Shidoshi & Dojo Cho James Morganelli


James Morganelli is a Chicago-based writer, consultant, teacher, and trainer. He has studied martial arts for 40 years, including Eastern and Western styles, and lived and trained in Tokyo, Japan for a period of three years.

James’ article, “Ethical Warrior” – an interview with Jack Hoban – appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s 50th anniversary issue in June 2011, his blog “KOSSHI” is read around the world, and he is currently working on several books. His first published work, The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue, and Ethics in the Martial Way, is scheduled for release in May 2018 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 study in Applied Ethics and Natural Law.

James has held certification in Verbal Defense and Influence from the Verbal Judo Institute, is a master instructor in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, and is 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.

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