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
A young man wrote to me, recently, and asked the following: I used to study Wing Chun before I moved to . . . . I noticed that you just did your Siu Nim Tao form much slower than my Sifu did. . . . Why is that? How fast or slow should my form… Continue reading Should My Wing Chun Form Go Fast or Slow?
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
I remember that, as a child, I would get real excited when given the opportunity to "play" in a sport that I wanted. I'd go to practice and really "leave it all out there". The problem was I'd get tired, make mistakes and begin to question my ability - when my natural talent couldn't compensate… Continue reading Consistency is Better Than Binging
The Chinese have an old saying that goes, "If it's not practical, it's no good!" It is applied to all aspects of life not just martial arts (i.e., 武術; wǔshù). There are a lot of cultural reasons for this; ones that any student would benefit to learn. I can tell you, from my own experiences, that… Continue reading If It’s Not Practical It’s No Good!
People come to our kwoon (i.e., school or learning hall) for a number of reasons. Some want to learn self-defense; others want to learn to develop and maintain wellness; others want to learn to use their wellness; etc. This question is one that gets asked, most often, by those seeking the later. But, it's a… Continue reading How Can Wing Chun Be Practiced Outside of Combat?