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Qualified Outliers

Qualified: fitted (as by training or experience) for a given purpose: COMPETENT. Outlier: a value or point that differs substantially from the rest of the data. In the context of the martial arts a Qualified Outlier is a practitioner whose level of skill is substantially higher than the statistical norm, or more specifically, the majority of …

The Big 5-0

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 50th birthday! As a lifelong martial artist, I am still in excellent health and have managed to improve my strength, flexibility and speed over the years. Sure, there have been some physical changes, but in general I have always thought of myself as being a 30-something. I’ve never …


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