While I have warned in my blogs of becoming as arrogant and presumptuous as these athletes put on before their fights, I wanted to write this blog to highlight something of importance regarding one's maturation in any fighting system: fellowship of martial arts, or martial artists. Proper fellowship is essential if you want to learn… Continue reading Fellowship of Martial Arts
I once met a man who had a black-belt in Taekwondo. He had studied other martial arts in his home country; and after coming to the United States, he got drawn into a taekwondo school that was popular in his community. While he wasn't totally satisfied with the training that he was receiving, believing it… Continue reading How Does Wing Chun Work With Taekwondo? Are They Compatible?
As a martial arts instructor I meet all kinds of people, and get challenged often. While most of these challenges are from people wanting to intellectualize something or judge someone else (i.e., me) without confrontation, they present interesting lessons on life. A week or so ago, I shared one such story under the heading A… Continue reading A Failure to Adapt: Part 2
2018 meant the start of something new, and something exciting for martial art practitioners, wushu and kung fu practitioners, as well as sports fans. As per the resolution from the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), on August 11, 2018 people from Bucharest, Romania, Shanghi, China, even Tallahassee, Florida celebrated the first annual World Wushu - KungFu… Continue reading World Wushu – KungFu Day
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
Jason, I've read your blogs. Got me thinking, can someone who studies a combat martial arts, for street fighting, be any good at sports fighting? Does it translate well? This is an excellent question. It brings up several important questions, like: What are your goals and motivations in training? Are you looking to compete in… Continue reading Can Combat Martial Arts Translate into Sports Fighting?
As a martial arts instructor, one of the most important decisions you make is where you will have your students fight. Each venue offers different things, and excludes others. An instructor has to find the right venue to instill the principles, values in their students. Lackadaisically picking a venue does one's students no good. When… Continue reading Bringing Home the Gold!