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Dane Harden

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Colonel Dane Harden holds numerous Black belt ratings and instructor certifications in Tae kwon do, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Goshindo sword. Sensei Harden owns and operates Western Masters Martial Arts, Inc. with locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is also a medical professional and an Army Veteran with numerous combat deployments.

Satsujinken and Katsujinken

Sometimes the movies get it right! Satsuninken and Katsuninto, the swords of death and life, are a metaphor regarding balance, center, and free will. “Go seek...

Holiday Defensive Wisdom From the Army and Santa!

NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID... 1. LONG-TERM PARKING: Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into...

The Triage Process in the Dojo

This installment of Dojo Medicine is a recent true story from our dojo and how we managed the triage process in the dojo. We were...

Healing Warrior Initiative

The Healing Warrior Initiative is Taking Care of our Nation’s Veterans The year was 2004. I was on another deployment, as a Flight Surgeon in...

Dojo Medicine

Dan Harden's Dojo Medicine: Management of Dojo Injuries As martial arts instructors we will all face the occasional student training injury and we should be...

Zazen Meditation Heals an Old Soldier

On a cold day, I sat in traditional Seiza doing zazen meditation to calm my body and mind, along with misogi purification, after washing my entire body. My...

What is a Knight in Shining Armor

I wasn't feeling like anyone's knight in shining armor "I was whining about the various ailments and injuries that have accrued over a lifetime spent...

Dojo Stress

In our lives we often have little or no time to ever relax. When was the last time you sat down and simply thought...

Everywhere is the Dojo If the Mind is Right

Jiki Shin Kore Dojo . . . Everywhere is the Dojo If the Mind is Right! This is the concept that I was asked to evaluate and...

Warrior Training with Traditional Martial Arts Part 2

Physical Development and Training I like to approach training as a concept with stages which I think in a detailed and outlined fashion, can be...

Warrior Training with Traditional Martial Arts Part 1

Part One: Traditions – Introduction “The way you train is the way you fight and the way you fight is because of the way you...

Right From Wrong

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was...

Carrying A Burden

Two monks were returning to the monastery in the evening. In that time when monks traveled they did so in pairs and were forbidden...

First Empty Your Cup

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his...

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