April 13, 2010

Taijutsu Workshop with Jack Hoban

I first met Jack Hoban in the summer of 1999, at a seminar in Kenosha, Wisconsin; about 10 of us showed up back then. When I introduced myself and he learned I had just returned home after living in Japan, boy, did he let me have it - he beat me for the rest of the day. "Just like Japan, right?" he said afterward. I had to laugh. I went home with a series of bruises and a tremendous respect for the man.

The training I've received from him since has challenged and changed me in many ways. Jack is highly proficient in Taijutsu - trusted by no less than the US Marine Corps to teach them to fight - able to seamlessly blend with an opponent's aggression to find just the right "space" to stay in a position of advantage. Jack's message is no less profound, for he was mentored for 17 years by the late Dr. Robert Humphrey. Among Humphrey's many accomplishments and storybook life, he worked with the State Department solving ideological conflicts around the globe for the US military. Based on his work, Humphrey would formulate a theory which he called the "Dual-life value," an instinct universally shared among people, and powerful enough to stop violence, promote respect, and activate moral ethics; a "Rosetta Stone" if you will for deciphering conflict resolution through a recognition of human equality and the 'shared duties' we have toward our fellow man.

As a retired Marine himself, Jack wanted to help protect those who currently serve from the psychological damage we can do to ourselves for having to sometimes kill the enemy - we know it as PTSD. Incorporating the value into the Corps training, Jack has given rise to tougher and smarter Marines, able to make clearer ethical decisions on asymmetrical battlefields.

This May, we're lucky enough to host Jack for a workshop focusing on Taijutsu, weapons, defending others, and warriorship - it doesn't get any better! Come join us as Jack coaches our training, provides insight into ethical leadership, and tells some stories you'll surely want to remember.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Alfred Campanelli YMCA
300 West Wise Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193

The cost will be $75.00.

This seminar is designed as an ongoing instructor workshop. However, classes are held in a non-competitive atmosphere. You do not have to be an instructor to attend; beginners and students are welcome.

For more information contact James Morganelli at

Jack Hoban Bio
Jack Hoban is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) and assisted in its creation and continues to teach the program at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia and elsewhere. In addition to his military experience, Jack is a 25-year business veteran in the areas of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) in healthcare and other industries. For 17 years Hoban was an associate of the late Robert L. Humphrey, noted conflict resolution specialist, and author of Values for a New Millennium.

Hoban has led over 500 workshops and seminars around the world. He has addressed the FBI, universities, and other government and private organizations on ethics and martial arts over the last two decades. He is Shidoshi Senior Instructor in the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu systems under Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan and has authored three books on warriorship.

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