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No Such Thing as Unstructured Space

The trick to creating freedom to experiment, learn from error, and develop self-reliance, is a structure that actively supports those behaviors. I talk a lot about how you can't teach students to be independent thinkers and active problem-solvers if your class structure is built around obedience and rigid adherence to pre-set patterns. You also can't … Continue reading No Such Thing as Unstructured Space

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“Bad” Adrenaline Responses and the Fallacy of Useless Tools

I was talking with a friend about "freeze" adrenaline responses, and was finally able to clearly articulate something that I've been chewing on for a long time. There's a half-finished blog post on this topic sitting in my drafts that I started two years ago. I could never quite get the words right, and I … Continue reading “Bad” Adrenaline Responses and the Fallacy of Useless Tools

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Disposable Women and Martial Arts: An Essay in Two Parts

I originally wrote this piece as two separate Facebook posts, published a few days apart. The first was a very personal vent about some of what I've been dealing with over the past few months, and the second a concrete call to action for folks in my martial arts community. I'm sharing both here in … Continue reading Disposable Women and Martial Arts: An Essay in Two Parts

Open Letter Regarding Devon Boorman

The following collection of first-hand accounts and supporting documents is the combined work of Claire Wemyss, Sylvie LaRiviere, Jon Mills, Kris Meier, and myself. It details a series of incidents and patterns of behaviour spanning ten years that we believe demonstrate that Devon Boorman, director of Academie Duello, is a harmful influence in our community … Continue reading Open Letter Regarding Devon Boorman