Class, 4/26

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Tonight’s class was uncommonly acrobatic (the warmer it gets, the easier the limbs move). Lots of rolling in the beginning: – rolling over metal sword – rolling over three people crouched – flipping over two stationary people (think of diving through) – handstand flip (aided by extra belts!)

The Move, Part I

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We’re about to make the move this weekend from apartment 1 to interim apartment 2 until we finally settle into apartment 3. Word to the wise folks; if you plan to move, start packing early! Give yourself at least two weeks from the move date and work backwards. Interested in boxes on the cheap? Check….

Class, 4/22

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Very small class this evening; some teaching, some training. Had the junior folks work on rolling, in particular, backwards rolls and overcoming fear of broken necks from rolling on either side. As an exercise, if someone is having a hard time rolling backwards on one side, apply omoto gyaku and help them pull through the….

Black Eyed Peas + N.E.R.D.

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I had the opportunity to catch the Roseland show in New York of the Black Eyed Peas and N.E.R.D. this past Thursday (4/15). While I’m a fan of N.E.R.D., the energy of the Black Eyed Peas blew the doors off the evening; it’s one of the better shows I’ve seen and experienced in quite some….

Class, 4/21

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Close quarter combat with and without knives Knife fights are solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Distance between you and your opponent (read: footwork!) is critical, that is, knowing where your oppoenent’s footwork will be when he/she lunges with a knife. There is a dynamic connection between a knife-fighter’s footwork and the knife itself; if….

Stating the obvious

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According to a recent study by Nielsen/NetRatings, the percentage of people accessing the Web through a high-speed connection goes down as income level decreases, Not surprisingly, the cost of broadband is largely to blame. Water is wet. Fire is hot. The north pole is cold. The equator is warm. Come on! Can’t we report anything….

Netscape…put it to bed already!

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In other news from today, AOL reported wants to revitalize Netscape. According to a job posting from Jeremy Liew, the general manager of, “Netscape is aggressively hiring right now…we are treating Netscape as a ‘restart,’ with a mandate and a budget to take Netscape in a dramatically different direction, although still focusing on its….

Class, 4/19

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For tonight’s class, we explored various techniques from a grab or a punch and what to do from either scenario. Much of the “set-up” from the beginning of any encounter is to understand the footwork from the get-go. If you are at the right distance, no matter how fast your opponent punches (or kicks), you….

Nicole & Chuck’s Wedding

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Newlyweds + Oldlyweds On Saturday, April 17, 2004, Nicole Cooper was married to Charles Johnson (IV). Nicole was an undergraduate with Margaret, and Charles (err… Chuck) was at graduate school with Margaret. Perhaps not surprisingly then, it was through Margaret that the two of them eventually met, fell in love, and voila, a wedding on….

Storm King, 2004

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Storm King Sculpture This past weekend, on the advice of my mom (yes, I still do listen!), we had the opportunity to visit the Storm King Arts Center in Mountainville, NY (about 1.5 hours from NYC…11 or so miles north of Bear Mountain). If you have any interest in large-form sculpture, ironwork, etc., then this….