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
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.
I'm old enough to remember a time when the term "martial arts" meant someone was learning a system to help them survive the worst of combat conditions. I'm, also, old enough to have seen that change. Today, depending on who you ask, the term "martial arts" means different things, but it's not always been that… Continue reading What “Mixed Martial Arts” Has Become is a Danger to Our Society
While doing a demonstrate at an Open House event my school, the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, hosted in Terre Haute, Indiana, a young man approached me, inquiring about the pressure point training. He wanted to know if it was really necessary to train in pressure point strikes when, in his mind, many fights… Continue reading The Difference Between Vulnerable & Pressure Points: Is This Training Necessary?