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
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?
In today's world people want instant gratification, or stimulation, . . . . . Anyway, it leads to many kung fu sifus (i.e., teachers or instructors) getting asked, "What if. . . ." questions, like "What if someone tries to take you to the ground?" or "What if someone throws this or that type of… Continue reading Avoiding the “What If” Question: Learn to Ask Your Kung Fu Sifu Good Questions
Let's face it. The martial arts, of any sort, involves violence. While some martial art systems claim to redirect rather than break an opponent, the ultimate goal of any of these systems is to preserve and protect one's life against something seeking to do one harm (i.e., self defense); and, redirection includes the redirection of… Continue reading Changing Perspective on Violence Through Kung Fu