I Know Kung Fu

missed it by that muchSo what was I doing while my brother was creating solar systems (see last post)? After screwing around with IBM 024 and 026 keypunches, replacing their star wheels, and designing computer games for the Wang 2200, I got tired of spending hours and hours in the computer room trying to get a stack of cards to read in. I switched to History, and wouldn’t you know it, the very next year the university switched to microcomputers. As Maxwell Smart used to say, “Missed it by that much.” I ended up getting my Ph.D. in U.S. history with a dissertation on bareknuckle boxing and judo, 1845-1945. I had been doing martial arts for twenty years at that point, and it was great way to keep myself awake. Not a great way to build a career however, as there are very few sports history positions in the U.S., and the one I was building got taken over by a high-flying sports marketing guy. And then on to my third career, instructional designer, but that’s another story (and another blog!). Suffice to say that I got to learn a lot about the martial arts. I was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts for ten years, wrote entries for Encyclopaedia Britannica, and a few other cool things. I got various degrees of black belt in t’aekwondo, hapkido, and Hoki-ryu iaido. Along the way I picked up some fencing, Small Circle jiujutsu, taijiquan, baguazhang, kali, silat, Wing Chun, and several other Chinese words (as the old joke goes). Best use of all of that? Not freaking out when a basketball player attacked me (so I didn’t break his knee), several roll-outs from my bicycle when knocked off the road, and several wonderful trips to Japan.


About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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