The Protector Ethic

Morality, virtue, and ethics in the martial way explores the moral-physical foundations to recognize and embrace the “Protector Ethic”

– The reason martial arts exists at all

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About The Author

James V. Morganelli is a Chicago-based writer, teacher, and trainer. He has studied martial arts for 40 years. He is a contributor to The Federalist, is an award-winning screenwriter, and his article, “Ethical Warrior”—an interview with Jack Hoban—appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s 50th anniversary issue. His blog “KOSSHI: Martial Arts and Ethics and Stuff” is read around the world. His first published work, The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue, and Ethics in the Martial Way, was released through YMAA Publication Center.
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From The Protector Ethic
“People come to the martial way for all kinds of reasons, some of them good, most of them not good enough. Others have watched too many action movies. A select few seek the supernatural, working hard to sound just like the gongfu master’s master whenever they open their mouths, which is often, far too often. Deceit is at its worst when we believe our own lies, so avoid those who talk like Yoda and move like Jabba. It took years for my own temperament to change, but that’s not just my story; it’s the life cycle of any serious martial artist. To break the mold of the form and enter the fray of the formless, where the real training takes place, you have to give up looking for answers. Only then can you do what must be done: ask better questions. You have to. Skills like exceptional punching and kicking only improves further once you understand and articulate an ethos for it. So you start with the question most avoid asking because they have a less-than-inspiring answer or, worse, none at all: Why? Why am I doing this? Why should I learn any of this stuff? Why train?
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Meet the staff

James Morganelli

Founder

James V. Morganelli is a Chicago-based writer, teacher, and trainer. He has studied martial arts for 40 years. He is a contributor to The Federalist, is an award-winning screenwriter, and his article, “Ethical Warrior”—an interview with Jack Hoban—appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s 50th anniversary issue. His blog “KOSSHI: Martial Arts and Ethics and Stuff” is read around the world. His first published work, The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue, and Ethics in the Martial Way, was released through YMAA Publication Center.

A graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he majored in philosophy and held concentration in East Asian language and culture. In 2013 he received a master of arts in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, where he concentrated his studies on applied ethics and natural law. Read more

Jason Cather

Director of Ethics

Jason Cather is a teacher of the liberal arts and martial arts traditions, living on Chicago’s south side. He received his BA from Maryville College (TN), where he designed his own major in the philosophy and sociology of religions. He holds an MA and a PhD in the philosophy of religion from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded a fellowship at the Martin Marty Center in 2014. He teaches philosophy and religious studies at colleges and universities in the Chicago area. His academic interests cover a range of topics. He incorporates martial arts training in his academic courses. Read more

Doug Zimmerman

Director of Training

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