Martial arts, primarily tae kwon do and american boxing, have been a part of my life for almost a quarter of a century. The benefits are not only physical and mental, but a sense of ethics/morality is also installed in your mind. I have also had my fair share of tournaments over the years, along with a multitude of injuries (three knee surgeries, one elbow operation and and counting!). But as I travel though Asia, regardless of my IR status, I want to explore some of the fighting arts in their native countries. So when I came to the Philippines, I could not pass up the opportunity to learn Filipino martial arts. And I was not disappointed. That is to say, to be able to play with weapons and get a workout at the same time – can I be in any higher of a heaven? I don’t think so.

What is your weapon of choice?

What is your weapon of choice?

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After visiting a myriad of temples in both Japan and South Korea, I thought it was fitting to embark upon this experience.  Interesting, very interesting.


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Over the past year of travel, my mind has been blown away by the information overload of this journey.  From Mexico City to the bottom of Argentina and then to Antarctica.  A plane ride across the Atlantic to start my European leg followed by a brief stint in the Middle East.  And now, I am in the beginning stages of ripping through Asia like a bat out of Hell.  So here is my take on everything to date.  Enjoy!


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Let’s be honest, police are not very high on the popularity charts.  Whether it is the bribe taking commander-in-chief, the meter maid ticket happy loser or the steroid popping neanderthal whose job is to merely ensure a construction site is not encroached upon, these beloved folks could use some serious PR assistance.  But today, a glimmer of light peaked its way through the foggy mist.  As I arrived at my new destination in South Korea, I still had not heard back from my new hostel regarding walking/local bus directions.  The tourist office at the station was closed and there was no way I was going to pay the criminal rates being charged by the taxi tyrants.  So I decided to follow one of the highway signs that pointed to City Hall, which I knew was downtown and most likely not that far from the hostel.  After 15 minutes of walking, I decided to enter the local police station and verify my educated guess directions. And as it turned out, I was correct, but I still had another 45 minutes of walking to do.  While I was prepared to walk the entire way, backpack, whistling swagger and all, the police offered me a ride to my hostel doorstep due to the distance.  I graciously accepted the invitation, and in a matter of minutes was at my new hostel.  So at the end of the day ladies and gentlemen, remember this anecdote the next time you encounter a bluecoat as it is most likely only a few rotten apples ruining it for the rest of the barrel.


This guy sleeps with a purple teddy bear - seriously!

This guy sleeps with a purple teddy bear – seriously!

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