Reflecting on Her Own Hero

Rouse, Wendy. Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2017. With many female martial artists coming into the limelight, regardless of what art or circles one is a participant of, it may seem that such modern trend – something that is helped by the digital age…

Building On the Mat Spirituality by Michael Aloia

Over the years, I have heard many an instructor say to leave your worldly thoughts and concerns at the door of the dojo before entering. I even worked with a fellow instructor who placed a trashcan at the entrance of the training area to tangibly remind practitioners to dump their “baggage” or “personal trash” before…

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