Have you ever been out with your friends and have one of your friends get irritated with someone and instigate a confrontation with someone else? I know I have, and so has this person, who wrote to me this question: Sifu, how should I respond when I'm out and a friend of mine instigates a… Continue reading Responding to a Confrontation in Public & Protecting Friends
One of the hardest things to accept as a martial artist is the reality that no matter how much one trains one cannot protect everyone they love all of the time. To make matters worse, everyone you love will not be interested in self-defense training. For example, my daughter was at the pre-game parties for… Continue reading They Attacked My Daughter, and There Was Nothing I Could Do!
A Terre Haute, Indiana man recently inquired about self-defense lessons in the Wabash Valley, commenting: Most of the schools around here seem to cater to children or sports. I want something I can use if I'm attacked with my kids or wife. Do you guys offer that? The short answer to that question is: Yes. … Continue reading Self Defense in the Wabash Valley – Really!
I, recently, met a young man, about thirty years of age, who had everything (and to everyone) in the world to brag about his Jiu Jitsu accomplishments against wrestlers, judo practitioners, and other Jiu Jitsu practitioners. He went on and on about this and that rolling competition he'd been in and how he'd won all… Continue reading A Failure to Adapt
The short answer to this question is: No. In fact, ancient societies understood the female body to be structured in a way that made them better at kung-fu than men. That is why many of those cultures only allowed girls to learn from women - who were not taught the entire martial art system. Men… Continue reading Is It Harder for a Woman to Learn Martial Arts?
Over the last twenty-nine years I’ve met a great number of people and families who, after investing themselves or their children in a self-defense or martial art school, decided to abandon their training. Their reasons for abandoning their training range in reasoning, including but not necessarily limited to the following: They completed the program, and… Continue reading A Once Needed Discipline No Longer Needed
As someone who has taught martial arts for a number of years, I've seen all kinds of people come in the door to learn kung-fu. Some want to develop wellness, others want to learn to use their wellness better, and others want to learn self-defense. It's the later I'd like to focus on for a… Continue reading What Fighting Isn’t! A Lesson in Real Self Defense.