doubts and preconceived notions of their abilities. The fields of conflict are 12” X 1” pieces of pine. Some of the board-breakers you will observe practicing are preparing for their Black Belt test in just over two months back. Others are participating in the Board Breaking competition at the Karate International Spring Tournament next month. The physical demands of smashing through a solid piece of wood are in fact not that strenuous; I’ve often seen some of our smallest yo

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