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Summer 2017 Rank Promotion Results

Congratulations to everybody on their respective exams in RVA and DC! Camille Leonetti: 7th gup (yellow/green) Michelle Campbell: 6th gup (green) Larry Ndanga: 4th gup (blue) Jon Damrau: 2nd gup (red) Matthew Gula: 2nd gup...

Watoga Fall 2017 Route Planning

Weather: NOAA forecast link Here’s the working plan for hiking routes. Friday Our afternoon warm-up hike. Bear Pen trail from lake dam to North Boundary trail, return via Buck & Doe trail. Approximately 5 miles. Saturday My goal is to further explore the...

Taekwondo in the Rio Olympics

The taekwondo competition in Rio will feature two firsts: electronic headgear and uniform pants in national colors. http://www.worldtaekwondofederation.net/taekwondo-athletes-to-compete-in-national-colors-at-rio-2016-for-first-time/ 7/24/16: Some pants designs...

Zazen Posture and Process

Here’s a good discussion of the relationships among posture, breathing, and the training goals of zazen. One important detail: note that the “straight” back in zazen is the same as the body position in taekwondo’s upright stances.