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.
James has been certified in verbal defense and influence, holds an instructor license from Makko Ho Kyokai Japan, and is a master instructor in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu of Japan, where he lived and trained for three years. Upon his return from Japan, he founded the Shingitai-Ichi Dojo in 1998 to continue his training, teaching, and outreach.
James is also a staff member at Resolution Group International—professional conflict-resolution experts dedicated to teaching ethical, verbal, and physical skills to civilians, law enforcement, and the military. It is headed by Jack Hoban.
James lives in Chicago with his wife.