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JEB: They didn’t have 2 more main- stream things, but they had this more ob- scure than Praying Mantis thing? JG: Yes, much more obscure but it had entirely to do with the ethnic groups which had settled in that area. JEB: Ok, that makes sense. JG: So, for the 3 years of law school and the 2 years that I worked in Cleveland, I trained in that martial art, which is spec- tacularly beautiful but not something you can grow old with, because there is a lot of gymnastics and tumbling. Then in 1984, I came back to Vermont when my father be- came terminally ill, and started practicing law with a predecessor of this firm. JEB: So they had moved up from New York while you were at school? JG: Yes. My family has been in Ver- mont since 1805. I am the first male mem- ber of my family since 1805 NOT to have been born in Vermont. So, after I gradu- ated from high school, my parents moved back to the Rutland area. In Rutland at that time, there was no Taekwondo, there was no Praying Mantis, there was no GoJu Ryu, so I trained in a bastardized form of another karate style called Shorin Ryu. Af- ter doing that for a number of years I said, “you know, I have to get back to something that is traditional and I have to get back to something that is legitimate.” JEB: And something that you love… JG: Yes, and something that I love, so what I decided was, I was going to pick up where I left off with GoJu Ryu. I spent prob- ably a year trying to find a teacher who sort of fit with what my interest was and also, because I was so relentless about doing the real thing, somebody who was creden- tialed. JEB: Right, and they would have to be good too, because they would have to be higher ranked than you, right? JG: Yes, and what ultimately happened is that I hooked up with a famous American teacher named Chuck Merriman --another one of those things where somebody was really looking out for me. He is probably the foremost practitioner of GoJu in this country, and he is somebody whom I had heard about when I was starting off in New York City -- sort of a karate legend. JEB: So you had heard of him before? JG: Oh, yes, I knew of him even when I was a teenager, and so now in my mid 30’s I sought him out and heard he was actually coming to Poultney to judge a tournament that was going on there, so I went and met www.vtbar.org him there. That has proven to be one of the great relationships of my life in a cat- egory with my father and the other people who are just very, very special to me. At that time, he was in his 60’s. He is now in his mid-80’s and I have been training with him since about 1993. He is much more than a teacher to me. At first, I started by going down to his dojo for 3 days a month. Mantis, which I had always wanted to study even from starting way back when. JEB: Where was that? JG: This was in Connecticut. I would train with him privately all Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and then Satur- day afternoon they ran a 4-hour black belt class, which was Gf6VBFV6VW26vVBGFVBFBBFVvVBFFW"6W76vF7VF&Цr&Vf&RVFrRRvVBvfPRVVvFW&6FB6VB6P&6W&RB&7F6Rגvf"FVFBv2FRFv&6FW&RतT#6F2v22FFr6RFतsW26RFfW"FRvPW7B&V6RfW'fW'66R&V6W6RPB6'Bb7F'FVBfbFR6RFЧ7W&RWr&6GBFVB&RЦ6R&RGf6VBfW"FR'G&ЦrF&V7FǒvFFRW6RvBЧVVBFVv2FB2G&VBvFR&V6R&RB&R66Vǒ766ЦFVBvFfW'fW2FvvW&R"bFR7B7W'ffr7GVFVG2bFPfVFW"bvR'RvW&R6V"7G'V2ЧF'26vF276'6vBFP66RFvFW&RBFG&vFFR"Ч6WFRFVRFRv&BFR7GRतT#vrFBRvFgFVsFRFFbbFV6RG&ЦrG&2Fvf"&WB"vVV2@FRतT#FN( 2w&VBतsFRv&FR2FVvBFW&R2B0fW'fW'W'6RF( BW7BvƲFFRFVvVf'7BvVBFW&RFRVBbFRFvv2v&BfЦW2FV6W"VB֗FV66@RFv&&&ǒf"W"vFG&2ЦF"BvFVBFrWfW'Fr&W@RrBv2vV7F'FVBG&ЦrvBגv2G&rvW&Rv@W&W2BvBגf֖ǒ7F'@VGV6FvW&RBFR&W7BBR&Ч66ǒ6B( R6RF2gFW&FG&( T#B6VV2v'6RF6WGFrWVF6FVBतsW2BFVRW7BvF6V@Rf"6WRbF2FRvF2ЦW&FRv2FWF( BfRf&676W3VR6RBvFRFRBFW&R&R7G'V7F'26&7VFr`DRdU$B$"U$( "d#p