David Nelson, Sensei began his martial path in the great north woods of Wisconsin in 1969 studying Goshindo Karate with Paul Dean, Shihan. Over the years he has studied a variety of traditional, and not-so traditional martial, meditative, and healing arts. Holding a doctorate in Natural Health, he is the author of Black Belt Healing: A Martial Artist’s Guide to Injury Recovery and Pain Management published through Tuttle Publishing.

My Articles in Secrets of the Martial Arts MastersUsing his Dharma name of Shinzen, he has also authored two books of poetry: Bushido: Verses of Consideration-Journey to the Interior of a Warrior’s Spirit and Strong Coffee, Burnt Toast: Awkward Poetry of a Lost Monk. He received the precepts in Soto Zen under the tutelage of Nonin Chowaney, Heartland Temple in Omaha, Nebraska in 1994.

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