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It has long been a custom here at the Mountain academy of Martial Arts for a student testing for their Black Belt to provide us with a thesis or paper on any subject concerning Martial Arts.

We have always wanted to make these papers public and thanks to Mrs. Barrow our webmaster, we now can.

It has been a pleasure to read these for the first time, again. It is truly a wonderful collection of ideas, thoughts, instruction, verse, fiction and history.

The following papers are published with the consent of the authors either verbally, written or implied. Take some time, read and enjoy!

Yours in Martial Arts,

Grand Master John W. Rankin

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A Comparison of Swords by Duncan Ziegler

A Guide to Martial Arts Training by Sean Weilage

A Lifelong Journey by Jeff Pine

A Martial Artists Canvas by Imy Rich

A Thesis in Verse by Bob Giusto

An Anatomical Analysis of the Weaknesses of the Human Body by Anthony T. Ngo

Appreciation Forms by John Miller

B

Balance by David Sullivan

The Basics of Tae Kwon Do By Ceara Kerwin

The Basis of a True Martial Artist by David Haywood

The Benefits of Taekwondo by James Work

Bobby Do by Robert Smallwood

Bone Forging by Dan Smith

Breaking – One Aspect of the Martial Arts by Dennis Dickason

C

A Coming of Age Story by Duncan Ziegler

The Cane Form by Alan Herrmann

Coming Home to MAMA by Dominick Blum

D

The Difference in Taekwon-do and Karate by Alex Sutton

E

Energy (Chi) in Martial Arts and Elsewhere by Kerstin Williams

Everything I Need to Know I Learned While Being Kicked in the Face by Bert Hargrave

Example Class Schedule by Jody Nelson

The Evolution of the Dobok and the Belt by Aniella Miller

F

Fighting Old Age Kicking and Screaming by LaRue Rains

The Final Round by Matthew O’Leary

Focus in Tae Kwon Do by Nick Beasley

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Growing up Black Belt in America by Bert Hargrave

The Grunch Who Stole Tae Kwon Do by Chris Colle

H

A Healthy Diet: A Number of Starting Tips to Achieve a Healthy Diet by Evan Sullivan

The History of Tae Kwon Do by Josiah Strotz

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I’m Still Not Chuck Norris by David Sullivan

Informed Fighting by Colin Sullivan

Investing in Loss Softness Principals of T’ai Chi Ch’uan by Robert Pohl

Importance of Cardio by Viet Ngomai

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Journey to Black and Beyond by Noah Graber

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Kali by Dominick Blum

Karate by Jason Colson

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Learning Martial Arts by John Santiago

Lessons Learned by Andrew Mueller

The Lessons of Tae Kwon Do by Miranda Theriot

Lessons Under The Ash Tree by Steve Poos-Benson

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The Martial Artist and Philosophies of Self Control by Harry Hessney

Martial Arts in the NFL by Tran Ngomai

Mental Benefits of Physical Exercise by Declan Kerwin

Modeling a Crescent Kick: An Application of Mathematics in Martial Arts by Michael O’Leary

My Journey by Sam Walters

My Life in Tae Kwon do by Kurt Soper

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Ninja or Rock Star? by Stacey Colson

O

One’s Life in Martial Arts by Andrew Verkaik

P

Perseverance is Key by Kindra Cerrone

Preliminary Written Notation Guide by John Miller

The Psychology of Getting Hit in the Face and Liking it by Dan Barrow

Pursued Principles when Introducing Martial Arts to Newcomers by Jason Colson

Q

The Quintessential Introspective by Dan Barrow

R

Re-Working the Self-Defense Model | Combining Martial Arts and Prevention Education By Juliana Rose Nicole Larsen

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Seeking Perfection in Forms Practice by Kevin Morningstar

Self Defense by Jim Beasley

Society of Warriors by Dominick Blum

Stepping into the history of Tae Kwon Do by Jack Graber

The Story of Lucas Aracanum by Liam McDunough

Stretch for It by Dan Krueger

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Tae Kwon Do Brochure by Melissa Barrow

Tae Kwon Do by Rafael Escobar

Tae Kwon Do by Isaac Hoffer

Tae Kwon Do Change My Life by Joseph Lane

Tae Kwon Do Helped Me Personally by Jody Nelson

Three Golden Rules by Sarah Cerrone

TKD Black Belt Paper by Layla Theriot

U

Understanding Fitness by Bruce Bishop

An Unexpected Journey by Matthew Drumm

V

The Values of Taekwondo and How They Have Helped Me in Life by Wyatt Benson

W

Wadokai to Taekwondo What I Learned About Myself by Benjamin C. Smith

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You’re Not Done Yet by Douglas O’Hara

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