uruwashi [ 斌 ] denotes elegance. The character is a synthesis of the cultural and the martial, bound by traditions of learning, effort, and respect.
The core questions are both simple and problematic: if and why we contest; and how we treat each other before, during, and afterwards.
- The category of ‘Ethics of Combat’-related posts on the quemdixerechaos.com blog, including an ongoing (2013-14) series about Castel Rigone Calcio, a soccer club in Italy with philosophical standards. This series has expanded the scope of my inquiry to include the ‘Ethics of Competition’.
- In 2007 I received a faculty fellowship at DePauw to study “The ethics of combat in the ancient Mediterranean and samurai Japan.” This course-development project became a First-Year Honor Scholar Seminar entitled “The Ethics of Combat”. Here is the syllabus for the second iteration of that course. The project went on hiatus from 2009-13 during my term as Dean of Academic Life at DePauw.
- The 2007 grant allowed travel to Japan, where I did a three-week study trip to research the footsteps of the swordsman/artist/philosopher Miyamoto Musashi and his early 17th-c. contemporaries.
- Forthcoming will be a travel guide and Google Maps mash-up for anyone wishing to trace the historical and legendary locales of Musashi and his fellow swordsmen.
- 1st-dan (black belt), Goju-Ryu Kenpo Karate, received in May 2017 from Master Stephen A. St. Pierre [himself 8th-Dan (Kyoshi) in Goju-Ryu Kenpo Karate (Eiko Miyazato) and 9th-Dan in Shaolin Chuan-Fa (C.Y. Tsai)]. I train at All-American Karate Academy in Greencastle, IN.
- 7th-kyu (yellow belt), Jujitsu (Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu), from The Jitsu Foundation. (England)
- 9th-kyu (red belt), Shukokai Karate, from Mohammed Ilyas [7th Dan], Shukokai Karate Union (England)