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Martial Arts

I practice martial arts. If you meet me in person, I will always be happy to spar you! If we move slowly and carefully enough, sparring can be fun and productive even for radically different fighting styles and experience levels. Here's what I've practiced.

  • I study Bujinkan budō taijutsu under Jeff Christian at Muzosa Dōjō. This style combines nine traditional Japanese combat arts geared towards soldiers and spies. It encompasses simple acrobatics, stealth, striking, grappling, and a variety of arms and armor. If you're ever in New York and you'd like to visit our dōjō, contact me and I'll bring you along to a free class.
  • I have also studied capoeira Angola under Mestre João Grande. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial dance created by slaves and street people to defend themselves against more powerful foes, involving kicks, dodges, singing, and percussion.
  • wrestled for about eleven years in elementary and high school, and briefly coached wrestling at the Buckley School.
  • In the past, I've also studied Chén style tàijí boxing with Master Rèn Guǎngyì and Kōkikai-ryū aikidō with Rick Berry.

I transcribe my training notes here sometimes. You might also be interested in this article on how to choose a martial arts school. Also, there's the soup joke.