If you've ever spent time learning kung fu you quickly come to realize that the movements aren't dependent on a single portion of the body and its muscles; for example, we don't throw a punch with tension, utilizing specific muscles from the shoulder and/or arm only. It is a mindful, whole body motion that utilizes… Continue reading Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle, Part 2
Earlier today I released a blog as an introduction into some of the principles embraced and exercised in kung fu. (If you've not read that blog, I encourage you to do so.) It highlighted a key component to kung fu that a practitioner taps into: the created self has an integrity to it that must… Continue reading Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle
How would you relate the amount of flowing and consolidated force in Praying Mantis Kung Fu? For people with an innate skill, I would relate the two as 40:60, but most people who start (in any kung fu) do not have that kind of natural skill, and the condition of their forms and applications (of… Continue reading The Amount of Flowing vs. Consolidated Force in Praying Mantis Kung Fu?
Someone asks: I've heard that Wing Chun practitioners practice something called chi sau. What is that? What is it good for? Chi Sau (also spelled chi sao) literally translates as "sticky hands". It's traditionally been termed this due to the connected bridge which begins the exercise's rolling hands (poon sau). It's also been identified (or… Continue reading What is Chi Sau?
As a Wing Chun practitioner (for over twenty years), I've heard the debates over which is (more) important: learning to become more sensitive to your opponent's force or controlling pressure (either from yourself or others). In this blog, I thought I'd touch on this subject, as I've matured to understand it. When I started in… Continue reading What’s More Important: Learning Sensitivity or Controlling Pressure?