Hello! I'm Winfield Trail, an improbably-named martial artist living near the white mountains of New Hampshire. I study Karate, Kobudo, Arnis Lanada, Jukado, and occasionally Jiu-Jitsu at the National Institute of Modern Martial arts in Claremont. At the time of this writing, I have studied at NIMMA for nearly two and a half years, and I hold the rank of sankyu.
My preferred areas of discipline are empty-hand and weapons kata, as well as sparring. I enjoy groundwork, but I have difficulty finding partners my height.
Most of what I write here will be related to my experiences at the dojo, or my interpretations of martial arts history. As an amateur collector of history, I expect this to be interesting mostly to me alone!
In addition to martial arts I write intermittently, study the Japanese language, play guitar, and cultivate a small collection of antique fountain pens. I also have an interest in calligraphy, but have learned the hard way that those skills are beyond me.