The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” For the purpose of this article, we can generalize that into the following understanding: Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. According to the Anxiety and… Continue reading The Kung Fu Solution for Anxiety
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?
Over the last twenty-nine years I’ve met a great number of people and families who, after investing themselves or their children in a self-defense or martial art school, decided to abandon their training. Their reasons for abandoning their training range in reasoning, including but not necessarily limited to the following: They completed the program, and… Continue reading A Once Needed Discipline No Longer Needed
I remember, as a young man, being gung-ho to achieve the world. Everything I started I went 100+ miles per hour. The problem was that every time I failed (or fell short of my expectations) I would speed up, try harder, and get frustrated. I never quit. I was too hardheaded for that. But, it… Continue reading Having the Right Pace to Succeed in Life
I remember that, as a child, I would get real excited when given the opportunity to "play" in a sport that I wanted. I'd go to practice and really "leave it all out there". The problem was I'd get tired, make mistakes and begin to question my ability - when my natural talent couldn't compensate… Continue reading Consistency is Better Than Binging
Earlier today I ran into an old friend. Years ago we left a place of employment, going, each, our own way. He went to a correctional facility, and I started my own (industrial hygiene) business. During our reunion, he brought something up that I thought would be of interest to my readers, here: You know,… Continue reading My Gun Made Me Fat!