Depression is an extremely complex disease. While no one knows exactly what causes it, a variety of situations have been tied to those suffering from it. Here are a few examples: Past (or current) physical, emotional or mental abuse; Some medications (i.e., drugs), such as isotretinoin (used to treat acne), the antiviral drug interferon-alpha, and corticosteroids; Personal… Continue reading Eliminating Depression Through Kung Fu Training
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” For the purpose of this article, we can generalize that into the following understanding: Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. According to the Anxiety and… Continue reading The Kung Fu Solution for Anxiety
In Wing Chun Kung Fu we have a saying that goes: Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. It's something that's repeated in many disciplines, related and unrelated to the martial arts. There's another one, though, that is less stated, understood and applied in today's world: You get out what you - honestly -… Continue reading You Get Out What You Put In – Honestly!
Jason, I've read your blogs. Got me thinking, can someone who studies a combat martial arts, for street fighting, be any good at sports fighting? Does it translate well? This is an excellent question. It brings up several important questions, like: What are your goals and motivations in training? Are you looking to compete in… Continue reading Can Combat Martial Arts Translate into Sports Fighting?
As a martial arts instructor, one of the most important decisions you make is where you will have your students fight. Each venue offers different things, and excludes others. An instructor has to find the right venue to instill the principles, values in their students. Lackadaisically picking a venue does one's students no good. When… Continue reading Bringing Home the Gold!
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
I remember, as a young man, being gung-ho to achieve the world. Everything I started I went 100+ miles per hour. The problem was that every time I failed (or fell short of my expectations) I would speed up, try harder, and get frustrated. I never quit. I was too hardheaded for that. But, it… Continue reading Having the Right Pace to Succeed in Life