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
I was discussing an earlier blog that I wrote with some people in Terre Haute, Indiana, when an important question came up: Can a martial art system that teaches cultural aspects associated with another country be effective in the United States? I won't repeat what I've already written in that earlier blog (which I believe… Continue reading Is Chinese Martial Arts Culture Effective in the United States?
As a Wing Chun practitioner (for over twenty years), I've heard the debates over which is (more) important: learning to become more sensitive to your opponent's force or controlling pressure (either from yourself or others). In this blog, I thought I'd touch on this subject, as I've matured to understand it. When I started in… Continue reading What’s More Important: Learning Sensitivity or Controlling Pressure?
(This article is long, but well worth the read. It covers some important issues that may keep you and those you love safe - even alive...) In today's world, the perspectives surrounding "martial arts" and "self defense" are changing. Well, to be honest, they've been changing for years. And, these changes are not positive. So,… Continue reading Toughing Up Softies – Wisely!