I am famously not a fan of the sports business. I think everyone should play sports. But being a sports “fan” is a lazy thing that reeks of pointless nationalism.
My weakness, though, has always been combat sports. In particular, MMA (mixed martial arts) fascinates me no end, for the technique, the discipline, the narrative, and for reasons that I believe are downright existential. The martial arts, to me, have always been an activity ripe with self-knowledge and, dare I say it, a degree of spiritual truth. All other sports are metaphors for combat — “I’m gonna beat your ass!”– whereas combat is, in and of itself, a primary human condition. Continue reading #MayMac
Yesterday I attended the viewing and memorial services for Suenori Tominaga, 8th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, the finest teacher I’ve ever studied under, and one of the greatest men I have known.
Continue reading Tominaga Sensei: In Memory of a Great Man
Just finished watching the most anticipated UFC card of the year. It featured the re-match between perhaps the greatest martial artist the competitive world has ever seen –Anderson Silva– and the young upstart who stole his throne back in July, the new Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. Continue reading UFC168
About ten years ago, I started working for a company in the Washington, DC, area as lower management. As part of my training, I was required to take the standard management trainee classes, which included everything from conflict resolution to guidelines for appropriate inter-personal actions. (I’m sure the latter will surprise many of my friends, as I am not particularly known for conforming to any standard definitions of appropriateness). In one such training session, the topic of religious tolerance was brought up. It was stressed that we must allow employees to display tokens of their faith in their place of work.
Utterly bored by this point, I needed to turn the affair into something more akin to a philosophical discussion. So I asked, “What if I were to wear a swastika to the office?”
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