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Nathan Bernardo (NateB11)

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My main area of expertise is martial arts. Back in 1981, when I was 11 years old, I started training in Goju Ryu Karate at a community center on the Central Coast of California (My mother signed me up for classes there after I had gotten attacked on the street). I took those classes for about a year. In 1984, after moving to Northern California, I started training in Kenpo under (now) Associate Master (we call him Sensei) Chuck Epperson, 8th Degree Black Belt under Master Huk Planas. I did that for a year, but returned to the Dojo in 1994 and began training consistently. I tested for my 3rd and 1st degrees of Brown Belt in front of Master Richard Huk Planas, first generation Ed Parker Black Belt in Kenpo (Chuck Epperson tested me for 2nd Brown). I was tested for my 1st and 2nd Black by Huk Planas, Chuck Epperson trained me in the art the whole time. In 1998, the year I got my Black Belt, I began teaching at Sensei Chuck's Dojo. I taught there until 2002. I have done martial arts instruction here and there since then, teaching friends and family, my clients with disabilities, taught a class for staff at a Boys and Girls Club and I taught a self-defense class to staff at one of my former jobs. Basically I've been involved in various projects centered on martial arts.

I also have a 3rd Class Brown Belt in Doce Pares Eskrima, given to me by Grandmaster Cacoy Canete and Master Anthony Kleeman. I originally trained with Paul Sneed and began to take seminars by Cacoy and Anthony shortly thereafter; and eventually was trained by Chuck Epperson who earned his Black Belt in Doce Pares under Anthony Kleeman.

In addition, I have trained in DeCuerdas Eskrima under Professor James Muro.

Outside of all that, I have worked in the Human Services field since 1996, helping those with physical and developmental disabilities. In that field, I've done direct care, a lot of paperwork, teaching, working in Day Programs and other things. I have a lot of experience working in programs for people with developmental disabilities.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science back in 1995.

Much of my time is spent reading J. Krishnamurti.

Even more time is spent taking care of my mother who has dementia.

I've been writing web articles since April 2012.

I also run a few of my own websites, my martial arts blogazine I've included on this profile (up there in the upper right corner).

On this Hubpages profile, I originally focused on martial arts and philosophy, my main interests. I also wrote on issues of politics and history, which are my interests and also, basically, what I studied in college. At some point I went on to include articles on Hip Hop, my favorite kind of music which I've been listening to since 1983; I've been into the music and culture so long that I consider it an area in which I'm well-versed.

Eventually I expanded the subject matter that I cover in articles. Kind of runs the gamut.

Other than that, I don't party like I used to. I had fun while it lasted with some fun and some not-fun people.  I, of course, had more fun with the fun people. It was worth it.

I feel that honesty is about 1000 times better than pretense. I trust an honest person who is imperfect more than a pretentious person putting on airs, any day of the week. Thankfully. A sinner is closer to truth than a saint. (That is a paraphrase of something Krishnamurti once said.)

So, hope you get what you came for or find something new and surprisingly interesting or helpful.

Thanks for stopping by.

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