Drops Against the Stone--Rants and Ravings of a Martial Arts Eccentric

After teaching martial arts for years the author has seen it all and has an opinion on most. Drops is a compilation of essays to educate beyond the mat. It goes to the heart of things. Chances are something relates to your own martial path. From training to trends in the martial arts and society, you won’t always agree with him, but Drops will challenge you to sincerely pursue the martial way. More

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About Brandon Sieg

Brandon Sieg’s martial arts career began in 1984 in Taekwondo. He has a 6th degree black belt recognized by the Chung Do Kwan and the Traditional Taekwondo Chungdokwan Association and a 4th dan recognized by the Kukkiwon. He has two 5th degree black belts in Hapkido (United States Hapkido Federation and Korea Hapkido Federation), a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Team Atos affiliate Small Axe BJJ), is a certified instructor in Tai Chi Ch’uan (under Grandmaster William CC Chen), FAST Defense (several modules), an apprentice elite instructor in Martial Concepts (hybrid system including Kali and JKD) and was formerly a personal trainer.

A professional martial artists and trainer, he co-owns and teachers at Gentry Martial Arts in Martinsville, IN. He also is the martial arts instructor at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and is one of the instructors in the Indiana University Martial Arts Program. Collegiate courses taught include physical skill classes on TKD, Hapkido, BJJ, Kali, Tai Chi, and self-defense, as well as lectures on the history and culture of the martial arts and also the martial arts industry. He also serves at the VP of the United States Hapkido Federation.

He enjoys writing about the martial arts and has had articles published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Faith and Fitness Magazine, and Martial Arts Success. Other books to his credit include the TTCA Student Manual and its Black Belt Companion.

Mr. Sieg’s formal education includes a Masters in Kinesiology (Sport Management emphasis), a BS in Biology, and a minor in East Asian Language and Culture, all from Indiana University. He declined his acceptance to medical school after deciding that he could do more good in the world by teaching the martial arts and promoting the same level of professionalism within the martial arts that can be found in other fitness and health related occupations.

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