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Articles: Stories and Proverbs

Enzan The Far Mountain - A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller

Enzan The Far Mountain - A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller

John Donohue, Ph.D., August 11, 2014

The following is an excerpt from John Donohue's latest martial arts thriller, Enzan The Far Mountain. Chie Miyazaki is a wild, spoiled, pampered child of a cadet line of the Imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend who may be taking orders from Pyongyang, it sets alarms off in Japan's security apparatus as well in the U.S. intelligence. More >>

Dukkha Unloaded-A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Loren W. Christensen, June 26, 2014

A rush of wind sent debris skittering along the empty sidewalks, filthy gutters, and streets long in need of repair. Though few vehicles passed through the darkened skid row intersection of Northwest Third and Couch at three a.m., its lone traffic signal, swaying in the wind, continued to cycle its colors, casting hues off the sides of old buildings and the cracked windshield of a decaying station wagon propped up on four rusted wheels. More >>

The Raven's Warrior

Weapons and Words

Vincent Pratchett, April 14, 2014

A man sees the world through the eyes he has been given. A priest and his daughter in the land called China liberate the wounded Celtic prisoner of war (Vincent) ripped from his homeland. This chapter is about the beginnings of the priest, Mah Lin, who is Vincent's owner. More >>

On Writing Dukkha Reverb

On Writing Dukkha Reverb

Loren W. Christensen, October 28, 2013

Dukkha Reverb is the second book in the Dukkha thriller series, published by YMAA Publications. The first is Dukkha: The Suffering. More >>

Chojun Myagi

Chojun Miyagi, The Typhoon Man

Goran Powell, October 7, 2013

(The following is an excerpt from Chojun A Novel by Goran Powell. Chojun Miyagi, born in Higashimachi, Naha, Okinawa, April 25, 1888.  He began studying Karate at age nine.  He first learned martial arts from Ryuko Aragaki who then introduced him at age 14 to Kanryo Higashionna (Higaonna Kanryo.)  He continued studying and teaching until his death from heart disease in Okinawa October 8, 1953.) More >>

Dukkha Reverb

Dukkha Reverb

Loren W. Christensen, September 9, 2013

The following is an excerpt from Dukkha Reverb, a Sam Reeves martial arts thriller.  After six weeks of being intensely investigated for the accidental killing of a young boy, Portland police detective and martial arts instructor, Sam Reeves, travels to Saigon, Vietnam to visit his newly found family.  More >>

A Fight of No Fight (A Chinese Folk Story)

A Fight of No Fight (A Chinese Folk Story)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 22, 2013

A long time ago, there was a family that owned a small farm. The father worked very hard to make the farm successful so that he would be able to leave it to his two sons when he died.  The elder son, who was married, was named Der-Shin, while the younger son, who was not married, was named Der-Yi. More >>

The Raven's Warrior -  A Novel

The Writing of The Raven’s Warrior-A Novel

Vincent Pratchett, April 1, 2013

We share a common interest – martial arts. That interest however, is as unique as every individual who has trained and sweated through any art pursued. We bring a modern western perspective to an ancient eastern discipline. More >>

2013: The Year of the Snake

2013: The Year of the Snake

Milan Vigil, February 8, 2013

The Chinese year 4711 begins on February 10, 2013. According to the Chinese zodiac it will be the Year of the Snake, euphemistically referred to as the 'little dragon'. More >>

Chōjun Miyagi

Excerpt from Chojun—A Novel

Goran Powell, December 31, 2012

Set in Okinawa during World War II, it’s a story of reverence, the coming of age, love, tragedy, war, and honor. A retired Okinawa karate instructor, Ota Kenichi Ota, writes memoirs of training with world-famous master, Chojun Miyagi. More >>

Excerpt from DUKKHA—The Suffering, A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Excerpt from DUKKHA—The Suffering, A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Loren W. Christensen, November 26, 2012

Dukkha: a Pali term that corresponds to such English words as pain, discontent, unhappiness, sorrow, affliction, anxiety, discomfort, anguish, stress, misery, and frustration. More >>

Loren W. Christensen

Dukkha

Loren W. Christensen, February 13, 2012

Dukkha: a Pali term that corresponds to such English words as pain, discontent, unhappiness, sorrow, affliction, anxiety, discomfort, anguish, stress, misery, and frustration. More >>

Loren W. Christensen

On Writing Dukkha - The Suffering

Loren W. Christensen, January 16, 2012

As a Portland, Oregon police officer, my partner and I once responded to the 12th floor of a high rise where a deranged man had just fired seven rounds from a shotgun into the face and chest of his psychiatrist. More >>

Kage

Kage-The Shadow

John Donohue, Ph.D., August 8, 2011

This is the fourth book in the Connor Burke martial arts thriller series. Burke lives in Brooklyn, New York where his warrior-teacher Yamashita has his dojo. But the story begins in the unforgiving landscape of the American Southwest. A notorious best-selling author Elliot Westmann is killed. More >>

A Sudden Dawn

Goran Powell, June 14, 2010

This epic historical fiction novel, A Sudden Dawn, opens in A.D. 507 with a young Indian man named Sardili, born of the warrior caste. Sardili gives up a promising future as a soldier to become a monk and seek enlightenment. More >>

Chinese New Year 2009 Ox

2009, The Year of the Ox - Happy Chinese New Year!

YMAA, January 26, 2009

The Chinese year 4707 begins on January 26, 2009. Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. More >>

The Poison of Love

The Poison of Love

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 11, 2008

A long time ago, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. More >>

Chinese Teapot

Find Your Teacher and Practice Humbly

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 7, 2008

There is a Chinese story about six blind men who touch an elephant to know what it looks like. More >>

A  Blessing in Disguise (Chinese Folk Story)

A Blessing in Disguise (Chinese Folk Story)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, December 28, 2007

A long, long time ago, there was a kind old man who lived on the plains outside the Great Wall of China. The gentle old man had only two passions in his life: collecting rare breeds of horses, and his son, whom he loved more than anything else. More >>

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Episode 4

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Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


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