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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.


  • 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.

  • 214 The Forgotten War Part 3
    by Jeff Westfall on March 24, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    The history of the world in the upcoming decade would have played out quite differently if Teddy Roosevelt had perished on that hot June day in the Cuban jungle!

  • Calm Down, People!
    by Jeff Westfall on March 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    If there's one thing that can be learned from human history, it's that there is no crisis so bad that it cannot be made worse by our tendency to engage in over-emotional, "monkeys in shoes" behavior!

  • 213 The Forgotten War Part 2
    by Jeff Westfall on March 3, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    When you picture a scene from the old west in which the cavalry comes charging to the rescue, in reality at least ten percent of the time those "boys in blue"...were black!

  • 212 The Forgotten War Part 1
    by Jeff Westfall on February 17, 2020 at 2:29 am

    The epic story of the relationship between the USA and the Philippines started in war a little over a century ago.

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