Ratti, a friend and associate of FightingArts.com's founder, Christopher Caile,
has contributed a number of his illustrations to various articles appearing on
the site. He is an advocate of competition to test the self and the validity of
one's training. He also believes that the study of martial arts could be enhanced
by the understanding of the common principles of movement, engagement and technique
that are universal to combat.
is an author and internationally acclaimed illustrator known for his action portrayals
of martial arts in his best selling books, "Secrets of the Samurai"
and "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" (co-written by A. Westbrook) as
well as in many martial arts magazines. He new book , "Tales of the Hermit,"
is scheduled for release in March, 2000. Formerly an intercollegiate Greco-Roman
wrestling champion, Ratti also was a member of a champion judo team and an aikido
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