Have you ever been out with your friends and have one of your friends get irritated with someone and instigate a confrontation with someone else? I know I have, and so has this person, who wrote to me this question: Sifu, how should I respond when I'm out and a friend of mine instigates a… Continue reading Responding to a Confrontation in Public & Protecting Friends
In today's world people want instant gratification, or stimulation, . . . . . Anyway, it leads to many kung fu sifus (i.e., teachers or instructors) getting asked, "What if. . . ." questions, like "What if someone tries to take you to the ground?" or "What if someone throws this or that type of… Continue reading Avoiding the “What If” Question: Learn to Ask Your Kung Fu Sifu Good Questions
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?
Every once and awhile I get questions like this from those who are looking to disprove a martial art system's effectiveness. The theory is that while the martial art system might have been great when it was first put together, it is irrelevant now due to a number of reasons. I've found that these people… Continue reading Is It True That Wing Chun Isn’t As Effective As It Once Was?
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?
While doing a demonstrate at an Open House event my school, the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, hosted in Terre Haute, Indiana, a young man approached me, inquiring about the pressure point training. He wanted to know if it was really necessary to train in pressure point strikes when, in his mind, many fights… Continue reading The Difference Between Vulnerable & Pressure Points: Is This Training Necessary?