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
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?
A young man, attending Indiana State University (here in Terre Haute, Indiana), wrote to me, recently, and asked the following: I used to study Wing Chun before I moved to Terre Haute. . . . I noticed that you just did your Siu Nim Tao form much slower than my Sifu did. . . . … Continue reading Should My Wing Chun Form Go Fast or Slow?
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!
The short answer to this question is: No. In fact, ancient societies understood the female body to be structured in a way that made them better at kung-fu than men. That is why many of those cultures only allowed girls to learn from women - who were not taught the entire martial art system. Men… Continue reading Is It Harder for a Woman to Learn Martial Arts?