Law of the Fist, Empty Hands Way

Today I learned a ton of things at the New England Chinese Karate Federation (NECKF) teacher's gathering. We had 80 teachers. It was wonderful

Tonight I started reading Musashi's Book of Five Rings. Musashi was Japan's "Sword Saint," the greatest warrior Japan has ever known.

One of the lessons I learned today was a combination of two things I already knew.
1. I am trained to kill
2. Killing is a traumatic experience
Put these two together and I'm left with the realization that I need to train in a warrior's philosophy; should I ever use my art and kill someone I will be unprepared. Hence the book.



Friday is my last day as a contractor for Veritude. On Monday I'll receive a new badge and start as a Full Time Employee (FTE) at Fidelity. I couldn't be more excited. Benefits, 401K, health care, paid vacation, paid sick days, and a raise. Yes!!


5 boards

Breaking 5 boards
I haven't broken boards in years. This is 5 boards with no spacers.


Dance Across the CitiWang

Dance Across the City was amazing. Most notable classes were...
  • OrigiNation Showcase. It was hip hop, it was excellent.
  • Argentine Tango by Moreno Tango. I was only able to watch this class, yet I learned so much!
  • Hip Hop by Static Noyze. Fantastic! I loved it. I'm sorry it was only an hour. If I lived in Boston I would look these people up and go to regular classes, I loved it.
  • Argentine Tango by Tango Society of Boston. Yes, more tango. This one taught by our friend Uche. Again, learned so much.
I had an amazing weekend. Did I mention this whole ordeal was free?


iTALK Apple Cell Phone

"Spec commercial for a new cell phone from Apple by award winning filmmaker Christopher DeSantis with design by Gregory DeSantis."

Very cool commercial, and some of my new favorite music, Zero 7 - In The Waiting line


Pushups and the New Year

I did some pushups today at Karate. Open handed. It hurt but it didn't feel damaging. I even punched the bag. Again, dull pain but not damaging (I'll know for certain on that one tomorrow.)

In other news, I went snowboarding at Killington and though the conditions were terrible, I still had a fabulous time. I finally own a snowboard, and though it is shorter and more flexable than I'm used to, I enjoyed it.

Tech Support

Here's what I look like at work, leanin' back 'n takin' calls. Taken from my new Razr phone.

In other news, I had an excellent time snowboarding on Saturday, thanks C___. Happy new year everyone!