By Perry Zavitz
To put a whole new spin on the ‘We are Winter’ slogan, enter Merlin Obrecht, 20, who found that a changing living situation coupled with a little sense of adventure would lead him to the notion of setting up camp in the dead of the cold season.
He did just that in the middle of January when he erected his 12-foot diameter tent out back of Tiki Tie and Carol Anne Goodman’s 100-mile farm. The location afforded Obrecht close proximity to David Jones and his martial arts club, ‘Aegis Fang’, which is run out of a dojo on Tie and Goodman’s property. Obrecht has been training for almost a year with Sensei Dave and Sempai (mentor & helper) Tiki. They practice a combination of jujitsu and kick boxing which, coupled with the camaraderie of the club and the peace of the ‘inner art’, has provided Obrecht with the perfect storm to embrace his life.
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