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Focus on mind and body helps Greenfield Center’s Bruchac achieve martial arts success

Jim Bruchac, left, Joe Bruchac, and Jesse Bruchac at the Ndakinna Education Center in Greenfield Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Jim Bruchac, left, Joe Bruchac, and Jesse Bruchac at the Ndakinna Education Center in Greenfield Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
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Competitors who wind up on a mat with Joe Bruchac soon find out he’s not to be taken lightly. The 71-year-old Greenfield Center resident has been practicing the Indonesian martial art of pentjak silat since the 1970s and is a fifth-degree black belt. He also holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. “His energy puts me to shame sometimes,” admitted his son, James, who was inspired by his father to become involved in martial arts ...


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