Gilbert P. Ellis’ Story

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Gilbert P. Ellis was my grandfather, hero and mentor.  He was born in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, June 22, 1915 to William P. Ellis and Caroline L. Johannpeter Ellis.  Grandpa said Great Grandma had wanted to name him Marmaduke but fortunately changed it to Gilbert.  Grandpa said, “Being named Gilbert was tough enough.  If I had been named Marmaduke, I would have

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Can TKD Learn from MMA?

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Despite its worldwide popularity and it’s rank as the most popular martial art in the United States,  (TKD) is beginning to lose some of it’s luster due to its perceived lack of success in Mixed Martial Arts.   (MMA) is the biggest thing to hit the martial arts world since Jigaro Kano decided to go to a colored and black belt system to denote rank within his school,

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What Is The Emergent Church?

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The Emergent Church is a troubling movement, which received its name because it emerged from within the church.  The movement was founded when a number of church leaders, pastors and divinity students bought into a concept grounded in post-modern theory.  The theory behind the emergent church is that post-modernism caused a shift in the culture, which necessitates Christianity must change

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Why Do Traditionalist Despise MMA?

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Why do traditional martial artists continue to despise the lessons of mixed martial arts? I am amazed that twenty years after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 1, traditional martial arts still feel that they have nothing to learn from MMA. One of the Taekwondo tournaments, where I used to referee, has a submission grappling division.  When I had a break, I would

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