“I knew the book would be good, but the book is actually very good. It breaks new ground, not just for aspiring and practicing martial artists, but for anyone who is concerned with—and would like to see a decrease in—human violence. I venture to say there is also much to excite those interested in the intellectual pursuits of philosophy. The book will be helpful for anyone trying to make sense of the natural law in a useful way. The Protector Ethic, I believe, will ultimately be viewed as one of the most unique and helpful books on martial philosophy ever written. And, as an added benefit, it is a very entertaining read.”

— Jack Hoban (from his Foreword), president Resolution Group International LLC, author The Ethical Warrior


“James Morganelli is a gifted and inspirational leader and martial artist who has a strong legacy of service to our country using the ethics of being a protector. This book is an invitation to the simple understanding of the protector mindset designed for self-improvement as a martial artist and more importantly, as an ethical protector of self and all others. As you examine this mindset in relation to yourself and your actions every day, you will become a stronger, more ethical person in everything you do. And as you take this concept onboard and change for the better, so shall all those around you.”

— Joseph C. Shusko, marine (retired), director Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, author Tie-Ins for Life


“A martial artist of both the physical and verbal ilk, James Morganelli has written a complex and yet uplifting book defending what he terms a “protector ethic” – an ethic that uniquely yokes mental and bodily practice. Choc-a-bloc with compelling personal stories and ethical analysis, Mr. Morganelli’s work is a bracing call to duty, the duty never to close the shades when the golem of injustice is working someone over outside our window. It is a heartfelt and well-argued reflection that will appeal to all aspiring Good Samaritans.”

— Dr. Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy St. Olaf College, boxing trainer, author The Existentialist Survival Guide


“The highest accomplishment in Japanese martial arts is the state transcending all conflict and division called muteki, “no-enemy.” In the Hagakure, it is famously said that a warrior must outwardly manifest fearlessness, but inwardly cultivate compassion to the point that one’s heart nearly bursts. It is in the spirit of these profound principles that James Morganelli Sensei asks a question with which we all must grapple: How, in this world indeed marked by conflict and division, is one to live with integrity, honor, and caretaking for others? Those who take up the study of martial skills, whether as a way of personal refinement, a method to preserve life, in the actual profession of arms, or all of these, must consider this with particular care. The Protector Ethic, revealing Morganelli Sensei’s own deep examination of such questions over many years of training, will surely become a valued resource for those walking a martial path.”

— Meido Moore, abbot Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery, 6th dan aikido, author The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice


“In a world overwhelmed with information and conflicting values, James Morganelli’s book “The Protector Ethic” dives deep beneath the surface of superficial technique to clarify the essence of true martial arts training and what it means to be a protector. The message James’ book presents is essential not only for the martial artist, but for anyone who has ever been in conflict with another human being.”

— Craig Gray, conflict management consultant and defensive tactics instructor Ronin Krav Maga


“Wow, a truly exceptional read.  James has a tremendous amount of experience within this field of study, which makes him a great deliverer for his message.  The book is factual, funny, and at times extremely inspirational.  As a retired detective for the NYPD I can see how useful the content in this extremely well written book can be utilized for all law enforcement officers throughout the world.”

— Arthur D. Mark, detective (retired) NYPD, Shihan 6th dan Okinawan Shorinji Arashiryu


“I feel privileged for this opportunity to support and endorse this valuable work by my friend and colleague, James V. Morganelli. I can attest to his status as a genuine teacher, practitioner and authentic subject matter expert on the contents of this remarkable book. He possesses both the creativity and credibility to foster the unique amalgamation of esoteric eastern martial arts philosophy and complex western psychological theory. It is clearly and generously presented in a practical fashion and makes for easy assimilation for the novice as well as the established adherent in this field. This book will find a place of honor in my personal library and I will advocate for its use by my students. In conclusion I wish the author all the good things a man of his integrity and vitality deserves.”

— James T. Shanahan, detective (retired) NYPD, founder NYPD Police Academy and Hostage Negotiation Team, chief instructor Keisatsu Dojo, LLC


“With The Protector Ethic, James Morganelli has given us three books. This is a book for people interested in ethics, who want to know what they can do to make the world a better place — train! This is a book for martial artists who want to explore the reason for training, and its foundations. Why train? To protect life! But most important, this is a book for people who haven’t yet realized how these two points — the martial and the moral — are connected, and how important that is.”

— Dr. Jason G. Cather, adjunct professor of philosophy Saint Xavier University, Shidoshi Bujinkan Dojo


James Morganelli’s down to earth and “been there” approach provides a blueprint for smashing bystander apathy. In the era of school shootings and senseless killings, this book provides both a compass and a guide for finding your own protector ethic.

— Jill Weisensel M.S., Lieutenant of Police, Marquette University, author of “Confidence in Conflict for Campus Life.”


This book is an honest and approachable, self-examining work on ethical behavior and what it means to be an ethical person. A warrior of the highest regard needs to learn the importance of not only how to use his weapons, but more so why to use them or not use them. This book will help do just that.

— Wayne E. Dumolt, Law Enforcement Training Officer, State of Ohio