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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.


  • 228 The Forgotten War Part 17
    by Jeff Westfall on April 27, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    "These people are right and we are wrong...terribly wrong!"

  • 227 The Forgotten War Part 16
    by Jeff Westfall on March 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I hold Waller's actions in Samar as reprehensible, as egregious abuses of his constitutional privileges as a a military commander.

  • 226 The Forgotten War Part 15
    by Jeff Westfall on February 24, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    In the meantime, General Smith's combined Brigade was following his orders to turn Samar into a "howling wilderness."

  • 225 The Forgotten War Part 14
    by Jeff Westfall on October 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    As the now infamous town of Balangiga burned behind him, Capt. Bookmiller famously quoted the book of Hosea: "They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind!"

  • 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!

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