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My podcast consists of the “brain drippings” of a NERD that has practiced the martial arts for 47 years and taught them for 43. They weave in and out of a variety of subjects, from granular martial arts “how-to” essays, to the intersection between the martial arts and other fields like philosophy, science, skepticism, language, and history; and with occasional lame attempts at humor! I especially like poking rhetorical pins into misconceptions about the martial arts.


  • 224 The Forgotten War Part 13
    by Jeff Westfall on September 17, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    No matter what you call it, the event at Balangiga was the worst defeat of American troops since the Battle of the Little Big Horn!

  • 223 The Forgotten War Part 12
    by Jeff Westfall on September 1, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Funston, four other Americans, and a renegade Spaniard would pose as POWs in the "custody" of a group of Macabebe Scouts in captured Insurrecto uniforms.

  • 222 The Forgotten War Part 11
    by Jeff Westfall on August 25, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    "To see nine men, the officers in their drawers and the privates naked, cross such a stream by such means, and drive off an entrenched force not less than ten times their number, in broad daylight, where their number must soon become known, is something not soon to be forgotten!"

  • 221 The Forgotten War Part 10
    by Jeff Westfall on August 13, 2020 at 1:37 am

    I find the story of David Fagen fascinating. We seldom rationally depict such figures in history.

  • 220 The Forgotten War Part 9
    by Jeff Westfall on July 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    The leaders of the Philippine independence movement had tremendous admiration for the American founding fathers and the government they wrought!

  • 219 The Forgotten War Part 8
    by Jeff Westfall on June 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    The depth and breadth, the sheer comprehensiveness of Filipino martial technology stands as a shining example, a tribute to defiance in the face of tyranny and oppression!

  • 218 The Forgotten War Part 7
    by Jeff Westfall on May 19, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    But it turns out that the Filipino people didn't WANT themselves and their property to be the property of the United States!

  • 217 The Forgotten War Part 6
    by Jeff Westfall on May 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    On June 12, 1898, the Filipino rebels officially declared independence from Spain, in a document that, ironically, in light of what was to come, drew elements from the American Declaration of Independence.

  • 216 The Forgotten War Part 5
    by Jeff Westfall on April 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Pershing was an instructor at West Point when the war broke out, and quickly sought to rejoin his old unit, the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry.

  • 215 The Forgotten War Part 4
    by Jeff Westfall on April 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    In order to get to Santiago, his troops would need to get past the fortified San Juan Heights on its outskirts, which loomed across their path like a fortified roadblock.

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