Craig DeRuisseau

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In mid 2011, I was a 42 year old American man living in New England and looking to get back into martial arts. I had a brief stint in Uechi-ryū, an Okinawan style, as a teen and always endeavored to return to it one day. I had always admired the discipline of martial arts, not to mention the physical fitness and self-defense skills achievable through dedicated and consistent training. Now in my middle age, I figured it was either now or never. On and off, I had researched various martial arts for many years to see what would be the best fit for me, ultimately being drawn to Krav Maga for its brutal, no-frills practicality.

Being one who prefers to learn by reading I began thoroughly scouring the internet for blogs, articles, books, and othe
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Where did the year go?  We’re in the midst of Hanukkah, with Kwanzaa and Christmas right around the corner.  If you’re looking for a good gift for under the tree, a Yankee Swap gift for the dojo, a stocking stuffer for the mantle, or a small gift idea for any other seasonal occasion, check out […] Read more of this blog post »
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“There are many legal and psychological ramifications to using Krav Maga in the real world and nearly all of them are extremely unpleasant.”
Craig De Ruisseau

“[D]on't ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read...”
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“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
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“He was endowed with a stupidity which by the least little stretch would go around the globe four times and tie.”
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“People talk about human intelligence as the greatest adaptation in the history of the planet. It is an amazing and marvelous thing, but in evolutionary terms, it is as likely to do us in as to help us along.”
Stephen Jay Gould

“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”
Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History




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message 4: by Nancy

Nancy Merry, merry!
Hope Santa brings you lots of surprises.


message 3: by Nancy

Nancy I like your new shark, Craig. She looks happy, like she's already eaten.


message 2: by Meen

Meen Is that shark pic from the Discovery channel "Planet Earth" special about the Great Whites off the coast of South Africa. They launch themselves up out of the water to catch the seals! Amazing!

Are you a magician?


message 1: by CJ (last edited Nov 22, 2008 11:52AM)

CJ Hi Craig
Nice to meet you and find a kindred reading soul out there! Just had to comment that I live by the 100 page rule too when it comes to not wasting time on a book that just isn't worth it. Definitely too many good books out there to languish and suffer through one that just doesn't ring true with you.

Regards,
CJ


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