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?
As a Wing Chun Kung Fu instructor, you can probably imagine how many times I get asked questions like: "What do you think....?" I get emails and messages sharing videos; I get asked about does it work on the street; . . . . Really, the list is long. (If I only had time to… Continue reading Does Wing Chun Kung Fu Work on the Street?
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.
I remember, as a child, many things. Two things that stood out (as it pertains to this article) were: (1) fighting wasn't an option, at some point one had to do it; and (2) I wanted to learn kung-fu to help me fight and win. During that time there were serious concerns as to whether… Continue reading The Problem with Martial Arts Schools Today:
As a Wing Chun instructor at the Yost Wing Chun Kung-fu Academy (in Terre Haute, Indiana), I receive a lot of questions and comments about what fighting is and is not. Some of these people have a background in a sports-related style of fighting; while, others have no background at all. What I'd like to… Continue reading Being Physically Fit for Combat
(This article is long, but well worth the read. It covers some important issues that may keep you and those you love safe - even alive...) In today's world, the perspectives surrounding "martial arts" and "self defense" are changing. Well, to be honest, they've been changing for years. And, these changes are not positive. So,… Continue reading Toughing Up Softies – Wisely!