|Becoming a Second Degree|
|Carmen and me when I earned my|
second degree black belt.
|John and Carmen Edelson|
My story includes what you would expect from a 50 year old active in karate (I have recommendations on ice packs). And some of those unexpected adventures that appear in my life. Since my kids read this, I'll be careful to watch my punctuation and grammar and to keep any innuendo buried in the boring parts. And my sweet wife sometimes has trouble appreciating how much time I spend in the dojo. And she certainly has trouble understanding why I would arrive home and then start blogging about the dojo. So understand that I post time permitting.
|Backyard Bugo |
Sparring Practice at Home
My dojo (Lavallee's National Training Center) changed dramatically in 2012 which I touch on here.
What else should I tell you? I've lived for over
|John Edelson aka a Black Belt at 50, getting ready for class|
After I got my black belt, the intensity dissipated. I thought about phasing out karate (I'd like to play some tennis) and mothballing the blog. Instead, I decided that this would be a new beginning for both. The black belt was the beginning of my new phase in the martial arts. And my blogging also went into into a new gear.
|My First Black Belt Cycle Team|
Jennifer Melrose (2nd), Cathy, Agnes Gallo,
Pat Livnat, Coach Boland,
Scott, Jay, and Me
The Art of Blogging
I also read other people's blogs and have become interested in the "art of blogging". In fact, I've taken a course on How to Write a Blog that other People will Want to Read - Earn a Black Belt in Blogging (disclosure. I am run the company that offers it.) If you want to learn to blog, it's a great course, sign up NOW . A few years ago, we renamed the course to Blog Writing Course. It turns out the martial arts language, which Black Belt Mama and I liked so much, was a little baffling to the public). The course is still up but hasn't been updated really since 2010 so its free now.
Some Facts and Small Print. My name is John Edelson. You can contact me by commenting on the blog or emailing: BBat50 (at ) gmail.com. If you have something of interest to say, I accept guest-posts particularly about Lavallees, the martial arts, or being elderly and in the martial arts I routinely ignore/reject all product or service promotions or other efforts to bring commerce into it. I have accepted posts to help local friends, nutritionist, and such when I thought they might be of interest to my readers. So far, I've never accepted any money or inkind to promote anything (ie a free ringside seat at a UFC match would be nice). But if I do accept any stuff, I'll disclose it. Hell, I'll brag about it! Astute observers will note a little promotion of some of my websites on the sidebar of my blog. My day job is running Time4Learning.com, Time4Writing.com, VocabularySpellingCity.com, and Science4Us.com (and some others).
And if anyone feels that I have misused any pictures or other IP or maligned anyone or thing or if they just don't like the picture of themself, please contact me and I'll try to resolve it. At least one sensei has contacted me to take down a photo that they thought was less flattering than they would have liked.