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From My Perch

I am sitting on the stairs of our studio, watching my husband, Ted Mancuso, teach his Bagua class. I have been sitting on these steps—not continuously, of course—for more than 20 years, and before that, in fold-out chairs; on warm or damp grass; on a hard wooden bench in a community hall; on an ugly […]


The Hardest Thing

There are many things about the martial arts that are just plain hard. The training can be rigorous, the stances agonizing, the competition unfair and disappointing, the raise in skill levels infrequent. But without a doubt one of the hardest things in the martial arts is to leave. Paul Simon had a song, “Fifty Ways […]