Covering the martial, ethical, and the irreverent, KOSSHI is the blog of James Morganelli, a Chicago-based writer, consultant, teacher, and trainer. One of the meanings of the Japanese word kosshi is the “heart,” even “marrow,” of something – its inner essence.

James has studied martial arts for more than 35 years. A prolific writer and award-winning screenwriter, his article, “Ethical Warrior,” an interview with Jack Hoban, was featured in Black Belt Magazine's 50th anniversary issue and his blog, KOSSHI, enjoys readership around the world.
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 holds certification in Verbal Defense and Influence and is a master instructor in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu of Japan, where he lived and trained for three years. Upon his return from Japan, he founded the Shingitai-Ichi Dojo in 1998 to continue his training, teaching, and outreach. James is also 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. It is headed by Jack E. Hoban.

In 2014, James completed his first book, "A Sword to Cut Stone," a compilation of more than five years of posts from his blog, and is seeking traditional publication. He also edited and wrote the Foreword for "The Ethical Protector," based upon the "Ethical Warrior" series written for by Jack E. Hoban and Bruce Gourlie. 

James lives in Chicago with his wife, Tomoko. 

Contact James: