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
For those of us in the Wabash Valley that have been in the martial arts, we know Theresa Ortega. She has been in this area for a long time, offering support through product sales, downtown revitalization, and so much more. She has been a valuable part of our community. Last year Theresa hosted the first… Continue reading Terre Haute Second Martial Arts Extravaganza
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 Terre Haute, Indiana celebrated the first annual World Wushu -… 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!
Sifu Yost, I noticed that there are different ways people do Siu Nim Tao [the first empty-hand form in Wing Chun, for those of you who don't know what this guy's talking about], and was curious which way is the correct one? Well, one reason you're seeing different ways to perform the first empty-hand form… Continue reading Which Wing Chun Form is the Correct One?