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James Ryan
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“Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.” – Patricia CornwellAs I sheltered myself from the impending thunderstorm, tucked beneath the branches of a big ‘ol hickory tree located somewhere along the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, I knew right then and there that getting myself off of the water when I did...
James Ryan
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Whenever I’m asked about sleeping bags from would-be campers, I’m often reminded of a time in my life when I knew very little about wilderness camping. One memory in particular that comes to mind would be from late-August of 2007 when I decided to take my 10-year old son up to Algonquin Provincial Park...
James Ryan
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Interview with Sensei Paul Louis Roentgen By: Sensei James Ryan St. Catharines Wado Kai Karate “Learning the art of self-preservation (also known as self-defense) is achieved through a series of blocks, punches, kicks, strikes, movements, and combinations. By practicing on a daily basis, both physically and mentally, with the thought of becoming a complete...
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10 Questions with Sensei Darren Marshall By: Sensei James Ryan St. Catharines Wado Kai Karate “Enjoy every waking moment. Learn to be aware of your surroundings. Empower yourself by being aware, alive and enthusiastic.” – Sensei Darren Marshall (Godan), Toronto I first met Sensei Darren Marshall on a karate-related road trip down in Atlantic...
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“People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves, than by those found by others.” – Blaise Pascal The first time I ever heard about merino wool, I was on an overnight hiking adventure during a typically cold February evening in minus 20-degree weather. My trail partner, Jonathan, who by 4am had already...
James Ryan
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Looking for a unique and interesting way to tell your significant other that you love them? Do you enjoy grueling physical exercise that will push you beyond your mental and physical limits? Well then… you’re in luck! Starting on Friday December 1st at 8pm, Jonathan Toews, along with several other friends and associates, will...
James Ryan
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Hey guys, how’s it going? Facebook sent me a notification that I haven’t posted in a while and that I’ve been neglecting my 159 faithful friends, so my apologies. Here’s an update on my life: First off, let me just say that this whole woodworking thing started off as something to do while I...
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On June 22nd, myself, along with 19 other members of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (including Senseis Ron Mattie, Brad Cosby and Neil Prime) all drove down together and participated in an event better known as Karate College, which has taken place down in Radford, Virginia for the past 30 years. This year’s...
James Ryan
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Greetings everyone! As many of you probably know by now, Jonathan Toews (pronounced toes not taves) has been hiking along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat Depression. It’s pretty amazing actually. At first, I...