Marshal Carper

  • Excuse Me: I Need To Go Train

    When I was a blue belt, I ran a small University jiu-jitsu club. One fall, we pooled our club budget with our personal funds to fly Matt Kirtley, an Eduardo de Lima black belt and writer behind the long-running Aesopian.com blog, from Florida to Pennsylvania to host a seminar....
  • Level Up: The RPG Training Model

    I grew up playing games. Final Fantasy. Chrono Trigger. Secret of Mana. Dungeons & Dragons. Pokemon. Ultima Online. I spent so much of my formative years immersed in these worlds that they have imprinted themselves into the way that I perceive reality, and that ripple has touched the way...
  • Can’t we all just get along? Pacifism and Jiu-Jitsu

    I teach jiu-jitsu classes. I train MMA fighters. I referee jiu-jitsu matches. I have devoted a writing career to fighting. I even worked the door at a nightclub in Pittsburgh for a brief period to earn some extra money. And I consider myself a practical pacifist. That perplexes many...