Category Archives: Interviews

The Old Ways of New Masters: Interview with Jay Bell

This week’s interview is with my jiu-jitsu coach and owner of Gracie Farmington Valley, Jay Bell. He has been training in “the gentle art” for over eleven years and is a black belt under Rob Khan. Jay is a talented … Continue reading

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The Old Ways of New Masters: Interview with Michael Bacon

My interview with Michael Bacon is a perfect example of what The Old Ways of New Masters series is all about.  A godan (5th degree black belt) in Shohei-Ryu Karate, Michael has been training steadily since childhood.  After joining Ed … Continue reading

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The Old Ways of New Masters: Interview with Ross Enamait

The second installment of The Old Ways of New Masters may seem to turn off course a little bit.  Here is an interview with pro boxing coach and fitness pioneer Ross Enamait.  While Ross is focused on the sport aspects … Continue reading

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The Old Ways of New Masters: Interview with Matthew Apsokardu

As promised, here is our first interview in a series about those who’ve grown up with the martial arts in America. Matthew Apsokardu is a writer and martial artist who hosts the Ikigai Way blog and has always been supportive of this … Continue reading

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The Old Ways of New Masters

Once upon a time, before taking up teaching karate and starting a family, I began a book proposal about martial arts and their effects on the lives of Americans.  The working title was The Old Ways of New Masters, and I decided to focus on people … Continue reading

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