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
Earlier today I released a blog as an introduction into some of the principles embraced and exercised in kung fu. (If you've not read that blog, I encourage you to do so.) It highlighted a key component to kung fu that a practitioner taps into: the created self has an integrity to it that must… Continue reading Maturing in Kung Fu: The Proprioception Principle
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!
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?
I'm old enough to remember a time when the term "martial arts" meant someone was learning a system to help them survive the worst of combat conditions. I'm, also, old enough to have seen that change. Today, depending on who you ask, the term "martial arts" means different things, but it's not always been that… Continue reading What “Mixed Martial Arts” Has Become is a Danger to Our Society
Jason, I read somewhere that there are martial arts that teach redirection of opponents rather than hurting them. Do you teach that? And, is that possible? Redirection in self-defense training has to be understood in context of the situation you find yourself. Firstly, if someone forces you to defend yourself and your loved ones, you… Continue reading Redirection in Self-defense Situations: Combat Martial Arts.